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NEW SOUL REISSUES FROM EDSEL

Friday, 06 April 2012 11:35 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Sam__daveThe UK-based Edsel label is about to unleash a tasty batch of soul reissues.

Fans of '60s duo, SAM & DAVE, will be pleased that four of the pair's Atlantic-owned Stax albums will be available as a couple of 'twofers.'  The classic 'Hold On, I'm Coming' set is paired with 'Double Dynamite' and also includes three bonus cuts (non-album A and B-sides).

Two more Sam & Dave albums, 'Soul Men' and 'I Thank You' are now available in a 2-CD package that features seven bonus tracks (the latter comprising non-album 45s and their flipsides).

Also back in circulation are a brace of albums – 'Felix Cavaliere' and 'Destiny,' the latter produced by Todd Rundgren – that the Young Rascals' front man, FELIX CAVALIERE, recorded for Bearsville in the mid-'70s. Both albums are brought together on a single CD.

Edsel have also licensed from Sony Music a couple of mid-'80s PHILIP BAILEY albums. Both the 'Chinese Wall' – helmed by Phil Collins, who also duets with the Earth, Wind & Fire singer on the set's big hit, 'Easy Lover' – and the Nile Rodgers-produced 'Inside Out' are available as a 2-CD set.

Look out for reviews of some of these titles soon at SJF

 

GEORGE CLINTON AND THE BIG OL’ NASTY GETDOWN COMING YOUR WAY SOON….

Sunday, 01 April 2012 16:50 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Big_Old_3It's no wonder they've been called a funk supergroup – Big Ol' Nasty Getdown (or BONG as they're known to their growing army of fans) is comprised of about ninety musicians culled from at least fifty different bands. Led by co-founder, bassist, JOHN HEINTZ, and operating out of Los Angeles, North Carolina and New Orleans, the funk collective includes such luminaries as GEORGE CLINTON and assorted members from legendary bands like Parliament/Funkadelic, Graham Central Station, Kool & The Gang, the Derek Trucks Band, Sun Ra's Arkestra and Fishbone. The group's debut album is entitled 'Volume 1' and is slated for a release in May. The striking front cover was drawn and designed by Israeli-born artist, Emek Golan, who was responsible for Erykah Badu's 'New Amrykah' album cover and also gained notoriety by designing concert posters for bands like Radiohead and Pearl Jam. 

Bassist John Heintz told SJF: "As you can imagine there were many styles colliding at once.  We didn't put any limitations or expectations on how we wanted the album to sound so we simply let the music flow what ever direction it was moving at the moment. Really there was no telling what was going to happen putting all of those folk together like that in a house for a week, but at the end of it all we are proud of this album."

The group won an award at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards for their song 'College Funk' and intend to tour to support the new album. Said John Heintz: "We are currently working on putting together some tour dates for the end of the summer with a rotating line-up of roughly 20-25 musicians per show. "

Look out for a review of the group's album nearer the release date at SJF.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2012 18:29

 

MARI HAS US COVERED...

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:34 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

mariMARI WILSON –the self-styled 'Neasden Queen Of Soul' – releases her latest album at the beginning of April... 'Cover Stories' – an eleven track collection of some of the singer's favourite songs.

Most people know MARI through her 80's pop hits –most notably 'Just What I Always Wanted', but since those halcyon days she's never stopped working. She constantly tours and is in-demand on the live jazz circuit. She's featured in the West production of 'Sweet Charity' and also played DUSTY SPRINGFIELD in 'Dusty, The Musical'. In between all that she finds time to present music shows on BBC Radio London and record her own work.

'Cover Stories', however, is markedly different to anything she's done before – a whole set of cover versions. The chosen songs range from THE BEE GEES' 'First Of May' to BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE'S 'Everybody Needs A Holiday' – then there's material from the songbooks of RON SEXSMITH, KIRSTY McCOLL and CHRISSIE HYNDE. Standouts though are lovely versions of the RONETTES' 'Be My Baby', DUSTY SPRINGFIELD'S 'I Only Want To Be With You' and GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS' 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying' – a beautiful melody and a surprisingly soulful song.

Using the same five piece band throughout, MARI has created a very chilled and intimate album and the new and very different arrangements allow you to re-examine some classic music in a new light.

MARI WILSON'S 'COVER STORIES' is released on Beehive Records on April 2nd... for more info go to www.mariwilson.co.uk

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:44

 

AUDIO’S BACK...

Monday, 26 March 2012 20:02 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

VinceBroomfield515One of last year's best rare groove albums was 'New Beginnings' from VINCE BROOMFIELD in his AUDIO guise. The SOUL JUNCTION-issued LP consisted of previously unreleased work he'd recorded in the 80s but its freshness and depth struck a real contemporary chord. Since then, of course, VINCE has won more fans with his COOL MILLION collaborations and now he's set to consolidate that position with a brand new recording... 'Won't Somebody'.

Recorded especially for SOUL JUNCTION, the song's a crisp mid-tempo groove withal the potential to become a modern soul anthem. VINCE is in great vocal form on the hook-filled melody while his slinky sax solo provides the proverbial cherry on this soulful cake.

The B side of the single is another unissued 80's cut – the sparse and insistent 'The Answer's No'.

AUDIO'S 'Won't Somebody' is released on 7" vinyl by SOUL JUNCTION on April 16th. For more info go to www.souljunctionrecords.co.uk

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 20:13

 

“BONE APPETIT” from JEFF BRADSHAW

Monday, 26 March 2012 15:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

jeff-bradshaw-photo_webTrombonist, NORMAN "JEFF" BRADSHAW debuted in 2003 with the acclaimed album 'Bone Deep'. Personal problems (marriage and subsequent divorce) along with constant demands on his time as a session player have meant that the much anticipated sophomore set has been delayed until now.

April 24th sees the release of JEFF'S second set – 'Bone Appétit' on Hidden Beach Records. The two volume album features 20 songs, many of which are high profile collaborations with people like RAHEEM DEVAUGHN, MARSHA AMBROSIUS, KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL, MAYSA LEAK, musician/producer PJ MORTON of MAROON 5 and "THE FLOACIST."

'Bone Appétit' gives consumers the option to purchase digitally in two volumes (iTunes, Amazon) or as one 2-CD set. First up is 'Bone Appétit Vol. 1 - Main Course', which features 13 songs and interludes, followed by 'Bone Appétit Vol. 2- Deuxieme Course', a 7 song EP. For fans desiring a full helping, both volumes are combined in a deluxe 2-CD configuration, titled 'Bone Appétit - Double Issue'.

Amongst the tracks on the album is JEFF'S re-tooling of the JANET JACKSON hit, 'Got 'Til It's Gone,' featuring MARSHA AMBROSIUS and rapper TWYZE. BRADSHAW explains, "I was always a fan of the JANET song, and I wanted to record it because it spoke to what was happening down there in New Orleans. I wanted to remind everyone that there is still work to be done in New Orleans. People think some years have gone by since KATRINA and everything is cool. But, 'no, things are not cool!' They are a long way from being back to normal." To that end, the launch of 'Bone Appétit' coincides with the launch of an awareness campaign for The New Orleans Musician's Relief Fund www.NOMRF.org a grassroots organization which provides musical instruments and financial grants to musicians in need and sustains the musical heritage of New Orleans by furnishing instruments to school children who show promise.

Full review of 'Bone Appétit' here @ SJF very soon.

 

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