Monthly Archives: April, 2012

AUNTIE AUBREY’S EXCURSIONS BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY PART 2-THE ORB REMIX PROJECT.

AUNTIE AUBREY’S EXCURSIONS BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY PART 2-THE ORB REMIX PROJECT. Sometimes, unless you dig deep, trawling the internet to discover what albums are about to be released, albums can pass you by. The reason for this is quite simple, purely because they’re released without fanfare, or much in the way of promotion. …

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LEROY BURGESS-ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1: THE VOICE.

LEROY BURGESS-ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1: THE VOICE. Starting as the lead vocalist in Black Ivory during the early seventies, Leroy Burgess would go on to become one of the most successful men in music. Leroy wasn’t just a singer, he was a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger and producer. His career started as lead vocalist of Black Ivory, …

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LEROY BURGESS-ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 2: THE PRODUCER.

LEROY BURGESS-ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 2: THE PRODUCER. Having reviewed Leroy Burgess-Anthology Volume 1: The Voice, I decided that I’d review the follow-up or companion compilation Leroy Burgess-Anthology Volume 2: The Producer. Given the title, you’d expect this compilation to feature some of the many artists who’ve benefited from Leroy Burgess’ production skills. Not quite. Instead, the compilation …

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THE MANHATTANS-THE MANHATTANS.

THE MANHATTANS-THE MANHATTANS. By the time The Manhattans were about to release their seventh album The Manhattans, success had eluded the group. The most successful of their six previous albums had been their previous album 1974s There’s No Me Without You, which reached number 150 in the US Billboard 200 and number nineteen in the …

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BILL WITHERS-JUST AS I AM.

BILL WITHERS-JUST AS I AM. How Bill Withers came to become one of the biggest artists of the seventies and eighties, is a fascinating story. Born in 1938, in Slab Fork, West Virginia, Bill’s father died when he was twelve years old. Aged eighteen, Bill joined the US Navy, where he spent nine years. It …

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CEU-CARAVANA SEREIA BLOOM.

CEU-CARAVANA SEREIA BLOOM. Back in 2005, when Céu released her eponymous titled debut album Céu on Opius  Music I’ve been following her career with interest. Since then, she’s released two further albums, 2009s Vagarosa and 2012s Caravana Sereia Bloom. Given just how talented a singer, songwriter and musician Céu is, I’ve always felt that she …

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DISCO DISCHARGE-EUROPA.

DISCO DISCHARGE-EUROPA. Disco Discharge-Europa released on 23rd April 2012, sees Harmless Records’ Disco Discharge compilation series celebrate its fifteenth birthday. This is the fifteenth Disco Discharge compilation since the series started in 2009, and following in the footsteps of Disco Discharge-American Hot and Disco Discharge-Disco Exotica, is the third compilation of 2012. It’s also the …

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TOM BROWNE-MAGIC.

TOM BROWNE-MAGIC. The story of jazz trumpeter Tom Browne’s career is a quite remarkable one. Born in Queens, New York in 1954, Tom’s first choice of instrument wasn’t the trumpet. Aged eleven he’d originally started learning the piano, before being inspired to switch to the trumpet by his collection of jazz albums. By 1975, Tom …

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PATRICE RUSHEN-PATRICE.

PATRICE RUSHEN-PATRICE. By the time Patrice Rushen signed to Elektra Records after releasing three jazz albums for Prestige she decided to change her style and sound. Previously, the three albums she’d recorded for Prestige, 1974s Prelusion, 1975s Before the Dawn and 1976s Shout It Out had been traditional jazz albums. Now signed to Elektra, Patrice …

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THE POINTER SISTERS-SERIOUS SLAMMIN.’

THE POINTER SISTERS-SERIOUS SLAMMIN.’ When The Pointer Sisters released their fourteenth album Serious Slammin,’ it was their ninth and final album produced by producer Joe Perry and their final album for RCA. Serious Slammin’ which will be rereleased by BBR Records on 30th April 2012, marked a change in their sound, with Joe Perry giving …

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GREG PHILLINGANES-PULSE.

GREG PHILLINGANES-PULSE. Although Greg Phillinganes had worked as a session musician with some of music’s biggest names, by 1985, he’d only released one solo album, 1981s Significant Changes. This was all about to change, with Greg releasing his second and final solo album Pulse. Since he’d released Significant Changes in 1981, Greg had been busy, …

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PHAROAH SANDERS-LOVE WILL FIND A WAY.

PHAROAH SANDERS-LOVE WILL FIND A WAY. During a solo career that started in 1964, with the release of his debut album Pharoah’s First, Pharoah Sanders has released over thirty solo albums. As if this isn’t impressive enough, he’s accompanied jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, McCoy Tyner and Don Cherry. Pharoah’s other collaborations have included …

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RENE AND ANGELA-RISE.

RENE AND ANGELA-RISE. By 1983 Rene and Angela were about to release their third, and what would become their most successful album, Rise. This was Rene Moore and Angela Winbush’s follow-up to their 1981 album Wall To Wall. Their had started with their 1980 eponymous album Rene and Angela. Like their second album, Wall To …

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DONNA MCGHEE-MAKE IT LAST FOREVER.

DONNA MCGHEE-MAKE IT LAST FOREVER. Before embarking on her solo career, Donna McGhee got her first break singing with The Fatback Band. Later,  she found herself touring with Chaka Khan, Crown Heights Affair and Teddy Pendergrass. By 1977, Donna found herself signed to the disco label Red Greg Records, releasing Make It Last Forever in …

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THE FUTURES-PAST, PRESENT AND THE FUTURES.

THE FUTURES-PAST, PRESENT AND THE FUTURES. While reviewing the forthcoming Philadelphia International Records-The 40th Anniversary Box Set and the recently released Philadelphia International Records-The Tom Moulton Remixes, I came across tracks by The Futures, a group who were one of Philadelphia International Records’ nearly men. They released two albums for Philadelphia International, 1978s Past, Present …

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SYLVESTER-STEP II.

SYLVESTER-STEP II. A year after signing a record contract with Fantasy Records in 1977, and releasing his debut solo album Sylvester, produced by legendary Motown producer Harvey Fuqua, Sylvester would release his second album Step II. On Step II was a track that would forever be synonymous with Sylvester, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real). …

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BLACULA-MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK-GENE PAGE.

BLACULA-MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK-GENE PAGE. Forty years ago, in 1972, it was a classic year for Blaxploitation films and soundtracks. Starting with Super Fly, with a seminal Blaxploitation soundtrack provided by Curtis Mayfield, Across 110th Street was the next big Blaxploitation film, with none other than Bobby Womack providing the soundtrack to the movie. …

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LOS TRANSATLANTICOS-FIRST TRIP.

LOS TRANSATLANTICOS-FIRST TRIP. As most people who regularly read this blog will have realized, I’ve quite an eclectic taste in music. Over the years, I’ve explored and enjoyed all types of music. One of these genres I discovered over twenty years ago, is world music. Whether it’s Latin, African or Caribbean music, I’ve explored and …

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MATHIAS STUBO-MATHIAS STUBO.

MATHIAS STUBO-MATHIAS STUBO. During the first few months of 2012, BBE  Music have been on a roll, releasing a mixture of compilations and artists albums, which have included some great releases. Among the compilations, there’s been the release of Al Kent’s five disc disco Magnus Opus The Best of Disco Demands, Henry Street Records’ founder …

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SHIN NISHIMURA-MASH.

SHIN NISHIMURA-MASH. Since his 2005 debut album Star Light, Japanese techno producer Shin Nishimura has released four albums plus two albums of remixes. His new album Mash, which I recently received, will be released on 15th May on the Plaza In Crowd label. This is the follow-up to his previous studio album Q’hey and Shin’s …

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