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PHILLY SOUL GALORE

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.

 

CALVIN RICHARDSON ...AMERICA'S MOST WANTED

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".

Last Updated on Friday, 23 July 2010 16:14

 

J5 ... ALL LIVE

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.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 July 2010 11:14

 

'BITCHES BREW' HITS FORTY

Friday, 23 July 2010 08:28 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Bitches_smallTo coincide with the fortieth anniversary of MILES DAVIS'S groundbreaking 'Bitches Brew' album – which gave birth to the whole jazz-rock fusion movement – Columbia/Legacy are releasing a special Deluxe Collectors' Edition (3-CD/1-DVD) box set that includes the original LP mix of the album (which has been unavailable for years) as well as sundry studio outtakes, rare tracks and a previously unissued live performance of Miles and his band from August 1970 in Tanglewood, Massachusetts. There's also a 70-minute DVD featuring previously unseen colour footage of a concert Miles gave in Copenhagen from November 1969. The set is completed by a 180gram vinyl copy of the original double LP complete with its famous gatefold artwork. In addition to the deluxe version, Columbia is issuing a 2-CD/1-DVD Legacy Edition.

Both formats are released on August 30th.

 

CONTEMPORARY SOUL FROM SOUL UNSIGNED

Tuesday, 13 July 2010 19:38 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

contemp_soulAugust sees the release of Soul Unsigned's third album in their Contemporary Soul Songbook series. The long player features music from PAPIK, WADZ, MARSHALL BADGER, ANTOINETTE, EBONY EVANS and many more. It's top class modern soul all the way typified by a wonderful tune called 'Serenity' from KENNY WESLEY. Full review very soon on SJF.... and be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Soul Unsigned artist CHRIS YOUNGBLOOD on our new look "Interviews" section. His debut album 'In Love With You' – the first single artist set from Soul Unsigned – has deservedly received warm support and plenty of radio plays.

 

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