Friday, 04 November 2011 19:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

supremes20box20setTreats a-plenty await fans of Motown's premier male and female groups – THE TEMPTATIONS and THE SUPREMES - as new CDs and DVDs come onto the market just in time for Christmas. Both legendary groups are celebrating their 50th anniversary so what better way to celebrate than with insightful snapshots of their golden era – the 60s!

First up, Universal's Import Music Service has just released both Diana Ross & the Supremes / 50th Anniversary: The Complete Singles 1961-1969, and The Temptations / 50th Anniversary: The Complete Singles 1961-1971. The former is a 3 CD box set that features every A and B side of the 60s – covering the era when they were know at Hitsville as "the no hit Supremes", through their 12 no. 1 hits and onto the decade ending smash 'Someday We'll Be Together'. The latter is also a 3 CD box and again all the As and Bs are in there while the digital version features the Soundtree Remix of 'Power' which was used in a recent Blackberry TV ad campaign.

Complementing the above CD releases will be two DVDs - The Best of The Temptations on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Best of The Supremes on The Ed Sullivan Show ... both available now. They feature iconic appearances of the groups on the groundbreaking American Sunday night programme. All footage was taped live between 1964 and 1971, and it's all been fully restored with the addition of some never before released items.

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 10:15 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Clare_Teat_Tour_image_lo_resThe ever-lovely CLARE TEAL – the most commercially successful British jazz singer of the last decade – takes to the road this Autumn to promote her latest album, 'Hey Ho'.

The tour dates are as follows –

Fri-11-Nov 2011 Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon T. 01805 624624 / £20 - £16

Sun-13-Nov 2011 Capitol Theatre Horsham T. 01403 750220 / £18.50

Thu-17-Nov 2011 Theatre Royal, Wakefield T. 01924 211311 / £16 - £15

Fri-18-Nov 2011 Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster T. 01524 64695 / £18 £17

Sat-19-Nov 2011 City Hall, Hull with BBC Big Band T. 01482 300300 / £16.50 - 22.50

Sun-27-Nov 2011 Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering 01536 414141 / £ 18 - £16

Fri-09-Dec 2011 Pizza Express Maidstone T. 0845 6027 017

Sat-10-Dec 2011 Theatr Hafren, Newtown, Powys T. 01686 625 007 / £14

Wed-14-Dec 2011 St George's Bristol T. 0845 4024001 / £19

Fri-16-Dec 2011 Town Hall Birmingham with BBC Big Band and Matthew Ford T. 0121 780 3333 / £19.50 - 13.50

Sun-18-Dec 2011 Chapel Arts, Bath T. 01225 461 700 / £25

Sat-31-Dec 2011 Liverpool New Year's Eve - Liverpool Philharmonic with John Wilson T. 0151 709 3789 / £40 - £16

It is advisable, of course, to check with the venues for precise details

The tour ends what has been a busy year for CLARE. She's played countless live dates (including Glastonbury), been busy recording and, of course, there's her successful Radio 2 shows.... and if you live in Yorkshire you can enjoy her regular column in the Yorkshire Post.

'Hey Ho' is Ms T's tenth album and it's out now.



Wednesday, 02 November 2011 10:12 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

elecThe wonderful ELECTRIC EMPIRE album finally gets its official UK release on November 14th.... hotly tipped as an album of the year – it's an essential item. (Check our review and interview) To promote the LP the band are taking to the road in the coveted support slot on the BEVERLEY KNIGHT tour.

The dates are as follows

Saturday 12th November London, Kensington Roof Gardens

Monday 14th November Liverpool Philharmonic

Tuesday 15th November Leamington Spa Assembly

Wednesday 16th November London Royal Albert Hall

Thursday 17th November London Islington Assembly Rooms (supporting GWEN McCRAE)

Friday 18th November York Barbican

Saturday 19th November Preston Guildhall

Sunday 20th November Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Tuesday 22nd November Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Wednesday 23rd November Nottingham Royal Centre

Thursday 24th November Salisbury City Hall

Saturday 26th November Gateshead Sage

Sunday 27th November Bristol Colston Hall

It's important to check the venues for full details.

The album's killer track, 'Baby Your Lovin' is currently available in a number of remixes too. Best of the bunch comes from old maestro CHRIS BANGS who gives the anthem an almost DRIZABONE flavour. MCM keep it soulful while SMOOVE & TURRELL speed things up to make it a soulful house winner... but do check out that BANGS tweak!



Tuesday, 01 November 2011 19:07 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

amyA "new" AMY WINEHOUSE album – featuring mostly previously unheard material - is set for release on December 5th on Island Records. The set, which will be called 'Lioness' (after her own label), is subtitled 'Hidden Treasures' and offers 12 tracks put together by MARK RONSON and SALAAM REMI.

The music comprises of previously unreleased tracks, alternative versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new AMY compositions. The album has been compiled in close association with AMY'S family, management and record label Island Records.

Amongst the songs on the album are covers of RUBY AND THE ROMANTICS' 'Our Day Will Come', THE SHIRELLES' 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow', DONNY HATHAWAY'S 'A Song For You' and the JOBIM perennial 'The Girl From Ipanema'. There's also the original, slow tempo version of 'Valerie' and 'Like Smoke' with guest input from NAS.

Speaking about the album Amy's father Mitch had this to say:

"I spent so much time chasing after AMY, telling her off that I never realized what a true genius she was. It wasn't until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of AMY'S talent, from jazz standards to hip hop songs, it really took my breath away. If the family had felt that this album wasn't up to the standard of 'Frank' and 'Back To Black' we would never have agreed to release it and we believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to AMY 'S musical legacy."

A donation of £1 from the sale of each album in the UK will be donated to the AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION, which was launched on what would have been AMY'S 28th birthday September 14th 2011.



Tuesday, 01 November 2011 14:08 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

tasha_taylor_album_coverTASHA TAYLOR is the daughter of soul legend JOHNNIE TAYLOR and she's about to launch her debut musical project 'Taylor Made'. On it you'll hear the lady's unique take on soul music – an amalgam of diverse influences like ARETHA, ETTA JAMES, BB KING, NATALIE COLE, LAURYN HILL and , of course, her father.

TASHA grew up in Texas before moving to Boston to study theatre at that city's university. That training has led to parts in 'House' and 'Ugly Betty' as well as in indie films. She tours with JIM BELUSHI and DAN ACKROYD in their official BLUES BROTHERS tours and she's about to feature in a stage musical about RAY CHARLES. In 'Unchain My Heart' she'll play the part of MARGIE HENDRIX.

Earlier this year TASHA hooked up with producers STUART BENJAMIN, ROB ARBITTER and GARY ADANTE and headed for the recording studio to cut a soul album in loving memory of her dad, who passed away in 2000.The result -'TAYLOR MADE' – is a 16 track set, written, produced, arranged and performed by TASHA. Recoded in Los Angeles, the album features live instrumentation and a full horn section – the aim being to re-capture the spirit of authentic soul. The set's big cover is a throwback to her father's first million-selling hit on Stax, 'Who's Making Love', while the first single is a solid slab of old school soul, 'Queen'.

Clearly JOHNNIE would be proud of 'Daddy's Girl'.... full review of the album and interview with TASHA here at SJF very soon.


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