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BOBBY WOMACK: The Poet & The Poet II (ABKCO)

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of BOBBY WOMACK’S classic long player, ‘The Poet’. The album is rightly celebrated as one of soul’s best ever – genre-defining even. What’s more it served...

NAT TURNER REBELLION: ‘Laugh To Keep From Crying’ (Philly Groove/Chrysalis)

Until now, the cult Philadelphia soul and funk group, Nat Turner Rebellion, have deservedly merited nothing more than a brief footnote in the City of Brotherly Love’s music history. After all, the short-lived quartet...

MARILYN McCOO AND BILLY DAVIS JR: Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons (BMG)

I’m sure there are statistics to prove it, but I’m confident that the Beatles’ back catalogue has been plundered more than anyone else’s. I think the very first Beatle cover was in 1963 when...

SWEET CHICAGO SOUL; The JAMES HOLVAY INTERVIEW.

Veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist JAMES HOLVAY’S latest recording is a wonderful 5 track EP, ‘Sweet Soul Song’. The music is an unashamed homage to the Golden Age of Chicago soul, to the craft of people like...

THINKIN’ ABOUT YOU…

‘Thinkin’ About You’ is the wonderful debut single from CARMY LOVE. We last heard of Londoner Carmy when she worked with New Street Adventure on their 2014 Acid Jazz album, ‘No Hard Feelings’. She...

A CHANGE GONNA COME….

Listeners to the more savvy soul stations over the last few weeks will have become familiar with a couple of tunes from a soulful gentleman, ALEXANDER MORRIS. Songs in question are both sides of...

BNHS: LIVE!

Through the BRAND NEW HEAVIES were formed back in the 1980s (originally called Brothers International and they just played instrumentals) they didn’t really break through till 1990/91 with the singles ‘Dream Come True’ and...

50 NOT OUT!

Back in 2018, the mighty TOWER OF POWER celebrated 50 years of making their distinctive, brass-fired take on soul and funk. Indeed, the band did come together 50 long years ago – in the...

TM: the M&M MIXES….

The sadly missed TEENA MARIE is a proper soul fan’s proper soul singer. Born Mary Christine Brockert in 1956, she passed in 2010 but left a wonderful musical legacy that is treasured by her...