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Episode 059

The world's greatest saxophone player is something to be. He's not American as you might expect. In fact, he came upon these genres in the only record shop - as we used to call them - in Tel Aviv. He even served in the Israeli Army. Gilhad Atzmon is politically fascinating, artistically he's a genius, and he joins Sputnik. And if music has “charm to soothe the savage beast”, it certainly soothed me in the 1960s when I discovered Tamla Motown and its edgier cousin Stax. Our second guest, Motown singer and DJ, Miss H is a long way from the Motor City, Detroit; she's now based in Manchester. But just how far is the Michigan soul factory from today's X Factor conveyor belt of manufactured music. Perhaps, not as far as you think.

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