Category Archives: Soul

FREDDIE NORTH-THE A-BET YEARS.

Freddie North-The A-Bet Years. Nine years after making his recording debut with The Rookies, Freddie North signed to Nashboro’s newly formed A-Bet imprint in 1967. This would be home to Freddie North for the next nine years, and where he would enjoy the most successful period of his career. However, his story began in the country music …

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GIL SCOTT-HERON-THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED…PLUS.

Gil Scott-Heron-The Revolution Will Not Be Televised…Plus. Label: BGP. After releasing a trio of studio albums on Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Productions between 1970 and 1972, Gil Scott-Heron signed to Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell’s Strata-East Records. By then, Gil Scott-Heron was well on his way to becoming America’s conscience. Gil Scott-Heron was a poet, …

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MODERNISTS: MODERNISM’S SHARPEST CUTS.

Modernists: Modernism’s Sharpest Cuts. Label: Kent Dance. Ever since the birth of rock ’n’ roll, youth cults have come and gone. Some have proven to be nothing more than passing fads, and nowadays, are mere footnotes in cultural history. Some youth cults have endured, and played an important part in British culture. However, none of …

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PLAYBACK RECORDS-THE STORY SO FAR.

Playback Records-The Story So Far. Many record buyers dream of leaving the 9 to 5 grind behind, and founding their own record company. In their dream, their new record company would reissue some of their favourite hard to find albums. These hidden gems are the albums that slipped under the radar first time around, and …

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OTE MALOYA-THE BIRTH OF ELECTRIC MALOYA ON REUNION ISLAND 1975-1985.

Oté Maloya-The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Reunion Island 1975-1985. Label: Strut. Nothing ever stays the same. That is certainly the case in music. It has been since the birth of rock ’n’ roll just over sixty years ago. Since then, every musical genre has continued to evolve and reinvent itself, in an attempt to …

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TOO SLOW TO DISCO VOLUME 3.

Too Slow To Disco Volume 3. Label: How Do You Are? During the last few years, there has been a resurgence in interest in the West Coast sound which sadly, fell from grace in the late seventies. Before that, the West Coast sound had won over the hearts and minds of record buyers, and provided the …

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JUNIE-THE COMPLETE WESTBOUND RECORDINGS 1973-1976.

Junie-The Complete Westbound Recordings. Label-Westbound Records. By 1973, nineteen year old Walter “Junie” Morrison Jr. was a member of one of the most successful funk bands of the early seventies…The Ohio Players. He had joined as a sixteen year old, and played on their sophomore album Pain, which was released in February 1972. Pain proved to …

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ON BROADWAY: THE SONGS OF BARRY MANN AND CYNTHIA WEIL.

On Broadway: The Songs Of Barry Mann And Cynthia Weil. Label: Playback Records. Ever since The Brill Building was built-in 1931, it has been synonymous with the music industry. Its eleven floors housed music industry offices and recording studios. The Brill Building was also home to some of the greatest songwriting teams in musical history. …

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JEANETTE JONES-DREAMS ALL COME TRUE.

Jeanette Jones-Dreams All Come True. Label: Playback Records. The history of soul music is littered with artists who could’ve and should’ve gone on to greater things, but for whatever reason, commercial success and critical acclaim passed them by. That, sadly, was the case with Jeanette Jones. She had talent in abundance, and a voice that …

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DJ MARKY-INFLUENCES VOL 2.

DJ Marky-Influences Vol. 2. Label: BBE. DJ Marky has come a long way since he started DJ-ing in his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil over twenty-five years ago. He made his DJ-ing debut at the age of the tender age of twelve. Little did he know that he had just made his first tentative steps in what …

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WHAT BECAME OF ALICE CLARK?

What Became  Of Alice Clark? Sadly, all too often, hype and image has triumphed over talent. Meanwhile, commercial success and critical acclaim eludes truly talented artists. Chastened by the experience, many of these artists turn their back on the music industry. They’re content to return to civvy street, free from a world populated by A&R …

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FUNCTION UNDERGROUND-THE BLACK AND AMERICAN ROCK SOUND 1969-1974.

Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974. Now Again Records. Just over a month ago, Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974 was released by Now Again Records on vinyl as part of Record Store Day as a limited edition of 2,000. As a result, many people who wanted …

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RUPTURE-ISRAEL SUITE/DOMINANTE EN BLEU.

Rupture-Israel Suite/Dominante En Bleu. Over the last fifty years, bands and artists have penned ambitious concept albums about all manner of subjects. No subject matter it seems is off-limits when it comes to the concept album. There’s been concept albums about bureaucracy and censorship, death and dreams, evolution and revolution, heaven and hell, hurt and …

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FREDDIE NORTH-WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME: THE COMPLETE A-BET RECORDINGS…PLUS.

Freddie North-What Are You Doing To Me: The Complete A-Bet Recordings…Plus. Nine years after making his recording debut with The Rookies, Freddie North signed to Nashboro’s newly formed A-Bet imprint in 1967. This would be home to Freddie North for the next nine years, and where he would enjoy the most successful period of his …

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BOB HOLMES’ NASHVILLE SOUL.

Bob Holmes’ Nashville Soul.  For many people, Nashville has always been synonymous with country music. It is, after all, the country music capital of America. However, back in the sixties and seventies, it wasn’t  just country music that was coming out of Nashville. So was soul, R&B and jazz. A reminder of that period can …

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NINA MIRANDA-FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT.

Nina Miranda-Freedom Of Movement. Not many singers wait twenty-six years before releasing their debut album. Nina Miranda has. She made her debut in 1991 on Sweatmouth’s Read My Hips EP, and since then Nina Miranda has been a familiar face on the London music scene.  Since 1997, Nina Miranda has been the lead singer of …

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DAYME AROCENA-CUBAFONIA.

Daymé Arocena-Cubafonía. When it comes to music, nowadays, the world is a much smaller place that it used to. Especially when compared to the sixties, seventies or even the eighties. Back then, it was almost impossible to discover music from anywhere other than North America, parts of Europe or Britain. It was impossible to discover …

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JON SAVAGE’S 1967-THE YEAR THAT POP DIVIDED.

Jon Savage’s 1967 -The Year Pop Divided. Nowadays, 1967 is regarded by critics and cultural commentators as one of the most important years in musical history. It’s remembered for its Summer Of Love in San Francisco, and the birth of Flower Power. 1967 is also a remembered as the year that pop divided.  A signal …

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BIRTH OF SOUL: SPECIAL DETROIT EDITION 1961-64.

Birth Of Soul: Special Detroit Edition 1961-64. Twenty-one years have passed since the very first instalment in the Birth Of Soul compilation series was released by Kent Soul in May 1996.  Birth Of Soul featured an impressive all-star lineup, that included many of the giants of soul. Bobby Bland rubbed shoulders with Otis Redding, Jerry …

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