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Martin Freeman / Eddie Piller – Soul On The Corner – Album review

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Martin Freeman / Eddie Piller

Various Artists

Soul On The Corner

Acid Jazz Records

Vinyl/CD

Louder Than War Bomb Rating 4.5

Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller have compiled another deft compilation with their latest release entitled Soul On The Corner released via Acid Jazz Records. Matt Mead digs these cool cats to review the album for Louder Than War.

Following on from last years lauded Jazz On The Corner compilation, 2019 sees the pair in matching trousers adorning the sleeve of the duo’s latest release. Renowned head of Acid Jazz – Eddie displays a weighty knowledge of 60s soul in all its forms, with Martin being a versatile sophisticated companion. The pair have brought together some weighty classics to the table.

The concept of this and the previous album is fairly simple. Dig deep into their own vinyl crates, bringing into play an album packed full of soul gems from off the beaten track. The pair clearly have a shared love for their music after they shared a microphone for 6 Music which was so well received the idea to further their reputation brought these collections into physical existence.

Released on both vinyl and CD in gatefold sleeves with swaths of liner notes, this selection sharpens the spotlight on soul monsters with the likes of opening track Bobby Womack How Could You Break My Heart plus 60s British beat master Georgie Fame with Daylight. There are mega rarities with Arnold Blair enchanting with Finally Made It Home, Tommy McGee wistfully romanticising with Now That I Have You plus Syreeta serenades with I’m Goin Left and finally Patsy Gallant picks up the microphone to sing elegantly It’ll All Come Around.

A wonderfully divergent album over flowing with an exquisite smattering of grooves, rhythms and ballads fit for any soul brother or sister about town. I’m currently putting a wish list together for future releases from this distinctly musically educated duo.

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The album can be purchased from the Acid Jazz website.

All words by Matt Mead. Further articles by Matt can be found via the Louder Than War author archive.

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