Category: Reviews

April Reissue & Recent CD Reviews

CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR DANCE LADY DANCE-SURE SHOT-THINK POSITIVE (ROBINSONGS) So here’s the deal: three albums across two CDs crammed with dance, funk and ballads. Some have full blown group vocals while others the lead singer with sympathetic support voices, but all melting together in the style so significant in the late seventies/early eighties when competition … Read more →

March Reissue & New CD Reviews

MICHAEL HENDERSON: TAKE ME I’M YOURS: THE BUDDAH YEARS ANTHOLOGY  (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) Compiled by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan, this is another in the celebrated anthology series, so respected by serious collectors of soul music. Here we enjoy Michigan-born Michael Henderson, talented bass guitarist of both the fusion and jazz/soul eras who – citing Motown’s … Read more →

February 2018: Reissue Reviews

THE MAIN INGREDIENT: BROTHERLY LOVE:THE RCA ANTHOLOGY (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) Here’s the next anthology in this much respected series from SoulMusic Records and instantly I zoned into a pair of major titles which elevated the group onto the international platform. The first, of course, is the beautifully crafted “Everybody Plays The Fool”, nominated for a Grammy … Read more →

December 2017: Reissue Reviews

PHYLLIS HYMAN: DELIVER THE LOVE: THE ANTHOLOGY (SoulMusic Records) Following on from a trio of her re-issued albums on SoulMusic Records, here’s the next, focusing on the Pittsburgh-born Ms Hyman’s Buddah and Arista Records era, a rich period in her recording career, lovingly encompassing two CDs. It’s a totally biased review this time because there’s … Read more →

Book Review: FLORIDA SOUL: From Ray Charles To KC and The Sunshine Band by JOHN CAPOUYA

While a number of US cities have long been associated with soul music – think Memphis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles – Miami isn’t an automatic add to that list. Not that the city hasn’t produced its fair share of hitmakers: for most soul music lovers, Miami and other cities … Read more →

LATEST REISSUE REVIEWS

MELBA MOORE: STANDING RIGHT HERE: THE ANTHOLOGY – THE BUDDAH & EPIC YEARS (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) A fabulous musical trip in two halves. Firstly, we’re invited to remember Melba’s Buddah years in 1975 when she began her journey into stardom. Here we are heavyweight in hits via the international smash “This Is It”, hotly followed by … Read more →

LATEST REISSUES REVIEWS

GLADYS KNIGHT: THE SOLO COLLECTION EXPANDED EDITIONS (SOULMUSIC.COM RECORDS) Oh my – how I remember these albums on their first outing, where the elegance of the lady is matched only by her warm, soulful deliveries that cover all emotions, with a defining edge that has often been imitated but never replaced. Gladys’ voice is one … Read more →

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