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THE SHIRELLES: 1958-1962 (Jasmine)

Growing up in Liverpool in the 60s was a real music education for me. As a teenager, haunting the city’s clubs – the famed Cavern and the not so famous Iron Door, the Downbeat,...

BIG IS BEAUTIFUL

Award-winning Danish jazz pianist and composer Kathrine Windfeld talks about her new big band project, Orca.  The jazz history books tell us that the big bands largely went the way of the dinosaurs and...

PHIL SPECTOR DIES….

PHIL SPECTOR – music producer probably without equal and convicted murderer – died on Saturday 16th January. He was 81. His death was announced thus by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; “California...

SAM COOKE; Three Albums (ABKCO)

To tie in with the release of the ‘One Night In Miami’ movie, ABKCO have just released three wonderful Sam Cooke albums on vinyl. The film tells the story of the night of February...

STAY OPTIMISTIC!

If ever there was a song for these tough times, it has to be ‘Optimistic’. Right now, we all need generous doses of optimism – a light at the end of a very long...

STAND UP FOR WILL!

Not too much good news around right now but here’s something that might just cheer you up. The incomparable WILL DOWNING has a new album all set for release on January 29th .  Released...

MIAMI NIGHTS!

In December we brought news of an exciting, upcoming movie and associated music …. ‘ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI’. The film tells the remarkable story of the night of February 25, 1964 when a young...

WORKING IN THE COLEMINE!

Indie soul collectors and fans of the quirky and esoteric will know all about COLEMINE RECORDS. It was started in 2007 by Terry Cole as a vehicle to market his band’s album. (The band...

DOWN IN CLINTON PARK….

Indie soul anoraks might be familiar with the song ‘(The Girl In) Clinton Park’. It was released in 1974 on Fos-Glo/Delite by the Masterplan. What the anoraks might not know is that the lovely...