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New Donovan compilation marks induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

March 25, 2012

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Donovan’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 14 April is to be celebrated with the release of a comprehensive 2CD compilation, titled The Essential Donovan.

  Available from 17 April, the 36-track collection will include all of the Scottish folk-pop star’s hits between 1965 and 1973, plus additional album tracks and four rare early songs.

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Deluxe editions of classic Small Faces albums from 1965 to 1969

February 19, 2012

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To celebrate the Small Faces’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 14 April 2012, there are plans to release deluxe editions of all four of the classic albums that the short-lived group recorded between 1965 and 1969.

The remastered new editions will  include a 3CD version of the band’s classic psychedelic pop album from 1968, Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake.

Universal Music claims the new releases will be “the most complete editions to date of the Small Faces’ four classic albums” and “a testimony to a truly original group whose influence is as great today as it was during its lifetime”.

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Soul singer Solomon Burke dies aged 70

October 10, 2010

US soul singer Solomon Burke once said: “As long as I have breath to do it, I’ll sing, with God’s help”.

Sadly, the warm bass voice of this larger-than-life ‘King of Rock and Soul’ is now silent. He died early on Sunday October 10, 2010 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles. He was 70.

Solomon Burke was born to the sound of music in an upstairs room of a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 21 1940. He began his adult career as a preacher and hosted a gospel radio show. But he also played guitar and sang, and his talent and church-trained voice were soon spotted.

In 1960, he signed with Atlantic Records – home to Ray Charles. Like Charles, his songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B. His first hit record, in 1961, was a cover version of the country song ‘Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)’. This was followed in 1962 with ‘Cry To Me’ which was famously used 25 years later in the film Dirty Dancing.

In 1964, Burke wrote and recorded his most influential song, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’, which was later covered by artists such as The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett. Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi also performed the song in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler dubbed him “the best soul singer of all time”. But Solomon Burke was more than just a great soul singer. He was first and foremost a man of God. He was the bishop of Solomon’s Temple – an evangelical church with 40,000 followers and 170 missions that had been founded by his grandmother after she reportedly dreamed of his birth 12 years before the event.

It was Burke’s religious beliefs that led Atlantic Records to market him as the first ‘soul singer’ after he objected to the record label describing his music as rhythm ‘n’ blues. At that time, many black churchgoers equated R&B with the music of the Devil.

Solomon Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Grammy in 2003 for his album Don’t Give Up On Me. The album featured 11 tracks written for him by admirers such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and Elvis Costello. He recorded every song in one take.

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Phil Collins Motown tribute tops UK album chart

September 27, 2010

Phil Collins’ 18-track Motown tribute album Going Back has lived up to its title by putting him back at the top of the UK album charts for the first time since 1998.

Going Back is Collins’ eighth studio album and his first full solo release for eight years. It features cover versions of many of the soul gems that influenced him as a teenager – including The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ and ‘Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)’, Martha and The Vandellas’ ‘Heatwave’ , and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight’, along with other classic songs recorded by The Four Tops, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

To make the album as faithful to the original Motown sound as possible, Collins brought in three surviving members of Motown’s legendary in-house Sixties studio band The Funk Brothers – bassist Bob Babbitt and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette.

Collins – who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year – says the album was a deeply personal labour of love for him. “These Motown songs, along with a couple of Dusty Springfield tracks, a Phil Spector/Ronettes tune, and one by the Impressions, make up the tapestry, the backdrop, of my teenage years.”

He says his intention was to make an ‘old’ record, not a ‘new’ record. “I didn’t try to bring anything new to these already great records,” he says. “I tried to recreate the sounds and feelings that I had when I first heard them.

“To be able to have three of the Funk Brothers play on all the tracks was unbelievable. I learned more about production skills and the wonderful songwriting of those concerned whilst making this album than I have from anything else.”

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