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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."

 

GREENLIGHT FOR JOHN

Tuesday, 19 August 2008 05:10 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

GREENLIGHT FOR JOHN

The ever-busy JOHN LEGEND is set to release his new album in October. The collection's heralded by a single, appropriately called 'Greenlight.' Featuring ANDRE 3000, it does have a touch of OUTKAST about it, though there's also a real drum n bass feel to the main edit. Whatever, it's absolutely infectious and LEGEND'S plaintive voice always does it. Other good mixes come from JOHNNY DOUGLAS and the AFROGANIC team whose tweak offers a great late summer vibe - if we ever get any late summer.

 

CHERRY PICKIN'

Tuesday, 19 August 2008 05:09 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

CHERRY PICKIN'

Collectors' re-issue label group Cherry Red currently have a whole raft of goodies on offer. Top of their pile is a straight reissue of the 5th DIMENSION'S wonderful 'The Magic Garden'. The original LP was released in 1968 and, of course, was a collaboration with JIM WEBB. He provided all the songs and the lush orchestral links and though some of the cuts are always featured on the group's hits albums, it's so good to hear them in their original context. Label, by the way, is Rev-o-La. Sister label Shout can offer DENISE LASALLE'S 'A Little Bit Naughty' - a mix of her best ABC and MCA recordings and McKINLEY "SOUL" MITCHELL'S wonderful 'The Town I Live In'. Over on the Poker imprint there's MAMIE LEE'S' Once In A Lifetime'. LEE was a classy soul-jazz singer who died in the late 70s and this 12 tracker proffers the singer's collectable MGM album on which she sounds like a cross between ESTHER PHILIPS and NANCY WILSON along with a couple of bonuses - one of which is the popular Northern groove, 'I Can Feel Him Slipping Away'… and as ever Cherry Red also offer lots of great sixties pop from outfits like the GRASS ROOTS and the TOKENS (both favourites with ageing mods).

 

LEN BARRY ...IN HIS OWN WRITE

Tuesday, 19 August 2008 05:07 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LEN BARRY ...IN HIS OWN WRITE

Most people will remember LEN BARRY as the vocalist on one of blue-eyed soul's most enduring songs - '1-2-3'. Before that solo smash, LEN had been a member of the DOVELLS and even before that he worked around the North Philly area leading a group called the BARRYMORES. Since the sixties BARRY has focused on writing and production. He worked with Philadelphia's legendary WMOT Productions and was responsible for hits like SLICK'S 'Space Bass' and FAT LARRY'S 'Zoom'. Latterly LEN'S turned his hand to writing and his novel 'Black Like Me' has just been published in the UK. A collaboration with his son, SPENCER, the book tells the story of a Caucasian brother and sister thrust into living and loving in the 'hood, and clearly few people are better experienced to write about the ups and owns of that situation than LEN BARRY. His records often led people to assume he was an Afro-American while throughout his career he's collaborated with artists from right across the spectrum. 'Black Like Me' is a great read for anyone interested in soul's history and its social context. It comes with a perceptive foreword from iconic session man BOBBY ELI and is published by Bank House Media … for more information go to www.bankhousebooks.com or www.lenbarry.com - where you can even listen to and download a soundtrack to the book composed and performed by LEN himself.

 

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