All In by Amiena

For my 680th review, I am proud to present All In, the sixth full-length album by award-winning International singer/songwriter Amiena, released August 11, 2017, on the Amiena Music Records label.  I am impressed with her vocal and songwriting style as well as how soothing her voice is as in such tracks as Chance, Ghost, Come With Me, Frozen, Broken and much more. This album was well written (All songs written by Amiena), performed, recorded and produced as well crossing many different genres such as Adult Contemporary, Jazz, Soul/R&B and World Music. I am looking forward to hearing her other five albums.  I highly recommend you go to Spotify and take a listen to this album and then you can purchase this release from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby, Bandcamp and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Showtime by James Brown

Showtime is the eighth studio album by American musician James Brown. The album was released in April 1964, by the Smash Records label during a time it was the transition from King Records to Smash Records, however, handicapped by contractual obligations with King Records, Brown released an album of remakes overdubbed with canned applause.  This great album contains such great tracks as Caldonia, Sweet Lorraine, The Things I Used To Do, Blues For My Baby, Don’t Cry Baby, and so much more.   James Brown is one of my favorite R&B recording artists and I was impressed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  You will definitely want to add this album to your record library.

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Cool Christmas Blues by Charles Brown

Cool Christmas Blues is the September 4. 1998 album  by Charles Brown ,responsible for one of the bluesiest Christmas tunes ever, Please Come Home for Christmas.  This holiday album was released on the Bullseye Records label and distributed by the Concord Music Group. In addition to his classic hit there are such great tracks as Merry Christmas Baby, Santa’s Blues, Stay With Me, Christmas Comes Once A Year, A Song For Christmas and so much more.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is an album you will want to add to your Christmas music library.  You can purchase this album at Amazon, Itunes, and everwhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Christmas In Soulsville by Various Artists

Thanks to my friends at The Concord Music Group and the Stax Music Label, I am proud to present Christmas In Soulsville, a fifteen track holiday album with some of the best of the Stax Records artists released January 1, 2007.  Among some of my favorite tracks on this collection are Merry Christmas Baby (recorded by Otis Redding), The Mistletoe and Me (recorded by Issac Hayes), Santa Wants Some Lovin (recorded by blues legend Albert King), Please Come Home For Christmas (recorded by Little Johnny Taylor), and so much more.  I was impressed by how well this album was performed, recorded and produced.  This is a great addition to one’s Christmas music library.  This album is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else where CD’s, Vinyl, and digital downloads are sold.

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Christmas After Midnight by Fantasia

For my 601st review, I am proud to announce the sixth studio album and first holiday release by Fantasia, winner of the third season of American Idol.  Christmas After Midnight was released October 6, 2017, on the Rounder Records label.  Fantasia has had much success since 2004 when she won the American Idol competition and her voice is still as strong as show in such tracks of Christmas classics as This Christmas, Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Merry Christmas Baby, The Christmas Song, Silent Night, Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto and much more.  This album was well performed, recorded and produced.  This album is a soulful way to enjoy this Christmas season.  You can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, and other places where CD’s, Vinyl, and digital downloads are sold.

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Soulful Christmas by Jennifer Saran

For my 598th music review, I am proud to present the perfect album for the Christmas season.  Soulful Christmas is the November 24, 2017, album by Jennifer Saran released on the Tarpan Records label.  This is my third review for this great artist with 17 Tracks which covers several styles such as soul, jazz, bluegrass, and disco as seen in such songs as Christmas Love (Featuring The Temptations), Swingin’ At Christmas Time, Soul Cake, Christmas Delight and much more.  This the best Christmas album I have heard in some time and I am impressed on how well this a release is written, performed, recorded and produced.  You can purchase this album today from Amazon, Itunes and other places where Cd’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Wake To Dream by Lindsay Bellows

Wake To Dream is the October 19, 2017, debut EP by singer-songwriter Lindsay Bellows.  This album is a mixture of light-hearted folk/pop with fierce R&B vocals. This album contains five tracks Slow Steady, Wake Up, Part Life, Wild and Free and Simple Gifts, all great songs. Lindsay has a soothing voice and does justice to this album.  This release was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  This album is available on Amazon, CD Baby, and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Grace by Lizz Wright

Lauded American singer Lizz Wright summons her Southern heritage in her latest offering Grace released September 15, 2017, on the Concord Records label.  This album is a mixture of blues, jazz, with a little soul.  In this first offering since 2015 she brings to us such great tracks as Singing In My Soul, What Would I Do Without You, the title track Grace, Stars Fell On Alabama and much more.  This album was well performed, recorded and produced.  I am looking forward to hearing some of her earlier material. You can purchase this album on Amazon, iTunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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With A Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker

With a Little Help from My Friends is the debut album by English singer Joe Cocker, released May 1969 on the A&M Records label.  The title track With A Little Help From My Friends was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and originally performed by the Beatles on the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Also on this album were two tracks originally written and recorded by Bob Dylan, Just Like A Woman and I Shall Be Released, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (originally recorded by The Animals), Feeling Alright and so much more.  I am very impressed with how well this album was performed recorded and produced.  This is a five-star album and a great addition to one’s record library.

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An American Patriot by Sam Moore

The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore, one half of Sam and Dave will be releasing a great album on October 6, 2017 that makes me feel good about being an American.  The album Sam Moore: An American Patriot include covers of some of most heartfelt patriotic songs such as America The Beautiful, Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America and others as well as great songs as Imagine (originally recorded by the late John Lennon), God Bless The U.S.A. (originally recorded by Lee Greenwood), What’s Going On (originally recorded by Marvin Gaye) as well as three news songs including my favorite Peace Please.  Sam’s voice is still as powerful and soulful as ever.  I highly recommend this album to your music library as it was well performed, recorded and produced.  You can purchase this album on Itunes, Amazon, and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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