Soul Fantasy

Sunday, January 30, 2011

David Nelson Crawford

David Nelson Crawford (Flutist, Arranger, Composer, Producer) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Centennial High School in Compton, California David received a full scholarship to California Institute of the Arts and received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music with a Flute Major. He began his professional career as an orchestrator/Arranger for such artist as Friends of Distinction, Blue Magic, Sylvers, Patti Labelle, Freda Payne, Phyllis Hyman, Confunkshun, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige, The Whispers, Shalamar, Rene & Angela, Bobby Womack and many others just to name a few.
However his collaboration with the family band called Woods Empire was one of the best works he has ever done. He was producer on the album and he co-wrote an amazing song entitled "Universal Love". This song was included on the album in 1981 on Tabu Records. Also it was released as a single on the same label. 

This amazing song was written by Tommy Woods, David N.Crawford and Robert Russell.

I want to mention that as a flutist his professional career includes commercial recordings (Ahmad Jamal, Temptations & Vesta), TV commercials and Live performances with Stevie Wonder and Isaac Hayes. He has performed with the Santa Monica & Burbank Symphony Orchestras as well.
In 2007 he released a CD called "Shangri-La" on Jazzer Inc.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full.
# Today all the fans of soul music know this song and the album by Woods Empire. However how many people have seen this song released as a single ?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sir James Randolph - The Sophisticated Funk of James Randolph 1981 Lp

Sir James Randolph was born in Brewton Alabama. After leaving Alabama, he moved to New York where he attended and graduated from Long Island University. He started to sing in night clubs throughout the city. Then he was involved into Theater, Television & Film. Performing in Las Vegas and around the world, Sir James Randolph has become one of the most celebrated performers.
Sir James Randolph made his only Broadway appearance as Sky Masterson in the 1976 all black company of "Guys and Dolls" along with Robert Guillaume as Nathan Detroit, Norma Donaldson as Miss AdelaideErnestine Jackson as Sarah Brown."Guys and Dolls" is a musical and was directed and choreographed by Billy Wilson. This production featured Motown-style musical arrangements by Danny Holgate and Horace Ott and direction by Billy Wilson. The show closed on February 13, 1977 after 239 performances and 12 previews.
In 1981 he released a fantastic album entitled "The Sophisticated Funk of James Randolph" on ALLGEM Records, which today is an ultra rare album. It was recorded at Electric Lady Studio, New York. All songs written by himself, except "Burning on down" which was written by Sir James Randolph in collaboration with Steve Depass. Produced by himself.

He collaborated with Nat Adderly Jr., Jackie Burvick, Mel Allen, Al Brown, Tom Birdwell, John Cooksey, Susan Edwards, Mike Fondelli, Cissy Houston, Mike Lewis, Paul Riser, Ken Mazur, Allen Swartzberger, Eric Saunders, Norbert Sloley, Funk Sisters, J.Shaw and Vandercross. I have chosen three tracks entitled "Sho' is good", "Pure love" and "Pretty face".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

#  I was keeping this album as a well-kept secret and I didn't want to present it. However the last days this album appeared on various blogs. For this reason I decided to present it.
# # Dedicated to real fans of black music.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wanda - Unique Lp

Wanda L. Owens was born in Philadelphia. Owens has a degree in sociology and social welfare from Tennessee State University. Her husband played guitar. She lost her husband, Gerald Owens, an engineer for Procter & Gamble, in 1989 at age 37. Also I want to mention that Wanda Owens at the age 20 was blind. Owens was blind for over 40 years as a result of degeneration of her optic nerves.
In the mid 80s, she realeased an album on Malewa Records from Ohio entitled "Unique". It was recorded at Counterpart Recording Studio. Counterpart Recording Studio was owned by Shad O'Shea, a longtime Cincinnati deejay, producer and promoter. Also Shad O'Shea is owner on Fraternity Records
Most of the musicians are unknown. Jim Swartout on keyboards, Brian Baverman on drums, Ted Karas on guitar, Mac Jeff McLemore on bass and Tim McCord on sax. Background vocals by Elaine Diehl and Dixie Karas. All songs written by Wanda L.Owens. Produced by Jim Swartout & Wanda L.Owens.
My favorite tracks are "I just want to love you" and "WLO". Great arrangement. Fabulous music.

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

Also I would like to thank Nicolas Drosos who brought this album to my attention

Monday, January 17, 2011

Robert Jason - Heaven is in your heart

Robert Jason a.k.a. Robert Plaskoff (born 1947) is an unknown singer. He is blue-eyed soul singer. He released a single entitled "Heaven is in your heart / I wish you the best" on Starborn Records & Tapes in the early 80s. It was recorded in Hollywood at Wally Helder Recording. Date of creation in 1981.
I have chosen the song "Heaven is in your heart". Composed by himself. Produced by Brian Ross and Robert Jason.

At the same time, Robert collaborated with a female singer called Di Di Anthony. He co-wrote a very nice song entitled "Makin' Love" which was released as a single on the same label Starborn Records.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Friday, January 14, 2011

Barbara Reed - This was meant to be 1985 Lp

She was born in Oak Park, IL (a suburb of Chicago), and lived in the Chicago area until she was ten. She played the piano as a kid, but at that time she intended to work as a singer.
At that age, she moved to Rhode Island with her family and stayed there until she was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in nearby Boston. She never expected to be a pianist. She started out singing recognazible songs in jazz, pop and R&B music. After graduating from Berklee, Reed decided to move in L.A. in 1975. She became active in Southern California's jazz scene, not only as a singer, but also as an acoustic pianist and electric keyboardist. 

In 1985 she released a rare jazz album entitled "This was meant to be" on Rare Sound Records. It was recorded at Gopher Baroque Recording Studio, Westminster, CA.
Llew Matthews on piano, organ, synthesizers, Tom Gargano and Max Bennett on bass, Randy White on drums, percussion, Victor Cardenas on percussion and Sam Riney on sax (tenor, alto and soprano).
Produced by herself. My favorite song is entitled "The tear returns to me". It was written by herself.

After "This was meant to be", she didn't record another album until the early 2000s. That was when she recorded the CD that accompanies her first novel, High Notes Are Murder. The early 2000s found Reed pursuing two careers: fiction writer and jazz singer/pianist.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Monday, January 10, 2011

Johnny Scott - Let me be a winner

Johnny Oliver Scott (born 1936) is an R&B and blues singer from Memphis. Also he is songwriter and producer.
Johnny Scott sang at legendary clubs such as Club Handy, Flamingo Room, The Vogue Club, Peppermint Lounge and Currie’s Club Tropicana, Psycho Club among others. In 1965 he formed record label Portra Records.
Johnny Scott every friday evening from 1968 until 1973 presented late-night a talk show for television of Memphis entitled "The Johnny Scott Show". Great musicians appeared on his show such as Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, B.B.King, Al Green, Little Milton, The Whispers, Syl Johnson, The Intruders, Eddie Kendricks, Hank Crawford and many others.
Beyond Memphis, Johnny Scott travelled and sang in New York, Germany, France, Italy and other European countries.
In the early 80s he released a single on his own label Portra Records entitled "Let me be a winner / The coming out from under". Both of the songs were written by himself. Date of creation in 1980. But I don't know which is the year of release. Produced and arranged by Errol Thomas.

Ladies and gentlemen enjoy this amazing song called "Let me be a winner".

Later in the late 80s Scott released an album on the same label entitled "Feeling With Feelings".

Today Johnny Scott continues to record. The last year Johnny released a CD on his own label Portra Records entitled "My Signature". This album is for the jazz enthusiast and the smooth blues lover. You can hear this album at CDBABY.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lee Mays (a.k.a. Percy Mays)

Lee Mays (a.k.a. Percy Mays), has a soft, rich baritone voice and a jazzy style of songwriting. In the seventies, Lee has appeared with several nationally-known artists and has traveled quite extensively throughout the United States. His legendary "Shine Your Love" Christian album was released in 1976 and the album’s title song was a regularly requested song on Christian radio stations in Texas and Oklahoma.

"Shine Your Love" was recorded at Associated Recording Studio, Oklahoma City. Harian Rogers and Kelly Willard on keyboards, Jim Lacefield and Hadley Hockensmith on bass, Lanny Hansen on drums and percussion, Billy Walker, Hadley Hockensmith and Percy Mays on guitars. Also Barry Kelsey on sax and flute, Mike Evens on trombone. Background vocals by Bruce Hibbard, Rhenda Edwards and Kelly Willard. Produced and arranged by himself. All the songs written by himself.
My favorite track from the album is entitled "On A Sunday Nite".

In 1977, Lee had several offers from record companies to re-release his 1976 debut album. An offer to re-release the "Shine Your Love" album nationally on Greentree Records of Nashville, Tennessee was made and signed by Ed Benson, who was Vice President of Artist and Writer Relations at The Benson Company. However, Mr Mays did not sign the agreement as he was in "hold-out" for a better record deal. But as fate would have it, that "better record deal" never materialized - at least not during that century.

In 1978, "Shine Your Love" was released as a single by The Cruse Family on Word Records. That song contributed to the family's 1978 album entitled, "Transformation", which won the Dove Award for "Best Inspirational Album of the Year". In 1992, "For the Good", co-written with Don Wallace, was recorded by Commander Kellie and the SUPERKIDS, a Kenneth Copeland Ministry. In 1996, The Dietz Brothers recorded Mr. Mays’ song “Boys & Girls” on their custom release.
In 2000, "Let Your Love Flow" and "Where Would I Be Without Your Love" were both recorded by Lee himself and released on Jaelius Records. Both of the songs were included on the CD as bonus tracks which recently have released by Bandiera Records of Seoul, Korea.

In 2000, the song "Where Would I Be Without Your Love" won the Best Inspirational Award at the prestigious Austin Songwriting Contest. Mr. Mays' songwriting abilities also include the genres of adult contemporary, R&B pop, and smooth jazz instrumentals.

In April 2010, that "better record deal" was finally offered to Mr. Mays. Better late than never and 34 years after its initial release, Lee signed a licensing agreement with Bandiera Records of Seoul, Korea, to re-release the "Shine Your Love" LP in compact disc form.

Today, the "Shine Your Love" album is a much sought-after collector's item by vinyl record collectors from Sweden, Japan, and the United States. One copy of the album was recently sold on the Internet auction site, Yahoo Japan, for more than 20,000 Yen, which is equal to about $216 U. S. dollars.

Lee Mays formed a group called Soul Invasion Band. The group appears on the music scene of Dallas-Fort Worth.
Recently Lee Mays recorded a new song entitled "Do you wanna be my baby".
Written by Lee Mays and recorded in Dallas, Texas. Lee Mays on lead vocals, Derrick "D-Mac" McCampbell on background vocals. Dave Barnett on guitar, Keith Anderson on saxophone, and Lee Mays on electric piano. Produced by Dave Barnett and Lee Mays.

Also you can see the video from youtube

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Biography by Lee Mays Music

Monday, January 3, 2011

Randy Tallman - This Moment 1978

Randolph (Randy) Tallman was born on December 2, 1939. Randy was an American voice actor who voiced characters for anime series at FUNimation Entertainment. He provided voices for a number of English language versions of Japanese anime films and television shows.
Also he was a director, teacher, composer and musician. He was former singer with the New Christy Minstrels and he was a member of the Dallas Theater Center's resident company under the direction of Paul Baker during the 1960's and 70's.
He released a single entitled "Gonna Getcha / This Moment" on Realta Divina Records from Dallas in 1978. I have chosen "This Moment" which is a great soul song.

Composed by Toni Mazzola and Mimi Guten. Arranged by B.Bauer.

The other side "Gonna Getcha" is a disco track in which Randy sang duet with Penny Atwood.

He died on November 20, 2007 at the age of 67.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full