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NANCY WILSON: JUST FOR NOW/LUSH FOR LIFE EXPANDED EDITION (SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
Sheer elegance from one of the world’s most celebrated of stylists. And what a total joy it is from start to finish. On the first CD, Ms Wilson aims for adult pop with versions of “Winchester Cathedral”, “Born Free” and “Alfie” among others, before...
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THE TRAMMPS: THE TRAMMPS III (BBR)
The group’s third for Atlantic Records, but fifth release overall, is wall-to-wall, or track-to-track, dance. Wonderfully exciting and compulsive listening, with only a couple or so downsides. From the opening track “The Nights The Lights Went Out”...
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CURTIS HAIRSTON: CURTIS HAIRSTON EXPANDED EDITION (SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
What a wonderful breath of fresh air this re-issue of the 1986 album has turned out to be. A year prior to its original release, Curtis hit the UK top twenty with “I Want You (All Tonight)” which he followed with “I Want Your Loving (Just A Little B...
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ISAAC HAYES: LOVE ATTACK Expanded Edition (SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
When I started listening to this expanded edition, the hairs on the back of my neck stood upright. There’s just something wonderful about this guy; he gets under your skin as he manipulates lyrics into the musical stories. Usually over long versio...
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HEATWAVE: ALWAYS AND FOREVER (BBR)
As the CD’s title indicates, it’s love songs and smooth grooves all the way which have warmed my heart and soul from the off. I’ve always held such a huge respect for this group under the leadership of Johnnie Wilder, and having met up with the high...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: THE AROCK + SEROCK + SYLVIA SOUL STORY CONTINUED (KENT)
This musical journey through the fifties into mid-sixties threw up some surprises. The upbeat “Love Is Such A Good Thing” from The Convairs kicks off this compilation devoted to Al Sears’ New York City record labels. And no two tracks are alike. For...
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CATCH UP GROOVE/2 THE INDEPENDENTS: JUST AS LONG- THE WAND RECORDINGS (KENT)
Debuting on CD here’s some must-have seventies’ soul from an often overlooked group. Featuring a handful of US R&B hits, starting with “Just As Long As You Need Me Pts 1 & 2” which hit the top ten in 1972, and followed by others, including “I Just W...
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CATCH UP GROOVE/6 THE POINTER SISTERS: GREATEST HITS (BBR)
Hey – the mighty Pointer Sisters! One of the most successful female units in the business, and my, how I remember first seeing them perform in London during their “Yes We Can Can” days. Made a lasting impression on me for sure. Anyway, here’s the ...
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CATCH UP GROOVE/5: BLESSED: THE EMOTIONS ANTHOLOGY 1969 – 1985 (BBR)
A massive forty tracks here, and even more staggering – over half were US R&B hits of some degree or other. And if that wasn’t testament to these ladies’ talents, their producer was Mr Maurice White who noted: “Working with The Emotions gave me a cha...
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CATCH UP GROOVE/4: VARIOUS ARTISTS: MAINSTREAM MODERN SOUL 1969 – 1976 (KENT)
No defining style here, rather a mixture of titles crossing the gamut from jazz-tinged melodies, uptempo dancers and smouldering ballads from several New York labels owned by Bob Shad. For jazz, check out Ellerine Harding’s “To Whom It May Concern (...
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CATCH UP GROOVE/3: KOOL & THE GANG: EMERGENCY Deluxe Edition (BBR)
This, their 16th studio album issued during 1984, was a double platinum seller as these dance floor favourites relentlessly brought home their distinctive style of music. Long gone are the group’s jazz roots as they carved a highly lucrative position...
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CATCH UP GROOVE: GLORIA GAYNOR: GLORIOUS Expanded Edition (BBR)
First issued in 1977 by Polydor, this was Gloria’s fourth studio album, now remastered with bonus tracks. I wanted so much to give this a glowing review, having such a high regard for the lady, but I can’t. Some of the tracks appear a little muffle...
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THE ISLEY BROTHERS: MASTERPIECE & SMOOTH SAILIN’ (ROBINSONGS/CHERRY RED)
What an amazing introduction to this double header. From the start through to track five “Stay Gold” (co-penned by Stevie Wonder for the 1983 film “The Outsiders”) and including Phil Collins’ “If Leaving Me Was Easy”, the experience was one of oozing...
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HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: TO BE TRUE EXPANDED EDITION (BBR)
This group’s success story is all too well known in soul circles, but to reiterate the story started in 1954 with the moniker The Charlemagnes, and with the name change, they became a household name following their recording deal with Philadelphia In...
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PATTI AUSTIN: STREET OF DREAMS (WATER MUSIC RECORDS)
As a teenager, she went to see Judy Garland perform and what she witnessed that evening stayed with her for life. “She ripped my heart out. I wanted to interpret a lyric like that, to present who I was at the moment of the lyric.” I have to say, w...
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