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LONDON CALLING ...

Friday, 04 September 2009 14:20 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LONDON CALLING ...

How appropriate that in the year Motown is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, we should also have the opportunity to celebrate the importance of the London American label - the first UK label to issue Motown product. Ever-dependable Ace records have just embarked on a new series that will chronicle, year-by-year, the part played by London in making American material more easily available in the UK. London American was a subsidiary of the old Decca label and issued its first British releases in 1949, but it was in the mid fifties that the label came into its own by licensing material from the scores of American indie labels that had sprung up in the rock'n'roll era. London American offered rock, blues, R&B and pop-starved Brits real, hard-to-find American gems from labels like Liberty, Dot, Jamie, Speciality, Imperial, United Artists, and even Atlantic, Chess and, of course, Motown. The first Ace London compilation focuses on 1960 and includes MARV JOHNSON'S 'I Love The Way You Love' which though recorded by Motown was released in the States by United Artists. Other featured tracks include CHUCK BERRY'S 'Let It Rock', 'Tiny Tim' from LAVERN BAKER, 'All I Could Do Was Cry' by ETTA JAMES and 'Save The Last Dance For Me' by the DRIFTERS. The new album is the first in what will surely prove to be an important series for collectors across all genres.


 

MORE MOTOWN ...

Tuesday, 01 September 2009 15:43 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MORE MOTOWN ...

Motown collectors will be delighted by two upcoming releases on the now venerable old label. First up, there's a definitive anthology on the ISLEY BROTHERS. The two-CD pack features 52 tracks and includes all the classics, the perennial favourite - 'My Love Is Your Love' - and a previously unissued cut, 'Sure Is A Whole Lotta Woman'. Release date is September 21st. The following month sees a two-CD MIRACLES' collection - 'Depend On Me'. The set contains all the cuts on the group's first five classic Motown albums - all now remastered with the usual Motown attention to detail… and the set, of course, includes the usual thorough liner notes, annotations, essays and archive pictures. Full reviews of both collections of www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

MILLION DOLLAR WHITNEY

Monday, 24 August 2009 12:25 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MILLION DOLLAR WHITNEY

WHITNEY HOUSTON'S latest album is scheduled for October release and speculation has been rife about its direction … well, if the lead single is anything to go by 'I Look To You' will be a spectacular return to form for the one-time, all-conquering diva. That new single, you see, is a totally irresistible slab of pop/soul - 'Million Dollar Baby'. Tellingly, it's written by ALICIA KEYS and features a generous sample from LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY'S Salsoul classic 'We're Getting Stronger'. Reminiscent of WHITNEY'S modern soul classic 'Fine', it clearly shows that the lady can still cut it.

 

AT HOME WITH HALL

Monday, 24 August 2009 12:24 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

AT HOME WITH HALL

Inveterate web surfers might already have come across one of music's most fascinating sites - www.livefromdarylshouse.com . If you haven't let me enlighten you… The site is all down to DARYL HALL and over the last year or so he's been inviting musos over to his palatial place to join him for some food, drink, a bit of partying and lots of performing. He films it all and puts it all on the site for everybody to enjoy. So far the featured guests have included people like KT TUNSTALL, THE PLAIN WHITE Ts and his old buddy, JOHN OATES. Now for episode 22, he catches a real superstar - SMOKEY ROBINSON. SMOKEY seems delighted to be chez HALL and after lots of food (or so it seems) the pair work their way through classics like 'Being With You', 'Tears of A Clown' and much more. It's all good fun … the address, again, is www.livefromdarylshouse.com


 

MELBA AND PHIL ... TOGETHER

Sunday, 23 August 2009 09:17 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MELBA AND PHIL ... TOGETHER

The Shanachie label has developed a great knack of persuading classic soul stars into the studio and right now they've just achieved a real coup by getting PHIL PERRY to record a whole album with MELBA MOORE. The LP - 'The Gift Of Love' - gets a late September release and it really is an old school soul classic, featuring covers of 'Optimistic', 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing' and the SPINNERS' 'Sadie'. MOORE - who recently has been focusing on acting and recording her gospel albums - is delighted to be back to secular recording and is thrilled to be working with someone of PERRY'S calibre. Full review of 'The Gift Of Love' on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon


 

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