Category Archives: Soul

Around The World In 80 Record Stores – Book Review

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Morrison Releases 40th album – Is that Archie Andrews On The Cover?

 Van Morrison has recently confirmed that he will release his 40th studio album, ‘The Prophet Speaks’, on 7th December on Caroline International. The new album will also feature jazz organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco. ‘Got To Go Where the … Continue reading

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How They Got Over: Black Quartets and the Road to Rock’n’Roll

SCREENING: 17th November 2018 at 16:00 LDN – Picturehouse Central Dir. Robert Clem, 2017, USA, 87 mins UK Premiere + Q&A with the director and producer hosted by author Viv Brough In the decades following the Second World War, the … Continue reading

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Trailer: ‘Should’ve Been There’ The Story of The Melody Maker

Directed by: Leslie Ann Coles and starring: Barrie L Wentzell, Ian Anderson, Eric Burdon, Alan Jones, Sonja Kristina, Peter Whitehead  – behind the scenes peek at all the rock ‘n roll legends of the 1970s, as director Leslie Ann Coles … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of UK Record Shops

A new book by Garth Cartwright called ‘Going For A Song’ will explore the history of UK record shops – from the age of the wax cylinder to the days of dubstep and the recent resurgence of vinyl. It will describe … Continue reading

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John Lee Hooker Box Set Due

A new career spanning five-disc set from John Lee Hooker is due in October which will include some of biggest hits, rarities, live performances and previously unreleased tracks. Those unissued sides include “Unfriendly Woman,” “When I Lay My Burden Down” … Continue reading

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New Jimmy Reed Vee Jay Box Set Out

A new three CD anthology featuring Chicago bluesman Jimmy Reed is now out called ‘Mr. Luck – The Complete Vee Jay Singles’. Issued by Craft Recordings via Concord, the collection is available in a CD set set, as well as … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Billy Vera Biography

Out in April this year will be the biography of singer, songwriter, record producer, music critic and historian Billy Vera, called ‘Harlem To Hollywood’ A showbiz lifer, Billy Vera was born into a white, suburban family, but Billy fell for … Continue reading

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones – UK Gigs

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – one of the most exciting soul and R&B bands to come out of the USA in recent times are playing a short tour in the UK in late January and early February. The … Continue reading

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Best Box Sets of 2016

Some fantasic releases this year that would make the list much too long – including the  Otis Redding at the Whiskey A Go-Go in 1966 and a number of multi CD bootleg box sets by bands such as The Doors, … Continue reading

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