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Winelight
Winelight
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5.0 out of 5 stars “…I Want To Spend Some Time With You…” – Winelight by GROVER WASHINGTON, JR (2001 Warners Jazz/Elektra Masters CD Remaster), 22 Dec 2014
This review is from: Winelight (Audio CD)
I can vividly recall being in London on a warm spring Saturday morning in April 1981 (on Holiday from Dublin). Have graduated the year previous from Rock to Soul Music in a big way - I sauntered into the "Record Shack"- Funk Specialists located in the fruit and veg market area of Berwick Street in Soho. Up on the wall was 'Jazz Fusion' album of the month - "Winelight" by GROVER WASHINGTON, Jr.

I'd no idea at the time that it had been a Jazz sensation in the States for over 6 months - crossing over big time to the Pop realm - nominated for two Grammys (and winning). Then the guy behind the counter put the needle down for the umpteenth time that day. I only had to hear the first minutes of its title track and bought it immediately. And it's been on my turntable and on Jazz Radio Station playlists ever since. Here are the Wine And Sax details...

Released January 2001 - Warners Jazz/Elektra Masters 7559-62608-2 (Barcode 075596260824) CD breaks down as follows (39:14 minutes):

1. Winelight
2. Let It Flow (For "Dr. J")
3. In The Name Of Love
4. Take Me There [Side 2]
5. Just The Two Of Us [vocals Bill Withers]
6. Make Me A Memory (Sad Samba)

Tracks 1 to 6 are the album "Winelight" released November 1980 in the USA on Elektra Records 7E-305 and April 1981 in the UK on Elektra Records K 52262. It rose to Number 2 on the US Billboard R&B charts and Number 5 on Billboards Pop charts (UK Number 34 on the Pop charts in May 1981).

The gatefold digipak features the generic 'Warner Jazz' and 'Elektra Masters' logos on the front and rear - you get a very basic gatefold inlay with notes on the album by Chrissie Murray, then Editor of Jazzwise magazine. The inner gatefold flap has all the session details - a huge array of top musicians that are now household names to Soul, Funk and Jazz lovers - Washington, Jr on Alto, Soprano and Tenor Saxophones, Ralph MacDonald on Percussion (he also co-wrote "In The Name Of Love" with William Salter and "Just The Two Of us" with Bill Withers and William Salter), Marcus Miller on Bass, Steve Gadd on Drums, Eric Gale on Guitar and Richard Tee on Keyboards. Bill Withers famously provides vocals on "Just The Two Of Us" (a USA R&B Number 3 hit, Number 2 in the Pop charts).

The remaster is lovely too (doesn't say who did) - warm and sexy. Speaking of which - it isn't just that the "Winelight" album is Funky - it's sensual - in a way that many records after it tried to chase and more often than not - failed. "Winelight" also scored by only having 3 tracks on each side - each beautifully produced (Washington, Jr and MacDonald did the Production) and Engineered (Richard Alderson). Songs often come at you sideways - like the gorgeous "Make Me A Memory (Sad Samba)" indeed poured out of your speakers like good wine with friends. Try resisting that sensational bass into to "Let It Flow (For "Dr. J") that slinks out of your speakers like the love-child of Steely Dan's "Aja" - fabulous stuff.

This CD and most titles in the 'Elektra Masters" series are dirt-cheap now (2014) - often less than three quid from some online retailers. Forget Sainsbury's Chardonnay - here's a glass of aural class for an awful lot less and with a far sweeter aftertaste...


Winelight
Winelight
Price: £6.37

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...I Want To Spend Some Time With You..." - Winelight by GROVER WASHINGTON, JR (2001 Warners Jazz/Elektra Masters CD Remaster), 22 Dec 2014
This review is from: Winelight (Audio CD)
I can vividly recall being in London on a warm spring Saturday morning in April 1981 (on Holiday from Dublin). Have graduated the year previous from Rock to Soul Music in a big way - I sauntered into the "Record Shack"- Funk Specialists located in the fruit and veg market area of Berwick Street in Soho. Up on the wall was 'Jazz Fusion' album of the month - "Winelight" by GROVER WASHINGTON, Jr.

I'd no idea at the time that it had been a Jazz sensation in the States for over 6 months - crossing over big time to the Pop realm - nominated for two Grammys (and winning). Then the guy behind the counter put the needle down for the umpteenth time that day. I only had to hear the first minutes of its title track and bought it immediately. And it's been on my turntable and on Jazz Radio Station playlists ever since. Here are the Wine And Sax details...

Released January 2001 - Warners Jazz/Elektra Masters 7559-62608-2 (Barcode 075596260824) CD breaks down as follows (39:14 minutes):

1. Winelight
2. Let It Flow (For "Dr. J")
3. In The Name Of Love
4. Take Me There [Side 2]
5. Just The Two Of Us [vocals Bill Withers]
6. Make Me A Memory (Sad Samba)

Tracks 1 to 6 are the album "Winelight" released November 1980 in the USA on Elektra Records 7E-305 and April 1981 in the UK on Elektra Records K 52262. It rose to Number 2 on the US Billboard R&B charts and Number 5 on Billboards Pop charts (UK Number 34 on the Pop charts in May 1981).

The gatefold digipak features the generic 'Warner Jazz' and 'Elektra Masters' logos on the front and rear - you get a very basic gatefold inlay with notes on the album by Chrissie Murray, then Editor of Jazzwise magazine. The inner gatefold flap has all the session details - a huge array of top musicians that are now household names to Soul, Funk and Jazz lovers - Washington, Jr on Alto, Soprano and Tenor Saxophones, Ralph MacDonald on Percussion (he also co-wrote "In The Name Of Love" with William Salter and "Just The Two Of us" with Bill Withers and William Salter), Marcus Miller on Bass, Steve Gadd on Drums, Eric Gale on Guitar and Richard Tee on Keyboards. Bill Withers famously provides vocals on "Just The Two Of Us" (a USA R&B Number 3 hit, Number 2 in the Pop charts).

The remaster is lovely too (doesn't say who did) - warm and sexy. Speaking of which - it isn't just that the "Winelight" album is Funky - it's sensual - in a way that many records after it tried to chase and more often than not - failed. "Winelight" also scored by only having 3 tracks on each side - each beautifully produced (Washington, Jr and MacDonald did the Production) and Engineered (Richard Alderson). Songs often come at you sideways - like the gorgeous "Make Me A Memory (Sad Samba)" indeed poured out of your speakers like good wine with friends. Try resisting that sensational bass into to "Let It Flow (For "Dr. J") that slinks out of your speakers like the love-child of Steely Dan's "Aja" - fabulous stuff.

This CD and most titles in the 'Elektra Masters" series are dirt-cheap now (2014) - often less than three quid from some online retailers. Forget Sainsbury's Chardonnay - here's a glass of aural class for an awful lot less and with a far sweeter aftertaste...


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5.0 out of 5 stars “…We Need Each Other…” - Wake Up Everybody by HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (2010 Edsel Expanded CD Remaster), 21 Dec 2014
A very clever CD reissue by Britain’s Edsel Records – the hugely popular “Wake Up Everybody” album from those Seventies Soul champs - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Expanded with one bonus remix - here are the dope pusher and teach the children details…

Released April 2010 – the CD Edsel EDSM0002 (Barcode 740155000233) breaks down as follows (50:21 minutes):

1. Wake Up Everybody
2. Keep On Lovin’ You
3. You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good
4. Don’t Leave Me This Way
5. Tell The World How I Feel About ‘Cha Baby
6. To Be Free To Be Who You Are
7. I’m Searching For A Love
Tracks 1 to 7 are the album "Wake Up Everybody" released November 1975 on Philadelphia International Records PZ 33808 in the USA and early 1976 on Philadelphia International Records PIR 69193 in the UK. It was their 4th and final studio LP for the famous soul label - and easily their most successful and fondly remembered - reaching the coveted Number 1 spot on the US R'n'B charts that Christmas.

Track 8 is "Don't Leave Me This Way (The Tom Moulton Mix)", an 11:02 minutes extended version remixed in 1977

The 20-page booklet provides you with band snaps, lyrics, pictures of the LP label and 7” singles taken off of it as well as superb liner notes by noted soul expert TONY ROUNCE. The CD has been mastered by TALL ORDER of the UK and the sound quality is fantastic – clear and hiss free – it really allows the lush Gamble/Huff MFSB production values to shine.

Philly's ace song-writing team - John Whitehead, Gene McFadden and Victor Carstarphen provided tracks 1, 2, 5 and 6 - while label founders Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff stumped up writing credits for tracks 3, 4 and 7 and produced the record with their usual lush MFSB arrangements.

The lovely SHARON PAIGE provided duet vocals on "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" and "I'm Searching For Love", but it was (Theodore) TEDDY PENDERGRASS who shone with lead vocals on all tracks - especially the huge title track "Wake Up Everybody" (which effectively launched Pendergrass as a solo star).

But for me one of the unheard gems on this album is Track 2 on Side 1, "Keep On Lovin' You" - as brill a Seventies soul tune as you can get (lyrics above). It's so good to hear it with such top sound quality.

Niggles - both "Tell The World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby" and "Wake Up Everybody" were released as 7" singles with rare edit versions which AREN'T included as bonus tracks here - and I would have preferred those than the rather tiresome extension of the overly familiar "Don't Leave Me This Way". Other than that - this is a superb Philly album - and pitched at a marketplace price that's less than a fiver - it's an absolute steal…

PS: other titles in the series are/will be...
1. Dance Your Troubles Away - ARCHIE BELL and THE DRELLS (1975) [due Summer 2010, Edsel EDSM0006]
2. Philadelphia Freedom - M.F.S.B. (1975) [due Summer 2010, Edsel EDSM0005]
3. When Love Is New - BILLY PAUL (1975) [April 2010, Edsel EDSM0003]
4. Family Reunion...Plus - THE O'JAYS (1975) [April 2010, Edsel EDSM0001]
5. The Three Degrees Live [aka Live In London] (1975) - THE THREE DEGREES (due Summer 2010, Edsel EDSM0004)


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5.0 out of 5 stars "…I Had To Leave You Alone But I'm So Weak…” - Black & Blue by HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (2010 CD Remaster), 21 Dec 2014
Big Break Records of the UK have a thing for Philly and as a collector of Classic Soul - I for one am glad of it (their CDs sound amazing). And following on from their Expanded reissue of "I Miss You" - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' 1972 debut album on Philadelphia International - here they come again with the group's equally brill 2nd album - "Black And Blue". Both issues feature properly fabulous Seventies Soul. Let's get down to the love we lost and bedroom weaknesses...

Released September 2010 - Big Break Records CDBBR 0013 (Barcode 5013929031326) breaks down as follows (46:56 minutes):

1. Cabaret
2. The Love I Lost
3. It All Depends On You
4. Concentrate On Me
5. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back)
6. Is There A Place For Me
7. I'm Weak For You
8. I'm Coming Home Tomorrow
Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "Black & Blue" released September 1973 in the USA on Philadelphia International KZ 32407 and in the UK on Philadelphia International S PIR 65859.

BONUS TRACKS:
9. The Love I Lost (Part 1) Single Version
10. I'm Weak For You (Part 1) Single Version

The album produced 2 singles in the USA and UK at the time of release and a reissue later on - (excepting "Bad Luck") this CD will allow fans to sequence those tracks as follows:
1. The Love I Lost (Part 1) b/w The Love I Lost (Part 2)
(USA - September 1973, Philadelphia International ZS7 3533
UK - November 1973, Philadelphia International S PIR 1879)
2. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back) b/w I'm Weak For You (Part 1)
(USA - March 1974, Philadelphia International ZS7 3543
UK - March 1974, Philadelphia International S PIR 2178)
3. The Love I Lost (Part 1) b/w Bad Luck
(UK - January 1977 reissue on Blue Vinyl, Philadelphia International S PIR 4881)

The 12-page booklet has an informative interview conducted by STUART WEST with BOBBY ELI. Eli is the founding member and Lead Guitarist with MFSB (virtually Philadelphia International's in-house band) and he talks with great affection and knowledge about Gamble & Huff (principal songwriters), Teddy Pendergrass (legendary vocalist) and the evolution of the MFSB sound that Philly was so famous for. In between text are pictures of US 45's, colour plates of rare European 7" picture sleeves, photos of the band in concert and full discography and credits info at the rear. It's very well done and the jewel case is one of those new rounded-corner affairs - very tasty. But the really great news is the SOUND...

As with other BBR releases - this remaster uses the 'original tapes' and has been carried out initially by ALAN WILSON at Western Star Studios with further work done by WAYNE A. DICKSON at the BBR Studios (both in the UK). The results are wonderful.

Once you get past the truly awful opener "Cabaret" (as in "Life is a cabaret..." - what were they thinking!), you're straight into the full album version (6:26 minutes) of "The Love I Lost" and it's beautifully clear from its opening keyboards and vibes to the funky bass and strings throughout. It sounds GORGEOUS. Another track I love (and a bit of a forgotten soul nugget) is the 'so' soulful message song "Is There A Place For Me" which starts with the delightful lyrics "I've been married four times...and today I'm without a wife..."

As with the superbly expanded "I Miss You" CD - the inclusion of the 7" single edits on "Black & Blue" are a genuine bonus. I often felt that too many of these Seventies Soul LPs had songs on them that they knew to be winners - so they would overstay their welcome by stretching them to seven, eight, nine, ten minutes... The single edits gave you the concise version - and delivered a far better punch. The blindingly good B-side short version of "I'm Weak For You" is a perfect example - fades out before it over stays - what a great listen (lyrics above).

To sum up - this is a superlative release and I can only hope that BBR tackle more on the Philly and CBS labels - especially when they add those 7" edits for collectors (exclusive to Big Break Records releases). Smoochy heaven...and with Teddy in attendance too.

PS: I've also reviewed these other Big Break Records (BBR) CD remasters:
1. Hot Property - HEATWAVE (1979)
2. Candles - HEATWAVE (1980)
3. Turnin' On - HIGH INERGY (1977)
4. Harvest For The World - THE ISLEY BROTHERS (1976)
5. Go For Your Guns - THE ISLEY BROTHERS (1977)
6. I Hope We Get To Love On Time - MARILYN McCOO & BILLY DAVIS (1976)
7. I Miss You - HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (1972) [known as "Harold Melvin The Blue Notes" in the UK]
8. Black & Blue - HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (1973)
9. Love Is The Message - MFSB (1973)
10. All The Faces Of... - BUDDY MILES (1974)
11. I Can See Clearly Now - JOHNNY NASH (1972)
12. In Philadelphia - O'JAYS (1969)
14. Back Stabbers - O'JAYS (1972)
14. Ship Ahoy - O'JAYS (1973)
15. Ebony Woman - BILLY PAUL (1970 and 1973)
16. 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul - BILLY PAUL (1972)
17. War Of The Gods - BILLY PAUL (1973)
18. Love For What It Is - ANITA POINTER (of The Pointer Sisters) (1987)
19. Smoked Sugar - SMOKED SUGAR (1975)
20. Involved - EDWIN STARR (1971)
21. Switch - SWITCH (1978)
22. Just As I Am - BILL WITHERS (1971) [debut LP on Sussex/A&M Records]


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5.0 out of 5 stars "...We're Not Going To A Place...We're Going To A State Of Mind..." - Love City by RONN MATLOCK (2007 CD Remaster), 21 Dec 2014
Originally released 1979 on Cotillion Records in the USA only (Cotillion is an Atlantic subsidiary) - Ronn Matlock's lone Soul album is the very definition of those overused words "forgotten masterpiece". I've loved this superb record to distraction for decades and what an utter blast it is to finally have my grubby mitts on the CD (and sounding so damn good too).

Originally produced by the legendary MICHAEL STOKES - all eight songs are Ronn Matlock originals - with this 2007 reissue offering us two rare single sides as CD bonuses. BILL INGLOT - one of Rhino's top tape maestros has handled the remaster and the result is wonderful - warm and funky - full of presence and not too amped up for the sake of it (proud to call him a friend on Facebook). Released October 2007 on CD in the UK - Rhino 8122-76431-2 (Barcode 081227643126) breaks down as follows:

1. Let Me Dance
2. Love City
3. I Can't Forget About You
4. Feeling Something
5. Back Street
6. Take Me To The Top (Of Your Mountain)
7. You Got The Best Of Me
8. Working Man
Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "Love City" released August 1979 in the USA on Cotillion SD 5213

BONUS TRACKS:
9. Let Me Dance (Mono Single Version)
10. You Got The Best Of Me (Mono Single version) - tracks 9 and 10 are the A&B-sides of a September 1979 USA 7" single on Cotillion 45002

Stylistically think CHIC meets TEDDY PENDERGRASS meets EARTH, WIND & FIRE meets BROOK BENTON meets orchestral BARRY WHITE - but even better! Then there's Matlock's lovely tonal silky voice - sweet as a nut. If you want real convincing - check out a 25-second snippet on iTunes of "Love City" (lyrics above) - or "Back Street" for irresistible funky floor fillers and "I Can't Forget About You" and "Take Me To The Top (Of Your Mountain)" for that slinky bedroom shagpad moment. None of it has dated and every track is a real find for lovers of funky soul, disco and rare groove.

"Love City" is an absolute peach of an album - and as it never received an official UK release - it's been a hugely collectable and expensive 'piece' on this side of the pond for nearly 30 years now. Yet another top job done by Rhino and a cleverly chosen title for CD reissue - check this baby out as soon as possible...

PS: This release is part of Rhino's "CLASSIC SOUL ALBUM - REMASTERED & EXPANDED" Series. Most titles are first time onto CD and are rare soul albums from the Warner/Atlantic/Cotillion/Elektra vaults.

1. Ace Spectrum - "Inner Spectrum" (see REVIEW)
2. Blue Magic - "Blue Magic" (see REVIEW)
3. Donny Hathaway - "Come Back Charleston Blue O.S.T." (see REVIEW)
4. Leroy Hutson - "Paradise" (see REVIEW)
5. Gwen McCrae - "Gwen McCrae"
6. Gwen McCrae - "On My Way"
7. Prince Phillip Mitchell - "Top Of The Line" (see REVIEW)
8. Prince Philip Mitchell - "Make It Good" (see REVIEW)
9. The Voices Of East Harlem -"Right On Be Free" (see REVIEW)


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5.0 out of 5 stars "...When You Give More Than You Get..." - Forever: Complete Motown Albums Volume 1 by THE MARVELETTES (2009 3CD Remasters), 21 Dec 2014
Released May 2009 as a 3CD non-numbered Limited Edition of 5000 - "Forever: The Complete Motown Albums Volume 1" by THE MARVELETTES is yet another superlative trawl through the Tamla Motown archives by the award-winning Hip-O Select label of the USA. And as it's been given a European release this time (Hip-O stuff is normally US-only and therefore a pricey import) which is rare.

Long-time label associate ELLEN FITTON has remastered the first generation master tapes with typically superb results. The fully featured 30-page booklet is a treat to look at and an informative read - while the 3-way gold card digipak lends the whole package an element of real class. The 87-tracks of "Forever" offers soul fans a huge treasure trove of early Motown girl group music for a very reasonable price. So here's a detailed breakdown for Hip-O Select B-0011516-2 (Barcode 602517756052) - all catalogue numbers are USA (unless otherwise stated):

Disc 1 (78:41 minutes):
1. Angel
2. I Want A Guy
3. Please Mr. Postman
4. So Long Baby
5. I Know How It Feels
6. Way Over There
7. Happy days
8. You Don't Want Me No More
9. All The Love I Got
10. Whisper
11. Oh I Apologize
Tracks 1 to 11 are the debut LP "Please Mr. Postman" issued on Tamla 228 in November 1961

12. Mashed Potato Time
13. Love Letters
14. The One Who Really Loves You
15. Twistin' The Night Away
16. Hey! Baby
17. Twistin' Postman
18. Good Luck Charm
19. Slow Twistin'
20. Lover Please
21. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
Tracks 12 to 21 are the LP "Smash Hits Of '62" [aka "The Marvelettes Sing"] issued on Tamla 229 in April 1962

22. Playboy
23. Mix It Up
24. Beechwood 4-5789
25. I'm Hooked
26. I Think I Can Change You
27. Forever
28. Someday, Someway
29. Goddess Of Love
30. You Should Know
31. (I've Got To) Cry Over You
Tracks 22 to 31 are their 3rd album "Playboy" issued on Tamla 231 in July 1962

Disc 2 (74:01 minutes):
1. Strange I Know
2. I Forgot About You
3. Looking Up My Heart
4. Which Way Did He Go
5. Silly Boy
6. It's Gonna Take A Whole Lot Of Doing (To Undo The Damage You've Done)
7. Smart Aleck
8. My Daddy Knows Best
9. Too Strong To Be Strung Along
10. Why Must You Go
Tracks 1 to 10 are the LP "The Marvelous Marvelettes" issued on Tamla 237 in February 1963

11. Beechwood 4-5789 (Live)
12. Strange I Know (Live)
13. Someday, Somehow (Live)
14. Locking Up My Heart (Live)
15. Twistin' Postman (Live)
16. Tossin' And Turnin' (Live)
17. So Long Baby (Live)
18. Playboy (Live)
Tracks 11 to 18 are the LP "On Stage: Recorded Live" issued on Tamla 243 in July 1963

Track 19 is "Strange I Know (Live)", a Previously Unreleased Unedited Version
Track 20 is "Medley: Please Mr. Postman/Playboy/Strange I Know/Someday, Someway" from the LP "Recorded Live: The Motortown Revue Vol.2" issued on Motown 615 in April 1964
Track 21 is "Tie A String Around Your Finger", a non-album track, the B-side to "My Daddy Knows Best" issued on Tamla 54082 in July 1963
Tracks 22 and 23 are "Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye" b/w "Come On Home" - both are credited to THE DARNELLS and are non-album tracks issued on Gordy 7024 in November 1963
Track 24 is "Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers" issued in the UK only on Tamla Motown TMG 1000 in August 1975
Track 25 is "Knock On My Door", first issued on the compilation "Never Before Released Masters From Motown's Brightest Stars" on Motown in 1986
Tracks 26 and 27 are "On The Other Side Of Town" and "Because I Love Him", both are exclusive to the UK-only CD compilation "Essential Collection" issued by Sequel Records in 2000
Track 28 is "Little Girls Grow Up" first issued on the UK-only 2CD set "A Cellarful Of Motown, Vol.3" in 2007

Disc 3 (72:19 minutes):
1. Don't Mess With Bill [Stereo]
2. You're My Remedy [Stereo]
3. Locking Up My Heart [Stereo]
4. As Long As I Know He's Mine [Stereo]
5. Too Many Fish In The Sea [Stereo]
6. Danger: Heartbreak Dead Ahead [Stereo]
7. Please Mr. Postman [Stereo]
8. Playboy [Stereo]
9. Strange I Know [Stereo]
10. Forever [Stereo]
11. Twistin' Postman [Stereo]
12. Beechwood 4-5789 [Stereo]
Tracks 1 to 12 are the album "Greatest Hits" [Stereo Version] issued on Tamla 253 in February 1966

Tracks 13 and 14 are "As Long As I Know He's Mine" b/w "He Won't Be True (Little Girl Blue)" - a non-album 7" single issued October 1963 on Tamla 54088
Track 15 is "He's A Good Guy (Yes he Is)" - a non-album track issued as the A of a 7" single in January 1964 on Tamla 54091
Tracks 16 and 17 are "You're My Remedy" b/w "A Little Bit Of Sympathy, A Little Bit Of Love" - a non-album 7" single issued June 1964 on Tamla 54097
Tracks 18 and 19 are "Too Many Fish In The Sea" b/w "I'll Keep On Holding on" - a non-album 7" single issued October 1964 on Tamla 54105
Tracks 20 and 21 are "I'll Keep On Holding On" b/w "No Time For Tears" - a non-album 7" single issued May 1965 on Tamla 54116
Tracks 22 and 23 are "Danger: Heartbreak Dead Ahead" b/w "Your Cheating Ways" - a non-album 7" single issued July 1965 on Tamla 54120
Tracks 24 and 25 are "Don't Mess With Bill" b/w "Anything You Wanna Do" - a non-album 7" single issued November 1965 on Tamla 54126
Track 26 is "I Should Have Known Better" - previously unreleased track first issued on the 1979 Natural resources US LP "From The Vaults"
Tracks 27 and 28 are "I Just Can't Let Him Down" and "Maybe I Dried My Tears (For The Last Time)" - previously unreleased tracks first appeared on the UK-only CD compilation "Essential Collection" on Sequel Records in 2000

One of the big surprises for me is the non-descript looking "Greatest Hits" set from early 1966 - all 13 tracks are in STEREO and barring some bad distortion at the beginning of the opening track "Don't Mess With Bill", the sound on the other 12 is really FABULOUS. "Danger: Heartbreak Ahead" in particular is now filled with that wonderful Sixties Motown joy. Another treat is the rare non-album B-side "Tie A String Around Your Finger" - as lovely a ballad as HDH have ever produced. And for British fans there's the £100+ single rarity "Finders Keepers, Losers Keepers" - recorded in 1964, but only released on a UK 45 on Tamla Motown TMG 1000 in 1975 when the whole Northern Soul club scene was in full flight in Britain. "Which Way Did He Go" from "The Marvelous Marvelettes" (their 1st LP in the UK) is another track that sounds truly fantastic.

I'd admit that the Live Album is not something I'll ever listen to again - and after 80 slices of non-stop upbeat 60t's sunshine - the whole thing can grate the nerves a bit...but I know there's gems on here that I'll be dipping into for years to come. "Limited Edition" is stamped on the rear of the digipak in gold - so get this while you can...

PS: Volume 2 will feature their sophisticated mid to late Sixties stuff and is to follow soon. And for those interested in the excellent Hip-O Select label - I've posted a list of 25 recommended purchases in Listmania. And see also my review of Terry Wilson's astonishing 2009 UK paperback "TAMLA MOTOWN - The Stories Behind The UK Singles" - over 700 pages of soul joy and info...


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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Before You Do Anything Rash...Dig This..." - Tasteful Soul/Bitter Sweet by THE MAIN INGREDIENT (2010 SuperBird CD Remaster), 21 Dec 2014
Released August 2010 - this mid-price CD makes available two lesser-seen Seventies albums by the New York Soul group THE MAIN INGREDIENT. SuperBird Records SBIRD 0027 CD (Barcode 5013929882720) breaks down as follows (68:16 minutes):

1. I'm Better Off Without You
2. Magic Shoes
3. I'm So Proud
4. Somebody's Been Sleeping
5. Make It With You
6. Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love)
7. Need Her Love (Mr. Bugler)
8. That's What Fate Will Do
9. Look At Me
10. Searching
Tracks 1 to 10 are "Tasteful Soul", released March 1971 in the USA on RCA Victor LSP-4412
[Lead Singer: Donald McPherson]

11. Travelling
12. Where Are You
13. You've Got To Take It (If You Want It)
14. Everybody Plays The Fool
15. Whirl-Wind
16. Fly Baby Fly
17. I Can't See Me Without You
18. Where Do Broken Hearted Lovers Go?
19. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
20. No Tears In The End
Tracks 11 to 20 are "Bitter Sweet", released June 1972 in the USA on RCA Victor LSP-4677
[Lead Singer: Cuba Gooding, Snr.]

Excepting the track "Brotherly Love" (which is on the "L.T.D." album from 1970), this release will also allow you to sequence the following five USA 45's issued around the albums:

1. "Need Her Love (Mr. Bugler)" b/w "I'm Better Off Without You", released 1970 on RCA Victor 74-0382
2. "I'm So Proud" b/w "Brotherly Love", released December 1970 on RCA Victor 74-0401
3. "Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love)" b/w "Magic Shoes", released April 1971 on RCA Victor 74-0456
4. "Everybody Plays The Fool" b/w "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)", released July 1972 on RCA Victor 74-0731
5. "You Got What It Takes (If You Want It)" b/w "Traveling", released January 1973 on RCA Victor 74-0856

The 8-page colour booklet has detailed liner notes by JERRY EWING on the history of the albums and the band itself. It's mastered by ROGER LOMAS at Ro-Lo Studios and although the sound is good in places (upfront bass), the vocals often feel ever so slightly distorted at the top end - muffled and cluttered - almost like it's been mastered off good vinyl and cleaned up. It doesn't mention master tapes anywhere, so I don't know... The best way of putting is that it's very good in places - it's just not great... and it's kind of sloppy too not to include the B-side of "I'm So Proud" as a bonus track. Edsel would have done this better...

Highlights include their lovely cover of "I'm So Proud" by The Impressions (a Curtis Mayfield tune) on the very accomplished "Tasteful Soul" album, while the equally impressive "Bitter Sweet" LP gave up the huge Number 2 hit "Everybody Plays The Fool" (lyrics above). There are also covers of two David Gates/Bread tracks - "Make It With You" and "Look At Me" and a top ballad in "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" - a tune initially featured in the Sixties Broadway musical production of "The Roar Of The Grease Paint - The Smell Of The Crowd". Tony Bennett had a hit with the track in late 1964 - it's the sort of song that lends itself to soulful interpretation.

But for me there's two absolute nuggets on here that sum up The Main Ingredient's sound (a lush Delfonics, Chi-Lites, Dells type of vocal-group soft soul) - the slow and tasty "That's What Fate Will Do" and the fabulous "You've Got To Take It (If You Want It)" which was co-written with Ed Townsend of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" fame. Both are worth the price of admission alone.

The 1st album also benefited greatly from the beautiful vocals of Donald McPherson who tragically succumbed to Leukemia in July 1971 - only months after the album's release. His replacement was band collaborator Cuba Gooding Snr (his son is Cuba Gooding Jnr, the Oscar winning actor) - an equally impressive set of pipes.

For lovers of lush vocal-group soul - strings and brass galore - this is a very nice release indeed...


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4.0 out of 5 stars "...A Power Source Of Tender Force..." - The Solo Albums: Volume 2 (2010 Hip-O Select CD Remasters), 21 Dec 2014
Number 2 is a series of 6 - Volume Two chronicles Smokey Robinson's 3rd and 4th albums for Motown in 1975 and 1976 with a non-album single side thrown in as a bonus. It's not all undiscovered solid gold for sure but the good stuff is great - and the improved audio quality is an absolute treat. Here are the Quiet Storms and Castles Made Of Sand...

Released November 2010 - Hip-O Select/Motown B0014571-02 (Barcode 602527450704) pans out as follows (72:53 minutes):

1. Quiet Storm (7:48 minutes)
2. The Agony And The Ecstasy (4:49 minutes)
3. Baby That's Backatcha (3:48 minutes)
4. Wedding Song (3:37 minutes)
5. Happy (Love Theme From "Lady Sings The Blues") (7:07 minutes)
6. Love Letters (4:16 minutes)
7. Coincidentally (5:10 minutes)
Tracks 1 to 7 are his 3rd solo album "A Quiet Storm" - released March 1975 in the USA on Tamla T6-337S1 and in June 1975 in the UK on Tamla Motown STML 11288

8. When You Came (5:24 minutes)
9. Get Out Of Town (4:48 minutes)
10. Do Like I Do (4:42 minutes)
11. Open (3:50 minutes)
12. So In Love (4:42 minutes)
13. Like Nobody Can (4:12 minutes)
14. Castles Made Of Sand (4:49 minutes)
Tracks 8 to 14 are his 4th solo album "Smokey's Family Robinson" - released February 1976 in the USA on Tamla T6-341S1 and April 1976 in the UK on Tamla Motown STML 12021

15. An Old Fashioned Man (3:28 minutes)
Track 15 is a 7" single-only release - "An Old-Fashioned Man" was released October 1976 in the USA on Tamla T-54276F and was taken from the MGM movie "Norman, Is That You?"

The gatefold card-digipak houses a 20-page colour booklet containing entertaining and knowledgeable liner notes by PETER DOGGETT (formerly of Record Collector magazine and author of the book "There's A Riot Going On"). Like the excellent Volume 1 - 2 also reproduces the American artwork front and rear for each album, has 4 new full-page colour photos of Smokey from the period and detailed recording and release credits. But the big news for fans is the fabulous remasters Audio...

Remastered by KEVIN REEVES from the original Stereo tapes - the sound quality is truly fantastic - beautifully done (Ellen Fitton did an equally great job on Volume 1). There's amazing warmth now to these recordings and the bass is just so sweet. I've reviewed CDs remastered by Reeves before - he's one of Universal's top engineers (others are Erick Labson, Suha Gur, Gavin Lurssen, Gary Moore and Ellen Fitton). He mastered "Pass The Plate" and "Images" by The Crusaders, "What Color Is Love" by Terry Callier and "I've Got So Much To Give" by Barry White (see reviews for all of them).

To the album itself - having lived with the 3:49 minute single edit of "Quiet Storm" for so many years now, it feels odd to hear the full 7:49 minute album version - but it's just as slinky - and even at that length doesn't overstay its welcome (lyrics above). Also - as the liner notes explain - "Quiet Storm" was the name given to a radio program for Soul Music that year by WHUR in DC - and hundreds of radio stations have adopted the title ever since. The album literally started a `smooth soul' revolution on the airwaves that's been going on ever since - no mean achievement.

Other highlights include two superbly funky winners in "Baby That's Backatcha" (first single off the album in the States) and the lesser-heard "Coincidentally" (tremendous sound on both). "When You Came" opens the "Smokey's Family Robinson" album with a decidedly disco beat that sounds dated now - while the only US single off the album was a wise choice - the well-funky "Open" - a sort of hybrid AWB, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Labelle mishmash. It's a long forgotten gem that deserves rediscovery. The album ends with the plaintive "Castles Made Of Sand" which features a slickly produced acoustic guitar throughout. The bonus track "An Old Fashioned Man" and the overly long "Happy" are the kind of forgettable movie pap that featured in so many Seventies films.

What's missing? Like Volume 1 - time restrictions have excluded tasty bonus tracks. The two LPs produced four singles Stateside and a couple in the UK - most had edited versions of their longer album versions while USA promos often came with a promo-only MONO mix - all AWOL unfortunately.

But again at less than a fiver per album this is great value for money (and often cheaper from certain online retailers). It may not all be full-on Biblical in terms of rediscovery - but like his first two albums "Smokey" (1973) and "Pure Smokey" (1974) on Volume 1 - these two slices of mid seventies Soul have stood the test of time. And now with their superb new audio quality...this is one Quiet Storm that deserves another go around...

PS: I've also created a TAG called "Kevin Reeves Remasters" in 'Amazon.co.uk' - which when clicked will give you a pictorial display of titles he's been involved in. There's also the same for Erick Labson, Suha Gur and Ellen Fitton - if their names are in the mastering/transfer credits, I find it to be a sign of great sound quality


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4.0 out of 5 stars "...It's Just My Soul Responding..." - The Solo Albums: Volume 1 by SMOKEY ROBINSON (2010 Hip-O Select CD Remaster), 21 Dec 2014
In truth Smokey Robinson Solo albums have a mixed rep amongst collectors - moments of genius - filled out with syrupy padding. And certainly as this series progresses into the mid to late Seventies that appraisal is uncomfortably true. But re-listening to this pairing of his first two platters from 1973 and 1974 on Motown - there's so much to enjoy and frankly rediscover - there really is. Here are the Soul Responding details...

Released September 2010 - this is the 1st of 6 volumes chronicling Smokey Robinson's solo albums for Motown - and Hip-O Select/Motown B0014415-02 (Barcode 602527409856) breaks down as follows (74:55 minutes):

1. Holly
2. Medley: Never My Love/Never Can Say Goodbye
3. A Silent Partner In A Three-Way Love Affair
4. Just My Soul Responding
5. Sweet Harmony
6. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
7. Wanna Know My Mind
8. The Family Song
9. Baby Come Close
Tracks 1 to 9 are his debut solo album "Smokey", released June 1973 in the USA on Tamla T-328L and in November 1973 in the UK on Tamla Motown STMA 8012

10. It's Her Turn To Love
11. The Love Between Me And My Kids
12. Asleep On My Love
13. I Am I Am
14. Just Passing Through
15. Virgin Man
16. She's Only A Baby Herself
17. Fulfill Your Head
18. A Tattoo
Tracks 10 to 18 are his 2nd solo album "Pure Smokey", released March 1974 in the USA on Tamla T-331V1 and June 1974 in the UK on Tamla Motown STML 11265

The gatefold card digipak houses a 24-page colour booklet containing entertaining and knowledgeable liner notes by PETER DOGGETT (formerly of Record Collector magazine and author of "There's A Riot Going On"). It also reproduces the American artwork for each album (even though in truth their impossible to read), lyrics and detailed recording and release credits. But the big news for fans is the improved Audio...

Remastered by ELLEN FITTON from the original Stereo tapes - the sound quality is just gorgeous - really beautifully done. I've bought CDs by Hip-O Select before where I've noticed her name in the credits - she's one of Universal's top engineers (like Erick Labson, Suha Gur, Gavin Lurssen, Gary Moore and Kevin Reeves). She did the truly superlative "Complete Motown Singles" Book Sets - all 13 volumes of them. On top of that is "Forever: The Complete Motown Albums Vol.1" 2CD set by The Marvelettes, the David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks "Motown Solo Albums" multiple CD sets, "1990" by The Temptations and "This Is The Story: The 70's Albums Volume 1" by The Supremes (excluding the Singles books, I've reviewed nearly all of the other titles).

I wish I could say that the material is all killer and no filler, but that's just not true. Smokey LPs in a second-hand record shop such as ours are always a hard sell. The cover of The Shirelles "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" is awful. Having said that, the reason I bought the disc is for those gems that are 'so' worth it - "Just My Soul Responding" is one of them (lyrics above) - a rare social-commentary that rumbles on like a Norman Whitfield gem - five-minutes plus of words about the plight of Blacks and Hispanics in the cities of Seventies USA ("too many roaches and not enough heat to keep my babies warm..."). It's absolutely stunning.

The popular "Baby Come Close" is more familiar smoocher territory - what a gem - and it's so good to hear the full album version here after all these years of living with the single edit of 3:24 minutes. The second album has "I Am I Am" which is a lovely soul song featuring the rhythm section of L.T.D., while "Virgin Man" touches on a subject matter not too often discussed. The synth funk of "A Tattoo" is good too. But mostly "Pure Smokey" was a loverman lead-in to the far better "Quiet Storm" album in 1975 - which is on the Volume 2 set.

What's missing? The two LPs produced 5 singles Stateside and a couple in the UK - most had edited versions of their longer album tracks while the USA promos 7" singles often came with a promo-only MONO mix - none of those are on here - which is a shame. But at less than a fiver per album this is great value for money - and even if the material doesn't always rise to genius - the tracks that have stood the test of time are now in that superb sound quality - and that's been worth it for me...

PS: I've created a TAG (see above) called "Ellen Fitton Remasters" which when clicked will give you a pictorial display of nearly 70 titles she's been involved in.
If Ellen Fitton's name is in the mastering/transfer credits - I find it to be a sign of great sound quality. There's also a TAG for "Hip-O Select" - over 100 titles to see...


Voyager/Time Is Slipping Away
Voyager/Time Is Slipping Away
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...The Sweetest Pain..." - Voyager/Time Is Slipping Away by DEXTER WANSEL (2005 Edsel CD Remaster), 20 Dec 2014
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Philly-born Jazz-Funk multi-instrumentalist DEXTER WANSEL worked as the all-purpose Studio wizard for Gamble and Huff at the Philadelphia International label throughout the Seventies before launching his own much-revered Solo career. He stormed the Soul-Funk/Jazz-Fusion marketplace with "Life On Mars" in August 1976 and "What Is The World Coming To" in May 1977 - both released as a '2LPs on 1CD' set in the UK on Edsel DIAB 417. Which brings us up to this brilliant little twofer that pairs the following duo from 1978 and 1979. Here are the Mini Moog details...

UK released July 2005 on Edsel DIAB 420 (Barcode 740155442026) breaks down as follows:

1. All Night Long
2. Solutions
3. Voyager
4. I Just Want To Love You
5. Time Is The Teacher
6. Latin Love (Let Me Known)
7. I'm In Love
Tracks 1 to 7 are his 3rd album "Voyager" - released March 1978 in the USA on Philadelphia International JZ 34985 and June 1978 in the UK on Philadelphia International S PIR 8276

8. I'll Never Forget (My Favorite Disco)
9. The Sweetest Pain
10. Funk Attack
11. Time Is Slipping Away
12. It's Been Cool
13. Let Me Rock You
14. New Beginning
15. One For The Road
Tracks 8 to 15 are his 4th album "Time Is Slipping Away" - released October 1979 in the USA on Philadelphia International JZ 36024 (no UK release)

The 16-page booklet features liner notes from the hugely knowledgeable and enthusiastic TONY ROUNCE (of Blues & Soul Magazine) - a name that's been associated with countless amounts of Edsel and Ace/Kent-Soul CD reissues. There are pictures of the album's artwork, discography info and a brief history of Wansel's history with the mighty Philadelphia International label. PETER RYNSTON at Tall Order did the audio and it's fat and funky (as these tracks demand). What a blast to finally hear these keyboard Jazz Fusion jams be given some real muscle.

It opens with the hugely popular slappy-bass "All Night Long" which Philly tried as a lead-in 45 before the album was released with the title track from his preceding album "What The World Is Coming To" on its flip (Philadelphia International ZS8 3640). In Britain the 12" single (with "Disco Lights") on it's flip has always been a sought after gem. And yet for such an upbeat Funk tune - it seems hard to imagine now that it didn't chart on either side of the pond. It's followed by the social-consciousness keyboard workout "Solutions" (lyrics by Cynthia Biggs) which cleverly features news broadcasts after the chorus (it charted Stateside in June 1978 in the lower end of the top 100). Rapid-fire Funk follows with the superb title track "Voyage" - the kind of Trumpet/Keyboard battle that Jazz-Fusion dancers love. We go Philly smoocher versus Dexter Wansel with "Time Is The Teacher" - the kind of Grover Washington, Jr. Saxophone funk that would populate "Winelight" in 1980.

With his sights firmly on the Dancefloors of America - "I'll Never Forget (My Favorite Disco)" has a slinky Chi-like bass line with The Jones Girls out front singing about the joys of Studio 54. But then we veer away from commercialism and hit Jazz Fusion Nirvana - the sexily wonderful "The Sweetest Pain" featuring Terri Wells on Lead Vocals. It's as if everything that was great about the period and PI's arrangements came together in one place - the super-sweet rhythm, the harp strings being plucked, the beautifully placed brass fills - what a winner. Bit of a meisterwork frankly and for DJs what a shame they never put out a 12" of it - the US-only 7" was on ZS9 3724 featuring "Funk Attack" as its B-side. Philly also tried the upbeat Kool & The Gang vibe of "It's Been Cool" as a single but it did little business. Better is The Jones Girls getting all breathy on "Let Me Rock You" and The Crusaders groove of the finisher "One For The Road" has always been an underrated gem. Speaking of "Funk Attack" earlier - it occurs to me that it has a vocal I'd swear the young Prince heard and nicked wholesale.

After 4 LPs that didn't crack the top 40 (the superb "Time Is Slipping Away" only managed 58 on Billboard's R&B album charts) - Wansel went back to the control at PI - only to spoken of in hushed tones by Jazz Funkers for the next three decades.

A cheap-as-chips CD reissue that deserves your boogie buttocks and bottom dollar. Buy it now...and start your journey to the Funky Side right here...


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