Under the Influence Volume Two: A Collection of Rare Soul & Disco


After the universally well-received Under the Influence Vol. 1 compiled by Red Greg, Z Records returns with Vol. 2, this time compiled by Paul Phillips. Paul Phillips first got into soul music in the late 1970s with the discovery of radio shows such as Greg Edwards and Mike Allen (Capital Radio), Robbie Vincent (Radio London) and the original soul pirate Radio Invicta. These were discoveries that led him to start his own soul pirate radio station in 1982 and go on to present radio shows on London-based pirate radio station Starpoint FM from 1986 to 1991 and as the official on-site radio station at the Southport Weekenders during the 1990s. Paul is still involved in radio and currently presents his own show on Solar Radio that features the new soul and soulful house releases of the day mixed with the classic and lesser-known soul, funk, jazz, disco and boogie tracks from the last four decades. Paul also continues to travel around the UK and USA in pursuit of collecting soul vinyl, a conviction that this new Under the Influence compilation highlights. The story behind UTI is this -- being a seasoned record collector, Z label boss Dave Lee (Joey Negro) has made the acquaintance of many of the world's other vinyl junkies. People that may be unknown to the general public but are hardcore enthusiasts who have built some of the best collections of soul, funk and disco on the planet. As always with Z Records, they have spent time and money to make the masters sound as good as possible, so if you're a fan of compilations from BBE or Dimitri From Paris and their own Soul of Disco CDs, then this new series will not disappoint. "The vast majority of these releases went unnoticed other than in some cases exposure in their local area of release via local radio airplay and sales, which in some cases would lead to a minor local hit. Admittedly, much of it was in no comparison in terms of quality when placed head-to-head with the slick production sounds of the major labels and were often under-produced, suffered from weak musicianship or were vocally weak, but that wasn't always the case. Quite often well-produced, great songs on these small independent labels would fail commercially due to either lack of promotion, poor distribution or limited pressing runs. This compilation represents some of my favorite soul, funk, disco and '80s club boogie tracks that for one reason or another went totally under the radar at the time of release." --Paul Phillips