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✨✧ Angie StoneArt Of Love & War ... CD
Stax, 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Stax debut of Angie Stone – a new setting for the singer, and one that really helps her freshen up her groove! Although a contemporary soul diva, Angie's definitely in classic territory here – maybe not the space of Stax from the 60s and 70s, but a rock-solid sound overall, and more than enough to help us renew our faith in her work! The backings are simple, but never too commercial – tightly stepping beats on the bottom that bounce Angie up over the top, but never push her vocals too far. And as before, some of the best moments have an almost-spoken sort of quality – a way of unfolding out a tune that's very real and natural. Guests include Betty Wright and James Ingram, and titles include "Take Everything In", "Sometimes", "Make It Last", "Here We Go Again", "Baby", "My People", "Half A Chance", "Go Back To Your Life", "Wait For Me", "Pop Pop", and "Happy Being Me". CD
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✨✧ SouliveNo Place Like Soul ... CD
Stax, 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
A bit of a shift for Soulive – a record that has a lot more of a soul-based feel than before – thanks to the addition of vocalist Toussaint to the usual jamming trio! The grooves here are still as hard and funky on the bottom as ever, but they've got a bit more vocal focus too – set up to deliver a nice punch to Toussain't raspy, classic-styled singing – all very much in hopes of reviving the older spirit of Stax Records, given that the album's the group's debut for the label! There's a slightly more contemporary feel here than we might ascribe to Stax back in the 60s or 70s – but the album's not a bad one, either – and the addition of a vocalist may just be what Soulive need to help them keep on grooving freshly into their second decade of music. Titles include "Waterfall", "Mary", "Comfort", "Callin", "Outrage", "Morning Light", "Don't Tell Me", "If This World Was A Song", and "One Of Those Days". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) CD
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✨✧ VariousInterpretations – Celebrating The Music Of Earth Wind & Fire ... CD
Stax, 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly wonderful tribute to the genius of Earth Wind & Fire – new versions of some of the group's best songs from the 70s, all put together in a set that was supervised by Maurice White himself! The package is hardly the scatter-shot affair that other tribute albums tend to be – and instead, there's a nicely unified sound that really revives the most soulful aspects of Earth Wind & Fire's music, but points it strongly towards a new generation in the 21st Century! The artists really preserve the warmth that made the original work so great – and although some of the styles are relatively modern, they've got plenty of classic undertones too. Titles include "Love's Holiday" by Lalah Hathaway, "That's The Way Of The World" by Dwele, "Reasons" by Musiq Soulchild, "Devotion" by Ledisi, "Can't Hide Love" by The Randy Watson Experience with Bilal, "Fantasy" by Meshell Ndegocello, "September" by Kirk Franklin, "Be Ever Wonderful" by Angie Stone, and "Shining Star" by Chaka Khan. CD
 
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✨✧ Beverley KnightSoulsville ... CD
Warner (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the deepest records we've ever heard from UK soul singer Beverly Knight – a set that was recorded in Royal Studios in Memphis, with a much more down-home vibe than any of her other music! Knight's always had a fantastic vocal approach – but here, she maybe gets the setting she's always deserved – a very old school mode that's bubbling over with the kind of Hammond, guitar, and horns you'd expect from a vintage album on labels like Stax or Hi Records! The shift opens up Beverly like never before – and she's right at home on tracks that include "I Can't Stand The Rain", "Middle Of Love", "When I See You Again", "Red Flag", "All Things Much Change", "Sitting On The Edge", "Still Here", and "I Won't Be Looking Back". Also includes duets – with Sam Moore on "Hold On I'm Coming", and Jamie Cullum on "Private Number". CD
 
 
 



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