vendredi 30 mars 2012

DJ Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz (Rap/Jazz)

1. Bossa Nova - Mr. Electric Triangle
2. Remember Me - Blue Boy
3. Get This - Groove Nation
4. Pick Me Up - Deadbeats
5. Gibby Music - Apollo Grooves
6. Midnight Calling - Naked Funk
7. Midnight Calling (Fly Amanita Remix) - Mark Farina
8. If We Lose Our Way - Paul Johnson
9. In Hale - Hydroponic Groove Session
10. Warm Chill - Julius Papp
11. Music Use It - Lalomie Washburn
12. Longevity - J Live

What more can be said about about this record that hasn't already been said? This disc compiles some of the greatest grooves of Mark Farina's legendary Mushroom Jazz evenings in San Francisco. Some of you have probably heard Farina spin house, but you should know that Mushroom Jazz is NOT a house album. Instead, it is a heady mix of some smoothest mid-tempo underground tracks ever put out on vinyl (and now CD). Some of the glory of this album can be found in the variety of musical styles Farina manages to fuse together in a seamless mix which transcends categorization. But, more importantly, the FEELING this album conveys to the listener and the incredible beats are both unique and fresh. I've searched a long time for another record similar to this one, but I don't think it exists. Snap this album up and you'll see what I mean. Then you'll know why I'll be the first one in line for Mushroom Jazz II.

mercredi 28 mars 2012

Ceasar Frazier - Hail Ceasar (Funk)

01 - Hicky-burr
02 - Ellie's love theme
03 - See-f
04 - Hail ceasar !
05 - Make it with you
06 - Runnin' away

mardi 27 mars 2012

Jerry Moore - Life Is A Constant Journey Home (Soul)

1. Life Is a Constant Journey Home
2. Drugged
3. Anti Bellum Sermon
4. This Is My Time
5. Ballad of Birmingham
6. Winds of Change
7. Let Go, Reach Out

I cannot get over how amazing this album is. Very little information is available on Moore, who turned street preacher shortly after this recording. The haunting opening track, "Life is a Constant Journey Home", is based on "The Ballad of Birmingham" and the bombing of an Alabama church by the KKK. Each subsequent track has a tale all its own, ranging from Love, the Civil Rights movement, acceptance, and faith. Strangely, all meld together into one beautiful, connected song: "Drugged" talks of Winds of Change, "This is My Time" begins with the words Life is a Constant Journey Home and "Anti Bellum Sermon" urges to Let Go, Reach Out. Moore has a deeply soulful voice and the music ranges from jazzy to soul to acoustic. He certainly has the voice and conviction to insprire and connect with people. All we are left with is this poignantly strong recording. Seven tracks is too short!

dimanche 25 mars 2012

Gold - Gold (Funk-Soul)

01. What About The Child
02. If You Can Dance
03. Ain't That Funky Enough
04. Plastic Lady
05. People Will Be People
06. Gimme Some Love
07. You Are So Wonderful
08. Without You
09. Now I Know
10. What About the Child (intrumental)

The original plan was rather more straightforward. We had intended simply to license the masters for the obscure ’77 Cali funk-soul single “What About the Child”, credited to otherwise unknown outfit Gold, for a direct 45rpm reissue. And so began the search for the men behind this lavish, expansive soulful spin, the men who were Gold. Writer and producer Avelino Pitts was taken aback on first contact, but duly set about the not-so-simple task of locating and delivering these thirty-five year old tapes. “I dug around, I started going all over and asking, and nobody knew where this was” Pitts remembers. “And, no one – the studios, my brother – nobody had a copy of a tape. But my father had a shed in the back. Now this is in Las Vegas – not air conditioned – and this is a shed. And after all…
…of these years of hundred-plus degree weather, he said, ‘why don’t you take a look in the shed?’ So I’m digging through boxes, covered in dust, spiders, and I come across this box of tapes!”
And from those very tapes comes this long-awaited album! Unheard by human ears since 1974, this is the super sound of psychedelic soul, dancefloor funk and soulful ballads astonishing for their power and beauty. It’s incredible to find out that for one reason or another this album was never released at the time, and in our interviews and liner notes we reveal the fascinating story behind the band and why such good music has been kept in the dark for so long.

Chris Bowden - Slightly Askew (Jazz)

1. Only Angst
2. Crockers and Killers
3. Zoo Zoo
4. W'p De f'n Doo

Listeners wondering why Ninja Tune would release a jazz record need know only one fact to make sense of it: Chris Bowden has arranged and anchored tracks from 4hero and the Herbaliser, two of the brightest dance-production collectives to flirt with jazz playing. As experienced listeners may guess, Slightly Askew proves that Bowden has kept a few ideas in reserve for this occasion. It's the work of a free jazz big band (17 pieces, including four violins and a pair of cellists) and, as such, will mean much more to fans of jazz than electronica. The group opens up immediately on the lengthy opener, "Only Angst"; noisy but very structured, the 20-minute piece features most players working through what can only be described as section arrangements while flutes, trombone, and alto Bowden explode with brief, fiery solos. Though "Crockers and Killers" and "Zoo Zoo" begin as small-group numbers (with the fractured drum work embodied in West London's broken-beat scene, of which 4hero is a part), both gradually expand and continually find new territory to explore. Excepting only a few scattered seconds of keyboards, there's no sound synthesis at work here -- just the amazing free-form musings of a large group organized by one of Britain's brightest young musicians. Now, if only they think to stock it in the jazz section.

samedi 24 mars 2012

Zapp - Zapp II ( Funk )

1. Dance Floor (Album Version)
2. Playin' Kinda Ruff (Album Version)
3. Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) (Album Version)
4. Do You Really Want An Answer? (Album Version)
5. Come On (Album Version)
6. A Touch Of Jazz (Playin' Kinda Ruff Part II) (Album Version)

Le Genre d'album classique qui rentre dans la catégorie des intouchables !
Roger Troutman & Zapp always had The Jams and this Album Represents The Funk to the Fullest.Dance Floor still Rocks any House Party.

jeudi 22 mars 2012

Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan - Ask Rufus ( Funk )

1. At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)
2. Close The Door
3. Medley: Slow Screw Against The Wall/A Flat Fry
4. Earth Song
5. Everlasting Love
6. Hollywood
7. Magic In Your Eyes
8. Better Days
9. Egyptian Song

This album was not only a hit with the critics but it was a major hit with the fans. This album out sold all of the other previous albums by Rufus and Chaka Khan. This album marks a period of experimentation by Khan and the group. For example, for the first time Chaka sings in a very low octave at the beginning of the song "Everlasting Love." During an interview, after the album's release, she stated that she wanted to explore the lower ranges in her voice.
This album is a classic because it includes some of their best songs like "Close The Door," "Everlasting Love," "Earth Song," "Egyptian Song." Every song on this album is excellent. Not only did this album sell a million-plus, it was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 for best R&B performance by a duo or group.
Rolling Stone member Ron Wood performed some guitar work on the album.
Overall this album is a classic because the band decided to take a chance and go in a new direction and as a lover of all kinds of music I am glad they did.

mercredi 21 mars 2012

Sheree Brown - Straight Ahead ( Funk )

01. You'll Be Dancing All Night
02. Happiness Flows
03. You Are Beautiful
04. Get Down, I'm So Bad
05. Passing Thing
06. Never Do You Wrong
07. Everything You Do
08. I Wanna Be By Your Side
09. It's A Pleasure

Sheree Sarah Brown, 25th December 1955, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Los Angeles-based Sheree recorded two albums, in the early Eighties, both for the Capitol imprint.
'Straight Ahead' was released in 1981 and included the songs 'You'll Be Dancing All Night' and 'It's A Pleasure'.
'The Music' followed in 1982 and included 'Happy Music', 'Got To Get Away' and 'On My Way Home' (featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica).
Both albums were showcases for her songwriting abilities, with 'It's A Pleasure' recognized as her finest moment, and later re-recorded by Frances Nero.

Kurtis Blow - The Best of Kurtis Blow ( Funk , Rap )

1. The Breaks
2. Christmas Rappin'
3. Hard Times
4. Starlife
5. Tough
6. Daydreamin'
7. Party Time
8. One-Two-Five (Main Street Harlem U.S.A.)
9. 8 Million Stories
10. AJ Scratch
11. Basketball
12. America
13. If I Ruled The World
14. I'm Chillin

Kurtis Blow is known throughout the hip hop world as the original "King of Rap." This CD is a nice collection of some of his more popular songs. However, many of Kurtis Blow's best efforts were not released as individual singles and, thus, did not make it to this compilation. That fact aside, this CD is very good.
Everyone has heard the classic "The Breaks" as well as "Christmas Rappin" both of which stand true to Kurtis Blow form on this cd. Kurtis Blow also had classics with Basketball, 8 Million Stories and I'm Chillin. AJ Scratch is a nice ode to his dj and "Tough" has an awesome bass delivery.
Kurtis Blow was than man, and this CD certainly reflects his great vocal talents and classic hits

mardi 20 mars 2012

Sylvia St. James - Magic ( Funk )

01. Can't Make You Mine
02. Better Things
03. Ghetto Lament
04. Let Love Groove Me
05. Motherland
06. Black Diamond
07. Magic Minstrel
08. So I Say To You
09. Almaz Interlude

lundi 19 mars 2012

Creative Source - Pass The Feelin' On ( Funk, Soul )

1. Pass The Feelin' On
2. Thanks For Loving Me
3. Sincerely
4. I Want Ya (Loving Me)
5. Funky Luvah
6. Rainbow On The Ground
7. Don't Be Afraid (Take My Love)
8. One Happy Song
9. Turn On To Music

dimanche 18 mars 2012

Champaign - How 'Bout Us ( Funk )

1. Can You Find the Time?
2. Party People
3. Whiplash
4. I'm on Fire
5. How 'Bout Us
6. Spinnin'
7. Dancin' Together Again
8. Lighten Up
9. If One More Morning
10. How 'Bout Us (Edit)
11. I'm On Fire (Edit)
12. Can You Find The Time ? (Edit)

Champaign was an R&B band with adult contemporary leanings from the 1980s, best known for their 1981 hit "How 'Bout Us." The interracial septet, who named themselves after their hometown of Champaign, Illinois, included Pauli Carman and Rena Day on vocals; Michael Day and Dana Walden on keyboards; Howard Reeder on guitar; Michael Reed on bass; and Rocky Maffitt on percussion/drums. The title track from their 1981 album, How 'Bout Us, was a hit single, reaching Top Five in the United Kingdom and on the United States R&B charts (also #12 U.S. Pop).

Ashford & Simpson - Is It Still Good To Ya ( Funk )

1. It Seems To Hang On
2. Is It Still Good To Ya
3. The Debt Is Settled
4. Ain't It A Shame
5. Get Up And Do Something
6. You Always Could
7. Flashback
8. As Long As It Holds You

Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful husband and wife songwriting/production team and recording artists. They met in the choir of Harlem's White Rock Baptist Church. After having recorded unsuccessfully as a duo, they joined another aspiring artist, Joshie Jo Armstead, at the Scepter/Wand label where their compositions were recorded by Ronnie Milsap ("Never Had It So Good"), Maxine Brown ("One Step At A Time"), as well as the Shirelles and Chuck Jackson. Another of the trio's songs "Let's Go Get Stoned" gave Ray Charles a number one U.S. R&B hit in 1966. Ashford & Simpson then joined Holland/Dozier/Holland at Motown where their best-known songs included "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand" and "Remember Me".

samedi 17 mars 2012

One Way - Love Is ( Soul, Funk )

1. Love Is
2. My Lady
3. All Over Again
4. Get It Over
5. Push
6. I Didn't Mean to Break Your Heart
7. Be Serious
8. Wait Until Tomorrow

One Way emerged in 1981 with the grossly overlooked and underrated Love Is...One Way LP. Continuing to focus on the smooth vocal harmonies and sweet soul rhythms that had long been their forte, the Detroit group brought the album into the Top 20 in March, their highest spot.

vendredi 16 mars 2012

Barry White - The Man ( Soul, Funk )

1. Look At Her
2. Your Sweetness Is My Weakness
3. Sha La La Means I Love You
4. September When I First Met You
5. It's Only Love Doing Its Thing
6. Just The Way You Are
7. Early Years

White's trademark strings and horns are present on this 1978 release, but play second fiddle (as it were) to irresistibly syncopated disco beats on most of the seven tracks. The club hit "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness" sounds in retrospect like a template for Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," while "Look at Her" and the Caribbean-flavored "Sha La La Means I Love You" further demonstrate White's talent for inventive, ear-catching arrangements. His first commercial peak had passed by the time The Man appeared, but the two slower closing cuts, "Early Years" and a cover of "Just the Way You Are," speak to the patience and openheartedness behind White's usual sexiness.

jeudi 15 mars 2012

Earl Klugh - Love Songs ( Smooth Jazz )

01 - Heart String
02 - Laughter in the rain
03 - Summer song
04 - Catherine
05 - Balladina
06 - Alicia
07 - Sweet rum & starlight
08 - Mirabella
09 - Like a lover
10 - I'm ready for your love
11 - Julie
12 - Night song

Earl Klugh (born September 16, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American smooth jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and composer.
At the age of 13, Klugh was captivated by the guitar playing of Chet Atkins when he made an appearance on the Perry Como Show. He has since been a guest on several Atkins albums. Atkins, reciprocating as well, joined Earl on his Magic In Your Eyes album. Klugh was also influenced by Bob James, Ray Parker Jr, Wes Montgomery and Laurindo Almeida. His sound is a blend of these jazz, pop and rhythm and blues influences, forming a potpourri of sweet contemporary music original to only him.
Klugh became a guitar instructor at the young age of 15, and was eventually discovered by Yusef Lateef. His career rapidly progressed to working with the likes of George Benson, George Shearing, Chick Corea, and many others. Like several other Detroit-bred entertainers, Klugh attended Mumford High School (Michigan).
For their album One on One, Klugh and Bob James received a Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance of 1981. He has since received 13 Grammy nods, millions of record and CD sales, and continues touring worldwide to this day.
I put the cover of his best of 'cause I couldn't find the real one.

mercredi 14 mars 2012

Joe Henderson - Mode For Joe ( Jazz )

1. A Shade Of Jade (Digitally Remastered)
2. Mode For Joe
3. Black (Digitally Remastered)
4. Black (Alternate Take) (Digitally Remastered)
5. Caribbean Fire Dance (Digitally Remastered)
6. Granted (Digitally Remastered)
7. Free Wheelin' (Digitally Remastered)

Mode for Joe is simply put, one of the best jazz albums I've ever heard. This is a superp recording of one of the finest tenor saxophonist the "real" music world has to offer. The rhythem section is completely in sync with each other, it turely is like listening to a conversation between people. Lee Morgans playing is a little rough from what I've heard before, but no less powerful. Joe is at the top of his game in this album , spewing ideas through his horn almost effortlessly. And his sparse use of his Overtone throat slids gives a razor edge to this album. Bobby Hutcherson on the vibes gives this album such a great mood. It gives it such a cool feeling, but doesn't hesitate to bite when it's needed. Over all, some amazing playing from everyone. A great starter album for those who want to get into Jazz.

mardi 13 mars 2012

Eddie Kendricks - Slick ( Soul )

01. Something Shady (Is Going On)
02. Baby
03. I Want To Live My Life With You
04. You Got It
05. Intimate Friends
06. Diamond Girl
07. Then Came You
08. I'll Have To Let You Go
09. California Woman

Eddie Kendricks (born Edward James Kendrick, December 17, 1939 – October 5, 1992) was an American singer and songwriter. Noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style, Kendricks co-founded the Motown singing group The Temptations, and was one of their lead singers from 1960 until 1971. As a solo artist, Kendricks recorded several hits of his own during the 1970s, including the number-one single "Keep On Truckin'". Eddie Kendrick died on October 5, 1992 of lung cancer in Birmingham at the age of 52.

lundi 12 mars 2012

Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't do For Love ( Soul )

1. Special To Me
2. My Flame
3. Love Won't Wait
4. Can't Say Goodbye
5. Come To Me
6. What You Won't Do For Love
7. Kalimba Song
8. Take Me Back To Then
9. Down For The Third Time

Bobby Caldwell (born August 15, 1951 in New York, New York) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, despite a prolific musical output over his more than 25-year career, is still best known for his 1978 hit single "What You Won't Do for Love." While he has always maintained a devoted fan base in the United States, a more legendary status has been bestowed upon him in Japan.

Luther Vandross - Never Too Much ( RNB, Soul )

1. Never Too Much
2. Sugar And Spice (I Found Me A Girl
3. Don't You Know That?
4. I've Been Working
5. She's A Super Lady
6. You Stopped Loving Me
7. A House Is Not A Home

With this 1981 debut, former session and jingle singer Luther Vandross ushered in a new, lush, and shamelessly romantic era of male R&B--from the opening kick of "Never Too Much" to the sweeping ecstasy of his cover of "A House Is Not a Home" (covering pop standards would become one of Luther's trademarks). Never Too Much showcases seamless song craft, impeccable arrangements, and a voice that defines nuanced passion. Listen to Luther work his sensual magic and imagine a young Maxwell listening to Mom and Pop's albums and knowing that this is the way to get the girls.


dimanche 11 mars 2012

Brick - Good High ( Funk )

1. Here We Come - 2:52
2. Music Matic - 3:00
3. Dazz - 5:35
4. Can't Wait - 3:21
5. Southern Sunset - 4:03
6. Good High - 3:11
7. Brick City - 6:16
8. Sister Twister - 3:33
9. That's What It's All About - 4:16

Brick was formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972 from members of two bands - one disco and the other jazz. They coined their own term for disco-jazz, "dazz". They released their first single "Music Matic" on Main Street Records in 1976, before signing to Bang Records, distributed by CBS Records. Their next single, "Dazz", (#3 Pop, #1 R&B) was released in 1976. The band continued to record for Bang records until 1982. Other hits followed: "That's What It's All About" (R&B #48) and "Dusic" (#18 Pop) in 1977, and "Ain't Gonna' Hurt Nobody" (#92 Pop, #7 R&B) in 1978. Their last Top Ten R&B hit was "Sweat (Til You Get Wet)" in 1981.

samedi 10 mars 2012

Tony! Toni! Toné! - House Of Music ( Soul, RnB )

1. Thinking Of You
2. Top Notch
3. Let's Get Down
4. Til Last Summer
5. Lovin' You
6. Still A Man
7. Don't Fall In Love
8. Holy Smokes & Gee Whiz
9. Annie May
10. Let Me Know
11. Tossin' & Turnin'
12. Wild Child
13. Party Don't Cry
14. Lovin' You

House of Music is the fourth and thus far final studio album by R&B group, Tony! Toni! Toné!. It was released on November 19, 1996 for Mercury Records and was produced by Tony! Toni! Toné!, Quik, Tracy Riley and Tim Riley. Though the album was a success, peaking at #32 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and being certified platinum, the album only had two charting single "Thinking of You" made it to #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, another single "Lets Get Down" made it to 6 on the Rhythmic Top 40.

Major Harris - Jealousy ( Soul )

01 - Jealousy
02 - IGot Over Love
03 - Walkin' In The Footsteps
04 - Tynisa (Goddess Of Love)
05 - It's Got To Be Magic
06 - Ruby Lee
07 - Talking To Myself
08 - What's The Use In The Truth

Major Harris (born Major Harris III, 9 February 1947, Richmond, Virginia) is an American R&B singer associated with the Philly soul sound.

vendredi 9 mars 2012

Marc Sadane - One Way Love Affair 1981 ( Funk, Soul )

1. One-Way Love Affair
2. You're the One for Me
3. Fool in Me
4. Never Gonna Stop This Heart of Mine
5. Standing in the Shadows of Love
6. Sit Up
7. Girl Come On
8. Love Can't Wait
9. Midnight Love Dance
10. Make Up Your Mind

Marc Sadane was born in Savannah, Georgia.He sang in several of New Jersey clubs before coming to the attention of writers and producers James Mtume and Reggie Lucas.
In 1981 they signed Marc to Warner Brothers and worked with him on two albums, 'One Way Love Affair' in 1981 and 'Exciting' in 1982, the latter including 'One Minute From Love'.

Tom Browne - Love Approach ( Funk / Jazz )

1. Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)
2. Her Silent Smile
3. Forever More
4. Dreams of Lovin' You
5. Nocturne
6. Martha
7. Moon Rise
8. Weak in the Knees

When trumpeter Tom Browne hit the Billboard charts in 1980, one would have thought that he was an overnight sensation. However, the licensed pilot had several years under his belt working with Weldon Irvine, Sonny Fortune, and others. His debut smash single, "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)," took the music industry by storm. Between Browne's piercing horn intro and his chilling riffs in the vamp, the New York native and his cohorts lay down one jammin' groove. From the thunderous bass of Marcus Miller and Browne's trumpeting trips to the salacious vocals of Toni Smith and the colorful conversation referencing Browne, this single was slick and exhilarating. Smith co-wrote the song with Browne, which claimed the number one spot for four straight weeks. In addition to Toni Smith's outstanding vocals, Browne also employs vocalist Viki Sylva on the serene number "Weak in the Knees." Browne fills the vocal gaps in the verse and echoes Sylva in the chorus as she exudes a Michael Franks ambience. "Her Silent Smile," which features guitarist Bobby Broom and pianist Bernard Wright, who are also featured on "Funkin' for Jamaica," is reminiscent of Chuck Mangione. Aside from "Funkin' for Jamaica," the other selections are of the jazz vein. Browne does not try to redefine jazz or the trumpet; he just lays down some good music.

jeudi 8 mars 2012

The Foreign Exchange - Connected ( Rap, RnB )

1. Title Theme
2. Von Sees
3. Raw Life
4. Hustle Hustle
5. Let's Move
6. Nic's Groove
7. Be Allright
8. Sincere
9. Brave New World
10. The Answer
11. Come Around
12. Happiness
13. End Theme
14. All That You Are
15. Be All Right Remix
16. Call
17. Downtime Remix

The Foreign Exchange first "met" in mid-2002, when Phonte (who resides in North Carolina and is also a member of the underground rap trio Little Brother), heard some of Nicolay’s music online and asked to rhyme over one of his tracks. When Big Pooh of Little Brother, lent his vocals to the track, the song became "Light It Up," and was featured as a B-side single for the group’s acclaimed 2003 effort, The Listening. "Nic was sending me some of the most beautiful stuff I’d ever heard in my life," Phonte says emphatically. "They inspired me so much that I just had to do something over them." The end result is Connected, a gorgeous and reflective blend of hip-hop, R&B, and electronic soul.

mercredi 7 mars 2012

Al Hudson & The Soul Partners - Spreading Love ( Funk, Soul )

01 - Spread Love
02 - Small Talk
03 - You And Me
04 - How Do You Do
05 - Lost Inside Of You
06 - Love Me Forever
07 - Dance, Get Down (Feel The Groove)

Releasing this third album, al hudson & the soul partners reached their first hit with "spread love" which has recently been used by "Lenny Fontana". This album also includes beautiful tunes such as "Small Talk", "Dance get down", the P-Funk tune "How do you do", and the nice remake of the o'jays's hit "You and I".

mardi 6 mars 2012

Barbara Mason - Lady Love ( Soul )

1. Me & Mr. Jones
2. Bed and Board
3. Who'd Ever Think
4. World War Three
5. Caught In The Middle
6. I Miss You Gordon
7. All In Love Is Fair

Barbara Mason (born 9 August 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American R&B/soul singer best known for her 1965 hit song, "Yes, I'm Ready". In the early and mid 1970s, Mason toughened her persona considerably, singing about sexual love and infidelity with a frankness that was uncommon for a female soul singer in songs like "Bed and Board," "From His Woman to You," and "Shackin' Up." Sweet soul continued to be her groove, and she continued to write some of her material. But the production, as it was throughout soul in the '70s, was more funk-oriented, and at times Mason would interrupt her singing to deliver some straight-talkin' raps about romance.

Leon Ware - Leon Ware ( Soul )

1. Slippin' Away
2. Lost in Love With You
3. Shelter
4. Why I Came to California
5. Deeper Than Love
6. Can I Touch You There
7. Words of Love
8. Miracles
9. Somewhere
10. Where Are They Now

Leon Ware (born 6 February 1940, Detroit, Michigan) is a soul music singer, songwriter and producer who found his biggest success crafting the hit album, I Want You, for friend and Motown icon Marvin Gaye in 1976. Ware also is notable for writing the Top 5 R&B single, "I Wanna Be Where You Are", for a young Michael Jackson in 1972, and creating the Body Heat album along with Quincy Jones.
Ware has also produced for other acts including Diana Ross' younger brother Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, Minnie Riperton and others. He wrote several songs for George Clinton's group The Parliaments.

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lundi 5 mars 2012

The Isley Brothers - Harvest For The World ( Funk, Soul )

1. Harvest for the World (Prelude)
2. Harvest for the World
3. People of Today
4. Who Loves You Better
5. (At Your Best) You Are Love
6. Let Me Down Easy
7. So You Wanna Stay Down
8. You Still Feel the Need
9. Summer Breeze

Harvest for the World is a 1976 album released by The Isley Brothers on their T-Neck imprint. The album included the successful socially-conscious title track and the top three R&B record, "Who Loves You Better?" The other notable gem in the album was "At Your Best (You Are Love)", which would be revived nearly 20 years later by Aaliyah on her 1994 album, Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number. This album was so successful that it sold over 500,000 copies within just three weeks making it one of their fastest-selling records ever. The title track was also recorded by Power Station and Duran Duran as well as many Christian artists, who identified with its social-conscious message. All songs were written, arranged, composed and produced by The Isley Brothers and Chris Jasper

Ronnie Foster - Sweet Revival ( Jazz, Funk, Soul )

1. Sweet Revival
2. Lisa's Love
3. Back Stabbers
4. Me and Mrs. Jones
5. Alone Again (Naturally)
6. Where Is the Love?
7. Some Neck
8. It's Just Gotta Be That Way
9. Superwoman
10. Inot

Ronnie Foster (born May 12, 1950, in Buffalo, New York) is an American funk, jazz, and soul organist.
He has worked with a wide range of musicians, including jazz guitarist George Benson and his 1976 album Breezin', where he plays the electric piano, Mini-Moog, and contributes one song, "Lady.". Other artists he has worked with include Chet Atkins, Grant Green , Grover Washington, Jr. , Stanley Turrentine , Roberta Flack , Earl Klugh , Harvey Mason , Jimmy Smith , and Stevie Wonder.

dimanche 4 mars 2012

The Winans - Introducing The Winans ( Soul, Funk )

1. The Question Is
2. Self - The Winans, Winans, Carvin
3. Are We Really Doing Your Will?
4. I Know Someone
5. Goodness, Mercy and Grace
6. Fallow Ground
7. How Good It Feels to Be Loved
8. Flyin' Away - The Winans,
9. Restoration

Brothers Ronald, Marvin, Carvin, and Michael Winans (the second, third, fourth and fifth siblings of the Winans family) grew up in Detroit, Michigan and were discovered by Andrae Crouch, who signed them to Light Records. Their first record, Introducing The Winans was produced in 1981. Their style was noted for its crossover efforts and received airplay on R&B radio. The group's last recording was in 1995, but they have subsequently been involved in various Winans family projects where they are credited as "The Winans" (e.g. November 2000's Christmas: Our Gifts To You).

samedi 3 mars 2012

Leroy Hutson - Paradise (Funk/Soul

1. Classy Lady (Remastered)
2. Nice And Easy (Remastered)
3. You Make It Happen (Remastered)
4. Paradise (Remastered)
5. She's Got It (Remastered)
6. Nobody But You (Remastered)
7. Stay At It (Remastered)

Digitally remastered reissue for this album by one of the most underrated Soul producers of the '70s. Hutson replaced Curtis Mayfield in 1971 as the lead singer in the Impressions and stayed with them until 1973, when he followed in Mayfield's footsteps and launched his own solo career. Originally released in 1982. Seven tracks.

vendredi 2 mars 2012

Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Bustin' Loose ( Funk )

01 - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Bustin' Loose
02 - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Never Gonna Give You Up
03 - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - If It Ain't Funky
04 - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - I Gotcha Now
05 - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Could It Be Love
06 - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Game Seven
07 - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Berro E Sombaro

Bustin' Loose is a classic funk/r&b record that surprisingly few people outside of Chuck's DC homebase have heard, at least lately. And this music needs to be appreciated! The grooves are heavy from the get-go with the title cut leading off a great collection of songs--plenty of horns, imaginative basslines, soulful singing and strumming from Chuck, who is blessed with a deep, mellow voice. If you even remotely enjoy funky r&b, do yourself a favor and buy this cd. If Bustin' Loose doesn't get you moving, there is no hope for you

jeudi 1 mars 2012

Brothers By Choice – Brothers By Choice (Soul)

A1. She Puts The Ease Back Into Easy Part 1
A2. Baby, You Really Got Me Going
A3. Girl I Need You Too
A4. Young, Single And Free
B1. Take A Little More
B2. I've Got What You Need
B3. She Puts The Eas Back Into Easy Part 2
B4. You Keep My Love Alive

Brothers By Choice were a Los Angeles-based group featuring the vocalist Chris Higgins. The self-titled album was recorded 1978 for the ALA label and released via Atlantic Records.

Rare sought after with 'She puts the ease back into easy' an excellent dancer and "Girl I need you too" a really catchy up-tempo dancer the sort of tune that the northern crowd would latch on to, among others.