Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Harvest For The World' is an undoubted soul classic. The 1976 Isley Brothers' hit is an ever-present reminder of a major world problem... but sadly a problem that major world leaders choose to ignore!

To remind them, the song has just been re-recorded and released by the AVERAGE WHITE BAND and to give the release more clout and credibility, this version is produced by and features one of the song's writers, CHRIS JASPER.

AWB's Alan Gorrie describes why the band choose to record the song right now: "We thought this a timely record to make, as it addresses inequality, hunger, peace, and the need for tolerance and respect among us all, in a non - preachy way. It is also, coincidentally, a beautiful song and we thought the only way to give it the remake it required was to get Chris Jasper, the writer, on board to produce this new version and to give it an amalgam of AWB and The Isleys' signature sounds."

Chris Jasper says:, "Ernie Isley and I wrote the original 'Harvest For the World' in 1976. I enjoyed producing and arranging this new version for AWB and it turned out great...the message is still relevant today!"

The new version of 'Harvest Forth World ' is out now



Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this month young SHAILA PROSPERE impressed us all with her lovely single 'Family'.... a throwback to the 80s with a garnish of the totally contemporary while some tastemakers made comparison with the ever lovely Ms Beverly Knight.

Well, if you liked 'Family', you gonna love it even more as her team slip out a wonderful Soul Syndicate remix... more shades of Ms Bev Knight, I'm bound to say! It's a cool little cut with a proper, jazz undertow and a little riff that reminds me of something that I just can't place (answers on a postcard.....)

The great news is that Ms P's album is almost good to go... but in the meantime check out 'Family... the Remix' –available, second week in June. - on Phil Nugent's RHYTHM Records



Wednesday, 31 May 2017 20:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMOODSSUPPLY is a new band... or to be specific a studio manifestation of long time funkateer MIKE CHANDON. Mike and his Moodssupply have just launched their debut album 'justAgroove' via Distrokid and if quirky, off-the-wall takes on funk and soul are your thing then you may want to investigate... though we do need to stress "QUIRKY".

There are 8 cuts on the album and right now the one we'd point you too is 'Breeze'; elsewhere, well, expect the unexpected. 'Funk It Up' for instance isn't funk as we know it, while the mini album's title cut might be a bizarre Eurovision entry... referencing 'Keep On Trucking and 'Cha Cha Slide'!!!

If you have adventurous ears you may want to investigate a@



Tuesday, 30 May 2017 18:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul man CURTIS WOMACK of the legendary Womack clan died last week – Sunday 21st May at the Bluefield Regional Medical Centre, in West Virginia. He was 74 and cause of death was given as respiratory heart failure.

Born in Charleston in 1942, he formed a gospel group with his brothers Bobby, Cecil, Harry and Friendly in Cleveland in the early 50s. Under the mentorship of Sam Cooke they changed from "Curtis Womack and The Womack Brothers" to the Valentinos and entered the secular music arena.

Signed to Cooke's SAR label, they scored a hit with 'Lookin' For a Love' and also recorded the original of  'It's All Over Now' – a massive hit, of course, for the Rolling Stones. After Cooke's death they switched to Chess where immediate success eluded them though several of their Chess recordings did become favourites on the Northern soul scene. Then as brother Bobby went solo and Cecil left after marrying Mary Wells, Curtis, Harry and Friendly struggled to keep the brand alive.

The murder of Harry (Bobby Womack's "Harry Hippy") in 1974 and complex personal difficulties meant the Valentinos just faded away

Curtis Womack is survived by his five children and thirteen grandchildren, as well as his long-term companion, Bernice Carruthers, and his brother Friendly, who is now the last surviving Womack brother. One of Curtis' sons is the singer/guitarist/producer/studio owner Binky Womack (see our reviews archive for info on him)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 18:14



Sunday, 28 May 2017 09:05 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


The UK's ACID JAZZ label has done a deal with '70s Chicago soul meister, LEROY HUTSON, to reissue his out-of-print Curtom back catalogue. The first release from this new allaiamce is a fantastic previously unissued track from 1977 called 'Positive Forces,' which be available as a limited edition 7-inch single  on the 23rd of June. On its flipside is another unreleased track - an unedited instrumental version of Hutson's cult Rare Groove classic, 'All Because Of You.' 

You can pre-order the 45 here:

Have a sneak preview here:…/leroy-hutson-positive-forces

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 May 2017 19:55


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