Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:07 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

martha-reevesMotown soul legend MARTHA REEVES will be playing a five night stint at London's Ronnie Scott's Club in January. The Frith Street venue will host Ms REEVES and her VANDELLAS between Monday 23rd January and Friday 27th January. The singer, who this year will be celebrating her 70th birthday, has promised to perform all her hits, though, as ever, audiences can expect a few surprises too.

Earlier this year MARTHA was awarded a prestigious Mojo Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. On collecting her award, she burst into an impromptu version of 'Jimmy Mack', before telling the audience: "Music keeps me young. I love it."

Tickets for the shows are priced from £30.00 - £50.00 and you can find out more from the club itself - .... Or phone 020 7439 0747



Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

fDeluxe_sitting_picUK soul and funk fans have the opportunity to see and hear fDeluxe – the band formerly known as The Family – at London's prestigious Jazz Café on Thursday January 19th. It is the band's only tour date in England and they will be showcasing material from their new album 'Gaslight' as well as songs from their classic first album which was released on Prince's Paisley Park imprint in 1985.



Read SJF's review of 'Gaslight' here:

Read SJF's interview with the band's Susannah Melvoin here:



Saturday, 26 November 2011 14:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

fSoul veteran, EDDIE FLOYD'S been busy over the last few months. First off, he's launched his own, new look web site – , and – maybe more importantly - he's been back in the studio. Inspired by his grandchildren, EDDIE'S penned and recorded two brand new Christmas songs – 'I'll Be Your Santa Claus' and 'I Wish To All (A Merry Christmas)'. The former is a slinky soul groove while the latter features a great little seasonal hook and a catchy harmonica break. Mr F's in great form throughout and so too are the grand kids who lend vocal support. The good news (and in keeping with the Christmas spirit) is that both songs are available as free downloads from the aforementioned web site ... just log on and follow the links.

The recordings have given EDDIE a short break from the job of promoting the talents of his son, ANTHONY. Father and son will be visiting to the UK next spring for promotional work and SJF will provide full details nearer the time.

In the meantime, keep abreast of all the FLOYD news via



Friday, 25 November 2011 18:58 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

bucksReissue specialist, T-Bird have just released a pair of great "twofers", which, though not soul per se, have plenty to interest soul collectors.

First up is an album that couples two great albums from SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES - 'I Don't Wan't To Go Home' and 'This Time It's For Real'. JOHNNY and his band, of course, were part of the Jersey Shore scene and their early career was inextricably linked with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and STEVE VAN ZANDT. Indeed JOHNNY and THE JUKES often played with SPRINGSTEEN'S band while the Boss' E STREET BAND occasionally gigged with the JUKES, while VAN ZANDT produced both the albums on offer here. They were recorded for Columbia in '76 and '77 respectively and both are stuffed with SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY'S signature, horn-filled sound which mixed rock with R&B and soul. Guest artists on the albums include LEE DORSEY, RONNIE SPECTOR, THE SATINS, THE COASTERS and THE DRIFTERS while amongst the song are covers of ARETHA'S 'Without Love' and SOLOMON BURKE'S 'Got To Get You Off My Mind'.

A tad more esoteric maybe, is T-Bird's second "twofer" from Chicago band, THE BUCKINGHAMS. The quintet came together in the mid sixties and aimed to recreate the Merseybeat sound which was then sweeping the States (and just about everywhere else). The two LPs which are brought together here are 'Time And Charges' and 'Portraits' and though the music of the band is unashamed pop (veering towards psychedelia on the latter), the horn charts on stuff like 'Don't You Care' have an unmistakable Chicago soul feel to them while the boys offer a passable cover of the jazz/soul chestnut 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy'.



Friday, 18 November 2011 18:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

latin_thingStrut Records recently signed a deal with the legendary Latin label, Fania and via that connection they've just released the landmark feature film, 'Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa)' on DVD. The movie was shot at the famed New York Cheetah Club on August 26, 1971 and features the FANIA ALL STARS in concert. The band included JOHNNY PACHECO, WILLIE COLON, RAY BARRETTO, ISMAEL MIRANDA and vocalists HECTOR LAVOE and CHEO FELICIANO. Cut into the concert are shots of life in New York City and on initial release, critics acclaimed it as a wonderfully intimate and revealing snap shot of the Big Apple at that time.

The DVD comes in a three disc set – the DVD (naturally) along with a two CD soundtrack, which also includes previously unreleased selections. For more details go to

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