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SOUL COALITION....

Saturday, 12 November 2011 09:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Coalitions1The COALITIONS were a Philly soul group whose story begins back in 1966 when WILLIAM ANTHONY ANDERSON, using the name LITTLE TONY TALENT, cut a single for JUGGY MURRAY'S New York based Sue label. Then in'67 he teamed up with VAN McCOY for a single on Vando. Neither effort meant much and the young TONY (he was just 15!)went back to Philadelphia where he formed a group – THE DELTONES

Confusion with the DELFONICS led to a name change and so the COALITIONS were born. In 1974 they recorded a single called 'How Are You' for the local Re Dun label which was later picked up by the Phil. L.A. Of Soul label. A second single followed but it quickly followed the first into obscurity and the COALITIONS appeared to flounder.

In 1980 – with a line up TONY TALENT, ALAN WILLIAMS, BRUCE FAUNTLEROY, MILTON WILLIAMS and STEPHEN FERGUSON – the COALITIONS scraped together enough money to record an album – 'Colour Me Blue' –as a vanity project. Though the full set was recorded, they just didn't have the financial wherewithal to get the LP released ... till now!

The UK's SOUL JUNCTION records have just picked up rights to the album and as a taster they've released a delicious vinyl single on the COALITIONS. The A-side is a sweet mid-tempo Philly delight, 'The Memory Of You'. It's busy and bright with a full production and great vocals. It begs the question as to what might have happened if the COALITIONS could have secured a deal back in the day. The B-side is a much faster item. 'On The Block' fairly zips along and vocally it's a real ensemble effort. Both sides are included on the album, 'Colour Me Blue,' which will be available on SOUL JUNCTION very soon

For more details go to www.souljunctionrecords.co.uk

 

MORE soulmusic.com...

Saturday, 12 November 2011 09:31 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

looseDAVID NATHAN, via his soulmusic.com Records, continues to unearth collectable, hard-to-find gems and his set up's just issued another strong quintet.

First up there's two from LOOSE ENDS – 84's 'A Little Spice' and 'So Where Are You' from '85. The former offers the original 8 track LP along with7 bonus cuts that include the singles – 'In The Sky', We've Arrived', 'Don't Hold Back Your Love' and 'No Stranger To Darkness'. The latter was the band's real breakthrough set and features the still classic 'Hangin' On A String' – here you get the original mix and a couple of FRANKIE KNUCKLES' tweaks on it. Those two mixes come in the CD's "bonus" section which also features a great "vibes version" of 'Magic Touch' featuring ROY AYERS...

... and speaking of the vibraphone maestro – soulmusic.com have also released AYERS' 1987 LP 'I'm The One'. And if same era Jazz Funk is your thing, then check out the two new GEORGE DUKE reissues – 1982's 'Dream On and 1984's 'Rendezvous'. Like all soulmusic.com releases these two come with added bonus cuts, full art work and a concise contextual essay.

For more info go to www.soulmusic.com

 

WE’RE A WINNER...

Friday, 11 November 2011 09:32 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BNHsHere's the winners to our recent CHIC/CHAKA KHAN/ BRAND NEW HEAVIES competition –

Bernard Jennings of Reading; Becky Vizor of Evesham; Andrew Hampton of Essex; Graham Roberts of Norfolk and J-O Nilsson of Malmo, Sweden... well done!

All answered the questions correctly – CHAKA'S real name is YVETTE MARIE STEVENS; TONY THOMPSON was the CHIC drummer and MARIA MULDAUR recorded the original version of 'Midnight At The Oasis'.

Once again congratulations to the winners... commiserations to those whose names weren't drawn from the soulandjazzandfunk bobble hat ... and watch for more competitions in the future.

 

BONEY JAMES TO RIDE THE SOUL TRAIN?

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 16:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

boneysouljazzandfunk's favourite smooth jazz sax man, BONEY JAMES has been nominated for a SOUL TRAIN MUSIC award in the contemporary jazz category. The nomination is for his album 'Contact' which was released in March this year on Verve Records. The LP went to no. 1 on the Contemporary jazz chart and it featured high profile guest appearances from LETOYA LUCKETT, MARIO and DONNELL JONES. Check our reviews pages for a full consideration of the album.

In the meantime - and midway through a tour right across the US – BONEY will be participating in a special TV tribute to GLADYS KNIGHT. The show will be taped in Atlanta on November 17th for screening later in the month.

 

WHERE WE SHOULD BE....

Monday, 07 November 2011 18:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Promo_3Earlier this year we announced that Chicago soul man WARD BROWN (he of BROWNS BAG fame) was working on a new solo project – entitled 'Where I Should Be'. The album – a production collaboration with RAYMOND EARL of INSTANT FUNK – was scheduled for release this summer – but, as is often the way with music projects like this, the release date was put back... and back ... and back! WARD has revealed that all kinds of complicated issues got in the way.... but the good news is that the album is almost good to go!

Early previews reveal a consummate modern soul set that's a thoughtful mix of dancers and reflective ballads – of which 'The Key' is particularly strong. One tune though stands out above all the others... it's the anthemic dancer 'Last Call'. The cut epitomises everything that is wonderful about modern soul. The beats are tight, the melody's a delight, WARD'S in great, underplayed vocal form and RAYMOND'S production values are spot on. Watch this one become one of next year's big, big tunes on both the modern and steppers scenes.

WARD BROWN'S 'Where I Should Be' will be released on Early Park Entertainment early in 2012.

 

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