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2008 Best Black Music Albums, Tracks & Live Shows (Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)

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Click Here to get more info about 2008's Best Black Music Albums & Tracks These rankings are also posted on www.soul-patrol.com and www.radioio.com as well as other places around the internet. Feel free to repost them wherever you hang out at online.

I really do hate making lists. That's because they have a beginning, a middle and an end. Which means that something is going to get left off, and no doubt I have left something out.

At any rate I have compiled a list of what I think are the very best ALBUMS (listed in rank order) and SONGS (listed in rank order/Black music style) released in 2008.

In addition to the rankings, clicking on the links below will enable you to listen to sound bytes from the associated albums and songs. If you are thinking about buying any of these, rest assured that you can buy them "sight unheard", they are ALL wicked, jazzy, funky, soulful, rockin joints that it is my extreme pleasure to turn you on to.This is a great year for Black music (Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll), probably the best this decade! So we as music lovers had quite a bit to smile about in 2008.

Thanks in advance for your consideration...

Bob Davis - Soul-Patrol
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Mount Holly, NJ 08060
earthjuice@prodigy.net


2008 BEST NEW ALBUM RELEASES:
(Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)

Click Here to get more info about 2008's Best Black Music Albums & Tracks2008 was an amazing year for Black music, or as Buffalo Springfield might say; "there's something happening here." And what's happening here is a VERY good thing in my opinion. Perhaps it is the impact of Amy Winehouse winning 5 Grammy Awards last year, employing what some critics might refer to as the "dated musical style of 1960's R&B" and forcing "neo soul" to grow up? Or perhaps due to the demise of the "smooth jazz" radio format, these artists are returning to their "funkier" roots and abandoning the "elevator music" that defines that style? Or perhaps as a result of the overall mood of the country, facing a multiple series of seeming insurmountable national/international crisis, looking backwards in order to achieve comfort? Or maybe we just have more artists who are simply tired of farting around, trying to create a "new sound", have come to the stunning realization that there isn't anything wrong with the "old sound?"

In addition to these rankings, you can also read my summarized reviews for each album at my blog on RadioIO.com at the following link:
http://www.radioio.com/genres/hiphop-soul/bob-davis-2008-top-album-picks-in-black-music

Of the 20 new album releases on this list (IN RANK ORDER), 18 of them could be described as being "retro" or even "dated" by some people. As you can see from the list, this trend crosses all Black music styles from Jazz, to Blues, to Rap, to Rock n' Roll, to Soul, to Funk and even Doo Wop, as well as demographic sectors, such as age & race. In addition to the rankings, clicking on the links below will enable you to listen to sound bytes from the associated album.

And if you think that this is all just the conjecture of a "nostalgic old fart sitting behind a computer in New Jersey", you would be quite wrong in that assessment. The songs from these albums are getting major airplay on internet/satellite radio channels and have even crossed over to terrestrial radio.

So it's really more than even a "trend", dare I say, it has evolved past that point and become a "movement."

BEST ALBUM RELEASES OF 2008
1. Global Noize - "Global Noize" 11. Gerald Alston - "Sings Sam Cooke (Featuring Gerald Albright)"
2. Cadillac Records Soundtrack (Various Artists) 12. Renaissance - "Meet Me On The Corner"
3. James Hunter - "The Hard Way" 13. Teeny Tucker - "Two Big M's"
4. Chante Moore - "Love the Woman" 14. Linda Jones - "Soul Talkin"
5. Angel - "Nu Soul Stew" 15. Nadir - "Workin For The Man"
6. Taj Mahal - "Maestro" 16. Stan Mosley - "Man Up"
7. Chuck D & the Banned (Featuring Kyle Jason) - "Tribb To JB" 17. Bob Baldwin - "NewUrbanJazz.com"
8. Nikka Costa - Pebble To a Pearl 18. Conya Doss - "Still"
9. Maysa - "Metamorphosis" 19. Rose Stone - "Already Motivated"
10. SMV - Thunder 20. Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes





BEST SONGS OF 2008
(Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)

Click Here to get more info about 2008's Best Black Music Albums & TracksI know that some of you out there are looking at this list and thinking; "that's all well and good, but many people don't really buy or listen to albums anymore, some people don't even own CD players anymore, they buy/listen to individual songs." Well that may or may not be true, however it's an idea that's well worth exploring. With that notion in mind here is a playlist for your consideration (BY BLACK MUSIC STYLE). This list also includes a few reissues. Click on the song titles and download these songs. Or if the economy's got you down and your broke, slide on over to Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com, where you can listen to most of these songs in the mix:

CLASSIC SOUL

1. Gerald Alston - "A Change is Gonna Come"
2. Linda Jones - Linda's 2 Minute Slow Jam
3. Dells - "Walk On By"
4. Renaissance - "Feeling The Blow/Sincerely"
5. James Hunter - "Till the End"
6. Chante Moore - "Do For You"
7. Raphael Saadiq - "Love That Girl"
8. Beyonce - At Last
9. Angel - "One More Heartache"
10. Alyson Williams - "Soft and Warm"
11. D. Alexander - "Let's Fly Away This Weekend"
12. Leigh Jones - "All This Love"
13. Kenny Lattimore - "You Are My Starship"
14. Desi - "Takin It As It Comes"
15. Cracked Ice - "Sweet Feeling"
16. Jewels - "Sugar Wooga Baby"
17. LaBelle - "Superlover"
18. Marilyn McCoo/Billy Davis, Jr. - "Try A Little Tenderness"
19. Mo Pleasure feat Ali Woodson - "R U Down"
20. Barbara Cole - "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean"
21. Burt Conrad - "It's Up To You"


FUNK

1. Chuck D & the Banned (Featuring Kyle Jason) - "Funky President"
2. K.J. Denhert - "What's My Name III"
3. Lockboxx - "Rollerglow"
4. Diplomats of Solid Sound - Come in My Kitchen
5. Public Enemy - "(I) Woke Up In A Place I Forgot"
6. Plunky B - "Syncrofunkanicity"
7. Rebel Diaz - "Which Side Are You On"
8. Diplomats of Solid Sound - "Hurt Me So"
9. K.R.U.N.K. Movement - Quarters Dimes Nicks Ect-Drugs
10. Marcus Miller - "What Is Hip"
11. Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten - "Thunder"
12. Tony Cook's Trunk of Funk - "Superstar"
13. George Duke - "Dukey Treats"
14. Wayne Brady - "Back in the Day"
15. Mike Calhoun and the Holy Ghost Band - "God's Got My Back"
16. Bootsy Collins - "She Deep N Juicy"
17. Bass Mint Bros - "Valley Park Groove"
18. Clones of Funk - "The Funky Ones"
19. Digg Deep - "Fallen Idol"
20. Fatback Band - "Sumertime Funk"


ROCK N' ROLL

1. Nadir - Life In The Fast Lane
2. Nikka Costa - Crybaby
3. Norman Kelsey - "Everything My Heart Desires"
4. Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten - "Lopsy Lu - Silly Putty"
5. Rose Stone - "Press On"
6. Marc Broussard - "Hard Knocks"
7. Nikka Costa - "Pebble To A Pearl"
8. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"
9. Nikka Costa - Stuck To You
10. Ryan Shaw - "Memphis Train"
11. Lenny Kravitz - "Dancin' Til Dawn"
12. Derek McKeith - "Love Song"
13. Munkeez Strikin Matchiz ((Bo Diddley, Chuck D, Bernie Worrell, Scott Free) - "Wreck It"


JAZZ

1. Global Noize - "Spin Cycle"
2. Maysa - Simpatico
3. Bob Baldwin - "Zawinul"
4. Chante Moore - "Guess Who I Saw Today"
5. Leon Ware - "Smoovin"
6. Maceo Parker - "Hit The Road Jack"
7. Vince Seneri - "The Stinger"
8. Chip Shelton - "MLK"
9. Candy Dulfer - "Candy"
10. Gerald Albright/Will Downing - "Never Can Say Goodbye"
11. Jason Miles - "Mr. Magic"
12. Gail Jhonson - "Runnin Around"
13. Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten - "Tutu"
14. Miles Davis - "Honky Tonk (Remix Version)"
15. Victor Wooten - "Miss U"
16. Michael Lington/Aaron Neville - "That's When You Save Me"
17. Lene Riebau - "What's The Plan"


NEO SOUL

1. April Hill - "Manipulation"
2. Solange Knowles - "6 O'Clock Blues"
3. Conya Doss - "Message"
4. Fifi Bastard - Walkin' Away
5. Eric Daniel and Friends - "Old Sax Nu Soul"
6. Eric Roberson/Angela Johnson - "Let Me Know"
7. Hil. St. Soul - "The Sweetest Days"
8. Eric Benet - "You're The Only One"
9. Donnie C - "You Got a Friend"
10. Raphael Saadiq - "Let's Take a Walk"
11. Kenny Lattimore - "And I Love Her"
12. Wayne Brady - "Can't Buy Me Love"
13. Lalah Hathaway - "Let Go"
14. Lalah Hathaway/Marcus Miller - "Ooh"
15. Marvin Gaye - "Anger (alternate extended mix by Marcus Miller)"
16. Noel Gourdin - "One Love"
17. Angela Johnson/Rahsaan Patterson - "Dream Flight"
18. taragirl - WhatYouGive
19. SOULS (Sounds of Urban Life Soldiers) - "Apology (A Phenomenal Occurrence)"
20. Tony Rich - "Part The Waves"


SOUTHERN SOUL/BLUES

1. Denise LaSalle - "Mississippi Woman"
2. Stan Mosley - "Barstool Woman"
3. Teeny Tucker - "Two Big M's"
4. Taj Mahal - "Diddy Wah Diddy"
5. Democrats of Soul - "Do The Soul President"
6. The Revalations (Featuring Tre Williams) - "I Don't Want To Know"
7. Eddie Floyd - "Head to Toe"
8. Larry Taylor - "Jody Got Your Girl and Gone, Pt. 1"
9. Melissa Young - "Rock With Me"
10. Mick Hucknall - "Father Up the Road"
11. Pat Cooley - "Boy Toy"
12. Matte - "Big Tall Black Man"
13. Mem Shannon - "Good-Bye Mr. President"
14. Q-Tip - "Evolution of a Man"
15. Stan Mosley - "Something U Got"
16. Soul Children - "Long Ride"
17. Eamon Walker - "Smokestack Lightnin"
18. Walter "Wolfman" Washington - "Shake Your Booty/Funky Thing, Pt. 1"
19. Willie Clayton - "A Woman Knows"
20. Sweet Angel - "Women's National Anthem"
21. Sweet Willie - "My Every Thing"




2008 BEST LIVE SHOWS
(Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)

Click Here to get more info about 2008's Best Black Music Albums & TracksAlthough there has been a whole lot of discussion about the role of the internet and other forms of technology in music, the reality is the the very best way to experience music is to do so in a live environment. As you are all aware we advertise many concerts on Soul-Patrol. Each week on the Soul-Patrol Times, we have concert listings from all over the United States & the world. In addition to advertising these shows, we go one step further. Where we can we actually cover these shows and file a report on them. In addition to the rankings, if you click on the links below in most cases you will be taken to a a review of that show, done by Soul-Patrol.

1. Gerald Alston @ Apollo (NYC)
2. Global Noize @ Highline Ballroom (NYC)
3. Sugar Pie De Santo @ Kimmel Center (Philadelphia)
4. Leela James @ World Cafe Live (Philadelphia)
5. SMV @ Keswick Theatre (Philadelphia)
6. Nadir @ BAM Café (Brooklyn)
7. Tre Williams & the Revalations @ the Key Club (Newark, NJ)
8. Leon Ware @ Blue Note (NYC)
9. James Hunter @ World Cafe Live (Philadelphia)
10. Victor Wooten @ Keswick Theatre (Philadelphia)
11. Sharon Lewis @ Dominican University (Chicago)
12. Ledisi @ Apollo (NYC)
13. Richard Nader's Doo Wop Spectacular (Nu Millennium, Twin Gold, Eugene Pitt & the Jive Five, Sonny Geraci, Chiffons, Mel Carter, Duprees, Lou Christie, Kenny Vance & the Planetones, BJ Thomas) @ Medowlands
14. B-52's @ Electric Factory (Philadelphia)
15. Rick Braun & Richard Elliot @ Keswick Theatre (Philadelphia)
16. Ledisi @ Keswick Theatre (Philadelphia)
17. Derek McKeith @ Sweet Rhythm (NYC)
18. Chip Shelton/Peacetime @ Twins Jazz Club (Washington DC)



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