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FAKE NEWS?

Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFake news.... OK, but what about "fake music"? Earlier this week several top US soul web sites and media were taken in by a "new" album by the legendary O'JAYS. LP in question was purported to be called 'Too Imagine' and it won good reviews. However, research (and O'Jays fans) reveal that the album is actually a recycled 2004 set originally called 'Together We Are One'.

It seems that label, Music World Music have repackaged the set, re-titled it and even re-named all but one of the tracks to confuse fans into thinking the music is new! The only track that keeps the original name is the trio's version of the standard 'When Sunny Gets Blue'.

Would be interesting to know if Eddie and the boys knew about this; as ever, the moral is buyer beware!!!

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:48

 

DAVID AND BILL......

Friday, 29 June 2018 12:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNew age soul man ANTHONY DAVID'S new album is a tribute to one of his major heroes and influences, BILL WITHERS. The new CD, 'Hello Like Before', will be released by Shanachie Entertainment on September 21, 2018. 'I Can't Write Left-Handed,' the album's first single, will be released on July 4, 2018, the birthday of both Bill Withers and, of course, the USA!

David says that he chose 'I Can't Write Left-Handed' to herald the album because it's one of his favourite songs of all time, but oddly, maybe, it was never a Bill Withers' single nor a studio album track. It was initially only available on his 'Live At Carnegie Hall' album and David explains that though it is clearly an antiwar song is not a conventional one; "rather" says David "it's a ground-level exploration of what war means and the military to ordinary men". The new version is informed by Anthony David's own combat experience in the Desert Storm mission.

 

DIONNE MOVIE?

Friday, 29 June 2018 12:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIn 2010 DIONNE WARWICK published her autobiography 'My Life As I See It' and our man in Hollywood tells us that moves are afoot to turn the book into a no-holds-barred movie.

It seems that former Destiny's Child singer LeToya Luckett has been signed on to play Warwick. Also reportedly to be part of the cast is actress Olympia Dukakis and noted actor Danny Glover. Also, director Mario Van Peebles is reportedly in discussions to direct the film.... interesting to see who they will cast as Burt Bacharach!

 

GAYE v SHEERAN ... AGAIN!

Friday, 29 June 2018 12:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOur legal correspondent reports that everybody's favourite droner ED SHEERAN is set to be sued by the estate of MARVIN GAYE. The amount being talked up by the legal eagles is $100m (£76.4m) and it concerns the allegation that little 'ole Ed copied "the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping" of Gaye's 1973 classic 'Let's Get It On'.

You may remember that back in 2106 Sheeran was sued for the same thing by the estate of 'Let's Get It On' co-writer, Ed Townsend. Sheeran is used to court cases by now – he's faced similar charges with his songs 'Photograph' (for which he reached an out of court settlement with the claimants over the $20m (£13.8m) claim) and 'The Rest Of Our Life'.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2018 12:28

 

SUPREME CLASSIC.....

Friday, 29 June 2018 12:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIn their early days at Motown, THE SUPREMES were known as no hopers, "the no hit Supremes". Then Flo, Mary and Di got their act together with Holland Dozier and Holland and the rest is history.

To celebrate the pairing of the group with HDH and to tie in with the 60th anniversary of Motown, Motown/UMe is releasing a 51-track, 2-CD Expanded Edition of The Supremes' tenth studio effort, the chart-topping 'The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland'.

This new issue includes the original mono album on CD for the first time and the stereo version newly remastered, plus several rare and new mixes created exclusively for this expanded edition, featuring alternate versions and alternate mixes of the hits.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2018 12:41

 

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