Soul Fantasy

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ChickenShack (Self-Titled) 1986 Lp




ChickenShack is a japanese band that was formed in the mid 80s. The members of the group were Hidefumi Toki (Sax), June Yamagishi (Guitar), Darek Jackson (Bass), Toru Tsuzuki (Keyboards) and Koji Miura (Drums). Τhe band released some albums from 1986 to 1990. One of them is the debut self titled album in 1986. The album was recorded at Smoky Studio, Ginza. It was released on Meldac Records.
The additional musicians were Teruo Matsusoto & Marty Bracy on drums, Yoshikazu Kishi on trumpet and Shizue Hirano on trombone. Backing vocals by Paula Desmond, Michael Wilson, Valerie W.Walker, Dempsey Leonard and Lonnie Hirsch.
Produced by ChickenShack. I chose two tracks entitled "China Blue" and "Verano". The lyrics of "China Blue" were written by Darek Jackson and Nancy Krasn, and the music by Darek Jackson.
The lyrics of "Verano" were written by Darek Jackson and the music by Hidefumi Toki.





Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Roberta Flack And Friends - Cream Smooth Jazz 1982 Lp


I decided to present an album which I recently discovered in Athens. I immediately understood that many people ignore this album and they have not given the appropriate attention. It seems that fans of soul and jazz music don't know about it, because this album was recorded for the Manischewitz Wine. It was released on Ron Records in 1982. Almost all the songs are related to the wine.
Manischewitz Wine invited Roberta Flack so as to record an album.
The album was recorded in two studios, at Rosebud Recording Studios and JAC Recording, both in New York.. 
Two songs, which were recorded at Rosebud Recording Studios, were produced by Roberta Flack, Bill Eaton and Ralph McDonald and arranged by Bill Eaton and Roberta Flack. All the other songs, which were recorded at JAC Recording, were produced by Joel Herron and arranged by Leon Pendarvis, David Spinnoza and Joel Herron.
On the first studio, at Rosebud Recording Studios, participated some great musicians such as Paul Griffin, Eric Gale, Yogi Horton, Ralph McDonald, Marcus Miller, Tom Scott and Richard Tee.
From these recordings, I have chosen the song "A Cool Glass Of Wine" which performed by Roberta Flack.



On the second studio, at JAC Recording, participated also great musicians such as Paul Griffin, Jon Faddis, David Spinozza, David Friedman, David Tofani and Bucky Pizzarelli. On vocals appears the one and only Grady Tate. I want to note the album mentions that some songs are performed by Roberta's Guys and Roberta's Girls. The names of  the vocalists are unknown.
I have chosen two songs, the masterpiece song entitled "You Go To My Head" which is one of my all-time favorite songs and the song "Things For You To Do When I'm Not There" which was performed by Grady Tate.
"You Go To My Head" is a popular song of 1938, composed by J.Fred Coots, with lyrics by Haven Gillespie. The original song was recorded by Teddy Wilson's Band with the vocals by Nan Wynn. The same year it  was also recorded by Billie Holiday. Enjoy this masterpiece.







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

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rick Bowen - Want My Love 1980 Lp


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I discovered this album in this summer. It is not soul music but includes very nice music. I saw it for the first time on ebay. Later, I was fortunate to find it in a record shop in USA.
Rick Bowen was a business man and president of a manufacturer's rep firm. In order to save his company, he tried to write and sing radio commercials. One of those commercials had such a big success that the audience kept requesting the commercial thinking it was an actual song.
After being informed by the radio producers, he went to the Ronnie Millsap label Ronjoy Music and collaborated with Rob Galbraith in order to turn the spot's tune into a possible hit song.


The result was that Rick Bowen recorded an album entitled "Want My Love" in 1979. It was released in 1980 on Gemini Records. Produced by Bruce Dees. The self-titled song is a disco tune which was written by himself. Rick Bowen along with the talent singer Sue Robinson sang the self-titled song.



Here's one more song entitled "Believe Me Baby". This song was written by Chip Hardy and Cross Keys.



I want to note that he wrote his first song called "Snake In The Grass" in 1977, about a guy who could not find a girl friend.

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Announcement

Hi everybody. I'm sorry for the delay. I'm very busy with my job. I want to inform you that I will be back on Thursday... 
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