Soul Fantasy

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Major Harris - The Game

There is no need to present Major Harris, because most of Soul music lovers know him quite well.
It is worthy to note that this single is ultra rare. I have never seen this 45” before. It was released on Renaissance Recording in the early 80s. However this single is included on the album entitled "I believe in love" in 1984 on Society Hill Records with a different title. It was included as "Through it all (the game)".
Produced by himself and Butch Ingram. Composed by Timmy, John and Butch Ingram.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Eddie Parker - She 1980

Best known among Northern soul aficionados for the perennial favorite "Love You Baby," singer Eddie Parker was born and raised in Saginaw, MI, regularly traveling to nearby Detroit during the mid-'60s in pursuit of a career in music. There he connected with the songwriting/production team of Jack Ashford (a former percussionist with Motown's legendary session band the Funk Brothers) and Lorraine Chandler, signing with their fledgling Pied Piper Productions to record "I'm Gone," issued on the tiny Awake label in 1966.
The record went nowhere, and Parker's recording career stalled until 1968, when Ashford and Chandler founded their own Ashford label. The venture would yield just one single before going bankrupt, but what a single: ideally matched to Parker's gritty, passionate vocals, "Love You Baby" was a flop upon its initial release but enjoyed new life in the 1970s thanks to its massive popularity among the DJs and clubgoers populating Britain's Northern soul revival scene, regularly topping lists of the most popular Northern classics of all time.
When Ashford and Chandler partnered with Ernest Kelly to form a new label, Triple B, they again called on Parker to christen the venture -- his third single, "I Need a True Love," was Triple B's first release in 1970, soon after appearing in France thanks to a licensing deal with the Parisian label Googa Mooga. The follow-up, "Can't You See (What You're Doing to Me)," was issued on the Jay Walking label in 1971, meeting the same grim fate as its predecessors. Parker would not make another record for four years, although he remained a staple of the Detroit nightclub circuit. He finally resurfaced on vinyl with 1975's "Body Chains," produced by Ashford and Chandler for the Prodigal label. When Ashford relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles the following year, he brought a cache of unreleased master tapes with him, and without Parker's knowledge or consent his previously unissued "But if You Must Go" came out on the Beverly Hills label Miko in 1977.
Meanwhile, the enduring popularity of "Love You Baby" prompted the British reissue label Grapevine to officially re-release Parker's masterpiece in 1979, inspiring Chandler to found her own RJ label to cut a new Parker single, 1980's "She." RJ Records also issued an LP, The Old, the New, the Blues, featuring Parker/Chandler duets on two cuts.

Biography by Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Norm Calvin And The Truthseekers - God's place 1986

Norm Calvin & The Truthseekers was an obscure gospel group who recorded an album at Sunburst Recording Studios. They released album entitled "God's Place" on TSM Records in 1986. The musicians were Steven Craig Jackson on piano, Sam Ross on drums, J.R.Edmonds on bass, Steve Reid on percussion, Terry Mills on synthesizer and Stanley Jones on guitar. Backing vocals by Steven Craig Jackson, Beverly Hegmon Calvin and Linda Harold. Lead vocals by Norm Calvin and J.R. Edmonds. Rhythm arrangement by Beverly Hegmon Calvin and Steven Jackson. Arranged and conducted by J.R.Edmonds.Produced by Terry Mills.

I have chosen the track called "God's Place".

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam Co - Do I make you feel better ? 1980 Lp

Leon (Ndugu) Chancler (born July 1, 1952) is a jazz funk drummer, percussionist, studio musician, composer and producer. Chancler was born in Shreveport, Louisiana Ndugu attended Locke High School in Los Angeles where, at the age of thirteen, he began to play the drums. During his High School years, he worked with Willie Bobo and Harold Johnson Sextet. Upon graduation, Ndugu studied music education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. While in college he performed with the Gerald Wilson Big Band, Herbie Hancock and High Masakela. At age nineteen Ndugu had performed and recorded with such greats as Miles Davis, Freedie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Eddie Harris, Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson. Ndugu has worked on several Grammy nominated albums and has numerous production and co- production credits.
Ndugu Chancler is known not only as a world-class drummer and percussionist, but also a producer, composer, clinician and teacher. A three-time Grammy nominee, he has to his credit an extensive list of performances, recordings, original compositions and productions. As a studio musician, he has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Hubert Laws, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk and John Lee Hooker. He was the drummer on the biggest selling pop album by Michael Jackson, Thriller, providing the beat on “Billie Jean.” As a producer and songwriter, he has written hits for The Dazz Band and George Duke, and produced for Flora Purim, Bill Summers, Toki and his own solo recordings. He has co-produced recordings for Santana, The Crusaders, George Duke, Tina Turner, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder and The Meeting, the group he co-leads with Patrice Rushen and Ernie Watts.
In the late 70s, he formed group called "The Chocolate Jam Co". They released two albums in 1979 and 1980 on Epic Records. On the second album entitled "Do I make you feel better?" Leon "Ndugu" Chancler wrote most of the songs. Also great musicians helped him, such as Byron Miller and Hilliard Wilson on bass, Reggie Andrews and Greg Phillinganes on keyboards, David T.Walker, Al McKay and Roland Bautista on guitars, Ronnie Foster on piano and organ. Oscar Brashear, Bobby Bryant and Ray Brown on trumpet. Hubbert Laws on flute, Ronnie Laws on soprano sax, George Bohanon, Garnett Brown, Clay Lawry and Maurice Spears on trompones. On vocals Leo Miller, Maxi Anderson, Gwen Evans, Josie James, The O'Jays and Jones Girls.

Concertmaster by Charles Veal Jr. Strings and Horns by Reggie Andrews. Produced by himself. I have chosen two tracks entitled "Come into my life again" and "Give your love". The last was written by Ndugu along with Virginia Ayers. Virginia Ayers who also had composed another song for Leon Chancler in 1979 called "Time". Virginia had sung for Bill Summers and Phyrework two years ago.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Friday, April 16, 2010

Cory Braverman - Fire sign 1976 Lp

I have the pleasure to present an obscure album that is not expensive. This album was ignored from the bloggers. I can’t understand why Cory Braverman didn’t record other album. Cory was a new artist, young, soulful singer was beginning her career. Cory was a newcomer to Phantom Records, but her soulful musical life had already touched some of the greatest names in contemporary and soul music. For instance, there was the time she appeared in a Ray Charles concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. And then there was the impromptu playing with The Band around Woodstock. Very good album. It was released on Phantom Records in 1976. Participated great musicians such as Steve Gadd on drums, Bob Babbitt and Anthony Jackson on bass, Jeff Mironov on guitar, Leon Pendarvis on keyboards and Jimmy Maelen on conga. Background vocals by David Lasley, Lynn Pitney and Arnold McCuller. String and Horn arrangements by Leon Pendarvis. Produced by Hank Medress & Dave Appell.
I have chosen two tracks called “I saw the light” and “Take it or leave it”. Both of them were released as singles in 1976 on the same label.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Rodney Friend & Friends - Call him jesus 1980 Lp

Rodney Friend was raised in the church and his musical roots are firmly anchored in Gospel. Rodney is a graduate with a B.A. in Music Performance, a songwriter, singer and musician. Rodney has worked with and written for artist such as Phil Nicholas (was member of the group Nicholas in 1983), William Wells, Vernessa Mitchell, Natalie Cole, Sandy Patti, Darryl Coley, Darren Rhodes and Crystal Lewis.
Rodney Friend was nominated for both Grammy and Stellar Awards in 1986.

In 1980 he released gospel album entitled "Call him jesus" on Pandora Records. Probably his first album. It was recorded at Sound Off Studio Compton, California.

Participated on the album Vernessa Mitchell and Donny McCullough on vocals. Arrangements by himself. Produced by J.E. Lauderdale.
I have chosen a track entitled "Glory to god".

I want to mention that he previously appeared on the William Wells' album "Blues Boy" in 1979 as a pianist and organist.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ira Wilkes - Since you've been gone 1984

I have just returned from my holidays. I decided to present Ira Wilkes.

Ira L.Wilkes was born in Lawrence, Kansas and grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe, Kansas. His career as a musician/songwriter has spanned 40 years. Ira is a talented musician, proficient with lead and rhythm guitar, bass guitar, drums, as well as lead and background vocals.
Wilkes, a self-taught musician, began experimenting with the guitar at age 14. By age 16 he was performing in Kansas City area clubs. Ira’s first professional performance, at age 16, was opening for Aretha Franklin at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. After graduating from Olathe North High School, Ira moved to Chicago where he performed with the well-known blues artist, Otis Clay. Ira’s time in Chicago also afforded him the opportunity of friendships and musical inspiration from greats such as The Chi-Lites, Barbara Aklin, and Donny Hathaway.
Ira Wilkes has opened for many well-known recording artists such as Aretha Franklin, Kool & The Gang, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Delfonics, Ohio Players, Stylistics, Brian Auger, Weather Report, Delbert McClinton, and The Whispers. Wilkes has also performed with Ali Woodson, of the Temptations, at The Harris House in Kansas City, played lead guitar for Bobbi Humphrey, was Musical Director and lead guitarist for the group Bloodstone.
He was influenced by Curtis Mayfield, Eric Gales, Wes Montgomery, Albert Collins, Doc Powell, George Benson. He also played bass for the country-rock artist Freddy Fender on Fender’s albums in mid 70s. He was a member of the group called The Ham Brothers Band until 1978 when he left from the group. In 1981 he joined in the group The First Love which released one and only album on HCRC (Houston Connection Recording Corporation) Records. It is worthy to mention that he wrote a song for this album entitled "When Will I See You".
Later in the 80s, he released some singles on various labels such as Jet Stream, Fifth Street and Jaime.
Most of these singles were funky. One of them is "I'm so glad / Since you've been gone" on Fifth Street Records in 1984. I have chosen the "Since you've been gone".

Composed by himself. Produced by S.McClain

I have noticed at FAQS that Ira Wilkes has written many songs around 1984-86, but I don't know if they were ever released.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

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Sunday, April 4, 2010


I will be off for about 7 days. I’ll get back for more soul music

Mix Samples-Show 4-4-2010 by Souldennis

For fourth time I make Mix Samples-Show. Enjoy it.

1. Ramsey Lewis - Don't look back 1978 (Columbia Lp)
2. Leroy Hutson - Paradise 1982 (Elektra Lp)
3. Maxine Nightingale - Give a little love (to me)1982 (HighRise Lp)
4. The Masqueraders - Starry love 1980(Bang Lp)
5. Pockets - Happy for love 1978 (Columbia Lp)
6. Jigsaw - Everytime 1981 (Elektra Lp)
7. Wings Of Light - Pleasure serving you 1979 (Daystar Lp)
8. Rodney Friend - John 1:14 1980 (Pandora Lp)
9. Jimmy McCloud - When there's love in your life 1982(Corn 7inch)
10.Heath Brothers - Dreamin 1981 (Columbia Lp)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dillard And Boyce - Love is in the melody 1980

Moses Dillard was a discovered by Otis Redding. Moses Dillard worked with Jesse Boyce writing and producing several disco albums in the late 70s, such as Lorraine Johnson, Constellation Orchestra, Saturday Night Band, Bill Brandon and Frisky.
In 1980 Dillard and Boyce recorded one and only album at Pete's Place Studio, Nashville entitled "We're in this thing together". It was released on Mercury Records.
Rhythm arrangement by Jesse Boyce and Moses Dillard. Horn and String by Lloyd Barry. Produced by Moses Dillard and Jesse Boyce.
I have chosen wonderful track entitled "Love is in the melody". Composed by Jesse Boyce and Steve Roper. Lead vocal by Jesse Boyce. Solo guitar by Moses Dillard.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full