For their first release, London’s Be With Records is reissuing the in demand, classic self titled from Leon Ware on May 26th. A key writer for Motown from the mid 60’s, Ware’s six decade career has seen highlights such as Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” (which no doubt helped him get propelled to superstar status) as well as several solo records for Elektra and Motown. However, this record itself has been known only to people inside the music industry. Collectors and rare grooves detectives were in the know, but this release has been in the dark for more than twenty years. Until now, that is. Featuring the 80’s soulful Funk of “Why I Came To California”, this ten song LP has been sought after by Funk Junkies since it was whispered about in record swaps, flea markets, and studios since the 1980’s. The label, which will have vinyl only releases from here on out, will be the only label to introduce this classic to the vinyl community. In fact, they are taking suggestions on records you want to see reissued by the label. Pretty damn cool. Call it a reissue label with “you” in mind. The cats at Be With Records don’t want to be the person to say that you have to listen to this, or you have to listen to that, they want to facilitate it. Because you’re not the only one that wants to hear them, they do too! You can suggest titles here. A label that asks me what I want to get on vinyl, that’s my kind of label, it should be yours too. So start suggesting titles you want.
Check out an interview w/ Leon here.
Here’s Leon in action below:
“Why I Came To California”
More info on the label here.