Monthly Archives: December, 2013

ROCKY SHARPE AND THE REPLAYS-IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY-THE POLYDOR AND RAK MASTERS AND MORE.

ROCKY SHARPE AND THE REPLAYS-IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY-THE POLYDOR AND RAK MASTERS AND MORE. December 1978 found Rocky Sharpe and The Replays enjoying an unexpected hit single. They’d covered The Astors’ Rama Lama Ding Dong, which reached number seventeen in the UK.  This was the first of series of hit singles Rocky Sharpe and …

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AL GREEN-THE BELLE ALBUM.

AL GREEN-THE BELLE ALBUM. When Al Green released The Belle Album, it was a very different album to those that preceded it for several reasons. Belle reflected the changes that were happening in Al’s personal life. For several years, religion had played an important part in his life. During that period, he’d struggled to come …

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YOU TOOK IT ALL FEATURING YAZMINE AZAIEZ-NUTRITIOUS DELICIOUS REMIX.

YOU TOOK IT ALL FEATURING YAZMINE AZAIEZ-NUTRITIOUS DELICIOUS REMIX. Over the last few years, Nutritious has forged a reputation as one of the best remixers and producers in New York. Considering the fierce competition, that’s quite an achievement. Anyone who heard Nutritious’ remixes or productions will know that he’s got a big future ahead of …

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THE STAINED GLASS-A SCENE IN BETWEEN 1965-1967.

THE STAINED GLASS-A SCENE IN BETWEEN 1965-1967. Sometimes, despite their undoubtable talent, a group fails to make the impact their talent and music deserves. It’s only years later, that people realise how innovative a group they were. That was the case with The Stained Glass, who started life as The Trolls. Quite simply, The Stained …

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DUST MY RHYTHM AND BLUES-THE FLAIR RECORDS R&B STORY 1953-1955.

DUST MY RHYTHM AND BLUES-THE FLAIR RECORDS R&B STORY 1953-1955. Despite only being around for just three years, Flair Records released some of the best R&B and blues of that period. Formed in 1953, Flair Records became the second subsidiary of Modern Records. RPM was Modern Records’ first subsidiary, Flair Records the second. It was …

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HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-REACHING FOR THE WORLD.

HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-REACHING FOR THE WORLD. Wake Up Everybody marked the end of an era for Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. Not only was To Be True the last Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes’ album to feature Teddy Pendergrass, but it was their last album to be released on Philadelphia International …

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SKADEDYR-KONGEKRABBE.

SKADEDYR-KONGEKRABBE. Recently, Skadedyr have been establishing a reputation as one of Norway’s most exciting up-and-coming bands. Skadedyr however, are no ordinary band. Far from it. Described as an anarchist/democratic band, Skadedyr feature twelve members. These twelve musicians play an eclectic selection of instruments. This includes a brass, string and rhythm section. Even their rhythm section …

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CAKEWALK-TRANSFIXED.

CAKEWALK-TRANSFIXED. It was May 2012, when Cakewalk released their genre-melting debut album Wired. Released to critical acclaim, Wired featured intense, mesmeric music. Featuring three experienced and talented musicians, Cakewalk became one. Each member of Cakewalk seemed to have know exactly what the other was about to do. The interaction between them was peerless. They fed …

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PLEASURE-SPECIAL THINGS.

PLEASURE-SPECIAL THINGS. Having spent spent several years honing their style and sound, Pleasure were “discovered” by Wayne Henderson of The Crusaders. Pleasure’s persistence had paid off. Pleasure had worked hard at improving and honing their style. They’d also made sure any band that swung through Portland, were handed a copy of Pleasure’s demo. Grover Washington …

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THE DETROIT EMERALDS-LET’S GET TOGETHER.

THE DETROIT EMERALDS-LET’S GET TOGETHER. By 1978, when The Detroit Emeralds released their final album, Let’s Get Together, much had happened to them. The last few years had been eventful, and marked a change in the The Detroit Emeralds’ fortunes. For their first three albums, The Detroit Emeralds it seemed they could do wrong. Their three …

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GEORGE JACKSON-OLD FRIEND-THE FAME RECORDINGS VOLUME 3.

GEORGE JACKSON-OLD FRIEND-THE FAME RECORDINGS VOLUME 3. Prolific. That’s the best way to describe George Jackson. As a songwriter, he wrote over three-hundred songs. This includes penning tracks for James Carr, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Clarence Carter, Z.Z. Hill, Candi Staton, Bettye Swann, Ann Peebles, The Osmonds, Bobby Womack and Bob Seger. George first started …

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SOUL IN HARMONY-VOCAL GROUPS 1965-1977.

SOUL IN HARMONY-VOCAL GROUPS 1965-1977. Whether your preference is for country, crossover, deep, modern, Northern, Philly or Southern Soul, everyone will have their favourite group soul single. It may be an old favourite or hidden gem, however, for you, it epitomises everything that’s good about group soul. For three minutes, that single tugs at your …

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CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN-CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN.

CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN-CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN. From an early age, Chico Hamilton looked destined to become a jazz drummer. Born in Los Angeles in September 1921, Chico was already a talented drummer by the time he reached high school. Away from school, he was playing alongside some of the greatest jazz musicians …

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CHET BAKER QUINTETTE-CHET BAKER QUINTETTE.

CHET BAKER QUINTETTE-CHET BAKER QUINTETTE. Chet Baker’s big break came when he joined Charlie Parker’s band at the Tiffany Club, in Los Angeles. That was in May 1952, when Chet was just twenty-three. Even then, it was widely recognized that Chet Baker was a prodigious talent. A great future was forecast for the former member …

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COLEMAN HAWKINS-THE HAWK SWINGS.

COLEMAN HAWKINS-THE HAWK SWINGS. There aren’t many musicians whose career traversed the big band, swing and bebop eras. Coleman Hawkins did. He was one of the finest tenor saxophonists in the history of jazz. Born in 1904, Coleman Hawkins was around when jazz was born. His recording debut came in 1921, as a member of …

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THE KINKS-MUSWELL HILLBILLIES.

THE KINKS-MUSWELL HILLBILLIES. By the time The Kinks released Muswell Hillbillies in November 1971, they were no longer as successful in Britain. Their last three albums had failed to chart. The last Kinks album to chart in Britain was 1967s Something Else By The Kinks. It had reached number thirty-five. After that, 1968s The Kinks …

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THE BETA BAND-THE REGAL YEARS 1997-2004.

THE BETA BAND-THE REGAL YEARS 1997-2004. Although The Beta Band were only together eight years, their music made a huge impact. Formed in 1996, The Beta Band split-up in 2004. In the intervening eight years, they’d released a trio of E.P.s and albums. The music on these E.P.s and albums influenced a generation of musicians. …

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JULIEN DYNE-DECEMBER.

JULIEN DYNE-DECEMBER. One of the most anticipated albums of recent months, has been Julien Dyne’s third album December. It’s just been released on BBE Music, and sees Julien pick up where he left off on his sophomore album Glimpse. On Glimpse we saw a tantalising glimpse of the direction Julien Dyne’s music was heading. This …

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ANGOLA SOUNDTRACK 2.

ANGOLA SOUNDTRACK 2. Following three aggravated uprisings in 1961, the Angolan authorities were forced to act. There was no denying it, Angola was in crisis. The country could implode. Something had to be done. The status quo wasn’t an option. What followed was a double edged sword of repression and reform. For the first time, …

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JETHRO TULL-BENEFIT.

JETHRO TULL-BENEFIT. If I was to ask what group had nine albums certified gold, and one certified triple-platinum, between 1969 and 1979, how many people would say Jethro Tull? That’s because most people forget how successful Jethro Tull were. They were one of the most successful, groundbreaking and innovative of the prog rock bands in …

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