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ACE NOSTALGIA FEST ...

Saturday, 03 July 2010 19:20 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

londonThose top reissue people at Ace have a new trio of nostalgia-packed albums to tempt collectors. First up is their latest collection in the series dedicated to the London American label. The 28 tracker focuses on 1962 – the year prior to the cataclysmic Merseybeat explosion. Amongst the soul gems there's BOOKER T's 'Green Onions', THE DRIFTERS' 'Stranger On The Shore' and BEN E KING'S 'Ecstasy' but you also get plenty of classic and long-neglected pop to enjoy from the likes of ROY ORBISON, BOBBY DARIN and CAROLE KING. Ace's 'You Baby' is the label's latest in their 'Songwriters' series. Here the writers are P. F. SLOAN and STEVE BARRI and amongst the featured tracks are 'Another Day, Another Heartache' from the 5th DIMENSION and BETTY EVERETT'S 'Someday Soon'. Fans of 60s covers will be delighted by the third new Ace release. THE LIVERBIRDS' 'From Merseyside To Hamburg' is out on Ace's Big Beat Imprint and at long last it brings to CD the works of Liverpool's premier 60s female group. The repertoire is so typical of the time and features great versions of 'Oh No Not My Baby' and 'Heatwave' alongside the usual CHUCK BERRY and BO DIDDLEY numbers. Young soul shavers probably won't see the point, but if you were around in the 60s you'll fully understand the relevance of groups like the LIVERBIRDS.

 

ACE NOSTALGIA FEST ...

Saturday, 03 July 2010 19:15 BILL BUCKLEY E-mailPrintPDF

londonThose top reissue people at Ace have a new trio of nostalgia-packed albums to tempt collectors. First up is their latest collection in the series dedicated to the London American label. The 28 tracker focuses on 1962 – the year prior to the cataclysmic Merseybeat explosion. Amongst the soul gems there's BOOKER T's 'Green Onions', THE DRIFTERS' 'Stranger On The Shore' and BEN E KING'S 'Ecstasy' but you also get plenty of classic and long-neglected pop to enjoy from the likes of ROY ORBISON, BOBBY DARIN and CAROLE KING. Ace's 'You Baby' is the label's latest in their 'Songwriters' series. Here the writers are P. F. SLOAN and STEVE BARRI and amongst the featured tracks are 'Another Day, Another Heartache' from the 5th DIMENSION and BETTY EVERETT'S 'Someday Soon'. Fans of 60s covers will be delighted by the third new Ace release. THE LIVERBIRDS' 'From Merseyside To Hamburg' is out on Ace's Big Beat Imprint and at long last it brings to CD the works of Liverpool's premier 60s female group. The repertoire is so typical of the time and features great versions of 'Oh No Not My Baby' and 'Heatwave' alongside the usual CHUCK BERRY and BO DIDDLEY numbers. Young soul shavers probably won't see the point, but if you were around in the 60s you'll fully understand the relevance of groups like the LIVERBIRDS.

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SYL JOHNSON GOES MELLOW ...

Friday, 02 July 2010 19:44 Billm Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

mellowd2Soul veteran SYL JOHNSON is about to resurrect his famed Twinight label with an album on Aussie soul singer MELLOW D. SYL first came across the lady (real name MELODY WHITTLE) when she worked as a backing singer on JOHNSON'S last Asian tour and he was so impressed that he decided to record her. There's an album in the pipeline – tentatively (and bravely) titled 'The Rebirth Of Soul' - but in the meantime two tracks are already available via CD Baby. They are excellent versions of JACKIE ROSS'S 'Selfish One' and BARBARA ACKLIN'S 'Love Makes A Woman' - both recorded in glorious analogue and with real instruments. Sharp-eared listeners will be able to pick out SYL on guitar.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 July 2010 19:53

 

VITAL VINYL

Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:04 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

VITAL VINYL

In response to customer demand Ace Records have just released two of their recent CD successes in glorious vinyl. They are GEORGIE FAME'S 'The Mod Years' and DORIS DUKE'S 'I'm A Loser'. The former is a wonderful testament to FAME'S pioneering jazz and soul work in the sixties. The LP features great versions of stuff like 'The Monkey Time' and 'Sweet Thing'. The DORIS DUKE album is different altogether - a stirring tale of loss and despair. Hailed as a deep soul classic on initial release, it remains essential fare.

 

GRAZIN' IN THE LEMONGRASS

Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:03 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GRAZIN' IN THE LEMONGRASS

Over the last couple of years Germany's LEMONGRASS label has won a reputation for quality chill out music and quirky dance tunes. The label, headed by top muso, ROLAND VOSS, goes into high summer with a trio of strong albums. First up there's label mainstays LEMONGRASS with 'The 5th Dimension'. The band is a vehicle for VOSS and his clever take on ambient and if that's your bag listen up in particular to some wonderful vocal cuts featuring KAREN GIBSON ROC and SUZY DUFFY. There are more chill out tunes on the label's second set - 'No Place Like Home' from MICHIKO. MICHIKO is a London-based vocalist and this is her second album. A cool but soulful vibe permeates the whole set and on it you'll hear echoes of SADE and GOLDFRAPP... but mixed with homage to the legendary Naked label. The feeling's a good deal more "up" on 'The Paradise Groove' from Sweden's GLAM SLAM AND HIS COMBO. It's the third of Lemongrass' summer releases and it's a mix of disco, soulful house, smooth jazz and Latin. One of the key tracks is 'Staying Home With My Baby' featuring euro jazz vocalist, CARL BELUGA while 'Last Days Of Disco' is already making waves in Ibiza and in California. For more info go to www.lemongrassmusic.de.

 

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