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The Funky Side of Goldband/ANLA RecordsGoldband Records played a key role in documenting and shaping of musical traditions, tastes, and trends, both regionally and internationally since 1944. The focus of the Goldband catalog is certainly set on Country & Western, Swamp Pop, and Cajun music. However, from the 1960s until the early 1970s Goldband, and it’s sub-label ANLA Records, released many high-quality Soul and Rhythm & Blues recordings. Simply put, Shuler had an ear for talent. He always believed in “… “giving a man a chance” otherwise, how would you discover what somebody could do?” That was the guiding philosophy and the secret to the success of Goldband Records.

Born March 27, 1913 in Wrightsboro, Texas, Eddie Shuler moved to Lake Charles in 1942 to work as a dragline operator. He found additional part-time work in a music store, leading him into a career in the music business. He then joined the country, western swing, and Cajun group The Hackberry Ramblers. Having sharpened his musical skills, he left the group to form his own band, The Reveliers.

By the early 1950s, Shuler acquired the Goldband complex in north Lake Charles. It would be a combination record store (Eddie’s Music House), television repair shop (Eddie’s Quick Service T.V.), and recording studio for over a half-century thereafter. Being the one and only recording studio in town, it did not take long for other artists in the area to migrate in Shuler’s direction.

A grassroots operation, Shuler was head of distribution and promotion. He distributed the recordings from the back of his car to record stores and to jukebox operators. Knowing that getting airplay was the key to increasing sales he created multiple labels which assured him better chances with the radio. One of those auxiliary labels was ANLA which featured Soul and R&B artists from South Louisiana and East Texas, including Clifton White, Charles Greene, and the Original Soul Senders. Around the same time, future Zydeco celebrity “Count” Rockin’ Sidney joined Goldband for almost a dozen releases.

At the time of Eddie Shuler’s passing on July 23, 2005, he was the head of the nation’s longest running independent record label, Goldband, which is still based in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

www.tramprecords.com

Tracklisting:

01. The Showboats – Sidewinder
02. Count Rockin’ Sidney – Life Without Love
03. Claude Shermack – Your Gravy Train
04. Count Rockin’ Sidney – Dedie Dedie Da
05. Count Rockin’ Sidney – Feel Delicious (feat. The Dukes)
06. The Showboats – Too Much
07. Claude Shermack – Keep on Keeping On
08. Lee Bernard – Turn Around and Go
09. Count Rockin’ Sidney – Do Your Stuff (feat. The Dukes)
10. Count Rockin’ Sidney – Put It On (feat. The Dukes)
11. Chester Randle’s Soul Senders – Soul Brothers Testify (Part 1)
12. Chester Randle’s Soul Senders – Soul Brothers Testify (Part 2)
13. Clifton White – The Warm Up (feat. His Royal Knights)
14. Charles Greene – Double EE Agent
15. Lee Bernard – Getting Out of Town
16. Count Rockin’ Sidney – Boogie’s Boogie Shack
17. Count Rockin’ Sidney – Back Door Man
18. Freddie Love – Crazy Girl (Part 1&2)
19. Chester Randle’s Soul Senders – Why Did I Let You Go
20. Soul Shouting Tommy – I’m the Man
21. Chester Randle’s Soul Senders – Take a Little Nip
22. Dynamic Adam – Forgive Me (feat. His Excitements)
23. Count Rockin’ Sidney – Bury the Hatchet

The compilation VariousThe Funky Side Of Goldband/ANLA Records” (Tramp Records) is going to be released November 21, 2104.

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