Friday, 02 February 2018 19:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIn 1992 Scottish soul man JOHN REID came out from behind the decks he'd been spinning and formed his very own band THE NIGHTCRAWLERS. The outfit enjoyed huge success with tunes like 'Push The Feeling' and 'Surrender Your Love' with the former winning reactivated success at the backend of 2017.

Reid, who's also a busy writer (he's penned hits for Westflife, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis amongst others), has just resurrected the Nighcrawlers for a wonderful new three track EP – 'Soul Sessions'. Produced by Michael J McEvoy and Ernie McKone, all three tunes on the mini album are winning maximum airplay across the very best soul stations. No wonder... all are easy on the ear and feature real instruments that perfectly complement the inherent soulfulness in Reid's vocals.

'Watchin' You Watchin' Me' is a tight, classic modern soul dancer, matched for catchiness by the zippy, 'I Need Your Love' but the cherry on this delicious soul cake is the mid-tempo 'Love Comes Around'. This is the one currently grabbing all the headlines and rightly so...a proper song, sweet melody, catchy hook, sympathetic backing and a convincing vocal. Lovely!

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Friday, 02 February 2018 19:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThere are plenty of soul fans with a soft spot for that great oldie 'I Can Prove It'. In both its Tony Etoria and Phil Fearon incarnations it's a great memory jogger and right now there's a new version to rival those venerable oldies.

This "new" 'I Can Prove It' comes via GOLDEN BRIDGE – the joint US/Japanese venture of producer Yuki "Monolog" Kanesaka and top remix producer Yuki "T-Groove" Takahashi. The recording is the pair's follow up to their successful three track 'TBC' EP from last year.

Golden Bridge's 'I Can Prove It' comes in two formats – cleverly dubbed "'77 Style" and "'86 Style". Each version has a different vocalist – Lee Wilson and Leon Beal – but both feature full live instrumentation that includes the The Boston Chamber Orchestra who offer some proper Philly soul style.

The label by the way is Hong Kong Elevators and, keeping things retro, the music will only be available in limited edition clear 12" vinyl. Release is expected in March.

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Friday, 02 February 2018 19:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUNDER THE LAKE are a Portland-based jazz outfit powered by the dual horns of David Evans and John Moak. The rest of the line up is Jayson Tipp (keys), Brian Foxworth (drums), Kenny Franklin (bass), Evan Mustard (guitar)), Nat Caranto (alto sax) and, from time to time, harmonica player Joe Powers. Between them,  the team have worked with luminaries like BB King, Gladys Knight, 4 Tops, The Temptations, Dave Brubeck, Randy Brecker, even Ella Fitzgerald).

Right now Under The Lake are getting ready to launch their new long player, 'Jazz, Groove & Attitude'. The set is the band's fourth album and like the previous three, it channels the classic sound of 70s and 80s outfits like the Crusaders. Why... Under The Lake even feature a trombone (courtesy of John Moak)!

The new set's focus track is 'George Is His Name', an unashamed tribute to one of the band's heroes and influences – George Duke. Also of note is a sombre 'LJT' – a tune inspired by 1968 Olympic athletes Lee Evans, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. This is the cut that features Joe Powers' melancholic harmonica. Like all the songs on the album, 'George Is His Name' and 'LJT' are band originals.

Elsewhere 'September Groove' boasts a real soulful attack – full of attitude and sass. Indeed it epitomises the buzz words for the album.... jazz, groove and attitude.

UNDER THE LAKE ; Jazz, Groove& Attitude is released on Mind The Overdrive on February 23rd.

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 12:27 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

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Now in his 82nd year, silky-voiced crooner, JOHNNY MATHIS, released his first album as a 21-year-old way back in 1956. Still active, his most recent album was last year's 'Johnny Mathis Sings The Great American Songbook,' which was released on Columbia Records, the label that he enjoyed most success with during the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Two overlooked albums in his canon from his Columbia tenure are due for reissue on CD for the first time on March 3rd by US specialist label, Real Gone. The first is 'Sings The Music Of Bacharach & Kaempfert,' originally a double LP compilation released in 1970. Freshly remastered, it features 26 tracks, including versions of 'Strangers In The Night' and 'Spanish Eyes' and is bolstered with some rare bonus material in the shape of  non-album singles and some tracks from the singer's stint at Global Records.

The second album is 1970's 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,' which also contains Bacharach-David material, including the title song,  'Alfie,'  plus covers of contemporary pops songs - among them George Harrison's 'Something,' Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' and Harry Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin'.'

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:13 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Calling all Motown fans - some exciting news just in! The legendary veteran vocal groups, THE FOUR TOPS (pictured left), and THE TEMPTATIONS (right) are going back on the road and heading for the UK later this year.

Both groups rose to fame at Berry Gordy's iconic Motown label in the 1960s and quickly conquered the world. The Four Tops are well-loved in the UK, where they've racked up almost 30 Top 40 Hits (27 at the last count, including 'I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),' and the chart-topping 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)'). The current incarnation of the group includes original member Duke Fakir plus Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton Jr, and Harold ‘Spike’ Bonhart.

Like the Tops, The Temptations contain one original member from the group's halcyon days - Otis Williams, who is joined by Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr. The Tempts hold the honour of being the first Motown group to triumph at the Grammy awards. More recently, the quartet that worked with producer Norman Whitfield in the late '70s and early '70s and scored memorable big hits with 'My Girl,' 'Just My Imagination,' and 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone,' won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Ahead of the keenly-anticipated UK shows,  Otis Williams says: “These songs are the soundtrack to our lives – we love performing them as much as ever, especially to the UK audiences.” His sentiments are echoed by the Four Tops' Duke Fakir: "We love coming to the UK – this is our favourite tour and we love the people of the UK ... and they treat us like royalty. They love the music which makes it wonderful to perform on stage every night.”  On the tour, both groups will be joined by special guests, as yet undisclosed.

Tour Dates

 Mon November 19th 2018    Leeds  First Direct Arena

Tues November 20th 2018    Manchester Arena 

Thurs November 22nd 2018    Birmingham Arena 

Fri November 24th 2018    Liverpool Echo Arena 

Mon November 26th 2018    Southend Cliff’s Pavillion

Tues November 27th 2018    London  O2 Arena

Wed November 28th 2018    Bournemouth International Centre 

Thurs November 29th 2018    Nottingham  Motorpoint Arena

All shows start at 7:30 pm with the exception of Southend which starts at 8pm. Ticket prices are £47.50 and £40 and £50 and £45 in London and Southend.  Tickets available from or the 24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991 or from the venues direct. Tickets go on sale on Friday 1st February at 9.00am.


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