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SIMPLE MINDS-SPARKLE IN THE RAIN-DELUXE EDITION.

SIMPLE MINDS-SPARKLE IN THE RAIN-DELUXE EDITION. Success didn’t come easy for Simple Minds. It took five years and five albums before they found commercial success and critical acclaim across Europe with New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84). This was the start of the rise and rise of Simple Minds. It was also the start of Simple Minds …

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BILL WELLS AND AIDAN MOFFAT-THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACE IN THE WORLD.

BILL WELLS AND AIDAN MOFFAT-THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACE IN THE WORLD. Four years after the last musical sojourn, Scotland’s musical odd couple of Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat return with their long awaited sophomore album The Most Important Place In The World. It’s the followup to Bill and Aidan’s 2011 debut album, Everything’s Getting Older. …

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MICHAEL CHAMPMAN-SAVAGE AMUSEMENT.

MICHAEL CHAMPMAN-SAVAGE AMUSEMENT. Nowadays, artists can spent years recording an album.  They announce that they’re about to start work on their next album. That’s the last anyone hears of the artist for years. They’re locked away in their home studio, with only a DAW and a handful of plug-ins for company. What follows is a …

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ANNIE PHILIPPE-SENSATIONNEL! YE YE BONBONS 1965-1968.

ANNIE PHILIPPE-SENSATIONNEL! YE YE BONBONS 1965-1968. Growing up in Brittany, Annie Philippe always loved to sing and dance. Sometimes, she dreamt of making a living as a singer. That looked unlikely to happen. Annie’s parents were what she described as “simple people.” They didn’t have a musical background. Nor did didn’t realise their daughter was …

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CHOCOLATE MILK-ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS.

CHOCOLATE MILK-ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS. During their career, Chocolate Milk recorded with both Allen Toussaint and Paul McCartney and released eight albums. Of these eight albums, their debut album Action Speaks Louder Than Words is probably the best known. Released in 1975, Action Speaks Louder Than Words is a mixture of funk and soul. …

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ROY BROWN-PAY DAY JUMP-THE LATER SESSIONS.

ROY BROWN-PAY DAY JUMP-THE LATER SESSIONS. Roy Brown is remembered as one of the most influential R&B singers of the post war years. He made a commercial breakthrough in the summer of 1948, with Good Rockin’ Tonight. Released on DeLuxe, Good Rockin’ Tonight it reached number five in the US R&B charts, and was a …

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WILLIE NILE-IF I WAS A RIVER.

WILLIE NILE-IF I WAS A RIVER. Having graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in philosophy in 1971, twenty-three year old Willie Nile dreamt of making a living as a troubadour. He was a classically trained pianist, who had been writing songs throughout his college years. Then during the summer, Willie Nile headed …

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AXEL KRYGIER-HOMBRE DE PIEDRA.

AXEL KRYGIER-HOMBRE DE PIEDRA. Axel Krygier’s career began thirty years ago, back in 1985. Since then, the Buenos Aries’ born multi-instrumentalist has established a reputation as a musical maverick, who continually, has pushed musical boundaries to their limits, and sometimes, beyond. That’s apparent on Axel Krygier’s genre-melting fifth album, Hombre De Piedra, (Man Of Stone), …

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NEXT STOP SOWETO-ZULU ROCK, AFRO DISCO AND MBQANGA 1975-1985.

NEXT STOP SOWETO-ZULU ROCK, AFRO DISCO AND MBQANGA 1975-1985. Back in October 2014, Strut Records released the latest volume in their critically acclaimed Next Stop Soweto series, Next Stop Soweto Presents Spirit of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984. It was released to widespread critical acclaim, and lauded as the finest instalment in the Next …

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DEKE LEONARD-KAMIKAZE.

DEKE  LEONARD-KAMIKAZE. By the time Deke Leonard came to releasing his sophomore album Kamikaze, in April 1974, the last few years had been turbulent, to say the least. Deke had been fired from Man in May 1972. Looking back, it wasn’t entirely unexpected.  Man had released their fourth studio album, Do You Like It Here …

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BAMALOVESOUL PRESENTS ON DECK 3.

BAMALOVESOUL PRESENTS ON DECK 3.  Roderick Moody’s On Deck compilation series looks like it’s about to become BBE Music’s latest success story. The latest instalment in the series, BamaLoveSoul Presents On Deck 3 will be released on 23rd March 2015. That’s just over a year after the much lauded BamaLoveSoul Presents On Deck 2. After …

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PRIMAL SCREAM-GIVE OUT BUT DON’T GIVE UP.

PRIMAL SCREAM-GIVE OUT BUT DON’T GIVE UP. It’s never easy to followup a classic album. Countless bands have discovered that. In 1994, the latest band to realise that were Primal Scream. Three years earlier, at the height of the Acid House era, Primal Scream had released Screamadelica, a fusion of rock and dance music. Released on  23rd September 1991,  Screamadelica …

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JOHNNY ADAMS-I WON’T CRY-THE COMPLETE RIC AND RON SINGLES 1959-1964.

JOHNNY ADAMS-I WON’T CRY-THE COMPLETE RIC AND RON SINGLES 1959-1964. Johnny Adams’ recording career lasted exactly forty years. His career began in early 1958, when Johnny released his first single I Won’t Cry on Ric. It was a hit single in New Orleans, and the Southern states. For twenty-six year old Johnny Adams, this was …

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ARTHUR-DREAMS AND IMAGES.

ARTHUR-DREAMS AND IMAGES. The story of Arthur Lee Harper is a familiar one. He was a talented singer-songwriter who looked as if he was destined for great things. Sadly, that proved not to be the case. Arthur only ever released one album, Dreams and Images which was released on Lee Hazelwood’s LHI Records 1968.  Dreams …

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THE WOODBINE AND IVY BAND-SLEEP ON SLEEPING ON.

THE WOODBINE AND IVY BAND-SLEEP ON SLEEPING ON. Four years after releasing their eponymous debut album in 2011. The Woodbine and Ivy Band return with their new album Sleep On Sleeping On. It was released on March 9th 2015, on Static Caravan Recordings, and sees The Woodbine and Ivy Band head in a different direction …

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BEAM UP-INNERSTAND.

BEAM UP-INNERSTAND. Dub was born in the sixties, and before long, its stripped down sound became one of reggae’s most popular sub-genres. Its founding fathers included King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Then as the seventies dawned, a new generation of dub producers began to make a name for themselves.  This included Bunny Lee, Niney …

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LOS ANGELES SOUL-KENT-MODERN’S BLACK MUSIC LEGACY.

LOS ANGELES SOUL-KENT-MODERN’S BLACK MUSIC LEGACY.  During the fifties, the Los Angeles’ based, Modern and Kent labels were two of the most successful independent record labels. Their star was definitely in the ascendancy. Modern and Kent signed some of the most successful soul, blues and R&B artists of the fifties, including John Lee Hooker, B.B. …

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ATA KAK-OBAA SIMA.

ATA KAK-OBAA SIMA. Twenty-one years ago, back in 1994, Ata Kak originally released his debut album Obaa Sima. It was no ordinary album. Obaa Sima was released with the help of his college professor and Ata’s twin brother. His brother designed the artwork for the cassette, and Professor O.A. DeGraft Johnson, helped release Obaa Sima …

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DOM LA NENA-ELA.

DOM LA NENA-ELA. Not many people are willing to devote their life to music. No. It takes a very special person to make the sacrifices that are needed to master an instrument. Most people are unwilling to make the commitment that’s required. This wasn’t the case for Dom La Nena. From the moment the Brazilian …

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MODERNISTS-A DECADE OF RYHTHM AND SOUL DEDICATION.

MODERNISTS-A DECADE OF RYHTHM AND SOUL DEDICATION. Since the birth of rock ’n’ roll, youth cults have come and gone. Some have proved to be nothing more than passing fads. Others however, have lasted longer. However, none of the youth cults of the past fifty years have enjoyed the same longevity as the modernists.  The …

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