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From A Whisper To A Scream: Expanded Edition - Esther Phillips

From A Whisper To A Scream: Expanded Edition
•    Justifiably hailed as her ‘career’ album, FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM re-established the late Esther Phillips as a prominent soul and jazz artist in 1972, starting her most fruitful period as an international chartmaker through her five-year association with jazz industry veteran Creed Taylor’s Kudu Records.

•    Originally a chart-topping child star with the Johnny Otis band in the early ‘50s, Little Esther battled drug addiction off and on throughout the ‘60s during which she achieved some success with ‘Release Me’ (1963) and ‘And I Love Him’ (1965). Esther recorded some critically acclaimed albums for Atlantic before entering rehab in 1969.

•    The sessions for FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM in December 1971 found her surrounded by stellar players such as Gordon Edwards (bass), Bernard Purdie (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion), Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale (guitar), Richard Tee (keyboards) and labelmate Hank Crawford (on sax on selected tracks).

•    Handpicking the material herself, Esther included some R&B hits of the time – The Originals’ ‘Baby I’m For Real,’ Eddie Floyd’s ‘’Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone’ – alongside two songs penned by Allen Toussaint, including the stirring title track.  The album’s most notable cut was her true-to-life version of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Home Is Where The Hatred Is,’  which she was initially reluctant to record  given its direct references to heroin addiction.

•    Originally reissued in 1988 with (four) bonus tracks, this expanded edition has been out of print for several years. Notes by SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan include quotes from a 1973 interview with Esther.

•    This CD is released 21st April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1.    HOME IS WHERE THE HATRED IS    
2.    FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM    
3.    TO LAY DOWN BESIDE YOU     
4.    THAT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME  
5.    'TIL MY BACK AIN'T GOT NO BONE    
6.    SWEET TOUCH OF LOVE        
7.    BABY, I'M FOR REAL        
8.    YOUR LOVE IS SO DOGGONE GOOD    
9.    SCARRED KNEES        

BONUS TRACKS
10.    HOW BLUE CAN YOU GET    
11.    BROTHER, BROTHER
12.    DON'T RUN TO HIM
13.    A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP

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Gettin' Dirty

BMX Bandits are a Scottish 1960s-influenced guitar pop band who have been making music from 1986 to the present day. They have shared members with other Bellshill bands Teenage Fanclub and The Soup Dragons.

True heroes of the underground certainly the Scottish music underground defiantly of the Bellshill scene. Duglas T. Stewart has been the mainstay of this band that has featured members of The Teenage Fanclub and The Vasalines. Their sound is as much west coast Americana as it is west Scotland

Their songs are full of heartbreak and humour mixed with a laid back guitar sound that amongst many others attracted the attention of Kurt Cobain who was famously photographed wearing their T-shirts and claiming that they were the only other band he would like to be in.

Gettin' Dirty includes the single of the same and the Love Come To Me single. This edition includes all the b-sides and the fantastic cover of the Jonathan Richman song Summer Feeling perfect for the great summer we are all about to enjoy. It also includes sleeve notes by Duglas and images dug out from his loft.

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Between The Sea And The Sky
Imagine coming off the back of a defunct group, with no hits, but who have admittedly just released one of the best pop psych singles in the UK ever, and being thrown into George Martins Air Studios on a publishing/production deal and told there you are boys "make an album".

A slight license with the factual there but essentially this is what happened to Martin Briley and Brian Engel .In 1969, late of Mandrake Paddle Steamer and their classic 'Strange Walking Man', these late teens art students were given access to Air Studios and budgets for orchestras plus musicians to come up with hit singles. What they actually came up with was an almost concept album that exhibited all that had influenced them to that point, and let loose their humour and imagination. Sadly with the exception of one single ('Pale Green Vauxhall Driving Man') released under the name Prowler, a couple of years after the event, the recordings lay on the shelf, and are released for the first time now.

Briley played with GreAenslade and then as session guitarist with the Hunter Ronson band, Meatloaf and Ellen Foley. Three solo albums and a US top 40 hit 'Salt In My Tears' followed. He continues as a songwriter for international artists and backing vocalist.

 
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Cab Driver - The Dot & Paramount Years 1958-1972
After a long and illustrious recording career that had spawned over 60 major US Pop hits for Brunswick and Decca Records, respectively, the Mills Brothers took a new direction and signed to Paramount’s recently acquired subsidiary, Dot.

Commencing in 1958, their spell with the label and its parent company lasted some twelve years, and produced some of the group’s finest works, including seven chart hits, four of which make their CD debut on this set.

This long overdue collection, comprising the best of their Dot and Paramount singles, highlights an almost forgotten chapter in the career of what were arguably the most successful and influential vocal group in the history of recorded music. · From Doo Wop to Country, Jazz, to mainstream Pop, the quality of the music and group’s inimitable, laid back delivery both remain consistent throughout, and with most of the material officially unavailable since its original release, music fans can finally discover the Mills Brothers could still swing even after the Beatles had broken up!

TRACKLISTING:

1.GET A JOB

2.MUSIC, MAESTRO, PLEASE

3.YELLOW BIRD

4.YOU CAN’T BE TRUE, DEAR

5.TE QUIERO

6.TAKE ME ALONG

7.I MISS YOU SO

8.HIGHWAYS ARE HAPPY WAYS (WHEN THEY LEAD THE WAY TO HOME)

9.BALLERINA (AKA DANCE, BALLERINA, DANCE)

10.I FOUND THE ONLY GIRL FOR ME

11.THE END OF THE WORLD

12.IT HURTS ME MORE THAN IT HURTS YOU

13.DON’T BLAME ME

14.YOU’RE MAKING THE WRONG GUY HAPPY

15.BYE BYE BLACKBIRD

16.HONEYSUCKLE ROSE BLUES BOSSA NOVA

17.CAB DRIVER (DRIVE BY MARY’S PLACE)

18.MY SHY VIOLET

19.THE OL’ RACE TRACK

20.THE JIMTOWN ROAD

21.GUY ON THE GO

22.UP TO MAGGIE JONES

23.IT AIN’T NO BIG THING

24.BETWEEN WINSTON-SALEM AND NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

25.SMILE AWAY EACH RAINY DAY

26.I’M SORRY I ANSWERED THE PHONE

27.STROLLIN’

28.SALLY SUNSHINE

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North Star
Curved Air features original members SONJA KRISTINA and FLORIAN PILKINGTON-MIKSA with classic era guitarist KIRBY GREGORY.  They are joined by violinist Paul Sax, keyboardist Robert Norton and bass player Chris Harris.

NORTH STAR is the band’s first album featuring new studio material since 1976 !

The full length CD features a mixture of re-recordings, cover songs and seven new original songs, all housed in a lavish digi-pack.  

ALSO AVAILABLE: CURVED AIR – LIVE ATMOSPHERE
(CRVE 001) A lavish digi-pack featuring a full live CD and bonus DVD (NTSC) with a music video and EPK.

      www.curvedair.com



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Tymes Up (Expanded Edition)

Philadelphia-based group The Tymes - who first came to prominence in 1963 with the timeless classic ‘So Much In Love’ – ended a six-year dry spell as chartmakers in 1974 with ‘You Little Trustmaker’ (a Top 20 hit in the US and UK), marking the beginning of a new period of success for the famed vocal harmony team.  
 
Following the success  of their first RCA album (entitled Trustmaker which included the UK chart topper, ‘Ms. Grace’), the group – consisting of original members Al Berry,  George Williams and Norman Burnett along with Donald Banks, Wade Davis and Jerry Ferguson) –cut TYMES UP with longtime mentor, manager, producer and songwriter Billy Jackson at the helm.  

Recorded at famed Sigma Sound studios in both New York and Philadelphia, the sessions for TYMES UP included such renowned personnel as arranger Richie Rome, conductor Don Renaldo (with the TSOP horns and strings) and top players, drummer Bernard Purdie and guitarist Cornell Dupree.  Ace remix producer Tom Moulton mixed the entire project and TYMES UP became a Top 40 R&B LP.

Primary hit single from the LP was ‘It’s Cool’ (which reached No. 3 on the US R&B charts), penned by the team of Chuck Jackson & Marvin Yancy (at the time, producing consistent hits with Natalie Cole); other singles included ‘Only Your Love’ and ‘To The Max(imum),’ both Top 3 Billboard-charted Disco Singles. 

This 2014 expanded edition marks the first CD reissue of the LP worldwide, includes two single edits and liner notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with quotes from songwriter (and future recording artist) Fonzi Thornton.



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