Here’s one for the slow-jam fans: Harmless Records is releasing a new volume of their classic Mellow Mellow compilation series.  This release is part of Harmless’ string of 15th Anniversary “Crystal Edition” releases – a similar honor that has been given to their Pulp Fusion and The Breaks reissue series – and it collects a variety of R&B ballads and gentle grooves, going beyond obvious hits to find the deep-catalog treasures in the world of vintage down-tempo soul.  It’s also worth noting that this set will collect several hard-to-find tracks, including some songs that had never been on CD.  Read on for all the velour-soul details…

MELLOW MELLOW

Original Smooth Grooves & Chilled Beats

RELEASED MARCH 28TH

HARMLESS

Taking its name from Lowrell’s ‘Mellow Mellow, Right On’ (featured on the 1st volume), the 15th anniversary edition of this highly revered series looks at the luxuriant, warm and distinctly down-tempo take on soul music of the 70s and early 80s.

Mellow Mellow arrived in the late nineties – a much-needed antidote to all the identikit Ibiza Chill Out compilations – unearthing down-tempo soul, funk and jazz gems from the golden era of the 70s and early 80s. Most of these records were obscure and highly collectable but also instantly recognisable via samples from contemporary artists such as Massive Attack, A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube Portishead, J Dilla and Eric B & Rakim.

As with the original albums in this flagship series, Harmless presents a veritable cornucopia of Mellow Soul delights designed to be played as you’re relaxing in the sun, preferably on a beach or in long field of tall grass. As with “The Breaks”(also released this month) compiler extraordinaire Dean Rudland scoured the vaults of various catalogues like Curtom, Philadelphia International, Kelli-Arts, Invictus, Columbia, Epic, Hi, Brunswick, Fantasy, Philly World, Sleeping Bag and Spring to bring you 2 CDs worth of simply delectable music compiled with love and expertise by one of the most knowledgeable soul music experts in the world.

Naturally there are a host of tracks which have either never been available on CD before or which are currently unavailable on compilations like Jae Mason’s “Cloud Of Sunshine”, Maryann Farra & Satin Soul’s “Living In The Footsteps Of Another Girl”, Side Effect’s “Spend It On Love”, Anthony White’s “I’m So Much In Love With You”, MFSB feat Carla Benson’s “Tell Me Why”and Millie Jackson and Isaac Hayes’ “Soft Lights, Sweet Music & You”. Also it gives us great pleasure to finally unearth Eugene Wilde’s superlative UK and US smash “Gotta Get You Home With Me Tonight” which has long been unavailable on CD and is always in demand.

CD1

1. All Because Of You – Leroy Hutson 7.02

2. Why Can’t We Be Lovers – Holland & Dozier 4.01

3. Cloud Of Sunshine – Jae Mason 3.29

4. I’m Back For More – Al Johnson & Jean Carn 5.05

5. Give Me Some Emotion – Webster Lewis 4.01

6. What Do You Want Me To Do – Lou Courtney 2.49

7. Call Me (Come Back Home) – Al Green 3.01

8. The Sweetest Pain – Dexter Wansel ft Jean Carn 5.42

9. Ain’t You Had Enough – Phyllis Hyman 4.11

10. If Only You Knew – Patti Labelle 4.44

11. Just As Long As I Know You’re Mine – Dee Dee Sharp Gamble 4.14

12. Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby – The O’Jays 4.15

13. Living In The Footsteps Of Another Girl – Maryann Farra & Satin Soul 2.15

14. Keep Goin’ On – Gary Bartz 4.27

15. This Feeling’s Killing Me – The Jones Girls 3.30

16. Oh Girl – The Chi-Lites 3.43

17. Spend It On Love – Side Effect 3.35

18. Gotta Get You Home With Me Tonight – Eugene Wilde 5.19

CD2

1. Come Into My Life – Joyce Sims 3.43

2. I Choose You – Paris 5.52

3. Heaven Only Knows – Teddy Pendergrass 4.08

4. Use To Be My Girl – The O’Jays 3.59

5. My Love Don’t Come Easy – Jean Carn 5.05

6. Tell Me Why – MFSB feat Carla Benson 3.55

7. Let’s Make A Baby – Billy Paul 7.09

8. Do You Get Enough Love – Shirley Jones 4.34

9. I’m So Much In Love With You – Anthony White 4.41

10. Love For The Sake Of Love – Claudia Barry 5.15

11. Devotion – Earth Wind and Fire 4.48

12. Soft Lights Sweet Music and You – Millie Jackson & Isaac Hayes 4.24

13. Count On Me – Natural Four 4.03

14. Mon Belle Amour – Ann Peebles 3.40

15. Don’t Leave Me Starving For Your Love  – Laura Lee 2.57

16. Look At The Boy – Jean Plum 2.32

17. Aretha, Sing One For Me – George Jackson 2.55