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VARIOUS ARTISTS: SOUL CITY - LOS ANGELES (FANTASTIC VOYAGE)
Well, here’s another outstanding collection from Clive Richardson – soul music historian, Solar Radio DJ and a very, very nice man. For this compilation he’s selected key independent labels from the late fifties and early sixties when R&B slowly evo...
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SEAWIND: SEAWIND/LIGHT THE LIGHT (SMR)
I wasn’t awfully sure I’d like this but the more I played it, the more I became hooked. The tracks kinda get under your skin, particularly the instrumentals which are elegantly diverse switching from jazz tinged melodies to warm funk. Hailing from ...
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ISAAC HAYES: AND ONCE AGAIN Expanded Edition (BBR)
There’s little this giant of a talent can do that I dislike: it’s his voice – deep, creamy and seductive. And so I was pulled into this release with a smile on my face from the opening track “It’s All In The Game”. From 1980, this was Isaac’s four...
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PATTI LABELLE: RELEASED Expanded Edition (BBR)
I’ll make no bones about it, this lady does it for me every time. She’s never known any boundaries – she opens her mouth and lets rip whether it’s a gut wrenching drama or the tenderest of love songs. Yup, Patti LaBelle is a true star in all the wo...
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ATLANTIC STARR: BRILLIANCE (SMR)
The sun is shining through the office window and I’m basking in warmth and Atlantic Starr. A lovely combination for sure. This re-issue of their fourth studio album from 1982, and follow-up to “Radiant”, is full of gems from a unit known for its smo...
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DEE DEE WARWICK: I WANT TO BE WITH YOU/I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME (SMR)
Mainstream record buyers overlooked her but the soul fraternity adored her and this cd proves why. And then some! The reissue playing now is Ms Warwick’s first full album released in 1966 on Mercury Records but there’s seven bonus tracks this time ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: KENT’S CELLAR OF SOUL VOLUME 3 (Kent)
One of the greatest songs known to man/woman – “Giving Up” by The Ad Libs, under the innovative production control of the mighty Van McCoy. What an inspiration that man was! And the song is here! Full of drama, elegance and power! My kind of song...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: SOUL IN HARMONY:VOCAL GROUPS 1965-1977 (Kent)
Group harmonies in any genre are some of the most compelling and exciting to hear. But when it comes to soul music, these voices surpass all expectations. I’m thinking of smooth vocals blending as one; each adding a new or different dimension to a s...
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FOUR TOPS: INDESTRUCTIBLE (EXPANDED EDITION) (SMR)
Well, what do you expect me to say about this? One of the best albums ever recorded by the group who changed my life. There that should cover it! The CD’s very title certainly sums up this very special quartet who were only parted in death, and wh...
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THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA: MAGIC JOURNEY (BBR)
Ah my lovely Salsoul guys, produced by the ever innovative Vince Montana Jr, and with an added attraction this time – Loleatta Holloway on “Run Away”; a hot, hot dance track that was eventually lifted as a single. With huge slices of support vocals...
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TIMMY THOMAS: WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (BBR)
The CD’s title track virtually blew me away when I first heard it as a single in 1972. It was ground breaking, moody in a laid back sort of way, with the jarring musical backdrop adding just the right feel to this gritty slice of soul. Having a CD e...
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2013 REISSUE ROUND UP
THELMA HOUSTON & JERRY BUTLER: THELMA & JERRY/TWO TO ONE (SMR) Both these albums were largely overlooked when first issued during the mid-seventies. Thelma was riding high with “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, while Jerry had his first Motown album “Sui...
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Donny Hathaway: Never My Love: The Anthology (Rhino)
Over the decades since his untimely passing in January 1979, much has been written about the superlative talent of the late Donny Hathaway. While his recorded work only spanned five complete albums (including his famed collaboration with Atlantic la...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: ERA RECORDS NORTHERN SOUL (Kent)
Well, I’ll be ****** - look at this. Carol Connors played a major role in my recent Motown Spotlight and here she is singing “I Wanna Know” on this compilation. It’s on the raucous side as she demands, against a shrill flurry of support vocals, “do ...
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GLORIA JONES: VIXEN/WINDSTORM (RPM RECORDS)
Ah, the “Tainted Love” and “Heartbeat” lady - and a helluva lot more. These two albums were recorded either side of her partner Marc Bolan’s death, and as such show the difference in attitude and emotional adaptations. And it’s to “Windstorm” that ...
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