Category Archives: Soul

PIED PIPER FOLLOW YOUR SOUL.

PIED PIPER FOLLOW YOUR SOUL. In the history of soul, production partnerships have been responsible for some of the most successful music. That was the case throughout the sixties, and into the seventies. Stax Records had Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Motown had Holland, Dozier, Holland and Philadelphia International Records had Gamble and Huff. These …

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CLARENCE “FROGMAN” HENRY-BABY AIN’T THAT LOVE-TEXAS AND TENNESSEE SESSIONS 1964-1974.

CLARENCE “FROGMAN” HENRY-BABY AIN’T THAT LOVE-TEXAS AND TENNESSEE SESSIONS 1964-1974.  New Orleans is one of America’s great musical cities. It always has been. That’s always been the case for just over a hundred years. Back then, blues and gospel provided Big Easy’s soundtrack. Next came Dixieland and swing. By then, New Orleans lived and breathed …

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JACKIE WILSON-NYC 1961-1966.

JACKIE WILSON-NYC 1961-1966. 1957 was a landmark year in Jackie Wilson’s career. That’s when Jackie Wilson left Billy Ward and His Dominoes, to embark upon a solo career. Previously, Jackie Wilson had spent four years with Billy Ward and His Dominoes. He was only nineteen when he joined Billy Ward and His Dominoes in 1953. Already Jackie …

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EDDIE BO-BABY I’M WISE THE COMPLETE RIC SINGLES 1959-1962.

EDDIE BO-BABY I’M WISE THE COMPLETE RIC SINGLES 1959-1962. New Orleans is one of America’s great musical cities. It always has been. That’s been the case for the last hundred years. Back since the delta blues, and later Dixieland provided the soundtrack to New Orleans at play, the city has given the world some of …

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GARNET MIMMS-LOOKING FOR YOU-THE COMPLETE UNITED ARTISTS AND VEEP SINGLES.

GARNET MIMMS-LOOKING FOR YOU-THE COMPLETE UNITED ARTISTS AND VEEP SINGLES. The Garnet Mimms story began in November 1933, in Ashton, West Virginia. That’s where he was born and spent his early years. It’s also where his love of music began.  From an early age, Garnett’s mother took him to church. Like many future soul singers, …

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SOUL EMISSARIES-SUPERFUNK.

SOUL EMISSARIES-SUPERFUNK. Over the last ten years, I’ve watched as many record companies, especially small, independent labels, release a compilation that catches the record buying public’s imagination. For these record companies, they’ve hit the jackpot. Sometimes, they even hit the jackpot twice, when another compilation series proves popular. So, every year,  as they’re working out …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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ETTA JAMES-AT LAST!

ETTA JAMES-AT LAST! Etta James had one of the most recognizable, charismatic and soulful voices you’ll ever have privilege of hearing. From her 1960 debut album At Last, until her final album The Dreamer,which was  released in November 2011, Miss Peaches’ music touched the hearts of millions of people. That was throughout a career that …

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JIMMY HOLIDAY-SPREAD YOUR LOVE-THE COMPLETE MINIT SINGLES.

JIMMY HOLIDAY-SPREAD YOUR LOVE-THE COMPLETE MINIT SINGLES. Jimmy Holiday was an accidental singer-songwriter. Originally, he wanted to be a boxer, and fought in the annual Golden Gloves  competition. Then Jimmy started to get beat. That wasn’t in his plans. Realising he was never going to be more than a contender, Jimmy Holiday hung up his …

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THE VALENTINOS-LOOKIN’ FOR A LOVE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS.

THE VALENTINOS-LOOKIN’ FOR A LOVE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS. The story of The Valentinos began back in 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio. That’s when the Reverend Friendly Womack first heard his five sons sing. Before long, Friendly, Curtis, Bobby, Harry and Cecil had adopted the moniker The Womack Brothers. They then made their debut in their father’s …

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SAM DEES-IT’S OVER-70s SONGWRITER DEMOS AND MASTERS.

SAM DEES-IT’S OVER-70s SONGWRITER DEMOS AND MASTERS. Sometimes, for whatever, reason, an artist doesn’t enjoy the commercial success and critical acclaim they deserve. Instead, their music is only enjoyed a discerning circle of music lovers. That’s the case with Sam Dees. He is, without doubt, one of soul music’s best kept secrets. Sam Dees could’ve, …

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THE BEST FIFTEEN BOX SETS OF 2014.

THE BEST FIFTEEN BOX SETS OF 2014. As anyone with a penchant for box sets knows, that box shapes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, the CDs or vinyl comes in a basic box, other times, the box set is luxurious and lovingly compiled. Examples of both feature in my list of the fifteen …

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THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 1.

THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 1. 2014 is almost over. So it’s that time again, time for me to choose my fifty best reissues of 2014. To do that, I’ve listened to a mountain of music. Eventually, I came up with fifty albums. Here they are. GATO BARBIERI-THE THIRD WORLD.  Bob Thiele signed Gato …

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THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 2.

THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 2 CRYSTAL WINGS-FIRST FLIGHT. The story behind Crystal Wings began in 1981. That’s when Crystal Wings released their debut single, Signs Of Winter’s Time. This was a Paul Coleman and Joyce Alicia Lagrone composition. It was recorded at Chicago’s Streeterville Recording Studio. Producing Signs Of Winter’s Time was Paul …

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