Reviews & Releases

Our ‘Reviews’ page(s) are now revised to feature only full-length reviews of new recordings and archive material which are considered editorially to be ‘required listening’, falling either into the old ‘star-pick’ or ‘near as dammit’ category or of a highly recommended/listen-and-decide-for-yourself nature. 

A secondary list of other notified releases will hopefully keep information up-to-date regarding other releases in the soul and soulful genre.  (N.B. ‘notified’ means items advised to the Soul Basement by record companies.  No advice = no listing.)

Reviews and releases follow a latest to oldest order and full-length reviews will remain on display for at least a six-month period.  To connect to the appropriate review page, just click anywhere on the artist/title.  (NR or AM means New Recordings or Archive Material respectively.)

This section will also include books - required reading - and reports of gigs such as the Porretta Soul Festivals and Ponderosa Stomps.


VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  She’s A Doll! : Warner Bros‘ Feminine Side  -  Ace (UK) CDTOP 1532 (cd)     (AM, posted 28/11/18)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Cover Me : The Eddie Hinton Songbook  -  Ace (UK) CDTOP 1535 (cd)     (AM, posted 8/11/18)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  The Rhythm, The Blues, The Soul Of New Orleans 1962-1966  -  History Of Soul (UK) RANDB 052 (4cd)     (AM, posted 7/11/18)

STAPLE SINGERS  -  For What It’s Worth : The Complete Epic Recordings 1964-1968  - 

                    Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5175BX (3cd box)     (AM, posted 23/10/18)

CARRIE LUCAS  -  Dance With You : The Solar And Constellation Albums  -  Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5174BX (3cd box)     (AM, posted 20/10/18)

THELMA HOUSTON  -  The Devil In Me + Ready To Roll + Ride To The Rainbow + Reachin’ All Around  - 

                    Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5176D (2cd)     (AM, posted 16/10/18)

VARIOUS ARTISTS   -  Jack Ashford Just Productions, Vol.2 -  Kent Soul (UK) CDKEND 478 (cd)     (AM, posted 27/9/18) 

SPINNERS  -  While The City Sleeps  -  Kent Soul (UK) CDTOP 481 (cd)     (AM, posted 27/9/18)

WILLIE HIGHTOWER  -  Out Of The Blue  -  Ace/Soultrax (UK) CDCHD 1520/CHD 1520 (cd/lp)     (NR, posted 11/9/18)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  The Sound Of Philadelphia, Vol.1  -  Society Hill/Essential Media (US) 942326816-2 (cd)     (NR/AM, posted 31/8/18)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  The Sound Of Philadelphia, Vol.2  -  Society Hill/Essential Media (US) 942326842-2 (cd)     (NR/AM, posted 31/8/18)

BARBARA INGRAM  -  Philadelphia Sweetheart  -  Society Hill/Essential Media (US) 942326772-2 (cd)     (AM, posted 28/8/18)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Jazzy Ladies Of Society Hill Records  -  Society Hill/Essential Media (US) 942326792-2 (cd)     (AM, posted 28/8/18)

TIMI YURO  -  The Lost 60s Recordings  -  Jasmine (UK) JASCD 1005 (cd)     (AM, posted 18/8/18)

STYLISTICS  -  Five Classic Albums  -  Spectrum  (UK) UMG 5375269 (5cd)     (AM, posted 16/8/18)

LALOMIE WASHBURN  -  My Music Is Hot  -  Robinsongs (UK) ROBIN 34 CD (cd)    (AM, posted 30/7/18)

WHISPERS  -  One For The Money + Open Up Your Love + Headlights  -  Robinsongs (UK) ROBIN 32 CDD (2cd)    (AM, posted 25/7/18)

WHISPERS  -  Whisper In Your Ear + The Whispers + Imagination  -  Robinsongs (UK) ROBIN 32 CDD (2cd)    (AM, posted 25/7/18)  

JEAN CARNE  -  Don’t Let It Go To Your Head : The Anthology  -  Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5173D (2cd)     (AM, posted 5/7/18)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Stack Of Soul : Red Hot R&B Classics  -  Jasmine (UK) JASCD 995 (cd)     (AM, posted 25/6/18)

CHUCK JACKSON  -  The Best Of The Wand Years  -  Kent (UK) 510 (lp)     (AM, posted 23/6/18)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  On The Soul Side  -  Kent Soul (UK) CDKEND 473 (cd)     (AM, posted 23/6/18)

SUNNY & the SUNLINERS  -  Mr Brown Eyed Soul  -  Big Crown (US) BC 035-CD (cd)     (AM, posted 14/6/18)

POINTER SISTERS  -  The Pointer Sisters + That’s A Plenty  -  Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5171D (2cd)     (AM, posted 9/6/18)


TOWER OF POWER  -  You Ought To Be Havin‘ Fun : The Columbia/Epic Anthology  - Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5179D (2cd)     (AM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Northern Soul’s Classiest Rarities  -  Kent Dance (UK) KENT 515 (lp)     (AM)

MARY LOVE  -  Lay This Burden Down  -  Kent Soul (UK) 512 (lp)     (AM)

SONOFA KING  -  Stand By Me : A Tribute To My Father, Ben E. King  -  Society Hill/Essential Music (US) 942326849-2 (cd)     (NR) 

MILLIE JACKSON  -  Exposed : The Multi-track Sesssions mixed by Steve Levine  -  Southbound (UK) CDSEWD 164 (cd) / SEW 164 (lp)     (AM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  New Breed R&B  -  Kent Dance (UK) KENT 509 (lp)     (AM)


SPINNING AROUND : THE HISTORY OF THE SOUL LP, VOL.2 - L-Z  -  by John Lias     (posted 5/6/18)

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)


PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL, 2018  -  by Dave Thomas