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Labelle: Pressure Cookin' (SoulMusic Records)
Finding Labelle’s Pressure Cookin’ CD reissue was like finding the HOLY GRAIL for my music collection. In the early ‘90s, when record companies were transferring a lot of their catalogue to CDs, I was just discovering Labelle’s music, knowing little ...
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THE MANHATTANS: IT FEELS SO GOOD Expanded Edition (SMR)
With the start of the track “It’s You” (top fifty UK hit) I really thought we were delving into Diana Ross/Supremes’ “Someday We’ll Be Together”. But no, it’s another compelling track from The Manhattans, formed in 1962 in Jersey City, New Jersey...
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ESTHER PHILLIPS: FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM Expanded Edition (SMR)
She died at the young age of 48 years in 1984, yet in her short life, Miss Phillips was one of our most significant R&B singers. When she sang, we took notice! This re-issue was the first of seven albums on Kudo Records and the 13 songs here includ...
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MILLIE JACKSON: LOVING ARMS-THE SOUL COUNTRY ALBUM (KENT)
You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl! How true is that! Born in Georgia, Millie was raised on country music. That of the R&B ilk came later. And thank the Lord it did too, otherwise we’d have mis...
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GLORIA GAYNOR: GLORIA GAYNOR (BBR)
Soul fans will know there’s more to this lady than “I Will Survive”. And subsequent releases, like this re-issue proved that. Believe it or not, this is her 10th studio album, released on Atlantic Records during 1982. And what an instant, hookline t...
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VARIOUS: DUSTY HEARD THEM HERE FIRST (ACE)
If my memory serves me well, didn’t Bob Fisher compile a similar CD based around Dusty’s love of soul music some time ago? Damned if I can recall the title now. But, hey, our girl’s name is once more seen on a valid soul music release and that’s fi...
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VARIOUS: SOUL CITY PHILADELPHIA (FANTASTIC VOYAGE)
Here’s another in the excellent and most worthy series compiled by Clive R, a man who knows about music’s history like no other. I have the greatest respect for him, always have. Previously he gave us the sounds of Detroit, New York, Chicago, and Lo...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: LET THE MUSIC PLAY. BLACK AMERICA SINGS BACHARACH & DAVID (ACE)
Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The names conjure up so many memories. As composers and producers they’ve written some of the gemstones of our age, and initially those treasures were recorded by Dionne Warwick who, with faultless ease, interpreted the...
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PATTI LABELLE AND THE BLUEBELLES: THE COMPLETE ATLANTIC SIDES PLUS (RGM/SMR)
When Patti LaBelle sings, we stand to take notice – or at least I do. She has a commanding voice that soars to the sky, digs deep into the ground, and encompasses all that’s in between. She takes no prisoners and tolerates no fools: she is boss of h...
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ISAAC HAYES: FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE (BBR)
This guy could charm the birds from the trees, or probably, more realistically, a woman into his bed. His voice alone is enough to….well, you get my meaning. So, with his music in mind, this CD is Mr Hayes’ second studio album for Polydor Records, i...
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THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA: STREET SENSE (BBR)
Once again I offer no excuses for touching base with these guys. This time though Tom Moulton has replaced Vince Montana as producer, so the standard set remains as high. Full-on is the CD’s title, now somewhat of a dance anthem. Its positive beat,...
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LENNY WILLIAMS: CHOOSING YOU Expanded Edition (SMR)
Ex-lead singer of Tower of Power, who also recorded the very worthy “Rise Sleeping Beauty” album for Motown during 1975, a much liked release but which, sadly, failed sales wise. This fate was also shared by his debut solo release “Pray For The Lion...
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EDDIE KENDRICKS: LOVE KEYS (RGM/SMR)
My favourite ex-Temptation! And for that I make no apologies. A gentleman: quietly spoken, almost unassuming, but with a determined aura. He also sang like an angel. “(Oh I) Need Your Lovin’” with his lovely soft, soulful vocals against a full-on br...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: ONE IN A MILLION: THE SONGS OF SAM DEES (Kent)
I spent this afternoon playing this compilation over and over as I prepared press releases for a local function. And something that usually causes me grief was easily overcome as I listened to such powerfully emotive songs from a variety of acts who ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: LOU ADLER: A MUSICAL HISTORY (Ace)
As the blurb says – these are key tracks from the career of a record producer, songwriter, publisher, record company founder, film director and all-round music biz mogul Lou Adler, an architect of the California sound. Yeh! Yeh! Yeh! Oh, who can...
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