East London and Essex based band ECHO are back with their second album ‘Soul Proprietor’. Unlike their first acclaimed album this release is all studio recordings – and what a collection of recordings! 14 more well known (and some less well known) classic soul and Motown tracks have been given the full ECHO ‘eternal edge’ treatment. The album includes songs made famous by the likes of Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Jakie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, The Brand New Heavies, Martha and the Vandellas, Melba Moore and more.
This album has been a true labour of love for the 9 piece band who have employed the genius of producer / musician / arranger Richard Cottle to help polish their own arrangements of the songs, to obtain some top quality recordings and use his keyboards expertise. His vast experience comes from working with the best; from Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, and David Bowie in the 70’s, to Seal and Wham in the 80’s/90’s tand he has been Musical Director on many prime time UK TV shows, most recently including ‘The Voice’.
The talented Andrew Linham also assisted by scoring the brass arrangements and members of the Andrew Linham Big Band provide the stunning brass section and solos on the album.
With the band’s own acquired skill and knowledge from several years of constant gigging and with the added ingredients added by Richard and Andrew this album marks a real step up for Echo