Wednesday, 28 July 2010 18:40 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Leroy20HudsonFollowers of the rare groove need to know that soul hero LEROY HUTSON is coming to the UK for two very special shows. Then one-time Impression and creator of a whole raft of sublime solo sets plays Vintage in Goodwood on August 15th and London's Indigo2 on August 19th. At both venues HUTSON will be supported by THIRD DEGREE and will be backed by a superb 11 piece band, which – for the Goodwood gig, will be augmented with a string section. As ever, check with the venues for precise details.

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Monday, 26 July 2010 20:46 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Pulp_FusionIt's been 15 years since Harmless Records first unleashed the inaugural volume of the hugely successful 'Pulp Fusion' series and to mark and celebrate said occasion, on September 6th the company are putting out a new volume, subtitled 'The Return Of The Original Ghetto Jazz & Funk Classics.' The new 2-CD set features 28 cuts (compiled by ace crate digger, Dean Rudland), including rough, tough, funky ghetto grooves from the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, Yellow Sunshine (their self-titled classic funk jam), Dexter Wansel, Norman Connors, Lonnie Smith, Milt Jackson, Deodato, Pleasure, Patrice Rushen, Nathan Davis, Eddie Russ (his flute-led rare groove classic, 'Lope Song,' as sampled by the Young Disciples), Reuben Wilson and Gene Ammons. A surprise inclusion is Don Ellis' powerful driving groove, 'Theme From The French Connection.' A great set – be sure not to miss it. The release date is September 6th.

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Sunday, 25 July 2010 17:56 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

mfsbRare groove spotters and soul collectors should keep their eyes peeled for some fabulous Philly soul reissues that are about to hits the stores.

The UK Edsel label has just reissued BILLY PAUL'S album, 'When Love Is New,' originally released on Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff's famous Philadelphia International label in 1975. It features Paul's classic hit, 'Let's Make A Baby.' Also first released in 1975 and about to enjoy a new lease of life is 'Family Reunion' by vocal trio, THE O'JAYS, which yielded the big cuts, 'Livin' For The Weekend' and 'I Love Music' – also look out for the set's bonus cut, a reworking of 'I Love Music' by legendary mix meister Tom Moulton.

Talking of Moulton, his marathon dance floor retooling of HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES' 'Don't Leave Me This Way' turns up as a bonus cut on the reissue of the legendary Philly group's 1975 long player, 'Wake Up Everybody.'

Singer DEE DEE SHARP was married to producer/songwriter, Kenny Gamble, and her three Philly International albums ('Happy 'Bout The Whole Thing,' 'What Color Is Love,' and 'Dee Dee') are now available on a new Edsel 2-CD set.

Also look out for Edsel's reissue of THE THREE DEGREES' 'The Three Degrees Live,' a 1975 set that features in-concert versions of the girl group's hits 'Year Of Decision, 'Dirty Ol' Man' and, of course, the anthemic 'When Will I See You Again.'

The studio collective known as MFSB played on virtually every PIR session and two of the  albums they released under their own name - 'Philadelphia Freedom' (1975) and 'Summertime' (1976) albums – are reissued for the first time on a new Edsel 2-CD set. All the reissues are accompanied by liner notes from Philly expert, Tony Rounce.



Friday, 23 July 2010 16:09 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

calvinCALVIN RICHARDSON is one America's most respected soul singers and his countless fans will be delighted to learn that Shanachie Records will release his latest album – 'America's Most Wanted' – at the end of August. Unlike his previous album 'Facts Of Life' – CALVIN'S tribute to BOBBY WOMACK – this new set contains eleven brand new songs and a sneak preview indicates that the set's destined to be one of THE soul albums of the year. The title song is particularly strong while 'Come Over' is a storming old school soul ballad with a guitar figure that will recall the majesty of STEVE CROPPER'S very best. 'America's Most Wanted' underlines why to many CALVIN RICHARDSON is "the Soul Prince".

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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.

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