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J5 ... ALL LIVE

Friday, 23 July 2010 16:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

J5August sees Universal Records release a unique JACKSON FIVE live album – 'JACKSON FIVE LIVE AT THE FORUM'. The double CD contains two live performances - one from 1970, the other from 1972 and, obviously, both recorded at Los Angeles' famous Forum. The first show was part of the then young band's first national tour on which they broke box office records everywhere, while the second performance was recorded just three days before MICHAEL JACKSON'S 14th birthday. Though the set lists are predictable (all the hits and some album songs)there are two bonus tracks. On disc 1 there's a special live version of 'Mama's Pearl' (recorded in 1971) and on disc 2 you can enjoy an ensemble version of 'I Wanna Be Where You Are' which was recorded for the soundtrack to a Save The Children project. The album comes in a special digi-pack and is stuffed with great archive photos, postcards of the individual group members and a provocative essay from MARK ANTHONY NEAL – a professor at Duke University.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 July 2010 11:14

 

'BITCHES BREW' HITS FORTY

Friday, 23 July 2010 08:28 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Bitches_smallTo coincide with the fortieth anniversary of MILES DAVIS'S groundbreaking 'Bitches Brew' album – which gave birth to the whole jazz-rock fusion movement – Columbia/Legacy are releasing a special Deluxe Collectors' Edition (3-CD/1-DVD) box set that includes the original LP mix of the album (which has been unavailable for years) as well as sundry studio outtakes, rare tracks and a previously unissued live performance of Miles and his band from August 1970 in Tanglewood, Massachusetts. There's also a 70-minute DVD featuring previously unseen colour footage of a concert Miles gave in Copenhagen from November 1969. The set is completed by a 180gram vinyl copy of the original double LP complete with its famous gatefold artwork. In addition to the deluxe version, Columbia is issuing a 2-CD/1-DVD Legacy Edition.

Both formats are released on August 30th.

 

CONTEMPORARY SOUL FROM SOUL UNSIGNED

Tuesday, 13 July 2010 19:38 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

contemp_soulAugust sees the release of Soul Unsigned's third album in their Contemporary Soul Songbook series. The long player features music from PAPIK, WADZ, MARSHALL BADGER, ANTOINETTE, EBONY EVANS and many more. It's top class modern soul all the way typified by a wonderful tune called 'Serenity' from KENNY WESLEY. Full review very soon on SJF.... and be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Soul Unsigned artist CHRIS YOUNGBLOOD on our new look "Interviews" section. His debut album 'In Love With You' – the first single artist set from Soul Unsigned – has deservedly received warm support and plenty of radio plays.

 

ON THE LEVEL

Tuesday, 13 July 2010 19:32 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

level_42As UK soul and funk band LEVEL 42 embark on a major national and international tour, Universal Records have released a four CD box set that's stuffed with a whole host of goodies for the group's countless fans. The set features all 34 of LEVEL 42's singles along with long lost studio recordings, rare demos and cuts that were only ever released on vinyl. The BIG bonus, though, comes on the fourth CD. Here there are ten new acoustic recordings of ten of the band's biggest songs - including 'Lessons In Love' and 'Something About You'. They feature MARK KING on bass and vocals along with MIKE LINDUP on keys and vocals. The box is completed by extensive sleeve notes by a busy MARK KING and journalist PAOLO HEWITT. The collection is called 'LIVING IT UP' and is out now. Go to our reviews section for an in-depth review.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 July 2010 15:39

 

GREG BLACKMAN AND THE PRICE OF LOVE

Sunday, 11 July 2010 13:12 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

greg_blackmanTill a few years ago GREG BLACKMAN was an illustrator working in and around South East England. Music, though, was a passion and after some session work he set about recording his own album which ended up featuring a collection of songs he'd written around the time he'd met his soon-to-be wife. GREG calls the music on 'The Price of Love' "simple and sincere" with its reference point being the soul and funk sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Indeed there's plenty of variety on the album – Cameo style funk, Maze –like swayers, sweet ballads that might recall Howard Hewett – even a Bob James style instrumental on which GREG shows his virtuosity on the Rhodes electric piano. GREG BLACKMAN'S 'The Price Of Love' can be downloaded via the usual portals and it can also be purchased direct from CD Baby. Full review on SJF very soon.

 

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