Tag: Cherry Red

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Be For Real: The P.I.R. Recordings (1972-1975) (SoulMusic Records)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes created some of the most sophisticated Soul and R&B of the Seventies, as well as being the launchpad for legendary vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. This three-disc set collects all of their recorded work for Philadelphia International Records, and is a superb and essential collection.

The Emotions: Don’t Ask My Neighbors: The Columbia/ARC Recordings (1976-1981) (SoulMusic Records)

The sisterly trio The Emotions helped to brighten up the musical world in the late 1970s, and this box set contains the lot of their successful chart-topping era, offering up some of the finest music that decade had to offer.

Glen Campbell: Old Home Town/Letter To Home/It’s Just A Matter Of Time (Morello Records)

After a prolific run with Capitol Records, legendary country crooner Glen Campbell signed to Atlantic America, resulting in three albums that found him being led toward a generic Modern Country sound. Still, for their weaknesses, these albums produced some fantastic singles, returning the fading star to the top reaches of the country charts.

Jess Conrad: Jess For You: The Definitive Collection (El Records)

A talented actor doth not a talented recording act make. This collection rounds up the material released by British actor Jess Conrad; though they occasionally show a spark of quality, the fare is mostly pop fare that was quickly becoming outdated, and it shows that ability in one artistic field doesn’t mean it will translate into another.

Various Artists: Movie Goer: Pop Cinema And The Classics/Fellini Masterpieces (él Records)

Two superb three-disc collections from the esteemed él Records offer up superb examples of the use of classical music and classical styles in modern cinema–one collection offers an overview of familiar music used in a variety of films, whilst the other documents the interplay between composer Federico Fellini and his primary orchestrator, Nino Rota.

Billy Ocean: Remixes and Rarities (Cherry Pop)

Billy Ocean made a splash in 1984 with his smash hit album Suddenly, which propelled him to a respectable success for the rest of the decade. Cherry Pop’s latest in its Remixes And Rarities offers up two discs’ worth of variants and hard-to-find remixes that serves as a nice reminder of what made Ocean so special.

Song Of The Day: The Membranes, “Deep In The Forest Where The Memories Linger”

Taken from the Cherry Red release, What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away.

Chicory Tip: The Complete Chicory Tip (7T’s)

Chicory Tip was a short-lived group who had a brief but prolific career, cumulating in a wonderful hit single written by a pre-fame Giorgio Moroder. Unfortunately, there’s a cautionary tale attached to this promising young band as well.

Cilla Black: Cilla/In My Life/Sher-oo!/Modern Priscilla (SFE)

The latest installment in SFE’s Cilla Black reissue campaign focus on her career with EMI, offering two of her first albums and two of her final albums for the label. The four albums offered here highlight Black’s stylistic versatility as she takes on R&B, Pop, Jazz, and Disco, to mostly good effect.

Fiat Lux: Hired History Plus (Cherry Red)

English New Wave trio Fiat Lux existed for less than two years, their promising career cut short by label indifference. This two-disc set compiles all of their recordings, serving as an excellent historical document of a young band that deserved a longer life.