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CATCH UP GROOVE/3: KOOL & THE GANG: EMERGENCY DELUXE EDITION (BBR)
This, their 16th studio album issued during 1984, was a double platinum seller as these dance floor favourites relentlessly brought home their distinctive style of music. Long gone are the group’s jazz roots as they carved a highly lucrative position in mainstream/soul music that, to be fair, remains relevant today to some degree. (For example, how many times have you been to a party/club and not heard 1980’s “Celebration”!) Housing a quartet of UK and US hits known to you all – “Misled”, “Fresh”, the delicious “Cherish” and the CD’s title track - it’s so apparent how Kool and his gang have continued to pull audiences and record buyers. Never a group to rest on its laurels, here we have tracks covering all musical tastes, ranging from funky riffs to oozing ballads, energetic upbeats across to elegant melodies. Plus a second CD comprising 7” and 12” dance mixes banging home this group has always meant big business. And fun!

Rating: 9


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Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  
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