Monthly Archives: February, 2014

RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROMPIN’ AND STOMPIN’

RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROMPIN’ AND STOMPIN’ Last year was a busy year for Ian Saddler. He compiled a trio of compilations of blues, R&B and zydeco for Ace Records. The first of these was Bluesin’ By The Bayou, a compilation of “low down, dirty and greasy blues from Louisiana.” With some Zydeco thrown …

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BAMALOVESOUL PRESENTS ON DECK 2.

BAMALOVESOUL PRESENTS ON DECK 2.  For anyone in Alabama who loved their music music soulful, there was no alternative to the steady diet of mainstream R&B local radio stations fed them. It was a case of Hobson’s choice. That’s until Roderick Moody decided to shake things up. Roderick, whose better known as DJ Rahdu is known …

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DUSTY HEARD THEM HERE FIRST.

DUSTY HEARD THEM HERE FIRST. For the latest instalment in Ace Records’ Heard Them Here First compilation series, compiler Mick Patrick has turned to the music that influenced Dusty Springfield. Dusty Heard Them Here First was recently released by Ace Records and features twenty-four tracks. Fittingly, each of these tracks are the US versions. Why …

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KENT’S CELLAR OF SOUL VOLUME 3.

KENT’S CELLAR OF SOUL VOLUME 3. Eight years after the release of Kent’s Cellar Of Soul Volume 2, Kent Soul have belatedly released the followup, Kent’s Cellar Of Soul Volume 3. It’s been well worth the wait. The Kent’s Cellar Of Soul seems to mature like a fine wine. That’s thanks to the two men …

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HALL OF FAME VOLUME 3.

HALL OF FAME VOLUME 3. Eventually, when someone decides to write a definitive history of Southern Soul, Fame Records name will loom large. There’s two reasons for this. The first is the music released on Fame Records. Then there’s the artists who recorded at Fame Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals. Back in the sixties, Fame Recording …

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MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD-FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS HEART TO HIS HANDS.

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD-FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS HEART TO HIS HANDS. Michael Bloomfield was an unlikely candidate to become one of the finest blues guitarists of his generation. He was born in Chicago in 1943. His family were a wealthy Jewish-American family who lived in the north side of Chicago. His family hoped he’d join the …

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BOBBY CHARLES-BOBBY CHARLES.

BOBBY CHARLES-BOBBY CHARLES. Bobby Charles will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of swamp pop. He played a huge part in popularising swamp pop, not just in Louisiana, but much further afield. However, there’s more to Bobby Charles’ career than that. Much more. Bobby was also a successful songwriter. The story begins in …

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STUDIO ONE ROCKSTEADY.

STUDIO ONE ROCKSTEADY. Soul Jazz Records’ latest compilation Studio One Rocksteady, which was released on 3rd February 2014, sees compiler Lloyd Bradley return to the vaults of Studio One Records. Previous visits to the Studio One vaults have resulted in rich pickings for Soul Jazz Records. No wonder. Studio One Records was one of reggae …

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ALGEBRA BLESSETT-RECOVERY.

ALGEBRA BLESSETT-RECOVERY.  It was six years ago, that Atlanta born soul singer Algebra Blessett released her debut album Purpose. It was produced by Kedar Massenburg who previously, produced India Arie and D’Angelo. On its release in 2008, Purpose was released to critical acclaim. Comparisons were drawn with India Arie and Erykay Badu. Critics forecast great …

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TERRY CALLIER-FIRE ON ICE

TERRY CALLIER-FIRE ON ICE. For many years, I’ve championed the music of Terry Callier. I’ve often described Terry Callier as one of music’s best kept secrets. That’s despite enjoying a recording career which saw him releasing ten studio albums. Sadly, Terry Callier is better known in the UK than America. Indeed, Terry Callier only ever enjoyed …

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CURTIS MAYFIELD-CURTIS.

CURTIS MAYFIELD-CURTIS. In 1970, Curtis Mayfield decided to leave The Impressions to pursue a solo career. Curtis had been a member of The Impressions since 1958. That was when Curtis was discovered singing gospel. He was in the same choir as Jerry Butler. Both Jerry and Curtis were asked to join a doo woo group …

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AIR-MOON SAFARI.

AIR-MOON SAFARI. Enigmatic describes Air, one of the most innovative European electronic bands of the past twenty years. Air were formed in 1995, in Versailles, France. Originally, Nicholas Godin, a former architecture student was the only member of Air. He was later joined by former maths student Jean-Benoit Dunckel. They’d previously been members of Orange, …

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GEORGE MCCRAE-ROCK YOUR BABY.

GEORGE MCCRAE-ROCK YOUR BABY. Imagine an artist could record a single in an hour, costing them just $15 or $20 and that single went on to reach number one in the US Billboard and US R&B Charts. While that might sound far fetched, it actually happened. Back in 1974 George McCrae recorded Rock Your Baby …

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DISCO RECHARGE-THE DUNCAN SISTERS.

DISCO RECHARGE-THE DUNCAN SISTERS. It’s been a while since the last instalment of the Disco Recharge series. That was when Tantra’s The Collection was released in July 2013. Since then, releases have been scheduled, but cancelled at the last minute. Meanwhile, readers have constantly emailed me asking what was happening with the Disco Recharge series? …

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KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND-PART 3.

KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND-PART 3. Imagine you’re a member of a band whose just released a triple-platinum album. Not just any triple-platinum album, but one featured two number one singles. How do you follow this up? This was the problem facing Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, or as they’re better known, KC and …

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