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MACY GRAY ... NEW ALBUM

Friday, 26 February 2010 09:15 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MACY GRAY ... NEW ALBUM

MACY GRAY has her brand new album, 'The Sellout', released on May 17th through Concord Records/Island Records. 'The Sellout', the artist's first new record in over three years, features 12 new songs and was co-written and executive produced by GRAY in Los Angeles throughout 2009. The album was mixed by four-time Grammy Award winner MANNY MARROQUIN whose credits include top 10 singles for LADY GAGA, JAY Z, RIHANNA, ALICIA KEYES, KANYE WEST and JOHN MAYER and collaborators on the album include T.I., BOBBY BROWN, THE BODYROCKERS, KAZ JAMES and SLASH, DUFF MCKAGAN and MATT SORUM formerly of GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER. MS. GRAY says, "The Sellout tells the story of how I found my salvation in just being myself instead of who other people thought I should be. I had got to a place in my career where I tried everything that was asked of me and in doing so I lost sight of who MACY GRAY really is. I spent over a year making this album without any pressure or opinions and being able to choose the co-writers, producers and artists that felt good to me. As a result, it really reflects my true identity. I feel like I have finally made the album I was capable of and that my fans wanted. These are some of my favourite songs that I've written." We'll find out if they'll become our favourites too in May.

 

PHILADELPHIA TREASURE TROVE

Thursday, 25 February 2010 10:04 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

PHILADELPHIA TREASURE TROVE

UK soul veteran MIKE WARD of Sheffield's Inda Soul Productions has been working closely with the people at Philadelphia's legendary Jamie/Guyden label to make countless long lost Philly soul treasures more easily accessible. Jamie Records has a history that goes back to 1957 and amongst its subsidiaries were legendary imprints like Guyden, Arctic, Phil-LA of Soul and Dionn and its claim to be the only 50s indie soul label still operating is irrefutable.
Though Jamie still makes occasional recordings, it is now concentrating its energies on re-releasing scores of long lost soul treasures from its archive. Amongst the current crop on offer are albums on the SOUL BROTHERS 6, THE PEOPLES CHOICE, MAGNUM, HONEY AND THE BEES, THE SPRINGERS, THE AMBASSADORS and THE ETHICS - who, of course, featured a young RON TYSON and were produced by THOM BELL. There are also a number of excellent compilations available, featuring collectable cuts from the likes of HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES, KENNY GAMBLE, POOKIE HUDSON and the TEMPTONES - DARYL HALL'S first group. For more information go to www.jamguy.com or contact http:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Distributors or shops (worldwide) who would like to work with the label can contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

ACE ... TOP TRIO

Sunday, 21 February 2010 09:40 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ACE ... TOP TRIO

Ace Records wade into 2010 with some great new releases including a trio of outstanding compilations which though not specifically soul, contain loads and loads of soul gems along with lots and lots of pop classics. First there's Ace's second look at the venerable old London American label. The new 28 tracker looks at 1961 and features cuts from BEN E KING, SOLOMON BURKE, THE COASTERS, THE DRIFTERS and THE MAR KEYS alongside many more main stream memory jerkers like AL CAIOLA'S rousing 'Magnificent 7' theme. Then, 'Mr Success' offers Ace's second retrospective on the genius of BERT BERNS. This collection of the writer/producer's work includes music from TAMMI TERRELL, SOLOMON BURKE, WILSON PICKETT, GARNETT MIMMS, THE EXCITERS, ROY C, FREDDIE SCOTT and many more. Collectors will want to investigate if only for the rare 'Come On Girl' from the legendary KNIGHT BROTHERS. Collectors will be equally excited by the third new Ace compilation - 'You Heard It Here First, Volume 2'. The album, of course, features original versions of well-loved songs like THE FOUR PREPS' version of 'Love Of The Common People' and PINO DONAGGIO'S original Italian version of the song that became DUSTY SPRINGFIELD'S 'You Don't have To Say You Love Me'. Most exciting cut on the set though is THE DELLS' version of 'Higher And Higher'. The recording featured on the group's 'There Is' LP, then with a few tweaks and a little re-writing it was recorded by JACKIE WILSON and we all know the rest…Three essential albums for all serious (in the "real" rather than "dour" sense) music collectors

 

COME AND GET IT

Friday, 19 February 2010 09:38 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

COME AND GET IT

One of last year's best old school "real" soul albums was 'Roll With You' from ELI 'PAPERBOY' REED'… well the good news is that the boy's back with a brand new album - 'Come And Get It'- to be released on May 10th. The album's title track will be issued as a single the same day and pre-release leaks indicate a tune bursting with 60's soul sensitivities. REED - who hails from Boston - earned his nickname by wearing his granddad's newsboy's hat whilst gigging in and around the Mississippi Delta. It wasn't just that nickname that stuck, but a love of real, passionate southern soul - his first two albums are testament to that. 'Come And Get It' will be REED'S first work with a major label (Capitol in the States, Parlophone in the UK). Watch out for a full review on http://www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon

 

COMPETITION WINNERS

Monday, 15 February 2010 15:16 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

COMPETITION WINNERS

The winners of our MARVIN GAYE competition were -
BERNARD JENNINGS of Reading, KEVIN MURRAY of Wirral and GRAHAM ROBERTS of Great Yarmouth…..
Congrats to them and, of course, commiserations to all the other entrants. The competition drew our biggest response yet…. Watch out for more competitions very soon.
The answer to the question about the duettist on 'If This World Were Mine' was TAMMI TERRELL… we'll make the question harder next time.

 

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