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Album Reviews

I Just Can't Keep On Going

Artist Tyrone Davis
Label Elemental Music/Columbia
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By Charles Waring | 23 March 2017
Published in: Album Reviews
Though he was born in Greenville, Mississippi (as Tyrone D. Fettson) and brought up in Saginaw, Michigan, Tyrone Davis became exclusively associated with the Chicago soul scene. He moved there in 1959, where he initially worked chauffeuring blues man, Freddie King, around before undertaking a singing career. He recorded a… Continue>

Nature Planned It

Artist The Four Tops
Label Elemental Music/ Motown
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By Charles Waring | 23 March 2017
Published in: Album Reviews
Motown was fortunate enough to have two of the greatest male vocal groups of all time on its roster in the 1960s and '70s - the Temptations and the Four Tops. While the Temptations was a volatile mix of personalities and seemed to change its personnel like the wind, the… Continue>

Days And Times (EP)

Artist D.A.
Label Justdamusic
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By Duncan Payne | 24 February 2017
Published in: Album Reviews
Any Hip Hop EP which has philosopher Bertrand Russell’s ‘Love is wise, hatred is foolish’ timeless message from his 1959 BBC interview as the opening track suggests that what lies ahead is no ordinary collection. Then take into account that the set of songs emanate from South London, a part… Continue>

Reloaded (EP)

Artist The Strikers Band
Label Soul Image Records
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By Duncan Payne | 23 January 2017
Published in: Album Reviews
One of the hottest New York funk bands in the early eighties were The Strikers who, like only the crème de la crème of the NYC post-Disco boogie boys and girls, were signed to the legendary Prelude label.  Dancefloor perfection was realised when their 1981 album was released, a set… Continue>

Trezure The Love

Artist Fresh Band Feat. Tony Mack
Label Trezure Rocks Records
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By Duncan Payne | 12 January 2017
Published in: Album Reviews
Who remembers The Fresh Band? Well, unless you were a regular club goer in the early to mid eighties venturing inside establishments where DJs specialised in the Funk, you probably won’t. So for the uninitiated, they brought out one particularly impressive 12” single called ‘Come Back Lover’ released on New… Continue>

The Rita Wright Years - Rare Motown 1967-1970

Artist Syreeta
Label Kent
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By Charles Waring | 04 January 2017
Published in: Album Reviews
Motown deemed Syreeta's name too strange and exotic to connect with record buyers, so persuaded the angelic-voiced Pittsburgh chanteuse to assume the moniker, Rita Wright, for her debut single, the Ashford & Simpson-penned, 'I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You,' in 1968. The result? The single bombed… Continue>

Let's Groove - The Archie Bell & The Drells Story

Artist Archie Bell & The Drells
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 04 January 2017
Published in: Album Reviews
Between 1968 and 1979, Texas group, Archie Bell & The Drells, racked up twenty-one hits in the US R&B singles chart. Their biggest smash was their maiden chart entry, the infectious, much-sampled, 'Tighten Up,'  which topped both the American R&B and pop charts during the summer of 1968. Continue>

Precious - The Anthology 1963-1972

Artist Linda Jones
Label Kent
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By Charles Waring | 04 January 2017
Published in: Album Reviews
Linda Jones was something else. A veritable human volcano of emotion, she never held back and always seemed like she was ready to burst and explode . Indeed, she's one of those singers that can stimulate a frisson of goose bumps on the back of your neck with one note. Continue>

Electric Erotic

Artist Aaron Paul
Label AP Music & Productions
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By Duncan Payne | 28 December 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Fans of the long running cult TV series ‘Breaking Bad’ may be raising an eyebrow in disbelief at the concept of one of their favourite actors releasing an album of high-camp dance music, but they need not worry. For Aaron Paul, whose newly released ‘Electric Erotic’ set is making waves,… Continue>

Soul Togetherness Presents The Spirit Of Philadelphia Volume 4

Artist Various
Label Expansion
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By Duncan Payne | 22 October 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
The first of these highly desirable CDs came out back in 2002 with the third volume coming out five years ago. With the expected long wait for another edition finally over, could Expansion deliver another excellent set of Modern Soul gems, obscurities and string-laden Soulful Disco tracks from the City… Continue>
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