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JIMMY HUGHES-STEAL AWAY.

JIMMY HUGHES-STEAL AWAY. Fifty years ago, Jimmy Hughes released what was the first album to bare the Fame Records logo, Steal Away. It was released after the title-track, Steal Away gave Jimmy Hughes the biggest single of his career. On its release, Steal Away gradually climbed the charts. Its rise wasn’t meteoric. Instead, it was …

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HADDA BROOKES-QUEEN OF THE BOOGIE AND MORE.

HADDA BROOKES-QUEEN OF THE BOOGIE AND MORE. When Hadda Brookes released her debut single, Swingin’ the Boogie in 1945, she was billed as Queen Of The Boogie. This wasn’t hype. Far from it. Hadda Brookes was the real deal. That’s why she enjoyed the longevity that she did.  Hadda’s career lasted over fifty years. She …

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BILLY HAWKS-THE NEW GENIUS OF THE BLUES/HEAVY SOUL!

BILLY HAWKS-THE NEW GENIUS OF THE BLUES/HEAVY SOUL! When Bob Weinstock founded Prestige Records in 1949, he’d no idea that his nascent label would become one of the most important, influential and innovative labels in jazz music’s history. So much so, that nowadays, Prestige Records sits proudly beside Atlantic, Blue Note, Columbia, Impulse! and Verve …

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JOHN MORALES PRESENTS CLUB MOTOWN.

JOHN MORALES PRESENTS CLUB MOTOWN. DJ and remixer John Morales, spent much of the last seven years working what he describes as his “labor or love,” John Morales Presents Club Motown. It’s a lovingly compiled double album which was recently released by UMC. John Morales Presents Club Motown  features a total of twenty tracks from …

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NEW YORK DOLLS-NEW YORK DOLLS.

NEW YORK DOLLS-NEW YORK DOLLS. No other group epitomises the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle like the New York Dolls. Drink, drugs and death touched the New York Dolls. Despite this, the Dolls continued to court controversy, with a  disaster always just a heartbeat away. Just like a game of daring do, the egged each other to …

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BOB DYLAN-STREET LEGAL.

BOB DYLAN-STREET LEGAL. Back in 1978, Bob Dylan was abut to release Street Legal, his eighteenth album. When Street Legal was released in June 1978 it was a very different sounding album to anything he’d previously released. So much so, that it would divide the opinions of critics and fans. Unlike previous albums, he decided to …

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JENNY HVAL AND SUSANNA-MESHES OF VOICE.

JENNY HVAL AND SUSANNA-MESHES OF VOICE. Five years ago, in 2009, Jenny Hval and Susanna began writing to each other. A lot has happened to Jenny and Susanna since that initial exchange of letters.  Jenny and Susanna were both singer-sonwriters. So it made sense that they collaborated. Together, they cowrote fifteen songs. They showcased these …

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DANA GILLESPIE-CAT’S MEOW.

DANA GILLESPIE-CAT’S MEOW.  Dana Gillespie has packed a lot of living into her sixty-five years. She’s been an actress, singer and songwriter. Her singing career began in the mid-sixties. Initially, Dana was a folk singer. Before long, Dana became a teen pop idol and  released her debut album, Foolish Seasons in1967. Since then, Dana’s musical …

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KING CREOSOTE-FROM SCOTLAND FROM LOVE.

KING CREOSOTE-FROM SCOTLAND FROM LOVE. There aren’t many artists who’ve released over forty albums. Scottish singer-songwriter Kenny Anderson has. However, many people won’t have heard of Kenny Anderson. They will have heard of King Creosote. King Creosote is just one of a number of aliases Kenny Anderson records records under. He’s been a one man …

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ELECTRI CITY-ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK AUS DUSSELDORF.

ELECTRI CITY-ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK AUS DUSSELDORF.  Some cities are synonymous with a musical genre. Mention Memphis, and it’s remembered as the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll and later, Southern Soul. Philadelphia is famous for Philly Soul and disco. Chicago is synonymous with blues and house music. New Orleans gave us Dixieland and R&B, Seattle grunge, Plainfield …

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EDDIE “CLEANHEAD” VINSON-THE ORIGINAL CLEANHEAD.

EDDIE “CLEANHEAD” VINSON-THE ORIGINAL CLEANHEAD. By 1970, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson was fifty-three. He was a musical veteran. His career was about to enter its fifth decade. Eddie had caught a break.  Bob Thiele asked him to sign to his Blues Time imprint. It was a subsidiary of Flying Dutchman Productions. In 1970, Eddie released his what …

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NANA LOVE-DISCO DOCUMENTARY FULL OF FUNK.

NANA LOVE-DISCO DOCUMENTARY FULL OF FUNK. Disco. Never has a musical genre caused so much controversy. It divided opinion back in the seventies. Even today, disco continues to divide opinion. That’s why disco has been described as Marmite music. People seem to either love or loathe disco. There seems to be no in between. Controversy even …

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L.C. COOKE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS.

L.C. COOKE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS. Although Sam Cooke made his name as a singer and songwriter, he was also a successful producer. So much so, that Sam formed his own record label SAR Recordings. This made sense. He needed a vehicle for the various artists he was producing. They included some big names. Among them …

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LEWIS-SMOKE, MIRRORS, HYPE AND HYPERBOLE?

LEWIS-SMOKE, MIRRORS, HYPE AND HYPERBOLE? One of the biggest stories in music in 2014, was the mystery surrounding the man they called Lewis. It’s become an internet phenomena. Usually, I don’t bother with sensationalist stories like this. Especially, this story. It just didn’t seem right.  Far from it. There were way too many unanswered questions. …

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LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN III.

LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN III. By 1970, Led Zeppelin had been crowned rock royalty. They were up there with the biggest names in rock music. No wonder. Their first two albums had sold over twenty-three million copies. The new four years would be a game-changer for Led Zeppelin.  Over the next five years, Led Zeppelin would …

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THE MASQUERADERS-EVERYBODY WANNA LIVE ON.

THE MASQUERADERS-EVERYBODY WANNA LIVE ON. Although The Masqueraders’ roots can be traced back to 1958, they never released their debut album until 1975. That was the Isaac Hayes’ produced Everybody Wanna Live On, which was recently rereleased by Ace Records. Everybody Wanna Live On was the result of a long journey for the five Masqueraders. …

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BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROUGH ’N’ TOUGH.

BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROUGH ’N’ TOUGH. Usually, when a compilation reaches its eighth instalment, the quality starts to suffer. Not the Bayou series. Just like a good wine, it appears to mature with age. That’s apparent from listening to the eighth instalment, Bluesin’ By The Bayou-Rough ’N’ Tough, which was recently released by Ace Records. …

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T-BONE WALKER, JOE TURNER, OTIS SPANN-SUPER BLACK BLUES.

T-BONE WALKER, JOE TURNER, OTIS SPANN-SUPER BLACK BLUES. By the late sixties, blues music was no longer as popular. Psychedelia and rock music were the most popular genres. Groups like The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Band, Canned Heat and Fleetwood Mac were some of the biggest selling acts. Along …

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MAN-CALL DOWN THE MOON.

MAN-CALL DOWN THE MOON. When Man split-up in 1976, Deke Leonard was asked whether Man would ever reform. Deke was clear about that. He said that Man “would never, ever, be one of those bands who reformed in a futile attempt to recapture past glories.” For fans of Man, that looked like the end of …

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LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III-HAVEN’T GOT THE BLUES (YET).

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III-HAVEN’T GOT THE BLUES (YET). Did you ever hear the story about the singer songwriter you sold his guitar to pay for yoga lessons, but still won a Grammy Award? That’s what Loudon Wainwright III did when was growing up. Loudon was born on September 5th 1946, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His …

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