Wednesday, 23 August 2017 19:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Papa Was A Rolling Stone ' was always the big tune on DEL AFRIQUE'S '79th Street' EP and now the quirky take on the Temptations' classic has won official release as a single. The team - award winning songwriter Russ Courtenay and vocalist Del Afrique – do what you should do with covers. i.e. try something a little different.

No one will ever say that this is better than the Tempts' original – but it is different.... out now.



Tuesday, 22 August 2017 18:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe Cherry Red label group regularly offers serious music collectors a wonderful selection of reissues, retrospectives and compilations and amongst their latest releases are two collections that though not soul albums, will hold interest for collectors of 60s and 70s classy Brit pop.

LESLEY DUNCAN (who died in 2010) began her music career as a backing and session singer. Most famously she worked with Dusty Springfield (it's Lesley belting out the chorus on 'In The Middle Of Nowhere') but in the 70's she seized the spirit of the age and morphed into a singer/songwriter in much the same vein as Carole King and Laura Nyro. To enjoy what Lesley was capable of RPM Records have just issued a double CD set that offers two of the lady's best long players – 1971's 'Sing Children Sing' and 'Earth Mother' from the following year. Best known song in the collection is the poignant 'Love Song' – covered by Elton John, but most famously in the soul world by Dionne Warwick.

Lesley Duncan's 'Sing Lesley Sing: The RCA and CBS Recordings 1968-72 is out now.

altERIC STEWART'S first claim to fame was as the guitarist in Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. It's Eric playing the riff on their version of 'Um, Um, Um'. Later he was the lead voice on the Mindbenders' hit 'Groovy Kind Of Love' - the first UK cover of the Patti Labelle tune. Then he was in Hot Legs before they became the mighty and massive 10CC. Then a solo career, production work and sessions with people like Paul McCartney.

Lemon Recordings have just issued a 2CD, 31 track retrospective 'Anthology' of the best of Stewart's solo career –along with one 10CC rarity. The sleeve notes from noted journalist Daryl Easlea will tell you all you want to know.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 15:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCLASSICAL UPROAR is the name being given to a very special music event that's planned for Friday 25th August at Manchester's famous The Church and Friary of St Francis ... known by most people as the Gorton Monastery. The huge monastery is a wonderful listed building – now deconsecrated and used for all kinds of exciting arts and cultural events.... and there can be few more exciting than Classical Uproar.

The gig is the brainchild of founder member of 90's dance act Together, Suddi Raval and to help him deliver he's enlisted a 25 piece orchestra led by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, Simon Robertshaw with live vocals from the legendary Alison Limerick.

There'll also be DJ sets from Phil Rose (Jaegerossa/Northern Edits), Richard Moonboots & Jason Boardman (Aficionado Records) and Mark XTC (former DMC Mixing Champion who promise to try to recreate the spirit of the Hacienda!

Find out more @

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 15:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altFans and followers of HAMISH STUART (Average White Band, the 360 Band and much, much more... see our interviews archive) might be interested to learn that the great man will be making a very special appearance in Glasgow on Saturday 9th September.

The event is a very special gig in aid of Prostate Cancer UK/Men United and the focus is to celebrate the life of musician Matt Irving who was in the Dream Police – with Hamish Stuart. Matt sadly died in 2015 shortly after working on the charity's album 'Gift from Men Utd' album with Hamish.

The evening is a celebration of funk, soul and rhythm and blues, with Scottish funk and soul bands Lights Out By Nine and James Brown is Annie both featuring Hamish as a guest performer and we're promised that he'll perform some of his classic AWB tunes.

It happens at the famous King Tuts in Glasgow on Saturday 9th September.



Friday, 18 August 2017 19:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altPhilly veteran BUNNY SIGLER is currently putting the finishing touches to a brand new album, 'Young At Heart'. In the meantime he's just released a single from the set... his version of the great standard 'Angel Eyes' and listening, it's true to how he's described the ethos behind the new long player – an honest attempt to bridge the gap between Bunny's classic soul sound and the world of jazz.

The song exists in numerous versions – anyone and everyone has recorded it – people like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson and Willie Nelson – and Bunny's new, relaxed reading stands up with any of 'em.

Bunny Sigler's 'Angel Eyes' is available to download right now and the album will be released very shortly.

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