Hurt, disillusioned, beautiful, pure, sensuous Windy City soul music from the mid-1970s, never out before — jazzy but street (like Donny Hathaway), musically sophisticated but emotionally straight (like Curtis).
For Your Precious Love started out as a Bandera recording (subsequently leased to Vee-Jay), made by co-owner Vi Muszynski — and there are eleven Impressions sides here, seven of them previously unissued.
Great mid-seventies Chicago soul, the real deal. (The film never materialised.)
Soul heaven, and magnificently comprehensive: the Northern anthem in amongst Chicago riches like top-notch Curtis songs you may not have heard and stone classics getting their first run out. Jerry’s younger bro.
Almost preposterous, this beautiful snapshot of a US expat community fetched up in Dimona, Israel, in the second half of the seventies, holding faith with its love of Chicago soul and spiritual jazz.
Classy Chicago boogie from 1982… the same milieu as the Dazz Band and Kinsman Dazz.
Even after various surveys over the years, a fresh, unmissable selection from this great Chicago soul label, with unreleased tracks. With 13 extras, the vinyl is beautifully packaged.
Some gorgeous, classic, unmistakably Chicagoan soul here — the productions of Richard Pegue.
Curtis steered the Queen back on track in 1976 with this majestic, but pared-down production (not exactly a soundtrack), with plenty of killers, like Something He Can Feel, soul heaven.
The first time out for these honey-voiced odes to domesticity — alternately buoyant and sobering — produced by Earl Wiley in Chicago in 1972.
Classic — with the great rare groove All Because Of You, the great instrumental Cool Out, the great song Lucky Fellow.
His second LP, from 1974, featuring a nice, mellow version of The Ghetto. With Fred Reklaw and Phil Upchurch.