Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThere are any number of albums out there that celebrate the achievements of song writing maestros BURT BACHARACH and HAL DAVID. But a new 2 CD, 60 track collection from Jasmine Records is notably different. Sure, 'Don't Make Me Over' (for that is its obvious title) is stuffed with classics penned by the duo, but, more pertinently, it also includes recordings and songs that Burt and Hal worked on with other writing partners and as such is a fascinating exploration of how the pair eventually came to develop their signature sound and in doing so create one of the most dynamic popular songbooks of the second half of the 20th century.

'Don't Make Me Over' covers the period 1957-1962 when Bacharach and David were jobbing song writers in New York's famed Brill Building music factory. The duo first met in 1956 and amongst their first collaborations were B sides for Gale Storm ('Winter Warm') and Johnny Mathis ('Warm And Tender'). Both songs are included here.

The pair, though, worked with plenty of other Brill Building wannabees and it's those creations that provide intrigue to this collection. Amongst Burt's early partners were Bob Hilliard who co-authored songs like 'Any Day Now' (Chuck Jackson) and 'Tower Of Strength' (Gene McDaniels) and Paul Hampton with whom Burt penned Gene Vincent's R&R hit 'Crazy Times' and the bizarre "death song" 'Two Hour Honeymoon'. Hampton also worked with Hal David and amongst their successes was Don Gibson's country classic 'Sea Of Heartbreak' .

But it's the Bacharach/David songs that form the backbone of this album and listening you can hear how they developed their unique sound... I mean it's a far cry from 'The Blob' to 'Make It Easy on Yourself' (by the way, Burt still performs both those songs in his live concerts!) but this lovely collection allows you to make that special aural journey.

DON'T MAKE ME OVER... The Songs of BURT BACHARACH and HAL DAVID is out now on Jasmine Records.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:22



Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAr the start of the summer the soul world was in thrall from some proper old school soul  from a new band called THE DEVONNS (pronounced "De-vaughns") .Their single 'Come Back' channelled the classic Chicago soul sound of the Impressions, Jerry Butler, Johnny Pate and Leroy Hutson.

The Devonns (Mathew Ajjarapu, Khalyle Hagood , Khori Wilson and Cam Cunningham) are now all set to release the follow-up... a similarly magical piece of retro soul, 'Think I'm Falling In Love'. The tune is an uplifting affair made the sweeter with a lovely string arrangement and everything's looking good for the album, which, we're told, is on its way very soon! 

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month he ever lovely JODY WATLEY returned to the fray with a new single 'The Passion'. The soulful mid-tempo rumble was credited to "Jody Watley and SRL"... SRL, as you may remember from their January single, stands for "Soul, Revolution, Love" and especially in the Alex Di Cio remix it won itself plenty of plays.

Now as Autumn beckons, the song gets a "powerful" house makeover from Brian Power (poor pun!) who notches up the beats and takes us on a roller coaster soul ride with a hint of Latin that quite transforms the song. This new mix is good to good to go on AVIDMUSIC Fri 28th September.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLINA is a new (ish) US soulstress busy right now promoting her latest single 'Best Friend'. If you listen to Mi-Soul, you'll know it already - it features in their Connoisseurs UK Chart and rightly so... It's a sweet and lovely modern, smooth soul groove and it's available to download right now via Regi Myrix's Myrix Media.

'Best Friend', by the way, is the lead single from Lina's upcoming 'Supernatural Love' album

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 12:21 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                             altCalling all Northern Soul fans among the SJF readership! Charly Records have just re-launched their Club Soul label (and a companion website - devoted to obscure and hard-to-find gems from the world of soul and R&B music.

Northern Soul devotees will discover both 180-gram vinyl LPs and 45s available to buy.  For an overview of the genre, there's 'Club Classics - 50 Years Of Northern Soul,' a double LP that charts the development of the rare soul scene in UK clubs in the late 60s that later evolved into a working class music phenomenon in the north of England in the '70s called Northern Soul. There are 28 key tracks associated with the scene, including Linda Jones' 'You Hit Me Like T.N.T.', Benny Spellman's 'Fortune Teller,' Sydney Barnes' 'I Hurt On The Other Side' and Joe Simon's 'The Girl's Alright With Me.'

Other LPs in the series profile some of the key clubs - and the music they were associated with - that birthed the Northern Soul scene. 'The Twisted Wheel' is a 14-track single LP highlighting the legendary Manchester Twisted Wheel club's influence and features crucial cuts from Bobby 'Blue' Bland, The Sahrpees, Solomon Burke, Ernie K-Doe, and many others.

'The Scene Club' focuses on 16 tracks that lit up a Mod hangout located in Ham Yard, London, that sowed the seeds for the UK rare soul scene in the early to mid-'60s. Highlights include Ike & Tina Turner's 'A Fool In Love,' Bessie Banks' 'Go Now,' Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford's 'I Need Your Loving,' and Bettye Everett's 'I've Got A Claim On You.'

One of the Northern Soul scene's most hallowed haunts was the legendary Wigan Casino - once voted the world's best disco - which is celebrated by the compilation, 'Wigan Casino Soul Club.' Featured are cuts by the Skull Snaps, Clarence Murray, The Young Savages, and Maurice Williams.

'Northern Soul Weekender' is a 16-track LP co-compiled by DJ, Russ Winstanley and recreates the halcyon days of Northern Soul's heyday with tracks by Ann Sexton, P.P. Arnold, Sidney Barnes, Jerry Williams, Sam Dees, and Ruby Andrews.

Now available on 45s are songs by Little Hank, Ernie K-Doe, P.P. Arnold, Ann Sexton, The Ad Libs, and others.

For more info and full track listings go to:

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