Monthly Archives: May, 2014

THE PERSUADERS-THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE.

THE PERSUADERS-THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE. The Persuaders will always be synonymous with the soul classic, Thin Line Between Love and Hate. It’s the song that brought commercial success and critical acclaim The Persuaders way. The story began in New York, in 1969, when Douglas “Smokey” Scott, Willie Holland, James Barnes and Charles Stodghill …

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THE BLACK KEYS-TURN BLUE

THE BLACK KEYS-TURN BLUE. The Black Keys have come a long way since they formed back in 2001. Since then, The Black Keys have released eight albums. Their latest album is Turn Blue, which was released on Nonesuch on 12th May 2014. Turn Blue is the followup to El Camino, which was certified platinum in …

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WAYNE COCHRAN-GOIN’ BACK TO MIAMI-THE SOUL SIDES 1965-1970.

WAYNE COCHRAN-GOIN’ BACK TO MIAMI-THE SOUL SIDES 1965-1970. Unmistakable. That describes the outlandish outfits Wayne Cochran wore on-stage. Then there was his glistening peroxide bouffant. Wayne certainly grabbed your attention. Especially his music. It ranged from the raunchiest R&B to country soul and even biker funk. Eclectic described Wayne Cochran’s music. That’s obvious when you …

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MARGIE JOSEPH-FEELING MY WAY.

MARGIE JOSEPH-FEELING MY WAY. When Margie Joseph released Feeling My Way in 1978, she was just twenty-eight. However, Feeling My Way was Margie’s seventh album since her debut Makes A New Impression. It was released on Volt Records, a subsidiary of Stax Records in 1970, a year after Margie signed to Volt. Margie Joseph had …

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DORE L.A. SOUL SIDES.

DORE L.A. SOUL SIDES. It was in 1955 that cousins  Lew Bedell and Herb Newman decided to found their first record label, Era Records. The two cousins came from very different backgrounds. Lew Bedell had been a comedian, but his career was at a crossroads. So he was on the lookout for a new career. …

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OLIVER NELSON-SWISS SUITE.

OLIVER NELSON-SWISS SUITE. It was at 1971s Montreux Jazz Festival that Oliver Nelson showcased Swiss Suite. Oliver had composed the four-part Swiss Suite especially for Montreux Jazz Festival, which was in its fourth year. Founded in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival took place in one of the most the picturesque parts of Switzerland. Montreux was …

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MOSKUS-MESTERTYVEN.

MOSKUS-MESTERTYVEN. It was back in 2012 that pioneering jazz trio, Moskus, released their critically acclaimed debut album, Salmesykkel. A lot has happened since then. In 2013, Moskus were nominated for two Spellemannspris. They’re the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy. Moskus were nominated for the highly prized best jazz album and best new act. For the …

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LEON THOMAS-BLUES AND SOULFUL TRUTH.

LEON THOMAS-BLUES AND SOULFUL TRUTH. Some labels are a perfect fit for an artist. This was the case with Leon Thomas and Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Productions. They proved to be the musical equivalent of ying and yang. By the late sixties, Leon Thomas had embraced free jazz fully. He turned his back on the …

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LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-COSMIC FUNK.

LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-COSMIC FUNK. Innovative, influential and way ahead of the musical curve, describes Lonnie Liston Smith. That is the perfect description of Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes 1973 debut album Astral Travelling. The music on Astral Travelling was groundbreaking.  So much so, that it’s hard to believe Astral …

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1982-A/B

1982-A/B A/B the fourth album from enigmatic Norwegian improvisational trio 1982, sees them draw inspiration from the past. The result is another groundbreaking album A/B,, which will be released on Hubro Music, on 12th May 2014. It’s the followup to 2012s 1982 + B.J. Cole. This was the third album 1982 had released since they …

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SHAWN LEE PRESENTS GOLDEN AGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.

SHAWN LEE PRESENTS GOLDEN AGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Shawn Lee’s new album, Shawn Lee Presents Golden Age Against The Machine, which was released on 5th May 2014, has been a labor of love. It’s Shawn paying homage to the golden age of hip hop, which influenced and inspired him. So much so, that Shawn decided …

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BOWIE HEARD THEM HERE FIRST.

BOWIE HEARD THEM HERE FIRST. David Bowie is, without doubt, one of the most influential and innovative artists of the last fifty years. So it’s fitting that Ace Records have recently released a compilation of music that influenced David Bowie. Bowie Heard Them Here First features twenty-four tracks and is a snapshot into the music …

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LINDA PERHACS-PARALLELOGRAMS.

LINDA PERHACS-PARALLELOGRAMS. In the music industry, sadly, talent alone doesn’t guarantee commercial success and critical acclaim. If only that was the case, then things would be very different. There would be no such thing as DJs, remixers and grid-iron producers. These three products of the modern music industry examples of where music has gone wrong. …

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BLUE MAGIC-MESSAGE FROM THE MAGIC.

BLUE MAGIC-MESSAGE FROM THE MAGIC. By 1978, when Blue Magic released Message From The Magic, their career had stalled. Much had changed since they released Mystic Dragons in 1976. Two of Blue Magic’s original members had left. Vernon and Wendell Sawyers had left after Blue Magic’s fourth album, Mystic Dragons. It was the least successful …

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MUYEI POWER-SIERRA LEONE IN 1970s USA.

MUYEI POWER-SIERRA LEONE IN 1970s USA. In the early seventies, Muyei Power had established a reputation as one of Sierra Leone’s top dance bands. Along with Afro Nation, Sabaoh 75 and Super Combo, Muyei Power provided the soundtrack to daily life in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital. Their music was a fusion of the music that …

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