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HOOKED ON BIZKIT

Saturday, 20 March 2010 10:13 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

HOOKED ON BIZKIT

KING BIZKIT are one of the UK's longest standing and hardest gigging soul and blues bands. Later this year they'll be releasing a new, full album - 'Selling My Soul - but in the meantime collectors will need to know that one of the band's most in-demand back catalogue items has just been reissued. In 1992 the BIZKIT boys played a live session for PAUL JONES BBC Radio Blues Show and the four tracks were given a limited commercial release. The EP soon sold out and was deleted but it's now once more available. The four cuts (which include a cover of JOHN MAYALL'S 'Another Kind Of Love' and the Stax-inspired 'Hooked On You' ) represent KING BIZIKIT at their driving best and over the coming year the band will also release a quartet of live albums in the run up to the release of 'Selling My Soul'. For more information on the EP and the albums go to www.kingbizkit.com

 

THE CHRISTIANS ...STILL PLAYING

Saturday, 20 March 2010 10:11 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

THE CHRISTIANS ...STILL PLAYING

Anyone who can remember the 80s will have fond memories of THE CHRISTIANS. The Liverpool brothers scored a decent haul of hits, but, more importantly, they earned a lot of respect for their unique brand of socially aware pop-soul. When the hits dried up, the band continued to perform and still play regularly - though now only lead singer GARY CHRISTIAN remains from the original line-up. With Island Records about to reissue the group's back catalogue, the band have just put out a brand new single ... a sultry version of the old CAT STEVENS' song 'Where Do the Children Play'. Current line up is - GARY CHRISTIAN, NEIL GRIFFITHS, JOEY ANKRAH, LIONEL DUKE and CLIFF WATSON and you can find out more by going to www.thechristianslive.co.uk

 

SOUL REISSUES ROUND UP

Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:49 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL REISSUES ROUND UP

Edsel's reissue of material culled from the catalogue of Holland-Dozier-Holland's Hot Wax and Invictus labels continues with the release of several new 2-CD sets this month, each with liners notes by Tony Rounce. Top of the pile is a set devoted to BRIAN HOLLAND & LAMONT DOZIER'S legendary 'Love & Beauty' album from 1974 featuring the cult classic, 'Why Can't We Be Lovers.' Titled 'Love & Beauty…Plus (The Complete Invictus Masters)' the set's second CD also includes a wealth of hard-to-find bonus material including non-album 45s.
Also out on the same label are 2-CD sets featuring complete albums by soul group THE 8TH DAY ('The 8th Day…Plus + I Gotta Get Home…Plus'), 100 PROOF AGED IN SOUL ('Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed…Plus + 100 Proof Aged In Soul…Plus'), and white songstress, RUTH COPELAND ( 'Self Portrait…Plus + I Am What I Am…Plus'). Another superb, value-for-money set focuses on the three Hot Wax albums of soul siren LAURA LEE ('Women's Love Rights + I Can't Make It Alone + Two Sides Of Laura Lee…Plus').
Hot Wax's answer to The Supremes, HONEYCONE, are also profiled on a 2-CD set that comprises four of their early '70s LPs ('Take Me With You + Sweet Replies…Plus + Soulful Tapestry + Love Peace & Soul…Plus'). All the group's big hits are featured.
US label Hip-O Select also has a few interesting releases out at the moment. Funk fans will want to investigate a 2-CD JAMES BROWN package, 'The Singles Volume 8: 1972-1973.' As with previous volumes, it includes informative liner notes by The Godfather's former road manager, Alan Leeds. Tracks include 'Get On The Good Foot,' 'King Heroin,' and 'Doing It To Death' as well as a rare vocal mix of 'Hot Pants Road.'
On the same label is the first ever reissue of THE MIRACLES' Freddie Perren-helmed 1974 album, 'City Of Angels,' featuring the Billy Griffin-fronted smash, 'Love Machine.'
A real soul curio that will attract the anoraks comes in the form of 'Motown Around The World,' a 2-CD set that features foreign language versions (in French, Italian, Spanish and German) of Motown hits by the likes of THE SUPREMES, FOUR TOPS, TEMPTATIONS, THE MIRACLES, JIMMY RUFFIN, STEVIE WONDER, MARVIN GAYE, THE VELVELETTES and MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS. As a bonus, JERMAINE JACKSON'S Spanish version of 'Let's Get Serious' is included alongside SMOKEY ROBINSON'S Spanish rendering of 'Being With You.'
Fans of the late great RAY CHARLES will find much to savour in a new mid-price 5-CD Rhino set which features five of the maestro's classic Atlantic albums in mini LP sleeves (the albums are 'The Great Ray Charles,' 'Ray Charles At Newport,' 'The Genius Of Ray Charles,' 'The Genius Sings the Blues,' and 'The Genius After Hours').
Also look out for the first ever reissue of GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS' 1980 Columbia debut, 'All About Love' on Cherry Red's Big Break imprint - it features the US hits 'Landlord,' 'Taste Of Bitter Love' and 'Bourgie Bourgie.' On the same label is an excellent ODYSSEY twofer, which combines their self-titled 1977 debut set (reissued for the first time on CD) with 'Native New Yorker.'
Another Cherry Red imprint, Super Bird, has released a MANHATTANS twofer, featuring the legendary vocal group's Columbia albums, 'The Manhattans' - featuring their massive 1976 hit, 'Kiss & Say Goodbye' - and 'After Midnight.' The Columbia repertoire of ISLEY JASPER ISLEY is also sourced for Super Bird's reissue of three of the trio's albums on a 2-CD package - the albums are 'Broadway's Closer To Sunset Boulevard' (1984), 'Caravan Of Love' (1985), and 'Different Drummer' (1987).
Finally, the Cherry Red-affiliated Shout label has just reissued an overlooked Philly soul classic in the shape of the solitary long player from soul trio, THE EBONYS. Their eponymous 1973 Gamble & Huff-produced debut album (originally issued on Philadelphia International) was only previously reissued on CD in the States and now comes to the UK with several bonus tracks attached.
Look out for reviews of some of these titles soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

IN THE PHILLY MIX

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 14:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

IN THE PHILLY MIX

bbe Records have just announced the imminent release of what could turn out to be the year's best soul dance album - DIMITRI FROM PARIS' take on the classic Philadelphia soul sound. The double album will be the fifth collection that France's top soul jock has worked on for bbe and it will feature Philly classics all the way. For the first time ever GAMBLE and HUFF have given another label access to the multi track tapes of some Philly International platinum selling classics such as HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUENOTES' 'The Love I Lost' and 'Bad Luck' both featuring, of course, the vocals of the late great TEDDY PENDERGRASS. Other tracks spotlight THE JACKSON 5 and CHARLES MANN. The album will be issued in a limited edition of just 10,000 double CDs along with a deluxe vinyl set. The official release date is mid May.

 

TASHAN SURVIVES ... AND A NEW LABEL

Tuesday, 09 March 2010 14:08 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

TASHAN SURVIVES ... AND A NEW LABEL

80s soul hero TASHAN has always been a favourite in the UK and now the Chasin' A Dream man returns to the musical fray with a brand new UK-based label… 3.1 Records. The label is based down in deepest Croydon and a label spokesperson says that 3.1's mission statement is to release only quality music from artists with pedigree and longevity ... we believe there is a massive market amongst the 20 - 50 demographic for quality, soulful music ... and the first release - TASHAN'S 'Soul Survivor' is about to prove him right. The cut is a sweet yet passionate groove that recalls the magic of 'What's Going On' and vocally TASHAN is on top form, brimming with the old school soulful delivery that initially made him a star. The track is currently available from all the usual download stores and for more information go to www.3point1records.com

 

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