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James Hunter â The Hard Way (Go records)

James Hunter 'The Hard Way'

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UK release date 24.06.2008

For those of you who donât know (although I know most of you will). James Hunter is the most successful British Rhythm And Blues export since Georgie Fame and Van Morrison (and weâre talking PROPER R&B here!).

Colchester-born Hunter has completely cracked the U.S. What does he sound like? Try and imagine a man whose voice and music is cross between Ray Charles (circa 1960) and Sam Cooke, with some Bobby Bland and Little Johnny Taylor thrown in for good measure. Got it?

This is his fourth solo album and itâs a hard one to review because, if you love that sound youâll love this cd. All the tempos and grooves are covered (and there are some great dancers on here, by the way) and the song writing is classic and faultless. Itâs honestly that good.

I may be biased, Iâm afraid, as Iâm already a massive fan. But you will be too... I have no choice â a perfect 10.

Thought you may like a short film on the making of 'The Hard Way'
Words SNOWBOY

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