Friday, 12 November 2010 12:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

gospelReissue label FANTASTIC VOYAGE have just released a pair of archive collections that focus on vintage blues and gospel. The first set is entitled 'Let Me Tell You About The Blues' and looks at the blues artists who worked in and around Nashville in the 50s and 60s. Nashville, of course, is best known as the capital of country music but it was also home to a number of important blues labels, notably Bullet, Republic and Excello. The album gathers together a massive 75 tracks across three CDs and the featured artists include Kid King's Combo, Max Bailey, Clarence Samuels and Arthur Gunter – a big influence on a young Elvis Presley.

FANTASTIC VOYAGE'S second set is a 52 track, 2 CD collection called 'Gospel Celebrities And Celestial Lights' and has been compiled and annotated by gospel authority Opal Louis Nations. As the title implies the album features some big, big names – albeit on material recorded before they became major stars. So there's inclusions from Candi Staton (when she fronted the Jewel Gospel Trio), Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke, The Staple Singers, Ollie Nightingale, Marie Knight and Judy Clay. Other featured artists include The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, Mahalia Jackson, The Swan Silvertones and the Golden Gate Quartet. Maybe the most collectable track on offer is 'The Bible Tells Me So' from the Womack Brothers – featuring a 10 year old Bobby on lead.



Wednesday, 10 November 2010 10:05 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

randy_muller_instore_smallLegendary jazz-funk bandleader and horn player, RANDY MULLER, will be present in SOUL BROTHER RECORDS' Putney store on 13th November 2010 at 2pm to sign copies of the three '70s Brass Construction albums that Soul Brother is reissuing on CD (for the record, the titles are the group's '75 self-titled debut, 'Brass Construction,' '76's 'Brass Construction II' and '79's 'Brass Construction V.'). He'll also be happy to talk to fans about his life and work, so don't miss what will be a rare opportunity to meet one of the pioneers of '70s funk.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 10:11



Friday, 05 November 2010 09:21 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

mike_smallHot news just in.....Sony Music has just announced that an album of unreleased recordings from MICHAEL JACKSON will be unleashed via Epic Records on December 13th. Simply called 'Michael' and featuring a front cover depicting a painted portrait of the 'King of Pop' by artist, Kadir Nelson, the album was already in progress before Jackson's tragic demise back in June 2009. An exclusive teaser for the album will be available on Monday November 8th at in the form of the track 'Breaking News,' which will be available for streaming for one week only.

The album is already available to pre-order at

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 13:37 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

jack-juke-aint-nobody-feat-sharlene-hector-coverThe lovely Leeds-based First Word records are busy little bees at the moment. Their HAGGIS HORNS combo (see our reviews pages) are doing the business for them, while the ARIYA ASTROBEAT ARKESTRA are making big waves too (review soon). In the meantime the label is re-promoting the first single from their very own dynamic duo – JACK AND JUKE.

In another life "JACK" led the JACK BAKER TRIO (even though he was the drummer!), while "JUKE" was the semi-legendary TM JUKE. The pair came together to work on a blistering cover of the CHAKA KHAN/RUFUS club classic 'Ain't Nobody'. And it's that cut that's being (rightly) re-promoted by the First World people. It's proper down and dirty and in vocalist SHARLENE HECTOR the boys have secured a singer who doesn't try to emulate CHAKA (who could?), but who's still self-confident enough to stamp her own mark on it.

The B-side is an equally quirky 21st century take on the past. '9th Wonder' is a SOS BAND style instrumental that grinds out a solid soul groove against choppy synths and retro electro effects... interesting. The duo are currently working on their first album for First World and in the meantime you can discover more at

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 November 2010 11:49



Wednesday, 03 November 2010 13:34 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ruffin_and_kReissue specialist Superbird have a whole bunch of wonderful releases lined up in the next two months. First up there's a twofer on KASHIF. The sometime BT EXPRESS man and producer of people like EVELYN KING and WHITNEY HOUSTON sees his 1983 self-titled set and '84's 'Send Me Your Love' on one December Superbird CD. From the same era comes MICHAEL HENDERSON'S 'Wide Receiver' set. Back in the day, the LP was well-received and was stuffed with the bassist/vocalist's cool mix of soul and funk, with the title cut becoming a major US hit. 

Followers of the funk can look forward to a Superbird reissue of BOOTSY COLLINS' 1988 set, 'What's Bootsy Doin'?' The album featured all the usual suspects and alter egos and yielded the popular 'Party On Plastic' and 'Love Song'. From more or less the same stable the Superbird people have also secured reissue rights to GEORGE CLINTON'S 'T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.' . Originally released in 1996, many at the time saw the LP as a grand reunion of the old FUNKADELIC/PARLIAMENT gang and, by coincidence, the following year both bands were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. 

The fifth upcoming SUPERBIRD reissue is possibly the most collectable. In 1988 TEMPTATIONS' legends, DAVID RUFFIN and EDDIE KENDRICK(S) were enjoying a new lease of musical life thanks to their work with HALL AND OATES. The result was an album deal for the duo with RCA and on release it kind of just slipped away without too much impact despite cracking songs like 'One For The Lonely Hearts Club' and 'One Last Kiss'. .. don't miss it this time around.

Full reviews on SJF soon.


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