Kendra Steiner Editions

November 7, 2019

now an even dozen releases in the SOUL DIAMONDS series

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 4:08 pm

ABC Soul Diamonds

For a decade or more, the SOUL DIAMONDS series of CDR compilation albums, on the “Buried Treasures” label from France, has been issuing exciting, overstuffed collections of obscure soul 45’s (with an album track here and there) from the 1960’s and early 1970’s, and they’ve taken the route of doing label-based surveys, since so many nationally-distributed labels of the period released significant numbers of soul 45’s, both in-house label-produced and licensed-in from regional producers or picked up from small labels. The quality has been very high on these comps, and unlike many of the other series of CDR “collector” soul comps (which I also buy here and there as I can afford them and when they include a high percentage of tracks I don’t own already), these have intelligent liner notes clearly written by someone who knows obscure soul music inside out.

Two new volumes arrived in my mailbox today (VERVE and ROULETTE), and I hope to write about each one of those separately in the near future, but now I wanted to alert you to what’s in the series so far (I’ve also reviewed a number of them here on the KSE blog….just go to the search box and type in SOUL DIAMONDS). I think that most if not all of them are still in print. A number of sellers in Asia offer them as well as some specialized soul dealers in Europe. Here in the US, if you go to Ebay and type in the name SOUL DIAMONDS within “Music,” you should find the American seller from whom I’ve gotten mine (who offers fine service and low prices, by the way). So here are the twelve labels which have been covered in the series as of today. I have other suggestions for label surveys, but I have a feeling they will be gotten to eventually. Thanks to whatever Europeans are compiling and issuing these–it’s clearly a labor of love.

TCD 1001, DECCA SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1002, MERCURY SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1003, EPIC SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1004, ABC SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1005, ATLANTIC SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1006, COLUMBIA SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1007, RCA SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1008, ATCO SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1009, COTILLION SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1010, POLYDOR SOUL DIAMONDS

TCD 1011, VERVE SOUL DIAMONDS (new!)

TCD 1012, ROULETTE SOUL DIAMONDS (new!)

mercury soul diamonds

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