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All set for Record Store Day this year? It takes place this year on Saturday 13th April and we have three releases for you a 7inch, 12inch, LP. Both the 7inch and 12inch are hand numbered, the LP in an individually numbered album sleeve. The album is Silver Vibrations by Roy Ayers, originally released on Uno Melodic. These releases are only available in participating record stores, any remaining copies available through usual outlets soon thereafter. If this is the first time you have visited us at expansionrecords.com, welcome! If you like real soul music, you have come to the right place. Based in the UK, we endeavor to provide the level of quality soul largely abandoned by the American major companies many years ago. Our purpose is to offer artists, both new and veteran, a platform for their music on the UK soul scene, and where helpful, an international stage through our vast network of music fans and business affiliates. There is a real passion for what we do here and this is what keeps us going through sunshine and rain especially through these ever more changing and challenging times. Below are links to our three record Store Day releases and our new Rockie Robbins album. Some you can get on vinyl as well as digital download. All are amazing soul, funk, jazz recordings that we know you will love. Why not check out THE EXPANSION RECORDS VAULT and see what other music you can explore.....

DEXTER WANSEL-Life On Mars

Few jazz funk classics have been as iconic as Life On Mars by keyboard legend, songwriter, producer and architect of the Philly Sound Dexter Wansel. Originally released in 1976 at the peak of the disco era, “Life On Mars” was also embraced on the dance floors where it is played to this day. Now comes an extremely special exclusive release with the first ever remix of the track, all parts taken from the original masters tapes and added to courtesy of Paul Simpson (Paul Simpson Connection, Serious Intention, Adeva etc). Dexter Wansel himself contributes too on an extended mix of Theme From The Planets (also exclusive) which includes his a Monolgue. And all released on original Philadelphia International label artwork through Expansion.

RONNIE McNEIR-My Baby/Hold On

Ronnie McNeir has been associated with Expansion for over 30 years through his own Setting Sun label. Now on 7inch for the first time in the UK Expansion bring something special for Record Store Day, 500 hand numbered copies of the 1981 Detroit soul single My Baby. An original copy will set you back £100 and these limited edition RSD pressings will become sought after too. Hold On comes from the 1989 Expansion album Life & Love, and is released for the first time here on 7inch single. Ronnie currently tours as a member of The Four Tops and is back to perform a rare solo concert in June 2019 as part of Blackpool International Soul Festival this year.

ROCKIE ROBBINS-Good Life

Rockie Robbins is back with a brand new album. Robbins is from Minneapolis but moved to Los Angeles in 1979 when signed to A&M Records. From his work with Skip Scarborough, Leon Ware, Richard Evans, Bobby Martin & Jerry Peters came a legacy of timeless quality music including the global hit You & Me, rare groove We Belong Together and the celebrated interpretation of the Earth Wind & Fire song Be Ever Wonderful. The title track single reunites Rocky with producer Ricky Peterson (George Benson, Chaka Khan, Rosie Gaines), Good Life the track remixed in the UK by Boogie Back for the 7 inch release – and for the first time in the UK, Rockie performs live with band at the Jazz Café on 10th March.

DAVID RUFFIN-I Wanna Be With You/Still In Love With You

Motown soul artist David Ruffin had one of the finest voices of the 60s and 70s, primarily as lead singer of The Temptations. He also recorded as a solo artist across three decades, in 1979 leaving Motown to joing Warner Brothers. In 1980 he released an album “Gentleman Ruffin” from which this douible header was released as a single. It has become one of his most desired 45s, and has exchanged hands for £50. “I Wanna be With You” features guest voclas by Laverna Mason. Expansion are thrilled to re-issue this single by this soul legend in all its glory.