Australia's Playback Records label returned to the scene in 2019 with a pair of new releases and the promise of more to come. Today, we're looking at those new titles from Curtis Mayfield and Timi Yuro! As a writer, producer, and artist - both solo and with The Impressions - Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) was one of the foremost exponents of Chicago soul. He penned such favorites as Jan Bradley's "Mama Didn't Lie" and Major Lance's "The Monkey Time," not to mention such Impressions hits as
Cherry Red's SoulMusic imprint has recently delivered a heaping helping of rare R&B with a powerful 3-CD box set collecting the albums of Maxayn, the band fronted by vocalist Maxayn Lewis. Reloaded: The Complete Recordings 1972-1974 presents the three albums recorded by Maxayn for Capricorn Records, all of which pushed the envelope of soul, funk, and rock. The Oklahoma-born, prodigiously gifted singer born Paulette Parker joined the Ike and Tina Turner Revue in 1967. Upon "graduation"