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SOCIETY GIRLS!

Monday, 28 October 2019 19:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMarshalled by BUTCH INGRAM (with the help of his brothers) , Philadelphia's Society Hill Records is keeping the flag flying for the classy soul music we will always associate with the City of Brotherly Love. The label's regular releases also provide an outlet for the wealth of soul talent still to be found in Philly.

Society Hill's latest album is the epitome of the "classy soul" we've just mentioned. The newie is 'JAZZY LADIES OF SOCIETY HILL VOL.#2' (Vol 1 seems to have missed our radar!) and it's a set of 11 songs – some covers and some Ingram originals. Soul seekers will no doubt go straight to the Jean Carne track – the lazy, jazzy 'Bye Bye Baby' which sets the tone for the album's sophisticated, late-night sound. Amongst the other artists is Carla Benson, who anoraks will recognize as one of Philly's busiest and most versatile backing singers. She takes centre stage on 'You Should Be Here' and the jazz standard 'Autumn Leaves'. Impeccable vocals, as you'd expect.

Amongst the other covers are Melissa Manchester/Diana Ross' 'Come In From The Rain' (Rene Goodwin on vocals), Stevie's 'Overjoyed' (with Marki Fields at the mic) and Rodgers and Hart's 'Where Or When' which is treated beautifully by Toni Richards... an album highlight.

 

GREASY!

Monday, 28 October 2019 18:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDLG 3 is a proper old school, Hammond-led soul-jazz trio, though, oddly, on their latest album I've counted a core of four players and one guest. At the heart of DLG 3 is drummer Mike DeConzo and guitarist John Lynch and for the album - 'Grease Trap' - Hammond duties are shared by Greg Lewis and William Gorman.

The 'Grease Trap' LP is a concise eight tracker and like many of those great soul-jazz trio albums from the Golden Age, the repertoire is a mix of band originals and well-chosen covers. Of the originals, 'Lomy's Homies' is the most intriguing. It's a loose and funky seven minutes plus workout and features guest baritone sax input from Larry Bustamante... a bluesy foil to Lynch's biting guitar.

Of the covers, standout is 'Until You Come Back To Me' – simply 'cos it's such a great tune. The other covers are 'Across 110th Street', 'Living For The City', 'Stand!', 'Street Life' and 'The World Is A Ghetto' all delivered in the manner of people like Joey DeFrancesco, Richard Holmes, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and "King" Louie Pain.

'Grease Trap' is DLG3's debut album – good old fashioned soul-jazz – and it's available via Pep Jack Records.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2019 19:17

 

HOLLY ROLLERCOASTER

Monday, 28 October 2019 18:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTHE HOLY ROLLERCOASTERS are a pop/blue-eyed soul band from Brisbane, Australia and right now they're gearing up to release a new single.... 'Anhedonia Nights'. We're told that "anhedonia" is a psychological condition whereby someone cannot feel pleasure. So the lyric, we believe, is about someone who feels they cannot provide the kind of love their partner needs and they may have reached the peak that happiness can provide... aaah!

Musically, 'Anhedonia Nights' is catchy and poppy with punchy horn line and an intriguing vocal. Again, the band's people describe the sound as "Motown-meets-Mariachi introduction and a psychedelic rave to finish off". Make up your own mind when the single is released on November 1st on 4000 Records.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2019 19:18

 

RHYMIN’ SIMON...

Friday, 25 October 2019 13:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altPAUL SIMON is the latest writer to be highlighted in Ace Records' 'Songwriters Series' and the lavish 23 tracker underlines just what a contribution the boy from Newark, New Jersey has made to modern popular music.

As you're probably aware, each album in the 'Songwriters Series' is a cross genre collection of recordings from names famous and not so of the chosen writer's songs. Here, surprisingly, given how we perceive Paul Simon, there are a fair number of soul inclusions – like the Intruders' 'Mother and Child Reunion', Peaches and Herb's 'Sound Of Silence', Smokey Robinson's 'Cecilia', Johnnie and Floyd Taylor's 'Take Me To The Mardi Gras', the Persuasions' 'Love Me Like A Rock and Aretha's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' –a song that could have been written for her. You also get Dana Valery's 'You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies' – which had more than a few spins at the Wigan Casino! Paul Simon – Northern soul hero... who'd have thought!

Amongst the other featured artists are Cher ('Homeward Bound'), Emmylou Harris ('The Boxer'), Annie Lennox ('Something So Right') and the always wonderful Willie Nelson with his impeccable version of 'Graceland'. Amongst personal highlights are the Hollies' 'I Am A Rock' and the Harpers Bizarre version of 'The 89th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) – a sunshine pop classic and guaranteed to raise a smile on a miserable, wet, Brexit-blighted autumn day!

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2019 13:29

 

STACKS OF STAX....

Friday, 25 October 2019 13:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCraft Recordings have just announced that over the next few weeks they will be releasing five albums from the Stax vault on 180-gram vinyl, including: The Bar-Kays' 'Gotta Groove',' Melting Pot' from Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Delaney & Bonnie's 'Home', David Porter's 'Victim of the Joke?...An Opera' , and Johnnie Taylor's 'Who's Making Love'.

These reissues are part of a yearlong celebration of Stax, and of the 50th anniversary of the legendary label's "Soul Explosion"—an era of rebuilding following its separation from Atlantic Records. During this period, the newly independent label not only signed fresh, emerging talent but also released an impressive collection of 27 albums and 30 singles in just a handful of months.

 

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