Fans and collectors of classic Georgia soul, funk and gospel recordings will have reason to rejoice this coming Record Store Day, April 22nd.
First, Daptone Records’ reissue imprint, Ever-Soul Records, is releasing a 7-inch vinyl single, limited to 2,500 copies, of the very first recordings by Augusta’s Sharon Jones. “Heaven Bound” and its B-side, “Key to the Kingdom,” are hand-clappin’, foot-stompin’ slices of uplifting late ‘70s funk recorded with E.L. Fields and the Gospel Wonders. The cover art is Sharon’s high school yearbook photo, housed in a frame with an easel back.
Meanwhile, the Chicago-based Numero Group label – which has built its reputation among music fans largely due to their Eccentric Soul reissue series of long-forgotten funk/soul material – are setting up a pop-up store at East Atlanta Village rock club 529 on Record Store Day from noon until 6 p.m. Label founders Ken Shipley and Rob Sevier will be among the DJs spinning obscure R&B, and among the items for sale will be an extremely limited edition replica 7-inch of Atlanta ‘70s soul singer Sonia Ross’ single “Every Now and Then” / “Let Me Be Free.” Only 200 copies are being pressed, and it will only be available at the pop-up store at 529 Flat Shoals Avenue in Atlanta, just off Moreland Avenue south of I-20.