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    Universal Music Special Markets [Reel Music] - Jimmy Ruffin

    I went to play my Ruff'NReady by Jimmy Ruffin tonight and just discovered by reading the CD case that this was produced in 2009 by Universal Music Special Markets in conjunction with Reel Music. B0013185-02/66748-78015-2. Reissue supervision: Paul Williams. It is in stereo.

    Does anyone know if this was the only one ever reissued by Reel Music or were there any others by any other Motown artists? I must admit the sound quality is exception on this CD. It really made Jimmy sound incredible.

    Thanks for any help anyone can give.

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    Hi Bill, I have: Chris Clark "Soul Sounds", Gordon Staples "Strung Out" and Yvonne Fair "The Bitch Is Black" hope this helps. They are beautifully produced.

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    They released Bettye Lavette's TELL ME A LIE album in 2008.

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    Under the Reel moniker they released

    Esther Phillips - Alone Again Naturally
    O.V. Wright - A Nickel & A Nail & The Ace Of Spades
    Bobby Bland - Call On Me / That's The Way Love Is
    Esther Phillips - Capricorn Princess
    Jeannie Reynolds - Cherries, Bananas & Other Fine Things
    Cheryl Lynn - Cheryl Lynn
    Kim Tolliver - Come And Get Me I'm Ready
    Chris Clark - Dream Or Cry
    Ella Washington - Ella Washington
    Black Ivory - Feel It
    Phyllis Hyman - Goddess Of Love
    Love, Peace & Happiness - Here 'Tis
    Brenda & The Tabulations - I Keep Coming Back For More
    Bobby Wilson - I'll Be Your Rainbow
    Mary Wells - In And Out Of Love
    Bill Withers - +'Justments
    Kool And The Gang - Kool And The Gang
    Gwen McCrae - Lay It On Me - The Columbia Years
    Kool And The Gang - Live At P.J.'s
    Bill Withers - Making Music
    O.V. Wright - Memphis Unlimited
    Buddy Miles - More Miles Per Gallon
    Caroline Crawford - My Name Is Caroline
    Deniece Williams - Niecy
    Pat Lundy - Only Love Spoken Here
    Edna Wright - Oops! Here I Go Again
    Freda Payne - Payne And Pleasure
    LaBelle - Pressure Cookin'
    Jimmy Ruffin - Ruff'n Ready
    Gloria Jones - Share My Love

    The Ebonys - Sing About Life
    Prince Buster - Sings His Hit Song Ten Commandments
    Greg Perry - Smokin'
    Phyllis Hyman - Somewhere In My Lifetime
    Chris Clark - Soul Sounds
    Gordon Staples And The String Thing - Strung Out

    Bettye Lavette - Tell Me A Lie
    Yvonne Fair - The Bitch Is Black
    Tony Williams - The Joy Of Flying
    Eddie Hinton - Very Extremely Dangerous
    Gloria Scott - What Am I Gonna Do
    The Sisters Love - With Love

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    I bought 5 of the 6 in bold (not Yvonne Fair's "The Bitch Is Black") - these can be seen herehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...57714456367826

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    Wow, I am surprised at the great number that were released. I especially noted the Caroline Crawford which I would LOVE to obtain. I got my Ruff'N Ready as a gift and
    I was totally unaware that there were others. I wonder if the company is still in business? I know that they were somehow involved in some DVD productions if I am not mistaken.

    Thanks everyone. I am certain everyone learned something from this thread.

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    The CDs are of excellent quality as you know and there were plans to release more, including more Motown stuff and the Blinky albums. Sadly they no longer operate and folks on this forum have long lamented their demise. Well worth seeking out because they do still come up for sale used from time to time. The Sisters Love CD of their unreleased album (plus) is great. The Chris Clark album "Dream Or Cry" I've never heard but others may be able to comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    Under the Reel moniker they released

    Esther Phillips - Alone Again Naturally
    O.V. Wright - A Nickel & A Nail & The Ace Of Spades
    Bobby Bland - Call On Me / That's The Way Love Is
    Esther Phillips - Capricorn Princess
    Jeannie Reynolds - Cherries, Bananas & Other Fine Things
    Cheryl Lynn - Cheryl Lynn
    Kim Tolliver - Come And Get Me I'm Ready
    Chris Clark - Dream Or Cry
    Ella Washington - Ella Washington
    Black Ivory - Feel It
    Phyllis Hyman - Goddess Of Love
    Love, Peace & Happiness - Here 'Tis
    Brenda & The Tabulations - I Keep Coming Back For More
    Bobby Wilson - I'll Be Your Rainbow
    Mary Wells - In And Out Of Love
    Bill Withers - +'Justments
    Kool And The Gang - Kool And The Gang
    Gwen McCrae - Lay It On Me - The Columbia Years
    Kool And The Gang - Live At P.J.'s
    Bill Withers - Making Music
    O.V. Wright - Memphis Unlimited
    Buddy Miles - More Miles Per Gallon
    Caroline Crawford - My Name Is Caroline
    Deniece Williams - Niecy
    Pat Lundy - Only Love Spoken Here
    Edna Wright - Oops! Here I Go Again
    Freda Payne - Payne And Pleasure
    LaBelle - Pressure Cookin'
    Jimmy Ruffin - Ruff'n Ready
    Gloria Jones - Share My Love

    The Ebonys - Sing About Life
    Prince Buster - Sings His Hit Song Ten Commandments
    Greg Perry - Smokin'
    Phyllis Hyman - Somewhere In My Lifetime
    Chris Clark - Soul Sounds
    Gordon Staples And The String Thing - Strung Out

    Bettye Lavette - Tell Me A Lie
    Yvonne Fair - The Bitch Is Black
    Tony Williams - The Joy Of Flying
    Eddie Hinton - Very Extremely Dangerous
    Gloria Scott - What Am I Gonna Do
    The Sisters Love - With Love
    Mercy!.....I could go swimming in that catalog; I'm gonna have figure something out...

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    Check out the marketplace at Discogs.com as an option for finding some of those Reel Music CDs to buy and add to your collections! I bought all 5 of the highlighted discs listed above and I'm happy to have them in my collection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    The CDs are of excellent quality as you know and there were plans to release more, including more Motown stuff and the Blinky albums. Sadly they no longer operate and folks on this forum have long lamented their demise. Well worth seeking out because they do still come up for sale used from time to time. The Sisters Love CD of their unreleased album (plus) is great. The Chris Clark album "Dream Or Cry" I've never heard but others may be able to comment.
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    Off-topic question: How did the Universal Music Group fare after that horrendous warehouse fire, a number of years ago? A few SDF posters said many labels masters were lost.

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