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ACE DOES MOTOWN!

Sunday, 16 May 2010 10:34 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ACE DOES MOTOWN!

The UK's premier reissue label, Ace, has just scored a real coup by releasing its very first all Motown album - 'THE SATINTONES SING'. Detroit's SATINTONES were the first male vocal group signed by BERRY GORDY and their 'My Beloved' was the very first release on the actual Motown label. The group had a unique sound which mixed doo-wop with embryonic soul, and their repertoire was furnished by the likes of BERRY GORDY, SMOKEY ROBINSON, and POPCORN WYLIE. This album features 26 cuts - all the group's singles, alternate takes and 11 previously unissued tracks... a must, naturally, for Motown collectors. For more info - go to www.acerecords.co.uk

 

SINGULARLY SOULFUL ...

Sunday, 16 May 2010 10:32 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SINGULARLY SOULFUL ...

Vinyl collectors and general soul junkies need to know that those awfully nice people over at Ace have just issued a whole clutch of lovely little seven inch 45s. The group's Kent imprint has seven discs out and as you can probably guess they all have a Northern bias and feature tracks that are as rare as any of the clich├ęd metaphors that lesser publications use. All good solid soul, of course, but of particular note is 'Watcha Gonna Do' from Goldwax's PHILLIP AND THE FAITHFULLS - a great mid-tempo item, as is the better-known 'Come Out Of The Sandbox' from MARY LOVE while for those who measure things by their monetary value there's JESSE DAVIES' 'Hang On In There Girl'. We're told that original copies currently fetch over a grand! Over at Ace's BGP label there's a quintet of funkier vinyl - all rare and desirable... most notably ROOSEVELT MATTHEWS' version of 'Tighten Up'. For a long time this have been bootlegged as 'Tighten Up Tighter'. Other featured artists include BILLY GARNER, THE ETERNAL FLAMES and BRENDA GEORGE. All releases are in limited editions - so grab 'em while you can... more details - www.acerecords.com

 

OLDSTERS DELIVER

Friday, 07 May 2010 16:20 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

OLDSTERS DELIVER

To prove that age is no barrier to creating fabulous soul, two veteran groups have just released new albums that all the young pretenders should study long and hard to hear how soul magic can be created. First up is a wonderful 14 tracker from a revitalised BLOODSTONE - 'Now! That's What I'm Talkin' About'. The set is heavy on the ballads but that's no bad thing with a cover of EDDIE FLOYD'S' I've Never Found A Girl' and a remake of 'Natural High' both outstanding. The date on the album suggests an original release date of 2008, but it's deservedly being heavily repromoted. The musical menu is a little more varied on the evergreen TEMPTATIONS' newie - 'Still Here'. After a brief intro the set opens with 'Change Has Come' - an edgy tribute to OBAMA'S election while 'Listen Up' is a throwback to the group's NORMANS WHITFIELD era. Highlight is the lovely 'Warm Summer Night' and RON TYSON is on superb form on 'Woman'. Two quiet unmissable sets. For full reviews go to TOBY WALKER'S excellent site www.soulwalking.co.uk

 

CALLI CALLING ...

Wednesday, 05 May 2010 14:03 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

CALLI CALLING ...

CALLI ROLLE hails from San Francisco's Bay Area but to further her musical ambitions she decamped to the R&B hotbed that is Atlanta. There she wowed the audiences on the local TV talent show 'Who's Got That Vibe' leading to work in prestigious venues and contacts with top music biz figures. She's currently working on her debut album but there's already a three track promo doing the rounds showing her to be a very interesting talent . The songs - 'Haters', 'My Blues' and 'Holla' are real growers combining elements of new school R&B and old school soul. To check 'em out go to www.myspace.com/callirolle or contact direct - http:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or http:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

SELIAH ... NO LIES

Monday, 03 May 2010 14:55 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SELIAH ... NO LIES

SELIAH is a new UK soul singer who's currently thinking about two careers. She has a real passion for music: "I live, sleep and breathe music, all I have ever wanted is to be a recording artist, I guess I drive my family and friends mad with my nonstop singing and song writing because I test the songs out on them, I even practice singing in the car and get some strange looks at traffic lights" she told us here at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com . But the lady's also just completed her Master's Degree and a teaching career could also beckon ... that's if the music doesn't take off. Those, though, who've heard her debut single, are unanimous that the teaching will have to go on hold. The ultra-catchy single - 'No Lies', is a mid beat steppers' tune, perfect for both the summer airwaves and the dance floor and with live experience supporting people like OMAR and SOUL II SOUL, it's clear that SELIAH'S on her way. SELIAH'S 'No Lies' (produced by JOHN ROBINSON and mixed by 5AM) is available now via most download outlets.

 

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