Amazing early work from The O'Jays – tracks recorded a decade before their big fame at Philly International – with a heartbreaking harmony feel all the way through! Even at the start, The O'Jays were a cut above – and as you'll hear here, they come across with an especially deep soul approach to harmony vocals – one that's perfect both for mellow cuts, and for some of the more uptempo groovers here – work so great, we always wonder why it took these guys a full decade to achieve the chart fame they deserved! But never mind that, because this excellent collection finally gives these Imperial years their due – and offers up a whopping 28 tracks in all, every Imperial Records single in one sweet little package – with great mastering and notes too. Titles include "Stand Tall", "The Storm Is Over", "Crack Up Laughing", "How Does It Feel", "Lonely Drifter", "Whip It On Me Baby", "Lipstick Traces", "Oh How You Hurt Me", "No Time For You", "Pretty Words", "Stand In For Love", "Friday Night", "Time Is On My Side", and "Let It All Out". ~ Dusty Groove
JEFF BRADSHAW – BONE APPETIT
Bone Appetit is Jeff Bradshaw's long-awaited sophomore release on Hidden Beach and features not one but two volumes of musical surprises. Bone Appetit plays like a modern-day version of the seminal album by Quincy Jones - The Dude, with Jeff serving as maestro while both singing and playing his horn. Guest artists include Marsha Abrosius who joins Jeff on the lead single and video for "Got Til It's Gone," Raheem DeVaughn turns up the heat on "Til Tomorrow," Coko from SWV fuels the spirit with the inspirational "So Thankful," and Kindred the Family Soul represent with "All Day Loving" and a solo turn by Fatin Dantzler on a decidedly jazzy version of Mos Def's Hip Hop classic, "Umi Says." Jill Scott introduced Jeff Bradshaw to the world with the single, Slide. He's been treating the world to his masterful performances ever since including performing and recording with top-tier artists such as Musiq Soulchild, Floetry, Salt n' Papa, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Kindred, Estelle, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Grammy Best New Artist winner Esperanza Spaulding. The specially priced Double Compact Disc, Bone Appetit Double Issue, contains Bone Appetit Vol. 1 Main Course and Bone Appetit Vol. 2 Deuxieme Cours. ~ Amazon.com
THE CAFÉ SESSIONS
This one features 15 chilled out tracks as compiled by Jazz FM’s Late Lounge DJ Claire Anderson with Caffè Nero, and it features the following: "Sunshine" – Submotion Orchestra; "You Don’t Know My Name" – Scarlette Fever; "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" – D’Note; "Touch Me" – Cass Fox; "1000 Miles" – Roebeck; "Choices" – Honey Ryder; "Acacia House" – Rivergods; "Sunset" – Nitin Sawhney; "The Sea" – Morcheeba; "Little Things" – James Bright; "Time Takes Time" – Dusted featuring Dido; "Calling" – Bliss:
"Epoca" – Gotan Project; "Life’s a Beach" – Max Sedgley; and "Voices" – Dario G.