Soul Fantasy

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Brainstorm - Journey to the light 1978


Brainstorm was a 70s funk group from Detroit. They started in 1976 and recorded for Tabu Records. One of their members, Renell Gonsalves, was the son of longtime Ellington sax great Paul Gonsalves. Other members were great vocalist Belita Karen Woods, Charles Overton, Jeryl Bright (was member of the group Cameo and MCB), Larry H. Sims, Gerald Kent, Trenita Womack, E. Lamont Johnson (released an album in 1978 on Tabu records “Music of the Sun), and Willie Wooten. They made a good inspirational/message track in 1977, "Wake Up and Be Somebody," but enjoyed their biggest hit later that year in "Lovin' Is Really My Game." It reached number 14 on the R&B charts. In 1978 they recorded second album entitled “Journey to the light” (#53 on Billboard's R&B albums). The album was originally released on Tabu records, March 1978. Produced by Jerry Petters. String orchestra conducted by Charles Veal. From this album I chose two tracks entitled "We're on our way home" and "Loving just you". Lead vocals by Belita Woods and Trenita Womack.






Then in 1979 they recorded 3rd album entitled "Funky Entertainment" without success. Only the track soul ballad "You Put A Charge In My Life" is good.

Monday, April 27, 2009

BREAKING NEWS !!!!


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Sunday, April 26, 2009

David Oliver - Who are you 1978


Sweet singing David Oliver, the son of Jamaican parents, grew up in Florida. He scored on Mercury Records with "MS," which became a staple on quiet storm radio stations, but never scored another significant hit. Oliver started taking singing seriously when he was a high school student of 15; he sung in the school choir with the sopranos because of his naturally high register. Though born and raised in Florida, Oliver made regular trips to Jamaica to keep in touch with his heritage. He sung with vocal groups throughout high school and college and was inspired by major artists like the Temptations and Smokey Robinson.

After college, he joined the Air Force to keep from being drafted by the Army. He stayed five years and was a regular at the service's talent shows. After his tour of duty he moved to Los Angeles in 1967 and joined a racially mixed group called Five Days & Three Nights whose members consisted of other migrants to California; they had a big brassy sound like Chicago, Tower of Power, and Blood, Sweat & Tears; however, contract negotiations with Motown fell through and they disbanded.

After an eight-month association with Redbone ended in 1972 (he recorded Already Here with the band), Oliver went solo and worked clubs from L.A. to San Francisco. Five years later, he got discouraged and took a regular office gig in San Francisco. The office venture didn't last long, and he hooked with another big-band-type group, then joined the Mighty Joe Hicks Band as a singer and stayed until 1975. Mighty Joe recorded the self-titled Mighty Joe Hicks on Stax's Enterprise label in 1973. Oliver moved to Jamaica for a year, then renewed an association with Forest Hamilton, who got him the Mighty Joe Hicks gig and recorded Sweet singing David Oliver, the son of Jamaican parents, grew up in Florida. He scored on Mercury Records with "MS," which became a staple on quiet storm radio stations, but never scored another significant hit. Oliver started taking singing seriously when he was a high school student of 15; he sung in the school choir with the sopranos because of his naturally high register. Though born and raised in Florida, Oliver made regular trips to Jamaica to keep in touch with his heritage. He sung with vocal groups throughout high school and college and was inspired by major artists like the Temptations and Smokey Robinson.

After college, he joined the Air Force to keep from being drafted by the Army. He stayed five years and was a regular at the service's talent shows. After his tour of duty he moved to Los Angeles in 1967 and joined a racially mixed group called Five Days & Three Nights whose members consisted of other migrants to California; they had a big brassy sound like Chicago, Tower of Power, and Blood, Sweat & Tears; however, contract negotiations with Motown fell through and they disbanded.

After an eight-month association with Redbone ended in 1972 (he recorded Already Here with the band), Oliver went solo and worked clubs from L.A. to San Francisco. Five years later, he got discouraged and took a regular office gig in San Francisco. The office venture didn't last long, and he hooked with another big-band-type group, then joined the Mighty Joe Hicks Band as a singer and stayed until 1975. Mighty Joe recorded the self-titled Mighty Joe Hicks on Stax's Enterprise label in 1973. Oliver moved to Jamaica for a year, then renewed an association with Forest Hamilton, who got him the Mighty Joe Hicks gig and recorded four albums for the Mercury label. The single 'MS' from the first album entitled "Jamerican man" in 1977 , became a large urban soul hit and Oliver toured with the R & B major stars. In 1978 he recorded album entitled "Mind magic" (#51 on Billboard's R&B albums).





Then he released two albums, entitled "Rain fire" in 1979 (#52 on Billboard's R&B albums) and "Here's To You" in 1980. Sadly he died on the 6th June 1982 in Orange County, Florida.

Note: The song "Who are you" re-recorded by Mahdi & Tracy Kerr in 1980 on Indy 5 Records. Produced by George Kerr.

The above posted track is not played in full

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fay Hill - This is a blessing 1981 (too elusive!!!)


This album is one of the rarest gospel/modern soul albums ever. Until recently it was never seen even on demanding wants lists. Many collectors knew only her 1987 Lp entitled "Island of my mind" on Bouvier records in 1987. Fay Hill born in Los Angeles to Tom Hill and Hedy Hill, former gospel singer. At an early age, Fay sang before many church audiences and people became aware of the rare musical gift that she possessed. Her warm and vibrant voice seemed to capture the audiences and as she grew it has ripened to full bloom. She recorded this album in 1981 on Witness For The Lord Records. Arranged and produced by Leroy C.Lovett. I chose three tracks entitled “I know who you should see”, “Any load you can handle” and “I don’t know you”.

Fay Hill - I know who you should see 1981(Sample)



Fay Hill - Any load you can handle 1981 (Sample)



Fay Hill - I don't know you 1981 (Sample)




Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

The track "I know who you should see" also released as a single on the same label in 1981 . The 12 inch is very expensive. (over 500$).
The track "I don't know you" first recording by gospel group "The Book Of Life" in 1980 on Sonstar records. Composed by Michael Orr. It was also included on the album Michael Orr & The Book Of Life in 1981 on Birthright Records.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

BREAKING NEWS !!!!


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Entertainers are back !


The Entertainers led by Mr. Earl Dawkins is a wonderful Soul group from North Carolina. They have recorded ultra rare albums and they have been very successful on the “Beach Music” scene as well. They have a new CD entitled “The inside story” that's very close to being finished. Here below you can hear some samples from their new upcoming CD.

http://www.myspace.com/garyalexandersmusic




Also check again my post dated February 6 where I brought into the spotlight their ultra-rare 7inch "Do you like it baby".

Also I want to thank Mr. Earl Dawkins and Gary (Alex) Alexander of the Entertainers for their interest on my Blog.


For more information about The Entertainers click here
http://www.myspace.com/theentertainersband
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Colors - L.O.S. (Love on sight) 1984


Colors was a little known group from New York. I have never seen album by Colors. I have seen only four singles. The first entitled “ Get on down to the music” on Becket records in 1981. The second “Am I gonna be the one” on First Take records in 1983. The third was “L.O.S.(love on sight)” on Power Light records in 1984. And the last entitled “Pay me back my love” on Prelude records in 1986. You can enjoy the track entitled "L.O.S.(love on sight)". It was released on 7 inch and 12 inch.



Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Jimmy Dockett & Barbara Stroman



This album was released in 1985 on Star Vision International Records. It was 4th album by Jimmy Dockett. Jimmy along with Barbara Stroman released wonderful album entitled “Tender moments”. Most of the musicians are unknown. AJ Creswell on bass, Michael Hill on guitar, Fred McFarlane and John Ransey on keyboards, Carl Williams on percussion. Background vocals by Kevin Holman, Bernard Jackson and The Persuasions. Lead vocals by Jimmy Dockett and Barbara Stroman. Produced by Jimmy Dockett. Co-produced by Gene Redd.
I have chosen two amazing ballads “Honey, that strange & Funny Feeling” and “Where ever you go”. I want to note that Where ever you go” original recording by the group Interlude in 1982.
Jimmy Dockett collaborated with the groups Interlude and Magnetic Touch as a producer, arranger and composer in the 80s.






Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ramona Brooks - Skinnydippin 1977



This is the original version of "Skinnydippin" released on 7” single on Manhattan records by Ramona Brooks in 1977. The flip side was entitled “Rhythm rhapsody”. Both of these tracks were included on her only album in 1978 on the same label entitled “Me!”. Then she released a single in 1980 on Q records entitled “I don’t want you back”.




Ramona Brooks - Skinnydippin 1977 (Sample)



Ramona Brooks - Rhythm rhapsody 1977 (Sample)



Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lynda Seals

She began in 1975 when she recorded for A&M records. A&M records released 7inch entitled “Leave me / Third Story Landing“. Afterwards she recorded in 1980 for various labels. For Fraternity records she recorded 7 inch entitled “Skinny dippin / Head start” (Skinny dippin first recording by Ramona Brooks). She also recorded for Jamex records “This is where love begins / Anyway you want” and “I'm gonna make you love me” respectively. I have never seen other record by Lynda Seals. Today I'm presenting the tracks "Skinny dippin / Head start" from the Ohio scene. Produced by John Florez.












Note: The above posted single is not played in full

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

Also I would like to thank Phil Ward who brought this singer to my attention

Friday, April 10, 2009

Betty Badgett


Betty Padgett was born in New Port, NJ but her family moved to Florida where she began her singing career. Initially she lead a girl group dubbed Betty and The Q's. The quartet also included Shirley Smith, Carolyn Griffen and Mary McCoy. They gigged locally before Betty joined other groups which augmented her performance credits to include overseas treks to Switzerland, Germany, Paris, Mexico and Belize. She released her first record, "Sugar Daddy" in 1976 to little fanfare. Also at the same time she recorded album on ALWA records. Produced by Ultra Production Corp. This Lp is very expensive. I chose a track entitled "Gypsy of love". Also this track was re-recorded by Frankie Zhivango on the same label in 1978.






A 1981 effort, "Sweet Feeling", fared better garnering some regional airplay. All the while she toured with Latimore and TK Records artists Jimmy Bo Horne, David Hudson, and R.B. Hudmon.
In the mid-90s Betty sang with Joey Gilmore and band before finally getting another shot at the studio. Two TT's Records released "30 Second Man" in 1998. To promote the record she teamed up with local "white godfather of the blues and soul" Motel Mel and formed Betty Padgett & the Right Stuff band, which has racked up plenty road mileage throughout the gulf coast. Her fourth release, "Closet Lover", dropped in 2004 but it was in 2006 when she really began to make her mark. Her CD "Never Coming Home" and the single of the same time have already made an impact in the Southern Soul market.
Note: Recently Luv N' Haight records released CD and LP (reissue)
Biography by Bluescritic


Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ed (Too Tall) Jones - Let's make tonight our night 1982



Ed Lee "Too Tall" Jones was born February 23, 1951 in Jackson, Tennessee.
He was a former American football player in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys.


In 1981 he released 7 inch entitled "Do the Dip / Funkin On Your Radio" on Fun City records. At that time he said that he did also an Lp on the same label, but didn’t mention the title. Also ALA records released 12 inch in 1982 entitled "Let's make tonight our night / Can't stand the heat". I have chosen the track "Let's make tonight our night". Produced by the great Wayne Douglas Jr.






Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Sunday, April 5, 2009

BREAKING NEWS !!!!


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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Shuybah


Shuybah was an obscure group from Los Angeles. This 12 inch is very expensive. It was recorded on Nonstop records in 1984. It was surprise for me, when I noticed that was co-produced by Louis Satterfield and Don Myrick members of The Phenix Horns and of course Earth, Wind & Fire. The Phenix Horns consisted of Don Myrick, Louis Satterfield, Michael Harris and Rahmlee Davis.


I have chosen two tracks. One funky entitled "Funky eye ballin" and one mid-tempo entitled "Feminine". Lead vocal by Darryl James. Solo Alto Sax by Don Myrick. Flugel Horns by Michael Harris and Rahmlee Davis. Produced by George Hughes Jr for 100% Live Productions.







Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Members Only - Just fine 1987


Members Only was a jazz fusion group formed by saxophonist Nelson Rangell
Members Only on the first album are (except Nelson Rangell) Michael Brecker on trumpet, Jimi Tunnel and Billy Masters on guitar, Haim Cotton on piano, Bashiri Johnson on percussion and Chris Hills on drums, keyboards and vocals. They released two albums entitled “Members only” in 1987 and “The way you make me feel” in 1988 on Muse records. From the first Lp in 1987, I chose a track entitled “Just fine”. Produced by Danny Weiss. "Just fine" composed and co-produced by Chris Hills.





Note: The above posted single is not played in full