Monthly Archives: March, 2012

DARK ROOM NOTES-DARK ROOM NOTES.

DARK ROOM NOTES-DARK ROOM NOTES. Dark Room Notes, who were formed in Galway in 2006, will soon release their second album, the eponymous Dark Room Notes on BBE Music. This is the follow-up to their 2009 debut album We Love You Dark Matter, which contained their highly acclaimed single Love Like Nicotine. Since then, much …

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THE STAPLE SINGERS-TURNING POINT.

THE STAPLE SINGERS-TURNING POINT. The last time I reviewed an album by The Staple Singers was their 1972 album, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself, their most successful album, which included I’ll Take You There. It reached number one in both the US Billboard 100 and US R&B Charts, giving them their second US R&B number one …

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LINDA LEWIS-A TEAR AND A SMILE.

LINDA LEWIS-A TEAR AND A SMILE. Twelve years after the release of her debut album Say No More released on Reprise in 1971, Linda Lewis was preparing to record her eighth studio album A Tear and A Smile, which will be rereleased on 2nd April 2012 by BBR Records. This would be Linda’s first album …

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CHERYL LYNN-IN THE NIGHT.

CHERYL LYNN-IN THE NIGHT. Although many people will remember Cheryl Lynn for her debut single Got To Be Real, a real disco classic, which reached number one in the US R&B Charts in 1978, there’s much more to Cheryl’s career than just one song. Quite the opposite, Cheryl’s career has spanned five decades, releasing nine …

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BRYAN LOREN-BRYAN LOREN.

BRYAN LOREN-BRYAN LOREN. Bryan Loren, whose eponymous debut album Bryan Loren was rereleased on 26 March 2012 on BBR Records, is much more than a singer, he’s also a talented multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer and songwriter. Some people would call Bryan a prodigy, learning and mastering various instruments, and then writing songs while still in his …

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LATIN CONCRETE: A MODERN LATIN RHYTHM SUITE-MIXED AND COMPILED BY CHRIS READ.

LATIN CONCRETE: A MODERN LATIN RHYTHM SUITE-MIXED AND COMPILED BY CHRIS READ. So far this year, BBE Music have continued their policy of releasing an eclectic selection of quality music, starting with Al Kent’s The Best of DIsco Demands, a five disc box set crammed full of disco delights. This was followed by the classic …

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DISCO DISCHARGE-AMERICAN HOT.

DISCO DISCHARGE-AMERICAN HOT. Since 2009, when Harmless Records launched the Disco Discharge series, compiler Mr Pinks has been bringing quality disco to the masses over the previous twelve volumes. These twelve previous volumes of the Disco Discharge series have ranged from Classic Disco, Disco Fever USA, Disco Ladies through Disco Boogie to Euro Disco, Euro …

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THE DEFINITIVE SALSOUL MIXES.

THE DEFINITIVE SALSOUL MIXES. For some time, I’ve been meaning to write about one of my favorite, and without doubt, one of the greatest labels of the disco era, Salsoul Records. They were one of the most influential and innovative disco labels, releasing over three-hundred tracks between 1974 and 1985. Along with Casablanca, SAM, Prelude, …

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FUTURE DISCO VOLUME 5-DOWNTOWN EXPRESS.

FUTURE DISCO VOLUME 5-DOWNTOWN EXPRESS. On 27 February 2012, Future Disco Volume 5-Downtown Express was released. This was the latest instalment in a highly successful series that began in March 2009, when I came across the first volume of a new compilation series A Guide To 21st Century Disco, which was the first volume in …

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LOOSE ENDS-SO WHERE ARE YOU?

LOOSE ENDS-SO WHERE ARE YOU? Having released their debut album A Little Spice in 1984, which had reached number forty-six in the UK, Loose Ends were ready to record their second album, which would become So Where Are You?, which was rereleased by Soul.Music.com in December 2011. Little did they realize then, that 1985 would …

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SANDY BARBER-THE BEST IS YET TO COME.

SANDY BARBER-THE BEST IS YET TO COME. When I was reviewing Al Kent’s Disco Love Volume 2, one of my favorite tracks from the compilation was Sandy Barber’s I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own). This made me think that it was time to review Sandy Barber’s The Best Is Yet To Come, …

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THE O’JAYS-WE’LL NEVER FORGET YOU-THE IMPERIAL YEARS 1963-66.

THE O’JAYS-WE’LL NEVER FORGET YOU-THE IMPERIAL YEARS 1963-66. Although I’ve reviewed a number of The O’Jays albums from their Philadelphia International days, including Back Stabbers, Family Reunion and Ship Ahoy, there was much more to their music than music than the Philadelphia International years. Granted, it was by far, the most successful period of The …

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LOOSE ENDS-A LITTLE SPICE.

LOOSE ENDS-A LITTLE SPICE. After Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene and Steve Nichol founded Loose Ends in 1981, the group went on to record five albums between 1984 and 1990. During this time, they also released nearly twenty singles, two of which Hanging On A String(Contemplating) in 1985 and Slow Down in 1986 reached number one …

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DISCO LOVE VOLUME 2.

DISCO LOVE VOLUME 2. After delivering Disco Love, DJ, remixer and disco detective Al Kent dug deeper, delving into the disco archives, for more disco delights for Disco Love Volume 2. Released in April 2011, Disco Love Volume 2 was double album, released on BBE Music. This was the follow-up to Disco Love, which had …

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CASHMERE-LET THE MUSIC TURN YOU ON.

CASHMERE-LET THE MUSIC TURN YOU ON. Back in 1983, Cashmere released their debut album Let the Music Turn You On, on Philly Groove Records. The album went on to become a boogie classic, featuring the singles Do It Anyway You Wanna and Try Your Lovin.’ Featuring lead vocalist Dwight Dukes whose voice has an uncanny …

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DEXTER WANSEL-CAPTURED.

DEXTER WANSEL-CAPTURED. After releasing a quartet of albums on Philadelphia International Records, where Dexter Wansel was a pivotal figure in the label’s success, Dexter left Philadelphia International, signing for 10 Records, where he’d release Captured in 1986. This was Dexter’s first album since Time Is Slipping Away in 1979 and only his fifth solo album …

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PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS-THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS-THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES. After a long wait since the project was first announced, one of the most anticipated box sets will soon be released. 26 March 2012 is the day when Philadelphia Classics-The Tom Moulton Remixes will be released and thankfully, I’ve been given a sneak preview of this box set. I’m …

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THE POINTER SISTERS-ENERGY.

THE POINTER SISTERS-ENERGY. All too often, when a group lose one of their members, this can prove fatal, resulting in their career being over. Often, if somehow the group survive, then their music is never the same again. Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule, with The O’Jays, Rolling Stones and Temptations all having successful …

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ELBOW BONES AND THE RACKETEERS-NEW YORK AT DAWN.

ELBOW BONES AND THE RACKETEERS-NEW YORK AT DAWN. Back in 1983, when Elbow Bones and The Racketeers released their debut single A Night In Yew York it sounded like the soundtrack for a forties nightclub, with its big band sound given a contemporary eighties twist. You could imagine the smokey atmosphere where movie stars, hustlers …

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CERRONE-LOVE IN C MINOR.

CERRONE-LOVE IN C MINOR. Recently, I wrote about Cerrone’s second album Cerrone’s Paradise, released in 1977. The album that inadvertently started Marc Cerrone’s solo career was Love In C Minor, released the year before, in 1976. After this, Marc Cerrone would go on to become one of the biggest selling artists of the disco era, …

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