Reviews by Genre ‘R&B’

The Butanes featuring Willie Walker, Long Time Thing

Posted on July 19, 2011

The Butanes featuring Willie Walker, Long Time Thing

…these songs respect the traditions of their respective genres, listening to Long Time Thing is like opening up a time capsule and hearing songs that were tucked away for the last 40 to 50 years.

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Galactic, Ya-Ka-May

Posted on December 28, 2010

Galactic, Ya-Ka-May

At number four in the Mondophonic Top Ten…

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Nick Curran & The Lowlifes, Reform School Girl

Posted on December 26, 2010

Nick Curran & The Lowlifes, Reform School Girl

When I first head “Sheena’s Back In Town” I thought it was a lost R&B gem; maybe an unearthed King Coleman cut.

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Daddy Rockin’ Strong

Posted on December 23, 2010

Daddy Rockin’ Strong

Don’t miss the Mondophonic Top Ten, counting down the ten best albums from 2010 for the last ten days of the year.

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Merry Christmas Baby

Posted on December 16, 2010

Merry Christmas Baby

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Artist: Various Title: Merry Christmas Baby Label: Gusto K-5018X Released: 1978 Genre: R&B Gusto mined the vaults of King, Federal and Hollywood Records to assemble this collection. This budget line album from Gusto Records album leads of with another version of Charles Brown’s […]

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Rhythm & Blues Christmas

Posted on December 16, 2010

Rhythm & Blues Christmas

The album succeeds at providing the listener with a survey of R&B styles, they just so happen to be all holiday numbers.

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Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone

Posted on September 15, 2010

Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone

One reason I’ve always been a fan of southern soul music is because of the rich gospel tradition for which it is based. I’m not a religious man, but the elements of gospel, the emotional conviction, the voices, the blues that creeps into a guitar lick, resonate with my person.

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Bobby Sheen, The Bobby Sheen Anthology

Posted on June 12, 2010

Bobby Sheen, The Bobby Sheen Anthology

Bobby Sheen is best known as one of the two lead vocalists for Phil Spector’s Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, the other being Darlene Love. It was Sheen’s lead that carried the funkiest rendition of “Zip-A-Dee Do-Dah” to date. His other shining moment with the Spector crew was on A Christmas Gift To You, singing lead on “The Bells of St. Mary.” The relationship with Spector goes back to when Phil was an A&R man for Liberty Records, cutting the single “How Many Nights (How Many Days),” a Clyde McPhatter influenced gem of early 60’s r&b, which is also included on this collection.

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