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Mary J. Blige – A Mary Christmas

 A Mary Christmas is an extraordinary collaboration between Blige and legendary producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster. ‘Working with David Foster is a singer’s dream. I am fortunate ...

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 ...

Labi Siffre -1973 – Crying Laughing Loving Lying

This album never got the credit it deserved. The songs are sparse, occasionally orchestrated, but always beautiful. The emotion is there for all to hear in both the music and ...

Bobby Taylor ‎– The Motown Anthology

This British compilation brings together the only album of the multiracial Canadian group  Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (another more famous member was no less than Tommy Chong, later from ...

Maceo And All The King’s Men – 1970 – Doing Their Own Thing

It is UNBELIEVABLE that this album has languished in obscurity for so long! It is UTTERLY FANTASTIC and will appeal to music fans of any genre ranging from funk to ...

Nina Simone – 1965 – I Put A Spell On You

One of her most pop-oriented albums, but also one of her best and most consistent. Most of the songs feature dramatic, swinging large-band orchestration, with the accent on the brass ...

Johnny Britt 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Multi-faceted music man Johnny Britt first established himself with modern-day soul music lovers as the founder and one-half of the group Impromp2 in the mid-90s, signed to Motown’s MoJazz label ...

Martha Reeves -1974 – Martha Reeves

After an amazing run fronting the Vandellas at Motown, with 23 pop charting singles including such classics as “Heat Wave,” “Dancing In The Streets,” and “Jimmy Mack,” Ms. Reeves parted ...

Motown Spotlight – November 2017

While typing this month’s MS thought I’d re-visit Scherrie Payne’s “Vintage Scherrie” CD which I haven’t played for awhile but which is always close at hand. As you know a ...

What exactly is a Vandella?

My wife and I were listening to an FM oldies station over the weekend — lots of great sonic memories from the Golden Age of radio.   “Dancing in the ...

The Staples – 1976 – Pass It On

The Staples and Curtis Mayfield – working together here in a very Curtom groove! This great little set picks off where the group’s work on the Let’s Do It Again ...

STAX Number Ones is a Good Place to Start

For those seeking a quick intro to classic Southern Soul, I suggest looking no further than the new Stax Number Ones CD. The new disc from Concord Music contains many ...
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