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Any Major Soul 1988-89

August 27th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The cycle of soul compilations covering the 1970s and “80s is coming to an end with this mix, some 13 months after I posted the first (which drew a comment from Jerry Plunk, singer of the Flaming Ember). I have had feedback from a number of people who said they have collected the whole series. One reader told me that he burnt the compilations on CD, printed the covers and gave the set as a present to a soul-loving relative. It”s feedback like this that makes me not ditch this lonely blogging thing.

Of the lot here, I really like Keni Stevens, a British soulster of distinctive style and voice who never made it big. I previously posted my favourite song of his, 24-7-365 (download it here).  Somehow he was not marketable because he was not sufficiently upbeat. Soul lost a fine artist, who released only three albums.

A cursory listen to Charlie Singleton“s track will doubtless cause the savvy listener to call to mind Cameo”s 1985 hit Single Life. Singleton was the guitarist of Cameo until the Single Life album. So all he”s doing is to rip off himself. I hear that lately he”s been performing with Cameo again.

Three songs featured here have a tangential link: Mica Paris and Paul Johnson (the latter featured also on Any Major Soul 1986-87) perform a song from Mica”s 1988 debut album. Another singer who duetted with Paris on the album was the greatly gifted Will Downing, featured here with a track from his eponymously titled debut album. And the gorgeous song here by Al Jarrreau from 1989 originally appeared on Mica Paris” debut.

This mix features a slate of new artists, but also a few singers in the twilight of their careers. Shortly after releasing his Take It To The Streets album, on which the lovely Doo Be Down appeared, Curtis Mayfield suffered the accident that paralysed him. Johnnie Taylor had been a Stax headliner in the early 1970s and made the transition to disco. By the 1980s, he was on the fringes of soul music, though he made a brief comeback in 1996, four years before his death at 62.

New York-born Nicole McCloud never made it big, despite creating a minor soul classic with New York Eyes, her duet with Timmy Thomas (which featured on the New York City Mix Vol. 2). Her  1989 album Rock The House, a mostly poorly produced effort, was Nicole”s second. She released two more, in 1996 and 2002.

1. Womack & Womack – Teardrops
2. Johnnie Taylor – You Knocked My Heart Out Of Line
3. Al Jarreau – So Good
4. Curtis Mayfield – Do Be Down
5. Teddy Pendergrass – 2 A.M.
6. Chuckii Booker – Turned Away
7. BeBe & CeCe Winans – Lost Without You
8. Mica Paris & Paul Johnson – Words Into Action
9. Keni Stevens – Hurt This Way
10. Maze featuring Frankie Beverley – Can’t Get Over You
11. Charlie Singleton – Good Bad Ugly
12. Will Downing – That Good Morning Love
13. Anita Baker – Lead Me Into Love
14. Regina Belle – It Doesn’t Hurt Anymore
15. Brenda Russell – Piano In The Dark
16. Narada Michael Walden – I Belong
17. Nicole – So Lost Without Your Love



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  1. bostig
    August 27th, 2010 at 07:52 | #1


    A large thanks for all the compilations and yes, the 60’s would be appreciated

  2. August 27th, 2010 at 10:01 | #2

    Wow! This little lot takes me right back to my teenage years!! I was into all this music back then. Now sure how well some of it has stood the test of time, but I’m looking forward to listening again..

    Thanks for the great site!

  3. geoff
    August 27th, 2010 at 12:00 | #3

    Yes definitely, a 60’s series would be great. Thanks for the effort you put in!

  4. The Purple Cow
    August 27th, 2010 at 21:06 | #4

    Thanks for all your hard work on these series, a fantastic effort.

    When you do your sixties stuff it would be cool to include the very early Frankie Beverley tune you sent me the other day

  5. halfhearteddude
    August 28th, 2010 at 09:11 | #5

    Oh yes, it will. And also a couple of tracks I got from you. I’ll have to balance the Northen Soul stuff with the more representative content. I’m rather looking forward to collating and sorting the material.

  6. RT
    January 3rd, 2013 at 16:31 | #6

    Any chance you’d re-up this compilation? Looks great!

  7. halfhearteddude
    January 3rd, 2013 at 23:05 | #7

    RT, the two links left in the post are still live.

  8. RT
    January 3rd, 2013 at 23:27 | #8


    1. Ahh, yes.
    2. Duh!
    3. Thanks.

  9. john L
    June 5th, 2014 at 16:22 | #9

    where is the PW??

  10. halfhearteddude
    June 5th, 2014 at 23:07 | #10

    Always amdwhah

    When in doubt, look at http://www.halfhearteddude.com/passwords/

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