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KYLIE ... ALL IN THE MIX

Thursday, 28 January 2010 08:16 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

KYLIE ... ALL IN THE MIX

One of last year's most intriguing soul sets was KYLIE AULDIST'S 'Made Of Stone'. Now two of that LP's best cuts have been given the remix treatment. The lovely 'In A Week In A Day' gets two beguiling tweaks - with ASHLEY BEEDLE'S STREETSOUL EDIT just shading it over the PTH PROJECTS AMNESIA MIX. There are two new looks at 'One Goodbye' too and both the FLEVANS REMIX and the HINT MIX are big and ultra percussive. The mixes can be found on a special 12" from Tru Thoughts, though both the ASHLEY BEEDLE and FLEVANS reworkings are also on a new Tru Thoughts compilation - 'Shapes 10 -01' which will be commercially available from April.

 

WIN A MARVIN GAYE ALBUM

Monday, 25 January 2010 11:57 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

WIN A MARVIN GAYE ALBUM

In soul's long and glorious history many artists have laid claim to be "LOVE MAN No. 1" … well, here at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com we don't think that too many would argue with our contention that it's MARVIN GAYE who most deserves the accolade. By coincidence - and with Valentines Day just around the corner - Universal Records have just released a double CD to prove our point. 'The Greatest Love Songs Of MARVIN GAYE' boasts 40 songs which prove that when it came to romancing MR G had few peers…. All the man's greatest romantic moments are here - including 'Let's Get It On', 'How Sweet It Is' and 'Sexual Healing' along with all those famous knee-trembling duets he crafted with the ladies of Motown… and sure, things like 'What's Going On' and 'Mercy Mercy Me' aren't romantic per se…but they do create a very special mood. Be that as it may, the very nice people at Universal have given us three of the CDs to offer as prizes in a special Valentines Competition…. Simply answer the question below and e-mail the answer (with you name and full address) to us (the link's up there, top right) and the first three correct answers drawn out of the now redundant bobble hat on February 14th will win a copy of the CD…

Good luck…. Here's that all important question

Which of the Motown ladies duetted with MARVIN on his classic smoocher 'If This Word Were Mine'?

 

SWINGING LIVE ...

Sunday, 24 January 2010 12:09 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SWINGING LIVE ...

SWING OUT SISTER, whose 2008 studio album 'Beautiful Mess' was widely acclaimed, are to play 6 live dates across the UK this spring. They play The Stables, Milton Keynes on 20th February followed by two nights at Manchester's Band On The Wall on 22nd & 23rd February then two performances at Bush Hall, in London, on 26th & 27th February, finishing at Bristol Metropolis on 4th March. The duo (CORINNE DREWERY and ANDY CONNELL) have been in business for 22 years and have retained a devoted fan base via their unique sound which, though rooted in the sensibilities of classic 60's pop and soul, has always managed to sound contemporary.

FULL TOUR DATES
Saturday 20th February - Milton Keynes Stables
Tel: 01908 280 800 Venue website & booking: www.stables.org

Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd February - Manchester Band On The Wall
Tel: 0161 834 1786 Venue website: www.bandonthewall.org

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February - London Bush Hall
Booking no: 08444 771 000 Online booking: www.ticketweb.co.uk

Thursday 4th March - Bristol Metropolis
Tel: 0117 909 6655 Venue website: www.metropolisbristol.co.uk

SWING OUT SISTER official website: www.swingoutsister.net

 

SUPER SOUNDALIKES

Sunday, 24 January 2010 12:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SUPER SOUNDALIKES

'Covers, Hits And Misses' - a new double album on the T-Bird label- promises to be one of 2010's most interesting albums. Credited to a collective - 'The Soundalike Kings- the 48 tracker is a collection of 60s music form Spar Recordings. The label was founded in Nashville in 1961 by ALAN BUBBS and WILLIAM BEASLEY - two shrewd operators who spotted a real niche in the music market. They saw the growing popularity of the singles market and decided to make cover versions of the top hits which they'd sell - at a cheaper price than the originals - through non- specialist outlets like garages, grocery shops and drug stores. (Those old enough to remember the old Woolworth's Embassy label will understand completely). But being based in Nashville, they were fortunate enough to have a huge pool of top musicians to perform on the records, often, it has to be said anonymously or under assumed names. So the Spar recordings featured people like BOBBY RUSSELL, BUZZ CASON, BENNY LATIMORE, FREDDIE NORTH, EARL GAINES, SAM MOORE, BILLY SHERRILL , BOOTS RANDOLPH and many more. The songs covered were the big pop hits of the day but it's interesting to hear these top sessioneers try their hands at things like 'Where Did Our Love Go', 'Slow Twisting' and 'It's Alright'. That IMPRESSIONS' classic is credited to 'THE CHORDS'… actually soul singer THOMAS HENRY and it's a great performance. Like I said up top, file under "interesting".

 

MAYSA ... NEW ALBUM

Sunday, 24 January 2010 12:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MAYSA ... NEW ALBUM

The ever-lovely MAYSA LEAK is set to release a brand new album. The LP - 'A Woman In Love' - is the diva's fourth release on the resourceful Shanachie label and consists of the singer's takes on classic soul and jazz standards along with four brand new songs, including 'Love Theory' which MAYSA co-wrote with WILL DOWNING. Naturally, DOWNING joined LEAK for the recording and the cut proves a real highlight. Amongst the featured covers are versions of THEOLONIUS MONK'S 'Round Midnight' and MICHAEL JACKSON'S ROD TEMPERTON-penned 'Lady In My Life'. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

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