Monthly Archives: May, 2013

SWEAT BAND-SWEAT BAND.

SWEAT BAND-SWEAT BAND. After George Clinton and his manager Archie Ivy formed Uncle Jam Records, the nascent label’s first release was the debut album from Bootsy Collins newly formed P-Funk supergroup Sweat Band. Formed out of the ashes of Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Sweat Band was a short-lived P-Funk group, who released just one album in 1980. …

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THE GAP BAND-THE GAP BAND VII.

THE GAP BAND-THE GAP BAND VII. For The Gap Band, commercial success didn’t come overnight. Quite the opposite. Instead, it took three albums. Neither 1974s Magician’s Holiday nor 1977s The Gap Band charted. Then when The Gap Band signed to Mercury Records, their third album The Gap Band reached number seventy-seven in the US Billboard …

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BILLY PAUL-LATELY.

BILLY PAUL-LATELY. Having founded Philadelphia International Records in 1971, Gamble and Huff made Billy Paul one of the first signings to their new label. Gamble and Huff had know Billy since 1967, when he was working on his debut album Feelin’ Good At the Cadillac Club. Billy’s debut album needed some work to complete it, …

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THE SPINNERS-YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW.

THE DETROIT SPINNERS-YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. For The Detroit Spinners, their 1977 album Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow would mark an end of an era for the group. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow was Phillip Wynn’s final album as lead singer of The Detroit Spinners. This wasn’t the only thing to change. Unlike their five previous studio …

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CANDIDO-DANCIN’ AND PRANCIN.’

CANDIDO-DANCIN’ AND PRANCIN.’ Two of the most innovative record labels in the history of modern music are Blue Note and Salsoul Records. However, there was only one artist who released albums on both labels. That artist is legendary Cuban percussionist, Candido, who released two albums for Salsoul in 1979. Candido’s Salsoul debut was Dancin’ and …

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SKYY-SKYY LINE.

SKYY-SKYY LINE. By the time Skyy released their fourth album for Salsoul Records, Skyy Line, which was recently rereleased by BBR Records, Salsoul, and indeed music, had changed dramatically. Between 1975 and 1979, Salsoul Records had established a reputation as disco’s premier label. Salsoul Records gained a reputation as an innovative and influential label, who …

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THE TRAMMPS-DISCO INFERNO.

THE TRAMMPS-DISCO INFERNO. Eight months after The Trammps released Where The Happy People Go in April 1976, they released their third studio album Disco Inferno In December 1976. A year after The Trammps released Disco Inferno, which was rereleased by WEA Japan on 30th April 2013, their career was totally transformed. This transformation took place …

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BLUE MAGIC-MYSTIC DRAGONS.

BLUE MAGIC-MYSTIC DRAGONS The story of Blue Magic, is far from unique. Their eponymous debut album Blue Magic, released in January 1974, reached number forty-five in the US Billboard 200 and number four in the US R&B Charts. This resulted in Blue Magic being certified gold. Blue Magic featured the million-selling Philly Soul classic Sideshow, …

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ARETHA FRANKLIN-I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVED YOU.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVED YOU. Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that the most overused word in the English language is the word “classic.” Nowadays, something can’t just be good, it must be a classic. It doesn’t matter if someone is talking about a book, cuisine, technology, a architecture …

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DONNY HATHAWAY-EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING.

DONNY HATHAWAY-EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING. Sometimes, when people discuss the great soul singers, they forget about Donny Hathaway, whose career was tragically cut short. During his career, Donny Hathaway only released three studio albums, one soundtrack album and two albums with Roberta Flack. Donny Hathaway’s debut album was 1970s Everything Is Everything, which was rereleased by …

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ROBERTA FLACK-FIRST TAKE.

ROBERTA FLACK-FIRST TAKE. Mention Roberta Flack’s name, and most people automatically think of two songs, The First Time I Saw Your Face and Killing Me Softly. The story of First Take is one where if fate hadn’t intervened, might have resulted in the album forever remaining a hidden gem. Having been released in 1969, First …

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BEN E. KING-I HAD A LOVE.

BEN E. KING-I HAD A LOVE. In 1975, Ben E. King returned to Atlantic Records, where he’d spent much of the sixties. The success he’d enjoyed back in the sixties was eluding him. Maybe going back to the label where he enjoyed the most successful period of his career. This proved to be the case. Ben’s …

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THE SPINNERS-SPINNERS.

THE SPINNERS-SPINNERS. Nineteen years after The Spinners were formed in Detroit in 1954, commercial success and critical acclaim came their way. It had been a long time coming and many groups would’ve walked away from music. Luckily,  The Spinners were made of stronger stuff. Their determination and perseverance was eventually rewarded in 1973, when they released …

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JOHN MORALES PRESENTS THE M&M MIXES VOLUME 3 INSTRUMENTALS.

JOHN MORALES PRESENTS THE M&M MIXES VOLUME 3 INSTRUMENTALS. Compilations of John Morales’ remixes are a bit like London buses, you wait ages for one, then two come along at once. After releasing the critically acclaimed and commercially successful The M&M Mixes Volume 2 in March 2011, John Morales spent the next years working not just …

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THE LAST SKEPTIK-THANKS FOR TRYING.

THE LAST SKEPTIK-THANKS FOR TRYING. Having previously released critically acclaimed hip hop albums from the Visioneers, DJ Vadim, J Dilla and Pete Rock, BBE Music will soon release what’s sure to be one of the best hip hop albums of 2013…The Last Skeptik’s Thanks For Trying. It’ll be released by BBE Music on 6th May …

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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA-DELUXE EDITION.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA-DELUXE EDITION. Back in 1978, when Bob Marley and The Wailers released Kaya, critics and fans accused Bob Marley of selling out. Kaya was a much more laid-back album, whereas previous albums had been politically charged and crammed full of social comment. Previously, Bob Marley was seen as Jamaica’s social conscience. …

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MAJOR HARRIS-JEALOUSY.

MAJOR HARRIS-JEALOUSY. As someone whose a huge fan of Philly Soul, one thing that continues to frustrate me, is that many Philly Soul albums haven’t yet made it to CD. I can think of numerous Philly Soul classics waiting for their CD debut. Considering CDs are nearly thirty years old, that’s disappointing, to say the …

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THE HOLY GHOSTS-OLD SCHOOL ROCK AND ROLL WITH ATTITUDE.

THE HOLY GHOSTS-OLD SCHOOL ROCK AND ROLL WITH ATTITUDE. Recently, when I wrote an article on Shooting Stansfield, one of Scotland’s hottest bands, I mentioned that the Scottish musical scene was enjoying something of a resurgence. Whether it’s established bands or new bands, Scotland is leading the way, leaving Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and London trailing …

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