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THE TEMPTATIONS: HEAR TO TEMPT YOU/BARE BACK (SMR)
This review is sooo late and it’s all my fault. I misplaced (lost) my original review and didn’t keep a copy, so with ‘umble apologies, here we go. There was a certain amount of hoo hah when The Temptations joined Atlantic because the company didn’...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: HOLLAND-DOZIER-HOLLAND/RARE 45S VINYL BOX (HARMLESS)
Released as the follow-up to the “Holland-Dozier-Holland:The Complete 45s Collection” earlier this year – the 45th anniversary of the Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant labels established by one of the most famous, lucrative and prolific trio of c...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: THE LONDON AMERICAN LABEL YEAR BY YEAR – 1965 (ACE)
It’s been over a year since the “1964” edition of this series was issued. Licensing issues has held up this release but, hey, “1965” is here now, giving an overview of releases on the London label during this formative year. It’s a mixed bag of hits ...
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PRETTY PURDIE: SOUL IS…PRETTY PURDIE (BGP)
Well, didn’t know what to expect here so it was with an open mind that I started listening to this album, first recorded during 1972. Within minutes I was transported into a darkly lit nightclub, soaking up some of the smoothest music I’ve heard in ...
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GAP BAND: GAP BAND IV (BBR)
It’s with thanks to these guys that I’ve been sat on the floor participating rather badly in the ‘row boat dance’ while “Oops Up Side Your Head” blasted out! That 1979 funk anthem just won’t lie down, will it? Anyway, I digress. Here’s the group’s...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: BRING IT ON HOME TO ME: BLACK AMERICA SINGS SAM COOKE (ACE)
Another in the “Black America Sings” series, this time spotlighting Mr Cooke, not only as a singer but as a composer of considerable talent. The Miracles’ “Dance What You Wanna” has just hit my ears; Smokey’s voice is so recognisable on this jaunty,...
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DONNA SUMMER: DONNA – DRIVEN BY THE MUSIC (CRIMSON)
When the ‘Queen of Disco’ died in May 2012, darkness fell over the dance floor that was her domain during the heyday of her career. Donna Summer enjoyed her colourful, carefree and glorious reign during the seventies and eighties, elevating her as an...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: SOUL CITY NEW ORLEANS (FANTASTIC VOYAGE)
And here’s another in the highly credible Soul City series, spearheaded by our music man Clive Richardson. A whopping 60 track set here (with a limited edition 28 track 2-LP vinyl set also on offer) covers significant outings from independent labels...
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JOHNNIE TAYLOR: SHE’S KILLING ME/A NEW DAY (SMR)
Mr Johnnie Taylor - “The Philosopher Of Soul” as his record company Stax billed him, and where he spent an extremely successful stay typified, I suppose, by “Who’s Making Love” in 1968. Prior to Stax, Johnnie was a member of The Highway QCs, later r...
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THE SHIRELLES: HAPPY AND IN LOVE/SHIRELLES (Real Gone Music/SMR)
What can I say about this release from a pioneering sixties girl group, adored by their peers and loved by their fans. It’s The Shirelles for goodness sake! They broke down barriers, while recording some of the most significant material symbolic of...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: RIGHT NOW/ATLANTIC CLUB SOUL AND DEEP CUTS (FANTASTIC VOYAGE)
A monster 86 track compilation from respected soul music authority Lois Wilson, covering the iconic Atlantic Records catalogue, has just been released and is playing now as I type. This eclectic collection covers R&B, soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll – ...
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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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