• Rotary Connection – I Am The Blackgold Of The Sun
    • 1. If I Sing My Song
    • 2. The Sea & She
    • 3. I Am The Blackgold Of The Sun
    • 4. Hanging Around The Bee Tree
    • 5. Hey, Love
    • 6. Love Has Fallen On Me
    • 7. Song For Every Man
    • 8. Love Is
    • 9. Vine Of Happiness

    BACK IN PRINT - LONG OUT!
    Essential psychedelic soul/rock Rotary Connection album featuring the legendary "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun", "Love Has Fallen On Me" and more! A Charles Stepney-produced masterpiece! Can't recommend this enough! Ace!

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    Rotary ConnectionBlack Gold: The Very Best of the Rotary ConnectionChess

    Brilliant double disc compilation of the best tracks from the great psychedelic soul-rock fusion band! Rotary Connection were fronted by the amazing voice of Minnie Ripperton and produced and arrange by the genius that was Charles Stepney! This compilation features loads of their best tracks including 'Respect', 'Sunshine of Your Love', 'Love Has Fallen On Me', and more!

      Rotary ConnectionSongs / Hey LoveCadet

      Essential psychedelic soul/rock! Loads of classic tracks here including Respect, I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun, The Weight, Sunshine Of Your Love, Love Has Fallen On Me and more! Two Charles Stepney-produced masterpieces on one CD: can't recommend this enough! Ace!

      • – Respect
      • – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
      • – Love Has Fallen On Me

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      The DellsBelieve Me/ Oh What A Night (1969)Cadet

      Wicked stormin' 60s Soul tune

      Arr by Charles Stepney.

      MINT UNPLAYED ORIG 45

      • – Believe Me
      The DellsI Want My MommaCadet

      Funky Dells!

      • – I Want My Momma
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      Funky Richard Evans production! Mint unplayed USA 45 original.

      • – Listen Here
      Shades Of BrownHo Hum World / Little Girl (1969)Cadet

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      • – Ho Hum World
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      The DellsHallways Of My Mind (1969)Cadet

      Quality soul! Arranged by the great Charles Stepney, Chess Records (1969)

      Mint unplayed original USA 45

      • – Hallways Of My Mind
      Terry CallierWhat Color Is Love (1973)Cadet

      Definitive collaboration between Terry Callier and Charles Stepney for Cadet. Features "Dancing Girl" and "You Goin Miss Your Candyman"

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        The DellsHallelujah Baby / I Can Sing A Rainbow (1969)Cadet

        Two Rotary Connection-esque.

        Cadet arranged by Charles Stepney.

        Mint Orig USA 45

        • – Hallelujah Baby
        • – I Can Sing A Rainbow
        The DellsI Can't Do EnoughCadet

        Soulful harmonic slow tune

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          Super-rare heavy funk album from Bo

          • – Bad Trip
          Phil UpchurchPhil UpchurchCadet

          Includes the big tune "Black Gold", later made famous by Rotary Connection!

            Rotary ConnectionSongs / Hey LoveCadet

            Essential psychedelic soul/rock! Loads of classic tracks here including Respect, I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun, The Weight, Sunshine Of Your Love, Love Has Fallen On Me and more! Two Charles Stepney-produced masterpieces on one CD: can't recommend this enough! Ace!

            • – Respect
            • – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
            • – Love Has Fallen On Me

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