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MARION JAMES

Northside Soul

2012-07-16

Marion James has been making music for over forty years. In 1966, she even had a top ten hit with "That's My Man". (In fact, here's a little tidbit...in the early sixties, Marion's touring band included Jimi Hendrix!) Nothside Soul is just the latest release from this Nashville blues artist. Consisting of mostly original compositions, Northside Soul offers heart-felt blues and funky soul. Ms. James must really feel it when she sings "Crushing My Heart" or the Ray Charles piece, "I Believe To My Soul". Marion, however, is at her best when she gets a little bit naughty. "Smokin' Hot", "Candy", and "Man Size Job" are all great songs that only a mature performer could pull off. The highlight of this release, though, is the Willie Dixon classic, "I Just Want To Make Love To You". Ms. James gets downright funky with it! It might, in fact, be the best version I've heard! Rebecca Ruth

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