Soul Fantasy

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Larry Elgart - Flight Of The Condor 1981 Lp

Larry Elgart (born March 20, 1922) is an American jazz bandleader. Larry has recorded many albums since 1953. Also Larry along with his brother Les have recorded many albums.
Larry's biggest exposure came in 1982, with the smash success of a recording called "Hooked on Swing". The instrumental was a medley of swing jazz.
One year ago released an album entitled "Flight of the Condor" on RCA Records.

Great musicians participated on the album as Marcus Miller on bass, Jorge Dalto and Dunn Pearson on piano and rhodes, Larry Elgart on alto saxophone, Dave Tofani on tenor saxophone and flute, John Faddis and Marvin Stamm on trumpets and many other artists. Vocals by Patti Coyle Dunham. Produced by Larry Elgart.
I have chosen two great instrumentals entitled "Wait for the night" and "Silverlocks".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ray "Slyy" Latney - It's Your Day Sugar Ray 1980

Ray Slyy started out with Chuck Brown of The Soul Seachers. In 1980 he was influenced by Sugar Ray Leonard's matches with Roberto Duran. He wrote the song entitled "It's Your Day Sugar Ray". He launched his career when It was played on the airwaves during the Olympics.
It was recorded at Bias Recording Springfield. He released it as 7 inch on his own label called “Slyy’s Cabbit Inc”.
Also the song of the other side entitled “Someday” was dedicated to Minnie Riperton.
Horns & Strings arranged by Rodney Brown. Produced by Wayne Davis

Then he collaborated with his cousin Frankie Beverly and Al Johnson. He released a single as Rayy Slyy entitled "Hey You (You Got To Give It Up)" on Salsoul Records in 1982. Frankie Beverly and Al Johnson helped him as arrangers. Produced by himself.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Harold's Return

Harold's career as a crossover balladeer has spanned over 30 years. A popularly featured artist in Milwaukee's leading entertainment venues, including the famous Cotton Club, from the late '70s to '90s, Harold has excited and delighted audiences throughout the midwest and south with performances described as “sizzling” by reviewers. With vocals as impeccably phrased and articulated as they are passionate and inspiring, Harold returns nostalgic, timeless innocence to romance

Souldennis: Hello Mr.Harold

Harold: Hey Dionisis

Souldennis: Where were you born and raised?

Harold: I was born is Tennesse, and raised in Wisconsin.

Souldennis: When did you start singing and since when you've been recording?

Harold: I was a young teenager when I first started singing.

Souldennis: You've been performing for many years at The Cotton Club instead of pursuing a recording career. Why is that?

Harold: In fact my mother accompanied me most of the times to get into the Clubs. The only reason I can say for being at the Cotton Club so long was lack of knowledge, and naively thinking maybe some one would come, see me and take me out of there. Always a full house but never a record company personality.

Souldennis: Which are your main influences and which are your favorite artists?

Harold: My main influences were Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations, until a friend came to me and told me that, when I sing in my natural voice opposed to falsetto, I sound like the lead singers of a group out of California, called The Whispers. Since then they have been among my greatest inspiration. I'm also influenced by Donny Hathaway, Peabo Bryson, The Manhattans and Mel Carter.

Souldennis: Talk about your 7" single entitled "In the cool of the night / Shortage of love" and the label you collaborated with.

Harold: My first single "In the cool of the night" was a collaboration with a dear friend who has since passed away, by the name of Jean King. Notice the first two letters of her name Je, and the first three letters of my name Har (Je-Har Records).

Souldennis: How many songs have you recorded in 80s and 90s?

Harold: I had two releases in the 80's and 90's. They were released on cassettes. Shortage of Love, In The Cool Of The Night, Night Time Fun, and, What Went Wrong are also included on these releases

Souldennis: How did you decide to get back to recording after all these years and release your new CD?

Harold: After raising a family and a failed marriage, I decided to pursue my carreer which had never subsided within me. I personally financed my own project. Recording when I could, and with tremendous limitations was able to finally finish.

Souldennis: After listening to your new CD album, I particularly enjoyed the track "A Positive Mind". When exactly did you compose it? Please share with us the story behind this track.

My new CD, titled, "
For the love of a woman". A Positive Mind is about the complete experience of always knowing that some day I would return to singing proffessionally, after many years of pain and heartbreak. I was trying to do the right thing. Putting my self last, silently crying, yet singing, deep inside, I kept a positive mind.

Souldennis: Thank you very much for your time and I wish you all the best.
Harold: Thank you too Dionisis.

Note: Available digital download at CDBABY

You can see the new website of Harold

The above posted tracks are not played in full

#  I want to thank Harold for his trust in me. 
## I want to thank my friend Nicolas Drosos for his help.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mix Samples-Show 18-2-2010 by Souldennis

For third time I make mix samples-show. You can enjoy it.

1. Alex Malheiros - Papaia 1985 (Fantasy Lp)
2. Teodo'r - Love message 1984 (Shatter 12 inch)
3. Power - I can't stop 1982 (Malaco Lp)
4. Nina Simone - Touching And Caring 1985 (VPI Lp)
5. Jeffra - Caught you 1983 (Lovintide Production Lp)
6. Target - What I'm gonna do 1979 (Sunshine Lp)
7. Leo Robinson - To my hearth 1981 (Star Music 7 inch)
8. Ben Vereen - Dream love 1982 (Accord Lp)
9. Tyrone Burwell - Memories 1988 (Creative Funk Music 12 inch)
10. Harold - A Beautiful Sadness 2009 (Harold CD)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Willie Clayton - What a way to put it 1984

Willie Clayton is an American singer-songwriter and producer. Born in the Deep South Indianola, Mississippi. He began performing gospel music in church as a youngster and then moved into the secular field as a lyricist, producer, and singer. Like many other American artists in the 1970’s, the young singer contracted to Hi Records in Memphis, where he worked with producer Willie Mitchell and the vaunted Hi rhythm section. Hi issued a series of fine Clayton efforts on its Pawn subsidiary, including "I Must Be Losin' You" , "It's Time You Made Up Your Mind" and "Baby You're Ready" but none of them hit. Finally, in 1984, Clayton enjoyed a taste of soul success when his "Tell Me" (produced by General Crook) and "What a Way to Put It" scored on to the R&B charts.

The single "What A Way To Put It / So tied up" was released on Compleat Records in 1984. Arranged and conducted by Don Burnside. Donald Burnside had collaborated as producer and songwriter with Norman Brown, Elaine And Ellen, Yvonne Gage, First Love, Chi-Lites and Gene Chandler. Produced by General Crook.
I have chosen the "What A Way To Put It". First recording by The Temptations on the album "Surface Thrills" in 1983. However Sam Dees and Ron Kersey wrote this song in 1980.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Friday, February 12, 2010

Crystal Clear - Oomph in my life 1980

Crystal Clear was an obscure group. This group was formed by Morris Bailey. John Manship mentions on his site that is a female group. In fact is group of male and female members because in the early 80s they released mega rare 7 inch on A Major Label entitled "I Still Love You / No One Else Like You". Both of them are performed with male vocals.
The single "Oomph in my life" was released on Polydor Records in 1980. Arranged and conducted by Morris Bailey. Produced by Doug King & Morris Bailey. Composed by Morris Bailey & Pearl Scott.


Crystal Clear - Stay with me / You're So Unreal 1980 (7 inch Polydor)
Crystal Clear - Oomph in my life / Trademark 1980 (7 inch Polydor)
Crystal Clear - I Still Love You / No One Else Like You (7 inch A Major Label)
Crystal Clear - Rock and a hard place 1983 (7 inch Pretty Pearl)

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

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

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cirt Gill & The JAM-A-DITTY BAND - Have a little faith in me 1980

Cirt Gill & The JAM-A-DITTY BAND was formed by Cirt Gill. In 1979 released a 12" record entitled "Turn This Disco Out" on Jam-A-Ditty Records. This 12inch is actually funky dance music. It was recorded in 1979 and got airplay in many clubs in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. The featured vocalist is Kevan Tynes, formerly a lead singer with the Mighty Majors from Greensboro, NC.
The next year they released a 7" record entitled "Have A Little Faith In Me / Put The Music In Your Ear" featuring Jimmy Person on Jam-A-Ditty Records. Both of them were included on the album in 1983 under the name JPQ Quintessence on the same label. Charles Carlton and Jimmy Person on guitars, Cirt Gill on bass, Larry Clay on drums and Talib Din on keyboards. Lead vocal by Jimmy Person. Produced by Earl Gill.

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

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Terri Gore - Movin on 1984 Lp

Terri Gore with The Kruze Band

This album one year ago was sold for 1000$ by Recordsbymail. However two months ago was sold for 224$.

Terri Gore from North Carolina is one of the best female vocalists of the Beach Music scene. She released this album on Sapphire Records and it was distributed by Galaxy LTD.
The musicians were Alan Kaufman on keyboards, Chris Anderson, Andre Ferreri & Van Sachs on guitars, Doug Hawthorn on bass, Jim Brock on drums & percussion, Ray Alexander on trumpet, Phil Thompson on sax & flute, Mike Balogh on trombone, Nat Spier on baritone sax, Frank Portone on French horn, Ziad Rabie on tenor sax. Background vocals by Angela St.Clair, Sheila Kaufman & Debbie Dobbins. Produced and arranged by Alan Kaufman.

I have chosen three tracks entitled "Movin on" , "I'm hurtin" and "Laugh, smile, and cry".

Also "Movin on" released as 7 inch on the same label.

Terri has been awarded an unmatched total of 8 CAMMY Awards. She has been voted Female Vocalist of the Year 5 consecutive times from 1996 to 2000. Terri has won two “Solo Album of the Year” awards for both her “Carolina Girl” and “It Don’t Get Better Than This” CDs on Forevermore Records. Terri has recorded with artists such as The Embers, Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The Stylistics, Jay & the Techniques, Danny & the Juniors, Softones, Legendary Dukes, Catalinas, Holiday Band and General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board. In 2001, Terri released her third cd entitled “Shinning Through”, which garnered tremendous airplay throughout the Southeast with the hit single “Forever The One”.

In 2003, Terri was the first female vocalist in the Carolinas to score two songs on the All-Time Carolina Top 40 Christmas Chart with two original songs “All Around The World” and “Carolina Christmas”. Terri Gore is a staple of Beach Music Radio, receiving more airplay than any other female vocalist. Fessa John Hook of the Rhythm and Beach Network said it best when he stated, “Terri Gore has become a part of both the culture of the Carolinas and our musical conscience”. In 2003, General Johnson and Surfside Records signed Terri (the first female vocalist ever for the label) and recorded the beach music hit “Sugar Daddy”, currently featured on the Surfside release “Beach Music Mermaids”.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

June Millington - When wrong is right 81

June Millington was born in the Philippines. She moved with her family to California when she was 13 years old. June along with her sister Jean Millington, they began playing in all-female bands. In 1969 they formed group called “Funny” together with drummer Alice de Buhr and keyboardist Nickey Barkley .
Fanny was the first all-female rock band to be signed by a major record label and to gain international recognition.
In 1973, June left from the group, with the band breaking up a short time later. Then June played guitar for other performers.
In 1977 June along with her sister released album entitled "Ladies on the stage" on United Artist Records. It was a pop, soul and disco album with folk ballads. The next year she was producer on Mary Watkins jazz/soul album "Something moving" on Olivia Records.
In 1981 she released first solo album entitled “Heartsong” on her own label, Fabulous Records. At the same label Leon Ware had released one of the best soul albums in 1979.
It was recorded at Blue Dolphin Studio, Los Angeles. All songs written and arranged by June Millington except for "Trouble" written by June Millington and Tret Fure. Produced by June Millington and Tret Fure.
I have chosen a great mid-tempo entitled "When wrong is right".

The next year in Milwaukee she began to write songs of the album “Running” that it released in 1983. Then she released two albums more “One world, one heart” in 1988 and “Ticket to wonderful” in 1993.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full