Soul Fantasy

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tour De 4Force - Godsend 2009

Ladies and gentlemen I have the pleasure to present you this ambitious new group called "Tour De 4Force".
This 5-member group comprised of former members of three well-known and highly successful singing groups - Scherrie Payne (former lead singer of The Supremes), Joyce & Pam Vincent (formerly "Dawn" of Tony Orlando & Dawn), Theresa Davis (former member of "The Emotions"), and the fantastic Jim Gilstrap, who is considered to be one of the most prolific and successful session singers in the industry.

They released wonderful song entitled "Godsend" on Ocean Wave Records.

"Quiet Moon" is the freshman CD from this ambitious new group, who also gathered the support of many other successful and respected artists - including former Temptations lead singer, Ali Ollie Woodson. Woodson's vocals are featured along with the groups on the Gilstrap-penned "Four Walls" and on "Heaven Bound," a song originally recorded by Chaka Khan & Rufus under the direction of Quincy Jones. TC Campell, a former member of the 80's Funk group Cameo also added his talents as the Musical Director and Co-Producer on the project.

Available digital download only at CDBABY

For more information about Tour De 4Force NEW CD click here.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Joyce Cobb - Love can

One more post is dedicated to the memory of Willie Mitchell

About a year ago, I had the pleasure to present Joyce Cobb from Memphis Sound. Joyce left from Cream Records and joined to Waylo Records. Willie Mitchell was the founder of the label.
She released a record 45" in 1987 entitled "Another lonely night (without you)/ Love can". Both of them are fantastic songs, but I chose "Love can". Composed by Willie Mitchell, Joyce Cobb & Lawrence E. Harper. Produced by Willie Mitchell.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Monday, January 25, 2010

Brenda Holloway - Brand New 1980 Lp

Brenda Holloway (born June 21, 1946, Atascadero, California, United States) is an American singer and songwriter, best known as a recording artist for the Motown Records label during the 1960s. Her most well-known recordings are the soul hits, "Every Little Bit Hurts" and "You've Made Me So Very Happy." The latter was later widely popularized when it became a Top Ten hit for the band, Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Holloway married a pastor and left the music industry to become a housewife. During this period, she occasionally sang with her sister Patrice. In 1980, Holloway returned to music and recorded gospel album entitled “Brand New”.
It was recorded at Studio Masters and released on Birthright Records. The musicians were Dean Gant on piano, Kenni Burke on bass, Gregg Poree & Dennis Burke on guitars, Chester Thompson on drums. Background vocals by Deidra Burke, Terry Askey, Penny Wonza, Gail Lampert, Ivory Hudson, Tom Austin, Donald Boyette and Greg Robertson. Produced and arranged by Gil Askey.
I chose a great mid-tempo track entitled "Giving Love".

I want to note that "Giving Love" was released as a single on Birthright Records in the same year.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Friday, January 22, 2010

Karvin Johnson

First of all I would like to thank Karvin Johnson for his help and for his collaboration.

Karvin Johnson was born in Baton Rouge, Lousiana. He was the lead singer in a band called "Group Fusion". Also he was member of several choirs and local corner groups in Monrovia, California. They performed mainly at talent shows, back yard parties and school assembles. All the local groups would battle for first place in the talent competitions.
Later Karvin Johnson met Gregory Coleman through a Motown songwriter/producer Kenny Thomas. Kenny Thomas was the manager/producer of "Group Fusion". Then Kenny formed the group called "Licorise". Karvin Johnson and Gregory Coleman were singing for the group.
Greg Coleman reconnected with James King Jr. at some point. So Karvin met James and they started getting together and jamming and decided to start writing together.
Later the group “Licorice” was disbanded and Karvin, Greg and James decided doing something else musically. They sang together and decided to put a band together. They started to perform their own songs and they added other members. They became best friends and they began to create music together for days and countless hours. So they formed the group called “Halo”.
They recorded several songs for the album between two studios, KSR Studios in Hollywood and 54 East in Pasadena, CA. They chose to release a 45 single entitled “Let me do it / How you ever felt that feeling” to first get the attention of the majors and hopefully get some airplay in order to make some money to complete.

The musicians were James King Jr on Guitar, John Flowers on Bass, Moses Ingersol on Drums, Rudy Jacobs on Lead Guitar, James Gadson on Drums, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs on some vocals, the horn section from Bohannon and Calhoun from the Gap Band on Percussion. Lead vocals by Karvin Johnson, Walter Lykes and Greg Coleman. Produced by Halo and Lawrence Hilton Jacobs. Lawrence Hilton Jacobs was friend with Karvin Johnson. The original band members were James King Jr., Gregory Coleman, Karvin Johnson, Rudy Jacobs, John Flowers, Moses Ingersol and Walter Lykes.

The 7 inch didn’t sell because they had problems with distribution. Then the album was never released because they ran out of money.
They did lots of shows, clubs and festivals the LA club circuit. They had a great time performing live. One of the night clubs in Los Angeles was owned by the famous Chambers Brothers.
At the last 10 years in the U.K's underground Modern Soul scene the song "Let me do it" is one of the most in-demand dance floor. Until last year, there had only been a handful of know copies of this incredible early-80's glorious mid-tempo 45". Copies were changing hands for between £ 1000 to £ 2000.

After Halo he met Freddie Perren a song writer and mega producer through Lewis Peters who was a great friend and Motown staff engineer. He helped him perform lead and background vocals for the big named artists he would produce, such as The Spinners, Tavares, Teddy Pendergrass, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and others.
Then he met a producer by the name of Sam Brown who was looking for a singer to complete his group Gemini. He sang for him along with new singing partner Fred Sawyers and started recording the album. They recorded an album entitled "Rising" in 1981 and released on M&M Records. The album sold around 400,000 copies or more and is a classic collector’s record to date.

It was recorded at The Mom and Pops Company Store Inc., Studios "A" and "E", Studio City,CA. The musicians were Sam Brown III, Sony Burke and Ric Wyatt,Jr. on keyboards, Bob "Boogie" Bowles, Wah-Wah Watson, Paul Jackson,Jr. and Chuck Pierce on guitars, Cornelius "Hot Lix" Mims on bass, James Gadson and Ed Greene on drums, Paulinho Da Costa and Sam Brown III on percussion.
Harry Kim, David Strout, Curt Sletten, Charlie Davis and Joel Peskin (sax solo) on horns. Background Vocals by Petsie Powell, Alfie Silas, Gwen Evans, Cindy Westphal, Fred Sawyers, Karvin Jonhson, Marti McCall, Alex Brown, Sharryl Brousard & Kipper Jones. Produced by Sam Brown III.
I have chosen two tracks entitled "The Power of your love" and "(Everytime I see) a pretty lady".

After Gemini, Karvin helped Fred Sawyers start a new record label called ‘Peachtown Records’. Peabo Bryson was between deals and was to be the first artist on the indie label.
Also note that Karvin was involved as Post Production Coordinator on the Infinity album in 1984 entitled "Spread the word".
Later he started an entertainment newspaper called ‘The Atlanta Rhythm Times’. From there he started a artist marketing, management, promotions and distribution company to service indie artist. The distribution company is called KES Music and Video Distribution and the marketing company is called National Marketing which are both managed by his wife Lori Taylor Johnson and himself

* Karvin Johnson as solo artist released record 45" on Marshall Records entitled "If You Let Me / I Will Love You For The Rest Of My Life".

** In 1986 Karvin teamed up with Ronnie McNeir (Today Ronnie is permanent member of Four Tops) releasing a single entitled “I Don't Need No Doctor” on Marshal Records for South Shore Productions and distributed by Macola Record Company.

Note: # Biography was provided by Karvin himself

## The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Marvin Bradley - Everybody's dancing

Marvin Bradley was an unknown singer. He recorded this song on Sundance Records in the late 80s. Great vocals. Composed by J.Johnson & M.Bradley. Produced by S.Kazery and J.Johnson. You can enjoy it.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

It was very difficult to find information about Marvin Bradley

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Willie Mitchell

Willie Mitchell, a record producer, label head and musician who worked with Al Green and other stars, died. He was 81.

Mitchell died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis at 7:25 a.m., more than two weeks after he suffered cardiac arrest Dec. 19, said his son, Lawrence Mitchell.

For this reason, I decided to post this album and it is dedicated to the memory of Willie Mitchell

Trumpeter, producer, composer, arranger and bandleader, born 23 March 1928 in Ashland, Mississippi, died of a heart attack on January 5th, 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Co-owner of Hi Records from 1970 to 1979 and founder of the Waylo Records label in the 1980's. Mitchell also owned and operated the Royal Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

In 1981 he recorded album at Royal Recording Studio. The album entitled "Willie...Mitchell...Listen...Dance" was released on Bearsville Records. In my opinion is a great album. The musicians were Eddie Fisher on drums, Steve Cobb on bass, Michael Toles on guitar, Don Brown, Willie Mitchell and Michael Toles on piano and Walter Person on percussion. Trumpet by Wayne Jackson, Ben Cauley, Jack Hale Jr & Mark Blunberg. Tenor sax by Andrew Love and Darnell Smith. Trombone by Jack Hale, Jackie Thomas and Ken Spain. Baritone sax by James Mitchell. All sax solos by Andrew Love. All trumpet solos and piano solos by himself. Vocal background by Erma Shaw, Elizabeth Smith, Cindy Farr and Romell Greenlee. String & horn arrangements by Michaels Toles, James Mitchell and Willie Mitchell. String section by Memphis Strings. Produced by Willie Mitchell and Michael Toles.

I have chosen one of my all time favourite songs entitled "Reachin' Out". Also the track "Give the World More Love".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Charles Jackson - Gonna Getcha' Love 1979 Lp

Charles Chuck Jackson (not to be confused with the other singer Chuck Jackson) started his career as a songwriter in 1969 writing a few songs like "If It's Real What I Feel" and "Walk Easy My Son" to Jerry Butler. In the early 70's she met Marvin Yancy and they went to form a soul group The Independents. After the group broke up Chuck and Marvin wanted to continue their co-operation and met Natalie Cole.
Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy were behind some of the biggest hits of gold and platinum award singer Natalie Cole. Some of her hits the duo produced and wrote include "This Will Be," "Inseparable," "Sophisticated Lady", "Our Love," and "I've Got Love on My Mind".
Though busy with producing Chuck had also a solo career recording 2 albums "Passionate Breeze" in 1978 and "Gonna Getcha' Love" in 1979 on Capitol Records, under the name Charles Jackson.
Today I'm presenting the album "Gonna Getcha' Love".

It was recorded at Music Grinder Studios, Los Angeles,CA. The musicians were Bruce Conte, Michael McGloiry and Coleman Head Jr. on guitars, Victor Conte, Jerry Knight and Welton Gite on bass, Harvey Hughes and Dennis Davis on drums, Greg Levias, Nate Ginsberg, Chester Thompson and Ronnie Foster on keyboards. String contractor by George Bohannon and Frank DeCaro. Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Owen Waters, Melvin Britt, Judy Jones, Jerry Knight and Sylvia Cox on background vocals. Solo vocalist on "I love you only" by Sylvia Cox.
Gavin Christopher on keyboards, percussion and production. I have chosen two tracks entitled "Just for your lovin" and "I love you only".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

QUIZ 5 ?

For one reason, I don’t want to post this rare album.

Who is the guy ?

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Special Delivery - Living on the run 1981 Lp

The group was formed in 1972 under the name ACT 1. The members were Reginald Ross, George Parker and Roger Terry. Terry Huff joined the group in 1974. They collaborated with producer/songwriter called Rafael Gerald and released one album in 1974 on Spring Records. Then they left Spring Records for Mainstream Records and re-formed with Huff, and changed their name to Special Delivery.
Terry Huff, George Parker, Chester Fortune, and Reginald Ross recorded ballad entitled “I destroyed your love” in 1975 written by Huff. The song quickly became a staple on quiet storm radio stations and remained on the low end of the R&B charts. Before Mainstream could record a follow-up, the group disbanded over musical, business, and personal differences.
Terry Huff recorded and produced "The Lonely One" with help from Al Johnson. Johnson (Terry was friend with Al Johnson) and Huff's two brothers (Andy and Jimmy) did the backing vocals. For commercial reasons, Mainstream released it as being by Special Delivery featuring Terry Huff. The song's success caused a demand for an LP, which Huff and Johnson rushed to New York to record.
Then the group recorded album without Terry Huff on Shield Records in 1978. Produced by George Parker.
Next album was “Living on the run” in 1981 on M&M Records. This album was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios. Members were George Parker, Reginald Ross, Andre Sanders, Mick Jessup (lead vocal), Sylvester Lee, Janice Lee and Veronica Martin. The musicians were Alphonzo Dawson and Juaquin Jessup on guitar, Miklos Jessup on bass, Bill Jackson on drums. Horn section by Tim Eyerman, Kenny Smukai, Vaughn Nark and David Steinmeyer. Horn & String arrangements by Matthew Allen, James Purdie and George Parker. Produced by George Parker.

I chose two tracks entitled "Got to be number one" and "Don't deny my love".

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

## Not to be confused with fusion group who recorded an album in 1983

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Al Matthews - Your affair 1975

Al Matthews (born November 21, 1942) is a UK-based American actor and singer, perhaps best known as Sergeant Apone in the 1986 movie Aliens.
Matthews was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has played various movie roles, including a fire chief in Superman III (1983), General Tudor in The Fifth Element (1997), and Master Sergeant #3 in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Matthews has also appeared in Grange Hill playng the role of Benny Green's father. He has also worked in British television and theatre, and has worked in radio, both as an actor (on BBC Radio 4) and as a presenter for BBC Radio 1 and Capital Radio.
In 1971 he arrived in the UK, with only a guitar, he worked as a folk singer, and he was introduced to a guy named Pierre Tubbs. In 1975 Pierre wrote a song for him called ‘Fool’, which became a top ten hit in more then fifteen countries in Europe. In the UK Singles Chart, "Fool" reached number 16 in the autumn of that year.
Today I'm presenting another song entitled "Your affair". It was recorded in 1975. It released on CBS records. Composed by Pierre Tubbs. Arranged by Wilf Gibson. Produced by Pierre Tubbs.

He was the first black voice on England’s national station, ‘Radio 1’, he worked for London’s ‘Capital’, for ten years,where he hosted many programs, among then my award winning program, ‘When The Spirit Moves, that show won ‘best gospel music’ program six years running.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Keni Burke - Changes 1982 Lp

Born Kenneth M. Burke 1953 in Chicago, Keni began his career in music as a young teen with his family group The Five Stairsteps.
When the group disbanded, Keni cut a solo album for Dark Horse in 1977 and worked consistently as a session bass player.
In 1981 he cut a new solo album deal with RCA and came back with a vengeance on a song called "Let Somebody Love You". The album "You're The Best" was acclaimed as one of the year's top soul albums - but no one could have predicted what was to come next. In 1982 Keni returned with a new album "Changes". It was the album that included "Risin' To The Top".

The musicians were Stephen Ferrone on drums, Keni Burke on bass and guitar, Ed Moore on guitar, Sir Gant on keyboards, Vince Montana on vibes, Leonard Gibbs Jr. on percussion,Don Myrick, Rahmlee Davis, Louis Satterfield and Michael Harris on Horns. Background vocals by Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson, Evette L.Benton and Tawatha. Horn arrangements by Tom Tom 84. Arranged and produced by himself.
I chose two tracks entitled "All night" and "Hang tight".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full