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BLESS YOU RANDY

Sunday, 11 April 2010 15:21 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BLESS YOU RANDY

The latest release in Ace's quite excellent songwriter's series is a second volume dedicated to the early work on RANDY NEWMAN. The 26 featured songs were all composed by RANDY prior to his breakthrough as a performer in the 1970s and though it's not a soul set per se, it does contain some blistering soul cuts - some which till now have been hard to find. Topping the list is IRMA THOMAS' 1964 Imperial recording of 'Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)'. The rerecording was always cited by DAVE GODIN as a defining example of "deep soul" and the years since DAVE'S passing haven't altered that fact. Elsewhere, there's LOU RAWLS' 'Let's Burn Down The Cornfield' and ELLA FITZGERALD'S 'I Wonder Why' along with blue-eyed soul from DUFY POWERS and ERIC BURDON. There's also plenty of classic pop from people like JACKIE DeSHANNON, LINDA RONSTADT, THE BOX TOPS, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, THE EVERLY BROTHERS and CLAUDINE LONGET. Like all the albums in the series, 'Bless You California - The Early Songs of Randy Newman' is essential for serious collectors across all genres.

 

MORE GROOVES FROM THE FUNKY TOWN

Friday, 02 April 2010 07:46 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MORE GROOVES FROM THE FUNKY TOWN

Northampton's Funky Town Grooves label - a great source of '80s soul and funk titles new to CD - has just unleashed a new batch of collectable reissues. Pick of the bunch is 'Welcome To My Dream,' the 1987 album - and her only one to date - by famed session singer and former Mtume member, TAWATHA AGEE. Originally released on Epic and helmed by former Miles Davis percussionist and record producer James Mtume, it's remastered from the original master tapes and contains the single 'Thigh Ride,' the glorious ballad, 'Did I Dream You,' and includes two 12-inch single bonus cuts.
Funky Town Grooves has also reissued the late CARL ANDERSON'S 1985 Epic album, 'Protocol' - which includes three bonus cuts, including the UK remix of 'Let's Talk' - and 'Loc It Up,' also originally issued by Epic in 1985, by the funk and soul trio, BMP.
For more information on these titles go to www.funkytowngrooves.com
Look out for reviews soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com


 

BGP FUNK FEST ...

Thursday, 01 April 2010 14:19 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BGP FUNK FEST ...

Ace Record's BGP imprint has just launched a wonderful new series of classic funk reissues. It kicks off with the soundtrack to an obscure 1972 blaxploitation movie, 'Black Girl'. The movie bombed at the box office (possibly, 'cos it was based on a stage play, it just didn't have enough action) but the soundtrack - featuring people like BETTY EVERETT, RODGER COLLINS and SONNY STITT has long been a collectors' item. Other albums in the new series include the DONALD BYRD-produced 'Vibes Of Truth' from The 3 Pieces, ESTHER MARROW'S 'Sister Woman' (which includes a quirky version of 'Rainy Night In Georgia'), LETTA MBULU'S Afro-soul classic, 'Naturally' and PLEASURE'S 'Joyous' - produced , of course, by WAYNE HENDERSON... more details on www.acerecords.com

 

TEN YEARS OF SHOUTING

Wednesday, 31 March 2010 14:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

TEN YEARS OF SHOUTING

One of the UK's most respected soul reissue labels - SHOUT! RECORDS celebrates its tenth anniversary this year! The label began in 2000 in an attempt by RPM Records to explore American Soul and R&B - areas not hitherto covered by the main RPM label. RPM issued 21 albums before floating SHOUT! with its own distinct identity. Respected soul music collector, long-time journalist and radio DJ, CLIVE RICHARDSON has been the A&R head since day one and it's been his taste which has shaped the label's musical direction. CLIVE'S soul pedigree goes back to the early 1960s when he was part of the small London underground soul scene which also involved the likes of DAVE GODIN, TONY CUMMINGS, the late CHARLIE GILLETT and DAVE MCALEER. Working with label owner and executive producer, MARK STRATFORD, CLIVE first worked on the most easily accessible US soul catalogues - notably SSS International, Vee Jay, and One-der-ful/Mar-v-lus issuing a number of classic albums. Over its ten year history SHOUT! has grown and gone from strength to strength as more and more licensing sources became available and with the backing of Cherry Red Records behind it, SHOUT! soon became an integral part of the UK soul scene. CLIVE and MARK take a real pride on building personal relationships with the artists whose albums they reissue - witness the photos and interviews on the SHOUT! albums on JOHNNY ADAMS and THE KNIGHT BROTHERS. Sadly both CLIVE and MARK realize that time's passing means that too often those relationships are with the relatives and estates of the artists - but all sides are determined to deliver and promote soul's classic past not just to those in the know but to whole new generations... in essence that's SHOUT'S credo. It's worked for ten years... here's to the next ten! For more details on the SHOUT! story and its catalogue go to www.cherryred.co.uk

 

MORE DUTCH OLD MASTERS...

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 04:37 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MORE DUTCH OLD MASTERS...

Netherlands-based reissue label, Vinyl Masterpiece, has just unleashed three new titles that should entice soul collectors to part with their hard-earned cash.
First up is ATLANTIC STARR'S self-titled debut album (originally released by A&M in 1979) featuring the US chart entries 'Stand Up,' 'Keep It Comin',' '(I'll Never Miss) The Love I Never Had' and 'With You I Come Alive.' The set was produced by Philly legend Bobby Eli and comes to CD for the first time.
Also making its CD debut is ONE WAY'S in-demand 1985 set for MCA, 'Wrap Your Body,' which includes 'Let's Talk,' and 'More Than Friends, Less Than Lovers.' The reissue includes the 12-inch version of 'Let's Talk.'
Finally, the 1980 Motown album 'This Is My Dream,' by Ohio sextet, SWITCH, gets a new lease of life on CD. The group featured the talents of siblings Bobby and Tommy DeBarge along with Phillip Ingram. This remastered set includes the US chart entries 'Love Over & Over Again' and 'You & I.'
Look out for reviews soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com
For more information go to: www.vinyl-masterpiece.com

 

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