Friday, 25 March 2011 15:30 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

RBThe revitalized STREET SOUNDS label has just unleashed a major new R&B compilation. Imaginatively-titled 'R&B STREET ANTHEMS', the double CD offers a massive 41 tracks from right across the modern R&B range. The first CD focuses on what the label calls 'Soul Jams' and features intriguing tracks from indie artists like PRESTON SCALES, CHAZ SHEPHERD and LEMAR KELSY. Modern soul collectors might want to investigate a remix of LENORA JAYE'S 'Giving It Up'.

The pack's second CD is tagged 'Club Bangers' and cuts from IZZY ISADORE, K SMOOVE, GLORIE and the wonderfully named NI-GEL are just that!

The album is initially released in a limited edition double CD complete with an extensive booklet featuring artist photos and biographies. For those who like the old technologies, there's an even more limited edition pressing of the set in triple vinyl.



Friday, 25 March 2011 13:04 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

JBUniversal/Hip-O Select's epic look at JAMES BROWN'S singles output continues with the release of a tenth volume. This new two CD, 36 tracker focuses on the years 1975 – 1979 when, though the Godfather's profile might not have been as high as he'd liked, he still delivered – with a steady release schedule and a punishing touring itinerary.

Amongst the classics on this set are 'Get Up Offa That Thing' and 'It's Too Funky In Here' but - as always - collectors will relish the oddities and rarities. These number 'Dooley's Junkyard Dogs' (a tribute to the University Of Georgia's football team!) and a cover of ELVIS PRESLEY'S 'Love Me Tender'. Most collectable item maybe is 'Everybody Wanna Get Funky One More Time' – a single that was only on release for a short time on the People label.

As with all releases in the series, this one comes with an extensive essay, full track summaries, a timeline and rare photos and memorabilia.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2011 14:59



Friday, 25 March 2011 10:30 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

donDON GRUSIN (younger brother of DAVE) is  now established as a major player on the smooth jazz scene – a status that's sure to be confirmed with his latest releases, 'Piano In Venice'. The album was recorded (obvious really) in Venice, California and it's essentially a solo effort with the pianist using loops and samples as his rhythm section

What's unusual about the album is that those samples have been taken from all kinds of sources – people speaking, bird song, hand clapping, animal noises – even the sounds of the boardwalk in the resort that has always attracted artistic residents.(Remember DAVID HOCKNEY'S wonderful painting?) DON has lived on Venice Beach for a while and cuts like 'Ozone', Speedway', 'Oakwood Avenue' and 'Venice Boulevard' are meant to reflect his experiences living there.

DON GRUSIN'S 'Piano In Venice' is out now on C.A.R.E. Music

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2011 10:37



Tuesday, 22 March 2011 19:56 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Loleatta-Holloway_15079_5Chicago-born soulstress LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY has died following a brief illness. She was 64. News agency reports –confirmed by her manager, RON RICHARDSON – say that she died on Monday 21st March and that the cause of death was heart failure.

Like many great soul stylists HOLLOWAY developed her technique through singing gospel – in her teens she was part of a family group, THE HOLLOWAY COMMUNITY SINGERS before joining ALBERTINA WALKER'S CARAVANS. She made her secular solo debut for the Apache label in 1971 with a cover of GENE CHANDLER'S 'Rainbow'; from there she moved to GRC where she recorded two albums. The title cut of her second set – the SAM DEES-penned 'Cry To Me' was to furnish her with her biggest solo hit.

Her next label was NORMAN HARRS' Gold Mind' and from her debut set another SAM DEES' ballad – 'Worn Out Broken Heart' enjoyed chart action. But the fast paced flip side – 'Dreaming' – won enough air play to dent the pop charts and Ms HOLLOWAY was reborn as a disco artist. As a solo artist and fronting THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA (Gold Mind was swallowed up by the Salsoul label) she was an ever-present on the dance charts as singles like 'Hit And Run' and 'Love Sensation' became staples in discos worldwide. It's also LOLEATTA'S searing vocal on DAN HARTMAN'S disco smash 'Relight My Fire' and it's those dance floor classics which secured her iconic status in Europe and Japan.

After Salsoul folded LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY recorded for a number of labels and though direct chart action proved elusive, records which sampled her work did become hugely successful – the most notorious being BLACK BOX'S 'Ride On Time'. The Italian band used LOLEATTA'S vocal without any credit – indeed they went so far as to coach model CATHERINE QUINOL in the "art" of lip-synching. Ms. HOLLOWAY went on to successfully sue the group.

LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY'S sudden death has taken the music business by surprise. She leaves behind four children and nine grandchildren and a private service for the family and a public memorial at REV JESSE JACKSON'S church in Chicago are due to be held

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 20:01



Sunday, 20 March 2011 16:52 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Pioneering gospel legend, RANCE ALLEN – who was the first signing to Stax's Gospel Truth imprint in 1971 and experienced a Top 30 US R&B smash with 'I Belong To You' in 1979 – returns to the recording scene with a brand new album called 'The Live Experience II: Celebrating 40 years Of Music & Ministry.'

It captures the dynamic 62-year-old Allen and his group giving an energetic performance at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. The set comprises 15 songs and features cameo appearances from gospel legends Shirley Caesar and Vanessa Bell Armstrong alongside Paul Porter and Chris Byrd. Among the highlights is the combustible, funkafied 'Livin' For Jesus' and 'United We Stand,' the latter an uplifting message song featuring a massive 30-voice choir.

Rance Allen's album is out now on the Tyscot label. Go to for more info.


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