Welcome to Expansion Records. The time of year has come for our new Luxury Soul collection, the 2020 edition available now and full of soulful goodness. Our next batch of releases are on 7 inch single, with some holy grail heritage titles back on the format or making it there for the first time. The first of these are by Randy Brown and Peabo Bryson, with the next coming soon from Roy Ayers, Barrett Strong, and Brenda Jones. We are also building up for Record Store Day in April with some limited edition 12 inch and LP titles. Below are links to our current releases. A combination of CD, vinyl and digital releases. All are amazing soul, funk, jazz recordings that we know you will love. We also invite you to check out THE EXPANSION RECORDS VAULT, essentially an older version of our website, and look for us on Discogs to see how, where and if you can get our releases from over the last 30 years.
It is here, Soul Togetherness 2019 with 15 of the years best modern soul room gems on CD and double LP. It opens with What Turns You On, a signature track of the year from talented new singer songwriter and performer Lukas Setto. DCR is here too with one of the yearâ€™s best tracks Positive Vibes alongside other to cuts from established artists including Glenn Jones (ahead of his appearance at the January Luxury Soul Weekender 2020), Angie Stone, Raheem Devaughn and new artists too with Giving It Up by The Terri Green Project and much more
The much anticipated annual Luxury Soul series continues with the 2020 set. As ever, it is the pick big tunes are presented on this 35-track, 3CD collection, with contributions from Cornell CC Carter-I See Love (MetLife Remix), Brian Power ft Hil St Soul-Take Me Away, Glenn Jones-Better Man (exclusive), Alex Puddu with Breakwaters Gene Robinson Jr-Dont Hold Back, Zo! Ft Carmen Rogers and Eric Roberson Love Up, SouLutions Whos Been Kissing You, Incognito-Jakarta Dreams, Halo-Let Me Do It (are 1981 release), SoulPersona & Princess Freesias tribute to Leon Ware-Music Man, Laura Jackson-Reach Out, Rockie Robbins-Together (original stunning 1979 independent version), Victor Haynes-Who Do You Love and Noel McKoy-People Make Change among many others. Essential release that coincides with the ever popular Blackpool Soul Weekender. Album entered Solar Sweet Rhythms Chart at No.1!
Randy Brown is from Memphis, Tennessee who recorded a body of work on the late 70s and early 80s as a solo artist having left The Newcomers. His soul albums for Parachute, Chocolate City and Stax are highly regarded and sought after. Furthermore his debut single Im Always In the Mood has become a modern soul dancefloor classic, but extremely rare (selling for 200 Pounds). Equally anthemic on the dancefloor is Love is All We Need, astonishingly never previously available on 7 inch single until now. Absolute quality from 1978, a golden era of soul.
Such is the significance of the this magnificent soul record that the story of the release and Peabo himself takes over a complete page to tell in the Richard Searling book Setting The Record Straight. What is even more astonishing about the modern soul crossover dance anthem is that it has never previously been released as a 7 inch single. It was recorded in 1977 but was only ever released later as an album track on Turn Back The Hands of Time in 1980â€¦until now, 40 years later. Definitely not one to miss!