I have always been a student of the “less is more” school of thought. Small club shows are better than arena shows, eating a slice of pizza is more enjoyable than eating a whole pizza, and indie movies beat blockbusters. And while LPs can be great, the 7 inch single holds the ultimate upside for music listening enjoyment. For those fall into the “less is more” camp and who love a good single, imagine a limited run of colored vinyl recorded by a variety of kick ass rock and soul artists.
Enter Q-Dee Records and the Rock and Soul 7 inch series. Between July 2010 and May 2012, Q Division Recording Studio of Sommerville, Massachusetts, through its house label Q-Dee Records, issued a limited series of eleven 7 inch singles by a strong variety of artists ranging from the soulful garage wail of Barrence Whitfield and The Monkey Hips “Built Like a Rock” b/w “I Love Her So” to the magical pairing of Sarah Borges backed by Los Straitjackets covering “Let’s Spend The Night Together” b/w “Wild Romance.” Check out Barrence and the boys spinning on yellow vinyl doing “Built Like A Rock”!
Other artists in the series include: The True Loves, Muck and the Mires, Jenny Dee and the Delinquents, John Powhida, Merrie Amsterberg (the Christmas single of the series), Buffalo Tom, Sea Monsters, The Figgs, and Tim Gearan. Each single was pressed in a limited number of 500 (collector alert!). If the concept of the Rock and Soul series wasn’t cool enough, the good folks at Q Division have offered the digital download at a “name your price” option. Whether you choose the vinyl or download, you can still pick up the whole Rock and Soul series at the Q-Dee website.