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SUPER SOUL FROM SUPERBIRD

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 14:10 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SUPER SOUL FROM SUPERBIRD

Top soul reissue label, SUPERBIRD have a bumper batch of classic albums lined up for release over the upcoming weeks. First up is a fabulous twofer from DIONNE WARWICK - coupling the LUTHER VANDROSS-produced 'How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye' and 1982's 'Friends In Love'. The quality of the LUTHER collaboration is beyond doubt while 'Friends' offers some hidden gems - notably the STEVIE WONDER-guested 'With A Touch'. Funk fiends will relish reissue albums on the OHIO PLAYERS and the BAR-KAYS. Superbird pair 'Angel' and 'Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee';' from the PLAYERS and 'Too Hot To Stop' along with 'Flying High On Your Love' from the BAR-KAYS. The fourth Superbird album serves up two albums ('Centipede' and 'Reaction') from the under-appreciated REBBIE JACKSON, while for compilation fans there's a wonderful 20 tracker featuring soul from Nashville's wonderfully-named Ref-O-Ree label...artists include GENE ALLISON, SPICE OF LIFE, WENDELL WATTS and ROSCOE SHELTON. Full reviews on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon.

 

LIVIN' OUT LOUD ... THEY GOTTA KNOW

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 14:08 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LIVIN' OUT LOUD ... THEY GOTTA KNOW

LIVIN' OUT LOUD are an American four piece group who are well known to the UK soul cognoscenti. What few copies of their 2006 album 'What About Us' that were available in Europe were quickly snapped up by discerning modern soul collectors. The good news is that the band will shortly be releasing their brand new set throughout Europe. Three years in the making, 'Lately' has all the classic ingredients so beloved of the modern soul crew. The first track to be leaked from the album is called 'Cuz I Gotta Know' (in a special Souled Out mix) and it's a smooth slice of steppers soul that will delight sophisticated groovers. Prior to the album's full release, more tracks will be made available so that America's best kept soul secret won't be a secret too much longer.

 

LOVING THESE DAYS

Friday, 23 April 2010 09:31 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LOVING THESE DAYS

MONICA MANCINI is the double-Grammy nominated daughter of the legendary HENRY MANCINI and this summer she releases what promises to be her most intriguing collection to date. 'I've Loved These Days' (produced by PHIL RAMONE) is a set of classic 60s songs featuring unique collaborations with some of the songs' composers - notably JACKSON BROWNE, BRIAN WILSON, STEVIE WONDER and FELIX CAVALIERE. MS MANCINI says "I'm beyond thrilled to have made this album and work with these artists and producer. For me, it's always about the songwriters and their songs." The collaborations with the original artists came together altogether organically. MANCINI and STEVIE WONDER are friends and had collaborated previously so, given the decision to cover "Blame It On The Sun", it seemed natural to ask WONDER to guest on the track. Also appearing on the album are JACKSON BROWNE, who offers guitar and vocal accompaniment on his track 'These Days', the YOUNG RASCALS' FELIX CAVALIERE who provides B-3 organ accompaniment on his classic 'How Can I Be Sure' and both BRIAN WILSON and the multi-Grammy winning vocal group TAKE 6 who contribute vocals on 'God Only Knows'. 'I've Loved These Days' is released on Concord in July and MONICA will be performing at Pizza Express Jazz Club on July 10th and 11th

 

KENNY'S BACK ... AND HOW

Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:35 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

KENNY'S BACK ... AND HOW

Over the last 18 months or so the UK's very own KENNY THOMAS has been working hard in the studio and touring throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. The genial uncrowned king of the original UK blue eyed soul scene is about to release his brand new album and the lead single is a 24 carat slice of modern soul magic - 'Baby It's You'. The tune is classic KENNY and the vocal is as smooth as ever and with production duties down to DRIZABONE you know we're talking quality! Other collaborators on the album include 5AM, SIR PIERS and MUSIC EYE. Keep watching www.soulandjazzandfunk.com for more details of what will prove one of 2010's key UK soul releases.

 

MORE DYNAMITE SOUL AND FUNK REISSUES FROM HIP-O SELECT...

Monday, 19 April 2010 17:24 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MORE DYNAMITE SOUL AND FUNK REISSUES FROM HIP-O SELECT...

MORE DYNAMITE SOUL AND FUNK REISSUES FROM HIP-O SELECT…

Universal's specialist reissue arm, Hip-O Select, is about to put back four classic soul and funk albums into circulation.
First up is an expanded 2-CD version of 'Meet The Supremes,' the 1962 debut Motown album from THE SUPREMES. The package includes both mono and stereo mixes of the album plus the added bonus of two never-before-released concerts - the first was recorded at the Apollo Theatre in '62 (the earliest known live recording of the trio) while the second is a show from 1964 recorded at Detroit's Graystone Ballroom. But that's not all, folks - also included is a whopping 16 additional studio tracks that include rare and collectable unreleased alternate takes and previously unheard stereo mixes. So, then, a bumper, must-have set for Supremes' fans.
Following in the wake of the critically-acclaimed recent BARRY WHITE box set, Hip-O Select are reissuing the deep-voiced Love God's debut long player from 1973, 'I've Got So Much Love To Give.' Originally released on the 20th Century label and featuring lush symphonic arrangements from maestro Gene Page, it was the set that catapulted the LA singer-songwriter into the big time. It included his debut smash 'I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby.' Two bonus tracks have been appended to the original album: rare instrumental mixes of 'Just A Little More, Baby,' and 'I've Got So Much Love To Give.'
Finally, two RICK JAMES albums are reissued on CD for the first time - the King of punk-funk's third Motown platter, 'Fire It Up,' from 1979 (including the hit 'Love Gun') and his 1980 album, 'Garden Of Love.' As a bonus, the former album includes a promotional 12-inch mix of 'Love Gun,' while 'Garden Of Love' is appended with two previously unheard cuts: an extended mix of 'Big Time' and a demo version of 'Gypsy Girl.'
For more info go to http://www.hip-oselect.com/default.asp

 

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