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AL WILSON PASSES

Thursday, 24 April 2008 11:55 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

AL WILSON PASSES

AL WILSON, long time favourite with the UK real soul fraternity, has died aged just 68. News sources state that WILSON died on Monday 21st April of kidney failure at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, California. WILSON, who was born June 19th, 1939, in Meridian, Mississippi, started his musical apprenticeship in the Church fronting a series of juvenile gospel groups. A stint in the US Navy saw AL performing as part of the famed enlisted men's chorus and after returning to civilian life, he toured the Los Angeles nightclub circuit, where he sang with R&B groups THE JEWELS and THE ROLLERS and later played drums with the SOULS. In 1966, singer JOHNNY RIVERS signed him to his Soul City label where he recorded the legendary 'Searching For The Dolphins' album. The album, recently re-released on Kent Records, featured the original version of JIMMY WEBB'S 'Do What You Gotta Do' and the Northern Soul anthem 'The Snake'. After Soul City folded AL recorded for Bell, Carousel and Rocky Road. It was at Rocky Road that he scored his biggest hit in 1973 with the smooth soul anthem 'Show And Tell', but as the seventies rolled on, success was limited. With 1979's 'Count the Days', WILSON scored his final chart hit, and he spent the next two decades touring clubs and lounges. In 2001, he re-recorded his classic hits for the album 'Spice of Life' but he continued creating new material. "He was always singing," his son said. "He would often call me in the middle of the night with a new song that he had written". WILSON is survived by his wife, PATRICIA; his son, TONY; daughters ALENE HARRIS and SHARON BURLEY; a brother, EDDIE WILSON; sisters LOTTIE ROSS, RUBY CONYERS and MAEBELL COLE; and 13 grandchildren

 

DOWN ON VINE

Monday, 21 April 2008 06:22 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DOWN ON VINE

Though not a soul compilation per se, Ace's new look at the early songwriting work of RANDY NEWMAN, 'On Vine Street' includes some searing soul archive material. NEWMAN, of course, is now known as a quirky, eclectic singer-songwriter, but he began his musical career as a jobbing writer peddling his tunes alongside the famed Brill Building luminaries. As such many, many soul artists and producers picked up on his work and some of the best take pride of place on this 26 tracker. Included are cuts from LORRAINE ELLISON ('I'll Be Home'), IRMA THOMAS ('While The City Sleeps'), ERMA FRANKLIN ('Love Is Blind') and GENE McDANIELS ('Somebody's Waiting'). There's also a rare '66 cut from the O'JAYS - 'Friday Night' - and DUSTY SPRINGFIELD'S definitive reading of 'I Think It's Going To Rain Today'. You also get lots of superlative 60's pop, like JACKIE DE SHANNON'S 'Take Me Away'. The TOKENS' 'Just One Smile' and SCOTT WALKER'S angst-laden 'I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore'.

 

FROM HOLLAND WITH LOVE - EIGHTIES SOUL REISSUES

Thursday, 17 April 2008 11:50 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

FROM HOLLAND WITH LOVE - EIGHTIES SOUL REISSUES

Fans of '80s boogie and soul grooves will rejoice at the reissue of several key albums from that decade by the Netherlands-based label, PTG/Vinyl Masterpiece. The label's catalogue includes in-demand albums by STARPOINT ('Wanting You,' 'It's Delicious,' 'Keep On It' and 'All Night Long'); MAGIC LADY ('Hot 'N' Sassy'); ATLANTIC STARR ('Radiant,' and 'Brilliance'); VAL YOUNG (her 1985 Motown-set 'Seduction') and the Bar-Kays ('Night Cruising'). The label's newest release is a reissue of the late GWEN GUTHRIE'S self-titled Sly & Robbie-helmed Island Records' debut from 1982, which included the club hit 'It Should Have Been You' (the extended 12-inch mix of this track is also included on the CD reissue). Look out for reviews of some of these titles soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

For more information, go to www.vinyl-masterpiece.com

 

NEW SWING OUT SISTER ALBUM

Friday, 04 April 2008 10:15 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW SWING OUT SISTER ALBUM


Long-running duo, SWING OUT SISTER - comprising singer Corinne Drewery and keyboard player Andy Connell - has just released its ninth studio album, 'Beautiful Mess.' At the moment, it's a Japanese-only release with a European release expected to follow later in the year. Those addicted to the duo's stylish melange of Bacharach-esque pop and uptown soul will be pleased to know that the album is available directly via the group's own websites: www.swingoutsister.co.uk and www.myspace.com/swingoutsister06
A full review will follow soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

UNSIGNED SOUL ...

Thursday, 03 April 2008 09:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

UNSIGNED SOUL ...

Fans of quality indie soul will be delighted by the recent release of a four track EP called 'Soul Unsigned'. The collection is the brainchild of long time soul fan PHIL DRIVER who some may know via his Solar Radio shows. The EP (sub-titled EP: 001) kicks of with a very bright 'Blow Your Mind' from GROOVE'S BACK PRODUCTIONS feat. AMARIM. Loose and spacey, its rides a real summery vibe and is followed by 'Tonight Alright' from the EXCELLENT GENTLEMAN whose sound recalls prime time BRAND NEW HEAVIES. The third cut comes from Londoner FELIX who slows the tempo down a little with 'Leave It All Behind'. There's a real 80s feel on that one, but loose-limbed, bass-heavy rhythms are the order of the day on the closer - HARAMBE'S 'In The Bone'. So, four great cuts on what PHIL hopes will be the first in a long-running series. Indeed our man's already working on the next EP and a ten track album. In the meantime you can catch his Solar Shows on the 2nd Sunday of every month, 14:00-16:00 UK time and PHIL occasionally sits in for Bob Semple on a Sunday morning. 'Soul Unsigned EP: 001 is currently available through Crazy Beat Records, CD Baby and via the web site www.soulunsigned.com... Well worth investigating.

 

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