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  1. johndelve

    Oh dear

    I don’t get out a great deal - other than to John Browne and Tracey Shaw’s terrific Soul Kitchen in Tunbridge Wells, but am aware of other soul nights in Sussex and Kent where D.J.’s have apparently outnumbered paying guests....
  2. Hello again, Steve...my Voices Top 100 has been posted on this site before but I will indeed send you a copy with Volume 2. I’m sure I am older than you (61) - I seem to be older than most people these days - and my tastes reflect - to a fair extent - the music I grew up with. You are also spot on about Sly & Family Stone, I absolutely love their music. As indeed I do funk in general , but only from the period 1967 to around 1975. Check out my entries on Dyke & Blazers, Chuck Brown & Soul Searchers, early Kool, early EWAF etc. etc. as examples. But after 1975 I thought it got very predictable and I never enjoyed it quite so much. ( Apart from the great Sharon Jones & Dap Kings who I also adored...) As for art, I’m still not totally convinced soul qualifies apart from some ‘deep soul’ sides, but am also of the opinion that James Brown’s music, for instance, will still retain interest and power in 100 years time so maybe it is ‘art’, after all... Didn’t include Anita B for reasons spelled out before, but although I have always admired her talent, I’ve never been her biggest fan. I love a handful of her sides but just don’t play her music that often these days...same with Roy Ayers, actually, the majority of his work passes me by but there are certainly some of his records I care for...as for ALL of smooth jazz, I’m with most people : I can’t stand it. ( I haven’t heard enough of Angie S to have an opinion.) Shame we couldn’t meet up in Bilbao, it was a cracking few days as always. Best, John
  3. Cheers for comments on my book, Steve. Much appreciated. No one is going to agree on a top 100, and I wouldn’t expect yours or anyone else’s to tally with mine. Such lists also change over time and there are quite a few changes from my Voices From Shadows top 100. Firecrest is right about why I excluded Anita Baker, reason for her omission is spelt out in introduction..ie no solo work before 1982. As for Roy Ayers, i deemed him on balance a jazz man; im fully aware he and plenty of others are on the dividing line between funk and jazz and if I included them all the book would have moved into the ‘over 2 kgs’ weight bracket thus putting postage price up substantially. By the way will have copies of both books for sale in Bilbao this weekend and hoping to meet new and old friends who contribute to Soul Source.
  4. johndelve

    1960's US Radio Stns & Charts

    Me, too. Love looking at this stuff....
  5. Enjoying this fine new release. Well done to everyone involved in getting it out.
  6. Ken, really appreciate these words...thank you so much..Best John
  7. Just checked my own Donnie Elbert copy and you're right...my mind must have gone blank on that...so, yes, no doubt to me then that Susan exists...what a great bit of info...puts it in the all-time rare category....that's one thing my book is for, to stimulate discussion! thanks again...John
  8. Very very interesting...I'd certainly never seen evidence of it, not seen the thread to which you refer and not one ever listed on popsike either. However, a photo seems compelling evidence and that sticker in bottom right corner is intriguing. Not seen one of those on any other All Platinum release.. could it be a foreign issue? Anyway, thanks very much for letting me know. Best, John
  9. My new book is now available for purchase and thank you to those who have already bought a copy. The words on the back cover are self-explanatory to explain project. Price of this hardback book is merely £20 with £2.90 postage. I can sell anywhere in world but postage will obviously be higher. Please contact me directly to arrange sales. Thanks.
  10. He certainly gets a favourable mention or two in the sleeve notes (and a production credit for some of the 45s) but doesn't appear to have had a great deal of input into the actual release.
  11. johndelve

    Record Store Day 2018 21st April

    "I was surprised to see these going through a legit distributor to be honest..." I think, but am nothing whatsoever to do with these releases so don't know for sure, that they are issued under EU copyright laws , which again, I think, but don't know, currently employ a 50 year time line to govern eligibility. Assuming all that to be the case, they are legit.
  12. johndelve

    Record Store Day 2018 21st April

    I was speaking with John Ridley yesterday. Three LPs to look out for on Record Store Day: Texas Soul 67 New Orleans Soul 67 New York Soul 67
  13. johndelve

    Going to cape town

    Very little there. I picked up a Spanish version of a Joe Tex LP but that was it. There's only a couple of shops in the city to best of my knowledge but I didn't spend a lot of time looking.
  14. Hi, Alex, as you probably know, one of the tracks was featured on Adrian Corbin's Radio Uckfield show last night. Hope it does well for you. Best John
  15. I'm Lonely by Jeannie Reynolds takes some beating....


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