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"CAROLINA SOUL: The Spirit Records Anthology"
This anthology contains all of the soul/R&B/blues singles from Spirit Records’first 20 years (1980-2000).
Represented are all of the Spirit artists from this period including Debby Dobbins, Sonja Grier, Maria Howell, The Pelicans, Bradford & Bell, and the Groove Doctors. In short, this is a “jam-packed” compilation of all of the singles that charted with radio and club play.
The early Spirit Records singles by Bradford & Bell and The Pelicans have a “roots” R&B/blues feel that enjoyed much success with radio/club DJ’s on the Carolina’s & southeastern US coast. In fact, “(They Call It) Mr. Dollar’s”, the label’s debut 1980 release by Bradford & Bell, became Spirit's first regional hit.
The the evolution of Spirit Records’ sound then took a big leap later that year with the release of Debby Dobbins’ debut single, the smooth and soulful “How You Gonna’ Feel”, which charted first in the southeastern US, then jumped “across the pond” to remain a UK “northern soul” classic to this day. 1981 saw the second Debby Dobbins release, “Glad I Found You”, which promptly charted on over 100 stations. Her third release, “Can’t Help This Feelin”, considered her biggest hit, charted on 165 stations and propelled her to Hollywood and worldwide TV performance of the song on Star Search.
1987 brought international success to the Charlotte, NC based label with the release of “Love Flight 109”, a blistering dance floor classic delivered here by Maria Howell, which became a top twenty international dance hit for Sonja Grier.
These are just a few highlights from the 17 songs included on the CD which can be sampled by clicking at the left of this page. With this anthology, the musical evolution, and geographical reach of the Spirit label is evidenced and documented over it’s first 20 years.
For more info., and to check out Spirit's new “Soul Project - Reconnection” CD release, visit www.spiritrecords.net (link at left of page)
"Carolina Soul: The Spirit Records Anthology is a product of Spirit Records, Charlotte, NC USA
All music written & produced by Bill Bradford/Bradford & Bell
All tunes copyright Stoney Point Music/BMI
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