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The relatives
Call it Gospel Funk! In truth, the sound of The Relatives is so much more. Brought together by veteran Gospel singer Gean West in 1971, their sound bridges the gap between traditional Gospel, Soul and Psychedelia.
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Le Roy Band
Leroy Franklin's lost Modern Soul/Rap masterpiece from 1981 steps back into the light.
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El Gusano
Long sought-after by break hunters and psych collectors, "Fantasia del Barrio" is the missing link between the Psychedelic sounds of Texas and the Chicano Soul and Funk of the late 1960's and early 70's.

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News

The Relatives on the Radio

Thomas Fawcett produced a wonderful, in-depth radio piece on The Relatives for KUT’s Texas Music Matters. You can listen to it here.

 


Fantasia del Barrio

Releases

Fantasia del Barrio

Long sought-after by break hunters and psych collectors, “Fantasia del Barrio” is the missing link between the Psychedelic sounds of Texas and the Chicano Soul and Funk of the late 1960’s and early 70’s.

 

Don’t Let Me Fall

Releases

Don’t Let Me Fall

Call it Gospel Funk! In truth, the sound of The Relatives is so much more. Brought together by veteran Gospel singer Gean West in 1971, their sound bridges the gap between traditional Gospel, Soul and Psychedelia.

 

Releases

El Gusano — “Fantasia del Barrio”

(Original recordings)

Available Formats: LP, mp3

 

“Fantasia del Barrio” is the missing link between the Psychedelic sounds of Texas and the Chicano Soul and Funk of the late 1960′s and early 70′s. Recorded soon after Eugenio Jaimez returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam, “Fantasia del Barrio” is his musical meditation on life at war and the Chicano experience at home. Skillfully performed in one marathon recording session, Jaimez and El Gusano embraced the Soul, Funk and psychedelic sounds of their day to craft this lost instrumental concept album. Long sought-after by break hunters and psych collectors, Heavy Light Records is proud to bring Eugenio Jaimez, Jr’s masterpiece to light.

Featuring:

  • Heavy, Old-School tip on jacket
  • Color insert with historical notes and unpublished photos
  • Beautiful, faithful remastering
  • Limited pressing of 1000 copies

 

LFSB: Leroy Franklin Starbird Band — “Star Bird”

(1981) Released 2009

Available Formats: 7″, mp3

 

In 1981, Leroy Franklin went into the San Antonio studio of Manny Guerra with a group of session musicians to record his 2-sided masterpiece, “Star Bird.”  The A-side, a spiritual, funky slice of Modern Soul, is reason enough for DJs and collectors to put this 45 in their box.  The flip, a spontaneous anti-drug rap over “Star Bird’s” instrumental track is a dancefloor filler.  Recorded just over a year after “Rapper’s Delight,” “Star Bird II” is quite possibly, the first Rap record ever recorded in Texas.

Featuring:

  • Deluxe limited edition silk screened packaging
  • The story behind the making of “Star Bird”
  • Beautifully remastered tracks from the original reels

 

 

The Relatives — “Don’t Let Me Fall”

(Original recordings 1971 – 1975)

Available Formats: LP, mp3

 

“Sick sick sick gospel funk…u need it”
Gilles Peterson, Worldwide, BBC Radio 1

Call it Gospel Funk! In truth, the sound of The Relatives is so much more. Brought together by veteran Gospel singer Gean West in 1971, their sound bridges the gap between traditional Gospel, Soul and Psychedelia. Over a span of four years, The Relatives recorded three obscure 45’s and a session with legendary North Texas engineer Phil York. These powerful, genre-busting recordings stand up alongside the best Group Soul and Funk recordings of the 1970’s—and give praise to the Lord like you’ve never heard before! Heavy Light Records is proud to bring together all of The Relatives’ singles and five previously unreleased tracks for their first-ever full length release, “Don’t Let Me Fall.”

Featuring:

  • Deluxe limited edition silk screened packaging
  • Extensive liner notes with unpublished photos
  • 5 previously unreleased tracks remastered from the original reels