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PHILLY FEAST

Friday, 25 April 2008 05:13 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

PHILLY FEAST

The UK's numerous Philadelphia soul fans have lots to look forward to over the coming months. First, there's a brand new compilation of real Philly rarities on the Universal Love label. The magnificent 18 tracker is collaboration between Philadelphia legend WELDON A MCDOUGAL III and soul collector ANDREW DEMETRIADES. McDOUGAL, of course, was a key figure at Philly's Harthon Records and over a forty year career he worked on all kinds of soul projects with most of the major players on the Philadelphian music scene. This album, 'Philadelphia Soul Rarities' brings together cuts that WELDON worked on between the early sixties and 2007. Featured artists include JIMMY RANDOLPH, BARBARA COLE, SHARON PAIGE, JOE SHAMWELL, THE LARKS, LOU GORDON and BARBARA MASON… and it's Ms. MASON who provides another upcoming soul treat. "Philadelphia's First Lady Of Soul" is coming to the UK in the Autumn for a show at the Jazz Café. She's scheduled to appear at the Parkway venue on Sunday 6th September and there's the possibility that more dates will be added to her schedule. For details of the BARBARA MASON gig at the Jazz Café go to www.jazzcafe.co.uk while the album 'Philadelphia Soul Rarities' is currently available through the usual soul retailers; there'll be a full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon

 

AL WILSON PASSES

Thursday, 24 April 2008 11:55 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

AL WILSON PASSES

AL WILSON, long time favourite with the UK real soul fraternity, has died aged just 68. News sources state that WILSON died on Monday 21st April of kidney failure at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, California. WILSON, who was born June 19th, 1939, in Meridian, Mississippi, started his musical apprenticeship in the Church fronting a series of juvenile gospel groups. A stint in the US Navy saw AL performing as part of the famed enlisted men's chorus and after returning to civilian life, he toured the Los Angeles nightclub circuit, where he sang with R&B groups THE JEWELS and THE ROLLERS and later played drums with the SOULS. In 1966, singer JOHNNY RIVERS signed him to his Soul City label where he recorded the legendary 'Searching For The Dolphins' album. The album, recently re-released on Kent Records, featured the original version of JIMMY WEBB'S 'Do What You Gotta Do' and the Northern Soul anthem 'The Snake'. After Soul City folded AL recorded for Bell, Carousel and Rocky Road. It was at Rocky Road that he scored his biggest hit in 1973 with the smooth soul anthem 'Show And Tell', but as the seventies rolled on, success was limited. With 1979's 'Count the Days', WILSON scored his final chart hit, and he spent the next two decades touring clubs and lounges. In 2001, he re-recorded his classic hits for the album 'Spice of Life' but he continued creating new material. "He was always singing," his son said. "He would often call me in the middle of the night with a new song that he had written". WILSON is survived by his wife, PATRICIA; his son, TONY; daughters ALENE HARRIS and SHARON BURLEY; a brother, EDDIE WILSON; sisters LOTTIE ROSS, RUBY CONYERS and MAEBELL COLE; and 13 grandchildren

 

DOWN ON VINE

Monday, 21 April 2008 06:22 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DOWN ON VINE

Though not a soul compilation per se, Ace's new look at the early songwriting work of RANDY NEWMAN, 'On Vine Street' includes some searing soul archive material. NEWMAN, of course, is now known as a quirky, eclectic singer-songwriter, but he began his musical career as a jobbing writer peddling his tunes alongside the famed Brill Building luminaries. As such many, many soul artists and producers picked up on his work and some of the best take pride of place on this 26 tracker. Included are cuts from LORRAINE ELLISON ('I'll Be Home'), IRMA THOMAS ('While The City Sleeps'), ERMA FRANKLIN ('Love Is Blind') and GENE McDANIELS ('Somebody's Waiting'). There's also a rare '66 cut from the O'JAYS - 'Friday Night' - and DUSTY SPRINGFIELD'S definitive reading of 'I Think It's Going To Rain Today'. You also get lots of superlative 60's pop, like JACKIE DE SHANNON'S 'Take Me Away'. The TOKENS' 'Just One Smile' and SCOTT WALKER'S angst-laden 'I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore'.

 

FROM HOLLAND WITH LOVE - EIGHTIES SOUL REISSUES

Thursday, 17 April 2008 11:50 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

FROM HOLLAND WITH LOVE - EIGHTIES SOUL REISSUES

Fans of '80s boogie and soul grooves will rejoice at the reissue of several key albums from that decade by the Netherlands-based label, PTG/Vinyl Masterpiece. The label's catalogue includes in-demand albums by STARPOINT ('Wanting You,' 'It's Delicious,' 'Keep On It' and 'All Night Long'); MAGIC LADY ('Hot 'N' Sassy'); ATLANTIC STARR ('Radiant,' and 'Brilliance'); VAL YOUNG (her 1985 Motown-set 'Seduction') and the Bar-Kays ('Night Cruising'). The label's newest release is a reissue of the late GWEN GUTHRIE'S self-titled Sly & Robbie-helmed Island Records' debut from 1982, which included the club hit 'It Should Have Been You' (the extended 12-inch mix of this track is also included on the CD reissue). Look out for reviews of some of these titles soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

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

 

NEW SWING OUT SISTER ALBUM

Friday, 04 April 2008 10:15 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW SWING OUT SISTER ALBUM


Long-running duo, SWING OUT SISTER - comprising singer Corinne Drewery and keyboard player Andy Connell - has just released its ninth studio album, 'Beautiful Mess.' At the moment, it's a Japanese-only release with a European release expected to follow later in the year. Those addicted to the duo's stylish melange of Bacharach-esque pop and uptown soul will be pleased to know that the album is available directly via the group's own websites: www.swingoutsister.co.uk and www.myspace.com/swingoutsister06
A full review will follow soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

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