The Detroit Tapes Project, September 2019
We are proud to welcome to the world of Unissued Soul something we have been working on since almost a year. When Brad Hales from Peoples Records out of Gratiot, Detroit, invited me over to discuss "something" (precisely quoting him on the phone call) I had no idea. Turns out a posse was coming together to handle a very relevant archive of reel tapes, mainly containing demo takes out of a handful of recording Studios based in the area. After Brad's discovery and the subsequent physical restoration of the reels (baking and transferring to a workable format) done by Phil Dick, we at Cannonball Records would play the role of complete - arrange and release the material that has been rolled up on a spindle for 50 years. We have set up a little sister label called Cannonball Detroit with the not-so-easy task to handle the “artistic” side of this delicate plan. The first release is a most beautiful song from a band based in Woodward, the famous road that cuts Detroit downtown in two parts, from Royal Oak all the way down to Lake Erie. This is a release that brings us back to our roots as it presents the completed version on side A and the very original untouched and unmastered demo version that was found on the reels on Side B.