Soul Fantasy

Friday, May 31, 2013

Steve Grayson - Lovin' my baby

This time, I decided to present a different record compared to my previous articles. This record is not modern soul, but the sound is very nice. Steve Grayson was an unknown singer. He released this single "Lovin my baby / Before our world fell through" on his own label named Grayson Productions from Ohio. However this release is not the first, because the Grayson Brothers had released both songs on Rat Fink Productions. I have never heard samples from the Grayson Brothers.

I want to note that there is and a third release by another singer called Bobby Remb on BR Productions. The music of Bobby Remb is similar with Steve Grayson.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Acey McCone is back on music


About two years ago I had the opportunity to present an ultra rare record entitled "Nobody (Makes me feel like you do) / Angel" which was released on Harbor Records in the 80s. This record has been released under the name Randy Cone.

His real name is Acey McCone. Acey McCone stands out with his deep voice and with his gifted talent as a composer. Nowadays he lives in Nashville composing music. Sometimes he sings songs which fit with his voice. I had the pleasure to speak with him. I'm very happy that I met him, because he is a great person. He gave me the opportunity to hear several new songs written by him. I'm very impressed with two songs. Hearing these songs the feeling was different. Both songs were performed by the jazz singer called Jaimee Paul.

Jaimee Paul was raised in Southern Illinois and was involved in the church choir. Paul has been influenced by Gospel and Blues. She left her home town for Nashville Tennessee to study music business at the highly acclaimed Belmont University. After graduation Jaimee quickly found work at various record labels and simultaneously she began working part time as a studio session singer. Then Jaimee's talent was rapidly recognized, and soon after she began touring as background vocalist with country superstar Wynonna. In 2008 Green Hill Music signed Jaimee as their first female vocalist, and their debut record, "At Last", reached #1 on the iTunes Jazz charts. She has released several jazz albums CD.
As I told you Jaimee Paul performed both songs entitled "Each Circle Around The Sun" and "Love Will Find Its Way" which were written by Acey McCone.
On the first track "Each Circle Around The Sun" Nashville session pianist player called Larry Hall played acoustic and electric piano, bass and synth. Acey McCone programmed the drums and percussion Scat Springs. Melinda Doolittle did the background vocals.
On the second track "Love Will Find Its Way" Larry Hall played acoustic and electric piano, bass, programmed the drums, percussion. Acey McCone played acoustic guitar and pieced together the sax from loops and samples.
Enjoy two great songs!!!

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Star Fire & The Atkins All Stars - Oh baby 1981


This record is one of my favorites. If I remember right, I saw it for first time on ebay in 2005. Then I was always trying to find it without any success. In the late 2009 I bought it. However, my copy is not very good. I could not play the flip-side, the instrumental version. 
In this label called Atkins All-Stars Recording only a few singles have been released. It is worthy to note that about two years ago, I presented a rare record by Joseph Stubbs on the same label. Joseph Stubbs was the younger brother of Levi Stubbs, lead singer of The Four Tops.
It is very difficult to find info about Star Fire and The Atkins All Stars. In fact Star Fire and The Atkins All Stars were two different bands. Star Fire on vocals and The Atkins All Stars on music.
They released a single under the direction of Curtis Atkins, entitled "Oh Baby" in 1981. This great soulful song was written by Pamela Pierce and Darcell Brown. Produced by Curtis Atkins.

I must note that I tried to come in contact with some members from the group Starfire based in Richmond. I did not manage to find if the group from Richmond has any relation with the Star Fire on this single.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Imperials - One more song for you 1979 Lp

It could be said that The Imperials are the fathers of CCM “Contemporary Christian Music”. Formed in the late of 1963 by the legendary Jake Hess (who passed away in 2004 at the age of 76). At that time, the members of the group were Jake Hess, the baritone singer Gary McSpadden, a young bass singer from Philippines named Armond Morales, the pianist Henry Slaughter and the Sherrill Nielsen. The first album was released on Skylight Records under the name Jake Hess and The Imperials. The group signed with Benson Records. Although changed some members of the group, they continued to record for Benson Records for twelve years. The next twelve years the group signed with Word Records and recorded 13 albums. One of them was released in 1979 entitled "One more song for you". It was recorded at Jennifudy Studios, North Hollywood,CA and Hollywood Central, Hollywood,CA.

In this album the members of the group were Armond Morales, Jim Murray, David Will and Russell Taff. Also appeared Paul Leim on drums, Abraham Laboriel on bass, Marty Walsh on guitar, Michael Omartian on keyboards and percussion, Victor Feldman on congas. Also Chuck Findley and Steve Madaio on trumpets, Jackie Kelso and Kim Hutchcroft on saxophone and Dick Hyde on trombone. Sax solos by Kim Hutchcroft. Additional background vocals by Stormie Omartian, Marti McCall and Myrna Matthews. The album was produced and arranged by Michael Omartian.
I chose the song "Living without your love". Lyrics and music was written by Tom Hemby.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full.