Soul Fantasy

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Michael Pedicin Jr - (Self titled) 1979 Lp

Michael Pedicin Jr. is a second-generation saxophonist. He was born on July 29, 1947, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and raised in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. His dad was an alto saxophonist, singer, a popular entertainer and bandleader in the Philadelphia area for more than six decades. Pedicin Jr. started at an early age and joined a band at 15. He played all the saxes, alto, tenor, soprano and baritone. This made him a sought-after session musician at Sigma Sound Studios.
In the late 70s Pedicin Jr played alto saxophone for the soul producers Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Thom Bell and Vincent Montana Jr.. At that time he played saxophone for great popular artists such as O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls and Spinners. In 1979, Gamble and Huff's International Philadelphia label released his first album entitled "Michael Pedicin Jr".

It was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia. All the songs were produced by him self except the song "That's a good one" produced by Michael Pedicin Jr, Bill Bloom and Frankie Smith.
I have chosen two tracks entitled "That's a good one" and the masterpiece "You". They appear on both songs Michael Pedicin Jr on alto and tenor sax, Pete Jackson and Frank Smith on fender rhodes, Bill Bloom on piano, Roland Chambers on guitar, Ronnie James on bass and guitar, James Williams on bass, Vince Fay on electric bass, David Cruse and Leonard Gibbs on percussion, Keith Benson and James Paxson on drums. The Jones Girls on vocals.
"That's a good one" was written by Bill Bloom and Frank Smith. "You" was written by Janet Gugliuzza and Ronnie James.

He has released eleven (11) albums in his career.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lulu - (Self titled) 1981 Lp

Lulu Kennedy-Cairns was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Lulu grew up in Dennistoun, Glasgow. She attended Thomson Street Primary School and Onslow Drive Junior School. She started her career at an early age. She became known especially in the late 60s when she appeared in both films and several television series. She also represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1974 she performed the title song for the James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun". 
In 1981 she released an album on Alfa Records from Los Angeles. The musicians that participated were Lynton Naiff, Mike Moran on keyboards, Alan Jones and Alan Tarney on bass, Ronnie Caryl and Ray Russel on guitars, Graham Jarvis, Trevor Spencer and Peter Van Hooke on drums, Ray Cooper on percusion. Backing vocals by Carol Kenyon, Tony Rivers and Ronnie Carrol.

String and horn arrangements by Lynton Naiff and Mike Moran. Produced by Mark London. I have chosen three tracks entitled "If I were you" , "You win, I lose" and "I could never miss you".

I want to mention that the song "Who's foolin who" was nominated for Grammy Award. "Who's foolin who" was released as a single with "You win, I lose" as the B-side and peaked at #106 on Billboard.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sal Forell - So Lucky Lp

Sal Forell was a great singer and entertainer. His voice reminds the voice of Tony Bennett. In the mid 70s Sal Forell released a private album entitled "So Lucky". The album has been released with two different front covers. I think that between these releases, there is a difference. All the tracks are the same except one, the popular song "Teach me tonight". This song was written by Sammy Cahn and Gene De Paul and was published in 1953.

The album is a private Lp without mentioning anything on the back cover. It was released on Lisal Records. It was produced by Sal Forell. It was arranged by Bill Ramal.

It is worthy to note that Sal Forell later re-recorded the song "Teach me tonight". It is a little bit different than the song which was included on the album. In 1976 he released a single entitled "Teach me tonight / Anytime" on AIM (American International Music). Both of these songs were produced and arranged by Charles Calello and Jerry LaGuardia.

Sal Forell was appearing in the Lagoon Supper Clup (Palm Beach County). He had his own show. Sadly Sal has passed away.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Friday, March 1, 2013

Gilles Pellegrini - Need you so much baby

A year ago, my friend "Boogie" brought to my attention the song "Need you so much baby". Gilles Pellegrini is a jazz trumpeter player from France. He did not become known especially in the soul and funk music scene. However he has been recording for over four decades.

Gilles Pellegrini followed the current of music in the late 70s. So, he released a single entitled "Need you so much baby / We're gonna grove you" on Obio Disques.

I have chosen the great song "Need you so much baby" which was written by Gilles Pellegrini and Fitzgerald Beckles. On vocals an unknown singer called Gerry Fitzgerald King. It was arranged by Gilles Pellegrini. It was produced by Gilles Pellegrini and Jean Bienvenu.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full