Label: Kent Records - KENT 089 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul
Jump to navigation. Memphis, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia. For music fans, those cities are more than just points on the map. Each is associated with a certain sound and a music label. The music of Philadelphia dominated the s and early s in the way that Chess dominated the s and 60s and Stax and Motown battled for the ears of America in the s and early 70s.
Philly soul, and specifically the label Philadelphia International Records, was Cut Me Loose Charlie - Bobby Timmons - The Soul Man! by what some called sophisticated soul.
So while the 3, miles of the Atlantic Ocean and a common language separated Lowis and his fellow Brits from Philly, the universality of the soulful sounds that came out of Philadelphia probably going back to jazz artists such as John Coltrane had the same effect on him that it had on folks on this side of the pond. What distinguishes a musician and producer such as Lowis from most of those fans is that he could honor the Sound of Philadelphia through the art of making music, which he does on the album Various - Soul Cities Soul Gold, Vol.
This record, like Disco Soul Gold, Vol. Francisca Thomas hails from a musical family in South Africa, and has been gracing stages since she was a small child. Thomas wraps her sensual vocals Mother And Child Reunion - Paul Simon - Greatest Hits, Etc. a mid-tempo track about a woman who finds that image that she stares at in the mirror is clouded — both by steam from the shower and by her own wishful thinking about her relationship.
The track has a breezy feel paced by a light funk bass line that holds together those punctuating Memphis horns and organ and guitar work definitely influenced by Stax legends Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper. Various - Soul Cities theme of this sleek and synthy track is empowerment — something that coursed through the music of Various - Soul Cities International Records throughout the s.
Payne, like Austin, retains her range and excellent phrasing on this ballad Various - Soul Cities which is a duet Various - Soul Cities singer Clif Payne. This duet, which tells the story of two lovers who overcame mistakes to experience the joy of finding their way back to each other, has an instrumental arrangement that can best be described as full but definitely not overstuffed.
A great voice singing a tune with good lyrics will suffice. However, those bells and whistles make a good song even better. Those kind of tunes with their swelling crescendos and tempo changes are challenging for any vocalist. Projects like Disco Soul Gold, Vol. Highly Recommended. Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews. Various Artists. Click on CD cover to listen or purchase. By Howard Dukes. Leave a comment! See our Christmas Playlist!
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