Soul Fantasy

Monday, September 29, 2008

Seawind - Dream on 1981


In 1995, thirteen years after their break-up, Seawind grants permission to Noteworthy Records for the release of a compilation CD consisting of songs from their first two CTI masters, along with five never-before-heard, bonus tracks from the group's last recordings of the early 80's. Remember is the first CD release in America, of any Seawind recordings and it consists of many favorite Seawind songs that have been digitally remastered. Although the license to Noteworthy has ended, the CD is still available from Seawind. From this compilation and for the first time in my blog, I give the link for downloading. I chose unreleased track until 1995, called "Dream on" in 1981. Vocal by Pauline Wilson.




Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tender Aggression - Tender Aggression 1976


Tender Aggression was an obscure disco/funk group from Germany. They recorded two Lps in the same year. Dieter Reith was the Band leader as keyboardist (one of Europe’s top rock-jazz players). Also Curt Cress (the driving drummer of Passport), Dave King bass player, Siggi Schwab (#1 on guitar in Germany), Ack VanRooyen trumpet players (This Dutchman is truly labeled “Soul in the Horn”) and Bob Burgess trombone players. You can enjoy the track “Tender Aggression” from the album “Fly disco fly” in 1976 released on Morningstar Records. Arranged and solo sax by Bernd Rabe.




Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Commodores - Painted picture 1982


I love this track. Not rare but very good. It is the first single without Lionel Richie and Thomas McClary. After the album "In the pocket" 1981, Lionel Richie left. His last single with The Commodores was "Why you wanna try me". Next year, Thomas McClary also left the group to pursue a solo career, recording one self-titled album for Motown. Motown released a Commodores collection entitled "All the great hits" to buy some time that included two new songs. "Painted picture"(featuring co-writer Harold Hudson singing and playing most of the instruments) and "Reach high" (sung by Kevin Smith, a Montgomery, Alabama native who has chosen at an Atlanta audition as the first, short-lived replacement for Lionel Richie). You can enjoy the track "painted picture" 1982 R&B#21 and Pop#25.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Ted Coleman Band - What a lovely way to spend a lifetime 1980


Ted Coleman Band was an obscure jazz/fusion group. They recorded one and only album in 1980 on Colthe Music Records. The style’s reminds of Roy Ayers. Ted Coleman sings, plays vibes and piano. He also composed all the tracks of the album. It was recorded at GT Recording Studio Long Branch N.J.
The Band are: Ted Coleman vibes, piano, string synthesizer, vocals
George Naha lead guitar, rhythm guitar
Tim Tindall fender bass
Ethan Rips rhythm guitar
Al Woods Jr. drums
David Stone congos
Albert “Ali” Reyes bongos
David Nunding drums
Produced by Ted Coleman. You enjoy the track “What a lovely way to spend a lifetime”.



Note: The above posted track is not played in full

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Masqueraders - Starry love 1980

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The Masqueraders, all from different parts of Texas, are one of those acts that manage to give an above-average effort each and every time they visit a recording studio. The five merged from as many groups in high school and have been recording since the early '60s. This self-titled LP kicks off with a fast and frenzied "Desire"; lead singer Lee Hatim shows why he's considered one of the most underrated voices in soul music, exhorting and pumping the lyrics with genuine conviction. "Starry Love" is a dreamy ballad with an edge;the Masqueraders couldn't sound wimpy if they tried. Hatim did a double on this one by singing and playing piano on the sessions; make that a triple — he wrote or co-wrote all the songs too. The electrifying "Into Your Soul" has Hatim singing a very personal lyric to someone special while apparently tickling the ivories, the fire in his voice emerging at times like a raging bull. Members Harold Thomas, Sammy Hutchins, Robert Wrigthsel, and David Sanders were missing in action on "For the Sake of Pride" as Hatim goes solo. If you like a reggae beat, then "I'll Be Your Shoulder to Cry On" has elements of the world-renowned Jamaican groove complete with clacking calypsos, hand-clapping, and island-flavored backing vocals. The only disappointment is "Rock Jam," a poor attempt to cash in on disco. James Stroud produced this LP and played drums and percussion on the tracks. A good effort that went unnoticed, like many of their recordings.
Masqueraders: Lee Hatim, Harold Thomas, Robert Wrightsel, David Sanders and Sammy Hutchins.
Review by Andrew Hamilton

I chose a wonderful track entitled "Starry love".

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fred Parris & The Satins - Let me be the last one 1982


Better known as The Five Satins and also as Black Satin, this New Haven group has been performing in various identities since the '50s. Their song "In the Still of the Night" remains the definitive doo wop love song, and has frequently topped New York oldies giant WCBS-FM's fan survey for greatest record of all time. Parris, Al Denby, Jim Freeman, Eddie Martin, and pianist Jessie Murphy were the original lineup. By the time the song peaked at number three R&B, Parris was in the Army, stationed in Japan. Bill Baker stepped in as lead singer until Parris returned in 1958. The group under Baker had another Top Ten hit in 1957, although "To the Aisle" isn't quite as revered. They enjoyed one last Top 30 R&B single with "Shadows" in 1959. All their hits were on Ember, but by 1959 the lineup was Parris, Richard Freeman, Wes Forbes, Lou Peebles, and Sylvester Hopkins. In 1975, Parris, Richie Freeman, Jimmy Curtis, and Nate Marshall recorded for Buddah as Black Satin.
In 1977 the group teamed with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes for a solid cut on their This Time It’s for Real LP, with “First Night.” The group at that point was Fred, Richie, Jimmy and Nate Marshall. Billy Baker formed Billy Baker and the Satins in around 1981 with three Hopkins brothers, Sylvester (former Scarlet and Satin), Carl, and Frank (formerly of the Chestnuts). In 1982 they cut another excellent version of “In the Still of the Night” b/w “Crying in the Chapel” on Clifton Records and continued to perform in the Connecticut area for years to come. In the mid-80s Baker’s Satins included former members of the Modulations Harvey Potts, Jr., Anthony Hofler, and Octavio DeLeon. They recorded an LP in 1987 titled I’ll Be Seeing You. No, it does not contain a version of “In the Still of the Night.”
In 1982 Fred leads a new group through some nice modern soul stuff with that sort of updated harmony soul sound. The record is similar to some of the other good modern soul albums on Elektra at the time, and includes the tracks "I'll Be Seeing You", "Breaking Up", "Loving You (Would Be the Sweetest Thing)", and "Let Me Be the Last One".





Bill Baker died in 1994. One of the original members of the Five Satins now works in the cafeteria at the University of New Haven. Jim Freeman lives in Norwalk, Iowa and owns a pest control company. Wes Forbes is a psychologist in the State of California, currently employed with Alliant International University as a Training Director. Fred Parris and Richie Freeman are still actively performing with the Five Satins. The lineup now also includes Eugene Dobbs and Nadina Perry.



Biography by wikipedia and Ron Wynn

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Powerful People - (Little girl) say yes 1977


Powerful People was an obscure, little-known disco/soul group that recorded for Epic only two singles “(Little girl) say yes” and “Can’t shake my love”. Released on 7 inch and 12 inch. I don’t know very much for group. But the single “(Little girl) say yes” is great. Produced by V. Miller Jr. and P.Greene



Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Did Powerful People release any other records? If you know then please email me at the address above.

Arthur Prysock


Arthur Prysock was perfectly at home singing jazz, blues, or R&B, but his smooth-as-silk baritone made him a superbly effective (and underappreciated) pop crooner in the manner of his chief influence, Billy Eckstine. Prysock was born January 2, 1929, in Spartanburg, SC, and was the brother of saxophonist Red Prysock. As a teenager, he moved to Hartford, CT, where he worked in the aviation industry and sang with several small bands by night. He was discovered in 1944 by jump blues bandleader Buddy Johnson, who signed him as lead male vocalist and brought him to Harlem. Prysock sang on a number of Johnson's hits for the Decca label before going solo in 1952 to tour the chitlin circuit (sometimes with his brother). He quickly landed an R&B hit with "I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night," and subsequently made his name among black audiences as an emotive balladeer. During the '50s, Prysock recorded for several smaller labels, but his popularity in concert gradually gained him more exposure. He began a long relationship with the Old Town label, scoring R&B hits with "I Worry 'Bout You" in 1958, Ray Noble's old ballad "The Very Thought of You" in 1960, and "It's Too Late Baby, It's Too Late" in 1965. That year, he fulfilled a dream by recording an album with Count Basie on Verve, the label he remained with for most of the '60s. Prysock performed at Carnegie Hall in 1966, and hosted his own TV show for a short time. By the end of the '60s, Prysock had returned to Old Town, where he recorded several albums while touring the club circuit. He had an unexpected disco hit in 1976 with "When Love Is New,"





but otherwise remained largely out of sight. Prysock returned to active recording in 1985 with the well-received A Rockin' Good Way album on Milestone, and also sang a well-known jingle for Lowenbrau beer. Two more albums for Milestone followed, 1986's This Guy's in Love With You and 1987's Today's Love Songs, Tomorrow's Blues, before Prysock receded from the limelight again. He died on June 21, 1997.

Biography by Steve Huey

Note: I don’t know what Steve Huey say for Lp in 1976 by Arthur Prysock, but I believe it is one of the best albums of Philly Sound.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Phyrework - Make it last 1978



Phyrework was an obscure, little-known soul/funk outfit that recorded for Mercury in 1978. That year, Mercury released the band's self-titled debut album, which was produced by Con-Funk-Shun guitarist Michael Cooper. Although Con-Funk-Shun was big at the time, Phyrework fell between the cracks and received hardly any attention. Mercury/PolyGram didn't give this LP a very aggressive promotional push, and as a result, most R&B fans at the time didn't even know that it existed.The LP included a few examples of tough, hard-driving funk along the lines of the Bar-Kays, although its main emphasis was smooth, sophisticated soul-pop and quiet storm music. When Phyrework didn't sell, Mercury dropped the seven-member band, which never recorded a second album. The members of Phyrework included lead singer Clarence Pitts, guitarist Willie Smith, bassist Gerald Calhoun, keyboardist Frank Hames, trumpeter Jim Foster, saxophonist Bill Eden, and drummer John Bryant.



I chose a wonderful track entitled "Make it last". Lead vocals by Clarence Pitts. Additional background vocals by Virginia Ayers who also performed for Bill Summers at the time. Rhythm Arrangement by Phyrework. Produced by Con-Funk-Shun guitarist Michael Cooper.


 
Note: The above posted track is not played in full

The Memphis Horns - Crystal mellow 1976


Arguably the greatest soul horn section ever, the Memphis Horns were a critical part of the Stax formula during the '60s and '70s, as well as prolific contributors to numerous other sessions since the label's demise. Though today the name is identified with the duo of trumpeter Wayne Jackson and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, the band at one time also included tenor saxophonist Ed Logan, trombonists Lewis Collins and Jack Hale, and baritone saxophonist James Mitchell. This was the lineup that recorded for RCA in the '70s, cutting LPs produced by Booker T. Jones and others. They also backed King Curtis and Aretha Franklin in the '70s. But they are best known for appearances on songs by virtually every Stax artist. The duo of Jackson and Love issued their own LP in 1992 for an independent label.
I chose killer mellow instrumental. Taken from 1976 Lp "High on music". Produced by Booker T.Jones.



Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sarah Vaughan - Nothing will be as it was 1987



There are no words to describe this amazing latin track.What can I say ? It is a killer!!!

Keyboards by George Duke
Bass by Alphonso Johnson
Guitar by Dan Huff and Dori Caymmi
Drums by Carlos Vega
Percussion by Paulinho Da Costa
Alto sax solo by Ernie Watts
Co-written by Milton Nascimento
Produced by Sergio Mendes



Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ray Brooks - I'll take care of you




Ray Brooks has command of his voice that is fresh and his guitar that sounds like no one else. He recorded this rare album on Castle Records 80s at Tract Studios Los Angeles, Ca. The style is blues and soul. Produced and arranged by Ray Brooks. I chose an amazing instrumental. Sax solo by Ray Gaston.



Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Friday, September 5, 2008

THE EMBERS – The show must go on (2008)


This is by far the best Soul album of the year. Surprisingly recorded by a white group providing real instruments, strong soulful vocals and amazing original inspired songwriting.

I strongly believe that such quality recordings have to be supported and purchased by all serious Soul collectors around the world.

Visit their official website http://www.theembersband.net/index.cfm for more information.

From this album I chose two tracks entitled "You're the reason" and "I've done things with you".





Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Leslie Smith



Born 28th September 1949, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. Leslie Smith is based in Los Angeles.
In 1973, Peter Bunetta formed the group 'Crackin' and Leslie joined the group that same year. The band released 'Crackin'- I' in 1975, followed by 'Makings Of A Dream' in 1977, 'Crackin' in 1977 and 'Special Touch' in 1978.



This great track is taken from the last album entitled "Nobody else". Solo sax by Ernie Watts.



Leslie is, however, best remembered, amongst soul fans, for his solo album 'Heartache'. The album was released on Elektra Records in 1982. The album included 'It's Something', a track that was penned by Brenda Russell and appearred on her 'Two Eyes' album a couple of years later. The track was, also, covered by Lalah Hathaway on her 1989 debut outing.
Leslie, also, duetted with Merry Clayton on the track 'Before The Night Is Over'.



Additionally, the track 'Love's A Heartache' was penned by Ned Doheny and was later recorded by the Kasu Matsui Project. In 1992, he moved to T-Jam Records, a Polydor subsidiary, for the album 'Les Is More'. That album contained an updated version of 'It's Something'.

Two further releases followed in the Nineties for the Waterbug and Renegade imprints.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Johnny Mathis - Love never felt so good 1984


There are no words for Johnny Mathis. Α true American legend who has performed several styles of popular music, is presented here with a wonderful Soul album showcasing his soulful vocal skills.. This album was recorded in Los Ageles. Produced by Denny Diante. J.R.Robinson on drums, Nathan East on bass, Luis Conte on percussion, Michel Colombier on fender rhodes, Marty Walsh and David Williams on guitar. Horn arrangements by Jerry Hey.



Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Jon Faddis - Slow walkin 1978



One of the few 70s albums issued under the name of trumpeter Jon Faddis -- a player who worked on countless studio sessions over the years, but only got a few chances to record under his own name! The album's got a feel that's similar to some of Jon's session work over the years -- full backings by Leon Pendarvis that are very much in a soul-influenced style -- with bits of disco in the mix on some cuts, and a mellow fusion-based style on others. The album's less of a straight jazz album than it is a smoother R&B-sounding one -- but Faddis still gets in plenty of nice moments, alongside other players that include Michael Brecker on tenor, Harold Vick on flute, John Tropea on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Leon Pendarvis on electric piano. Produced by Vic Chirumbolo. Arranged and conducted by Leon Pendarvis.
Review by Dustygroove.



I chose "Slow walkin" mellow fusion track.


Monday, September 1, 2008

John Brothers - I just wanna be free 1980


I don’t know many info about “The John Brothers”. In 1979 Keith and Kevin sang for “Instant Funk” a funky track entitled “Witch Doctor”.


In 1980 they participated on the album of Bunny Sigler as “Assistant producers”.



At the same time the John Brothers released a single entitled “Try to walk a mile / I just wanna be free” on RCA label in 1980. Produced by Bunny Sigler. The former was writen by Jimmy Singler and the latter by Bunny Sigler .



Note: The John Brothers (Keith and Kevin) are the sons of the Late, Great, Little Willie John.
Keith John is a fantastic singer in his own right and has been traveling and touring with Stevie Wonder for more than twenty years.
Thanks for info (Kajun58)

The above posted single is not played in full