Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:29 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGreat news for proper soul and R&B fans.... JAMES HUNTER has announced he's set to release a brand new album in the New Year. 'Whatever It Takes' will hit the sales racks on February 2nd and like James' last collection, 'Hold On' it will be released on the iconic Daptone label; indeed the whole set was recorded at Daptone's Penrose Studios in Riverside, California.

James and his band will be touring extensively to promote 'Whatever It Takes' and the tour in the UK will include dates supporting Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMINNIE RIPERTON would have been 70 years old on November 8, 2017, and to celebrate this milestone Ume is set to release a deluxe edition of her breakthrough album 'Perfect Angel'. Produced by Stevie Wonder and containing the evergreen 'Lovin' You', the long player was first released in 1974 and brought the wider music world's attention to a unique vocal talent that sadly was taken from us just four years later.

This new 2 CD edition of 'Perfect Angel' not only celebrates Minnie's vocal art but also highlights the major role that Stevie Wonder played in the project. Back in '74 for contractual reasons the full story was never told but now it can be revealed that Mr W not only co-produced the set with Minnie's husband Richard Rudolph, but he also arranged the tracks with his band, Wonderlove; played keyboards, harmonica and drums; and wrote two songs. Eagle-eyed sleeve readers will know that the notes on the album credit "El Toro Negro"- the Black Bull.... a moniker sometime used by Taurean, Wonder.

This new edition of 'Perfect Angel' includes 11 bonus tracks. Included is a duet version of 'Take A Little Trip' with Stevie Wonder; an acoustic version of 'Seeing You This Way;' and an alternate take of 'Lovin' You,' notable for its backing by the Wonderlove band, as the hit single version only used Rudolph on guitar and Wonder on keyboards.

Stevie Wonder says: "Minnie was my dear friend. She was an extraordinary, vibrant person with an extra-special voice. I was a big fan of hers before we met and it was my honour to produce the album with Minnie and her husband Richard. Minnie had a positive energy that radiated throughout these sessions and throughout the rest of her life. When Minnie lived, she lived. She continues to live through this release."

'Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition,' will be released on December 1.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:44



Monday, 13 November 2017 19:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was only a week or so back that we drew your attention to the single 'In The Meantime' from ex- James Brown trumpeter WILLIE BRADLEY. Featuring vocals from the Manhattans' Gerald Alston, the smooth but soulful cut was taken from Bradley's latest album, 'Going With The Flow'. Produced by veteran Preston Glass, the long player is winning favour in both the smooth jazz and sophisticated soul communities.

The latest album focus track that Bradley is promoting is his unique take on Sly and the Family Stones' 'Running Away'. On this one the vocal features Club Nouveau while to keep it real, Sly's original sax man, Jerry Martini lends a hand too.

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Monday, 13 November 2017 19:00 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

alt30 years ago Liverpool "sophisti-pop" singer THOMAS LANG broke out with his debut album 'Scallywag Jaz' (yes that's the correct spelling) and from the long player, the single 'Happy Man' became a 1988 chart hit. High profile tours and five more long players kept Lang's name out there and he still tours and records while also helping run Liverpool's famed Parr Street Recording Studio.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Scallywag Jaz', SFE Records have just released a 2CD version of the album that includes a whopping 26 bonus tracks. Listen in and you'll hear a classic 80s timepiece – a sultry, youthful take on lounge jazz that chimes perfectly with the then contemporary sounds of people like Sade. The music on 'Scallywag Jazz' is moody and melancholic, evoking – as Thomas hoped – smoke-filled 50s dance halls and night clubs.

The set's title track is a quirky instrumental while the most intriguing cut is an unusual version of Billy Paul's 'Me And Mrs. Jones'. Clearly Lang had a thing about the mythical lady – other cuts include 'Shoelaces (Mrs. Jones part 2)' and 'Mrs Jones Meets Godzilla' while another cover is a take on the standard 'Have You Met Miss Jones'?

This collection's bonus tracks include rare B sides, demos and live recordings as well as two all new songs – 'Scared' and 'I Believe'.

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Monday, 13 November 2017 18:56 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altThink it was back in 2015 that McCREI (sisters Leanne and Shannon McCree) enjoyed a #2 soul hit with their easy on the ear dance tune 'Show Me'.

New mixes of the tune gave the song longer legs and right now one the original mixers, the ubiquitous Nigel Lowis, offers yet another new tweak – the "Special K" mix – the essence of the original remains though Nigel adds a little more disco bounce and his usual Philly string-driven flourishes.

'Show Me' the Special K mix from - McCrei is out now on DSG.


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