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Album Reviews

'Reach For the Sky: The Change Anthology

Artist CHANGE
Label Groove Line
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By Charles Waring | 10 November 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Without Chic there would have been no Change. Conceived in 1980 as a New York-based dance music studio ensemble by Guadeloupe-born  entrepreneur/producer Jacques Fred Petrus (who ran a production company called Little Macho), their music was closely modelled after Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards' chart-busting late-'70s disco act. Ever the… Continue>

Momentum

Artist Soulpersona
Label SPR
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By Duncan Payne | 10 November 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Brighton-based label owner, producer, remixer and arranger extraordinaire Soulpersona has been at the forefront of the UK neo-soul scene for a number of years. His busy schedule has seen him work with the likes of Charlie Wilson, Jody Watley and Jocelyn Brown, and his collaborations with the sultry Australian-born fellow… Continue>

Evolution

Artist NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN
Label Tarpan
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By Charles Waring | 04 November 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Originally a jazz-rock drummer who was Billy Cobham's replacement in the Mahavishnu Orchestra and also played with fusion supergroup Weather Report (on their 'Black Market' LP) in the mid-'70s, Kalamazoo-born Narada Michael Walden enjoyed some disco hits under his own name at the end of that decade (including 'I Shoulda… Continue>

Check It Out

Artist Tavares
Label Soul Music Records/Caroline International
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By Charles Waring | 30 September 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Hailing from New Bedford, Massachusetts, this family vocal quintet - whose parents originated from Cape Verde, an island off the west coast of Africa - are fondly remembered by soul fans for their evergreen '70s hits 'She's Gone,' 'It Only Takes A Minute,' and 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel.' … Continue>

Today - My Way'/'Nancy - Naturally

Artist Nancy Wilson
Label Soul Music/Caroline International
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By Charles Waring | 30 September 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
With her tart delivery, supple phrasing and clear-diction, Ohio-born Nancy Wilson possesses one of the most immediately identifiable voices in black music. She's always been hard to pigeonhole stylistically, elegantly straddling the divide between jazz, soul and pop. This twofer captures her in the mid-'60s, combining a couple of overlooked… Continue>

Soul Shine

Artist Various Artists
Label Expansion
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By Mark Devlin | 07 September 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
When it comes to compilations that reflect what's happening on the modern soul scene, there's no label better at doing them than the UK's own Expansion imprint, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year. The label's latest offering, compiled by the company's main mover and shaker, the redoubtable Ralph Tee,… Continue>

The Complete Atco/Atlantic Singles Vol. 1: 1960-1966

Artist Ben E. King
Label Real Gone Music/Soul Music
By Charles Waring | 01 September 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Luck was no stranger to the career of the late Ben E. King, who got his first big break when his vocal group, The Five Crowns, became a rapidly-installed new incarnation of The Drifters when the manager of the latter group sacked all of its members in 1958 prior to… Continue>

No Limits

Artist Tracy Hamlin
Label Expansion
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By Charles Waring | 01 September 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Some soul buffs might recall this Baltimore chanteuse from her stint with Pieces Of A Dream (she sang on the Philly smooth jazz group's 'Love Silhouette' and 'No Assembly Required' albums a few years ago) but this former backing singer for Gloria Gaynor has also recorded some long players under… Continue>

Come For A Dream: The UK Sessions 1970-1971

Artist Dusty Springfield
Label Real Gone
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By Charles Waring | 01 September 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Who's the greatest British soul singer of all time? For some people, that's an extremely difficult question to answer as there are so many credible contenders - could it be Beverley Knight or Mica Paris, perhaps? Or Amy Winehouse, Ruby Turner, or even Lisa Stansfield? For many, though - this… Continue>

Straight Outta Compton (movie)

Artist N.W.A.
Label Universal Pictures
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By Andrew Kay | 25 August 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
This much talked-about and long-awaited biopic of the trials and tribulations of the celebrated and notorious rap group N.W.A is a pretty accurate and faithful retelling of the ups and downs of the mantel-grabbing Gangster rappers. They’re not pioneers of Gangster Rap - Schooly D and Ice T are. In… Continue>
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