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ROACHFORD Roachford / Get Ready (Edsel) * ROACHFORD remains one of the few acts to successfully blend rock and soul music in a manner that appealed to both camps.

While many musicians during the late 1980s committed themselves to a groove and sound that became known as streetsoul, Andrew Roachford and his bandmates marched to a different tempo, one that called for a diverse range of influences and inspirations.

Debut album Roachford, originally released in 1988, is now released on a double-CD. It contains hit singles Cuddly Toy (five versions of it, in fact!), Kathleen and Family Man, plus 12-inch mixes, B-sides and live tracks. Get Ready was Roachford's second album, released in 1991 and includes the hit title track, plus tracks such as Funkee Chile and Wannabee Loved Bayou.

THE BUCKINGHAMS Times And Changes / Portraits (T Bird) * ALTHOUGH virtually unheard of here in Britain, Chicago pop outfit The Buckinghams were the most listened to band in the US during 1967.

During that year they notched up five big hits, including Kind Of A Drag.

The albums Times And Changes and Portraits, now available on one CD, include those other four hits Don't You Care, Mercy Mercy Mercy, Hey Baby They're Playing Our Song and Susan.

Nowadays only Carl Giammarasee and Nick Fortune remain from the glory days of 1967, but in the USA, there is still considerable cult interest.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2012
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