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BAZZA BONANZA

Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt2018 marks the anniversary of BARRY WHITE'S first ground-breaking release on 20th Century Records and record companies always like to honour such occasions with some special releases. Consequently on 13th April UMC/Mercury will release the first of a series of catalogue releases of Barry White's classic work, in a yearlong celebration of the anniversary.

The White reissue series launches with a pair of remastered White hits collections: 'Love's Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles' - a single-CD compilation incorporating 21 classic White hits, (also available as a double vinyl LP including the bonus track 'Satin Soul' by Love Unlimited Orchestra) and the three-CD, 46-track 'The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979)', which will be presented in a specially-designed box with the three discs packaged in individual wallets. Both albums will feature expansive liner notes and track details.

Later in April, UMC/Mercury will release a box set of 10 seven-inch vinyl singles that replicates White's original hit single releases. The ten singles will be housed in a two-piece rigid box, with each disc in a 20th Century Records sleeve and 7" labels that duplicate the originals, along with a four-page illustrated book. The vinyl set features newly remastered audio from the 20th Century Records master tapes, cut at Abbey Road Studios for the highest possible sound quality.

Over the rest of the year White collectors will be able to enjoy more 20th Century Records LP and CD album box sets, and new compilations and album box sets spotlighting Love Unlimited and the Love Unlimited Orchestra.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:51

 

THE INVISIBLE MAN......

Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt(Stuart) MATHER is a busy, busy man. One half of the UK soul duo Mather and KIngdon, he also pursues a solo career and his releases come thick and fast. His last single, an updating of the Robert Palmer tune 'You Are In My System' won lots of support with its use of Toto's 'Georgy Porgy' (yep, the Luther Vandross-vocalised Charme song).

Stuart is putting the finishing touches to an EP due for March release but in the meantime he's made the lead track available. It's a polished and catchy slice of Brit pop/soul called 'Invisible'. Not mould breaking, eclectic of clever – just a classy, melodic, polished cut.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:51

 

WHO’S THAT GIRL?

Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:14 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Who That Girl Is' is the debut EP from London soulstress GIGI HAROLD. However, working in tandem with her writing partner and bass player, Mark Harold, she prefers to work under the name "Gg"

Ms Harold says her influences include Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Jill Scott and Amy Winehouse... an eclectic bunch for sure! And the three cuts on the EP reflect that eclecticism.

The title track is a lazy, jazz meander with a neo-soul undertow. There's some sweet guitar work and some brief but lovely muted trumpet from guest player Kenny Wellington. Kenny's horn is more prominent on the haunting 'Through Winter' while the building 'Perfect Stranger' reminds me of dear old Lisa Stansfield... though I can't work out why! We believe that there's a vinyl album on the way too.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:18

 

OUT OF (K) NOWWHERE….

Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAkie Bermiss is a Brooklyn-based soul man who learned his trade in the church. His first forays into secular music were with bands/collectives like Aabaraki, the Screaming Headless Torsos, Miri Ben-Ari (the Hip Hop Violinist) and rapper, Soul Khan. Akie then broke free to form his own trio and released his début EP in 2014.

Mr B is now busy promoting a new EP from which the lead track '(K)nowhere' is winning lots of plays, praise and plaudits. It's an unusual and interesting tune that somebody described as "a cross between Donny Hathaway and Tom Waits...." an odd description, but you can hear where they're coming from. The Baird College music graduate, bourbon swigging, cigar smoking, children's author (Mr Bermiss' description of himself!) certainly offers something different.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:19

 

DEFINITIVE NINA;

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThis year marks the 60th anniversary of the remarkable first recordings by NINA SIMONE and to commemorate the anniversary, BMG are releasing a 14 track album that brings together all those groundbreaking, Bethlehem recordings

Incredibly, 'Mood Indigo' features Ms Simone's first hit – the powerful, emoting version of 'I Loves You Porgy' and the last hit of her career – 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' which, of course, charted in 1987 on the back of TV ad. Those two classics top and tail this album. In between you get (amongst other great cuts) Richard Rodgers' 'Little Girl Blue' (the title of that original album), a heart-rending version of ''You'll Never Walk Alone', Ms Simone's own 'Central Park Blues' and a take on Duke Ellington's 'Mood Indigo' which gives this collection its titling.

'Mood Indigo... The Complete Bethlehem Singles' includes comprehensive liner notes with input from drummer Al "Tootie" Heath who played on the sessions. He offers a unique perspective on the eclecticism of Nina Simone and though she enjoyed a lengthy career (she issued something like 25 albums) the Bethlehem Recordings capture her at a very particular, incandescent moment.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:58

 

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