Articles by Ian McCann
Seeing through fame’s facade and demanding to be themselves, The Monkees created perfect 60s pop that was more subversive than you think…
Finding greater success overseas than at home, the best Randy Crawford songs reveal a unique voice that deserved to command the globe.
From creative detours to political outrage and straight-up floor-fillers, the best soul albums answer the eternal question: What is soul?
Aretha Franklin’s ‘Young, Gifted And Black’ album delivered on all fronts: she really was everything its title claimed – and more.
Tackling The Beatles, The Band and others, ‘This Girl’s In Love With You’ found Aretha Franklin claiming much-loved songs for her own.
Shaping soul music in the early 70s, the best Donny Hathaway songs reveal a versatile singer who had so much more to give.
Punk before punk was invented, MC5’s singer, Rob Tyner, laid down the anti-establishment blueprint for all future rock’n’roll rebels to follow.
A sentimental ballad Otis Redding didn’t think suited him, Try A Little Tenderness became a passion-filled powerhouse in the singer’s hands.
Moving the feet as well as the heart, the best soul songs continue to inspire respect for everyone from Otis Redding to Aretha Franklin.
Proving that Chris Rea was the major-selling artist he had the potential to be, ‘Dancing With Strangers’ delivered on all his early promise.
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