Madeline Bell - Madeline Bell

Madeline Bell
Madeline Bell’s eponymous album from 1971 completes RPM’s reissue of the
three Bells in a row deal with Philips Records. Following on from her
late 1960s recordings, Madeline’s third album for the label was recorded
at the height of her success with vocal involvement in hit makers Blue
Mink of Melting Pot and Good Morning Freedom fame.
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Piece Of Her Heart – The Epic And Shout Years
When Piece of My Heart reached the US top 20 in 1968, the pop music
world was largely unaware that Janis Joplin’sgritty vocal was but an
echo of the emotive original by Erma Franklin, on Bert Berns Shout
label, from the R&Btop 10 of a year earlier. Erma was the eldest
sibling in the Franklin family, senior to Aretha and Carolyn, and like
the former was signed to Columbia Records in the early 1960 s, producing
a number of high quality singles and an album on the Epic label. She
then pacted with Shout Records in New York in 1967 to cut four singles
of bluesy soul gems, moving to Brunswick in 1969 following the death of
Berns.Shout Records UK is delighted to bring together for the
first time a comprehensive collection of all tracks released on both
Epic and Shout (US) labels, reflecting the full range of Erma smusical
talent in this fine showcase of soul and blues repertoire, also blessed
with a hint of jazz styling.
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Bells A Poppin’
Ms. Bell has a very distinctive vocal sound, and
many will have recognised the singing be it knocking out hits for Blue
Mink, adverts for Big Mac, Wonderfuel Gas, Brooke Bond ‘D’, or via an
ipod full of BV sessions. It’s a Soul sound that found origins in a
touring gospel spectacular that arrived in Britain from the US in the
early 60’s. When the tour finished and the party returned to the States,
Ms Bell remained to forge her Pop/Soul career in the UK. Initially
signed to EMI’s HMV label, Bell really blossomed when she moved to
Phillips in 1965.Here she was often backed by the coterie of
singers that provided a backbone to the pop industry at the time,
including Lesley Duncan, Doris Troy, Sunny, Rosetta Hightower and Bell’s
long time close friend, Dusty Springfield (repaying the sterling work
Bell did backing Springfield’s own recordings). Three albums and many
singles were the result, each standing the test of time in what many
consider to be her greatest recordings.RPM present the first LP
“Bells A Poppin’”, originally released in 1967, along with the singles
that preceded it. Highlights include the gospelly “I Really Got Carried
Away”, co-written by Bell and Doris Troy; Cissy Houston’s “Don’t Come
Running To Me”; the long time Northern Soul dancer favourite “Picture Me
Gone” – all of which is wrapped up with a detailed story by Bob
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Sharron Sheeley: Songwriter
Sharon Sheeley is often referred to as Eddie Cochran's
girlfriend and nothing else. In fact, she has been a highly successful
songwriter. Along with co-writer Jackie De Shannon she became part of
the first female writing team to have significant success in the pop
world. The album has been compiled by Sharon herself, and features top
musicians including Glen Campbell, PJ Proby and Herb Alpert.
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Thelma Jones

Thelma Jones launched her career in 1967, releasing a few notable singles through Barry Records. The classic soul/jazz album, THELMA JONES, was her debut LP and was released almost ten years after her first single The House That Jack Built.

THELMA JONES was produced by seminal record producer Bert DeCoteaux after his success with The Main Ingredient, Linda Lewis and Marlena Shaw. The album’s first single was I SECOND THAT EMOTION, a surprisingly fresh reworking of the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles classic. Thelma’s version spent 6 weeks in the US R&B charts in 1978. Also included on this album are versions of The O’Jays’ NOW THAT WE FOUND LOVE as well as the evergreen ANGEL OF THE MORNING which had previously been recorded by Dusty Springfield and Nina Simone.

· THELMA JONES received strong critical acclaim and led to Thelma becoming something of a cult icon for Soul and Jazz music aficionados, particularly in the UK. The album also features her earlier Columbia single, SALTY TEARS, which was produced by southern soul legend, Brad Shapiro

· Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, with three bonus tracks and a brand new interview with the artist, THELMA JONES is a must for all Soul and Jazz fans out there!


"(the album) contains her signature tune, the Brad Shapiro produced ballad Salty Tears, and a whole lot of sides overseen by Bert DeCoteaux, the best of which – the mid tempo I Can Dream, the funky Hanks and Grey tune How Long and a trio of Sam Dees songs including the trademark slowie Lonely Enough To Try Anything – stand up well.”

Echoes / April 2012 / Chris Wells


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A Man And A Woman
SoulMusic Records is proud to celebrate one of the ‘first families of soul music’ with the 2012 reissue of three titles that reflect the amazing talent of sisters  Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick and their aunt Cissy Houston - expanded editions of Dee Dee Warwick’s 1969 Foolish Fool LP (SMCR-5053); Cissy Houston’s first solo album, 1970’s Presenting Cissy Houston (SMCR-5054); and this 1977 live album by Isaac Hayes & Dionne Warwick, A MAN & A WOMAN.

Both producer-songwriter-turned-recording artist-performer Isaac Hayes and international hitmaker Dionne Warwick had already established themselves as musical icons by the time Hayes’ management team suggested the two tour together in the summer of 1977.  It was a logical pairing in particular because Hayes had enjoyed his first experience of success as an outfront chartmaker with his unforgettable version of Warwick’s classic 1964 hit, ‘Walk On By’ that was featured on his "Hot Buttered Soul” breakthough album in 1969.

Working together with their respective touring bands and background vocalists, the spectacular show focused on obvious hits from the catalogues of each performer including Dionne’s original ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ combined with Isaac’s memorable reading of the Glen Campbell hit, ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix.’

In addition to tracks associated with each of the performers - such as "Then Came You” (Dionne’s 1974 chart-topping duet with The Spinners) and Isaac’s 1975 hits, ‘Chocolate Chip’ and ‘Come Live With Me’ - the pair created some great combinations of hits of the day including a fourteen-minute-plus whirlwind medley of seven songs; and a soulful combo of ‘Feelings’ and ‘My Eyes Adored You.’

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