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ISSUE 2/2000

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No. 2 / 2000

Contents

  • Quality Time Picks
    First class jazzy soul and indie soul favourites of the moment: Ledisi, Norman Connors, Ronny Jordan, Club 1600 featuring Maysa, Will Downing, Vinx & Alyson Williams, Calvin Romance, Derick Hughes, Frank McComb...

  • The Soul Scale
    Frank McComb, L.J. Reynolds and Temptations are the major new release CD's of the spring 2000. Carl Thomas and Al Jarreau get rather favourable comments as well, while the latest CD's by En Vogue and Joe are more disappointing..

  • Archive Material / Reissues
    UK label Westside continues their reissues of Walter Jackson albums. Another UK label Expansion has decided to reprint the ultra-rare Al Johnson -produced sweet soul item Positive Change from 1978. Dramatics has re-released their recent material with a new title If You Come Back to Me.

  • Jazz-Funk
    Guitar heroes George Benson and Ronny Jordan have their new and highly acclaimed albums out. Gene Dunlap is back with another Avenue Jazz release, Maceo Parker asks us to Dial M-A-C-E-O and producer Rex Rideout has released his own project by the title Club 1600.

  • THE DRAMATICS STORY - Part 3 (1974-1982)
    The Dramatics story continues and covers the chart single-filled late 70s and early 80s albums on ABC and MCA. 8 pages including the comments by the group members themselves, and a full discography. Essential for any serious Dramatics fan.

  • Deep
    Heikki Suosalo continues his solid Deep Soul column by introducing some new names: Bryan Austin, Pree and Jackie Neal. James Holvay follows the classic style of Curtis Mayfield in an admirable fashion, and Dells and Delfonics have released new material on the revived Volt label. A wealth of other deep / Indie soul reviews complete the column.

  • Billy Paul - Song Stylist Supreme
    The legandary Philly song stylist Billy Paul is our cover star this issue, and Billy gave an exclusive 3-page interview to our mag. Billy comments his classic Philly album releases and tells about his own label Phillysounds.com, on which he plans to release his next album.

  • Upfront Soul
    The new millennium has started in a promising way when it comes to new soul releases: new indie soul CD's by artists like Calvin Romance, Ledisi and Derick Hughes are all first-rate soul material. Another indie release by Freda Simone is worth checking out, too, but the latest comeback effort by Cameo is truly miserable.

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