Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mighty Hannibal @ Dig Deeper NY 24/1/09

Clubbed Movie Out Now In Cinemas In UK

My old mate Paul Mooney is involved in the above movie out now in UK cinemas. Plus there will be a soundtrack in the shops from 26/9/09. However, soul fans will be excited to hear that Paul is also releasing an unissued Sam Dees track on his Selecta/Shotgum label called Train To Tampa which is featured in the film.

Here's the press release:

The new British feature film Clubbed will be launched in UK cinemas on Friday, January 16th. The cast includes Mel Raido, Colin Salmon, Scot Williams, Shaun Parkes, Maxine Peake, Ronnie Fox and Aicha McKenzie.

The acclaimed film is directed by Neil Thompson and co-produced by Martin Carr. Executive producer is Paul Abbott, the former Coronation Street story editor who was executive producer of Shameless (Channel 4).

Clubbed is based on Geoff Thompson's award-winning book Watch My Back which has been reprinted to coincide with the film release.

The film has a 1980s clubland gangster theme and an exciting soundtrack featuring soul, funk and Jamaican ska. The original music score is by Paul Heard.

A soundtrack album will be released on CD by Formosa Music, distributed by PIAS, on January 26th.

The album features some of the more obscure tracks featured in the movie - such as 'Blowing My Mind To Pieces' by Bob Relf, 'Train To Tampa' by Sam Dees, 'Twenty Years Later' by Bobby Hutton, 'I'll Get Off At The Next Stop' by Carol Anderson, 'Cram' by Tony Cook and others by The Gladiators, Dorothy Norwood, Bobby Purify, Loleatta Holloway, Jackie Mittoo, Roland Alphonso and Nine Ton Peanut Smugglers.

The music for Clubbed was selected by director Neil Thompson working with music supervisor Olav Wyper and music publisher Paul Mooney who acted as a consultant.

To coincide with the cinema release, Mooney's company Selecta Records is releasing a limited-edition Sam Dees single featuring 'Train To Tampa' on their Shotgun label subsidiary. Selecta / Shotgun are also reissuing 'Twenty Years Later' by Bobby Hutton and have scheduled a limited issue of 'Blowing My Mind To Pieces' by Bob Relf who passed away last year. The soundtrack album is dedicated to Relf's memory.



Kellie Stephenson, Formosa Films PLC

Jason Guy, Formosa Music Ltd.
Paul Mooney, Millbrand Music

Good luck to everyone especially Paul!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Soul Discovery Update

Jame Whitney

Mick O' Donnell has been in touch to tell me you can find the following archived:

Interview with James Whitney,Dylan (Managing Director of CDS Records)
Clarence Dobbins and Marcell of Marcell the Truth

Archived show is currently available 11.1.09(209)

itune Podcast 11.1.09

Thanks for time

Surinam Soul

I mentioned a feature by Tom de Jong & Harry van Vliet on Surinam Soul in the last post on Sir Shamblings website. Find it here:

Surinam Soul

20 Caribbean Deep Soul Masterpieces

I've had the following message through from my mate John Ridley:


Just a quick note to say that I've added a new article to my website at

The article is a companion piece to Tom de Jong and Harry van Vliet's
fine piece on Surinam Soul entitled "20 Caribbean Deep Soul
Masterpieces" which can be found here

It has the usual soundclips and pictures.

I hope you enjoy it.

Best wishes,


Eddie & Ernie Features

Last week, I posted about the new Daptone 45 on Eddie & Ernie. By coincidence, Soul Source has resurrected some excellent features on the guys:

Half of ‘60s Phoenix soul duo plucked from obscurity

Transcripts of Interview with Ernie Johnson and John Dixon

Baltic Soul Weekender - 24th - 25th April 2009

The 2009 Baltic Weekender is taking place on the weekend 24th -25th April 2009

This year's line-up includes Melba Moore, Garland Green, Bobby Hebb, Ann Sexton, Gloria Taylor, Joyce Sims

Full event details can be found on on the Baltic Weekender website link below:

Here is Ann Sexton from 2007:

Karime Kendra - It's a Family Affair

Soul Source features an in terview with Karime Kendra:

Karime Kendra has soul music running through her veins and is all set for 2009 to be the year when she hits the big time. The Los Angeles-born singer lives in Kensal Rise and MARTIN GAVIN found out about her soulful family and prolific recording career.

Read more

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tony Middleton @ The Blue Note NY 18/1/09

Eddie & Ernie -Bullets Don't Have Eyes b/w In These Very Tender Moments

Daptone have sent me news of a 45 release on their Ever-Soul label by Eddie & Ernie:

Sometime in the early 1960s Hank Mullen's friend and fellow Buffalonian Carl LaRue, an organ player, traveled with his group (Carl LaRue and His Crew) all the way to Phoenix, Arizona, where he'd secured a steady gig as the house band at the local Zanzibar club. Soon after starting the job, he would invite a young (16yr & 19yr old) vocal duo to perform some of their original songs in front of his band during shows. Ernest Johnson Jr. and Eddie (Edgar) William Campbell were eager to make it in music and for the next 10 odd years would attempt to do so. They managed to record and release a handful of singles across varied imprints spread throughout the United States, from South Carolina to Chicago, from New York to Phoenix. One of the pairs singles, "Time Waits for No One", hit #1 on New York's WWRL, which subsequently landed them on the bill at the Apollo, appearing alongside soul heavyweight's gene Chandler, Wilson Pickett and the Temptations. Through ups and downs, none of their pair's recordings ever served to catapult them to greater fame and sadly in the early '70s, Eddie's premature death would close the door on their partnership.

When collectors Chad Weekley and Tony Janda brought Eddie and Ernie's "Bullets Don't Have Eyes" to my attention last fall I immediately knew it deserved priority as the next Ever-Soul single. One of the duo's last recordings, this tremendous cut was never released at the time of its creation in 1972 and was only first issued six years ago within Kent's excellent survey of their recordings: Lost Friends (Kent CD 214). The late Dave Godin, legendary soul polymath and the fundamental agent in the Kent project, referring to "Bullets Don't Have Eyes" in the compilation's notes, said “if this one got the plays it could really go places." The truly sublime b-side chosen for this Ever-Soul 45, "In These Very Tender Moments,” was issued on the Phoenix imprint Artco in 1967, but remains largely unknown today. Although obscure, undoubtedly their music has moved the souls of countless listeners over generations. It is our hope that this present release will help keep this music moving to new places, new ears and new hearts.

Special thanks to Phoenix Arizona's John Dixon, Carl Larue and the late Dave Godin, their direction, notes and memories were invaluable in the creation of this release.

- David Griffiths Daptone

Take a listen here:

Eddie & Ernie Bullets Don't Have Eyes b/w In These Very Tender Moments

Wendy Rene's "After Laughter (Comes Tears)"

Wendy Rene's "After Laughter (Comes Tears)"
The making of a cult classic.
By Steve Klinge
Oxford American Magazine