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JIMMY SOMERVILLE Read My Lips / Dare To Love (Edsel) * AFTER huge success with Bronski Beat and The Communards, Jimmy Somerville went solo, issuing the album Read My Lips in 1989. It featured two big hits with cover versions of Sylvester's You Make Me Feel Mighty Real and The Bee Gees' To Love Somebody (both pale imitations).

His second solo album, Dare To Love, was released in 1995 and contained two more hit singles, Hurt So Good and Heartbeat. Both albums are now available as double CDs that also include rare tracks and re-mixes.

FENDER The Golden Age 1950 - 1970 (Ace) * LEO Fender's contribution to the sound of modern music is immeasurable.

Working out of a workshop in California, he and his small team began building guitars and came up with the Fender Telecaster, the first solid body guitar.

Then followed the Precision Bass, the Stratocaster and the Jazz Bass.

Every one of these became the iconic instruments of the rock and roll age.

This compilation CD includes a hugely eclectic mix of musical genres, from western swing to rock, via blues, country, r&b, pop, surf and soul. But they all have one thing in common - the sounds of Fender guitars. Amongst the two dozen tracks you'll find are Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues, The Cricket's Looking For Someone To Love, and The Shadows' Wonderful land, which I'll be playing tomorrow on my Best of British Bank Holiday radio show, 2-4pm on BBC WM 95.6fm.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2012
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