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.


BETTYE LAVETTE  -  Times Have Changed     *****STAR PICK     (posted 1/3/18)


SAM COOKE  -  Cupid : The Very Best Of Sam Cooke 1961-1962     (posted 26/4/18)

KID CREOLE & the COCONUTS  -  Private Waters In The Great Divide + You Shoulda Told Me You Were...     (posted 12/4/18)

L.T.D.  -  Something To Love + Togetherness + Devotion + Shine On     (posted 12/4/18)

MARLENA SHAW  -  Go Away Little Boy :The Columbia Anthology     (posted 11/4/18)

M.F.S.B.  -  The Definitive Collection     (posted 27/3/18)

CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR  -  Dreaming A Dream + Do It Your Way + Dream World     (posted 24/3/18)

CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR  -  Dance Lady Dance + Sure Shot + Think Positive     (posted 24/3/18)

Z.Z. HILL  -  That’s It! : The Complete Kent Recordings 1964-1968     (posted 21/3/18)

KAY-GEES  -  Keep On Bumpin’ & Masterplan + Find A Friend +  Kilowatt     (posted 10/3/18)

MICHAEL HENDERSON  -  Take Me I’m Yours : The Buddah Years Anthology     (posted 10/3/18) 

GEORGE JACKSON  -  Leavin’ Your Homework Undone : In The Studio With George Jackson 1968-71    *****STAR PICK    (posted 21/2/18)

CARLA THOMAS  -  The Memphis Princess     (posted 14/2/18)

MAIN INGREDIENT  -  Brotherly Love : The RCA Anthology     (posted 30/1/18)

JACKIE MOORE  -  I’m On My Way     (posted 28/12/17)

PHYLLIS HYMAN  -  Deliver The Love : The Anthology     (posted 21/12/17)


Southern Groove : Hotlanta, Aware & Clintone Funk & Soul     (posted 4/5/18)

Baby I’ve Got It! : More Motown Girls     (posted 2/5/18)

Mr. M’s Northern Soul 1974-1981     (posted 13/1/18)

Soul On Fire : The Detroit Soul Story 1957-1977     (posted 28/12/17)


FLORIDA SOUL  -  by John Capouya     (posted 4/10/17)

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

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


PONDEROSA STOMP, 2017     (report will remain on site until next event)

PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL, 2017     (report will remain on site until next year’s event)