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DOWN AT THE CLUB ... AGAIN

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 15:01 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

chicMusic Club (in collaboration with Rhino) have just released three splendid new collections.

They are – 'THE ESSENTIAL CHAKA KHAN', 'CHIC – MAGNIFIQUE.. THE VERY BEST OF' and 'THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES – THE BEST OF TWENTY YEARS.'

The titles are self-explanatory and, as ever, the sets come stylishly packaged and at a budget price.

The CHIC set will be particularly popular with collectors as proper CHIC collections have been few and far between, while the BNH'S set is an unashamed celebration of their 20th anniversary. As part of those celebrations the band will be playing live shows at London Down Under The Bridge in December. Watch out too for a soulandjazzandfunk interview with the band and a special completion to win copies of all these albums.

 

WORKIN’ IN THE LAB ...

Sunday, 23 October 2011 18:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

slowmotionThe recent release on WEELAND and the URBAN SOUL COLLECTIVE (see our reviews pages) has just started to make waves on the underground soul scene. It's out on French label, SOUL LAB who are currently running with two other interesting releases. First up there's 'Heavy Duty' from SLOW MOTION REPLAY. The outfit hail from Japan and at its core are KENICHI YANAI, SHINAYA KUSUMOTO and TAKUYA ISHIBASHI – all big "names" on the Japanese groove scene. Their music's a laid back mix of nu soul and jazz with hints of chill and Latin about it. Check out the soporific 'Terminal Station', the Sergio Mendes-esque 'Wam' and the soul filled 'Tell Me A Bedtime Story' which features an great vocal from Leslie Carter.

Soul Lab's second newie is 'Eye See' from new Zealander, ISAAC AESILI. AESILI'S a classically-trained trumpet player with a passion for soul, funk and reggae and the LP's a mix of all that and more. Soul folk might find it a little heavy on the electronic instrumentation but the 17 tracker boasts a number of interesting cuts which AESILI offers as a counter voice to the glorification and idealisation of the gangster cultures so often promoted by commercial R&B.

Find out more on these album @ www.soulab.com

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2011 18:43

 

PHILLY FEST UPDATE...

Friday, 21 October 2011 10:11 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Philadelphia-International-Records-logoAs recently reported in our news pages (check out our news archive) PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS are currently celebrating their 40th anniversay and to commemorate the event they've lined up some tremendous compilations and reissues.

First up there's 'Philadelphia International Re-edits' (our recent news story gives more details). However, for reasons not best explained, the release date has been put back from November 2011 to January 2012... but we're confident that your patience e will be rewarded – especially when you learn of other Philly goodies that will come in its wake.

The first bumper release will be 'The Roots of PIR'. This compilation is being prepared by RICHARD SEARLING and as the title suggests RICHARD will be highlighting tracks that KENNY GAMBLE and LEON HUFF worked on prior to forming their most famous of labels. The set will also include an exclusive DVD interview with KENNY GAMBLE.

Following on, in February 2012, comes 'Philadelphia International: The Tom Moulton Remixes'. Self-explanatory really – ace mixer TOM MOULTON gets to tweak 15 more Philly classics ... and as a bonus the set will feature 16 of his original, timeless Philly remixes.

After that comes the "pièce de resistance" of the campaign – 'Philadelphia International: 40th Anniversary Box Set'. Here, PIR expert RALPH TEE goes through the complete history of PIR with a lovingly compiled 10CD deluxe box set with 60 page booklet plus more of that exclusive DVD interview with KENNY GAMBLE.

To publicise the campaign, KENNY GAMBLE will be visiting the UK in November for a series of events and interviews and you can rest assured that souljazzandfunk will keep you fully updated!

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 10:15

 

SWEET SOUL MUSIC .COM...

Monday, 17 October 2011 15:11 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

natalieDAVID NATHAN'S soulmusic.com Records have just released a quartet of in-demand collectors' albums. First up there's a pair from keyboard maestro, GEORGE DUKE – 'Master Of The Game' and 'Follow The Rainbow'. Both were originally released in 1979 on Epic/CBS and are now considered jazz-funk classics. Expect lashings of late 70s synth sounds and fierce rhythms.

MARLENA SHAW'S 'From The Depths Of My Soul' is the third new soulmusic.com release. It was originally issued on Blue Note in 1973 when critics were quick to draw comparisons with DINAH WASHINGTON and SARAH VAUGHAN. The 11 track reissue will allow you to make up your own mind.

The fourth new album from soulmusic.com is NATALIE COLE'S 'Thankful'. This Capitol recording first saw the light of day back in 1977 and critics regard it as the best of COLE'S collaborations with CHUCK JACKSON and MARVIN YANCEY. Highlights include the million seller 'Our Love' and the driving 'Annie Mae' –which went on to become a favourite on the US Steppers Scene.

More details on all these album @ www.soulmusic.com

 

DE BARGE; TIME REVEALS ALL...

Sunday, 16 October 2011 19:09 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

debargeDEBARGE were one of Motown's great success stories of the 80s. The family band (brothers EL, RANDY, MARK and JAMES along with sister BUNNY) released their first album in 1981 and for the next four years they became chart mainstays. Though their music (an infectious mix of tender ballads and frothy dance tunes) has remained popular, the group's four Motown albums have long been out of print, thwarting both fans and collectors

Now, though, the problem's been solved as Universal - via their Hip-O Select imprint – reissue all four LPs in one beautifully packaged and accurately annotated set – 'Time will Reveal; The Complete Motown Albums'. The 1981 'DeBarges' and '82's 'All This Love' LPs fill the pack's first CD while 'In a Special Way (1983) and 'Rhythm Of The Night' ('85) take care of the second disc.

Collectors though will treasure the set's third CD. This contains 10 cuts – a mix of remixes and rarities. Five of them are previously unreleased and consist of an alternative version of 'All This Love' along with four instrumentals. The whole thing's packed with highlights including STEVIE W's delightful harmonica input to 'Love Me In A Special way' and – as with all Hip-O Select product - there's great art work, annotations and a career overview.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2011 19:17

 

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