News

MILKING IT ...

Thursday, 12 February 2009 10:39 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MILKING IT ...

With the movie awards season in full swing, it's hard to escape the publicity surrounding the SEAN PENN film, 'Milk'… the story of HARVEY MILK, America's first 'openly gay' elected politician. The movie soundtrack relies for much of its impact on the SYLVESTER disco anthem 'You Make Me Feel Mighty Real' and it will probably come as no surprise to you to learn that Fantasy/Concord have just reissued the song as a single. More, the label are also releasing 'Sylvester: The Original Hits' - an eleven track collection of the gay icon's best work. 'You Make Me Feel Mighty Real' is there, of course, along with 'Dance, Disco Heat' and a decent version of SMOKEY'S 'Ooo Baby Baby'. Sadly there's no room for SYLVESTER'S version of BURT BACHARACH'S 'I Took My Strength From You' which proved there was more to him than sequined outfits and glittery balls!

 

ACE RELEASES

Monday, 02 February 2009 14:46 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ACE RELEASES

The always-dependable ACE label starts its 2009 scheduling with some tasty archive soul releases. First up there's a 23 track retrospective on Muscle Shoals soul trio, THE FACTS OF LIFE. Originally mentored by MILLIE JACKSON, the threesome recorded for BRAD SHAPIRO'S Kayvette label and their work is held in high esteem by serious soul collectors everywhere. Still with the soul groups, Memphis' OVATIONS have two of their early seventies albums offered as an Kent twofer; both 'Hooked On A Feeling' and 'Having A Party' show that lead singer LOUIS WILLIAMS was much, much more than a SAM COOKE sound-alike. On the compilation front, 'Masterpieces Of Modern Soul Volume 2' is a wonderful 24 track collection of true, lost masterpieces. Featured artists include GROVER MITCHELL, CHECKMATES LTD, and LYNN VARNADO. Slightly more leftfield is 'The Soul OF Spanish Harlem' … the music (chiefly from the sixties and early seventies) is just as the title describes - New York Latin Soul - of the highest order. Still out of the Big Apple is 'Glitter and Gold' - a loving collection of just some of the great songs of CYNTHIA WEIL and BARRY MANN. There's lots of pop in here of course, but great soul too from artists like ARTHUR ALEXANDER, THE DRIFTERS and THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS.

 

CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD

Tuesday, 27 January 2009 05:23 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD

We @ www.soulandjazzandfunk.com were surprised to learn that LEMAR is the most successful UK soul artist of all time. The erstwhile TV talent show singer has seen his three albums notch ups sales of over two million while his mantelpiece is graced with a pair of Brits and a brace of MOBOS. Young Mr. OBIKA is about to consolidate his success with a new single 'Weight Of The World' - the second tune to be lifted from his acclaimed LP 'The Reason'. The song comes in a variety of mixes of which the Kardinal Beats tweak will surely please the clubbers.

 

DA DO RON RON

Thursday, 15 January 2009 14:28 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DA DO RON RON

Chicago's redoubtable Dusty Groove set up has just released another real soul treasure - RONNIE McNEIR'S eponymous debut album. A long-time UK soul favourite and now firmly ensconced in the FOUR TOPS, big RON recorded the set in 1972 for RCA and though it did little on initial release it's long been sought after by both soul cognoscenti and grizzled crate diggers. The eleven tracker is great example of early seventies soul as typified by artists like LEROY HUTSON, J. R BAILEY and DONNY HATHAWAY and you can investigate more at www.dustygroove.com … needless to say - a full review at www.soulandjazzanfunk.com very soon.

 

ASTRAL WEEKS, LIVE AT LAST

Thursday, 15 January 2009 14:26 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ASTRAL WEEKS, LIVE AT LAST

The enigmatic VAN MORRISON is set to release 'Astral Weeks': Live at the Hollywood Bowl' - an in-concert reworking of his historic 1968 gold-certified solo album. Recorded live over two nights at the Hollywood Bowl last November 7th and 8th, the album marks the premiere release on MORRISON'S new EMI-distributed label, Listen To The Lion Records. The concerts marked the first time the singer ever performed 'Astral Weeks' in one complete concert set. Joining him was an orchestral string section and a band composed of world-class musicians, some of whom played with him on the original 'Astral Weeks' sessions 40 years ago. "The Hollywood Bowl concerts gave me a welcome opportunity to perform these songs the way I originally intended them to be," says MORRISON, who, amazingly, held only one rehearsal prior to the concerts. "There are certain dynamics you can get in live recordings that you just cannot get in a studio recording. I love listening to live recordings. You get the whole thing right there, unabridged, raw and in the moment. There was a distinct alchemy happening on that stage in Hollywood. I felt it." Both Bowl shows were filmed in high-definition, and will later be available as a commercial DVD concert film. Due to overwhelming demand, MORRISON will perform 'Astral Weeks' again, in a show at the Theatre at New York's Madison Square Garden, on Friday and Saturday, February 27th & 28th. Accompanied by two different bands, VAN will play two sets per show: one of 'Astral Weeks' cover-to-cover, the other of rarely played Van Morrison classics.

 

Page 562 of 590

    

Search

My Account

To comment on an article you must be registered and logged in.