Alan Parker and Madeline BellThe Voice Of SoulLP

Be With Records
Due for release 16th of November 2018
 £ 20   £ 16.67 

"A varied selection of modern female vocal features which are: equally suitable for background or radio programme usage. The corresponding backing tracks are issued on TIM 1022 THE SOUND OF SOUL. Therefore it is possible to edit from vocal to instrumental version and vica versa where commentary or scene changes occur."

To celebrate the wonderful KPM catalogue and mark their 75th anniversary, Be With finally make available 10 of the most sought-after library recordings, alongside the vinyl edition of the hugely anticipated Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett LP, Full Circle.

The scarcity of these incredible records is well known and, accordingly, this officially licensed reissue campaign has been warmly received. With remastered audio from the original analogue tapes by the esteemed Simon Francis and iconic artwork lovingly restored by trusted KPM regular Richard Robinson, you can be assured these limited edition releases have been executed to the highest standards.

Release Notes

The 1976 album soul songstress and session vocalist Madeline Bell recorded with veteran library musician Alan Parker for his Themes International label. The album itself remains a highly prized (and priced) rarity for collectors, and features the irresistibly catchy jazzy-soul samba of "That's What Friends Are For”. Whilst this sensational uptempo dancer - a surefire hit on the rare groove scene - is the most well known track on the record, it is by no means the best. It’s essentially a perfect, sophisticated soul album – with heaps of swagger and sass – from beginning to end; just check the sound clips capture a feel.

The whole LP oozes sex to such a degree, it would not have sounded out of place soundtracking a period porn film. Indeed, parts of it did. The wonderful “Love Is All” and sensuous “You’ve Got What It Takes” both featured on the infamously banned Pretty Peaches from the same year.

With original copies rarely surfacing, and fetching three figures when they do, this remastered reissue represents a fine opportunity to own one of the finer rare soul LPs of the late 70s and a welcome reminder of Bell’s superlative vocal talents.

Originally produced exclusively for use by film and TV studios and never commercially released, library records have long been a goldmine for the collector and sampler alike. The music was created to evoke moods, situations and emotional responses and, at it’s best, it was truly extraordinary. Creative and futuristic, it is now regarded as some of most inventive music of its time.

Crafted by the some of the greatest musical minds of the late 20th century, these expert musicians and innovative composers revelled in the freedoms offered, paradoxically, by this most corporate of fields, indulging themselves in ways they couldn’t on records made for general release. The calibre of the musicians certainly raised the bar, too. Robin Phillips, who ran KPM in its heyday, wanted only the best. “You couldn’t do an album of the quality Robin demanded without the A-team,” as Brian Bennett recently recalled.