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VARIOUS ARTISTS: PIED PIPER - FOLLOW YOUR DREAM (KENT)
The second in the series highlighting the talents the Pied Piper Productions team, a group of composers, musicians and artists based in Detroit. Interestingly, members of the Funk Brothers were in this celebrated group of talent including Jack Ashfo...
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ZULEMA: JUST CAN’T SAY GOODBYE - THE RCA YEARS (SMR)
I’m ashamed to admit I knew very little about this lady previously, but as soon as I heard “Love To Last Forever”, I loved her. It’s beautiful beyond words, with its sweeping, sleepy chord change and soft support vocals. Quite defining in lyric and...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: SWEET THINGS - FROM THE ELLIE GREENWICH & JEFF BARRY SONGBOOK (ACE RECORDS)
It seems fitting that following the recent compilation of Gerry Goffin and Carole King songs, this should hit the streets. Their Brill Building colleagues Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, often their competitors in music, also penned some of the fine...
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IDRIS MUHAMMAD: BOOGIE TO THE TOP - THE VERY BEST OF IDRIS MUHAMMAD (CHERRY RED RECORDS)
I’ve played this over and over, the music is soothing and comforting, easing away a particularly stressful day. When I paused to think, lovely visions of sitting in a nightclub in the early hours, sipping champagne and chilling, flood through my min...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: AIN’T GONNA HUSH: THE QUEENS OF RHYTHM & BLUES (FANTASTIC VOYAGE)
You’d have to go some to beat this collection of music royalty in one compilation. That this spans three CDs makes the journey from the mid-fifties into the early sixties more enjoyable – there’s so much to hear! These iconic ladies broke the mould...
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GARNET MIMMS: LOOKING FOR YOU (KENT)
It’s so clear why Dusty Springfield adored this guy. Listening to her version of “It Was Easier To Hurt Her” shows how slavishly she copied his vocal styling and delivery. The way he injected an honest and dedication into his music is a joy to behol...
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TAVARES: LOVE STORM (SMR)
From 1977, this is the second album produced by Freddie Perren and the group’s fifth and follow-up to “Sky High” which sold by the bucket load. This one did too, thanks probably to the high profile enjoyed by Tavares at this time, and well deserved t...
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JACKIE WILSON: NYC 1961 – 1966 (ACE)
Wow! A massive 48 tracks, with half previously unissued, and all featuring the iconic soul man Jackie Wilson either as soloist or with Lavern Baker and Linda Hopkins. These titles are the result of several New York sessions with Nat Tarnopol and Edd...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: NORTHERN SOUL’S CLASSIEST RARITIES – VOLUME 5 (KENT)
Is it me, or have more compilations been released since the Northern Soul film?! Anyway, leaving that thought, this current issue is the first for nearly five years in Kent’s highly successful series, and is, by far, the richest in terms of rarities,...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: LOS ANGLES SOUL-KENT-MODERN’S BLACK MUSIC LEGACY (KENT)
This 24 tracker highlights a selection of soul sides from the sixties and early seventies; most of them unreleased items. Los Angeles’ labels, Kent and Modern were owned by the Bihari brothers who, judging by this compilation, knew a bit about soul ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: HUNG ON YOU-MORE FROM THE GERRY GOFFIN & CAROLE KING SONGBOOK (ACE)
It seems timely to review this collection of sounds having recently lapped up every joyful note in “Beautiful”, the musical about this wonderful duo’s work but more rticularly, Ms King’s talent as composer and singer. There’s recognisable songs alon...
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DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: FAITHFUL (REALGONEMUSIC)
Any release by this lady that contains new material is a reason to celebrate as, unlike her American counterparts, Dusty never stock piled songs by the hundreds. So what we have now are the songs she recorded with producer Jeff Barry during 1971 whi...
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SAM DEES: IT’S OVER (KENT)
This is the third compilation of Sam’s Showtime recordings. A few were included on ‘various artists’ compilations, two alternate takes from his “The Show Must Go On” album, and “Married, But I’m Still In Love” from “Take One”, first heard on the “Ta...
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JIMMY HOLIDAY: SPREAD YOUR LOVE (KENT)
Here we have all Jimmy’s recordings during his tenure at Minit Records, including a pair of tracks featured on his solitary album “The Turning Point”. Probably better known for his composing talents, like being partly responsible (with Jackie DeShan...
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GEORGE JACKSON AND DAN GREER: AT GOLDWAX (KENT)
This release is like a behind-scenes history lesson, as we listen to embryonic songs written and sung by Mr Jackson, one of the most notable writers from Southern Soul, whose work crossed into mainstream music. And from Mr Greer, known for his compo...
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