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MIGHTY MOTOWN CELEBRATIONS ...

Saturday, 06 September 2008 10:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MIGHTY MOTOWN CELEBRATIONS ...

Soul anoraks will know already that next year - 2009, Motown will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary and beginning in the winter of 2008 and running through 2009, Universal Music will be celebrating the anniversary in fine style. The history books tell us the Motown Sound went worldwide in the '60s, and that the sound still resonates today. The label's scored more than 180 No.1 songs and statisticians are still counting. Motown hits continue to appear in commercials, TV and movies, and remain an influence on today's biggest pop and R&B stars. But to real soul fans Motown stands for more than that mere statistics. Motown has provided the soundtrack to individual lives and collectors cherish every release on any of the labels within Gordy's iconic stable. Equally it's not just about the music; it's all about a time and a place and a reflection of the hard work of dedicated individuals overcoming incredible obstacles to achieve great success. On January 12th 2009, Motown will be precisely 50 years old, and to honour this monumental event in musical history, Universal Music is planning multiple new releases across all mediums throughout the next year. Heralding these will be a brand new 50th anniversary CD due December 1st 2008, featuring songs voted for online by the fans of Motown. Universal Music plans to release many different versions of the compilation across the globe, reflecting each market's favourite songs and in turn celebrating the enduring popularity of Motown across the planet.

 

THE DELLS: THEN AND NOW RIGHT NOW

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 05:14 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

THE DELLS: THEN AND NOW RIGHT NOW

Fast approaching 60 years together, the mightily wonderful DELLS have just released their latest album. It's called 'Then And Now' and has been issued on the group's own label, Dells Way Records. The collection boasts nine tracks - four of which are brand new recordings. They are 'Don't Tell Her About Me', 'Free to Be Free', 'Can't Wait' and the BOBBY MILLER-penned 'When Will We'. The other five cuts variously appeared on two of the outfit's previous LPs - 'The Second Time' and 'Reminiscing'. Throughout, the sound is unmistakably DELLS with the fivesome - MARVIN JUNIOR, JOHNNIE CARTER, CHUCK BARKSDALE, VERNE ALLISON and MICHAEL McGILL in fine harmonic form - as ever. Full review soon on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

NEW LEON WARE ALBUM DUE IN THE UK

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 05:06 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW LEON WARE ALBUM DUE IN THE UK

Veteran soul auteur, LEON WARE - the man responsible for writing the majority of Marvin Gaye's classic Motown LP 'I Want You' - is back with a new album, 'Moon Ride,' for the reactivated Stax label. Combining silky, nocturnal grooves with Ware's trademark sensual vocal style, 'Moon Ride' proves to be the best album the 68-year-old singer/songwriter has released in a long while. Already out in the States, the 12-track CD is slated for a UK release in the autumn. Look out for a full review at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon.

 

MORE LOST TREASURES FROM DUSTY GROOVE

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 04:36 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MORE LOST TREASURES FROM DUSTY GROOVE


Dusty Groove, the Chicago record store-turned-specialist reissue label, is unleashing another couple of hard-to-find collectors' items on CD in September. First up is 'S.O.B,' a rare Chess album from 1970 recorded by the short-lived Windy City harmony vocal group, SHADES OF BLACK. Significantly, the album was written and helmed by Dells' producer, Bobby Miller. Although it didn't make any waves commercially and the group faded into obscurity, the quartet's solitary LP is now highly sought after by collectors of vintage soul.

Also on Dusty Groove is a rare 1975 album by soul-jazz Hammond hero, REUBEN WILSON. After a famous five album stint at Blue Note during the years 1968-1971 Wilson eventually ended up at Chess for one album, where he cut 'Got To Get Your Own,' a richly varied set that finds the funky Hammond B-3 organ grinder surrounded by guest vocalists and supported by lush string and horn arrangements (courtesy of Brad Baker). For more information go to www.dusty groove.com

 

PERVIS JACKSON DIES ...

Tuesday, 19 August 2008 05:42 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

PERVIS JACKSON DIES ...

There's more sad news for the soul community with the news that PERVIS JACKSON - one of the founding members of the SPINNERS - had died in Detroit aged 70. JACKSON had last appeared with the legendary group in California in July, but last month he was diagnosed with brain and liver cancer. He was admitted to Detroit's Sinai-Grace Hospital but died there on Monday August 18. Known as "Mr. 12.45" - because of his trademark bass part in the hit 'They Just Can't Stop It (Games People Play)' - Jackson was acknowledged in the business as true professional and was the group's de facto spokesman. He's survived by two original SPINNERS - HENRY FAMBROUGH and BOBBIE SMITH, two daughters, two sons and his wife of 40 years, CLAUDREEN. She said, "I don't know how many people get to live their lives they way they want, but he was one of them."

 

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