Win vinyl copies of Leon Ware’s 1982 self-titled LP, the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come for Free, and Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy
Be With Records reissues fan-requested vinyl
New London-based vinyl-only reissue record label Be With Records has teamed up with Wax Poetics to give away a copy of each of their first three releases. Specializing in releasing officially licensed high-quality vinyl records that are currently unavailable or never even received a vinyl release, Be With Records are unique in actively seeking vinyl lovers’ suggestions about records that should be released. Only three releases in, they are already getting a lot of attention.
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Leon Ware’s self-titled 1982 album has long been a holy grail for modern-soul record collectors. And Be With Records marked its first release with Ware’s classic—a set that features the timeless “Why I Came to California,” a beautiful example of early ’80s soul funk.
Upon its release ten years ago, the Streets’ second album, A Grand Don’t Come for Free, was instantly hailed as another masterpiece to equal Mike Skinner’s initial clarion call, Original Pirate Material. It was unavailable on vinyl for the best part of the intervening decade; Be With Records celebrated its second release by issuing Skinner’s electronic soap opera on this format on audiophile 180 gram vinyl.
Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy, originally released in 1976, is widely considered the finest blue-eyed soul album of all time. It has long been a source of great frustration then that this perfectly formed Southern California masterpiece has been unavailable on vinyl for almost forty years. Also pressed at 180 gram for the first time and featuring the original artwork for both jacket and full colour inner sleeve, Be With’s very limited reissue of 500 copies is one not to be missed.