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  • Audio CD (4 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Hurricane
  • ASIN: B004VQFQ3K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Beverley Knight presents her own versions of 13 classic UK soul tracks, including songs by Soul II Soul, Jamiroquai, Omar, Young Disciples, Roachford, George Michael, Junior and more.

BBC Review

The covers album is a noble tradition: a chance for an artist to pay tribute to their roots, to avoid writing any new material, and to present their listeners with songs that everyone knows they like already, because they've heard them. From Bowie to George Michael, John Legend to Paul Weller, a covers set is a chance to tell people where you're coming from and, often, to pause for breath while you work out where you're going to next.

Beverly Knight is a brilliant soul singer, who grew up at a time when black British music wasn't as united as it is in these days of grime riding high in the pop charts. High quality dance and soulful pop acts struggled to have more than one hit single, and very few - Rod Temperton's Heatwave and Jazzie B's Soul II Soul are notable exceptions - were able to maintain albums success and international fame.

Both those acts are referred to here on Soul UK. 'Soul' in this insistence is a fairly broad church, referring to the (generally brilliant) soul pop made in Britain over the last 30 years. As a testament to the often-overlooked music made in the days when RnB still meant Big Joe Turner, not Beyoncé, Soul UK is remarkably effective. The songs covered here are wide-ranging, from the Prince-like rock pop of Roachford's Cuddly Toy to Heatwave's gorgeous ballad Always and Forever. Knight's memory and taste are impeccable - it's nothing but a joy to hear Junior Giscombe's Mama Used to Say or Princess' Say I'm Your Number One again.

If there is a criticism of this album - which is certainly a record you'd be enormously hard-pressed to dislike - it's that Knight doesn't always find it easy to impose her personality on these well-known tracks. On the great Apparently Nothin' - and despite an excellent rap break - she doesn't add anything particular to the Young Disciples original. But when the arrangements and the vocals are given a touch of freshness, as in the Motown'ed-up cover of Cuddly Toy, Knight's version breathes and her versatility is given room to roam. More of that (and a cover of Linx's awesome Intuition) would have been nice here, but this is a good record.

--David Quantick

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Format: Audio CD
I have followed Beverley Knight for years. Her albums - I feel - never really portrayed the soul and emotion of her live performances. I was lucky to see her on Jools many many years ago singing an old Sam Cooke track and I cried throughout. I loved her Motown album and, if you don't own it, rectify that now. It's not just about her - the whole crew of musicians.. Same here on this soul covers album. But, jeees, does Beverley give this 120%!! I have played this album so many times and still, in my car on the way home tonight, I cried. Cuddly Toy: streaming tears. She puts so much feeling and meaning into every track. You feel the words hit your chest. She wants you to feel how good this music is, and she wants to tell you - yes, you - that she is singing to you. So much passion in her voice. And unbelievable vocal control. Someone in the accompanying DVD says that about her - her amazing vocal control. This album is such a steal because, not only do you get a fantastic album you will play till the grooves run dry, you get a live concert of the album played to an audience that includes the original artists. Beverley is in flames in that concert. Scorching. I cried through most of it because it was so uplifting, outstanding and beautiful to listen to and watch. That rising note in Fairplay: if it doesn't make every hair on your body stand to attention, you don't get it. This lady is an outstanding performer inside and outside the studio. And looks stunning too. As a fellow woman, I slightly resent that(!):). But I know she has worked damn hard for her craft. I think I probably sound rather evangelical about this album, but it really is that good. When music makes you cry, you know you are connected with the world in a good way. Beverley makes me cry because her passion for the music is pure.Read more ›
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Not only is this a brilliant CD but the service was quite outstanding. Ordered Sept 16th for delivery Oct 02nd. Actual delivery Sept 20th. Now that is what I call excellent service. As to the content of the CD? Beverley delivers shear class on thirteen very fine British Soul classics. Music is such a very personal thing but for me the standout tracks are Fairplay, There's Nothing Like This, Apparently Nothin' and When You Gonna Learn. You'll just have to make your own mind up but for sure this is nothing short of a brilliant album from one of the best singers around.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2011
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Beverley Knight is a National Treasure. 'Soul UK' is a covers album
but this need not trouble us. Ms Knight has a helluva voice and
the kind of secure yet relaxed performance style which carries the
project through with convincing, energetic and charismatic elan.

Remember Freez? Listen to her take on their 1981 hit 'Southern Freez'
if you need convincing. The spirit of the original is wholly intact but
Ms Knight's affectionate reinvention gives it new blood and a joyous pulse.
No less so her rendition of Junior's 'Mamma Used To Say', propelled
along by some hot backing vocals and even hotter horns. Pure magic.

For soul look no further than the slick arrangement of Stock, Aitken
and Waterman's (for Princess) 'Say I'm Your Number One' (one of SAW's
very finest creations). Ms Knight is incandescent! The song is too!

Rod Temperton's gorgeous 'Always and Forever' (Heatwave - 1977) is another of
the album's solid gold highlights. Ms Knight's measured vibrato and glorious
vocal arabesques are truly magnificent. She makes it sound easy. It isn't!

Final track 'One More Try' (George Michael - 1988) is simply sublime.

A consummate musician; a great singer; a very fine recording. One of her best.

Highly Recommended.
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You know someone is a truly great singer and interpreter of songs when she can record cover versions of familiar old numbers and make them sound not only fresh but also better than the originals. I've never particularly like Southern Freeze (probably because the woman who sings the original sounds bored and detached from the song), but I do now I've heard the version on this album. Beverley Knight is a superb artist and we're so lucky to have her.
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Celebrating the best of Soul in the UK, the front woman of Soul this side of the Atlantic Beverley Knight has compiled a record dedicated to the UK Soul movement.
With other genres of music getting high praise over the course of 40 years like Rock, Techno, Hip Hop and now Dubstep getting the attention of the pop charts, Beverley wants to address the importance of Soul music and how it has affected the likes of British artists.
Spanning across the late 70s until the early 90s, the songs touch a certain generation as sentimental, the rest of us get to here some classics again from yesteryear that were perhaps forgotten.
Some powerful ballads show off her voice but her capabilities don't stop there.
Tracks like "Mama Used To Say" originally by Junior in 1982 and "Apparently Nothin'" (featuring Glen Scott & Roots Manuva) by Young Disciples make sure this record isn't just one style of Soul but it covers the whole spectrum of the genre.
There are some interesting choices of material on "Soul UK" in which some people might not link to two artists together.
For instance, the last song on the album called "One More Try" is a track by none other than George Michael. A great artist but you might not necessarily put Beverley in the same breath. Though with a little change in instruments and a different vibe in place, Beverley creates a great re-mastered version of the George Michael classic and deserves its place on the record for sure.
Though you are treated to a hit upon hit collection, some fans might feel cheated that there are no original songs by the singer/songwriter.
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