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MORE GROOVES FROM THE FUNKY TOWN

Monday, 12 October 2009 03:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MORE GROOVES FROM THE FUNKY TOWN

Northampton's Funky Town Grooves label (FTG) has just resurrected some more forgotten '80s albums on CD. Pick of the latest bunch is 'Spank You!' by the 10 piece US funk band, SPANK, featuring the soulful lead vocals of Eddie Greene. It features some strong '80s boogie tunes, among them 'Oh Baby,' 'You' and 'Classy Lady.'
Bass player and singer, John Davis, was a member of SPANK and in 1984 he cut a solo album in the guise of J. D. (PUMA) LEWIS called 'Shake It - Make It Loose.' The set - packed with boogie-era dance grooves like 'Dancing Shoes' and 'Sexy High School Lady' - is now back on the shelves again and includes a couple of bonus cuts from the singer's 1984 album, 'Destination Earth,'
Also noteworthy from the FTG label is UK soul man KENI STEVENS' 1989 set, 'Living On The Edge,' which gets resuscitated after being out of print for many years - Stevens' previous two '80s album, the mellow 'Blue Moods' and 'You' are also available on FTG Records.
Getting a new lease of life too is the 1983 album, 'Introducing Glass,' by the Time/Prince-influenced minimalist electro funk outfit, GLASS, led by singer John Williams.
Much more soulful is 'Pixie Dust,' the 1984 long player originally cut for the Sounds Of Florida label by the 7-piece Windy City US group, WRECKIN' CREW. The danceable title track was a US R&B chart entry in 1983. Mixing bedroom ballads with funky uptempo tunes, the 8-track set is bolstered by two bonus tracks; 1980's 'Cruisin' With The Crew' and 1982's 'Chance To Dance' (the latter a US R&B chart entry).
Later in the year, FTG intends to reissue JANICE McLAIN'S self-titled MCA debut from 1986 and GENE VAN BUREN'S 1982 Motown album, 'What's Your Pleasure.' Both reissues will be keenly anticipated by soul collectors.

For information on these releases go to www.funkytowngrooves.com

 

NEW SOUL FROM HIP-O SELECT

Saturday, 10 October 2009 05:56 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW SOUL FROM HIP-O SELECT

Soul fans should look out for some exciting new reissues and compilations from Universal's Stateside reissue imprint, Hip-O Select. The label has just reissued an expanded version of JAMES BROWN'S much-overlooked 1967 album, 'Live At The Garden,' which despite its title was recorded at the Latin Casino in New Jersey. The new 2-CD set includes a remastered version of the original King LP and also features the full, unedited recording of Brown's 2-hour source concert. As well as that, the set includes three studio takes from the same timeframe of the single 'Let Yourself Go.'
Motown devotees will want to check out 'Magnificent: The Complete Studio Duets' by THE SUPREMES & FOUR TOPS. A 2-CD set, it contains three original Motown albums cut by the Tops with the first incarnation of the post-Diana Ross Supremes: namely 'The Magnificent 7' (1970), 'Return Of The Magnificent 7' (1971), and 'Dynamite' (1971). Collectors will relish the presence of 12 previously unreleased bonus tracks.
Those who prefer their soul seasoned with blues will find something of interest in an expanded edition of the late KOKO TAYLOR'S 'What It Takes: The Chess Years.' Among the 24 tracks is Taylor's big US R&B smash from 1966, 'Wang Wang Doodle.'
Look out for reviews soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

MORE MICHAEL

Friday, 09 October 2009 08:52 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MORE MICHAEL

The MICHAEL JACKSON machine continues to gain momentum with yet another release on the late singer. 'Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite' is about to hit a digital download store near you very, very soon. What's happened is that Motown have handed a set of Jackson songs (solo and with his brothers) to top producers to remix - and over the next month or so a bundle of four tracks will be available to download from digital stores every two weeks . The first four - ready now - include the NEPTUNES' tweak of 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and SALAAM REMI'S shot at 'ABC'. Other producers involved in the project include AKON, SWIZZ BEATZ, Q-TIP and DALLAS AUSTIN.

 

NEW ALICIA ...

Friday, 09 October 2009 08:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

NEW ALICIA ...

'Doesn't Mean Anything' - a new single from ALICIA KEYS, heralds the artist's new album which is set to hit the shops at the end of November. The self-penned and self-produced single is a crisp mid-tempo beater that features ALICIA'S passionate signature vocals. The new album is called 'The Elements Of Freedom' and ALICIA will be in the UK in November for live dates to promote the set.

 

IT'S PHUNKY UP NORTH ...

Thursday, 08 October 2009 10:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

IT'S PHUNKY UP NORTH ...

Musically, one of the most interesting developments over the last twelve months has been the number of new, young bands embracing funk. Recently, new age MAMA'S GUN started to make major waves with their album, 'Routes To Riches'. Now, with a sound that's more classically funky come the aptly named PHUNK. Currently a five piece working in and around the North West, the band have a four track demo on offer with the lead cut 'Why Do We Do' standing out, though dyed-in-the-wool soulsters might want to pass on the POLICE sound-alike 'Walking On The Beach.' Vocalist LEE CAPIE cites the band's influences as STEVIE WONDER, SLY STONE, JAMIROQUAI and er… THE POLICE. Other band members are - Guitar: COLIN FOSTER, Bass: GARY CHAMBERS, Drums: JIM LEWIS and Sax: NICKY SUFFELL. PHUNK formed during autumn 2007 almost by accident - when different band members got together in an Ormskirk studio and discovered a mutual love of all things funky... since then they've gigged hard and put together a number of demos and even recorded a live DVD. For more information or to make contact with PHUNK try - www.phunkgroove.com , www.myspace.com/phunk2008
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