Monthly Archives: February, 2015

THE MANHATTANS-THERE’S NO ME WITHOUT YOU.

THE MANHATTANS-THERE’S NO ME WITHOUT YOU. Like so many other groups, success took time to come The Manhattans’ way.  Indeed, The Manhattans released seven albums before making a commercial breakthrough with 1976s The Manhattans. It was certified gold, and 1977s It Feels So Good and 1980s After Midnight repeated the feat. However, before their 1976 …

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A GUIDE TO THE BIRDSONG OF SONG AMERICA.

A GUIDE TO THE BIRDSONG OF SONG AMERICA. Previously, the only way to release an album was via a record company. Not any more. Nowadays, there are numerous ways to release an album. This includes crowd-funding, which since 2010, has raised $89bn. Crowd-funding, however, is far from a new phenomenon. Although the term was first coined …

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RICK WAKEMAN-THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII.

RICK WAKEMAN-THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII. In early 1972, Yes were touring America to promote their fourth studio album Fragile. On a stopover  in Richmond, Virginia, Rick Wakeman, who had joined Yes in August 1971, and made his debut on Fragile, was perusing the airport bookshop. Eventually, Rick bought four books, including Nancy Brysson …

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CIAO BELLA! ITALIAN GIRL SINGERS OF THE 60S.

CIAO BELLA! ITALIAN GIRL SINGERS OF THE 60S. Ciao Bella! Italian Girl Singers Of The 60s, Ace International’s first compilation of 2015, is described as “groovy girl-pop.” That’s the perfect description of the latest compilation of girl-pop from Ace Records. Previously, Ace Records have released compilations of American, French and Japanese girl-pop. Other record companies …

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THE VALENTINOS-LOOKIN’ FOR A LOVE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS.

THE VALENTINOS-LOOKIN’ FOR A LOVE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS. The story of The Valentinos began back in 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio. That’s when the Reverend Friendly Womack first heard his five sons sing. Before long, Friendly, Curtis, Bobby, Harry and Cecil had adopted the moniker The Womack Brothers. They then made their debut in their father’s …

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RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-MAD DOGS, SWEET DADDIES AND PRETTY BABIES.

RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-MAD DOGS, SWEET DADDIES AND PRETTY BABIES. Not many compilation series survive to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Usually, a compilation series runs out of steam after four or five compilations. By then, the compiler has exhausted the supply of new music. However, as with every rule, there is an exception. …

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SAM DEES-IT’S OVER-70s SONGWRITER DEMOS AND MASTERS.

SAM DEES-IT’S OVER-70s SONGWRITER DEMOS AND MASTERS. Sometimes, for whatever, reason, an artist doesn’t enjoy the commercial success and critical acclaim they deserve. Instead, their music is only enjoyed a discerning circle of music lovers. That’s the case with Sam Dees. He is, without doubt, one of soul music’s best kept secrets. Sam Dees could’ve, …

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CERRONE-LOVE IN C MINOR.

CERRONE-LOVE IN C MINOR. Recently, I wrote about Cerrone’s second album Cerrone’s Paradise, released in 1977. The album that inadvertently started Marc Cerrone’s solo career was Love In C Minor, released the year before, in 1976. After this, Marc Cerrone would go on to become one of the biggest selling artists of the disco era, …

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