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COLLECTABLE INGREDIENTS

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 14:25 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

COLLECTABLE INGREDIENTS

Expansion Records are set to release a remarkable twofer album on the MAIN INGREDIENT. The 18 tracker pairs the harmony group's 1975 LP 'Shame On The World' with 1981's 'I Only Have Eyes For You'. Neither has appeared on CD before and there's the added bonus of the group's previously unreleased version of the BEN E KING song 'Spoiled'. That one was written by J. R. BAILEY as were a couple of other featured songs including 'Let Me Prove My Love To You', which, of course, was successfully sampled by ALICIA KEYS on 'You Don't Know My Name'. With other songs coming from the pens of LUTHER VANDROSS, LAMONT DOZIER and BARRY MANN, the set is unmissable for collectors of group soul.

 

ANGEL VOICES...

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 14:24 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ANGEL VOICES...

HAROLD DANIELS is a gospel singer from Dothan, Alabama who also doubles as a LUTHER VANDROSS sound-a-like. With an uncanny vocal resemblance to the great man, HAROLD has just released a LUTHER tribute single - 'Singing With The Angels'. The song has a flavour of 'Dance With My Father' before it becomes a litany of black music's late greats. All a bit morbid, of course, but some people, I believe, like these things. It should be available via CD Baby along with DANIELS' 2004 solo album, 'Eternity'. That one's a full-on gospel affair though sedate steppers might like the catchy, gentle 'Jesus Is Love'.

 

PLEASURABLE ELEMENTS

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 06:42 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

PLEASURABLE ELEMENTS

Soul pleasure-a-plenty on the menu this Autumn when multi-instrumentalist, producer and bandleader MO PLEASURE releases his second album 'Mo' Elements of Pleasure'. The LP features a range of musical styles ranging from jazz, funk and soul - all infused with African and Latin rhythms. What makes the project more exciting, however, is the album's guest list. PLEASURE has recruited a big, big line up to help him deliver his musical message. Featured artists include MAYSA LEAK , ALI WOODSON, BOBBY RICKETTS, MAXAYN, KIRK WHALUM, TONY TERRY AND PHILIP BAILEY and together they bring a unifying, soul passion to the set. The album is the first release on PLEASURE'S own label, Watersign Records and some of the tunes will be previewed when PLEASURE tours Europe this summer with jazz outfit MO'VANA - a collaboration with WERNER VANA GIERIG. For details of the tour and an update on 'Mo' Elements Of Pleasure' go to www.myspace.com/morrispleasure

 

RADIO FRIENDLY GEORGE

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 06:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

RADIO FRIENDLY GEORGE

Funk meister GEORGE CLINTON will issue his latest album in September and by all reports the LP is a wonderful return to the funkster's first steps in the music business. Those with long memories will know that CLINTON began his career with soul harmony vocal group THE PARLIAMENTS whose 'I Wanna Testify' and 'I Can Feel The Ice Melting' rival anything by the acknowledged super groups. Since those heady 60s days GEORGE'S career path twisted and turned in all kinds of weird and very wonderful directions, but now he's going back to his roots. "I've been waiting for years to do this record. I knew that real funk would come back. I knew that Motown would come back… and I knew eventually doo-wop would come back. I just felt I should be the one to usher it back in!" enthused GEORGE. The new album's called 'Radio Friendly' and along with some new songs, it features covers of classics like 'Pledging My Love', 'Ain't That Peculiar' and 'Never, Never Gonna Give You Up'. What's more the man's roped in a stellar line up of musicians to help him out. Dubbed 'The Gangsters Of Love', they include SLY STONE, CARLOS SANTANA, THE RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS, EL DEBARGE and gospel star KIM BURRELL. Label for the release is Shanachie and there will be a full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

OFFICIAL. THE WAIT'S OVER

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 13:59 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

OFFICIAL. THE WAIT'S OVER

As previously reported in www.soulandjazzandfunk.com legendary producer/ writer/ performer/ entrepreneur and all round muso JIMMY LEVINE has been busy building a new label - Mo-Philly Music Group. Now the organization is set to make its first official release, a single - 'It's Over Now' from new soul chanteuse SHANTEL. Passionately delivered, the song rides a classic medium tempo groove and perfectly marries 21st century sensitivities with old school soul emotion. It's the lead single from SHANTEL'S debut album, 'Arize… It's Time To Shine,' which will be available very soon. In the meantime 'It's Over Now' is in stores (real and virtual) from the end of July and distribution is via Active Media Distribution/Universal Media Operations Ltd UK.

 

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