Reviews are posted on a frequent basis, so please visit this site from time to time to catch up on all the new reviews, which will remain on display for a now extended period of at least four calendar months from the date of posting shown in brackets.  Reviews are listed in date order of posting, newest at the top of each relevant list.  To connect to the appropriate review page, just click anywhere on the title.  A ‘STAR PICK’ review is given to items felt to be so meritworthy as to warrant immediate attention.

This section includes gig reports - listed after cds, books and dvds below.


PATTI LABELLE  -  Bel Hommage     (posted 17/6/17)

DON BRYANT  -  Don’t Give Up On Love     *****STAR PICK     (posted 12/6/17)

LATIMORE  -  A Taste Of Me : Great American Songs     (posted 12/6/17)

SOUL BASEMENT  -  What We Leave Behind     (posted 6/6/17)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE  -  Jammin’ Philly Style     (posted 24/5/17)

VANESSA FARLEY  -  One Last Memory     (posted 24/5/17)


ENCHANTMENT - Sunshine : The Enchantment Anthology (1975-1984)     (posted 12/8/17)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE  -  Any Way You Wanna : The People’s Choice Anthology 1971-1981     (posted 12/8/17)

ESTHER PHILLIPS  -  A Beautiful Friendship : The Kudu Anthology 1971-1976     (posted 5/8/17)

ADAM WADE  -  The Album Collection 1960-1962     (re-posted 31/7/17)

ADAM WADE  -  Take Good Care Of Her : The Singles Collection 1960-1962     (posted 31/7/17)

ARTHUR ALEXANDER  -  Arthur Alexander     *****STAR PICK     (posted 12/7/17)

ANGELA BOFILL  -  I Try : The Anthology 1978-1993     (posted 5/7/17)

LABELLE  -  The Anthology     (posted 5/7/17)

JUNIE  -  The Complete Westbound Recordings 1973-76     (posted 29/6/17)

H.B. BARNUM  -  Everybody Loves The Voice Of... H.B. Barnum     (posted 17/6/17)

KASHIF  -  Help Yourself To My Love : The Arista Anthology     (posted 2/6/17)

MTUME  -  Prime Time : The Epic Anthology     (posted 2/6/17)

SPYDER TURNER  -  Is It Love You’re After : The Whitfield Records Years (1978-1980)     (posted 2/6/17)

INGRAM  -  Jazzed Up & Funked Out : 50 Years Of Good Music     (posted 24/5/17)

BOBBY HATFIELD  -  The Other Brother : A Solo Anthology 1965-1970     *****STAR PICK     (posted 22/5/17)

FREDDIE NORTH  -  What Are You Doing To Me : The Complete A-Bet Recordings Plus     *****STAR PICK     (posted 22/5/17)

B.T. EXPRESS  -  The B.T. Express Anthology : Give Up The Funk (1974-1982)     (posted 6/5/17)

MAJOR LANCE  -  Ain’t No Soul (In These Old Shoes) : The Complete OKeh Recordings 1963-1967     (posted 21/4/17)


Nothing But A House Party : The Birth Of The Philly Sound 1967-71     (posted 29/6/17)

Bob Holmes’ Nashville Soul     *****STAR PICK     (posted 23/5/17)

Birth Of Soul : Special Detroit Edition 1961-64     (posted 15/4/17)

More From The Other Side Of The Trax : Stax-Volt 45rpm Rarities 1960-1968     (posted 15/4/17)


MOTOWN : THE SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA  -  by Adam White with Barney Ales     (posted 1/4/17)

RHYTHM AND BLUES IN NEW ORLEANS - REVISED  AND UPDATED  -  by John Broven     (posted 28/2/17)

SPINNING AROUND : THE HISTORY OF THE SOUL LP, VOL.1 - A-K  -  by John Lias     (posted 1/4/16)


PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL, 2016     (report will remain on site until next year’s event)

PONDEROSA STOMP, 2015     (report will remain on site until next event)