December 9, 2011 |
Since she was a teenager, Long Beach resident Darma Elofson has considered herself a mod, part of a stylish subculture with roots in 1960s Britain that set itself apart from motorcycle-jacket-clad rockers. The mod revival that surged stateside and across the Pond in the late 1970s and early '80s introduced devotees like Elofson to its tenets of soul music, Italian scooters, and — above all — sharp dressing. "Typically, as a mod, your shirt would be buttoned up," she says. "It's a clean-cut kind of thing, nice and neat, '60s style.
October 20, 1989 |
The recent trend in Jamaican music has been toward hedonistic, less message-oriented "dance-hall" and "lovers rock" sounds. But in its appearance at the Music Machine on Wednesday, the group Foundation eschewed current fads, revitalizing a format that dominated reggae's formative years: the harmony trio. Backed by the tight yet supple, six-piece Creation band, Foundation live was a lot earthier and tougher than it is on record.
November 9, 1986 |
Do ya like good music? (Yeah, yeah.) Then Peter Guralnick's new book "Sweet Soul Music" (Harper & Row) is right down your alley, two steps from the blues and just around the corner from the Pentacostal church. Featuring 175 eye-popping photographs, this 438-page oversize paperback may be the best music book of 1986. More than mere scholarly analysis, it's obviously a labor of love.
August 15, 1997 |
This six-disc boxed set is a knockout, a collection that is frequently as inspired as the soul music it salutes--and the fun begins with the packaging. The multicolor box is patterned after the compact cases that teenagers in the '50s and '60s used to store their 45s or carry them to a friend's house. In the same nostalgic tradition, the discs are made to look like old 45s, complete with logos that resemble some of the famous soul labels, including Motown and Stax.
October 6, 1988 |
From the 4/4 Motown back-beat driving the opening selections through the note-perfect, symphonic soul version of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" during the encore, the group Was (Not Was) paid homage to--and sardonically tweaked--25 years of R&B dance styles during its hourlong set at the Whisky on Tuesday. The 11-piece ensemble recalled George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic thang but in a soul classicist vein.
May 20, 1990 |
Yes, Lisa Stansfield is white. And yes, she does sing soul music--very well. So, what's the big deal? "That's what I want to know," Stansfield, 24, said during a recent interview in a hotel restaurant here. "If you are a soul singer, you are a soul singer. If you are a heavy-metal singer, then you are a heavy-metal singer. "What's color got to do with it? I don't go around thinking, 'I sing soul music and I'm white.' I just sing the way I feel.
December 27, 2013 |
The highlight of Sam Smith's recent two-night stint at Troubadour didn't happen during, “Latch,” his exuberant dance jam with UK electronic duo Disclosure which exploded onto British radio late last year. It came during the aching ballad, “Lay Me Down,” his first offering as a solo artist . Couples embraced, the glow of smartphones lit up the room and a few concertgoers even had to wipe tears. Without prompt, the crowd began to compete with Smith's effortless, R&B-inflected melisma during the song's chorus.
March 15, 1987 |
"MEN AND WOMEN." Simply Red. Elektra. Simply Red's brand of vintage rhythm and blues is pure joy. Not since the heyday of Culture Club has there been a multiracial British band with this big a gift for giving '60s-sounding soul music an '80s vitality. Lead singer Mick Hucknall has a funny kind of whiny, wily voice that technically isn't great. But it's in a category with quirky, distinctive voices like those of Etta James, Joe Cocker and the late Esther Phillips.
August 17, 1991 |
When Irish singer Andrew Strong talks about his musical influences, he rattles off a list that reads like a Who's Who of American soul music: James Brown, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Wilson Pickett. But ask him about the person who had the biggest impact on his career and the answer is much closer to home: It's his musician father, Rob Strong.
October 28, 2001 |
It's hard to pinpoint just when gospel music merged with rhythm & blues to create soul music, but there's no question that the glory period for the new style was in the '60s and early '70s, when it helped define the escalating aspirations of black America.