mardi 30 septembre 2008

Leroy Brown - Color barrier ( Reggae )

01 - What a Fire (Disaster)
02 - Color barrier (album version)
03 - Don’t give up
04 - Rulers of Babylon
05 - Money barrier (Skully version)
06 - Stand up strong
07 - Mind how you walk
08 - African Roots (Mam Bu Ya)
09 - Time of decision
10 - Money Barrier (7’ horn version)
11 - Gone Gone feat. Captain Charghand
12 - Metro Pigs
13 - Prayer of Peace
14 - Color Barrier feat. Clint Eastwood
15 - Money Barrier (7’ Dub version)


All tracks recorded between 1974 & 1980 at Channel One, King Tubby’s, Treasure Isle, Sound Canada, Kink…

lundi 29 septembre 2008

Bilal - 1st Born Second ( Neo Soul )

1. Intro
2. For U
3. Fast Lane
4. Reminisce
5. All That I Am
6. Sally
7. Sometimes
8. Love It
9. C'mere
10. Soul Sista
11. When Will U Call
12. Queen Sanity
13. Love Poems
14. You Are
15. Home
16. Slyde
17. Second Child


Riding in on a D'Angelo-spawned wave of shivery voodoo groove, 22-year-old Bilal Oliver tries to flip the neo-soul script on his long-awaited, oft-delayed debut. It's an ambitious effort, a collection of 17 tracks on which this latest inductee into the Soulquarians collective (who's made appearances on Common's Like Water for Chocolate and Guru's Streetsoul, and produced tracks on Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun) proves he's worth his salt in hype. A host of A-list producers--Mike City, James Poyser, Dr. Dre (who rolls out a fine slice of funk on "Fast Lane"), and the ubiquitous Raphael Saadiq (behind the slinky "Soul Sista," which first appeared on the Love and Basketball soundtrack)--provide backing tracks that show off the young singer-songwriter's depth and range. Equally at home in reggae riddims ("Home"), anguished balladry ("When Will You Call"), and carnivalesque, Busta Rhymes-style sardonics ("Sally"), Bilal wants to show us he can do it all, and winds up spreading himself a bit thin at times. The best moments on the album happen when the classically trained vocalist lands on solid, soulful hooks (as on the sweetly aching melody of "All That I Am" or the haunting hum of "Love Poems") that allow his limber pipes to swoop gorgeously from gravelly basso to full-bodied falsetto, evoking shades of Prince and Marvin Gaye along the way.

dimanche 28 septembre 2008

The Whispers - This Kind Of Lovin' ( Funk, Soul )

1. This Kind of Lovin'
2. World of a Thousand Dreams
3. I'm the One for You
4. Got to Get Away
5. I'm Gonna Love You More
6. Can't Stop Loving You Baby
7. What Will I Do
8. Bright Lights and You Girl


The Whispers are a long-established Soul/ dance vocal group from Los Angeles, California, with a consistent track record of hit records dating back to the late 1960s. The Whispers formed in 1964 in Watts, California. The original members included the twin brothers, Scotty (Wallace) and Walter Scott, along with Gordy Harmon, Marcus Hutson and Nicholas Caldwell. In 1973, Harmon was replaced by former Friends of Distinction member Leaveil Degree. Scotty Scott's fluid, melodic voice is featured on virtually all of their hits.
The group scored many hits on the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and they hit #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1980 with "And the Beat Goes On" (not to be confused with Sonny and Cher's "The Beat Goes On") / "Can You Do the Boogie" / "Out the Box". In 1987, they enjoyed a brief tenure in the Top 40 when "Rock Steady" became their first Top 10 success on the Hot 100 (it reached #7) while also capturing the #1 spot on the R&B chart.
Although they recorded mainly in Philadelphia in the early to mid 70s, most of their studio work has been in Los Angeles. Their most successful period was in the 1980s with Solar Records (Sound Of Los Angeles Records), run by their manager at the time, Dick Griffey. The Whispers later founded their own Black Tie record label.
Marcus Hutson left the group in 1992 due to illness. According to the Whispers' website, when Hutson died in 2000 they vowed to never replace him, and now perform as a quartet.

vendredi 26 septembre 2008

The Jones Girls - The Jones Girls ( Soul, Funk )

1. This Feeling's Killing Me
2. You Made Me Love You
3. Show Love Today
4. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
5. Life Goes On
6. Who Can I Run To
7. We're a Melody
8. I'm At Your Mercy


The Jones Girls were a female R&B trio of sisters from Detroit, Michigan. They first recorded for GM Records in 1968.The Jones Girls consisted of sisters Brenda, Valorie and Shirley Jones. They served as backup singers for Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, and Le Pamplemousse. They worked with Diana Ross from 1975-78 and were the backup singers on Linda Clifford's 1978 album If My Friends Could See Me Now.
Their biggest hit was "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else". The song broke the Billboard Magazine Top 40 at #38 in May 1979. The song was also a Top 5 R&B hit.
An additional hit followed in 1980, with the single "I Just Love The Man", charting at #9 in January 1981. The less successful, "Nights Over Egypt", (released in 1981, charting at R&B #23 in 1982) is currently a cult classic that receives more airplay on urban radio stations than their previous bigger hits.

The Softones - The Softones ( Soul )

01 - The First Time
02 - Everybody Knew But Me
03 - Can't Help Falling In Love
04 - Extra Ordinary People
05 - I'm Gonna Prove It
06 - Why Why Baby
07 - And I Remember Your Face
08 - Never Let A Woman Like That Go By
09 - My Dream


The Softones are a "sweet soul" group from the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Their biggest hits were: "My Dream", "Can't Help Falling in Love", "I'm Gonna Prove It", "Carla My Love", and "That Old Black Magic".
They recorded for the Avco Records record label, in the early to mid 1970s. They were a very underrated singing group, whose initial breakout recordings were blessed with superb production. A single listen to the lush production of "My Dream" transforms you to another place, a magical kingdom, with the majestic use of strings and French horns that is this tune's opening signature... in the same fashion as Thom Bell's early arrangements for The Delfonics, the song "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" as an example. Lead singer Marvin Brown's high falsetto, similar to that of Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey, only higher and smoother and almost as instantly recognizable. Also in the group are Steven Jackson and Elton Lynch. To this date, they are still together and still singing.
Like The Stylistics, The Softones were also produced by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, Joseph E. Levine, and the late Van McCoy, whose orchestra, comprising the top New York session players of the era, served as the house band for many of these Avco recordings.

Héctor Lavoe - Two Exellents Best Of, From The Legend ( Salsa )

1. El Cantante
2. Mi Gente
3. Che Che Colé
4. Periódico De Ayer
5. El Dia De Suerte
6. Qué Lío
7. Aguanile
8. Todo Tiene Su Final
9. Tú Bien Lo Sabes
10. Plato De Segunda Mesa
11. No Hay Quién Te Aguante
12. Paraíso de Dulzura
13. Lloré
14. Mi Gente (Louie Vega EOL Remix-Radio Edit)

Disc 1
1. Aguanile
2. La Banda
3. Ah-Ah/O-No
4. Te Conozco
5. Abuelita
6. Qué Bien Te Ves
7. Barrunto
8. Piraña
9. La Murga
10. Juana Peña
11. Che Che Colé
12. Triste Y Vacía
13. Timbalero
14. Mi Gente
15. Todo Tiene Su Final


Disc 2
1. El Todopoderoso
2. Períodico De Ayer
3. Isla Del Encanto
4. El Cantante
5. El Sabio
6. Hacha Y Machete
7. Vamos A Reír Un Poco
8. El Rey De La Puntualidad
9. Ublabadú
10. Aléjate
11. La Fama
12. Mi Gente

Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez (September 30, 1946 – June 29, 1993)was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. Lavoe was born and raised in the Machuelito sector of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Early in his life, he attended a local music school and developed an interest inspired by Jesús Sánchez Erazo. He moved to New York City when he was seventeen years old.[3] On his first week living in the city, he worked as the vocalist of a sextet formed by Roberto García.[3] During this period, he performed with several other groups, including Orquesta New York, Kako All-Stars, and the Johnny Pacheco band.
In 1967, Lavoe joined Willie Colón's band and performed as the band vocalist.With the Willie Colón band, Lavoe recorded several hit songs, including El malo and Canto a Borinquen. While working with the Willie Colón band, Lavoe became addicted to drugs and began to habitually be late when scheduled to perform with the band. Colón eventually decided to not work with Hector on stage but they still remained good friends and made music in the studio together. Lavoe moved on to become a soloist and formed his own band, where he performed as lead vocalist. As a soloist Lavoe recorded several hits including El cantante, Bandolera and El periódico de ayer ('El Cantante' was composed by Ruben Blades, 'Bandolera' by Colón and 'Periódico' by Tite Curet Alonso.) During this period he was frequently featured as an invited vocalist in the Fania All Stars, and recorded numerous tracks with the band.
In 1979, Lavoe underwent a deep depression and sought the help of a high priest (of the Santeria faith) to attend to his drug addiction. After a short rehabilitation, he relapsed following the deaths of his father, son and mother in law. These events, along with being diagnosed with HIV, affected Lavoe to the point of attempting suicide by jumping off the balcony of a hotel room.Lavoe survived and recorded an album before his health began failing. Lavoe died in June 29, 1993, from a complication of AIDS.

There is nothing better in music than to have an original product of one of the best salsa singers of the salsa music. Every song is beautiful and is awesome to sit down with good friends or family to remember "The Good Old Days"...

Héctor Lavoe (30 septembre 1946-29 juin 1993), né Héctor Juan Pérez Martinez à Ponce (Porto Rico), était un chanteur salsa très connu dans les années 1970 et les années 1980.
Son nom est fréquemment associé à celui du tromboniste Willie Colón. Grâce à sa voix perchée (qui ressemblait à celle d'un jeune homme), son excellent sens du timing et son phrasé, Lavoe est considéré par beaucoup de fans de musique latine comme un des meilleurs chanteurs salsa de tout les temps, et il est surnommé El cantante de los cantantes (Le chanteur des chanteurs).
Son père, Luis Pérez, a chanté et joué de la guitare avec des orchestres et trios locaux et a donné ses premières leçons de musique au jeune Héctor. Plus tard il a suivi l'École Libre (gratuite) de Musique de Ponce. À 14 ans, Héctor a commencé à chanter professionnellement avec un orchestre de 10 musiciens dans un club local.
En 1963, à 17 ans, Lavoe part à New York, où il a trouvé du travail avec un sextet. Lavoe a rencontré Willie Colón en juin 1966 et est devenu le chanteur principal du groupe de ce dernier. Leur partenariat était très réussi; entre 1967 et 1975, les deux ont enregistré une douzaine d'albums, produisant beaucoup de chansons à succès devenues des classiques de la salsa. Après que l'orchestre se soit séparé, Colón a produit un certain nombre d'albums couronnés de succès de Lavoe : "La voz" (1975) (l'impresario Arturo Francis a surnommé Hector La voz (La voix) "Lavoe", en s'inspirant du surnom de Felipe "La Voz" Rodriguez), "Recordando a Felipe Pirela"(1979),"El Sabio"(1980),"Que sentimiento"(1981)et "Vigilante" (1983), "Strikes back" (1987).
Lavoe était aussi un membre de la Fania All-Stars et il a enregistré avec eux entre 1968 et 1988. Il est mort du SIDA le 29 juin 1993, à 46 ans seulement

Hector Lavoe - Triste y Vacia

Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe - Barrunto

mardi 23 septembre 2008

Request : The Stylistics - The Stylistics ( Soul )

1. Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)
2. Point of No Return
3. Betcha by Golly, Wow
4. Country Living
5. You're a Big Girl Now
6. You Are Everything
7. People Make the World Go Round
8. Ebony Eyes
9. If I Love You


The Stylistics were one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. They formed in 1968, and comprised lead Russell Thompkins, Jr., Herbie Murrell, Airrion Love (second lead on "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), James Smith, and James Dunn.