Welcome to the February 2009 Issue

This month’s issue covers three timely topics- Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and the economy.  We’re featuring an exciting new project, Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement, which consists of a CD box set from Time Life and a companion documentary scheduled to air this month on TV One.  Economic woes are nothing new, as evidenced in another CD box set, Ain’t Times Hard: Political and Social Comment in the Blues. Providing a more contemporary spin on the issue is Young Jeezy’s The Recession (mentioned briefly last month).  On a lighter note, there are plenty of romantic favorites, including Legacy’s “From the Heart” series and Teddy Pendergrass reissues on PIR/Legacy’s “Total Soul” classics series. New releases include Labelle’s Back To Now, the Family Stand’s Super Sol Nova Vol. 1, and UCLA ethnomusicology professor Dr. Cheryl Keyes’ debut album Let Me Take You There. Also featured in this issue is the new Sam & Dave documentary The Original Soul Men, remastered expanded editions of the Jacksons first two albums for CBS, Destiny and Triumph, and soul diva Kim Tolliver’s forgotten classic Come And Get Me, I’m Ready.