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DEE DEE WARWICK: THE COMPLETE ATCO RECORDINGS (SMR)
Standing in the shadow of her music icon sister Dionne Warwick couldn’t have been easy, and while she has a strong, true R&B styling, global acclaim wasn’t forthcoming for her, except in soul circles of course. Dionne took centre mainstream stage, an...
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THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS: THE COMPLETE ATLANTIC SINGLES PLUS (SMR)
Most mainstream music fans will probably only remember these ladies as Elvis Presley’s back up group on stage, but soul people know the name only too well – and Elvis wasn’t even in the equation! That they also supported the likes of Wilson Pickett ...
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WILLIE JONES: FIRE IN MY SOUL (SHOUT)
Considered to be the best kept secret in R&B, and yet he’s been in the business since 1955! Willie Jones, ex-lead singer with the fifties group, the Royal Jokers, actually waited fifty-plus years to record this solo album at the grand young age of se...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: NORTHERN SOUL: THE FILM SOUNDTRACK (HARMLESS RECORDS)
“This is a story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come.” Well, I haven’t seen the film yet (thanks muchly for the invite to the preview though) but the music speaks ...
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PATTI LABELLE: TASTY (BBR)
Patti! Patti! Patti Labelle! The voice that knows no boundaries! And here is vintage Patti and her second solo album since Labelle, released in 1976, but somewhat of a floundering release when compared to her debut eponymous release which soared. ...
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YARBROUGH & PEOPLES: THE TWO OF US (BBR)
Their debut album, first released by Mercury during 1980, Calvin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples, discovered by The Gap Band, not only sang but also contributed as musicians on this release. Housing their huge dance hit “Don’t Stop The Music” – what a f...
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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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