John Ridley is a crate-digging Englishman with an ever-expanding stash of rare 45s — and he’s made the best of them available in MP3 form.
Visitors to Ridley’s site, Sir Shambling’s Deep Soul Heaven, can hear George Perkins’s “Cryin’ in the Streets” — it’s a wrenching spider web of a song that got a lot of play in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination. Charles Crawford’s “A Sad, Sad Song” — which filters heartbreak through a far more personal prism — is another amazing discovery. And further exploration will lead you to soulful Christmas mixes, iPod-friendly articles about Latin soul, and links to other excellent resources (many of which also host MP3s). If you’re in the market for deep soul singles and impossible-to-find B-sides, you won’t believe your ears.
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