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CAMEO PARKWAY – FROM THE VAULTS...

Friday, 10 September 2010 15:44 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

orlonsPhiladelphia's CAMEO-PARKWAY label was one of America's iconic musical imprints. In a comparatively short 12 year life span the label was responsible for numerous hits and countless underground classics across a range of genres – including, of course, soul. Many of the musicians who played on the Cameo-Parkway material went on to form the core of GAMBLE and HUFF'S mighty MFSB while many of their writers, arrangers and producers cut their teeth with Cameo-Parkway.

For all kinds of reasons, archive Cameo-Parkway material has been unavailable for decades. Occasional compilations have dipped into the vault but there's been nothing that could be called comprehensive... till now. Ace Records have just acquired the rights to a number of classic Cameo-Parkway albums and their release hopefully heralds a proper reissue programme.

There are just six albums currently available, but they offer a great snapshot of a classic moment in popular music history. There's a "twofer" on CHUBBY CHECKER, and yes, the music is heavily orientated to dance crazes but MR. EVANS sure does 'The Watusi', 'The Mashed Potato', 'The Stroll' and many more with bags of panache. More soulful, maybe, is the pairing of two albums from THE ORLONS. Again, a lot of dance gimmick songs – but checkout a super pair of "street" songs – 'South Street' and 'Between 18th and 19th On Chestnut Street'.

Soul group, THE TYMES feature on 'Remember Me Baby' – a 24 track compilation of Cameo-Parkway vocal groups while the other releases focus on BOBBY RYDELL, CLINT EASTWOOD (singing cowboy songs on the back of his role in the TV series 'Rawhide') and beat combo TERRY KNIGHT and the PACK. Ace execs are unsure right now how much more Cameo-Parkway material is to follow – let's hope they manage to secure the rights to a lot more!

Last Updated on Friday, 10 September 2010 15:48

 

JAZZ ROUND UP

Thursday, 09 September 2010 15:47 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Bitches_Brew_Legacy_Edition_Contents_PhotoAlto saxophone maestro DAVID SANBORN has a new album out on September 13th. Produced by the legendary Phil Ramone it's called 'Only Everything' and it's released by Decca. The blues-inflected 8-track set reflects Sanborn's interest in the music of Ray Charles and also Brother Ray's sax man – and one of Sanborn's earliest influences – Hank Crawford. Joss Stone features on 'Let The Good Times Roll' and James Taylor provides a vocal cameo on 'Hallelujah, I Love Her So.'

Also out the same day on Decca is a career-spanning retrospective devoted to trumpeter-turned-music mogul, HERB ALPERT. 'The Essential Herb Alpert' is a 34-track 2-CD collection that features the LA trumpeter's classic 60s material with his band, Tijuana Brass (tracks like 'Spanish Flea' and 'A Taste Of Honey'), as well as later solo hits like 'Rise' and 'Diamonds' featuring Janet Jackson. Alpert's classic 1967 Bacharach and David-penned chart topper, 'This Guy's In love With You,' is also present in addition to a recent live CD, 'Anything Goes,' recorded with his wife, singer Lani Hall, in 2008. A brand new studio album, 'I Feel You,' is due in 2011.

Tenor sax man, KIRK WHALUM, returns with 'Everything Is Everything,' an 11-track homage on the Rendezvous label to '70s soul icon, Donny Hathaway. It features cameos from Musiq Soulchild, Robert Randolph, Rick Braun and Hathaway's oldest daughter, Lalah, on the soulful 'You Had To Know.' The album's in the shops now.

Having parted company with Nonesuch, guitarist BILL FRISELL has signed with the Savoy Jazz label and is back with a new album, 'Beautiful Dreamers.' It's a trio session, featuring viola player Eyvind Kong and drummer, Rudy Rosyton. A mixture of original material and covers, it includes Frisell's take on Little Anthony & The Imperial's '60s soul classic 'Goin' Out Of My Head.' The CD's out on September 20th.

The much-maligned Pied Piper of smooth jazz, KENNY G, is the focus of a new DVD from Eagle Vision on 20th September. 'Live At Montreux' features two performances (from 1987 and 1988) recorded during the height of the saxophonist's success with the Quiet Storm favourite 'Songbird.'

Jazz reissues this month include two special editions of MILES DAVIS' groundbreaking 'Bitches Brew' album. For those with a healthy bank account, the deluxe 3-CD/1-DVD '40th Anniversary Collector's Edition' will prove irresistible – it includes some previously unheard studio outtakes, plus a full live concert recorded by Miles and his band at Tanglewood in August 1970. The set also includes a DVD showing colour footage of Miles from a gig in Denmark during 1969 as well as 180grm vinyl pressing of the LP complete in its original striking gatefold sleeve. For those with smaller pockets, Columbia have issued a 2-CD/-DVD 'Legacy Edition' which omits the Tanglewood concert and vinyl LP.

Finally, the UK's Soul Brother label has just released a jazz-fusion 'twofer' this month from keyboard player, CEDAR WALTON. The set pairs the former Jazz Messengers' 1978 Columbia set 'Animation' with 1980's 'Soundscapes.' Both sets make their CD debuts. Look out for a full review soon at SJF. Click on the Soul Brother link at the bottom of the page for more info.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 September 2010 17:48

 

RE-ISSUE ROUND UP...

Monday, 06 September 2010 18:21 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

mainLots of great soul reissues around at the moment – here's a few worth investigating.

The Super Bird label is currently offering a great twofer on the MAIN INGREDIENT. The set pairs the harmony group's 1971 'Tasteful Soul' set with '72's 'Bitter Sweet'. Both boast hits – 'Spinning Around' and 'Everybody Plays The Fool' amongst them, but it's surprising just how well some of the lesser known tracks have travelled down time. 'Bitter Sweet', of course, marks CUBA GOODING'S debut with the group and you can hear how he adds a new dimension to the outfit's trademark soft soul sound – even on the show tune 'Who Can I Turn To'. Check out a full review on our "Reviews" section. Super Bird have also reissued MICHAEL HENDERSON'S 'In The Night Time' – you can catch a full review of that one on our reviews pages.

deniecebbr Records have just reissued DENIECE WILLIAMS' 1977 album 'Song Bird'. It was the one-time Wonderlove singer's second set and, like her first, produced by her early mentor MAURICE WHITE. It yielded only one hit – the catchy 'Baby, Baby My Love's All For You' which you get twice on this reissue – album cut and the single version. The same label is also pushing the long-neglected 'New Directions' from TAVARES. The set (first released in 1982) did indeed offer a new direction for the brothers. It was their first album for RCA Records and with it the boys hoped to throw off the disco image that they'd been saddled with in the late 70s. Working with producers KENNY NOLAN and RIC WYATT they crafted a subtle , soft soul sound with, in places, at least, a keen edge. The LP's biggest hit was 'A Penny For Your Thoughts' which here is offered in album and single formats

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 September 2010 20:14

 

GREAT SCOTT!

Monday, 06 September 2010 18:17 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

gloria_scottSoul veteran GLORIA SCOTT is back in the big time with her stomping recording of TEN CITY'S 'That's The Way Love Is'. The tune was a big favourite at this year's Baltic Soul Weekender and now Sed Soul Records have issued it with a trio of new mixes. The 12" is, obviously, an extended work out but DJ FRICTION'S Disco Mix and Disco Dub add new flavours to the song which perfectly suits GLORIA'S world weary voice. The tune's currently available from all the best outlets and download sites.

 

FUNCTION AT THE JUNCTION ... ONE MORE TIME

Friday, 03 September 2010 17:05 BILL BUCKLEY E-mailPrintPDF

Duane20Williams20-20Yes20my20love20is20realThe revitalized West Midlands-based SOUL JUNCTION LABEL is currently working on creating a fab new web site to spread the word about its excellent real soul product. In the meantime to whet your appetite, here's a rundown of their current, small but perfectly formed soul catalogue –which includes 7" singles, CDs and vinyl albums... proper soul music for proper soul fans!

At present the label can offer eight great 7" vinyl singles. The moment's big one is 'Hold On He's Coming' from Detroit gospel star MIKE JEMISON. The message is inspirational and the tight, dance beats give it huge crossover potential. There are other releases on NATURAL IMPULSE, AUDIO, LOU WILSON and TODAY'S PEOPLE and BILL SPOON. The JESSE JAMES 45, 'I Feel Your Love Changing' sold out in weeks- there's a message there!

On CD, the label can offer THE FALCONS 'Good , Good Feelings' and DUANE WILLIAMS' 'These Songs Are For You' – the latter currently hugely popular on the rare groove scene with the lead track, 'Yes My Love Is Real' also available as a vinyl 45.

The label's other big album is 'The Royal Sessions' from DAVID HUDSON. Recorded over 20 years ago in Memphis with WILLIE MITCHELL, the eight tracker has lain neglected for too long. Now, it can be enjoyed in the format it was intended for – vinyl... and there's a vinyl single too, '(Girl I'm Coming Home To) Something Good.'

Watch out for SJF reviews very soon and, of course, we'll let you know when the SOUL JUNCTION web site is live.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2010 17:08

 

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