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Atlanta Soul Life Music Fest coming Memorial Day weekend

Featured: 0THE ATL SOUL LIFE MUSIC FESTMEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDMay 23 and 24, 2015 @ 7 pmWolf Creek Amphitheater 3025 Merk Road, Fulton County, Atlanta, Georgia (2nd Entrance on Enon Rd.) www. ticketalternative.comFacebook Comments: 1
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R.I.P. Charmayne Maxwell of 90s group Brownstone

Featured: 1(March 1, 2015) We are very sad to report that Charmayne Maxwell of the popular 90s group Brownstone, has died. One of the three members of the now defunct group, Maxwell was married to Danish music producer Carsten "Soulshock" Schack, with whom she had a son. Sadly, she reportedly died from a tragic accident at a soccer game in the Los Angeles area, where the couple lived. Little more is known of the accident, though TMZ has reported that it involved a cut wound on her neck.Facebook Comments: 1
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The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story

Artist: DVD ReviewFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: There is a point in the documentary The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story where the interviewer cuts to Mardin, Quincy Jones and Sir George Martin giving their individual insights about whether they, as producers, have an identifiable sound. Mardin notes that another one of his 1960s contemporaries - Phil Specter ? produced records that possessed bombastic orchestrations to go with the dramatic vocals of his largely female singers, and when rock music critics and historians use the phrase ?wall of sound? those familiar with the era knew they were referring to a Specter production. In an amazing minute or so in the last third of this loving and informative documentary, we learn that?s not the way that Mardin, Jones and Martin go about producing music. Mardin simply says ?I go with the artist,? and in that statement he captures the sentiments of Jones and Martin as well. That small segment reveals what?s great about the trio. Think about it. You really can?t talk about music history of the last half century without discussing these three legends and the artists they produced, and the genius of all of them can be summed up in that statement by Mardin, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2006. There is no Quincy Jones sound. He arranged for Frank Sinatra, produced Leslie Gore in the 1960s and produced George Benson, James Ingram and Michael Jackson in the 1980s. Martin is best known for his work with The Beatles. However, the Fab Four that we met in 1963 sounded nothing like the Let It Be Beatles of 1970. Mardin started out producing The Young Rascals, Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin in the 1960s and ended his career working on projects by Norah Jones and Raul Midon in the first decade of the 21st Century. In between he produced artists such as Bette Midler, The Average White Band, Willie Nelson, Donny Hathaway and The Bee Gees. The Greatest Ears in Town tells the story of Mardin?s life and work and of the project that consumed the last months of his life ? his own. Mardin. That project, titled ?All My Friends Are Here,? is comprised nearly entirely of tunes that Mardin composed and he served as producer at some point for the vocalists who lent their voices to the project. That lineup includes Franklin, Dr. John, Jones, Midon, Chaka Khan, Darryl Hall, The Average White Band and Midler, who wrote the tune that gives the movie its title. That track, the only cut on ?All My Friends are Here? that was not penned by Mardin, is a  swinging tribute to the Turkish born  producer?s penchant for crafting hits for his artists. The documentary begins in Turkey where Mardin, the descendant of one of the country?s leading families, decides to follow the calling of his heart to make jazz music rather than his father?s plans for him to become a lawyer. A chance meeting with Jones, who was a trumpeter in Dizzy Gillespie?s band, results in Mardin receiving a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. Mardin and his wife, who was his childhood sweetheart, move to Boston to attend Berklee. Mardin graduates and becomes a member of the school?s faculty. A story that ends there would be a good story of a man who comes to America and becomes a respected and productive member of the middle class. The American Dream. However, that was not Mardin?s dream and his wife, a writer and force in her own right, reminded him that he did not come to the United States to be a music teacher. He came to here to become a producer and arranger. By pursuing his American Dream, Mardin made the dreams come true for scores of great artists by creating music that became part of our musical soundtrack. This loving documentary reminds us not only of the scope of Mardin?s accomplishments, but also of the indelible mark he has left on the lives of music lovers of the past half century. It is a fitting tribute to a musical giant. Recommended. By Howard Dukes Album Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: Comments: 1Title: The Greatest Ears In Town (feat. Bette Midler and Barry Gibb)ASIN:  var amzn_wdgt={widget:'MP3Clips'}; amzn_wdgt.tag='soultracks-20'; amzn_wdgt.widgetType='ASINList'; amzn_wdgt.ASIN='B003PSDKEC'; amzn_wdgt.title='The Greatest Ears In Town (feat. Bette Midler and Barry Gibb)'; amzn_wdgt.width='250'; amzn_wdgt.height='250'; amzn_wdgt.shuffleTracks='False'; amzn_wdgt.marketPlace='US';
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Vinyl Daze (Advance Review) (2015)

Artist: Rhonda ThomasFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: With a name like Vinyl Daze and the buzz Rhonda Thomas received from her great video remake of the Isaac Hayes tune ?Do Your Thing,? one might think that the new release by the Georgia-based singer would be a cover project. But Vinyl Daze was actually inspired by conversations Thomas had with Darren ?Daz-i-kue? Benjamin of the British band Bugz in the Attic and Khari Cabral Simmons of the soul bossa group Jiva, an outfit for which Thomas serves as lead vocalist. The three discussed creating a record that sounded like a recording from 1981, when most people heard their music on vinyl albums. Vinyl is the best way to listen to music if you can?t hear it live, and Vinyl Daze, with its analog spirit and instrumentation, would be a great candidate for transfer to vinyl in addition to the more portable and convenient (if less audibly pleasing) CD and digital formats. A track such as the Latin, rock, funk amalgamation ?Reach? literally leaps from the speakers, and the ballad ?Castles Made of Sand,? with its lush instrumentation, lively backing vocals, and Thomas?s gorgeous voice wrapping itself around mature lyrics, feels like it comes from a different era without sounding derivative. Vinyl Daze begins strong with the funky mid-tempo ?Show Me How to Love You,? a tune sporting a funky, a track that sports that deep bass line along with energetic backing vocals, and lyrics that tell the narrative of a woman who asks her emotionally distant lover for directions in how to break through his shell. A strong first impression can feel a lot like the old bait and switch if what follows does not measure up, but Thomas easily avoids that problem on Vinyl Daze. ?I Won?t Tell? is reminiscent of another 1980s classic where a subversive theme lurked beneath a perky melody ? ?Glory Days? by Bruce Springsteen. The Boss made a song that sounded so happy and you?re singing along when the realization hits that ?Glory Days? is about bunch of 30-somethings who peaked in high school. Similarly, Thomas endows ?I Won?t Tell? with a peppy funk-driven bass line that makes the tune an excellent steppers anthem, but she pairs that arrangement with a narrative about a woman who is less than forthcoming about the relationship with her man because she?s afraid that the truth will bring the cattiness out of her girlfriends. ?I feel we have something/They think we don?t/I think they?re haters/I don?t want them to know/About/All this good loving/Don?t want them to see/Instead of their blessings/They?d jealous of me.? ?When You Know You Know? finds Thomas playing big sister and dispensing advice about the tell-tale signs that someone has found THE man/woman. The cut is a mid-tempo bit of truth telling in which Thomas advises people that games stop when the real deal comes along. ?There comes a time when those games with others you played/Get old and lead to change/You take a look at yourself/And realize no one else/Can make you feel this way.? ?Castles Mad of Sand? is perhaps the strongest cut on this excellent adult project. The track?s deep groove and Thomas? jazz inspired phrasing are reminiscent of Incognito?s work in the mid 1990s, while the vocalist?s scatting that closes the tune conjures thoughts of Ella Fitzgerald. The lyrics tell the story of a relationship that looks lovely from a distance but a closer look reveals fragilities that make withstanding the storms impossible. Ten tracks. That?s how many songs Thomas includes on Vinyl Daze, probably because that?s the number of songs that could fit on an LP. These days, CD?s regularly hold 15 or even 20 tracks, but the discs manage to feel simultaneously bloated and small. So even though the listener often gets an hour of music it?s an open question as to whether they are doing an hour?s worth of listening. But there is no fat here: the 45 minutes spent listening to Vinyl Daze is all time well spent. Highly Recommended. By Howard Dukes Click Here to Listen to "Vinyl Daze"Album Image: Facebook Comments: 1ASIN: x
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Watch Ultimate "House Party" video compilation

Featured: 0We received the following video from Mr. Dex, and it was just too fun to pass up. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Kid N Play's House Party, he has put together a compilation of some of the great party videos of that time, all put together. Check it and have some fun tonight!Facebook Comments: 1
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