Category Archives: Southern Soul

KIRAN AHLUWALIA-7 BILLION.

Kiran Ahluwalia 7 Billion. Label: Six Degrees Records. Release Date: ‘5th’ May 2018. Nowadays, cultural diversity is a feature of many modern countries, with people from all over the world travelling to Britain, Europe and North America to begin a new life and forge a better future for their family. In many cities and towns, those …

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SOUTHERN GROOVE: HOTATLANTA, AWARE AND CLINTONE FUNK AND SOUL.

Southern Groove: Hotlanta, Aware and Clintone Funk and Soul. Label: BGP. Throughout musical history, colourful and controversial characters have always been attracted to the music industry in the hope of earning fast and easy money. While that night have been part of the attraction why Michael Thevis founded the Hotlanta, Aware and Clintone labels, it …

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SPENCER WIGGINS-THE GOLDWAX YEARS LP.

Spencer Wiggins-The Goldwax Years LP. Label: Kent Soul Although Spencer Wiggins is nowadays, widely recognised by critics as one of the finest exponents of deep soul, sadly, he’s still one of soul music’s best kept secrets. Spencer Wiggins at the peak of his powers, had the ability to breath life, meaning and emotion into the …

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GEORGE JACKSON-LEAVIN’ THE HOMEWORK DONE: IN THE STUDIO WITH GEORGE JACKSON 1969-1971.

George Jackson-Leavin’ The Homework Done: In The Studio With George Jackson 1969-1971. Label: Kent Soul. When Dean Rudland and Tony Rouce were compiling the George Jackson compilation Old Friend The Fame Recordings Volume 3, which was released in late November 2013, they believed that there was only a handful of songs that had yet to …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2017 PART 3.

The Best Compilations Of 2017 Part 3. Innerpeace-Rare and Spiritual Funk and Jazz Gems: The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad. Label: Wewantsounds. Nowadays, the music Mainstream Records released between 1964 and 1978 is more popular than ever. It seems that with every passing year more people discover the delights of Mainstream Records’ illustrious back-catalogue. …

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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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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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WILSON PICKETT SINGS BOBBY WOMACK.

Wilson Pickett Sings Bobby Womack. Label: Kent Soul. Nowadays, Wilson Pickett and Bobby Womack are remembered as two of the legends of soul music. Both men enjoyed long and illustrious careers, which saw them write their names into musical history. The two men also shared much in common, with Wilson Pickett and Bobby Womack both …

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MAINSTREAM MODERN SOUL 2 1969-1976.

Mainstream Modern Soul 2 1969-1976. Label: Kent Soul.  By 1964, had already spent over twenty years working in the music industry. He had started at the bottom and worked his way up, and now he was one of the most respected figures in American music. Bob Shad knew everyone and they knew him. They knew …

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THE RISE AND FALL OF A MUSICAL EMPIRE.

The Rise and Fall Of A Musical Empire. Musical history is littered with examples of entrepreneurs who thought they could make money out of running a record company. The only problem was, they lacked the specialised skills that were required. There was a way round this, by surrounding themselves with music industry professionals. Then they …

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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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TO LOVE SOMEBODY:THE SONGS OF THE BEE GEES 1965-1970.

To Love Somebody: The Songs Of The Bee Gees 1966-1970. During a career that spanned the best part of fifty years, the Bee Gees released twenty-two albums and sold 220 million records worldwide. Despite that, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb considered themselves first and foremost as songwriters. That was certainly the case between 1967 and …

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MORE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAX: VOLT 45 RPM RARITIES 1960-1964.

More From The Other Side Of The Trax: Volt 45rpm Rarities 1960-1968. Nowadays, Pablo Picasso is regarded as one of the most important and influential artists in the history of art. Not only was he a painter, playwright, poet and printmaker, but a sculptor and ceramicist. Pablo Picasso also cofounded the Cubist movement, co-invented collage …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 2.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 2. Circles-More Circles. Just a year after the release of their eponymous debut album, Circles returned in 1984 with their sophomore album, More Circles. Again, Circles had put their impressive of array of technology and traditional instruments to good use on More Circles. It features the coming of age of Circles.  They …

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ROZETTA JOHNSON-A WOMAN’S WAY: THE COMPLETE ROZETTA JOHNSON 1963-1975.

ROZETTA JOHNSON-A WOMAN’S WAY: THE COMPLETE ROZETTA JOHNSON 1963-1975. Throughout the history of modern music, some of the most talented artists haven’t enjoyed the commercial success and critical acclaim that their considerable talent deserves. That was the case with Nick Drake, Jackie Leven, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Michael Chapman, Tim Buckley, Alice Clark, Linda …

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THIS IS FAME 1964-1968-VINYL EDITION.

THIS IS FAME 1964-1968-VINYL EDITION. Back in the sixties, many record companies sent their artists to the Fame Recording Studios, in Muscle Shoals. This was home to Rick Hall and the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. They had previously transformed ailing careers and worked on million selling albums. Rick Hall was fast becoming the go-to …

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SAM DEES-SOUL MUSIC’S BEST KEPT SECRET.

SAM DEES-SOUL MUSIC’S BEST KEPT SECRET. For many artists their career is a case of what might have been. That’s the case with Sam Dees. He had the talent and potential to become one of the biggest names in soul music. Sadly, Sam Dees didn’t enjoy the commercial success and critical acclaim they deserve. Instead, …

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COME BACK STRONG-HOT ATLANTA SOUL 4.

COME BACK STRONG-HOT ATLANTA SOUL 4. Everyone who founds a record company, has their own reason for doing so. Often, they own a recording studio or manage artists and bands. Founding their own record label is a natural progression for them. That was also the case with three giants of music. During the golden age …

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THE BETTYE SWANN STORY.

THE BETTYE SWANN STORY. The Bettye Swann story was a case of what might might have been. She could’ve and should’ve been one of the biggest names in sou music. That looked like being the case. Bettye Swann released her debut single Don’t Wait To Long in 1964. Three years later, Betty Swann was topping the …

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DAN PENN-CLOSE TO ME-MORE FAME RECORDINGS.

DAN PENN-CLOSE TO ME-MORE FAME RECORDINGS. Wallace Daniel Pennington was born in Vernon, Alabama on the 19th of May 1941. The Pennington family were respectable church going people. They were regarded as pillars of the local community. Each week the Pennington family attended church en masse. However, by the time Wallace Daniel Pennington was a …

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