Various – Personal Space (Electronic Soul 1974 - 1984)
Media: NM- (2xLP)
Cover: NM- (gatefold)
Quite possibly the greatest selection ever compiled, Personal Space explores the electronic soul sounds of the late 70s and early 80s. Quite a few of the singles featured run in the $5,000 range for original copies. So the expensive nature of this compilation is quite easily justified considering it's contents. A few of our favorite's include A Man by Key & Cleary, All About Money by Spontaneous Overthrow, and Don't Challenge Me by The Makers
"If the independently-pressed record made the galaxy of recorded music that much larger, the burgeoning home studio became the black hole from which little escaped. Flowering in the mid-to-late ‘70s, affordable high-quality tape recorders, synthesizers, and simple drum machines permitted the aspiring artist to never leave his home, never request the assistance of another human being. In the world of American Black music, name artists such as Sly Stone, Timmy Thomas, and Shuggie Otis had experimented with rudimentary electronic soul with a modicum of success, but on record what remains is scant. This collection presents the unheard underground of the self-produced, often solo, electronic soul world of the ‘70s and early ‘80s, offering a view into an ocean of sound that is in turn peaceful, bizarre, funky, and often humbly ahead of its time."