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THE SPINNERS: Full Circle (Reservoir Media)

THE (DETROIT) SPINNERS are rightly considered one of soul’s Premier League vocal groups. That position was secured during their tenure with Atlantic Records when, working with Thom Bell, they created some of the very...

HAROLD LAND: ‘Choma (Burn)’ (WeWantSounds)

Born in Texas and raised in San Diego, tenor saxophonist Harold Land began his musical journey in Los Angeles during the late 1940s as a devout disciple of bebop. His rise to fame began...

VICTOR HAYNES: DREAMS (Expansion)

Ever-reliable UK soul man, VICTOR HAYNES has a distinguished back catalogue – and this new album – the ten tracker that is ‘Dreams’  – will sit perfectly ‘midst his past achievements. I guess if...

THE TEMPTATIONS: ‘Wish It Would Rain’ (Motown/UMe/Elemental Music)

Released in April 1968, this was the final Temptations album to feature David Ruffin, the bespectacled, husky-voiced lead singer whose egomania and disruptive personality would see him fired from the group a few months...

JOHN KLEMMER: CHATEAU  LOVE (Touch Records USA/BFD/Orchard)

JOHN KLEMMER is a veteran US jazz sax man with a lengthy and distinguished career. He debuted as a leader way back in 1967 with the album ‘Involvement’ – the first of his LPs...

NIGEL HALL & DJ HARRISON; THE BURNING BUSH: (Regime Music Group)

Music anoraks might now that Nigel Hall is the keysman and vocalist in acclaimed jazz/funk band, Lettuce and that DJ  Harrison works with Virginia jazzers, Butcher Brown. Both hail from the Washington DC area...

 JESSE JAMES; Back On Top Again (Soul Junction SJLP 5016)

JESSE JAMES (real nameJames Howard McCelland) is a proper cult soul man. By that I mean the Californian-born singer/songwriter has never made the major leagues in his home country but in the UK and...

VARIOUS: HERE COME THE TEARS (Soul4Real)

Europe’s brand-leading boutique, vinyl soul label, SOUL4REAL, continues its dalliance with albums with this new one – a superb, properly soulful 14 track compilation of music trawled from the 60s and 70s vaults of...

VARIOUS: A Different World (Ace/Kent)

Been a while since Ace /Kent have added to their series celebrating the great songwriters, but the latest addition to the series has been well worth the wait! The generous 24 tracker that is...