Monthly Archives: September, 2011

RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN-RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN.

RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN-RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN. In a previous article on Chaka Khan and her album Chaka, I mentioned how, originally, she was the vocalist with the legendary funk band Rufus. This gave Chaka her big break into the music business, and by their second album, Rags To Rufus, released in 1973, the band …

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ESTHER PHILLIPS-ALL ABOUT ESTHER PHILLIPS.

ESTHER PHILLIPS-ALL ABOUT ESTHER PHILLIPS. If I was to ask most people, have they ever heard of Esther Phillips or her music, I’m pretty sure that most people would say no, who is she? That to me is a huge shame, because they’re as yet, unaware of one of the most talented, versatile and underrated …

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CANDI STATON-I’M JUST A PRISONER.

CANDI STATON-I’M JUST A PRISONER. Sometimes, an artist or group records one single, and forevermore, they become known for that song. It doesn’t matter how many great singles or albums they’ve recorded before, or after, that’s the song they’re always known for. This is the case with many of the artists I’ve previously written about. …

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KRAFTWERK-TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS.

KRAFTWERK-TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS. In the history of electronic music, one of the most important and influential, groups are Kraftwerk. From their formative years, and their eponymous debut album Kraftwerk, released in 1970, they’ve constantly reinvented their music, using the latest technology. In the early years, they were one of first groups to realize the potential of …

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DJ ROGERS-IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE.

DJ ROGERS-IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE. Over the years I’ve been interested in music, and buying albums, many things have led me to buy an album. It can be obvious things like reading a good review, hearing the album in a friends house or in a record shop. Other times it can be less obvious. …

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TERRY CALLIER-WHAT COLOR IS LOVE.

TERRY CALLIER-WHAT COLOR IS LOVE. Over the past thirty-five years, I must have bought and listened to, thousands of albums. Many of these albums are albums are great albums, but commercially, weren’t successful. Often it’s hard to understand why these albums weren’t successful, why they never sold in larger quantities and why the artist wasn’t …

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LED ZEPPELIN-IV.

LED ZEPPELIN-IV. In a previous article I mentioned how, in the early seventies, a group or artist had to sell a huge amount of albums or singles, to achieve a top twenty placing. This was a time when multi-million selling albums was common place. When the group this article is about, released their fourth album …

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SYL JOHNSON-DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.

SYL JOHNSON-DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. In previous articles I’ve written about Southern Soul, I’ve focused on one particular label, Hi Records. Previously, I’ve written about three of their most famous artists, the legendary Al Green, O.V. Wright and Otis Clay. These three artists produced some of the most successful and critically acclaimed albums on the …

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THE HACIENDA AND ITS MUSIC-THE HACIENDA COMPILATIONS.

THE HACIENDA AND ITS MUSIC-THE HACIENDA COMPILATIONS. Recently, I’ve been reading Peter Hook’s book The Hacienda How Not To Run A Club  Properly, which tells of the trials and tribulations of being part-owner of one of the most innovative, important and successful clubs ever. For anyone considering launching a club, or even club night, it’s …

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LEONARD COHEN-I’M YOUR MAN.

LEONARD COHEN-I’M YOUR MAN. Today I’m going to write about an artist and his music who is much misunderstood. On many an occasion I’ve been talking about music to people, and when Leonard Cohen’s name comes up, everyone immediately says the same thing, “oh, his music’s depressing and miserable.” It seems to be that he’s …

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