The best reissues of 2023 include gargantuan box sets and back-to-basics vinyl among a smorgasbord of essential releases.
With rarities from Joni Mitchell, Prince and Linkin Park, the best Record Store Day Black Friday 2023 releases are a must for all vinyl addicts.
Undeniably different from their stateside cousins, the best British soul songs more than earn their place on the world’s stage.
A landmark in British R&B music, the ‘Prodigal Sista’ album ensured Beverley Knight’s place among the world’s all-time greats.
The best Aretha Franklin albums prove that the “Queen Of Soul” had a profound understanding of the pain and the joy found in true soul music.
With the ‘Aretha Now’ album, Aretha Franklin served up an urgent classic that confirmed her recent crowning as ‘Queen Of Soul’.
Like the season that inspired them, the best summer songs can be balmy, blissful and sometimes bittersweet…
Originally recorded by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin turned the song Respect into ‘one of the battle cries of the civil-rights movement’.
Connecting the past and future of Black music, the best Chaka Khan songs stride from empowering anthems to straight-up floor-fillers.
Dusty Springfield’s crowning achievement, the ‘Dusty In Memphis’ album allowed her to realise her full potential as a soul singer.
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