ISSUE 1052 INTERVIEWS: Van Morrison (cover), Isaac Carree (cover), UB40, Mark Knight, Masters At Work, The Bamboos, Mark Knight, the Bongolian, Izzie’s Caravan, Thomas Atlas and Hare Squead.


B&S COLUMNISTS THIS ISSUE: Ralph Tee (modern soul), Bigger (r&b), Ben Lovett (dance), Richard Searling (northern soul) and Frank Elson takes a look back at his Checkin’ It Out columns in B&S magazines 128 (Feb 12-25) 1974 and 209 (Sep 21-4 Oct) 1979.


REGULAR FEATURE: Duncan Payne takes his Blues & Soul Years time machine back to England’s World Cup-winning year 1966 and the incarnation of not only the UK soul music scene but also this very magazine - miss it if you dare! Duncan also throws a spotlight on the year’s music tastes and reveals the Best Of Charts and Readers Poll winners.


FEATURE: Our must-read 50th Anniversary celebrating Philadelphia International Records retrospective continues, this issue we look at Gamble & Huff’s Philly Sound and how it took the world by storm. Staying with 50th Anniversary celebrations, as Marvin Gaye’s seminal masterpiece “What’s Going On” reaches its big 5-0 milestone we compare Gaye’s message to what’s going on in the world today.


LIVE REVIEW: After a COVID interrupted year, it’s all systems go for our live event coverage. We have a packed year of events we plan to bring to you and to kick it all off, we catch ridiculously talented Natalie Williams at Cafe G., a brand new (to live music) venue in East Dulwich, South London.


CHARTS: B&S Upfront Urban, Ben Lovett's Grooveyard Essentials Dance, Bigger's r&b filled Smoove Grooves, uber-cool and up-to-the-minute soul/r&b, jazz-soul Hip List and Richard Searling shares his Motown Memories (60’s Soul Club), Northern Soul Crowd Pleasers and 70’s Soul Sensations playlists.


REGULAR FEATURE: Soulful Social... where readers can have their say.



Issue 1052 Van Morrison/Isaac Carree