Soul Fantasy

Monday, November 28, 2011

Randy Cone - Angel

Randy Cone is lesser known but very good singer and songwriter. His real name is Acey 'McCone. He has written many songs. One of them was entitled "Honey I don't mind" which was released by John Byrd on 20th Century Records in 1974. Two years later the same song was re-recorded by John Edwards. In 1976 he wrote one more song for the Canadian singer Norris Vines and his band The Luvlines. Norris Vines released a single "Give In / Feel The Warm" on Smile Records which is sought after between the collectors. Acey McCone wrote the song "Give In" as Randy Cone.

In the 80s he released a single under the name Randy Cone on Harbor Records. Two songs were included in this single named "Nobody (Makes me feel like you do)" and "Angel". Both songs were written by himself. Produced by Thaddeus E.Williams. I chose "Angel" which is accompanied by nice saxophone.

Today he continues to write music. You can see more info about him here.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Charles Anthony Stewart - Stepping out

Charles Anthony Stewart is an obscure artist who released a single "Bingo / Stepping out" on his own label called Charles Anthony. Probably it was released in 1984 because the vinyl doesn't mention anything about the year of release. FAQS mentions that date of creation is 1984.
"Stepping out" is a fantastic song which was written by himself. Produced by Jim Schrader and James Hargrove.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Thursday, November 17, 2011

J.J.Nichols - Dancin' lady 1975

J.J.Nichols is an unknown singer who released the single "Dancin lady" in the mid 70s on NAMI (North American Music Industries).
This label from New York was owned and organized by Lou Guarino in 1972 with the purpose of acquiring the EMI/Capitol Records. Lou Guarino became known the years 1959 through 1962, when he and Lenny Martins were responsible for producing and marketing many of the groups from the Pittsburgh area.

Lou Guarino

Lou Guarino wrote this song along with Phil Lipati. Lou Guarino was also producer and co-arranger. Lou Hemsey was co-arranger as well.

Lou Hemsey

Lou Hemsey is a composer, orchestrator, mastering engineer, editor, screenwriter, film director and producer. I came in contact with Lou Hemsey but he doesn't know anything about J.J.Nichols. He told me that he was the sole arranger but Lou Guarino put his name down after discussion. Lou Hemsey loved working with Lou Guarino.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

#  I want to thank Lou Hemsey for his info

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Freddie Gorman - Love Has Seen Us Through 1980 (Long version)

I had the pleasure to present Freddie Gorman and this fantastic song four months ago. As I remember when I heard the song "Love has seen us through" on the forum "soul-source" some years ago, I said oh my god and I started listening to it non stop. I tried to find the long version of "Love has seen us through". Finally I managed to find it. It was released only by Rene Records in 1980. It was also included on the EP on Airwave Records which was released by Freddie Gorman under the name Freddie Gee.

There is a strange thing. Some guys pay $300 to buy this EP. Unbelievable !!! They don't know the real name of the artist. They think that he is an unknown artist.

Sample (Long version)

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nora - Mister 1983

Nora Bernstein is an unknown singer from New York who appeared in the early 80s when she released two singles on The New York Music Company. The first single is entitled "November / Mister" and the second is entitled "Matter of time / Bound to love" which were released in 1983.
"Mister" is a great song with nice arrangement and fantastic vocals. It was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, New York City. Composed by Nora Bernstein and Marsha Bernstein Lee

In the single "November / Mister" great musicians appear such as Horace Ott on piano, Bernard Purdie on drums, Hiram Bullock on guitar and Wilbur Bascomb on bass. Also Jack Cavani on guitar. Background vocals by Maretha Stewart, Ullanda McCullough, Barbara Massey and Terry Textor. Produced and arranged by Horace Ott.
Enjoy "Mister" !!!

One year later Nora released an album on the same label entitled "Foreign legions". However the song "Mister" was not included on the album.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ace Spectrum - Sweet music, soft lights and you 1976

Ace Spectrum were formed in the early 70s by Elliot Isaac and Ed "Easy" Zant. The two other members of the group were Aubrey Johnson and Rudy Gay. They started to record at RCA Studios in New York, on August 23. Between 1974 and 1976 the group released three (3) albums entitled "Inner Spectrum" in 1974, "Low Rent Rendezvous" in 1975 and "Just Like In The Movies" in 1976 respectively.

The last album "Just Like In The Movies" was recorded at Atlantic & Media Sound Studios, New York in 1976. The members were Elliot Isaac and Ed "Easy" Zant. The two new members were Lawrence "Dee" Coley and Frederick "G" Duff.
The musicians were Jerry Friedman, Jeff Mironov and Jesse Cox on guitars, Derek Smith and George Butcher on keyboards, Dwight Brewster on synthesizers, Bob Babbitt on bass, Jimmy Young and Herb Lavell on drums, Carlos Martin on congas and Phil Kraus, Ted Sommers on percussion.
Produced by Ed Zant and Tony Sylvester. Arranged and conducted by Patrick Adams. My favorite song is entitled "Sweet music, soft lights & you".

However the original recording was released the same year by the songwriter, producer and singer Kenny Williams. Kenny Williams released a single "Sweet music, soft lights & you" in 1976 on Creem Records.

"Sweet music, soft lights & you" was written by Ken Williams, Mel Kent and J.R.Bailey. Arranged by Paul Griffin & Ken Williams. Produced by DeLano.

Ken Williams became known as songwriter when he wrote along with J.R.Bailey the song "Love, love, love" which was released as a single by J.R.Bailey in 1972 on Toy Records. This song was also sang by Donny Hathaway in 1973 and had a great success.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full