David R. Bishop

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (1,588 of 1,674)
Location: Plymouth, UK
In My Own Words:
I can't spell very well. This is a great way of leaving a few words about music and films that I enjoy.

I like soul music mainly, and watch loads of movies, specially fond of old ones.

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Disco Vol 1 ~ Various Artists: The Master Series
Disco Vol 1 ~ Various Artists: The Master Series
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Many soul fans turn their noses up at disco music. I find much of it trite and repetetive, yet I cannot turn my back on the music of my teenage years, it was where the world was. Much of it was creative, the good stuff for me retained vestiges of soul. The music media set out to destroy the genre at he end of the 70's. Could that possibly have been because it was predominantly black or gay?

Three tracks here stand out for me. Cheryl Lynn 'Got To Be Real' from the same production stable as Eath Wind and Fire. Classy music with a top vocal from an underrated vocalist. Vicki Sue Robinson 'Turn The Beat Around' is one of the records that really kicked off the genre as… Read more
70's Soul ~ Various
70's Soul ~ Various
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Hits, 22 Nov 2009
This collection contains mostly hits, including two British No 1s, The Jacksons 'Show You the Way, from 77 and The Tymes 'Ms Grace' from 75.

There is disco on this album, but somehow it retains its soul cred. Ex-Stax artist Johnny Taylor growls his way through 'Disco Lady', and Melba Moore and Glad and The Lads are side by side, singing Van McCoy songs, which is enough soul cred for me!

They have chosen my favourite Sly & The Family Stone track 'Running Away'. They were so ahead of their time, yet you hear so little of them now.

Of the tracks that were not hits, The Freinds of Distinction 'Love or Let Me Be Lonely' found its way on to Radio 1 play lists… Read more
The Platinum Collection (International Release) ~ Ruth Brown
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of 50s R&B, 18 Oct 2009
Ruth Brown was one of the first artists signed to Atlantic records in 1949. During the 50s she had hit after hit on the R&B charts. Atlantic records came to be known as 'The house that Ruth built'.

Many of these sides like '5-10-15 Hours' and 'Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean', stayed atop the R&B chart for weeks on end. During the mid 50s, Ruth's chart run slowed a little. Label mate Laverne Baker was fresh to the charts and was perceived as more R&R than R&B. That is of course where the huge sales were. Ruth managed a couple of top 30 pop hits in the US with 'Lucky Lips' and 'This Little Girl's Gone Rockin''. Neither are considered her best recordings by R&B fans, but… Read more