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MORE MILLION MIXES

Thursday, 12 February 2009 11:55 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MORE MILLION MIXES

The COOL MILLION duo - ROB HARDT and FRANK RYLE - have been working with the legendary TOM MOULTON on remixing more tracks from their successful 'Going Out Tonight' album. 'Give Me My Love', 'Lift Me Up' and Everything Ain't Everything' have already be reworked and now 'Damn Beautiful', 'It's Too Late' and 'Pullin' Me Back' are about to be unleashed… as digital downloads in the first instance. Each of the three "new" tweaks retain COOL MILLION'S signature retro-sound but the MOULTON magic adds just the right amount of interest and intrigue. 'Pullin' Me Back' in particular is very strong and RICHARD SEARLING is rotating it exclusively on his Soul Sauce Smooth Radio show garnering huge interest in the process with one listener finding hard to believe that the cut wasn't a newly discovered SOS BAND tune! If any labels are interested in licensing the remixes for CD or vinyl release they can contact FRANK at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

MILKING IT ...

Thursday, 12 February 2009 10:39 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MILKING IT ...

With the movie awards season in full swing, it's hard to escape the publicity surrounding the SEAN PENN film, 'Milk'… the story of HARVEY MILK, America's first 'openly gay' elected politician. The movie soundtrack relies for much of its impact on the SYLVESTER disco anthem 'You Make Me Feel Mighty Real' and it will probably come as no surprise to you to learn that Fantasy/Concord have just reissued the song as a single. More, the label are also releasing 'Sylvester: The Original Hits' - an eleven track collection of the gay icon's best work. 'You Make Me Feel Mighty Real' is there, of course, along with 'Dance, Disco Heat' and a decent version of SMOKEY'S 'Ooo Baby Baby'. Sadly there's no room for SYLVESTER'S version of BURT BACHARACH'S 'I Took My Strength From You' which proved there was more to him than sequined outfits and glittery balls!

 

ACE RELEASES

Monday, 02 February 2009 14:46 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ACE RELEASES

The always-dependable ACE label starts its 2009 scheduling with some tasty archive soul releases. First up there's a 23 track retrospective on Muscle Shoals soul trio, THE FACTS OF LIFE. Originally mentored by MILLIE JACKSON, the threesome recorded for BRAD SHAPIRO'S Kayvette label and their work is held in high esteem by serious soul collectors everywhere. Still with the soul groups, Memphis' OVATIONS have two of their early seventies albums offered as an Kent twofer; both 'Hooked On A Feeling' and 'Having A Party' show that lead singer LOUIS WILLIAMS was much, much more than a SAM COOKE sound-alike. On the compilation front, 'Masterpieces Of Modern Soul Volume 2' is a wonderful 24 track collection of true, lost masterpieces. Featured artists include GROVER MITCHELL, CHECKMATES LTD, and LYNN VARNADO. Slightly more leftfield is 'The Soul OF Spanish Harlem' … the music (chiefly from the sixties and early seventies) is just as the title describes - New York Latin Soul - of the highest order. Still out of the Big Apple is 'Glitter and Gold' - a loving collection of just some of the great songs of CYNTHIA WEIL and BARRY MANN. There's lots of pop in here of course, but great soul too from artists like ARTHUR ALEXANDER, THE DRIFTERS and THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS.

 

CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD

Tuesday, 27 January 2009 05:23 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD

We @ www.soulandjazzandfunk.com were surprised to learn that LEMAR is the most successful UK soul artist of all time. The erstwhile TV talent show singer has seen his three albums notch ups sales of over two million while his mantelpiece is graced with a pair of Brits and a brace of MOBOS. Young Mr. OBIKA is about to consolidate his success with a new single 'Weight Of The World' - the second tune to be lifted from his acclaimed LP 'The Reason'. The song comes in a variety of mixes of which the Kardinal Beats tweak will surely please the clubbers.

 

DA DO RON RON

Thursday, 15 January 2009 14:28 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DA DO RON RON

Chicago's redoubtable Dusty Groove set up has just released another real soul treasure - RONNIE McNEIR'S eponymous debut album. A long-time UK soul favourite and now firmly ensconced in the FOUR TOPS, big RON recorded the set in 1972 for RCA and though it did little on initial release it's long been sought after by both soul cognoscenti and grizzled crate diggers. The eleven tracker is great example of early seventies soul as typified by artists like LEROY HUTSON, J. R BAILEY and DONNY HATHAWAY and you can investigate more at www.dustygroove.com … needless to say - a full review at www.soulandjazzanfunk.com very soon.

 

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