Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altProper soul fans will be thrilled to learn that in March, UMC will be releasing a third box set containing seven 7" vinyl records of classic Chess recordings.

The 14 tracks that make up the collection come from right across the Chess catalogue (Chess, Checker, Cadet and Argo) and they've been curated by Ady Croasdell. Within 'CHESS NORTHERN SOUL VOL III' you'll enjoy wonderful soul from people like Gene Chandler ('Such A Pretty Thing'), Mitty Collier ('Pain') and The Knight Brothers ('City Life'). Two of the tracks (Bobby Womack's 'See Me Through' and Jo Ann Garrett's 'Foolish Me' have never been issued on 7" before but the rarest treasure in the box is Jeanette Nellis' 1963 'Wait'. Only very few copies of that song were ever pressed and they now fetch big, big bucks.

A full review right here on SJF just as soon as we have our copy.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:48



Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDIANE SHAW is one of UK soul's best kept secrets. She's been in the biz or longer than she cares to remember but has her own devoted following. Lady Di's reputation's such that she's always busy – she's a top session singer, the go-to-girl for live bvs and then, of course, there's her own shows, In between times she tries to find the time to make her own records and her 2015 album 'Life, Love And Strings' was critically acclaimed and play listed by all the best soul stations.

The good news is that Ms S is all set to release a new long player. It's called 'Second Chance', and sneak previews reveal a set that surpasses the excellence of 'Life, Love And Strings'. The album features plenty of new songs plus a version of a rarely heard Jimmy Webb song '(Come Back) Halfway' (written during his tenure with Motown), a new Michael McDonald song - 'Someone Like You' and H-D-H's 'Remember Me'. Yep, it sounds good and we'll bring a full review right here very soon.



Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThere's a stellar soul line up performing at the famed London Palladium on Saturday 10th February. The show- billed as "MAGIC SOUL' - features Alex O'Neal, Heather Small, Shaun Escoffery, Kenny Thomas, Mica Paris, Roachford and the cast of the sell-out musical 'Dreamgirls'. The evening is hosted by Magic FM's Angie Greaves who'll be working alongside Lemar (fresh from his ice skating experiences!)

Show time is 7.30 and you can get more details from the venue.



Monday, 29 January 2018 14:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWith three long players under her belt, the lovely LINDSEY WEBSTER has made quite a name for herself. Her last album ('Back To Your Heart') was particularly strong – winning maximum airplay right across the better soul and jazz stations and garnering 5 star review from the savvy soul media (SJF included!).

The good news is that Ms W is right now preparing for their release of a brand new collection, 'Love Inside', and if the leaked, lead single - the set's title track - is anything go by, the album is set to equal her previous outstanding work. 'Love Inside' is a lazy retro soul/jazz groove with some lovely Benson-esque guitar running through. Vocally, Lindsey is impeccable – shades of Anita Baker, Sade and Dusty – but ultimately her own woman.

The single 'Love Inside' is out now and the album of the same name will be available from March from Shanachie.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 January 2018 14:35



Monday, 29 January 2018 14:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTHE SOUL COMPANY are a Swedish soul band who, we're told are a major attraction in their native Sweden. Their mission statement is to "live and breathe soul!" and there's certainly plenty of life and energy in the outfit's latest single which they're currently promoting throughout Europe.

Said tune is a rough, tough rollicking 'Stars And Stripes' which they describe as "The strive for freedom and to decide over your own body and mind. The song is also a way for us to develop our style and sound and to establish the genre we think sums up what we do, which is soul punk!".

"Soul punk" or not.... 'Stars And Stripes is a parping, brassy 60s throwback and you can find out more @





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