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Blue-Eyed Soul refers to soul and R&B music performed and sung by white musicians. The term first came into play during the mid-'60s, when acts like the Righteous Brothers had hits with soulful songs like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." Throughout the late '60s, blue-eyed soul thrived, as acts like the Rascals, the Box Tops, Mitch Ryder, Tony Joe White, and Roy Head had a series of hits. During the '70s, blue-eyed soul continued to be successful, as acts like Hall & Oates, Robert Palmer, Average White Band, Boz Scaggs, and David Bowie updated the formula.

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ABC: The Lexicon Of Love (Mercury 1982)
Produced by: Trevor Horn
ABC: Alphabet City (Mercury 1987)
Produced by: Bernard Edwards
One of the more popular new wave bands of the early '80s, the British group ABC built upon the synthesized R&B pop of David Bowie and Roxy Music. Ûber producer Trevor Horn was mainly responsible for the success together with lead singer Martin Fry, a fashion plate of a frontman with a Bryan Ferry fixation. Horn's production merged synthesizer sounds, groovy beats, and lots of strings and horns (orchestrations by Anne Dudley, Art of Noise). The Lexicon of Love is truly a classic album in my book, but be sure to get the deluxe remastered double CD set!
After a couple of not-so-god albums, "Alphabet City" saw ABC returning to Motown and Northern soul that provided the basis of their debut album. Bernard Edwards produced a Chic-ish kind of sound with lavish strings and great songs and lyrics. "When Smokey Sings" and "The Night You Murdered Love" were hits singles but the best tracks are probably "King Without A Crown" and the mellow and superb "One Day".
Be sure to also check out ABC's 2008 release Traffic which finds Martin Fry back in good form.

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Gabriela Anders: Wanting (Warner Bros. 1998)
Produced by: Paul Brown & George Duke
Argentina born Gabriela Anders got her big break singing a duet with soft jazz giant Michael Franks, and like Franks, Anders wraps laid-back vocals around even more tranquil rhythms. It's all very calming and proficient and breezy. Her debut album "Wanting", mixes bits of her Argentine heritage with late-'70s California jazz. A very Sade-ish album indeed...

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Carole Bayer Sager: Sometimes Late At Night (Boardwalk 1981)
Produced by: Arthur Brook & Burt Bacharach
Many of Bayer Sager's songs were co-written with her former husband, composer Burt Bacharach. She has collaborated with Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, David Foster, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Donald Fagen, Babyface among many more. Sager won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1981 with co-writers Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, and Christopher Cross for "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)". She received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1987 for "That's What Friends Are For", which she also co-wrote with Bacharach.

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Bee Gees: Children of the World (RSO 1976)
Produced by: Bee Gees
Including the classic disco anthem "You Should Be Dancing" together with lush pop/soul ballads. If you can live with Barry Gibb's falsetto throughout the whole album, this is great stuff!

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Burt Bacharach: The Very Best Of (Atlantic/Rhino 2001)
Produced by: Burt Bacharach
With a hit-single track record spanning four decades, Burt Bacharach became one of the most important composers of popular music in the 20th century. His sophisticated yet breezy productions borrowed from cool jazz, soul, Brazilian bossa nova, and traditional pop to virtually define adult pop during the 1960s.
The Very Best Of by Rhino does not concentrate on Burt Bacharach's own records, but rather on others doing his songs. And, really, that's what makes it magical, since Bacharach wasn't the best interpreter of his own material - vocalists like Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield were. The album is a great introduction to Bacharach and his classic songs, although it does run out of steam toward the end, when "That's What Friends Are For" shows its ugly head, but there are no other single-disc collections that offer such a accurate overview of Bacharach at his best. Want more? Go for the 75 songs 3-disc box set "The Look Of Love", also from Rhino Records.

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Bacharach & Costello: Painted From Memory (Mercury 1998)
Bacharach & Isley: Isley Meets Bacharach (SKG 2003)

Produced by: Burt Bacharach
First I didn't think and collaboration between Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello would work, how wrong I was! Painted From Memory is simply great! Wisely, they chose to work within the stylistic parameters of Bacharach's '60s material. Bacharach hasn't written such graceful, powerful melodies since his glory days, and Costello... well I really don't know since I'm not that familiar with his other work. With its lush arrangements, sighing brass and strings, gentle pianos, and backing vocals, it's clearly a classicist album, yet it sounds utterly timeless.
While the collaboration between soul singer supreme Ron Isley and composer and arranger Burt Bacharach does not have the adventurous scope of Bacharach's collaboration with Elvis Costello — in that the tunes featured here are mostly Bacharach classics — it is every bit as satisfying. At 62, Isley's voice is sweeter and more resonant than ever. This is a winner, a beautiful effort that combines the give and take of the classic pop song with the emotion of great soul singing.

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Blow Monkeys: Whoops! There Goes the Neighbourhood (RCA 1989)
Produced by: Dr. Robert
Their 4. album, Whoops!, represented a further step towards the incorporation of more dance oriented Pop/Soul, especially with the UK smash hit "It Doesn't Have to Be That Way". CD includes 3 bonus tracks.

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Dinah Carroll: So Close (AM:PM 1993)
Dinah Carroll: Very Best Of (Mercury 2002)

Produced by:  CJ Mackintosh, Nigel Lowis
Geraldine Carroll, known as Dina Carroll, is a British singer of Scottish and African American heritage who had a string of hits during the early and mid 90s. Her debut So Close is a bit uneven, but it contains the two great soul/dance tracks Falling and Ain't  No Man.

Charles & Eddie: Duophonic (Capitol 1992)
Charles & Eddie: Chocolate Milk (Capitol 1995)

Produced by: Josh Deutsch
Very 70's soul inspired and with voices that harmonize beautifully, Charles Pettigrew & Eddie Chacon delivers classic soul on both "Duo..." and "Chocolate...". Although both albums are a bit uneven, a compilation consisting of the best cuts would have been a killer!

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Beverley Craven: Mixed Emotions (Epic 1999)
Produced by: Beverly Craven
Although her first 2 albums have more stripped down arrangements, the 1999 "Mixed Emotions" is more of the same. Except for her somewhat out-of-date lyrics on "Tick Tock" (wagging her finger at women who choose careers over children), and the tasteless guitar solo at the end which sounds a bit Celine Dion-ish, "Mixed Emotions" is great pop song writing and her over-all best offering.

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Deacon Blue: Raintown (CBS 1987)
Produced by: Jon Kelly
An inspiring debut of well-crafted adult pop, heavily under the influence of Prefab Sprout, it was originally released by CBS Records in the UK in May 1987.

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Everything But The Girl: The Language Of Life (WEA 1990)
Produced by: Tommy LiPuma
Although the hard core EBTG fan would probably disagree, - I say that the "Language of Life" is Ben Watt & Tracy Thorn's overall best offering. At the time it was the logical extension of EBTGs cool-jazz approach to finally go all the way by hiring veteran producer Tommy LiPuma and a L.A. studio full of fusion musicians like Joe Sample (the Crusaders), Russell Ferrante (the Yellowjackets), Michael Brecker, and, finally, Stan Getz.

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Andy Gibb: Shadow Dancing (RSO 1978)
Produced by: Barry Gibb
Gibb became the first solo artist in the history of the U.S. pop charts to have his first three singles hit the number-one spot. Mellow late 70s Bee Gees sound all over.

Daryl Hall: Soul Alone (Epic 1993)
Produced by: Daryl Hall & Jeffrey Smith
Daryl Hall: Can't Stop Dreaming (BMG Japan 1996)
Produced by: Daryl Hall & David Bellochio
Daryl Hall: Laughing Down Crying (Verve Forecast 2011)
Produced by: Daryl Hall & T-Bone Wolk
The 2 first albums is blue-eyed soul as good as it gets! "Soul Alone" shows Hall shining as both a songsmith and a vocalist, also on going back to his youth in Philadelphia, and with it, the Philly Soul and folk-rock that was so close to his heart.
While Can't Stop Dreaming was for several years only available from BMG Japan. He still sounds great with one of the best blue-eyed soul voices around. Hall's smooth hooks, tight love songs, and crisp arrangements are pretty much timeless. Tracks such as "Cab Driver," with its Steely Dan feel, and the Marvin Gaye/Leon Ware-inspired "Let Me Be the One" great, - especially vocally. Included is a remake of the Hall & Oates classic "She's Gone". Despite a very nice new arrangement, I personally don't think we really need a a remake of this, since it was so god damn perfect the first time around...
After 14 years, Laughing Down Crying is instantly recognizable -- although maybe a bit more pop/rock than soul. The album offers plenty of proof that Hall is still growing musically and his voice is as good as ever. It's the work of a master musician doing what he does best -- writing and performing beautifully crafted pop songs in terrific form. A personal favourite is "Eyes For You (Ain't No Doubt About It)". A spacy, nocturnal, funky soul tune with a great bassline and loop. Very "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" 30 years later.

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Hall & Oates: Abandoned Luncheonette (Atlantic 1973)
Hall & Oates: Hall & Oates (RCA 1975)

Produced by: Hall & Oates and Christopher Bond
Hall & Oates: No Goodbyes (Atlantic Japan 1977)
Produced by: Arif Mardin & Tod Rundgren
Hall & Oates: Our Kind Of Soul  (U-Watch 2004)
Produced by: Hall & Oates
Daryl Hall actually recorded a single with Kenny Gamble and the Romeos in  1966. The group featured Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell, who would all become the architects of Philly Soul. He met John Oates 1969, who was leading his own soul band at the time. From their first hit in 1974 through their heyday in the mid 80s, Daryl Hall & John Oates' smooth, catchy take on Philly Soul brought them enormous commercial success.
"No Goodbyes" is a compilation of their first three Atlantic albums Whole Oates (1972), Abandoned Luncheonette (1973) and War Babies (1974), and includes three unreleased tracks and the superb classic "She's Gone" from Abandoned Luncheonette.
For a great overview of their 40 year career, check out the absolutely great 4 CD/74 track "Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Hall & Oates" box set. On their 2005 effort "Our Kind Of Soul", everything comes back full circle. The album is an excellent 19 track tribute to soul legends like Marvin Gaye, O'Jays, Spinners, Dramatics and Four Tops.

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Grace Jones:  Warm Leatherette (Island 1980)
Produced by: Chris Blackwell
Grace Jones:  Slave To The Rhythm (ZTT 1985)
Produced by: Trevor Horne
After 3 albums of pure disco, Grace teamed up with producer Chris Blackwell and musicians Sly & Robbie in Compas Point Studios in Bahamas for recording Warm Leatherette. This was a move into the reggae/pop/soul territory and a big success. The "Love is a Drug" Roxy Music cover is great! Her 1985 release Slave To The Rhythm is a classic Trevor Horne production and should probably be entitled "Trevor Horne Feat. Grace Jones" since Trevor is definitely the main "artist". Unlike most albums that feature a collection of different songs, this was a concept album that featured several, radical interpretations of the title track and interviews with Jones as well as actor Ian McShane reciting passages from Jean-Paul Goude's biography Jungle Fever. Rumours says that the title track was originally intended for Frankie Goes To Hollywood as a follow-up to their single "Relax".
Be sure to also check out Grace's latest offering, the 2008 album Hurricane on the Wall of Sound label.

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Bo Kaspers Orkester: Amerika (Columbia Sweden 1996)
Produced by: Kaj Erixton
Mixing pop and jazz influences, with heavy lounge tendencies, BKO sounds like rock'n roll has never existed, Formed in 1991 and taking parts of the name from front figure Bo Sundström, Bo Kaspers Orkester was one of Swedens best selling band in the 90s. In my opinion "Amerika" is by far their best effort, with witty lyrics (in Swedish) and an excellent mix of soul, jazz and easy listening.

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Lighthouse Family: Ocean Drive (Polydor 1995)
Lighthouse Family: Postcards From Heaven (Polydor 1997)

Produced by: Michael Peden
Lighthouse Family - Whatever Gets You Through the Day (Polydor 2001)
Produced by: Kevin Bacon & Jonathan Quimby
Ocean Drive, the debut album from the London-based duo Lighthouse Family, is an extremely pleasant blue-eyed soul affair that makes for excellent rainy-day listening. The smooth guitar chords and quiet percussion quickly becomes addictive.

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Love & Money: Strange Kind of Love (Fontana 1988)
Produced by: Gary Katz
These Scotsmen look to America for inspiration: funk, jazz and blues combined with sophisticated arrangements and James Grant's brooding vocals. A line in "Jocelyn Square" pretty much sums up his mood: "I loved you so much I hated your guts". A blue-eyed soul Tears For Fears if you will... Hard to find on CD.

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Melissa Manchester: Don't Cry Out Loud (Arista 1978)
Produced by: Leon Ware
American actress and singer/songwriter released her blue eyed soul album Don't Cry Out Loud on Arista in 1978. It was produced by soul singer and songwriter Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye) and arranged by Gene Page (Barry White). Guests incl. Lee Ritenour, Greg Phillinganes and Richard Tee.

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Mark-Almond: Other Peoples Rooms (A&M 1978/Universal Jap)
Produced by: Tommy LiPuma
Not to be confused with Marc Almond (ex- Soft Cell). Mark-Almond consists of UK born Jon Mark and Johnny Almond. After releasing 4 albums in the early 70's they relocated to the US and got Tommy LiPuma to produce on his own Horizon label. The result is sophisticated smooth pop jazz (for a late night, if you like) and could remind of Michael Franks at times. Feat. Larry Williams, Steve Gadd, Ralph McDonald and Jerry Hey among others.
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Matt Bianco: Matt's Mood (Emarcy/Universal 2004)
Produced by: Danny White & Mark Reilly
If you're a fan of the Bossa Nova sounds of Brazil, you'll immediately get the Jobim references of this album. Formed by ex-members of UK modern jazz ensemble Blue Rondo a la Turk, Matt Bianco evolved into one of England's top jazz-pop bands in the 80's. Their version of Georgie Fame's "Yeh Yeh" received a European music award as Best Single of 1985, while their single "Wam Bam Boogie" was the number one European club track of 1988. Matt's Mood is a great comeback and highly recommended. You should also check out their 1982 debut album Whose Side Are You On?

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Sarah Jane Morris: Heaven (Virgin 1992)
Produced by: Martyn Ware
British born Sarah Jane Morris attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama while singing jazz and soul classics in local clubs. Morris was launched to fame after appearing with Jimmy Somerville on the Communards' chart-topping 1986 cover of the disco classic "Don't Leave Me This Way." Her debut solo album followed in 1989, featuring a controversial cover of Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones". Morris's second album, the over-all better Martyn Ware-produced "Heaven", was released in 1992.

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Van Morrison: Poetic Champions Compose (Mercury 1987)
Van Morrison: Avalon Sunset (Polydor 1989)

Produced by: Ivan Morisson
Van Morrison is rated among popular music's true innovators, melting incantatory vocals and fusion of R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk.
On his 1987 "Poetic...", the opening five-minute jazz instrumental "Spanish Steps" is just great and certainly sets the mood for this record of mid-tempos and ballads, with Van's soulful voice.
With "Avalon Sunset" Van Morrison scored one of his biggest commercial successes. A record highlighted by the gorgeous classic "Have I Told You Lately," one of his most heartfelt love songs and a major radio hit which helped introduce his music to a new generation of listeners. Not a consistently strong album, Avalon Sunset is nevertheless the work of a master craftsman with its lush orchestration and atmospheric production.

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Robert Palmer: Pressure Drop (Island 1976)
Produced by: Steve Smith
Robert Palmer Double Fun (Island 1978)
Produced by: Robert Palmer
British born Alan Palmer is probably best known for his 80's music videos in which shows Palmer as a suit-and-tie lady's man who performed his songs backed by a band of models only, - much to the delight of viewers who made him one of MTV's biggest success stories.
On 1976's Pressure Drop, Palmer's silky "Give Me an Inch" and "Work To Make It Work", plus the backing of Little Feat makes this a very good blue-eyed soul effort.
The 1978's self-produced Double Fun shows Palmer's love of reggae-styled grooves. "Every Kinda People," a catchy pop reggae groove with tasteful orchestrations. Elsewhere, Palmer turns up the energy with "Best of Both Worlds," a bass-driven dance tune that shows off his vocal with its cleverly arranged and complex vocal arrangement, and the funky Alan Toussaint track "Night People".

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Pearlfishers: The Young Picnickers (Marina 1999)
Pearlfishers: Across The Milky Way (Marina 2001)
Pearlishers: Sky Meadows (Marina 2003)
Pearlfishers: Up With The Larks (Marina 2007)
Pearlfishers: Open Up Your Colouring Book (Marina 2014)

Produced by: David Scott
An ever-shifting Scottish group led by singer/songwriter David Scott, the only constant member, the Pearlfishers are a glorious soft pop band mixing acoustic-based music with subtle orchestral flourishes, rather like a Glasgow-based Prefab Sprout. In other words; excellent!

Private Lives: Prejudice And Pride (EMI 1984)
Produced by: Pete Schwier
Maybe a bit dated and lost in the 80s, but I still find it quite nice. A bit of jazz and funk wrapped in a synthesized new wave package. Not unlike Spandau Ballet or ABC. Mid 80s blue eyed soul if you will. Including the minor hit "Living in a World (Turned Upside Down)" in addition to the excellent title track. Reissued on CD with 6 bonus tracks in 2017 by Australian label Lost 80s Record Company.

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Prefab Sprout: The 38 Carat Collection (Compilation) (Sony 1999)
Prefab Sprout: Let's Change The World With Music (Kitchenware 2009)
Prefab Sprout: Crimson/Red (Shamrock Solutions 2013)

Produced by: Paddy McAloon
One of the most beloved British pop bands of the '80s and '90s, Prefab Sprout and singer/songwriter Paddy McAloon is regularly hailed as one of the great songwriters of his era.
The 38 Carat Collection is a sublime overview of Prefab Sprout's remarkable career. Disc one is a decade-and-a-half's worth of singles that are truly gems. The second disc proves that McAloon's album tracks are in many cases better than his singles. Containing 2 to 4 tracks from each of Prefab Sprout's six 1984-1997 albums, this disc covers McAloon's more challenging or non-commercial material. Though no collection can truly cover all of Prefab Sprout's high points — at least three of their albums, "Steve McQueen", "Jordan: The Comeback", and "Andromeda Heights" are simply essential — this set is much better than 1992's single-disc compilation "A Life of Surprises".
Let's Change the World... was actually written as a follow-up to the 1990 album "Jordan: The Comeback" but was not released before 2009. 11 great pop songs from a truly great songwriter.

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Sade: Diamond Life (Epic 1984)
Sade: Promise (Epic 1986)
Sade: Love Deluxe  (Epic 1992)

Produced by: Robin Millar
Three excellent mellow jazz/pop/soul albums from Sade. Diamond Life includes "Smooth Operator" and "Hang on to your Love", Promise includes "Sweetest Taboo" and "Never as Good as the First Time", and Love Deluxe gives you "No Ordinary Love" and "Kiss of Life". Great stuff! For more info, check my very own tribute to Helen FolaSADE Adu and her band.

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Leo Sayer: Thunder in My Heart (Warner Bros. 1979)
Produced by: Richard Perry
Blue eyed soul with some disco thrown in. Featuring a who's who list of US westcoast musicians like David Paich, Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon, Abe Laborial, Michael Omartian, Ray Parker, Jeff Porcaro, Tom Scott among others.

Boz Scaggs: My Time - A Boz Scaggs Anthology (Sony 1998)
Produced by: Various
Born William Royce Scaggs in Ohio 1944, singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs started out in the 60's as a member of the Steve Miller Band but went solo in 1968 and achieve a commercial breakthrough with 1976's "Silk Degrees", which included the hits "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle". 1977's "Down Two, Then Left" was also a success, and 1980's "Middle Man" reached the Top Ten on the strength of the singles "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "JoJo". However, Scaggs spent much of the 1980s in retirement, owning and operating the San Francisco nightclub Slim's and limiting his performances primarily to the club's annual black-tie New Year's Eve party. "My Time - A Boz Anthology" is an excellent 2-disc set presenting most of his best work.
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Seal: Seal (EastWest 1991)
Seal: Seal (EastWest 1994)

Produced by: Trevor Horn
Seal: Commitment (Warner Bros. 2010)
Seal 1991, which contains the killer track "Crazy", and Seal 1994 are both produced by the always excellent Trevor Horn. The 2010 Commitment is probably his best overall effort. A great pop/soul album.

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Barbra Streisand: Gulity (CBS 1980)
Produced by: Barry Gibb
A pop/soul classic written and produced by Barry Gibb. It is her best-selling album to date with sales over 20 million copies[. The title track, a duet between Streisand and Gibb, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1981. The second single "Woman in Love" became one of the most successful songs of Streisand's music career and spend a total of three weeks at the #1 position in the Billboard chart.

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Style Council: Cafe Bleu (Polydor 1984)
Style Council: Confessions of a Pop Group (Polydor 1988)

Produced by: Paul Weller
After making a noise with punk band The Jam, Paul Weller formed the Style Council in order to do something completely different. The result was piano suites, soul singing, and lush orchestration. Great stuff!

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Sweetback - Sweetback (Epic 1996)
Produced by: Sweetback
Guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, keyboardist Andrew Hale, and bassist Paul Spencer Denman from the Sade Band describes it as "global soul music." Sade without Sade I say. Great relaxing album incl. the killer mellow groover "You Will Rise". Vocals by Leroy Osbourne, Amel Larrieux and Maxwell. [More about Sade & Sweetback]

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Swing Out Sister: Kaleidoscope World (Fontana 1989)
Swing Out Sister: Somewhere Deep In The Night (Universal Japan 2001)
Swing Out Sister: Where Our Love Grows (Universal Japan 2004)
Swing Out Sister: Beautiful Mess (Avex Japan 2008)

Produced by: Paul Stavely O'Duffy
Swing Out Sister's sounds like Burt Bacharach meets St. Etienne or late period Everything But The Girl. With their love for lush soft pop, soul, and soundtracks of the 1960s and early '70s, vocalist Corinne Drewery and keyboardist Andy Connell were singing the praises of Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, and John Barry back when those great artists were thought to be the definition of unhip. Now those same artists are widely sampled and copied by mainstream musicians.
Their 1985 single "Breakout," was a Top Ten hit in UK and Japan, and included on the debut album "It's Better to Travel". They hired Jim Webb to arrange and conduct the orchestra on the 1989 follow-up "Kaleidoscope World", which is in my opinion an overall better album. Both albums were huge hits in Japan, producing a special Japan-only collection of remixes, the 1989 "Another Non-Stop Sister". Several albums followed during the 90s and SOS had become one of the most popular acts in Japan. After 1994's "The Living Return" failed to chart in Great Britain, the U.K. office of Mercury Records didn't release 1997's "Shapes and Patterns", 1999's "Filth and Dreams", or 2001's "Somewhere Deep in the Night" in England, their native country.
Both the 2001 "Somewhere Deep in the Night" and the 2004 "Where Our Love Grows" is packed with sweeping, melancholy tunes that echo Bacharach, while the albums is held together by lush instrumental themes that seem straight out of a '60s soundtrack album by John Barry or Quincy Jones.
For the die hard fan, SOS did the film score to the 2009 French movie Les Etrangers. Very hard to find since only a few copies were released. Excellent stuff!

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Tunde: Tunde (RCA 2004)
Produced by: Tunde
If you like Lighthouse Family (above), check out Tunde Emanuel Baiyewu. After splitting up with Lighthouse partner Paul Tucker in 2003, Tunde pursued a solo career and his 2004 effort sounds of Lighthouse Family all the way.

Tina Turner: Private Dancer (Capitol 1984)
Produced by: Terry Britten
The album was an outstanding success with worldwide sales of around 20 million copies! Tina moved away from her former R&B sound and into Pop/Soul. N.Y. Times wrote it was a landmark in the genre. The title track was written by Mark Knopler of Dire Straits and is a great mellow groover.

Dionne Warwick: Walk On By - Definitive Collection (Warner Bros. 2000)
Produced by: Various
In the early 60s, Dionne Warwick teamed up with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, songwriters and producers who wrote their timeless classics for her alto voice. Warwick is forever associated with those songs, even though she managed to build a career after leaving Bacharach & David. With a career spanning from the early 60s, more than 40 (!) Warwick compilations has been released. Warner UK have released one of the best in "Walk On By - The Definitive Collection" A digitally remastered 2 disc set containing 40 tracks mainly from the heyday of her collaboration with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. A must for Warwick fans and worthwhile for anyone interested in classic singing and songwriting. Excellent liner notes and photos as well.

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Wet Wet Wet: End Of Part One - Greatest Hits (Phonogram 1993)
Produced by: Wet Wet Wet
From the time Wet Wet Wet's debut "Popped In Souled Out" in 1987 to the time this best-of compilation was released in 1993, the band managed to become one of the biggest-selling acts in British chart history. The songs on this 2 CD set compilation contains blue-eyed soul and radio-friendly pop and is all the Wet Wet Wet you'll ever need. Apart from their biggest single, "Love Is All Around" in 1994, there was nothing from the last few years of their existence that matched the quality of the songs collected here.

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Nancy Wilson: Forbidden Lover (Columbia 1987)
Produced by: Kiyoshi Itoh
Nancy Wilson was among contemporary music's most stylish and sultry vocalists; while often crossing over into the pop and R&B — and even hosting her own television variety program — she remained best known as a jazz performer. Her 1987 release "Forbidden Lover" is however pure pop/soul! You should also check out her 1999 16 track "Greatest Hits" on Columbia. This has a more classic lounge/pop approach.

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Workshy: The Golden Mile (Magnet 1989)
Produced by: Mark Fisher & Pete Wingfield
Somewhere in between Swing Out Sister and a downtempo Matt Bianco, - with a dash Sade thrown in, - say hi to sophisticated coffee-table soul and smooth jazz band Workshy. Their debut album "The Golden Mile" was released in 1989. Don't think the album raised much fuzz in the UK, but it became a hit in Japan. As far as I know all of the later albums have only been released in Japan. Read more about Workshy...
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