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ANGEL DELIGHT ...

Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:04 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ANGEL DELIGHT ...

New UK soul artist ANGEL hails from London and she's worked around the capital's music venues for the last seven years or so... even appearing at the prestigious Palladium. ANGEL'S currently working on her debut album - 'Angel's Vibes' but in the meantime she's just released her first single - a mighty slab of Brit soul called 'There's a Girl'. Prefaced by a catchy piano figure, it's a sweet and reflective ballad that owes a something to the current sound though it's steeped in old soul sensitivities too. The single is available from the usual download outlets and for more info go to www.myspace.com/angelconstantine . You can catch her live at London's Willow Bar on 6 May and at the Cobden Club on 20 May.

 

KEEPIN' IT REEL

Wednesday, 28 April 2010 08:58 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

KEEPIN' IT REEL

Reel Music, a Stateside-based record company set up by Paul Williams a couple of years ago, is justifiably gaining a reputation as one of the best soul music reissue labels around.
The company prides itself on producing an attractive, value-for-money, package that collectors will crave - all the albums are remastered from the original master tapes and are accompanied by extensive liner notes that often feature in-depth interviews with the artists themselves. The booklets also feature rare photos and memorabilia.
Just out on Reel is a long sought-after Rare Groove album by EDNA WRIGHT. 'Oops! Here I Go Again' originally released on RCA in 1977 was the only album by the ex-Honey Cone singer and makes its CD debut thanks to Reel. Also just out on CD for the first time is PHYLLIS HYMAN'S Arista swansong, 1985's 'Goddess Of Love' with production input from Narada Michael Walden and Thom Bell. Look out for reviews soon at www.soulandfunkandjazz.com

Also out on Reel are the following CDs:

CHERYL LYNN - Cheryl Lynn
DENIECE WILLIAMS - NIECY
BILL WITHERS - +'JUSTMENTS
FREDA PAYNE - PAYNE & PLEASURE
EDDIE HINTON - VERY EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
BOBBY BLAND - CALL ON ME/THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS
GREG PERRY - SMOKIN'
GORDON STAPLES & THE STRING THING - STRUNG OUT
GLORIA SCOTT - WHAT AM I GONNA DO

Reel Music releases are available via most specialist internet retailers.

 

SUPER SOUL FROM SUPERBIRD

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 14:10 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SUPER SOUL FROM SUPERBIRD

Top soul reissue label, SUPERBIRD have a bumper batch of classic albums lined up for release over the upcoming weeks. First up is a fabulous twofer from DIONNE WARWICK - coupling the LUTHER VANDROSS-produced 'How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye' and 1982's 'Friends In Love'. The quality of the LUTHER collaboration is beyond doubt while 'Friends' offers some hidden gems - notably the STEVIE WONDER-guested 'With A Touch'. Funk fiends will relish reissue albums on the OHIO PLAYERS and the BAR-KAYS. Superbird pair 'Angel' and 'Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee';' from the PLAYERS and 'Too Hot To Stop' along with 'Flying High On Your Love' from the BAR-KAYS. The fourth Superbird album serves up two albums ('Centipede' and 'Reaction') from the under-appreciated REBBIE JACKSON, while for compilation fans there's a wonderful 20 tracker featuring soul from Nashville's wonderfully-named Ref-O-Ree label...artists include GENE ALLISON, SPICE OF LIFE, WENDELL WATTS and ROSCOE SHELTON. Full reviews on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon.

 

LIVIN' OUT LOUD ... THEY GOTTA KNOW

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 14:08 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LIVIN' OUT LOUD ... THEY GOTTA KNOW

LIVIN' OUT LOUD are an American four piece group who are well known to the UK soul cognoscenti. What few copies of their 2006 album 'What About Us' that were available in Europe were quickly snapped up by discerning modern soul collectors. The good news is that the band will shortly be releasing their brand new set throughout Europe. Three years in the making, 'Lately' has all the classic ingredients so beloved of the modern soul crew. The first track to be leaked from the album is called 'Cuz I Gotta Know' (in a special Souled Out mix) and it's a smooth slice of steppers soul that will delight sophisticated groovers. Prior to the album's full release, more tracks will be made available so that America's best kept soul secret won't be a secret too much longer.

 

LOVING THESE DAYS

Friday, 23 April 2010 09:31 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LOVING THESE DAYS

MONICA MANCINI is the double-Grammy nominated daughter of the legendary HENRY MANCINI and this summer she releases what promises to be her most intriguing collection to date. 'I've Loved These Days' (produced by PHIL RAMONE) is a set of classic 60s songs featuring unique collaborations with some of the songs' composers - notably JACKSON BROWNE, BRIAN WILSON, STEVIE WONDER and FELIX CAVALIERE. MS MANCINI says "I'm beyond thrilled to have made this album and work with these artists and producer. For me, it's always about the songwriters and their songs." The collaborations with the original artists came together altogether organically. MANCINI and STEVIE WONDER are friends and had collaborated previously so, given the decision to cover "Blame It On The Sun", it seemed natural to ask WONDER to guest on the track. Also appearing on the album are JACKSON BROWNE, who offers guitar and vocal accompaniment on his track 'These Days', the YOUNG RASCALS' FELIX CAVALIERE who provides B-3 organ accompaniment on his classic 'How Can I Be Sure' and both BRIAN WILSON and the multi-Grammy winning vocal group TAKE 6 who contribute vocals on 'God Only Knows'. 'I've Loved These Days' is released on Concord in July and MONICA will be performing at Pizza Express Jazz Club on July 10th and 11th

 

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