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SYSTEM ALBUM JUST REISSUED...NEW MIC MURPHY RECORD DUE IN 2009

Wednesday, 17 December 2008 06:09 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

SYSTEM ALBUM JUST REISSUED...NEW MIC MURPHY RECORD DUE IN 2009


It's 25 years since the influential techno-funk duo THE SYSTEM (singer Mic Murphy and keyboardist David Frank) released their debut LP, 'Sweat' for Mirage/Atlantic. The album contained the twosome's debut US hit, 'You Are In My System' - later covered by Robert Palmer - which made the Stateside R&B Top 10 in early 1983. Now considered a classic example of '80s 'electro soul,' 'Sweat' has been remastered for reissue by the UK-based Funky Town Grooves label. Also featured are six bonus cuts, including the 12-inch single version of 'You Are In My System' and extended mixes of later System tracks like 1985's 'This Is For You' and their biggest smash, 1987's 'Don't Disturb This Groove.' Look out for a full review soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

Interestingly, ex-System front man MIC MURPHY has a new single, 'Electro Soul Satisfaction,' out in March 2009 via Electro Ave Records. The record also features a cameo by the legendary rapper MELLE MEL (of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and 'White Lines' fame) and is produced by Diplomat and Lloyd Da Zoid, who bring an authentic '80s-like System-style production sound to the proceedings. As well as the original mix, the 12-inch vinyl version contains three remixes by EDMX, Matthias and Seymour Bits. For more information go to: www.myspace.com/electroaverecords

 

TOP TOPS' DVD

Friday, 12 December 2008 08:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

TOP TOPS' DVD

Though it was never intended as such, the release of this brand new FOUR TOPS' DVD serves as a wonderful, if sad and untimely tribute to the late LEVI STUBBS. 'Reach Out: Definitive Performances 1965-1973' is in the shops from December 15th and running for a generous 115 minutes, it features 22 performance videos of the veteran group. The selected songs are by and large the foursome's biggest hits but a 1967 take of them performing 'In The Still Of The Night' betrays their jazz roots. Footage is taken form a variety of sources and it's interesting to see the transition as they move from local television shows to appearances on major, national networks. What remains constant though is the soul power of STUBBS and the overall professionalism of the group. The technology also allows you to select an a cappella audio option in order to hear the TOPS' flawless harmonies while six bonus tracks will keep Motown collectors more than happy. The disc is enhanced with a series of interviews - not just with the group - but with Motown colleagues like MICKEY STEVENSON and SMOKEY ROBINSON (a good advert, by the way, for the perils of botox and the plastic surgeon's knife!).The DVD is released through Universal by Historic Films on Monday 15th December.

 

BACK WITH A BULLET

Saturday, 06 December 2008 08:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BACK WITH A BULLET

Readers with long memories may fondly remember PETE WINGFIELD'S 1975 hit 'Eighteen With A Bullet'. WINGFIELD, a long-time soul fan who edited soul fanzines and wrote for 'Let It Rock' magazine, crafted the song as a tribute to his favourite group THE DELLS and the song's wonderful intricacies ensured it was a hit not just in the UK but in the States where WINGFIELD was taken for a black artist. 'Breakfast Special', the Island album that spawned the hit, has long been deleted, but, thanks to Cherry Red, it's now back on the racks enhanced with the rest of super-sessioner WINGFIELD'S other Island recordings. 'Eighteen' is still outstanding, but as noteworthy are two fine ballads - 'Number One Priority' and 'That's How Chances Go Round' which are reminiscent of BLOODSTONE, a band whose sessions WINGFIELD worked on. Collectors will also need to know that the CD features 'Scratchy 45s' - WINGFIELD'S tribute to the real R&B stars of New Orleans, where the song has become something of a cult classic.

 

SUPREMES UP NORTH...

Saturday, 06 December 2008 08:39 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SUPREMES UP NORTH...

Northerners who didn't make to London to see the wonderful MARY WILSON-curated SUPREMES exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum will be delighted to know that the whole show is now on at Blackpool's Grundy Art Gallery. The exhibition opened at the end of November and runs through to 1st February 2009. Admission is free and the gallery is open seven days a week, 10 am - 5 pm… for more details go to www.visitblackpool.com/supremes or ring 01253 478170.

 

MORE YULTIDE JAZZ

Friday, 05 December 2008 07:40 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MORE YULTIDE JAZZ

Jazz fans who dig their Christmas tunes could do worse than track down a fine 12 track sampler from innovative smooth jazz label Nu Groove Records. 'Grooves For The Season' features some of the label's roster on a varied selection of Christmas favourites and includes MICHAEL LINGTON'S sensitive reading of 'Silent Night' and GAIL JHONSON'S swinging take of 'Come All Ye Faithful'. Other highlights are bassist's MICHAEL MANSON'S version of 'Angel's Serenade' and UK sax man SHILT'S reverential twist on 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'. Vocally, DENATE'S foot-tapping 'Christmas Bells Medley' could become a modern soul room favourite over the festive season.

 

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