Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1034


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In this momentous edition of B&S, we celebrate our attendance at the inaugural Vintage at Goodwood festival, by way of bringing you a special edition printed copy of this wonderful soulful oddity we call Blues & Soul. it will be three years to this very month since this mighty mag last graced the news stands, and after going from strength to strength in it present .com homestead - we thought it would be a great idea to pay homage, in paper form, to Blues & Soul of both Vintage and of the future as we bring you an issue to remember! We start proceedings with a marvellous MOTOWN double from SHARON DAVIS, including STEVIE WONDER & MARTHA REEVES in conversation... We follow that with in-depth interviews and wonderful memories with from the last surviving members of the TEMPTATIONS and THE FOUR TOPS. We talk to the last soul man standing SOLOMON BURKE and we get the full story of not one but to iconic labels as we talk to MARSHALL CHESS (CHESS RECORDS) and to RALPH TEE (EXPANSION RECORDS). RAY GELATO & JAMES LANGTON tell us of their involvement with the VINTAGE festival and what's the secret of not only making it, but staying on top in their chosen genre's. We have a huge, sorry HUGE, exclusive as EMRYS BAIRD talks to CRAIG CHARLES' FANTASY FUNK BAND. EM grabs a word with not only CRAIG but frontman JOHN TERRELL, SNOWBOY and JAMES TAYLOR on the eve of their festival tour. We also manage to grab a few words with one time JTQ cohort and Vintage attendee, NOEL McKOY. It's at this point I have to mention our plethora of columnist talent and a few new names that we welcome back to our pages. SHARON DAVIS (Motown), FRANK ELSON (Northern Soul), PADDY GRADY (Northern Soul), SNOWBOY (Jazz), BIGGER (R&B/HIP HOP), PHIL DRIVER (Unsigned Soul) and BEN LOVETT (HOUSE & DANCE) who will give you their views on the music they enthuse about. And in some cases both barrels!! We also pay our respects to one time B&S columnist, the late DAVE GODIN. We reprint two of DAVE'S columns - the first where DAVE first mentions NORTHERN SOUL and the second where he finds a club in the south that rivals those in the north. As we return to the interview action we talk to INCOGNITO'S BLUEY and bring this right up to date with an interview with NE-YO, ROX, EDEI and RICHARD EARNSHAW. AND as we stay on the subject of DJ's we bring you some of the finest DJ's ever to grace a turntable, including: NORMAN JAY MBE, DANNY RAMPLING, TIM WESTWOOD, JOEY NEGRO (AKA Dave Lee), SNOWBOY & COLIN CURTIS... Ok, I'll stop now - I'm getting writer's cramp announcing all this exciting content... There is a load more and lots of surprises, but I don't want to spoil it for you!! 100 pages of pure Blues & Soul and boy was it worth it! We hope you think so to... Don't forget to order your copy from this site now. Cheers, Lee.B&S

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