Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

souloloveOver the last few years REEL PEOPLE MUSIC has established itself as a major player on the UK soul scene and just to confirm that, the label is all set to release a major 2 CD, 25 track modern soul compilation.

Snappily titled SOUL LOVE 2104, the Reel People people say that the collection will be "the finest, truest definition of modern soul yet.... a cornucopia of exquisite grooves, musicianship and emotions". Well, if the 14 track sampler doing the round is anything to go on then they've got the description bob on!

'Soul Love 2014' offers cuts from people like Eric Roberson, Marc Evans, Tyrone Lee, Don E and the great Tony Momrelle whose fab 'Spotlight' would stand out on any collection –as it does here.

This being a Reel People outing, the set also boasts a number of exclusive Reel People remixes –notably a groove-heavy tweak of Muzart's 'The Party After', a bass-led recreation of L Young's 'I Love My Girl' and a lovely ultra danceable revision of The Layabouts' 'Colours Of Love' .

It's all great stuff and set to rival those classic Expansion 'Soul Togetherness' sets. We'll bring you a full review just as soon as we have a full album.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:18



Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

littlejoecook1Veteran soul and R&B singer, LITTLE JOE COOK died in Boston on Tuesday 15th April. He was 91. His family said he'd died after a long battle with cancer.

Born in South Philadelphia in 1922, Cook's most famous song was 'Peanuts' – a number 22 Billboard hit back in 1957 that showcased his remarkable falsetto voice. Before that he'd sang with various groups including The Evening Stars – a respected Philly gospel ensemble and on the strength of his work with them Cook was asked to replace Sam Cooke in the Soul Stirrers... an offer he declined.

In the mid fifties Cook formed a doo-wop group called The Thrillers and, signed to the famous Okeh label, they hit with the aforementioned 'Peanuts'. The song was later to become a hit for the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli was quick to acknowledge the influence that Cook had on his own distinctive vocal style.

Joe eventually went out on his own but real success eluded him so in the early 60s he created a girl group, The Sherrys (they included two of his daughters), and they scored a hit with the novelty dance song 'Pop Pop Pie-Pie', a classic "girl group" sound.

Joe moved to Boston in the mid sixties where he worked sporadically in that city's bars and clubs He enjoyed a residency at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1980 until he retired in 2007, being voted the region's Best Local R&B Performer in 2002.

Little Joe Cook is survived by his wife Joanne and six children.

Interestingly, back in the 60s UK soul and blues singer Chris Farlowe recorded 2 songs for the UK Sue label using the alias "Little Joe Cook". They were the blues standard 'Stormy Monday' and a Farlowe song called 'She's Alright'. They were delivered in an intense gritty, gruff style that was a million miles away from the real Little Joe Cook's sublime falsetto, but they did manage to fool people into thinking that Farlowe/Cook was a black American singer.




Friday, 18 April 2014 16:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Elbowed-OutELBOWED OUT were a little-known mixed race group who worked out of Seattle. Main men in the band were trumpeter SAM CHAMBLISS and guitarist DENIS WILCOX – who also both shared lead vocals. Back in 1978 they issued just two recordings and last year UK label SOUL JUNCTION released them as a single. The two cuts were the catchy 'Taking A Step' backed with 'Girl You Got Magic'.

Soul Junction has now released two previously unissued Elbowed Out songs as a single. They are 'Things Are Changing' with 'Just To Be With You' on the flip. The A side is a busy, bustling modern soul groove with great vocals and punchy brass that's kind of half way between Tower Of Power and The Blackbyrds. It's a great little, mover that's sure to get feet tapping and heads nodding in the modern room. 'Just To Be With You' is a slower groove altogether and has the light feel of EWF's balladry about it. It's a very, very subtle grower. Access our archive search engine to find out more about Elbowed Out or go to

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 18:43



Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:12 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Soul-Brother-RecordsAs any avid vinyl collector knows, this Saturday 19th April is Record Store Day.  Those in search of exclusive and limited edition Record Store Day titles are advised to visit the UK's leading soul and jazz specialist, SOUL BROTHER, based in Putney, London. They will have in stock around 300 special Record Store Day titles as well as their customary wide selection of  soul, jazz and funk on vinyl and CD (vinyl hunters should note that Soul Brother is also holding a one-day sale on Saturday with LPs going for £5 each or £10 for three).

But that's not all, folks - jazz-funk outfit DOWN TO THE BONE will be visiting the store and signing advance copies of their forthcoming new album, 'Dig It' at around 12.30pm.

For more info check out the Soul Brother website:

For a list of soul and jazz titles available of Record Store Day follow this link:



Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:18



Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

avJust three years ago AVERY* (that's right don't forget that all-important *) SUNSHINE won the hearts of the soul community with her debut long player. Busy tours, guest spots on other artists' albums, on-point remixes and TV appearances have kept the Pennsylvania born soulstress in the soul spotlight and now she's all set to release her brand new album.

'THE SUNROOM' gets a May 26th release on UK-based Dome Records and already there's a big buzz on the 12 tracker. Produced by Avery*'s song-writing partner, Dana Johnson, the album's a wonderful mix of up-tempo grooves and searing ballads like the wonderful 'Call My Name'. The big old school stomper is 'Time To Shine' though the Hi-flavoured opener, 'Love (Won't You Try)' seems to be the cut that's garnering the attention at the moment. Through it all – whatever the pace - Little Miss Sunshine's gospel roots sing out loud and clear.

Avery* will be visiting the UK in June to promote the album She'll be headlining two shows; one @ London's Islington Assembly Hall on June 20th, the other @ the Old Market in Brighton the following evening. The venues will provide more details.

In the meantime, there'll be a full review of 'The Sunroom' and an in-depth interview with the lady here @ SJF very soon.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:34


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