Soul Fantasy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Noel Fleetwood & Rita Van Robinson - Lovin' you comes natural 1983

Noel Fleetwood & Rita Van Robinson are unknown singers without any success. However Noel and Rita released a jazz/soul album in 1983. The album entitled "Lovin'you comes natural" was released on Peach Town Records. It was recorded at Master Sound Studios, Atlanta, Georgia.

I want to note that I bought this album a year ago without having heard any sample. I simply followed my feeling.
The album was produced under the direction of Bill Freeman. Bill Freeman was also arranger and co-songwriter on the album. I have chosen two tracks entitled "Don't shut me out" and "Hurricane". Both of these songs were written by Bill Freeman and Deborah Cruse.

It is worthy to note that "Don't shut me out" and "Hurricane" were released as a single in the same year on the same label.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

I wish Merry Christmas to all my visitors.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Juan Oskar - Christmas is near 2005

After the last article, I decided to present another song by Juan Oskar which fits with Christmas. The title of the song is "Christmas is near". This song was included on the album CD entitled "Christmas is for grownups too" which was released in 2005.

 Note: The above posted tracks is not played in full

Friday, December 14, 2012

MayneStream - Sheri 1979

I have recently discovered this record. I want to note that when I heard it, I was impressed, because I had a long time to hear a great soul latin song like this. MayneStream was an unknown studio band.

Jay Maynes aka Juan Oskar was raised and lives in Glendale, Arizona, He is the oldest of ten children, of a musical family. He has been a working musician, since he was 17 years old. He has played many styles and many venues.
In 1979 he did a studio project and recorded two songs "Kick'n the Brass / Sheri" at Desert Sound Recording Studio, Glendale, AZ. This studio was founded in 1972 by the recording engineer, guitarist, bassist, keyboartist, drummer and vocalist Sandy Lamont. Both of these songs were released as a single on La Perla Cafe Records in 1979.  The name of the label was taken from a cafe-restuarant in Glendale.
I have chosen "Sheri" which was written by Jose LeGerrette in the 60s as a ballad. The musicians on "Sheri" were Jay Maynes on piano, keyboards and vocals,  Robin Maynes (brother of Jay) on guitar, Scott Kaye on bass, guitar and Robert Scott on drums. Produced, arranged and vocals by Jay Maynes.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

I want to thank Jay Maynes aka Juan Oskar for all his info

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lee Staton - Ain't love funny that way 1983

Lee Staton is an unknown singer. She started as a model. She won several beauty and talent contests. In the early 70's she decided to start singing without any success. She worked in various clubs for several years. In 1983 Lee Staton released a single entitled "Ain't love funny that way/Lonely Teardrops" on Omari Records from Los Angeles.

I have chosen a beautiful song "Ain't love funny that way" which was written by Perry Mack, Elwin Rutledge and Michael Boyd. Produced by Perry Mack and Ms.Ann Staton. Arranged by Perry Mack and Elwin Rutledge.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Two songs with the same music

I had the opportunity to present the great artist Jimmy Randolph two times ago in my blog. I have also presented the soul group Sting and the album "Pleasure".
For the first time, I heard the song "You have to lose love (to love love)" of Jimmy Randolph on Paul Collins radio show in England several years ago. Later when I bought the album "Pleasure" of Sting and heard the song "Winning number", it reminded me something. Recently, I heard again the album of Sting and  I finally understood both of these songs have the same music with different lyrics.
I noticed that the label of Jimmy Randolph's vinyl mentions as composer Horrace Ott. However the album of Sting mentions as composers Jay Ellis, Eugene Pitt and Curtis Blandon.
It is worthy to note that Jimmy Randolph's 45" and the album of Sting have the same producer, Jay Ellis.

 Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gene Chandler - Please you tonight 1986

While I was thinking of what I can present, I decided to write an article that it is not rare but it is very interesting. All the fans of soul music know the great Gene Chandler. I could speak many days for him. However I suggest you to see about him in wikipedia.
Although the song "Please you tonight" is not one of my favorites, it is very nice. In fact this song is the flip-side of "Lucy". It was released as a single entitled "Lucy / Please you tonight" on FastFire Records in 1986. Both of these songs were included on the album "Your love looks good on me" which was released on the same label a year ago.

The song "Please you tonight" was written by Donald Burnside and Gerald Cooper. Produced by Donald Burnside, Gerald Cooper and Gene Chandler.
Backing vocals by Diane Madison, Donald Burnside, Shawn Christopher, Theresa Davis and Yvonne Gage.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thomas Moore - Fallin so in love with you 1982

Charlotte’s Dr. Thomas Moore is nationally recognized as an early childhood consultant, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and children’s recording artist. A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, he has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters and PhD in early childhood education from Indiana State University. He has given more than 800 lectures and workshops in the US and abroad. Truly one of the Charlotte, NC’s ambassadors to the world, Dr. Moore creates learning experiences that educate and encourage teachers. His ten recordings for children are used in classrooms and homes nationwide. He has given a solo voice recital at Carnegie Hall, hosted a children’s TV show, taught preschool, directed a children’s choir, and composed two symphony pieces for children. Dr. Moore has received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor for his work with children. He is currently Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Benedict College in Columbia, SC.
As a singer Thomas Moore collaborated with the great producer and songwriter Bill Bradford. In 1979 Bill Bradford with Sandy Bell founded a label called Spirit Records in Charlotte, NC. The label would serve as the vehicle for their songwriting and production. Both Bradford and Bell had grown up with strong influences of rhythm & blues and soul music. In the same year Bradford and Bell released a single entitled "(They call it) Mr Dollar's". It was the first release for Spirit Records.
In 1982 Thomas Moore released a single entitled "Fallin so in love with you / I can't stay away from you" on Spirit Records. Both of these songs were written by Bill Bradford. Produced by Bill Bradford and Sandy Bell.

I chose "Fallin so in love with you". Enjoy it.

It was the only record cut on him, as he was a young man with a major career in education ahead of him. Out of this session came “Fallin’ So In Love With You” which quickly charted Adult Contemporary, R&B, and Urban on dozens of southeastern US stations. The record got some radio play, but for some reason went largely undiscovered.

It is worthy to note that Debby Dobbins a year later, re-recorded and released “Fallin’ So In Love With You” as a single on the same label. Debby Dobbins one of the top Charlotte's vocalists, began to record on Spirit Records in 1980.

Newly re-mixed and re-mastered in 2012, it now appears again on the recently released Queen City Soul CD available on iTunes and CDBaby. For more info about Spirit Records you can see here.

I want to thank Bill Bradford for all his info.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pauls People feat.Arta Abele - Summer fun

I have been looking for this record, if I remember right since 2009. Finally I was lucky and I found it. Pauls People was an obscure group from Canada. They released a few disco singles in various labels from Canada. One of them was released under the name Pauls People featuring Arta Abele entitled "I want you boy / Summer fun" in Blue Chip Records. It also entered on Canada charts in the late 1979. It was recorded at Zaza Sound Toronto, probably in 1979 and it was released in the same year as a single. It was produced by the great Paul Zaza.
Paul Zaza is a versatile composer who has over 175 feature films and television series.
I have chosen the B side entitled "Summer fun" and was written by Doug Wass. Enjoy it

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jonathan - I've got love Lp

Jonathan Potenciano is a great singer who started from Philippines in the late 60s. Later he continued in Hawaii and now he is one of Las Vegas's favorites for almost 20 years. His show was voted as "The Best Lounge Show in Vegas" by BMA (Black Music Award) in 2011. From the mid 80s to nowadays, he appeared in many various hotels in Las Vegas.

The voice of Jonathan is amazing. He has recorded and released many 45" singles and six albums. One of them entitled "I've got love" which was released on Tremmor Records in the late 70s. It was recorded at Sounds of Hawaii.

Produced by Al Bardi and Frank Diehl. I have chosen three tracks the self-ttitled "I've got love", "Love's theme" of Love Unlimited Orchestra and finally the success of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds entitled "Falling in love again".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lynda Seals - This is where love begins

Today I decided to present a great song. Although I presented Lynda Seals two years ago, all the people have to hear and learn the song "This is where love begins". I think it deserved more recognition and success.

Lynda Seals has recorded music as a solo artist and recorded background vocals for other artists such as Johnny Mathis, Helen Reddy, Dalton and Dubarri, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (only 'Cherchez la Femme' and 'I'll Play The Fool'), Ren Woods ('Dorothy' in the road company of 'The Wiz'). 
Her career began when she was at the age of 16 and she made a featured appearance on the then popular ABC TV show 'Room 222' (The episode was called 'Naked Came We Into The World' - it was the 2nd episode of the first season), She then signed with Talent Associates Records in and recorded "It'll never happen again" and "Angel of the Morning" along with several other songs. By the way, John Florez was assigned to produce her and they began a 16 year professional relationship--in fact, almost every song she sang during those years of her career, were produced by him. She then worked with RCA recording artists 'The Friends of Distinction' for two years, replacing the soprano of the group, Jessica Cleaves, when she left. She continued forward and worked as backup artist (both live and in-concert) for Abbe Lane, Lola Falana (when she opened for Bill Cosby at what was then called The Las Vegas Hilton), Frank Ricci, and others. She was an actor and voice over artist as well. She was with a group called LAX that John Florez produced and they were signed to Warner Bros. Records. Their most commercially successful single was a cover of the song 'Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady' in 1973.
Lynda Seals has never had a powerful and gifted manager and that's probably the reason she never had the recognition she deserved.
In 1981 she released a single entitled "This is where love begins / Anyway you want" on Jamex Records. "This is where love begins" was written by Kerry Chater and Glen Ballard. Arranged and conducted by Chuck Hoover. Produced by Stephen Boyd.

At that time Lynda Seals released another single entitled "I'm gonna make you love me" on the same label. This single was produced by John Florez.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

#  I want to thank John Florez for his info

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Arthur Prysock - Goldmine 1981

What an unbelievable surprise! I love it, I love it. This article is a big surprise for all those who think that they know all about soul music.
I always believed that Arthur Prysock had recorded something rare and very nice after the albums in the late 70s. So, I discovered this single entitled "Goldmine / My song of love" on Old Town Records. It was released in 1981. In fact it is the last one 45" of Arthur's career.

My promo copy contains the same song on both sides. Enjoy this marvelous song.

Note: This single is not played in full

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Southern Cookin' - (Self-titled) 1979 Lp

Southern Cookin was an obscure soul / funk group who released one and only album on Polydor Records in 1979. Southern Cookin were Jimmy Jules, Gene Williams, Ronnie Dents, Alosia Joseph and Ann Johnson.
Many collectors and fans of soul and funk music know Jimmy Jules from the mid 70s when he released an album entitled "Xtmas done got funky" under the name Jimmy Jules And The Nuclear Soul System with Jackie Spencer on his own label called Jim Gem Records

At that time he also released a single entitled "The New Year / It's impossible" on his own label. Both of these songs were included on the album "Xtmas done got funky".

Jimmy Jules is a singer, a saxophone and trumpet player as well as a keyboards player. He was born in New Orleans. His real name is Charley C.Julien. He used a number of nicknames including God's Gem, St.John Icon and others. He started to use the name Jimmy Jules when he released a single in 1961 on Atlantic Records.
He performed as backing singer for many artists such as Marvin GayeLittle Willie John, Otis Redding, Garnett Mimms, Betty Everett, Jimmy Reed and Simms Twins. He appeared in various clubs accross the country from the early 60s to late 90s. He has also written songs for the artists Johnnie TaylorArchie Bell & Drells, Three Degrees, Darcus, Etta James, Charley Wynn and Gospel Renaissance.

After the album "Xtmas done got funky", he joined in the group Southern Cookin. The group started working an album which was released on Polydor Records in 1979. The album was produced by himself.

Horn arrangements by Rick Woodard and rhythm arrangements by Ronnie Dents, Chucky Burke and Jimmy Jules. String arrangements by Jimmy Jules. Backing vocals by The Quiet Explosion. All the songs were written by Jimmy Jules.

I have chosen two tracks entitled "Do your thing" and "One of those days".  Jimmy Jules sings on "One of those days".

Jimmy Jules did a European tour at the Umbria Jazz Festival in 1994. Today Jimmy Jules is an organist/music teacher. 

 Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Monday, September 24, 2012

Brick - Seaside vibes 1981

Yes I know. This article is not rare. Everyone can find this song. However, the song "Seaside vibes" by the group Brick,  I think it is one of the best soul/jazz/funk songs. I always wanted to present this song on my blog. It was included on the 1981 album entitled "Summer Heat" in 1981 on Bang Records. As I remember, I bought this album, between 2002-2003 in Athens. Several years later, I also bought the 12 incher entitled "Sweat (til you get wet) / Seaside vibes".

In fact this album that was the 5th album, is the best of Brick. It was recorded under the direction of the great Ray Parker J. Ray Parker Jr. was the producer. He also helped as a guitarist player and co-composer of some songs of the album.

The lyrics of the song "Seaside Vibes" was written by Ray Ransom & Jimmy Brown and the music was written by Regi Hargis Hickman. All of them were members of the group along with Eddie Irons and Donald Nevins.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Yuji Ohno & His Project - Theme from "proof of the man" 1977 (Instrumental)

Yuji Ohno is a japanese jazz musician. Ohno has composed great music for films and television series. He became known with the Japanese anime television series "Lupin III" specifically the 1977 series. At that time he released an album under the name Yuji Ohno & His Project  entitled "Proof of the man" on Atlantic Records in Japan. 
At the same time "Proof of the man" was released as a single on the same label.

I have chosen the instrumental version and not the vocal version because the instrumental version has a great sax tune. It was recorded at Sound City Studio & Mouri Studio in the late of June 1977. Arranged by Yuji Ohno and produced by Yuji Ohno and Ikuzo Orita

It was written by Yuji Ohno. Solo sax by Jake Conception from Philippines.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Quiet Fire - I've got everything I need 1979

Quiet Fire was an obscure group from San Diego. The lead singer of the group was Willie Steel. Another member of the group was Bobby Turner.
The group released two singles. The first single entitled "Lost (without your love) / Your kind of love" in 1977. It was released on The Hit Machine Records from San Diego.

"Lost (without your love)" was written by Willie Steel. It was produced by Willie Steel and Marty Kuritz. Enjoy this rarity.

The second single entitled "It's a holiday / I've got everything I need" was released on RCA Records in 1979 as a 12 incher. I bought this record for the fantastic song "I've got everything I need". This song was written by David Sanchez and Marty Kuritz. Marty Kuritz was also co-writer on "Lost (without your love)". Produced and arranged by Clarence K. McDonald.

The group collaborated with the songwriters Marty Kuritz and the late David Sanchez for many years. I had the pleasure to speak with Marty Kuritz. Kuritz and Sanchez have written several songs for Quiet Fire. However some songs were recorded under the direction of Clarence McDonald.

I want to thank the great, producer, songwriter, arranger and pianist Clarence McDonald who helped me to find Willie Steel lead singer of the Quiet Fire.
Finally, when I was looking for info about the group Quiet Fire, I found some groups with the same name from mid 70s to 90s.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Rojay North - Punch Mellow Lp

Rojay North is an unknown singer, songwriter and actor. His real name is Robert J.Youngs. As an actor he appeared in various films and he was associated with Columbia, Universal and 20th Century Fox in the late 70s and early 80s.
As a singer he released an album entitled "Punch Mellow" on his own label called Cherry Pie Records.

It was recorded at "The Burbank Studios" Burbank, California. All the songs were written, produced and arranged by himself. I chose five songs entitled "I don't mind your change of mind", "I love you in a very special way", "Lovin ain't the same", "Lovin and lovin" and "Don't confuse me".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Saturday, August 25, 2012

His Light - (Self-titled) 1979 Lp

His Light was an unknown group of Christian Contemporary Music. The group under the direction of Rickey Edmonds released an album on Image Records in 1979. It was recorded at Goodnight Audio, Dallas, Texas. The album was produced by the late Jake Pittman.

Jake Pittman was musician, producer and songwriter in the Dallas area for many years. He won several Emmy awards for his music for WFFA-TV "Sports with an Attitude" Dale Hansen.
The singers of the group were Rickey Edmonds, Cindy Edmonds, Tracy Milner, Kenny Brown, Britt Choate and Gary Leach.
The musicians were Gary Leach, Robert Hunt, Mark Campbell and Kevin Payne on keyboards and synthesizer, Gil Samples and Jake Pittman on bass, Gary Leach, Mack Dougherty and Jerry McPherson on guitars, Kevin Richardson and Brad Smith on drums and percussion, Marshall Head on sax and flute.
My favorite song entitled "Keep on" which reminds me sound of beach music.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

I'm Back

After several days of holidays, I'm back.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Time for holidays

I will be on holidays in the island of Lefkada. Next post in late August.

4th Anniversary

I opened this blog four years ago. Today it's the fourth anniversary. All the posts on my blog come from my personal collection.

First of all, I wanna thank especially all the visitors of my blog.

I would like to thank some special people and friends who helped me last year.

Special thanks go to Ron Henderson Jr. (guitarist, producer, songwriter, member of the groups "Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs" , "The Chairmen of the Board" and the son of Ron Henderson Sr. who became known in the 70s and 80s with the group Ron Henderson & Choice of Colour) for helping me on my article "Ron Henderson Sr. is back on recordings".

I want to thank Peter Silberg co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and member of the group SpaceArk for all his info. Peter help me so as to create one of the best articles on my blog. Thank you very much from my heart.

I would like to thank Clarence Mann for his help.

I want to thank Big George Collier for his info and for his help to me.

I want to thank the manager, producer John "AJ" Carter for all his info. John help me to present the story of the group Charisma and the single "Let love in your life".

Now, it is time for me to go on holidays. I decided to present a song which is appropriate for the holidays.

This record entitled "Holiday Madness / Caribbean Christmas" was released on Luther Wilson Records in the mid 80s. Luther Wilson Jr. was an unknown singer, songwriter and owner label. In this record Luther Wilson used on vocals the singer called Bettejo Miller. I chose the song "Holiday Madness". It was written by Bettejo Miller. Produced by Bettejo Miller. Co-produced by Luther Wilson Jr.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, July 21, 2012

David Sea - Who's been warmin' my oven 1984

Two years ago I presented another single entitled "Angel (You're the sunshine" by David Sea. Today I'm presenting a lesser known single entitled "Who's been warmin' my oven / Do it right now" which was released on Crown Limited Records in 1984.

Both of these songs were produced in Muscle Shoals. Roscoe Robinson helped David Sea as a executive producer.

I have chosen the song "Who's been warmin' my oven".

David Sea also covered a tune of Roscoe Robinson entitled "Do it right now". This song was written by Robinson and he had released it in the mid 60s which reached  #40 on the R&B charts in 1967.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full