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NANCY WILSON: TODAY - MY WAY/NANCY – NATURALLY EXPANDED EDITION (CAROLINE/SMR)
Miss Nancy Wilson. That name magics up the best there is: she’s an unrivalled stylist, a singer with a voice that embraces, delivers and sumptuously sizzles with the whole gamut of emotions known to the world. She was, and still is, one of the most i...
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ASHFORD & SIMPSON: IS IT STILL GOOD TO YA? EXPANDED EDITION (BBR)
Their sixth album for Warner Brothers and follow-up to their first gold selling album “Send It” during 1977, this re-issue simply sums up the completeness in their composing/producing talents and in their personal relationship. Their meticulous devo...
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FORREST: ONE LOVER (HOT SHOT RECORDS/BBR)
Well, it’s been awhile since I heard anything from Forrest, who hailed from Galveston, Texas. After becoming established as a church singer, he relocated to Los Angles where he won a few talent shows. He then moved to the Netherlands, hooked up wit...
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PERCY SLEDGE: LIVE IN KENTUCKY CD & DVD (WIENERWORLD)
As you may know I’m not a great lover of ‘live’ CDs, but decided to give this a go because of the legend it stars and the fact that he’s no longer with us. Percy Sledge died from liver cancer in April 2015, so this release is quick off the mark then...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: DORE L.A. SOUL SIDES 2 (KENT)
The blurb says this is the second and last volume of Kent’s Dore soul story, and like the first one, this is strong on harmony groups, uptempo dancers and quirky one-offs from the vivid imagination of the label owner Lew Bedell. Well, that’s spot on...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: HERE TODAY! THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON (ACE RECORDS)
Before you start thinking I’ve lost the plot by featuring a Beach Boy here, let me tell you why. This compilation features a pot pourie of artists of the soulful variety and otherwise, singing Brian Wilson’s material, and, to be honest, it’s been a ...
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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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