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FANTASTIC VOYAGES ...

Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:58 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

FANTASTIC VOYAGES ...

Future Noise Music is one of the UK's newest reissue labels. It's been in business for just under twelve months but in that time it's built a solid catalogue across all kinds of genre boundaries. The label's Fantastic Voyage imprint specialises in soul reissues and it currently offers some hugely collectable albums - chief amongst them being 'Here I Am' from MICKEY STEVENSON. STEVENSON, of course, is best known for his production work at Motown. In the early seventies, though, he recorded this - his own album - for the UK Ember label. Ember is also the source for the reissue of CAROL WOODS' 1972 set, 'Out Of The Woods' and a brace of compilations… 'Soul Breakout' (a focus on soul pioneers like SAM COOKE and JERRY BUTLER) and 'Good To The Last Drop' (a sixties and seventies overview). Jazz collectors will also need to check out 'The Flamingo Connection' - a compilation of British jazz from the late fifties/early sixties and a 2 CD collection of BILLIE HOLIDAY'S live, radio, TV and film recordings. For more information go to www.futurenoisemusic.com …. Full reviews at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon.

 

MB GETS FUNKY ....

Tuesday, 10 November 2009 15:40 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MB GETS FUNKY ....

We wouldn't normally feature MICHAEL BUBLÉ here at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com but followers of the funk need to know that the contemporary Queen of Funk - SHARON JONES - guests on MIKE'S new Reprise album, 'Crazy Love'. She duets with him on the old DINAH WASHINGTON/BROOK BENTON hit 'Baby (You Got What It Takes)' and a great job she makes of it. Her DAP KINGS provide an authentic, real R&B backing and the boys cut a groove on BUBLÉ'S cover of the DRIFTERS' 'Some Kind Of Wonderful'. Other musicians featured on the LP include a-cappela group NATURALLY 7, star bassist BRIAN BROMBERG, guitarist DEAN PARKS and percussionist LENNY CASTRO, while the album's other cuts include 'Cry Me A River', 'Stardust', 'Georgia On My Mind; and VAN MORRISON'S 'Crazy Love' - which gives the album its titling.

 

MORE OLD DUTCH MASTERS

Sunday, 08 November 2009 15:13 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MORE OLD DUTCH MASTERS

As any soul collector will know, the Dutch reissue company, Vinyl Masterpiece - which specialises in reissuing vintage '80s albums on CD - has done a sterling job in putting collectable soul titles back in circulation. To celebrate the company's fifth anniversary, they're issuing a 2-CD compilation called 'Best Of 5 Years.' It's an absolute corker of a set and contains 28 classic '80s cuts cherry picked from Vinyl Masterpiece reissues and compilations. The artists featured include BB&Q Band, Starpoint, Oliver Cheatham, Luther Vandross, Lillo Thomas, Stephanie Mills, Gwen Guthrie, the UK's own Total Contrast, Mtume, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Klique, Val Young and Rene & Angela.
Vinyl Masterpiece is also reissuing for the first time ever, 'Forever By Your Side,' the 1983 album by the vocal group, THE MANHATTANS (the LP was originally released on Columbia and contains the hit single, 'Crazy.)'
The Dutch duo, THE LIMIT - comprising Bernard Oattes and Rob Van Schaik - had both a UK and US hit in 1984 with 'Say Yeah,' featuring vocalist Gwen Guthrie and alto saxophone maestro, David Sanborn. The track can be found on the reissue of their eponymous debut album - originally released by the CBS imprint, Portrait - which is now reissued via Vinyl Masterpiece.

For more information go to: www.vinyl-masterpiece.com

 

MOTOWN DIVAS INVADE UK!

Monday, 02 November 2009 02:46 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MOTOWN DIVAS INVADE UK!

November witnesses the release of a new Motown double CD, 'DIVAS OF MOTOWN.'
Comprising 50 classic tracks from a wide range of Motown female singers, it's been compiled not only to celebrate Motown's 50th anniversary but also to coincide with the arrival in the UK of revered Motown chanteuses THELMA HOUSTON, BRENDA HOLLOWAY, CHRIS CLARK, MABLE JOHN, SHERRIE PAYNE and LYNDA LAURENCE, who are due to perform a series of concerts in Doncaster (at The Dome) and London (at the Jazz Café, the Borderline and the HMV Hammersmith Apollo). The ladies will be backed up by an incarnation of the legendary Motown session collective, the FUNK BROTHERS, led by percussionist extraordinaire, JACK ASHFORD.

Here's a break down of all the relevant details:

'MOTOWN SESSIONS' AT THE JAZZ CAFÉ:

Tuesday 10th Nov: The Funk Brothers featuring special guests Sherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence, formerly of The Supremes.

Wednesday 11th Nov: The Funk Brothers featuring special guests, Mable John, Chris Clark and Brenda Holloway.

Thursday12th Nov: Thelma Houston & Guests.

'DIVAS OF MOTOWN' AT THE HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO:

Friday 13th Nov: Jack Ashford's Funk Brothers + Thelma Houston + Mable John + Chris Clark + Brenda Holloway + Sherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence (Formerly of The Supremes).

'ULTIMATE MOTOWN' AT THE DOME, DONCASTER:

Thursday 12th Nov: Jack Ashford's Funk Brothers + Mable John + Chris Clark + Brenda Holloway + Sherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence - Formerly of The Supremes

'JAMMIN' WITH JACK' AT THE BORDERLINE:

Monday 9th Nov: A Funk Brothers night featuring special guests jamming the night away in a soul funk spectacular.
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Tickets for all shows available from ticketmaster.co.uk (Tel: 0844 277 0700)

www.soulandjazzandfunk.com hopes to interview some of the Motown divas very soon - so keep your eyes peeled!

 

MOTOWN AT YEAR'S END ...

Sunday, 01 November 2009 08:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MOTOWN AT YEAR'S END ...

As 2009 draws to its conclusion Universal celebrate the end of Motown's 50th. Anniversary celebrations with a brand new 100 track, 4 CD box set - 'A Complete Introduction To Tamla Motown'. Packaged in a hardback DVD style case, the four CDs will each have a different focus - namely 'Milestones and Influences', 'British Chartbusters', 'Live In London and Paris' and 'Killer Bs'. The story will be familiar to all soul collectors, of course, but the new presentation - compiled by ADAM WHITE and with sleeve notes from BRIAN SOUTHALL, is bound to offer some fresh insights. Official release date is 7th December 2009.

 

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