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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.)

* NEW FEATURE  -  US R&B Chart statistics, based on peak positions on both the ‘Billboard’ and ‘Cashbox’ listings, have been added to the bottom of each review as relevant.  This has been applied retrospectively to cover all (earlier) reviews listed below.  (NB - No R&B charts were published by ‘Billboard’ between 30/11/63 and 23/1/65.  ‘Cashbox’ listings apply to 45s only and cease in 1984.)

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


REQUIRED LISTENING


VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Yesterday Has Gone : The Songs Of Teddy Randazzo  -  Ace (UK) CDTOP 1556 (cd)     (AM, posted 31/10/19)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures, Vol.5  -  Kent Soul (UK) CDKEND 4852 (cd)     (AM, posted 25/10/19)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Los Angeles Soul, Vol.2 : Kent-Modern’s Black Music Legacy 1963-1972  -  Kent Soul (UK) CDKEND 486 (cd)    

                        (AM, posted 11/10/19)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  This Is It! : More From The Van McCoy Songbook 1962-1977  -  Kent Soul (UK) CDTOP 489 (cd)     (AM, posted 19/9/19)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Masterpieces Of Modern Soul, Vol.5  -  Kent Dance (UK) CDKEND 450 (cd)     (AM, posted 18/9/19)

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES  -  Be For Real : The P.I.R. Recordings (1972-1975)  - 

                        Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5188BX (3cd)     (AM, posted 18/9/19)

EMOTIONS  -  Don’t Ask My Neighbours : The Columbia/ARC Recordings (1976-1981)  -  Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5187BX (3cd)     (AM, posted 17/9/19)

ETTA JAMES  -  Etta James & Sings For Lovers + Bonus Singles  -  Jasmine (UK) JASMCD 3128 (cd)     (AM, posted 15/8/19)

JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY  -  I’m Your Puppet : The Complete Bell Recordings 1966-1968  -  Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5185 D (2cd)     (AM, posted 17/6/19)

JR. WALKER & the ALL STARS  -  Walk In The Night : The Motown 70s Studio Albums  -  Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5183BX (3cd)     (AM, posted 6/6/19)

TONY MOMRELLE  -  Best Is Yet To Come  -  Vibe 45 (UK) VIBE 45002CD (cd)     (NR, posted 24/5/19)

MARVIN GAYE  -  You’re The Man  -  Motown/UMC (UK) 00602577163395 (2lp)     (AM, posted 24/4/19)

BILLY PAUL  -  Me & Mrs Jones : The Anthology  -  Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5182D (2cd)     (AM, posted 13/4/19)


OTHER NOTIFIED RELEASES


VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Jack Ashford’s Just Productions  -  Kent Soul (UK) KENT 519 (lp)     (AM)

LITTLE ANN  -  Detroit’s Secret Soul  -  Kent Soul (UK) 518 (lp)     (AM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Sacred Soul : Dave Hamilton’s Raw Detroit Gospel  -  Kent Soul (UK) CDKEND 484 (cd)     (AM)

CHARMAINES  -  I Idolize You!  Fraternity Recordings 1960-1964  -  Ace (UK) CHD 1545 (lp)     (AM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  Los Angeles Modern & Kent Northern Soul  -  Kent Dance (UK) 516 (lp)     (AM)

BARBARA BROWN  -  Got To Be Somebody : The XL Sessions  -  Kent Soul (UK) 517 (lp)     (AM)

CHERYL LYNN  -  Got To Be Real : The Columbia Anthology  -  Soul Music (UK) SMCR 5184D (2cd)     (AM)


REQUIRED READING


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)


GIG REPORTS


BILBAO SOUL4REAL WEEKENDER  -  by John Lias

PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL 2019  -  by Dave Thomas