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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 005. Rel: 23 Jan 19
Soul
  1. Crying (6:03)
  2. Easy Come (instrumental) (4:26)
  3. Wake Up (3:55)
  4. Let's Make Love (5:16)
  5. Completion Of A Miracle (3:37)
  6. You Touched Me (3:38)
  7. Next Time (instrumental) (4:20)
  8. Certain People (5:01)
Review: Originally released in 1992, Completion Of A Miracle was American R&B and gospel musician Steve Elliott's second LP. New Zealand-based reissue imprint Rain & Shine continue their love for Elliott's self-produced music by giving the album another lease of life. Remastered from the original reel-to-reel tapes, it includes the dancefloor cut "Wake Up". Another essential release set to become a future collector's item. Rain & Shine was established in Auckland, New Zealand in 2017 and only pursues music previously unreleased or never re-issued, and when certain that artists or their families can be directly involved to benefit financially.
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Cat: RSR 003. Rel: 17 Oct 18
Disco/Re-Edits
  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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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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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: 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 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 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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