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Singer will reveal venues from Lianne LaHavas' apartment

Pop: Just got to keep it real

D'Angelo's first album changed the way we think about soul. How can he live up to that?

CLASSICAL: CD REVIEWS

CARL ORFF: CARMINA BURANA (Deutsche Grammophon, 1CD)

Racing: Ante-Post update - Moiava en vogue as Bionic defects

MOIAVA IS the new favourite for the 1,000 Guineas following the defection through injury of Bionic at the weekend. Moiava will make her seasonal debut in Friday's Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte. Moiava's task at Newmarket may be simplified by news that Mother Of Pearl may miss the Guineas.

RACING: 10-YEAR-TALE ON THE CHAMPION CHASE

Cheltenham Festival

This Week's Album Releases: Various Artists Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol 2 Kent

SOUL-ENCYCLOPAEDIA Dave Godin bestrides his chosen genre like a colossus - it was he, for instance, who coined the terms "Northern Soul" and "Deep Soul". This second compilation of rarities is, if anything, even better than its predecessor, mixing aberrant deep-soul sides from well-known belters like Ben E King and Arthur Conley with acknowledged classics such as George Perkins's "Crying in the Streets", Toussaint McCall's "Nothing Takes the Place of You" and Bessie Banks's "Go Now", and a wealth of obscurities from such as The Premiers and Bobby Moore & The Formosts - the late England captain in fine voice on the organ-powered pleader "It Was a Lie".

Last Call

THEY MAY have been in the business for more than a decade, but the Afghan Whigs (right) still have the capacity to evade easy pigeonholing. Despite their suave suits, they are boisterous live, and the band collects ecstatic reviews of their albums while commercial success evades them. They haven't played Britain for more than two years, and although they are a band of epic proportions, you can see them at a couple of smallish venues this week before they release their sixth album, 1965, in October.

Book review: Barry White, B&Q and bashing

ONCE UPON A HOUSE ON FIRE by Andrea Ashworth, Picador pounds 14.99

TV Review: Tom Jones

For some reason I found myself becoming reconciled to BBC1's Tom Jones during the third episode, in which Lady Bellaston revealed the full extent of her charms to the hero (my wife, meanwhile, found herself coming round to the casting of the relatively unknown Max Beesley - firm evidence that the series was an equal opportunity titillator). This was more like it, I thought, particularly after the early episodes' dependence on slap and tickle (a peculiarly unarousing form of eroticism). Sadly that was the last we saw of Lindsay Duncan's body-double, but my change of mood about the production somehow survived the disappointment.

Isaac Hayes / Forum, London

If you think "Walk On By" is just a pop song then you should hear it get the full Isaac Hayes treatment. OK, so Dionne Warwick's 1964 recording was, without doubt, a benchmark performance, and the Stranglers turned it round pretty well with their version 14 years later. What Hayes does, though, is make you forget that a song has a beginning, a middle and an end. Instead, he allows the composition to kind of slowly infuse. After all, there's plenty of tune, so why hurry? As the man himself might say with a shrug "It's all right, we've got all night." At his Forum appearance, the process took around 16 minutes. Isaac Hayes sat relaxed at the piano while the guy with the electric guitar took centre stage and produced some sexual, languid sounds to set the tone. A full orchestral backing band hovered behind, waiting, as the guitar gently thrusted and surged, until finally becoming a spent force. Only then did the deep soul voice at last feel ready to sing.

Pop Albums: Curtis Mayfield - New World Order

Warner Bros 9362-46348-2

He's a soul man

Choice: One to see in the next seven days;

And scoff not at the Stylistics

The castrato may be dead, if temporarily exhumed in the film Farinelli, but men singing like women remains a pop phenomenon. Barney Hoskyns reaches for the high notes, while (below) two of our finest falsettos talk (like a man)

Album Review: Prince The Gold Experience Warner Bros 9362-45999- 2

Welcome to the Dawn, Playground for the New Power Generation," coos the sultry interactive voice-bite that links the tracks on The Artist Formerly Known As Prince's new album, assuring us that "there are over 500 experiences to choose from". But of course there's really only one experience available on this particular infonet, and it's the oldest of them all. As the little symbol himself admits at the end of the horrendous power-ballad "Shhh", "Sex is not all I think about - it's just all I think about you." Well, thanks, but no thanks.

riffs: Isaac Hayes on Luther Vandross's If Only for One Night

I'm a big fan of Luther's, but this song in particular is very special to me. Being a bachelor - I've been a bachelor now for 15 years - you find yourself alone quite a bit and you have, well, I guess you'd call it a lonely attack.

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