Soul Talkin': David Nathan interviews Junior, Leee John and Noel McKoy, three members of The British Collective

Soul Talkin’: David Nathan interviews Junior, Leee John and Noel McKoy, three members of The British Collective

At the August 25, 2016 packed media launch at The Library in Covent Garde for the upcoming milestone album by five British black music pioneers – Don-E, Junior, Leee John, Noel McKoy and Omar – released appropriately under the name The British Collective, SoulMusic.com founder and historian David Nathan interviews three of the members of this generic manufacturers of clonazepam team of super-talented artists in their own right.  With a long history of knowing both Junior and Leee, our exclusive SoulMusic.com video – courtesy UK SoulMusic.com partner Paul Mason of Event Photo – captures some priceless moments and gives insight into the makings of “Vol. 1, The Renaissance Begins” a musically historic recording…

 

 

 

Soul Talkin : Up close and personal with Candi Staton

Soul Talkin : Up close and personal with Candi Staton

The first-ever SoulMusic.com live video interview! The legendary, award-winning CANDI STATON in an up-close-and-personal interview with SoulMusic.com founder DAVID NATHAN in London, summer 2016. Video courtesy Paul Mason, Video Event Productions

Al McKay 2016 SoulMusic Interview

Al McKay 2016 SoulMusic Interview

Phone interview conducted July 15, 2016

Perhaps best known for his pionering work with legendary supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire, guitarist/producer/songwriter and all-round multi-talented music man Al McKay launched his All Stars when EW&F began a hiatus in the ’80s. Since that time, the group has literally xanax online toured the world. Back in the studio, Al and the band are recording a new album with the lead-off klonopin vs generic clonazepam single, “Heed The Message” reminiscent of the uplifting music that Al created with EW&F from 1973-1981.

In this interview with David Nathan, he talks about his work as a producer, the band and the late Maurice White (with whom he wrote a number of timeless classics),…

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Latest Reissue Reviews - August 2016

Latest Reissue Reviews – August 2016

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The latest reissue reviews from Sharon Davis….

CURTIS HAIRSTON: CURTIS HAIRSTON EXPANDED EDITION (SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
What a wonderful breath of fresh air this re-issue of the 1986 album has turned out to be. A year prior to its original release, Curtis hit the UK top twenty with “I Want You (All Tonight)” which he followed with “I Want Your Loving (Just A Little Bit)” and this CD’s first track “Chillin’ Out”. There’s no fuss or frills here, just honest, well rounded sounds with infectious melodies and choruses. Largely aimed at dancers – check out “The Morning After” or “Let Me Change Your Mind” for starters. The fact that this gifted singer/composer was taken from us at the young age of thirty-four years, left us bereft of what could have been. And it’s this statement alone that makes us treasure this one and only long player recorded as a soloist, having been in the membership of The BB & Q Band. A handful of remixed, extended bonus tracks offer a harder, forceful flavour, particularly on the before mentioned “The Morning After”. Four tracks here were composed by ex-Labelle Nona Hendryx about whom he credited as being a huge influence on him, while I detect there’s a little Rick James influence here also. Although not totally relevant to this review, I’d like to include the following because when his mother recalled her son’s singing debut at three years old, she said “My father had asked Curtis to get up in church and sing. He walked up there, reached up and grabbed the mike like it belonged to him.” That first move was the change his life and as he grew in years, Curtis developed a vocal style akin to Peabo Bryson and Luther Vandross to carve a distinguished generic clonazepam cost career and name for himself in the dance world. Albeit a tragically short one.

Rating 9

NANCY WILSON: JUST FOR NOW/LUSH FOR LIFE (SOULMUSIC RECORDS)

Sheer elegance from one of the world’s most celebrated of stylists. And what a total joy it is from start to finish. On the first CD, Ms Wilson aims for adult pop with versions of “Winchester Cathedral”, “Born Free” and “Alfie” among others, before changing course to inject a soulful slant into Cannonball Adderley’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”. Several of the songs are associated with Frank Sinatra simply because Billy May was his regular working associate, and was responsible for the bulk of the tracks here. Emotional ballads like “If He Walked Into My Life” bring out the tender, almost desolate side of the singer. So much so, that it’s hard not to be drowned in her torment. Then there’s the second album “Lush Life”, a more engaging, crisper and meatier side to her talent, where she so succinctly fuses adult mainstream with jazz, although this isn’t, to be honest, as spontaneously attractive as the first. A little blues filters in with “River Shallow” , while Ms Wilson treats “Sunny” to a lazy melody. Yet, a direct stab at the heart dispels any thoughts of complacency when she delivers tracks like “(I Stayed) Too Long At The Fair”. The fact that this wonderful singer/stylist, or whatever category you wish to place her, can so effortlessly switch musical track, simply highlights once again her innate talent given to a few. Her voice soars and dips, pleads and teases, and, of course, can reduce us mere listeners to tears in the blink of a note, is testimony to the genius that is Nancy Wilson, the consummate artist.

Rating: 9

Earth, Wind & Fire Live in London 02, Friday, July 2016

Earth, Wind & Fire Live in London 02, Friday, July 2016

Phenomenal performance by The Legendary Earth Wind & Fire at London’s 02 last night. I first became aware of the amazing music of my favourite band through songs like Keep Your Head To The Sky and Devotion; after seeing their mindblowing performance at Madison Square Garden in 1975, I was the first British journalist to interview Maurice White in person during a plane ride from Los Angeles to Seattle that proved to be a life-altering conversation. Over the years, I interviewed Maurice and Verdine White many times and I have many precious memories connected with EW&F over decades – their music has enriched my spirit, touched my soul and kept my feet dancing!

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Last night, this superb group (with original members Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson and a brilliant band) served up classic after classic – Can’t Hide Love, Serpentine Fire, Fantasy, Jupiter, On Your Face, Yearnin & Learnin, Evil, Reasons, Shining Star, Sing A Song, Head To The Sky, That’s The Way Of The World alongside the timeless hits, After The Love Has Gone, September, Let’s Groove, Boogie Wonderland and a rousing encore with one of my personal favourites, In The Stone. I got my vocal buy bulk klonopin workout (thanks Philip!) and my dance on! It was easily the best show of the year!

After the show, an opportunity to catch up with Verdine (recently inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at SoulMusic.com), Philip and Ralph along with manager Damien Smith and longtime EWF music lover Junior Hamer and to meet the offspring Philip Doron Bailey and Kahbran Whiteboth of whom I had illuminating and enlightening conversations with. Thanks Gary Thomas Kypa for capturing precious memories on camera. To top off an incredible evening, I was on the tube going home and a man came and sat next to me (after staring at me for several minutes!) and asked if I was the guy who wrote all the articles for Blues & Soul back in the day. Thanks David Lewie Lewis for reminding me that all those interviews really made a difference in informing people about the enormous contribution of Earth Wind & Fire. The perfect way to end my day which started with my move to my new flat. Feeling fulfilled, blessed and eternally grateful.

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Gladys Knight Review (London Royal Albert Hall, July 4, 2016)

Gladys Knight Review (London Royal Albert Hall, July 4, 2016)

Brilliant show by Gladys Knight on Saturday at Royal Albert Hall before a packed house of music lovers who clearly appreciate great singing and great entertainment. Gladys was away from the UK for a number of years and actually did shows here a few years ago touted as a final/farewell tour.

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Thankfully, that was not the case and last year, she returned triumphantly to the same venue: I missed that show – and I’m so glad (thanks to Joanna Burns P R, Andrew Scott and Angie Becker of Kennedy Street Enterprises) that I got to see Gladys (who I first interviewed in 1972) in all her glory this time. The show moved, Gladys grooved, there were ballads (Neither One Of Us, The Best Thing That mylan generic klonopin Ever Happened, I Don’t Want To Do Wrong), surprises (On & On, You’re Number One, Baby Don’t Change Your Mind), the timeless hits (Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Love Overboard), a nod to some of Gladys’ self-professed musical inspirations (via The Man I Love, Stormy Weather and Someone To Watch Over Me), a beautifully-constructed medley of Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Adele’s “Hello”) and a tribute to Prince by the four background vocalists with Gladys joining in on “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “1999”. Truly a wonderful evenng – and my only personal disappointment was not being given the ok to go back afterwards and say ‘hello’ to a lady I’ve spoken to so many times over the past four decades…

Interview with Gwen Dickey

Interview with Gwen Dickey

In person interview conducted at Boisdale’s, Canary Wharf, London, April 28, 2016.

She is the voice behind a string of timeless soul and pop classics – Car Wash, I Wanna Get Next To You, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, Wishin’ On A Star, Ooh Boy and I’m Goin’ Down. As the lead singer of Rose Royce from 1975-1980, Gwen Dickey experienced unprecedented success with the legendary Norman Whitfield as her musical mentor. Since leaving the group in 1980, Gwen has forged a solo walgreens generic clonazepam career that has included collaborations with KWS on Chaka Khan’s classic hit Ain’t Nobody in 1994 and in 1998 with Jay-Z for a brand new version of the Rose Royce hit Wishing on a Star becoming a UK Top Ten hit.

Ahead of her show at one of London’s most prestigious venues, Boisdale’s in Canary Wharf, Gwen sat down with David Nathan to reminsice and reflect on her musical legacy….

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Latest re-issues : HARVEY MASON

Latest re-issues : HARVEY MASON

SoulMusic Records has reissued (5) classic Arista albums by the legendary drummer/producer/songwriter Harvey Mason, recorded between 1975-1981

Marching In The Street
Earthmover
Funk In A Mason Jar
Groovin’ You
M.V.P.