Unreleased Prince track “Father’s Song” — listen

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Next week, Warner Bros. will release a deluxe reissue of the beloved Prince album, Purple Rain, featuring six previously unreleased tracks. In anticipation, one of those unreleased gems has been unveiled. As Pitchfork points out, “Father’s Song” originally appeared as a 90-second excerpt in the Purple Rain film before being repurposed on the album as the…

Read more via Unreleased Prince track “Father’s Song” is perfect for rainy weather — listen — Consequence of Sound

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Review of Floodgates-Keith & Jenny Raby

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My first introduction to this talented couple came via their debut album. “My Heart Will Sing”. It was clear from the start that their background in the ‘Music Industry’ had enabled them to develop into a creative force to be reckoned with.

Album two follows concerts and radio show airplay (including my own show), and shows a more commercial side with infectious hooks to their songs. Take for example “Running To The Arms” which after a couple of plays, is very difficult to get out of your head. Or “Soldiers” , with its recognizable rhythm of an army, cradled with Jenny’s “bluesy” voice-a musical marriage enough to set any lover of a good tune humming away!” Another is “Run to me”, showing what a creative musical force Keith is , the driving beat ladened production is an engaging listen.

The album finishes with a brief message from Rev Brian Grist…this keeps the collection in its lyrical faith context, although I have reservations over a spoken piece on a collection, as it is likely to be skipped over on repeated listening.

This an enjoyable album demonstrating how far they have come!

8/10

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Last week, Jack White returned with a surprise new singled called “Battle Cry”. We later learned that the instrumental anthem was written specifically for a short film promoting White’s sporting good company Warstick, and thus our hopes for a surprise new album died on temporary ground. Instead, it looks like archival releases will continue to be the name…

More details via Jack White announces new live album from The Dead Weather — Consequence of Sound

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Freddie Mercury Biopic on the way!

By Hayden Wright A long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic finally has a release date, according to Queen guitarist Brian May. He said the film would come out “next year,” though he didn’t reveal what that date would be, reports NME. The movie will star Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) as Queen’s late, dynamic frontman and has been in…

Read more via Freddie Mercury Biopic to Hit Theaters Next Year — WCBS-FM 101.1

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Top Of The Pile Reviews Jan-March 2017

 

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It’s been an amazing first quarter for great music-these are the reviews that I gave 8/10 and above (excludes collections, seasonal and children’s albums)

KEEPING ON-KARA ANN MARIE 8/10

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http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/Kara_Ann_Marie/Keeping_On/164314/

OUR LOVE STORY-KATY CRAWFORD 8/10

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http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/Katy_Crawford/Our_Love_Story/162260/

FOLLOWERS-TENTH AVENUE NORTH 9/10

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http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/Tenth_Avenue_North/Followers/163018/

NO LONGER MY OWN-CHERI KEAGGY 8/10

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http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/Cheri_Keaggy/No_Longer_My_Own/157888/

KISS THE SON -RICK PINO 8/10

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http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/Rick_Pino/Kiss_The_Son/156791/

ARE YOU READY (SINGLE)-KEITH AND JENNY RABY 8/10

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https://steveluffradio.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/new-single-from-keith-and-jenny-raby

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New Single From Keith And Jenny Raby!

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It was my privilege a few months ago to feature several songs from the couple’s second album “Floodgates” (review to follow) on my radio show..it received a warm response from the listeners at the time.

This week I hear they are currently working on their third album release, and if this title track “Are You Ready” is an indication, we are in for a treat!

The winning formula is there..Jenny’s soaring vocals over Keith’s production talents, an indication of their vast experience of the “industry”. Here as before we are lyrically in the realms of Gospel Music, with repeated calls of “Are You Ready?”

What strikes me here is the clever production. There is good use of the over laying of vocals-including Keith’s in part! Also I enjoyed the piano introduction before the blues vocals of Jenny kick in.

I look forward to hearing more when the full album is released around August this year!

8/10

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