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Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BNHsIn a recent new story (see below) we reported on three brand new MUSIC CLUB/RHINO albums. They were 'THE ESSENTIAL CHAKA KHAN', CHIC ... MAGNIFIQUE – THE VERY BEST OF ... and 'THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES –THE BEST OF TWENTY YEARS'... splendid albums all!

Well, our good friends at MUSIC CLUB/RHINO are offering readers of the web's biggest and brightest soul site ( , that is) the opportunity to win copies of each of those three albums. We have five copies of each album to give away and to win one - or indeed all three – simply answer one (or all three) of the questions below and get your answers in by the closing date – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9th – and we'll do the rest. Send you answers via the contact button at the top of the page.

CHAKA KHAN: What's CHAKA'S real name?

CHIC: NILE RODGERS and BERNARD EDWARDS were, of course, at the core of CHIC... but who was their drummer?

BRAND NEW HEAVIES: Who made the original hit version of the BNH'S 'Midnight At The Oasis'?

Good luck... and don't forget the closing date is WEDNESDAY, November 9th.



Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

dramaticsConcord Music Group are currently doing a wonderful job with their stewardship of the mighty Stax back catalogue and they've just reissued three classic albums as part of their Stax Remasters Series.

First there's 'Watcha See Is Watcha Get' from THE DRAMATICS. The 1971 LP was a watershed in Stax's history – with TONY HESTER and DON DAVIS crafting a sublime uptown sound for the great Motor City vocal group. The album yielded 2 R&B number 1's with the title track and the classic 'In The Rain'. This new reissue features the full 8 LP tracks along with 10 bonus cuts including the lovely 'Fell For You'.

The second new Stax reissue is SHIRLEY BROWN'S 'Woman To Woman'. The original 1974 LP was another blockbuster and though it's been reissued many times in the past, this new edition contains five bonuses tracks including a smouldering version of 'Ain't No Way' ... written, of course, by CAROLYN FRANKLIN for her sister ARETHA.

The third new reissue is maybe a little less of a milestone – but, nevertheless, still important. RUFUS THOMAS was a Memphis veteran when, in 1970, he exhorted us all to 'Do The Funky Chicken'. The self-penned number reignited his career and the album of the same name became a steady seller. Here Concord offer the album's full 11 tracks along with 8 bonuses including the wonderful EDDIE FLOYD song 'Funky Mississippi' which – like most on the music on the set – features the full Stax crew.

Full reviews on all these albums here @SJF very soon.



Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:44 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Quentin20Moore20-The self-styled "last Mohican of Southern soul", QUENTIN MOORE is currently making a name for himself in and around his home town – Austin, Texas. Apart from the geography, QUENTIN justifies his nickname by trying to use only live instrumentals in his recordings – like they did "back in the day". He's toured with ALI OLLIE WOODSON and CHAKA KHAN and runs his own label and distribution company , through which he's currently pushing his two latest recording projects.

They are the 16 track album 'Vintage Love' and 'Quentinized' – a 22 track "mixtape" concept album which allows listeners to sample what he considers to be his best work. There's a certain rustic, organic quality to MOORE'S music which in these days of air-brushed recordings is refreshing. His music's available on both iTunes and cdbaby and his web site is



Friday, 28 October 2011 08:18 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

fdeluxeRemember THE FAMILY? They were an '80s Minneapolis-based band masterminded by PRINCE and their self-titled 1985 album for Paisley Park spawned a Top 10 US R&B hit, 'Screams Of Passion' and included the first released version of the Prince-penned 'Nothing Compares 2 You' (later a big pop hit for Sinead O'Connor). Now the cult band has reconvened though they've had to change their moniker (they've adopted the name fDeluxe) as Prince owns the rights to The Family name. Comprising Paul Peterson (aka St. Paul), Susannah Melvoin (sister of Wendy Melvoin, formerly in Prince's band, The Revolution), erstwhile Time guitarist Jellybean Johnson and sax man, Eric Leeds, the band's new album is called 'Gaslight.'

An addictive meld of funk, jazz and pop flavours, it's due for release via Art Of Groove Records on November 14th.

fDeluxe are also scheduled to appear in the UK sometime in January 2012 for some concert dates.



Tuesday, 25 October 2011 15:01 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

chicMusic Club (in collaboration with Rhino) have just released three splendid new collections.


The titles are self-explanatory and, as ever, the sets come stylishly packaged and at a budget price.

The CHIC set will be particularly popular with collectors as proper CHIC collections have been few and far between, while the BNH'S set is an unashamed celebration of their 20th anniversary. As part of those celebrations the band will be playing live shows at London Down Under The Bridge in December. Watch out too for a soulandjazzandfunk interview with the band and a special completion to win copies of all these albums.


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