Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:52 Bil Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altOver the last several months UK soul connoisseurs have been thrilled with new music from soul music veteran ERROL HENRY... the man who in 1989 founded the legendary Intimate Records and who went on to score hits with people like the Jones Girls, Anthony Drakes, The Affair, Chris Ballin, Richard Anthony Davis, Jaki Graham and Deni Hines.

Recently Errol's been working on a new imprint – i2, which burst upon us with the remarkable 'First Night' from Everett earlier this year. In the ensuing months more gems were released – stuff like the Sound Principle's 'Because You Love Me' and J Fly's Frank McComb-featured 'Love Song'.

Now in time for the festive party season i2 is bringing out a fab 12 track sampler which brings together all those previous soul sparklers alongside a plethora of new cuts that will please soul lovers right across the spectrum.

Everett's 'First Night' still stands out – a proper anthem, as is that Sound Principle tune. Another that will be familiar to connoisseurs is LeVelle's old school, 'Bring Back The Love'.

The newer stuff includes a revisit to Teena Marie's 'I Need Your Loving' from Karlito who's helped out by Don E and Louise Labelle and a lovely tune from the oft neglected Chris Ballin, 'Cry'. The cut is a typical Ballin smoocher, equalled in the romantic stakes by the totally gorgeous 'Because You' from Klymaxx's Joyce Irby and someone called Howard Hewett. Mr H records so rarely these days (yes I know he's on the new Shalamar single – see our news archive) but here he does what he does best.... nails the romantic ballad. This one cut is worth the entrance price on its own.... but you also get 11 other modern soul gems/future anthems... check this one out!

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altOver the years fans of Southern soul in general and CLARENCE CARTER in particular have been wonderfully served by Ace /Kent who've sensitively curated the back catalogue of the legendary Muscle Shoals FAME studios... and by extension one of their biggest "names" – Clarence Carter.

Ace/Kent have issued dozens of Carter tracks on compilations and have also reissued his first two albums and now they offer his third and fourth long players – 'Testifyn'' and 'Patches' on a "twofer". The long players include seven R&B top 30 hits – including, of course, 'Patches' – Carter's biggest global hit.

As with all Ace/Kent releases you also get a goodly share of bonuses. Here enjoy three "new" tracks that have only ever appeared on a long-deleted limited edition vinyl EP.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIn what has to be the quickest follow up in recent music history, VAN MORRISON releases a new album just a couple of month after his last album, 'Roll With The Punches'. The new long player – 'Versatile' - is all set for release on December 1st.

'Roll With The Punches' saw Sir Van revisit his blues roots; 'Versatile' is something quite different – showing, I guess, Morrison's versatility! The new set offers 16 tracks. Six of 'em are new Van Morrison songs but the rest are his interpretations of some of the 20th century's greatest vocal jazz and pop standards. .. songs like 'A Foggy Day', 'Unchained Melody' and 'I Get A Kick Out Of You'.

The man says: "Recording songs like these - especially the standards - gave me the chance to stretch out vocally and get back to the music that originally inspired me to sing - jazz!"

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:39 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altRight now there's an old school soul ballad causing a stir Stateside. It's 'I Remember' from TERRY DEXTER and JOHNNY MANUEL.

Terry Dexter is a Detroit soulstress who began singing in her church choir. With two solo albums under her belt, she also works as an actress. Johnny Manuel hails from Flint, Michigan and he's worked with numerous soul and R&B luminaries' incusing Destiny's Child and Jay Z but more recently he won legions of admirers on the 2017 series of America's Got Talent.

The pair were brought together by veteran soul producer Preston Glass to work on his 'Dynamic Duets' album from which the stirring 'I Remember' comes. US soul commentators have described 'I Remember' as "a thoroughly 21st century ballad with its roots in classic soul"

Make up your own minds by investigating the tune which is just out on the Soulmusic imprint

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSinger and actress DELLA REES died on Sunday 19th November. A family statement said that Ms Reese "passed away peacefully at her California home surrounded by love". She was 86.

Born Delloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931, in Black Bottom, Detroit, her first singing experiences were in church. Aged just 13 she sang with Mahalia Jackson's gospel group and after graduating high school Della formed her own gospel group the Meditation Singers. Her career was put on hold after the death of her mother when economic necessity meant she needed to find work wherever. By the late forties though she was singing in clubs and shortened her name from Delloreese Early to "Della Reese".

Della was soon to become an attraction at Detroit's Flame Show Bar singing in a style akin to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. In 1953 she signed a recording contract with Jubilee Records for whom she cut six long players. In 1957 she enjoyed chart success with the single 'And That Reminds Me' which was followed by 1959's 'Don't You Know?' which she recorded for RCA. Over time despite more hits, that song was accepted as her signature song. Della Reese continued recording throughout her life. Indeed in the 90s she enjoyed two Grammy nominations for the gospel albums 'Della Reese and Brilliance' and for the live album, 'My Soul Feels Better Right Now'.

In later life though, Della Reese enjoyed more success as an actress – notably for playing the wise angel in the long running US TV show 'Touched By An Angel'. Before that she performed in the shows 'Chico and the Man', 'Charlie and Compmay' and 'The Royal Family' and she even hosted her own talk show, Della.

Friend and co-star Roma Downey posted; "Through her life and work Della touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on 'Touched By An Angel'. I know heaven has a brand new angel this day."

Della Reese is survived by her husband, Franklin Lett, and three children and as an interesting footnote, Motown's Martha Reese always acknowledged the influence Della Reese had on her sound and style – she affirms that the name "Vandellas" comes from "VAN" Dyke Street, Detroit and "DELLAS" from Ms Reese's first name.



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