The ‘Soul Togetherness’ collection album is for many Soul lovers the event of the year. With Ralph Tee at the controls, the series first started back in 2000 under the form of an album simply titled ‘Soul Togetherness 2000’, and has delivered the best new Modern Soul anthems and more once a year ever since! On this latest collection of Goodies, there are to be found some of this year’s most loved tracks. The vintage one is a 1979 Linda Clifford song, ‘I Can’t Let This Good Thing Get Away’ that might have got missed by us the first time around, but with its classy midtempo soulful feel which is simply irresistible, it definitely fits in well. Joe is on board with ‘Fortune Teller’, taken from ‘Bridges’, one of the best albums of this year. UK Modern Soul duo, SouLutions are also included with their #1 UK Soul anthem, ‘Listen’ as remixed by Drizabone. And so is Noel Gourdin‘s falsetto led over looked gem, ‘No Worries’, from his third album.
Soulful House is also present in the form of Company‘s ‘Superstar’ that has been playing on Soulful airwaves throughout the Summer with an appearance on iDMW Top#10. Tracy Hamlin also appears with her winning cover of Luther Vandross‘s, ‘Never Too Much’. Quick look at the high caliber of artists featured, Eric Benet, Jennifer Holiday and Lalah Hathaway with top quality material. Lisa Stansfield has had a great comeback this year, returning back to the UK top 20 album chart. From her latest set is the limited edition 7 inch, Soul Talk remix of ‘So Be It’. In fact, one of three Soul Talk remixes with others being Glen Goldsmith‘s ‘London Skies’ and Paul Johnson who quite rightly says “not much ‘Better Than This'”.
All in all, a mighty fine collection of songs making this year’s ‘Soul Togetherness 2014’ an essential purchase for every Soul music collector…
Gary Van den Bussche (Disco, Soul, Gold)
Due for release this month on Expansion Records at a date to be announced!
Paul Johnson – Better Than This (Soul Talk Remix)
Lalah Hathaway feat. Divageek – Shine
Noel Gourdin – No Worries
Lisa Stansfield – So Be It (Soul Talk Remix)
Joe – Future Teller
Garcia feat. Vince Durrell – Praying For Rain
Linda Clifford – I Can’t Let This Good Thing Get Away
Glen Goldsmith – London Skies [Soul Talk Remix]
SouLutions – Listen (Drizabone Remix)
Eric Benet – Harriet Jones (Cool Million Remix)
Tracy Hamlin – Never Too Much
J. Holiday – Thinkin About You
The Company – Superstar (Reel People Vocal Mix)
Neil Pierce Ft. Vanessa Freeman – Ready For Your Love (DJ Spen’s Downtempo Soul Mix)
Tyrone Lee – Get My Life Back (Galactic Soul Mix)