Tag Archives: Dean Rudland

SOUL EMISSARIES-SUPERFUNK.

SOUL EMISSARIES-SUPERFUNK. Over the last ten years, I’ve watched as many record companies, especially small, independent labels, release a compilation that catches the record buying public’s imagination. For these record companies, they’ve hit the jackpot. Sometimes, they even hit the jackpot twice, when another compilation series proves popular. So, every year,  as they’re working out …

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CLARENCE CARTER-THE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 2 1970-73.

CLARENCE CARTER-THE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 2 1970-73. It was in 1966, that Clarence Carter released his first single for Rick Hall’s Fame Records, Tell Daddy. Clarence was already thirty when he released Tell Daddy, his debut solo single. His life had taken a few twists and turns before that. Born in January 1936, when Clarence …

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DAN GREER BEALE STREET SOUL MAN.

DAN GREER BEALE STREET SOUL MAN. When someone finally writes the definitive history of Memphis Soul, Dan Greer’s name should loom large. Dan was a singer, songwriter, producer and head of A&R at the Sounds of Memphis label. It’s no exaggeration to say Dan Greer was one Memphis’ most talented songwriters and producers. He worked …

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PAAAARTY TIME-SERIOUS FUNK FROM THE 70S.

PAAAARTY TIME-SERIOUS FUNK FROM THE 70S. After its birth in the mid to late sixties, funk’s popularity quickly grew. With its fusion of soul, R&B and jazz, funk’s heyday was the seventies. While the peak of funk’s popularity was during the seventies, it was during the seventies that some of the greatest funk music was …

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BACKBEATS: DIGGERS DELIGHT-MORE RARE-GROOVE GEMS.

BACKBEATS: DIGGERS DELIGHT-MORE RARE-GROOVE GEMS. For many DJs and music-lovers, crate-digging for hidden rare-groove gems is the musical equivalent of an Olympic sport. Whether its record shops, thrift stores, dusty warehouses or junk shops, there’s nowhere that the determined crate-digger won’t head. Nowhere is off-limits in their search for rare of obscure vinyl. A crate-digger …

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BACKBEATS: IN THE POCKET-70S JAZZ FUNK.

BACKBEATS: IN THE POCKET-70S JAZZ FUNK. Ever since the birth of jazz, the music has never stood still. Instead, it’s been constantly evolving. That was the case in the early seventies. By the early seventies, jazz had to evolve to survive. Jazz’s popularity had been surpassed by soul music. Even soul jazz which had proved …

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THE BREAKS-ORIGINAL B BOY STREET FUNK AND BLOCK PARTY CLASSICS.

THE BREAKS-ORIGINAL B BOY STREET FUNK AND BLOCK PARTY CLASSICS. Recently, I reviewed one of the compilations Harmless Records released to commemorate their fifteenth anniversary, Mellow Mellow. However, that wasn’t the only compilation Harmless released to celebrate fifteen years of releasing quality music. Three other compilations were released, Jumpin’  was a collection of true disco …

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MELLOW MELLOW-15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

MELLOW MELLOW-15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. One of my favorite independent record labels over the past seventeen years is Harmless Records, who were founded in 1995. Since then, they’ve been releasing quality music on a regular basis. They’ve released a number of hugely successful compilation series including Pulp Fusion, Disco Discharge and of course thirty editions of …

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