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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...

PRIVATPROJEKT; Welcome (PrivatProjekt Productions)

During 2020 we became familiar with the work of German soul collective, PRIVATPROJEKT (that’s how they like the name to look, by the way!). Based in Hamburg (now there’s an important music city!) the...

VARIOUS: Hello Heartbreaker (Playback)

The latest release from Australian reissue label Playback Records is a wonderful compilation of classic, 60s uptown soul from the catalogues of Scepter/Wand and Musicor. Those New York based set ups practically defined what...

GENO WASHINGTON AND THE RAM JAM BAND: Four Albums Plus (BGO)

Last month BGO Records released a wonderful retrospective on Jimmy James and the Vagabonds – one of a slew of UK-based bands that in the 60s peddled their take on American soul to the...

JIMMY JAMES AND THE VAGABONDS: Four Albums (BGO)

Back in the 60s, especially the early and mid-years, real American soul music was hard to come by in the UK (writes a venerable grey beard!).  Very few US soul sides were released over...

LITTLE ANN: Detroit’s Secret Soul (Kent)

Little Ann (Bridgeforth) is a proper cult soul icon. Born in 1945 in Chicago, she died way too young in 2004 and in a short music career (she spent most of her working life...

KELLY FINNIGAN: A Joyful Sound (Colemine Records)

I’ve read hundreds of music books (written a few too!) but nowhere have I seen it explained why artists, across all genres, feel the urge to make a Christmas album sometime in their careers....

SMUDGE ALL STARS; Smudge All Stars (Pegdoll)

UK muso, Richie Stevens has spent his musical career championing free expression across all kinds of genres. The son of celebrated jazz drummer John Stevens, Richie’s impressive CV includes work with people like Joss...

INGRAM STREET; Paint The Town (Platinum Garage Recordings.)

Ingram Street is a soul/pop duo from Columbus, Ohio comprised of brothers Woody and Minquel Ingram. Earlier this year we enjoyed two sweet singles from the pair – Beautiful Possibility’ (a Ron Tyson song)...