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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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CLARENCE CARTER: THIS IS CLARENCE CARTER/THE DYNAMIC CLARENCE CARTER…AND MORE (KENT)
All I know about this guy is “Patches”, so a musical history lesson was in the offing. Certainly value for money as this CD covers his first two albums from 1968 and ’69, plus the added bonus of five previously unissued items from 1966/67 that have b...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: NEW BREED WORKIN’: BLUES WITH A RHYTHM (KENT)
A real treasure trove to delve into here. Loads of rare titles, with at least one third being issued for the first time. There’s New Orleans R&B holding hands with indie blues labels from Cleveland, Ohio, and items from Arock/Sylvia, and all aimed a...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: DAVE HAMILTON’S DETROIT SOUL VOLUME 2 (KENT)
That such a defining sound emanated from a little studio in Detroit is quite amazing by today’s standards, where recording techniques seem to involve a plethora of sophisticated equipment and constant re-takes. Having said that, there’s obviously no...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAX:STAX-VOLT 45 RPM RARITIES 1964 – 1968 (KENT)
Hell’s bells, if CD titles get any longer they’ll out rank the track listings! Ah, tis like meeting an old friend seeing the Stax label again gracing these re-issues and compilations, and although not all the tracks instantly grabbed me, there’s a fe...
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YVONNE ELLIMAN: NIGHT FLIGHT/YVONNE (CAROLINE/SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
She performed for four years in “Jesus Christ Superstar” following a singing career that kicked off in London during 1969. She sang material she hated in nightclubs because she needed the money, and it was while doing this that Tim Rice and Andrew L...
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CHAKA KHAN: WHAT CHA’ GONNA DO FOR ME EXPANDED EDITION (BBR CLASSICS)
The voice! The musicians! Arif Mardin! How could this combination fail? Well, it didn’t – and here’s the proof. Released in 1981 and hailed as her finest solo album (so far), it was certified gold, and honest to God there’s nothing to dislike abou...
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TEDDY PENDERGRASS: JOY EXPANDED EDITION (BBR CLASSICS)
The voice that led Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes through million selling songs loses none of its soulful power and melting warmth. A more distinctive voice would be hard to find. Sophisticated soul and more. In 1982, Teddy Pendergrass suffered a ...
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THE DRAMATICS: SHAKE IT WELL EXPANDED EDITION (CAROLINE/SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
Formed in Detroit and probably best known for “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” – which instantly sprang to mind when this CD arrived – I was nicely surprised to hear this collection of tracks. Originally known as The Dynamics, the name change took them ...
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TAVARES: FUTURE BOUND EXPANDED EDITION (CAROLINE/SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
Party time again with this their 6th album and last to be produced by the former Motowner Freddie Perren. First issued on Capitol Records during 1978, Tavares spare no punches with this collection as it’s an ideal vehicle for both ballad and dance. ...
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CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR: DREAMING A DREAM:THE BEST OF CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR (BMG)
Didn’t know too much about these guys before listening to this latest compilation from BMG where the title obviously speaks for itself. This often underrated dance outfit from Brooklyn, New York, formed as the Neu Day Express whose first US R&B hit o...
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THE DELLS: FREEDOM MEANS… (CAROLINE/SMR)
I’d walk barefoot across continents to hear “Wear It On Our Face” from 1968 – no, not literally, but you know what I mean – because it’s such an iconic song from my past, housing all the brilliant ingredients necessary to stand out from the rest. As ...
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EVELYN CHAMPAGNE KING: FLIRT (CAROLINE/ SMR)
This was such a surprise. I worked with this lady during the eighties and together did the whole nightclub promotional bit, as you did back then. And she was simply great! So, imagine my excitement at hearing her again on her 1988 debut album for ...
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