Category Archives: Soul

JOHN MORALES PRESENTS THE M+M MIXES VOLUME IV.

John Morales Presents The M+M Mixes Volume IV. Label: BBE. There aren’t many DJs and remixers that have enjoyed longevity that John Morales has. He’s been DJ-ing since 1975 and has spent the last four decades remixing tracks by the biggest names in music. Some of these names can be found on the latest project …

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BEYOND-AWAKENING BEYOND.

Beyond-Awakening Beyond. As the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War 1 fast approaches, sadly, the world faces many of the same problems in 2018 than in did back in 1918. Still parts of the world are at war, while famine and poverty are rife in a society that is still divided between the …

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GIL SCOTT-HERON-AMERICA’S SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: 1970-1980 THE GOLDEN ERA.

Gil Scott-Heron-America’s Social Conscience: 1970-1980 The Golden Era. 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 social conscience. Gil Scott-Heron was a poet, …

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JAMES CARR-THE GREATEST SOUTHERN SOUL SINGER

James Carr-The Greatest Southern Soul Singer. By 1964, Memphis was a musical hotbed, and home to many up-and-coming soul singers and songwriters looking to make a breakthrough. Roosevelt Jamieson was a friend of many of these songwriters and soul singers, including OV Wright and James Carr, who were both looking for a label. It was a frustrating …

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JEANETTE JONES-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?

Jeanette Jones-What Might Have Been? 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 was a mixture …

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THE ORIGINAL SOUND OF BURKINA FASO.

The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso. Label: Mr. Bongo Records. After the success of Mr. Bongo’s The Original Sound Of Mali compilation, the Brighton-based label recently released a new compilation, The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso which was compiled by David ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle and Florent Mazzoleni. The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso transports the …

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HABIBI FUNK: AN ECLECTIC SELECTION OF MUSIC FROM THE ARAB WORLD.

Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World. Label: Habibi Funk Germany. Nowadays, hundreds of compilations are released by record companies all around the world, and with one click of a button music fans have access to an eclectic selection of music that forty years ago, wasn’t available to record buyers. Back …

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HIROSHIMA-THIRD GENERATION, ANOTHER PLACE AND GO.

Hiroshima-Third Generation, Another Place and Go. Label: BGO Records. Dan Kuramoto’s interest in music began when he became the inaugural chairman of the Asian-American studies program at California State University in Long Beach in the sixties. This was an honour for Dan Kuramoto who had just graduated from California State University with a degree in …

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TRIGAL’S FIVE YEAR MUSICAL ADVENTURE.

Trigal’s Five Year Musical Adventure. When Trigal signed to Belter Records in 1975, this was the start of a musical adventure that would last five years and see the band release two albums and four singles. They featured Trigal’s unique and inimitable fusion of gypsy rumba-funk and flamenco pop, which found favour with audiences the …

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THE ORIGINAL SOUNDS OF MALI.

The Original Sounds Of Mali. Label: Mr. Bongo Although Mali only gained independence from France on the ’22nd’ of September 1960, this relatively new country, already has a rich musical heritage. The golden age of Malian music began after Mali’s first president Modibo Keïta was overthrown in a bloodless coup d’état on the ’19th’ of November 1968, …

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JAMES CARR-THE BEST OF JAMES CARR.

James Carr-The Best Of James Carr. Label: Kent Soul. By 1964, Memphis was a musical hotbed, and home to many up-and-coming soul singers and songwriters looking to make a breakthrough. Roosevelt Jamieson was a friend of many of these songwriters and soul singers, including OV Wright and James Carr, who were both looking for a label. …

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BETTYE SWANN-THE MONEY MASTERS-VINYL.

Bettye Swann-The Money Masters-Vinyl. Label: Kent Soul. All too often, talented singers fail top to enjoy the commercial success and critical acclaim that their talent deserves. That was the case with Bettye Swann who had the potential, talent and voice to become one of the great soul singers of the sixties. She released her debut single …

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FUNKADELIC REMIXED BY DETROITERS.

Funkadelic Remixed By Dettroiters. Label: Westbound Records. Although George Clinton was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina in 1941, he grew up in New Jersey, where he formed the doo wop quintet The Parliaments in the late fifties, whilst straightening hair at a barber salon in Plainfield he co-owned. George Clinton became the leader and manager …

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LETS DO THE BOOGALOO. 

Lets Do The Boogaloo. Label: BGP. By the time eighteen year old Chubby Checker released his cover of The Twist in the summer of 1960, records that that launched new dance crazes were nothing new. They had been around since the late-fifties, when The Diamonds 1957 single The Stroll launched a short-lived dance craze. It …

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DJ ANDY SMITH PRESENTS REACH UP DISCO WONDERLAND.

DJ Andy Smith Presents Reach Up Disco Wonderland. Label: BBE. DJ Andy Smith has spent much of the last three decades DJ-ing in clubs at home and abroad where his eclectic sets can feature anything from boogie and disco to funk and hip hop, right through to Motown, Northern Soul and even on occasions, AC/DC. …

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BETTY HARRIS-NEW ORLEANS’ SOUL’S BEST KEPT SECRET.

Betty Harris-New Orleans’ Soul’s Best Kept Secrets. Not every artist is fortunate enough to enjoy a long and illustrious career where they enjoyed commercial success and critical acclaim. For many artists, it’s quite the opposite and their career is cut short, and is over before it has even began. That was the case with Florida born singer Betty Harris, whose …

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CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE? THE JOHN LUONGO DISCO MIXES. 

Can You Feel The Force? The John Luongo Disco Mixes. Label: Groove Line Records.   After graduating from the Northeastern University in Boston, with a degree in Civil Engineering, twenty-four year old John Luongo decided to turn his back on the world of engineering and become a full-time DJ. He had been DJ-ing for five …

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CHUCK JACKSON-BIG NEW YORK CITY SOUL: WAND RECORDS 1961-1966.

Chuck Jackson-Big New York Soul: Wand Records 1961-1966. Label: Kent Soul. Although, Pittsburg-based Chuck Jackson was just twenty-four when he signed to Wand Records in 1961,he was already an experienced singer. His career began in 1957, when he joined the second lineup of The Del-Vikings. Later, that year, Chuck Jackson sung the lead vocal on …

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DJ VADIM AND BLACKSTONE-DOUBLE SIDED

DJ Vadim and Blackstone–Double Sided. Label: BBE. The first time that Californian singer-songwriter Katrina Blackstone collaborated with Barcelona-based hip hop producer DJ Vadim, was on his 2014 album Dubcatcher. Katrina Blackstone was part of what was an all-star cast of vocalists and MCs that featured on the album.  She joined YT on Give It Up and Serocee …

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BOBBY BYRD-HELP FOR MY BROTHER: THE PRE-FUNK SINGLES 1963-1868.

Bobby Byrd-Help For My Brother: The Pre-Funk Singles 1963-1968. Label: BGP. During a long and successful career Bobby Byrd was a musician, producer, songwriter and talent scout. He was also one of the founding fathers of funk, and the man who discovered the future hardest working man in show business, James Brown in 1953. This …

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