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Piccadilly Radio 261

Thank you Kiss Radio! Today’s favorite was Piccadilly Radio 261 Soul Train and oh my Soul Mamma!!!! This record is electrifying, thank you again Atlantic Records. Such a classic! Percy Sledge is singing When a Man Loves a Woman on this record! Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Aretha and Wilson Pickett are among the song list. You can hear the one microphone that picked up all the vocals and some sound perhaps live. This record represents the soul music that was shaking the booties of all the club dancers and radio listeners of 1975. There is a picture of a very modest white man on the back named Andy Peebles. In a round about way I think it is honoring him as one of the many radio dj’s who tirelessly promoted new music on the radio. Piccadilly Radio was actually the first of Manchester’s Independent Local Radio stations which became Key 103 in the early 90’s. Even though some of these songs were published long before 1975. Whatever the story is, it’s my favorite so far on this listening train….gimme some more soul...

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First day on the Post!

First day on the Post!

So I have a huge pile of records to plow through and decided to start from the bottom up. I have alot of easy listening to do it looks like in the first row. I started with The New Seekers…ah…the irony!!   In five words or less? Today’s records were somewhat uneventful. The New Seekers “We’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” Barbara Streisand’s “The Third Album,” a Classic, “Gold” by yes, the manly man, Frankie Valli followed by The Chrysalis Compendium’s 2nd Volume. What they all had in common were perfectly presented vocals. Barbara’s voice is angelic and has a quiet innocence about it. The Producer _______ wrote a note on the back about the first time he saw her sing opening her Las Vegas opening act with a soft ballad. Why did it work? Because she’s Barbara!! She can burb on stage and we will love it! Her voice is as original as they get! I don’t want to declare that they weren’t good but let’s be real here, they didn’t take my concentration off work! Nothing had yet hit me like Al Green’s Cream. Every song is beautifully arranged and played; so fluid!! An added bonus is I had never heard him sing Unchained Melody before. He didn’t spew all over it like so many have...

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The Vinyl Jungle Project

The Vinyl Jungle Project

We came upon a collection of records from a dear friend. It’s actually quite a story of circles which I’ll shrink to a brief summary. I met Richard Gillinson back in 2001 and became buddies with him almost immediately. He is a wonderful soul and could keep me laughing for hours. He also imparted to me as he did to everyone he cared for, his awesome collection of stories of a life in the music biz; he had a successful career in music publishing, writing and performing. Sadly our friendship and business life together came to a sudden end. He was diagnosed with lymphoma and was told he had less than a year to live and went on to live four more years fighting the heck out of it! Among our plans to be grow the music community in South Fl, we frequently spoke about was Soultaco, our recording studio. He spotted Tom’s recording ear from a mile away. And here we are! The weekend we signed the lease and started moving Soultaco into its new home, we were asked to help his wife move out of their home. In the midst of this massive migration (those who helped know what I mean. ) she passed over to us equipment from his studio and more importantly his massive record collection. Many of them are first prints coming straight out of London; rock, pop, classical, all from the early 60’s to the 80’s. We all had a good laugh as we looked through them together. I am over the moon to have inherited them!! I told her we would take great care of them, she smiled and said he would have wanted you to have them. So let’s get down to business, we have a lot of listening to do! With this chain of events, I decided to start a blog and see who else knows about some of these mysterious artists and if anyone gets a kick out of it as much as I do! The records are organized, in record friendly boxes, and are ready for listening!! Wish me...

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