Monthly Archives: February, 2012

DON RAY-GARDEN OF LOVE.

DON RAY-GARDEN OF LOVE. Although Don Ray played an important role in European disco music, working with Marc Cerrone and Alec Constandinos, Don only ever released one solo album, Garden of Love, released in 1978. Garden of Love was co-produced by Marc Cerrone, who released albums like Love In C Minor, Cerrone’s Paradise and Supernature. …

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CERRONE-CERRONE’S PARADISE.

CERRONE-CERRONE’S PARADISE. During the disco era, it wasn’t just American labels like Salsoul, Casablanca, SAM and TK that were producing some of the greatest disco music. Over in Europe, producers like Giorgio Moroder, Frank Farian, Claude Francois, Don Ray and Cerrone were releasing some of the most cutting-edge, contemporary dance music. One of these producers, …

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ROSE ROYCE-STRONGER THAN EVER.

ROSE ROYCE-STRONGER THAN EVER. From the release of their debut single and album Car Wash in 1976, Rose Royce were one of the most successful groups of the mid-seventies through to the early eighties. Their first three albums Car Wash, 1977s Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom and Rose Royce III: Strikes Again released in …

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SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER VOLUME 9-MIXED BY MR SCRUFF AND DJ SPINNA.

SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER VOLUME 9-MIXED BY MR SCRUFF AND DJ SPINNA. Since 1987, the Southport Weekend has been one of the highlights of the dance music scene. Rather confusingly, the first Southport Weekend took place in Berwick Upon Tweed. After that, Blackpool became a venue, before briefly, heading to Morecambe, just along the coast. Next stop …

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SHUGGIE OTIS-HERE COMES SHUGGIE OTIS.

SHUGGIE OTIS-HERE COMES SHUGGIE OTIS. Shuggie Otis’ debut album Here Comes Shuggie Otis, really is a remarkable album. Why I hear you ask? Well, it’s a highly accomplished album from an artist who was just sixteen years old when he recorded Here Comes Shuggie Otis. By then, Shuggie was almost a seasoned musician, having performed professionally …

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TERRI WELLS-JUST LIKE DREAMIN.’

TERRI WELLS-JUST LIKE DREAMIN.’ Anyone who loves the Philly Sound will know the voice of Terri Wells, whose 1984 album Just Like Dreamin’ will be released on February 27 by BBR Records. From an early age, Terri Wells’ life revolved around music, starting with singing in churches in her hometown of Philadelphia, before forging a …

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DENIECE WILLIAMS-THIS IS NIECY.

DENIECE WILLIAMS-THIS IS NIECY. Deniece Williams, whose legendary debut album This Is Niecy has been remastered and will be rereleased by BBR Records on February 27, never had any intention of becoming a singer when she was growing up. Quite the opposite, with Deniece heading for a career in medicine. She was was born and …

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STAX GOLD-HITS 1968-1974.

STAX GOLD-HITS 1968-1974. For some time, I’ve been meaning to do a feature on one of my favorite soul labels Stax. Previously, I’ve reviewed a number of albums that have been rereleased and remastered, with Johnny Taylor’s Taylored In Silk, Shirley Brown’s Woman To Woman, The Dramatics’ Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get and The Staple …

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JOHN CAREY-SMOOTH, SOULFUL AND FUNKY.

JOHN CAREY-SMOOTH, SOULFUL AND FUNKY. It’s not often that a husband and wife both release new albums at the same time. This is what happened when John and Gina Carey both released new albums earlier in February 2012. While Gina released her beautiful, sixth album Love Letters, John Carey, The Urban Soul Guitarist released his …

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GINA CAREY-LOVE LETTERS.

GINA CAREY-LOVE LETTERS. Sometimes, when you hear a song it just stops you in your tracks. You become caught up in the song’s beauty, swept away by its subtleties and charms. This happened to me last week, when I heard the most gorgeous track from Gina Carey, For Love. This is her new single, and …

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MASTERS AT WORK PRESENTS WEST END RECORDS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY MASTERMIX.

MASTERS AT WORK PRESENTS WEST END RECORDS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY MASTERMIX. Along with Salsoul, Casablanca, SAM and Prelude Records, West End Records is seen as one of the most important labels in the history of disco. Founded by Ed Kushins and Mel Cherin in 1976, West End Records became one of the most important, influential …

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LOST ON ARRIVAL.

LOST ON ARRIVAL. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always got a real thrill from discovering new music. Even now, after over thirty years of chasing new music, I still get the same buzz when I discover something new. Whether it be a new artist, compilation or new label, the thrill is still …

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OM CHILLED.

OM CHILLED. Previously, I’ve written features about both OM Records and chill-out music. In my feature on OM Records, looking at some of the label’s best releases. In that article, I mentioned how OM were famous for releasing chilled out, laid back and mellow music, with compilations like OM Lounge and Mushroom Jazz, which I’ve …

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DISCO DISCHARGE-DIGGIN’ DEEPER.

DISCO DISCHARGE-DIGGIN’ DEEPER. Growing up, I was just the right age to hear the best music of the disco era. Since then, I’ve always loved disco music. Even when disco was meant to “suck,” I still loved the music, and over the last thirty odd years, have amassed quite a collection of classic disco. So, …

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THE BEST OF PERCEPTION AND TODAY RECORDS-COMPILED BY DJ SPINNA AND BBE SOUNDSYSTEM.

THE BEST OF PERCEPTION AND TODAY RECORDS-COMPILED BY DJ SPINNA AND BBE SOUNDSYSTEM. All too often, compilations of soul, jazz and funk music, tend to focus purely on the bigger, better known labels. With soul music, compilers tend to focus on labels like Motown, Stax, Fame and Hi Records, while with jazz music it’s labels …

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THE BIG APPLE BITES BACK-NEW YORK HOUSE AND REMIX CULTURE.

THE BIG APPLE BITES BACK-NEW YORK HOUSE AND REMIX CULTURE. Over the last few months, I’ve been reviewing just a few of the Backbeats series of compilations released by Harmless since 2009. This is a comprehensive overview of various genres of music that numbers everything from Deep Soul, Eighties Garage and Northern Soul to Philly …

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DISCO GOLD: SCEPTER RECORDS AND THE BIRTH OF DISCO.

DISCO GOLD: SCEPTER RECORDS AND THE BIRTH OF DISCO. In previous articles I’ve written about disco music and remixes, one name that keeps cropping up in Tom Moulton. He is credited as the godfather of the remix, literally single handedly creating one of the most important tools in every DJ’s arsenal, the twelve inch single. …

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GREG WILSON CREDIT TO THE EDIT VOLUME ONE.

GREG WILSON CREDIT TO THE EDIT VOLUME ONE. For someone that loves music as much as I do, one of the worst things that could happen is having your music collection stolen. After all, how can you replace albums that are either long out of print, were released on small labels or are imports that …

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MELLOW MELLOW-15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

MELLOW MELLOW-15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. One of my favorite independent record labels over the past seventeen years is Harmless Records, who were founded in 1995. Since then, they’ve been releasing quality music on a regular basis. They’ve released a number of hugely successful compilation series including Pulp Fusion, Disco Discharge and of course thirty editions of …

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME ONE COMPILED BY DJ RED GREG.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME ONE COMPILED BY DJ RED GREG. With so much good music being released, sometimes I don’t get the opportunity to write about an album when it’s released. One such album is a compilation of rare soul and disco entitled Under the Influence Volume One Compiled By DJ Red Greg. Released in …

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