P.P. ARNOLD: 2019 SoulMusic.com Interview

P.P. ARNOLD: 2019 SoulMusic.com Interview

Embodying the true essence of what it is to be a ‘soul survivor,’ P.P. Arnold’s triumphant return with what is essentially her third full album in 51 years is a testament to her resilience, endurance and ‘against-all-odds’-perseverance. From her arrival in London as an Ikette with Ike & Tina Turner in 1966 through two classic hits (“The First Cut Is The Deepest” and “Angel Of The Morning”), P.P. has experienced all the rough-and-tumble of the music industry at its best – and worst. Her credits include names such as The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Barry Gibb, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller, Roger Waters and KLF among many others. The 2019 worldwide release of “The New Adventures Of P.P. Arnold” marks a new and exciting chapter for the ever-soulful singer/songwriter as she explains to SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan who first met her in 1967!

Check it out this compelling two-part audio interview!

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

CLICK HERE FOR P.P. ARNOLD’S WEBSITE

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF P.P. ARNOLD

LARRY GRAHAM, MAURICE WHITE Digital Releases/PRESTON GLASS August 2019 Interview

LARRY GRAHAM, MAURICE WHITE Digital Releases/PRESTON GLASS August 2019 Interview

Photo courtesy Preston Glass:  Larry Graham, Maurice White, Preston Glass – 1987, Studio D Recording, Sausalito, California

With the 2019 digital release of recordings by two musical pioneers LARRY GRAHAM and MAURICE WHITE through SoulMusic Records (SMR) in association with award-winning music man/producer/songwriter and musician Preston Glass’ Platinum Garage Recordings, SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan speaks with Preston about “Chillin'” (the Larry Graham album) and “Manifestation” (the Maurice White collection) and about working with two men whose impact on contemporary music is undeniable…

CLICK THE LINK TO FULL DETAILS, PURCHASE, DOWNLOAD & STREAMING – LARRY GRAHAM: CHILLIN’ (SoulMusic Records-SMR/Platinum Garage Recordings)

CLICK THE LINK TO FULL DETAILS, PURCHASE, DOWNLOAD & STREAMING – MAURICE WHITE: MANIFESTATION (SoulMusic Records-SMR/Platinum Garage Recordings)

CD REISSUE REVIEWS - July 2019

CD REISSUE REVIEWS – July 2019

GROVER WASHINGTON JR: SACRED KIND OF LOVE:THE COLUMBIA RECORDINGS  (SOULMUSIC RECORDS)

A saxophonist of many talents in the soul/jazz and jazz/funk field and considered by many to be one of the founders of jazz fusion, this cracking 5-CD package focuses on Grover Washington Jr’s Columbia tenure. Already established in his field, he signed with the company in 1986 after spells with Kudu and Elektra Records. “Strawberry Moon” is self-produced barring two titles: “Summer Nights” where Marcus Miller takes production credit and “I Will Be Here For You” co-produced by Grover and Michael J. Powell.  The former was released as a top four R&B single, while the actual album was his first in three years and his debut for Columbia.  Worth checking out here is B B King’s contribution to the mid-paced “Caught A Touch Of Your Love”, while one of Bacharach and David’s finest emotive ballads “The Look Of Love” features the unequaled Jean Carn.  She’s featured on the more upbeat “Keep In Touch” as well.

Released in 1988, “Then And Now” moved away from his recognizable R&B sound, to feature Herbie Hancock and Tommy Flanagan on keyboards.  I zoomed in on a pair of ballads, “Just Enough” and “Something Borrowed, Something Blue”; both pure magic.  Recorded in Philadelphia with a studio full of musicians, “Time Out Of Mind” offers some credible dance titles, including the funk-slanted “Split Second (Act II The Bar Scene)”. That aside, feel the Latino beat in “Nice ‘N’ Easy”, or relax to the reflective “Protect The Dream”. However, not to be missed is the mid-paced “Sacred Kind Of Love” featuring the wonderful Phyllis Hyman on vocals.  “Summer Chill”, co-penned by Grover’s son and nominated for a Grammy, is a feature on his 1992 release “Next Exit”. This time a trio of guest vocalists are major attractions.  On the soulful  “Till You Return To Me”, you’ll hear the Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs; Nancy Wilson on the slow paced “Your Love”, and Lalah Hathaway on the string based “Love Like This”.  Excellent teaming of voices and music.

The 1994 “All My Tomorrows” was, at the time, considered to be Grover’s first all-acoustic album, returning to his roots as he plays soprano and tenor sax with the help of several A-liner musicians, including Hank Jones and Eddie Henderson.  A couple of immediate highlights here; Grover’s take on Nat King Cole’s “When I Fall In Love” and the slowie “For Heaven’s Sake”, where Cole’s younger brother Freddy duets with Dizzy Gillespie’s daughter Jeanie.  Almost unrecognisable is Grover’s jazz re-working of Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed” which is a pity.

The final CD in this box set but not his last for Columbia – “Soulful Strut” from 1996 – is probably more commercially slick than the others, while Grover hangs on to his soul/jazz groove. He mixes hip/hop and jazz/funk with “Uptown”, while takes on a laid back seam on “Mystical Force”.  In this musical pot pourie, jungle sounds introduce  “Poacher Man” and immediately grabbed my interest as Grover (rightly) condemns illegal rhino and elephant hunting in Africa.  Authentic African voices close his heartfelt protest. There are extensive notes by our respected Charles Waring tucked away in this rather lavish package, and a personal tribute from David Nathan, re-issue producer and founder of SoulMusic.com.  Congratulations to all concerned.

Rating: 10

 
 

================================================================================VARIOUS ARTISTS: MASTERPIECES OF MODERN SOUL VOLUME 5 (KENT)

What an impressive selection of tracks, covering most music genres from major and less-major artists. I was instantly grabbed by the opening song – The Mighty Whites’ “Given My Life”. Smooth as silk, with a lifting chorus and well-crafted vocals. According to the blurb, the unreleased master was originally issued as an inferior title under the Brotherhood moniker in 1978. Anyway, Millie Jackson’s “I’ll Continue To Love You” took me by surprise; a previously unissued dance edit, and, my, does she strut her stuff. From the start, you’re immediately in the groove – another favourite. Likewise, “Mrs So And So’s Daughter” from Loleatta Holloway; again an unissued edit from a lady whose voice often defied gravity. Such an under-rated artist in commercial quarters.

Major Lance’s “That’s The Story Of My Life” and Freddie Scott’s “I Guess God Wants It This Way” are also compulsive listening, while Lee Porter & Peaceful Persuasion’s “Nobody’s Doin’ A Doggone Thing” is an interesting insight into social commentary without being dictatorial. Eddie Floyd, The Headliners, The Independents, and the recently-discovered C.J. & Co’s re-visited “Rainmaker”, previously recorded by The Moods, are compelling on several levels. In fact, this is a wonderfully rounded compilation and one that will instantly appeal to collectors of rare soul items, but not, I’d have thought, to commercially-slanted buyers.
Rating: 8

 
 

SOUL TALKIN' with David Nathan & Kevin Goins: SOULMUSIC RECORDS REISSUES: BILLY PAUL, SHIRLEY MURDOCK

SOUL TALKIN’ with David Nathan & Kevin Goins: SOULMUSIC RECORDS REISSUES: BILLY PAUL, SHIRLEY MURDOCK

In this edition of Soul Talkin,’ David Nathan and Kevin Goins discuss the latest releases from SoulMusic Records – one being a compilation of classics from BILLY PAUL – ME & MRS. JONES, THE ANTHOLOGY, the other an expanded edition of the 1986 debut album by SHIRLEY MURDOCK, which features her biggest hit, “As We Lay”. All this and more reissue talk with David and Kevin!

 

SOUL TALKIN' with David Nathan & Kevin Goins: A TRIBUTE TO NANCY WILSON

SOUL TALKIN’ with David Nathan & Kevin Goins: A TRIBUTE TO NANCY WILSON

On March 2nd, David Nathan attended the memorial service honoring the late Nancy Wilson, who passed on in December 2018. We discuss that celebration of Nancy’s life as well as who was in attendance. In addition, we share the first time each of us had discovered her music as well as David’s recollections of his interviews and discussions with Ms. Wilson. All this and Nancy’s music too on this edition of Soul Talkin’

SOUL TALKIN' with David Nathan & Kevin Goins: A TRIBUTE TO JAMES INGRAM, SALUTING THOM BELL & DIONNE WARWICK

SOUL TALKIN’ with David Nathan & Kevin Goins: A TRIBUTE TO JAMES INGRAM, SALUTING THOM BELL & DIONNE WARWICK

On this edition of Soul Talkin’, we pay tribute to the late James Ingram as we discuss his contribution to music as a fine vocalist and songwriter. In our discussion, we talk about James’ second #1 hit (his only as a solo act), “I Don’t Have The Heart” – produced, arranged and conducted by the great Thom Bell (whom we chat about as well regarding his remarkable career). Leading up to our Dionne Warwick chat re: the Thom Bell-produced album “Track Of The Cat”, and a previously unreleased Dionne/Thom tune David had found in the Warner Bros. vault years ago. All this on the “expanded edition” of Soul Talkin’!

SOUL TALKIN'  With David Nathan & Kevin Goins: A TRIBUTE TO NINA SIMONE, Pts. 1 & 2

SOUL TALKIN’ With David Nathan & Kevin Goins: A TRIBUTE TO NINA SIMONE, Pts. 1 & 2

Pt. 1:
On this edition of Soul Talkin’, we pay homage to the departed NINA SIMONE, birth date Feb. 21, 1933. David shares his recollections of Nina and championing her career as the founder of the Appreciation Society named in her honor. In addition, Kevin recalls his discussion with composer/arranger Horace Ott about his writing “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, first recorded by Nina in 1964.  Photo is of David Nathan and Nina Simone, London, 1968.

Pt. 2:
The conclusion of our Soul Talkin’ conversation, honoring the late Nina Simone. Here, David continues his tale of meeting and accompanying Nina to her UK television debut on Ready, Steady Go! Kevin chimes in on when she appeared on a now-legendary American public TV program for kids (clue, the show featured a very large feathered friend!) All this and great classic Nina tunes as well!

SOUL TALKIN'  with David Nathan & Kevin Goins: A TRIBUTE TO THE STAX/VOLT REVUE IN EUROPE, 1967

SOUL TALKIN’ with David Nathan & Kevin Goins: A TRIBUTE TO THE STAX/VOLT REVUE IN EUROPE, 1967

Celebrating the amazing Stax/Volt Revue’s groundbreaking 1967 tour of Europe with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd and Arthur Conley (with Carla Thomas on certain shows) with Booker T. & The M.G.s and The Markeys. SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan shares with Kevin Goins his reminiscences and memories of seeing the show at Fairfield Halls, Croydon on March 27th…

SoulMusic Hall Of Fame Inductees: Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Daryl Simmons, Preston Glass and Marc Scarborough (on behalf of Skip Scarborough)

SoulMusic Hall Of Fame Inductees: Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Daryl Simmons, Preston Glass and Marc Scarborough (on behalf of Skip Scarborough)

LOS ANGELES, March, 2019 – David Nathan, founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com proudly presents awards to inductees into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame (inducted by popular vote via online poll)

KENNETH ‘BABYFACE’ EDMONDS – MALE ARTIST, PRODUCER/ARRANGER, SONGWRITER

DARYL SIMMONS – SONGWRITER

PRESTON GLASS – PRODUCER/ARRANGER, SONGWRITER

SKIP SCARBOROUGH – SONGWRITER (presented to Marc Scarborough on behalf of his father)

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present these much-deserved awards for the outstanding creative contribution of Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Daryl Simmons, Preston Glass and Skip Scarborough to soul music worldwide,” notes Nathan.  “Going forward, we will be creating more awards for the current (and future) inductees into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame, which offers music lovers the world over to express their appreciation for their favourite artists, songwriters, musicians, producers and arrangers through our SMHoF public poll.  We will be relaunching The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame (which was started in 2012 and currently has over 300 inductees).”

With special thanks: Sid Johnson, Amar Naik, Gina Glass for assistance with coordinating our first SoulMusicHall Of Fame awards presentation

Click here for full lists of current inductees in (12) categories 

Public votes for the Nominations and inductions into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame are conducted via an online poll accessed through our Facebook page.  For further information, contact info@soulmusic.com. 

SOUL TALKIN' with DAVID NATHAN and KEVIN GOINS: THE GLOBAL LEGACY OF ARETHA FRANKLIN

SOUL TALKIN’ with DAVID NATHAN and KEVIN GOINS: THE GLOBAL LEGACY OF ARETHA FRANKLIN

Check out the first in an ongoing series of podcasts on variety of soul music/R&B-related topics featuring SoulMusic.com founder, historian and author David Nathan in conversation with renowned New York City-based music industry consultant, reissue producer and journalist Kevin Goins…

Following the January 13th, 2019 “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration” taping in Los Angeles, David reflects on ‘The Queen Of Soul’ and her status as a global icon…

 

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