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tHe move THE MOVE AND ‘SHAzAM’ (ESOTERIC/PLANET)
In the music thesaurus there is a two-word alternative for ‘genius’ – ‘Roy wood’ – and here’s the proof. The move
emerged in 1967, were sued by the Prime minister of the day (a sure-fire publicity earner!) and their first two albums
are a brilliant showcase of the Birmingham quartet’s talents, and in particular wood. Spread over five discs, the
original albums are remastered in mono and stereo and beefed up with a whopping 90 bonus tracks that feature live
BBC recordings and A&B sides of non-album singles such as the incomparable ‘Blackberry way’. From joyous pop to
embryonic prog, it’s all here and it doesn’t get much better (good news – the band’s later albums with Jeff Lynne are
also due for imminent reissue).
BronaGH GallaGHer GATHER YOUR GREATNESS (SALTY DOG/PLANET)
If you’ve seen The Commitments then you’ve heard this Derry born siren belt out a tune. Regarded as one of Ireland’s
finest Celtic soul queens, her third album of originals soars on the back of a cracking band, a crescendo of strings and
huge production. Gallagher is a fabulously emotive singer, and not even cameo appearances from maria mckee and
Brian Eno (on backing vocals no less!) can take the spotlight from her vocal purity and power; she is huge in both talent
Britta PHilliPs LUCK OR MAGIC (DOUBLE FEATURE/PLANET)
Swathes of keyboards and electronica doesn’t normally rock Legsyboy’s boat, but this solo album by Luna’s bassist
is a cracking mix of originals and covers that has all hallmarks of a ‘60s film soundtrack, unsurprising given she and
husband/guitarist Dean wareham dabble in film scores. Phillips’ voice has all the sultriness of Nancy Sinatra’s purr,
never a bad thing, and the arrangements are both sensitive and atmospheric. one listen to Ric ocasek’s ‘Drive’ will
leave you gasping for more, luckily there are nine other tracks to immerse yourself in; this one is most definitely magic.
reeD turCHi SPEAKING IN SHADOWS (DEVIL DOWN/PLANET)
Hands down winner of the year-to-date dirtiest guitar sound goes to Turchi on this solo breakout from his three-piece
blues rock outfit of the same name. Between the serrated rawness of his greasy blues leanings and the soulful memphis
groove, he somehow manages to squeeze in T-Rex moments of brilliance – sounds insane but check out ‘offamymind’
and ‘Ima Bore’ for all the proof you need. This is as grimy as it gets in the Deep South, and it’s fabulous.
Hiromi SPARK (TELARC/PLANET)
Having recently witnessed the diminutive Japanese piano virtuoso trade on-stage blows with legendary bassist Stanley
Clarke, Legsyboy was left awestruck at the sheer inventiveness and sensuality of her performance. whilst the sound
effects that heightened the live experience are missing from Spark, the nine songs here effortlessly rekindle the creative
energy of her live performance. Collaborating with her long-time associates Anthony Jackson (bass) and Simon
Phillips (drums), Hiromi’s keyboard pyrotechnics are simply dazzling.
eli PaPerBoy reeD MY WAY HOME (YEP ROC)
Reed’s last album Nights Like This was a major departure from his retro soul persona and his attempt at a more
mainstream sound was met with indifference. well, jump back on board all you true testifiers, because my way Home
is career defining. The R&B that has fuelled his previous albums is still there, but above all else, this is a gospel record.
It’s a record about faith, about redemption, and about salvation, that draws upon the great Southern soul stirrers like
Redding and Pickett. The Paperboy has delivered – big time.
CHarles BraDley CHANGES (DAPTONE/PLANET)
The Screaming Eagle of Soul is back, bigger and better than ever, swooping and soaring through 11 righteous slices
of funky soulfulness. Charles doesn’t need the James Brown crutch anymore, for he’s a bona fide star in his own right.
Anyone doubting this just needs to listen to the title track, a magnificent re-imagining of the Black Sabbath – yes, Black
Sabbath – ballad that is transcendent; keep on soaring Charles.
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