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Album Reviews
Luther Ingram's career took a quantum leap in 1972 when the Stax distributed Ko Ko label - owned by the Mississippi-born singer's manager and producer, Johnnie Baylor - released his single ‘(If Loving You Is Right) I Don't Want To Be Wrong.' A febrile paean to adultery penned by Homer… Continue>

ISAAC HAYES: ‘Black Moses’ (Stax)

By Charles Waring | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
On August 10th last year, soul music lost one of its most influential and iconic figures in the shape of Isaac Hayes. The bald-pated Tennessee-born musician - who rose to fame writing songs for the likes of Sam & Dave at Memphis' at the famous Stax label - propelled soul… Continue>

JAMES DAY: Natural Things (Expansion)

By Charles Waring | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
This is the Boston-based songwriter / producer's follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Better Days,' a polished set of ‘80s-influenced smooth soul that won plaudits from the modern soul crowd back in 2006. The bandana-sporting tunesmith has produced an even better set with ‘Natural Things,' which features a raft of… Continue>

LEELA JAMES ‘Let’s Do It Again’ (Shanachie)

By Charles Waring | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
Although Leela James wasn't even born when a teenaged Betty Wright scored a big Stateside hit in 1971 with ‘Clean Up Woman,' the 25-year-old Los Angeles-born singer tackles the classic Willie Clarke/Clarence Reid-penned number like a bona fide soul veteran on her new album, ‘Let's Do It Again.' It's the… Continue>

CHRIS CLARK: ‘Soul Sounds’ (Reel Music)

By Charles Waring | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
Flown in to Detroit from California to audition in front of Motown supremo, Berry Gordy, singer Chris Clark cut a distinctive figure - blond, blue-eyed and standing six-feet tall, she must have seemed like a fish out of water but her audition back in 1963 was enough to convince Gordy… Continue>

J DILLA: Dillanthology (Rapster)

By Ryan Proctor | 08 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
During his tragically short lifetime, Detroit's James 'Dilla' Yancey amassed a catalogue of production work that quickly elevated him to the level of longstanding greats such as Dr. Dre, DJ Premier and Pete Rock. Before he passed away in 2006 at the age of 32 following complications with the blood… Continue>
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