August 2015 Archives

DeepSoul Salutes Babyface: Milestone - "I Care 'Bout You"

A "lost" Babyface production, the track features a supergroup consisting of members of 1990s groups After 7 and Jodeci.
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The final entry in DeepSoul's salute to singer/songwriter/producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds looks at one of the most unfairly underrated tracks in his extensive catalog: "I Care 'Bout You," the smooth ballad by the one-off supergroup Milestone. A producer of the 1997 film Soul Food, Babyface assembled the group for a scene in the film; the song performed during the film then appeared on the successful soundtrack. While Milestone never recorded another single together, the song represents Babyface at the height of his 1990s powers. His brand of old school soul featuring modern touches played a huge part not only in

CD Review: Buzz Cason - Record Machine

The veteran singer/songwriter is back with an exciting set of new songs.
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It's been a long and varied ride to say the least for music veteran Buzz Cason. His career, which has spanned parts of six decades, has seen Cason sing backup for the likes of Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson and sing lead for Buddy Holly's old band, the Crickets. He has penned songs that have been covered by U2 and The Beatles, sat in the producer's chair and has found himself enshrined as a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He's also a performer in his own right and his new release, Record Machine, is a mix of familiar

CD Review: Anton Fig - Figments

The legendary drummer releases his first solo album.
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While Anton Fig may be best known to most people as the longtime drummer in David Letterman's band, he has had a lengthy career as a session player and, sometimes, touring band member. Fig's resume reads like a who's who of popular music and includes the likes of Kiss, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger. He has also been a band member, most notably with former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley in Frehley's Comet and more recently with Joe Bonamassa. Fig is also a songwriter and, over the years, he managed to accumulate a large bank of unused songs. He

DeepSoul Salutes Babyface: Karyn White - "Superwoman"

Babyface solidified his status as hitmaker with this 1988 R&B ballad.
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DeepSoul's look at Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds continues with "Superwoman," the Karyn White ballad that typifies Babyface's brand of glossy R&B. In addition, it serves as a feminist anthem, with the singer demanding affection and respect from her husband. White's ability to croon soulful ballads as well as slamming dance tracks gave her crossover appeal, and her 1988 self-titled debut demonstrated L.A. Reid and Babyface's skills as hitmakers. Born and raised in Los Angeles, White came from a musical family: her father played trumpet, and her mother directed the church choir. After singing in church and performing in local talent shows,

CD Review: Lorraine Feather - Flirting With Disaster

Lorraine Feather's first album of love songs is an intelligent, well-crafted record.
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Lorraine Feather has had a long and varied musical career. Noted for her lyrics, she has written for movies such as The Jungle Book 2, Dinosaurs and All Dogs Go To Heaven, earning seven Emmy nominations in the process. She is also a Grammy-nominated jazz artist, having released 11 solo albums since the late 1990s. It is somewhat surprising then that, up until now, she has never written an album comprised entirely of love songs. Flirting With Disaster aims to rectify that with 11 songs expressing the trials and tribulations of new romance via clever lyrics and expert arrangements. Flirting

Review: Leonard Cohen - Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour

'Can't Forget' serves as one part souvenir, one part appetizer...
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Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour is a grab bag of performances from Leonard Cohen's most recent tour that includes rarities, covers, and a pair of new songs rehearsed during soundcheck. Don't let what could be perceived as a cynical attempt to empty the vault of any usable scrap come between you and this collection. The cut-and-paste mentality prevents this from being a cohesive album but doesn't stop it from being an incredibly satisfying listen. The less frequently played songs are likely to be the attraction to diehard Cohen fans and they won't be disappointed when they hear

BlindedBySound Exclusive: Hear Tommy Keene Premiere New Song "Dear Heloise"

"Dear Heloise," the latest single from Tommy Keene, is a jangly power pop gem.
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"Dear Heloise," the first single from veteran rocker Tommy Keene's new album, Laugh In The Dark (album due out September 4), is two minutes and 14 seconds of power pop bliss. Keene channels his inner Robin Zander over jangly guitars and an instantly infectious melody. There are elements of The Beatles and latter-day Cheap Trick in this well-crafted tune. The song is poppy, but with an edge, a fact the singer attributes to its not one, but two bridges. Keene said of the song, "'Dear Heloise' is a fictional ditty about a chanteuse from where else but Baltimore as an

CD Review: Bill Evans - The Complete Fantasy Recordings

The late jazz pianist's entire output for the Fantasy label is available once again.
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It has been 35 years now since the great Bill Evans left this earth at the age of 51, a victim of multiple health problems and years of on again/off again drug use. In that time, his legend and influence have only grown and he is rightfully considered one of the true giants of jazz music. For much of his last decade, Evans recorded for the Fantasy label. A box set of his entire Fantasy output, The Complete Fantasy Recordings, was released but had been out of print for some time. This year sees the rerelease of the box in