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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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VARIOUS ARTISTS: LOST WITHOUT YOU (KENT)
As you can probably guess from the title, this is a compilation of bitter sweet ballads that will evoke painful memories of a love passing by, of a love shared and drifting away, all carrying the message of one of the most powerful emotions known to ...
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TAVARES: LOVELINE (CAROLINE/ SMR)
With their seventies disco chart chasers like “It Only Takes A Minute”, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel”, “Whodunit” and “More Than A Woman” behind them, Tavares continued to spread their musical word up to this, their, 10th and final album in 1981 ...
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THE SYLVERS: SOMETHING SPECIAL (CAROLINE/SMR)
First issued in 1976, this was the family group’s second album for Capitol and their last with producer Freddie Perren at the helm. Housing a pair of hit singles – “Hot Line”, the first track in, with its typical seventies’ dance feel, where all eig...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: JON SAVAGE’S 1966 – THE YEAR THE DECADE EXPLODED (ACE)
This compilation goes a long way to confirm what I’ve always believed about the sixties – nothing was boring, complacent or predictable. It was all about change, and defining the future through behaviour, fashion, attitude but most of all, through m...
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SHALAMAR: THE COMPLETE SOLAR HIT SINGLES COLLECTION (BMG)
From the opening track “Uptown Festival” (Medley) I danced aboard my time machine to the familiar territory of the mid-seventies/early eighties, where I blustered around London nightclub dance floors defiantly ignoring my protesting limbs to gyrate t...
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THE WHISPERS: THE COMPLETE SOLAR HIT SINGLES COLLECTION (BMG)
This trio of CDs map out the career of one of this industry’s most engaging group of vocalists but who, like so many, failed to be consistent high sellers. From disc one, kicking off with their debut hit single “The Time Will Come” from 1969, followe...
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BETTYE SWANN: THE VERY BEST OF BETTYE SWANN (KENT)
An adventurous compilation is this because it’s the first overview of this lady’s career through several labels covering 1964 – 1975. And, as you might imagine, the varying styles fit nicely together thanks to Bettye’s almost relaxed vocals, giving ...
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CHAKA KHAN: ONE CLASSIC NIGHT CD & DVD (WEINERWORLD)
I’m thinking this package holds a re-issue of the DVD title first issued in 2008, and the CD “Greatest Hits Live” (although the blurb says it’s not previously been issued) so would suggest you check your collections before parting with your money. An...
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ISAAC HAYES MOVEMENT: DISCO CONNECTION (STAX)
Produced by Isaac Hayes when he was in a mellow mood, this CD has a nice, warm feeling throughout as he concentrates solely on the renowned musicians who comprise his long standing band, and indeed, have been with him since he recorded the 1969 album...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: THE LONDON AMERICAN LABEL YEAR BY LABEL 1966 (ACE)
If ever there was a sweet jar of sounds then this compilation fits the bill as it reflects the several trends of growing musical genres. Naturally one has to zoom into the classics like Darrell Banks’ “Open The Door To Your Heart”, the American Poets...
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