Tuesday, 25 September 2012 07:17 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF



The leading UK soul indie label, Expansion Records, has several tasty soul releases due for release in the autumn. 

First up is a twofer that combines a couple of albums by the '70s vocal group, THE MAIN INGREDIENT. 1973's 'Afrodisiac' is combined with '74's 'Euphrates River' - the latter set includes the group's brilliant rendering of Brian Auger's 'Happiness Is Just Around The Bend' and a great take on Willie Hutch's 'California My Way.'

Another tantalsiing twofer comes in the shape of Washington DC singer RONNIE DYSON'S 'The More You Do It' (1976) and 'Love In All Flavors' (1977).

A new 18-track compilation, 'Love Vibes,' is also available from Expansion. It includes great tracsk from the likes of The Emotions, Rose Royce, Michael Henderson, Tavares, Lenny Williams, Melba Moore, DeBarge and many more.


Look out for reviews of these titles soon at SJF. 



Monday, 24 September 2012 07:11 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

BookerRhino have just released two more soul-oriented sets in their 'Original Album Series.' First up is a set devoted to the first five Stax albums of BOOKER T & THE MG'S. The albums are: 'Green Onions,' 'Soul Dressing,' 'And Now!,' 'Hip Hug-Her' and 'Doin' Our Thing.'

Read SJF's verdict here: 









Also look for a Roberta Flack packet of five. It includes the classic Atlantic long players 'First Take,' 'Quiet Fire,' 'Killing Me Softly,' 'Feel Like Makin' Love,' and 'Blue Lights In The Basement.' Read SJF's verdict here:  



In addition to this, Rhino/Warner have just released a 2-CD set devoted to the music of alto sax doyen, DAVID SANBORN. It's called 'Then Again: The Anthology' and features 29 tracks (all selected by Sanborn) spanning 25 years. The liner notes are penned by renowned author David Ritz and include an interview with the 67-year-old Florida saxophonist. 





Tuesday, 18 September 2012 16:57 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

fairplaySoul Junction's latest single release features Milwaukee harmony group FAIRPLAY. The members of the group served their musical apprenticeships in the 60s and 70 in bands like THE CANDI BARS, FOUR SOULS and an incarnation of THE ESQUIRES (remember 'Get On Up' and 'My Sweet Baby'?). DAVID BURSEY was FAIRPLAY'S lead singer and he also recorded solo under the name of NOAH ... some rare groove collectors might remember his 'Got To Get Away'.

In the 1990s FAIRPLAY recorded a number of tracks for an album that, sadly, never materialised and it's from those cuts that the Soul Junction soul sleuths have uncovered 'Don't Let Our Love Go'. The song is an uplifting modern soul dancer with a funk undertow. The vocals and harmonies are superb (as you'd expect from soul group veterans) and the brass backing is tight and punchy. The 45's B –side features the song's backing track and you can find out more @



Monday, 17 September 2012 13:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

soul_legendsSoul collectors will be delighted with the news that speciality label RHINO have decided to re-issue 20 absolutely classic ATLANTIC soul albums in one delicious box set. 'Atlantic Soul Legends; 20 Iconic Albums From The Atlantic Label' offers 20 of the genre-defining label's best single artists sets.

The collection starts with RAY CHARLES' 1959 album 'What I'd Say' and ends with the in-demand 1975 LP, 'The Show Must Go On' from SAM DEES – an album that's never been on any CD till now. In between there's BOOKER T and the MGs' 'Green Onions', BEN E KING'S 'Don't Play That Song', OTIS REDDING'S 'Otis Blue', WILSON PICKETT'S 'In The Midnight Hour' and ARETHA'S 'Lady Soul' and much, much more. Other featured albums include iconic sets from RUFUS THOMAS, THE DRIFTERS, DON COVAY, SAM and DAVE, THE BAR KAYS and DONNY HATHAWAY and with CLARENCE WHEELER & THE ENFORCERS 'Doin' What We Wanna' included too, demand from collectors is sure to be high.

Each of the albums in the box comes with full replica sleeve and the set is accompanied by a 32 page booklet with liner notes written by French journalist CHRISTOPHE GEUDIN. The collection is a limited edition and it goes on sale at the beginning of October. Representing a genuine slice of music history, it's sure to sell out fast. Full review here at SJF very, very soon.

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Friday, 14 September 2012 13:29 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

commotionTo prove (if indeed proof was required) that soul is a truly international musical language, Swedish band, THE COMMOTION, have just launched their first full length album and the ten track 'Sounds From Big Dipper Street' is an ambitiously soulful affair.

The band was founded in 2008 by guitarist MIKAEL ERIKSSON and bass player AMADOU KHAN. They shared a mutual passion for classic soul and wanted their band to recreate the sounds of ARETHA, THE TEMPTATIONS, MARVIN GAYE and other soul luminaries. They took as their template the wonderful SHARON JONES and the DAP KINGS and naturally thought that a female vocalist was essential. But after several auditions, a long recruitment process and cutting demos in the studio the duo realized that ERIKSSON himself had the required vocal power to handle lead duties.

It's the stentorian ERIKSSON that leads proceedings on the album. He's ably assisted by KHAN on bass, JOHNNY NILSSON on keys, drummer MAGNUS OLSSON, a horn duo of PETER FINDIN and RUHI ERDOGAN and backing vocalist EVELINE OTTOSSON.

COMMOTION'S music is rough hewn... soul with a rocky undertow. 'Face Your Ghosts' is the LP's immediate grabber... weird and atmospheric while 'Black Heart' is real slow burner.

To show their commitment to old school values the album comes primarily in vinyl – though for the "vinyl impaired" (COMMOTION'S comment) there is a CD version available too. Find out more @


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