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Cat: RSR 001. Rel: 28 Apr 18
Soul
  1. Say Yeah (3:21)
  2. Search For Tomorrow (3:28)
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Cat: RSR 004. Rel: 15 May 19
Soul
  1. Skitz-O-Love (5:51)
  2. Never Say You're Sorry (6:17)
  3. One More Time (4:00)
  4. Just Us Two (2:43)
  5. We Were Meant To Be (5:24)
  6. Believe In Me (3:15)
  7. Exist (2:49)
  8. Memory (4:58)
Review: Not-for-profit label Rain & Shine continues to offer up fine reissues of long overlooked, forgotten and hard-to-find LPs. Their latest comes from gospel musician Steve Elliott, whose self-released 1981 debut "True Image" is considered by collectors to be something of a Holy Grail of boogie-era gospel soul. As this new edition proves, it remains a hugely potent and entertaining set. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the suitably lo-fi synth-soul business of "Skitz-O-Love" and laidback boogie-pop of "One More Time", to the smooth grooves (and even smoother vocals) of "We Were Meant To Be" and sugary "Believe In Me", where female harmony vocals only emphasize the loved-up mood.
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Cat: RSR 003. Rel: 17 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Piece Of Class (4:53)
  2. Star Of The Disco (4:18)
Review: Astonishingly, original copies of Energize's 1979 private press single "Piece of Class" have changed hands for over 500 quid online. Helpfully, Rain & Shine have decided to save us all a few bob by slinging out this licensed reissue. The title track is something of a bustling disco-funk gem - a genuinely wonderful fusion of hazy vocals, dueling horn solos, spacey synthesizer flourishes and driving bass guitar. B-side "Star of the Disco" is an even more up-tempo affair, with mazy saxophone solos, rasping horn stabs and starry jazz-funk keys riding a walking bassline and high-octane disco drums.
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Pray Again (Record Store Day 2019) (LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: RSRLTD 002. Rel: 24 Apr 19
Soul
  1. Pray Again (4:31)
  2. God Will Work A Miracle (4:45)
  3. Give Your Best To The Master (4:53)
  4. Lead Me, Guide Me (5:41)
  5. Go On, There's Something Telling Me To Go On (4:20)
  6. God Is Real (3:32)
  7. Lovely Day, Just A Little Talk With Jesus (3:58)
  8. What A Friend (4:46)
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Cat: RSRLTD 003. Rel: 27 Feb 19
Soul
  1. Pray Again (4:31)
  2. Give Your Best To The Master (4:53)
Review: Shirley Finney's 1979 debut album "Pray Again" has recently become something of a sought-after set amongst collectors of disco-era gospel soul. Original copies of the LP are expensive and hard to come by, so Rain & Shine has decided to stick two of the set's most admired tracks on one 7-inch single. "Pray Again" is rather wonderful, with Finney delivering a strong, heartfelt vocal above a backing track rich in sustained organ chords, jangling pianos and clipped guitars. "Give Your Best To The Master", meanwhile, is a more up-tempo and stomping gospel-disco affair that benefits greatly from some stellar choral backing vocals. It sounds like the sort of thing that Tony Humphries may have championed at Zanzibar in New Jersey back in the day.
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Cat: RSR 008. Rel: 10 Jul 19
Soul
  1. Inside Of Me (3:10)
  2. He's My Friend (4:51)
  3. Make It Easy (3:37)
  4. Things Ain't Like They Used To Be (3:29)
  5. No Matter What It Takes (3:53)
  6. Do It Now (3:10)
  7. No Turning Back (4:34)
  8. Syncopated Love (4:27)
  9. He Carried The Weight (4:19)
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Cat: RSR 009. Rel: 04 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Let's Go Disco (3:43)
  2. You've Got That Something (Andrea Passenger edit) (4:47)
  3. Guitar Breeeeze (Andrea Passenger edit) (4:56)
  4. Let's Go Disco (Waxist Dubby Stem edit) (6:36)
  5. Let's Go Disco (Frank Booker instrumental mix) (5:42)
Review: Mixed Company were one of disco-era New York's most obscure bands, releasing just one track - the mighty "Let's Go Disco" - on a local radio station compilation in 1980 before disappearing from view. Amazingly, Rain & Shine has managed to find their master tapes, hence this first ever EP. Not only does it include "Let's Go Disco" - a lo-fi chunk of tropical disco-funk - but also fresh edits by Andrea Passenger of two previously unreleased cuts, the upbeat brilliance of "You've Got That Something" and the cheery "Guitar Breeeeze" [sic]. As if that wasn't enough to set the pulse racing, the EP also boasts two new multi-track edits of "Let's Go Disco": a smooth and dubbed-out revision by Waxist and a stripped-back, horn-heavy instrumental rearrangement from Frank Brooker.
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Cat: RSR 007. Rel: 05 Jun 19
Soul
  1. What Freedom Means (4:33)
  2. Tenderly (4:56)
Review: Ishola Muhammad decided to adopt the A M Muhammad pseudonym for his second single, "What Freedom Means", in tribute to then leader of the American Muslim Mission (AMM), whose wise words had inspired the single. As this reissue of the rare single proves, the track has lost none of its potency in the 38 years since it was recorded. Muhammad's positive lyrics and assured lead vocal take pride of place alongside superb female backing vocals and a killer backing track that sits somewhere between rubbery jazz-funk and stomping disco. Turn to the flip for the doo-wop influenced sweetness of obligatory loved-up bonus cut "Tenderly". It's decent, but the floor-friendly A-side remains the killer cut.
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Cat: RSR 002. Rel: 05 Sep 18
Soul
  1. Filled With His Spirit (3:28)
  2. He'll Work It Out (2:55)
  3. Thank You, Lord (3:30)
  4. Have Your Way (4:00)
  5. Come On Everbody (2:08)
  6. Everlasting Love (4:10)
  7. Praise The Lord (4:06)
  8. The Difference (5:25)
Review: ** REPRESS ALERT ** Auckland based retroverts Rain & Shine made an early decision to give all profits back to the artists who appear on their label. Put simply, they thought it would be a nice thing to do - and we concur. It's an official re-release here of Washington D.C. based outfit The Nelson Family's one and only LP from 1986. Comprised of Charisse, Charlene, Paul and their mother, this is a gospel record with super production that features top tracks including "Thank You, Lord" (a firm favorite of Floating Points and Skymark), "Filled With His Spirit" and "Everlasting Love". Charisse would later go on to create the Stellar Award winning/Grammy nominated choral ensemble named Vision, and is still active in the D.C. area as a gospel singer.
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Cat: RSRLTD 005. Rel: 23 Oct 19
Soul
  1. True Love (part 1) (3:15)
  2. True Love (part 2) (3:11)
Review: Not-for-profit label Rain & Shine likes to do reissues differently, offering all profits - rather than a percentage - to the families of the artists whose records they release. The latest artist to profit from their generosity is New Horizon, an act whose sole single - 1977's "True Love" - is here given the reissue treatment. The A-side "Part One" version is a wonderfully sweet and musically rich modern soul number that combines slick male vocals with subtle orchestration and loose, languid grooves. "Part Two" (side B) is a much more forthright version; a dancefloor-friendly take that combines a funkier, heavier version of the groove, twinkling piano lines, beefy bass and jazzy guitar licks with punchier drums and selected snippets of backing vocal.
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FORTHCOMING
Soul Is My Salvation Chapter 5
  1. Fay Hill - "I Know Who You Should See"
  2. Peaches Mann - "Get In Rhythm With God's Love"
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Cat: RSRN 001. Rel: 22 Jan 20
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Old School Heart (4:50)
  2. Lost (3:11)
  3. The Watcher (4:11)
  4. Deep End (4:04)
  5. Something Is Better Than Nothing (3:45)
Review: Although best known for the quality of their reissues, the Rain & Shine Records crew does put out stunningly good new music now and then. This is one of those occasions. "The Watcher" is the debut EP from 21 year-old New Zealander Arjuna Oakes, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and vocalist who's happy to forge his own path through the worlds of jazz-funk, soul and reggae. It's the kind of warm, woozy and effortlessly soulful musical fusion that has long been associated with artists from New Zealand, though it's fair to say that Oakes does it better than most. In fact, as debuts go it's an absolute stunner.
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Played by: Andrea passenger, Miche
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Cat: RSRLTD 006. Rel: 31 Mar 20
Jazz
  1. The African In Winter (4:15)
  2. Kupenda Na Kuhitaji (4:29)
  3. Beautiful Flower (3:13)
  4. Praise Song (7:28)
  5. Poem For My Lady (6:05)
  6. Afrika Needs You (1:20)
  7. Brothers (2:05)
  8. Guerilla Warfare (5:16)
  9. The Weight Don't Make Things No Lighter (5:37)
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Cat: RSRLTD 007. Rel: 14 May 20
Soul
  1. I'll Call You Every Morning (2:54)
  2. I Can't Let Her Go (2:53)
Review: The latest missive from the must-check Rain & Shine label should appeal to serious soul collectors. It offers a new edition of a private press "45" by Illinois outfit Joel Ramirez Jr and Fantasy that's recently been changing hands for vast sums online. A-side "I'll Call You Every Morning" is a super-sweet modern soul number that combines a blue-eyed soul style lead vocal with a bright-and-breezy backing track rich in groovy bass, spacey synths, clipped guitars and seriously positive piano motifs. It's really rather good all told, and the kind of earworm that you'll be singing in the shower all week. Over on the flip you'll find the rhythm & blues/rock flex of "I Can't Let Her Go", which will probably appeal to AOR disco lovers.
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Played by: Soul Music
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Cat: RSRLTD 001. Rel: 04 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Ain't Your Need (2:54)
  2. Ain't Your Need (dance) (5:02)
Review: New Zealand based not for profit label Rain & Shine are proud to present the first official reissue of Skye's highly sought after "Ain't No Need" since it's 1976 release. Remastered and reissued, it has long been a favourite of some of the most well respected DJs across the scene: from Floating Points and Sadar Bahar, to Mr Scruff and Theo Parrish. Say no more!
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Cat: RSRLTD 004. Rel: 24 Apr 19
Soul
  1. Spirit (12:18)
  2. Spirit (Zaf & Phil Asher edit) (11:35)
Review: Spirit's impossible-to-find 1979 debut album "Put Your Hands Together" has long been a favourite of those dusty-fingered crate diggers who love gospel soul, funk and disco. Here Rain & Shine offer a chance to own the album's standout moment, 12 minute opener "Spirit", for a fraction of the cost of the album. It's an absolute stunner - a busy, energetic gospel-soul/gospel-disco hybrid that simply increases in intensity throughout (with no small thanks to some killer organ solos). Turn to the flip and you'll find the added bonus of Phil Asher and The Mighty Zaf's punchy re-edit, which not only re-arranges the track for maximum dancefloor impact, but also plays around with the EQs to produce a weightier low-end sound.
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Lovin (12")
Cat: RSR 006. Rel: 08 May 19
Soul
  1. Lovin (6:16)
  2. Lovin (edit) (4:07)
Review: A quick Google search confirms that copies of the original 1979 Bear Records Inc. pressing of Sunstreet's "Lovin" regularly change hands for eye-watering sums of money. This Rain & Shine reissue is, then, well overdue. While it's not one of the better known rare disco records, it's arguably one of the best. Certainly, the full-length A-side version is a perfect example of independent disco-soul/jazz-funk fusion, with super-sweet vocals riding a spacey backing track rich in walking bass, crunchy Clavinet lines, sun-kissed orchestration and rousing horn lines. The flipside edited version - which was also included on the 1979 12" - is a little punchier with more dominant vocals and an altogether slicker, radio-friendly feel.
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  1. Cash Money - "Seeking" (3:56)
  2. Ricky Womack & The New Age Christian Ensemble - "New Day New Time" (4:40)
Review: If you have even the smallest interest in the worlds of gospel soul and gospel disco, there's a fair chance you've already picked up at least one volume in Tone B. Nimble's ongoing series of split 7" singles, "Soul Is My Salvation". If not, we'd recommend checking out this fourth volume. The A-side sports a superb slab of what sounds like late 1970s, disco-era jazz-funk/gospel soul fusion from obscure Michigan band Cash Money, which was previously featured on the B-side of an extremely rare, private press single. Arguably even better is B-side "New Day New Time", a 1990 chunk of synthesizer and slap-bass heavy gospel soul genius plucked from Ricky Womack and the New Age Christian Ensemble's similarly rare album "Something Within".
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  1. The Gospel Truth - "He Can Do It" (3:51)
  2. McKinley Sandifer - "I Am The Vine" (instrumental) (3:28)
Review: The first two volumes in Tone B Nimble's superb, gospel-focused "Soul Is My Salvation" series sold like hot cakes (or, perhaps more accurately in these times, bottles of hand sanitiser), so we're expecting this third volume to fly off the shelves too. On side A you'll find "He Can Do It" by The Gospel Truth, a suitably hard-to-find chunk of gospel-boogie warmth originally released in 1981. The Keith Williams-helmed group add their harmony vocals to a super-sweet backing track rich in cascading saxophone solos, jangly pianos and warm bass. Things heat up on side B, where McKinkey Sandifer takes over with the rare instrumental version of funk-fuelled 1982 gospel-disco-meets-jazz-funk jam "I Am The Vine".
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