Soul Fantasy

Monday, August 31, 2009

Jimmy McCloud - When there's love in your life 1982



Jimmy McCloud was unknown singer from Detroit. He had begun recordings in 1976. He released on Tribe Records single entitled “I blew it / Don’t make the angels cry”. It is very expensive and his style is northern soul. I haven’t seen other record by McCloud until 1982. He recorded on Corn Records and released single entitled “When love hits ya / When there’s love in your life”. Produced by R.Martin and Jimmy McCloud. I chose the ballad "When there's love in your life". Composed by R.Martin and R.Eaton.



Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Fannie Clark Singers - Wonderful Love 1983 Lp



The Fannie Clark Singers was an obscure gospel/soul group from Memphis. This group formed by Fannie Clark in 1969. Fannie Clark is a composer, piano player and singer. In this album most of the musicians are unknown. William "Bill" Spears on drums, Leroy Hodges on bass, Andrew Jackson on organ, Derek Clark and Fannie Clark on piano, Michael Wiley, Thomas Bingham and Wendall Moore on guitars, Andrew Jackson and Michael Allen on synthesizers, The Memphis Strings on violins and, Michael Allen and William Spears on percussion. The singers are Thelma Shannon, Dianne Collins, Bonnie White, Maggie Bratcher, Charles Livingston, Diane Bratcher, Lawrence Collins and Fannie Clark. It is worthy to note that a whole album was produced by Willie Mitchell.


I chose the title track. Composed by Andrew Jackson.



Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Monday, August 24, 2009

Dixon - If this is love


It was 3 years ago, when I heard this song. Finally I bought this record. The lead singer of the group is called Bernard L.Dixon. Previously he was member of the group Danderliers from Chicago. Bernard Dixon was co-composer and producer. He released this record on Communication Records. Probably he is owner of the label. It was also released by AMG Records in 1977. I think the first release was on Communication Records. Composed by Leora Dixon and Bernard L.Dixon. Arranged by Don Johnson. Enjoy one of my favorite songs.



At that time, another record 45" by Billy Byrd entitled "I can make it without you / Can you feel it" was released on the same label.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

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Wings Of Light 1979 Lp


This private Christian/Gospel album was released on Daystar Records in 1979. Wings of Light was an obscure christian group. They recorded probably 3 albums. The second album was released on Christian Artist Records entitled “In different light” in 1982. The last album entitled “Alien” was distributed by Dayspring in Europe, but it seems that few copies actually made it rare. However it was different style (AOR) than the two first albums. They are Fred Heumann, Keith Boll, La Roy Cadiz, Ed Dechard, Steve Gabrielse, Patti Grover, Leann Hendrickson, Glen Holmen, Dave Mullins, Mike Ross, Larry Tardy and Jeff Taylor. Arranged by Clark Gassman, Bob Krogstad & Terry Winch. Produced by Stilwell.
I have chosen two tracks entitled "What a difference You've made in my life" (first recording by Ronnie Milsap in 1977) and "He loves you" (first recording by Seawind 1976).





Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sergio Mendes Brazil 88 - Magic Lady 1979 Lp



This album is tot rare, but I love it.
Sérgio Santos Mendes is a Brazilian musician. He has released over thirty-five albums, and plays bossa nova heavily crossed with jazz and funk. In 1979 Sergio Mendes released on Elektra/Asylum Records one of his best albums, entitled "Magic Lady" which features appearances by Michael Sembello and Oscar Neves on guitar, Nathan Watts on bass, Tom Scott on sax, Chuck Findley on trumpet, Steve Forman on percussion and some vocalists such as Bonnie Amaro, Carol Rogers & Marieta Waters. Horn Arrangements by Greg Adams of Tower of Power. Produced & arranged by himself.



I chose two great tracks entitled "Lonely woman" and "Summer dream". Enjoy them.



Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gregory Bibb

Gregory Bibb started his musical career in the early 70s, as composer, musician and producer/director. He formed the group “Gregory James Edition”, along with guitarist James Norris (he was godfather of son Gregory Bibbs) and drummer Anthony McAllister . They recorded an album entitled “Prophets of Soul” on Dakar Records in 1972.



Then Gregory served as musical director for Chi-sound artist Walter Jackson and Gene Chandler during their Chi-sound years. Especially in 1977 he played electric piano on the Walter Jackson’s album entitled “I Want To Come Back As A Song” on Chi-Sound Records.
Later in 1979 on Kelli-Arts Records Gregory Bibb only with James Norris, recorded an album entitled “Gonna Grow Some Gold”. The style of the album was disco and modern soul, nicely funky in the rhythm section, and with plenty of cool keyboards on the best cuts! Producer was Carl Davis.




From this album I have chosen a track entitled "Happy baby".




In 1984, he recorded his first solo album entitled “Touching me” on Music of Magnificent Mile Records (M.O.M.M). James Norris helped Gregory on the production. All songs produced and written by Gregory Bibb and James Norris for Decade Productions. All saxophone solos by Ari Brown.




I chose two tracks entitled "Magic Love Bird" and "Touching me". Lead vocal Gregory Bibb. Female vocal on "Touching me" by Theresa Davis.





Gregory composed and scored music for three highly acclaimed documentary programs; 1994-"When she gets old", Midwest Regional Emmy winner for best documentary. "For the Children" , A 1995 WTTW production nominated for best documentary and music by the Midwest Regional Emmy Academy and "The Incredible Voyage of Capt. Bill Pinkney", winner of the 1995 Ace Cable award for best documentary and recipient of the prestigious Peabody award.
Gregory was the creative thrust behind Gregory Bibb Music Productions, A commercial production company providing original Music for radio and television commercials serving such clients as NASDAQ Stock Exchange, American Resort Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Maple Furs, Old Style Beer, and many others.
Gregory held a plethora of positions, including Music Director; Kennedy-King College Outreach Theatre Program, Assistant A&R Director; Chi sounds United Artist Records, Cultural Urban Arts Coordinator; City of Chicago, and Music Instructor; Chicago Public Schools.
Whether performing, teaching, or working in the studio, Gregory was always challenging his creativity and striving for the top.
Sadly Gregory passed away recently.


Biography by www.chi-soundrecords.com

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

James Moore - As a nation 1981



He was born in the gospel "hotbed" of Detroit, Michigan. Moore's professional break came in 1974 at the James Cleveland Gospel Music Workshop of America held in Chicago, Illinois. It was here that he received the Thurston Frazier Scholarship Award. That same year he recorded his first album, "I Thank You Master" with Savoy Records which garnered moderate success. Perhaps one of the greatest moments in his life was the day he met Andre Crough. He was in California along with his producer “Gentry McCreary” when they went to Andrae’s house, so that he could sing a few songs for him. Then he recorded album 1981.
This album was released on Luminar Records in 1981 entitled “Brothers and Sisters, I’ll be praying for you”. Later it was released on Light Records in the same year.



Produced and arranged by Melvin D.Seals. I chose a track entitled "As a nation".



After three rare recordings, "God Can Do Anything" on Secret Records; "Something Old, Something New" on Sound of Gospel Records and "Jesus use me" on Yosiah Records, he returned to Malaco/Savoy to record "Rev.James Moore Live". This album reached the top ten of Billboard and Cashbox Magazine's top forty Spiritual charts. Selections such as "Bread of Heaven" and "He Was There All The Time" garnered him a Stellar Award in 1989 for Best Solo Performance-Male Vocalist, Traditional. This same album received a nomination from the GMWA Excellence Awards.
His guest appearance on the Mississippi Mass Choir's debut album certainly contributed to the phenomenal success it achieved - forty-eight weeks at number one, four Stellar Awards, three GMWA Excellence Awards, three Dove Nominations, and one Soul Train Award nomination.

It's been said that turnabout is fair play. With the Mississippi Mass Choir's reciprocating appearance on his album, "Live with the Mississippi Mass Choir", turnabout turned in to great-play; as in air-play. Songs like "Joy", "We Worship Christ the Lord", and "God Will Take Care Of You" certified this project as a classic.

In March of 1991 Billboard Magazine confirmed that the album had achieved the #1 position in the country. This project also garnered Rev. Moore a Dove nomination and a Stellar Award for Best Gospel video.

The "Live In Detroit" project, recorded in his hometown, reached the #3 position on Billboard Magazine's Top 40 Gospel chart. It featured such classics as " I Stood on the Banks of Jordan" and "Old Rugged Cross".

Rev. Moore's 4th project, "I Will Trust in the Lord" reached the #4 postion on Billboard's Top 40 and received a Grammy nomination.




Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Entertainers NEW CD

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” (It is coming out in two weeks).




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Monday, August 10, 2009

Brook Benton - Glow love 1978



Ladies and Gentlemen, the one and only, Mr. Brook Benton. Brook Benton was a very popular soul singer in the early 60's and sold many, many records for the Mercury label. He had a voice that had a very wide appeal and was also a talented songwriter. This single was released on Olde World Records in 1978, and is included on the album entitled "Hot and sensitive".





Brook died of complications from spinal meningitis in Queens, New York City, at the age of 56, on 9 April 1988.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full


Bonus one of my favorite videos

Friday, August 7, 2009

Jane Terry - So real (Body on body) Lp



This album is a private modern boogie soul recording from Oakland. It was recorded on Love Joy Records in the mid 80s, probably in 1984. Jane Terry was an unknown artist in the Bay Area. Most of the songs were composed by herself. Some musicians were known such as Claytoven Richardson, Felton Pilate (was member of the group Con-Funk-Shun) and Larry Batiste (had collaborated with Bill Summers). Also on backgrounds vocals by Linda Tillery and Vickie Randle. Produced by Private eye and Wayne Wallace. I have chosen two masterpiece entitled "Don't leave me" and "Why did I let go".






Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Arthur Prysock - Between hello and goodbye 1977


This is the original version of "Between hello and goodbye" released on Old Town Records by Arthur Prysock in 1977. After the single "When Love Is New" in 1976, Arthur Prysock give us one more excellent song. It was composed by T.Randazzo, R.Joyce, V.Pike and was included on the album entitled "Does it again". Strings and horns by Don Renaldo and The Guys. Produced, arranged and conducted by John Davis.



Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Also 2 soulful versions have been recorded of "Between hello and goodbye" by Society Of Seven in 1978 and The Stylistics in 1979.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Dink Perry & The Breeze Band - Between hello and goodbye



This single is a fantastic song. It was recorded on Metro Records in the late 80s. Also this single is included on the album entitled “Lovers Holiday” in 1989. The original version of this song was recorded in 1977 by Arthur Prysock. Dink Perry is an original Breeze member on lead and background vocals and percussion. He sang all of the lead vocals on the Breeze Album Lover’s Holiday! Produced by Tim Eaton.





The Breeze Band, which was nominated for several awards during the 1989 Beach Music Awards for its album LOVERS HOLIDAY, has just gotten better!

In June 1991, four members of The Entertainers said goodbye to the band and Hello to Dink Perry, lead vocalist of The Breeze Band to form what is now THE BREEZE.
The BREEZE has taken their strong writing and arranging talents and turned them into the first new BREEZE CD….SOMETHING SERIOUS 1995. In 1996 they came out with their second CD….SECOND WIND, which won the number one Beach song and Broadcast song of the year at the 96 Cammy Awards. They finished their third CD…..BY REQUEST in June of 1999, and did a Christmas CD in Nov. of 1999.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Danniebelle Hall - What kind of love is this 1975



Danniebelle Hall was born in Pittsburgh, PA the fourth of eight children. She was born to William Butler Jones and Danniebell Jones. Danniebelle learned to play piano at the age of three. She played piano for her hometown church. To advance her passion for spreading the gospel through song, she enlisted the talents of her two younger sisters and formed the trio, The Jones Sisters. She moved to San Francisco California when she was 17 years old where she met and married Charles E. Hall. n 1969, she formed a group called The Danniebelles. The group went on tour overseas. This promoted the growth and the popularity of The Danniebelles beyond expectations. They were able to record an album and minister to thousands while touring with World Vision International in Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. World Crusade Ministries.
A few years later, Danniebelle joined the gospel group of Andraé Crouch and the Disciples. She was featured on such classic Gospel recordings as "Take Me Back" and "Soon and Very Soon".
Danniebelle sang and recorded several solo albums that spanned the next 2 and a half decades. One of them albums was entitled “This moment” in 1975 on Light Records. She collaborated with great musicians like Joe Sample on piano, Wilton Felder on bass, Ernie Watts on sax and George Bohanon on trombone. I have chosen majestic track entitled “What kind of love is this”. The sound quality is amazing. Composed by Danniebelle. Produced by Bill Maxwell & Andrae Crouch.





Discography

Albums
Danniebelle (Light, 1974)
He Is King (Light, 1974)
This Moment (Light, 1975)
Let Me Have a Dream (Sparrow, 1976)
Danniebelle Live in Sweden (Sparrow, 1977)
Unmistakably Danniebelle (Onyx, 1978)
Song of the Angels (Onyx, 1983)
Designers Original (CGI, 1994)
The Best Gets Better (CGI, 1995)
Remembering the Times (EMI, 2001)


Sadly she died on December 28, 2000

Note: The above posted track is not played in full
Biography by Wikipedia

You can visit www.danniebelle.com for more information