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Patti LaBelle
Patti LaBelle

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE most underrated Funky Soul album, 13 May 2012
This review is from: Patti LaBelle (Audio CD)
Many know about Patti's amazing voice and the range of it. But close attention must be paid to this, her first solo album after leaving LaBelle. Released on Epic Records in 1977, this album saw Patti deliver an extremely funky album compared to her subsequent releases. Jot To Have Your Love and Dan Swit me are established underground floor fillers and You Are My Friend is now a concert favourite for Patti (as it was for the late Sylvester). Also featured is the amazing two step classic I Think About You. The album was produced by David Rubinson who also produced amazing seventies funk albums for Bobby Womack, Herbie Hancock and the Pointer Sisters and is as consistent as his work with these artists.

The sound quality on this BBR reissue is far Superior to any earlier CD version and the liner notes feature an amazing interview with Rubinson. Top class from start to finish. Highly recommended five star soul/funk!


Twice As Sweet - Expanded Edition
Twice As Sweet - Expanded Edition
Price: £11.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Especially tasty!, 29 April 2012
This album really should rank with all the classic soul and funk albums of the 70's and 80's. Rescue Me is one of the ultimate funky jams and Sukiyaki is heart-breakingly dreamy. The rest of the album is very consistent. Great mastering, sound and packaging. I love it!


Face to Face
Face to Face
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Evelyn..., 29 April 2012
This review is from: Face to Face (Audio CD)
This album may not compare to the dizzying creative heights of I'm In Love and Get Loose. Nonetheless, it was a very solid album that saw Evelyn embrace the electric R&B sound becoming prominent in 1983. She did it with some help from Leon Sylvers and Andre Cymone. This new BBR reissue has excellent interviews with all three of them that makes for an interesting read. It also sounds amazing and has fantastic bonus mixes. Particularly nice to have the 12" M+M Dance mix of Shakedown. Highly recommended.


Lark
Lark
Price: £11.20

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful albums you will ever hear..., 14 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Lark (Audio CD)
... finally remastered and restored properly with the hit ROCK A DOODLE DOO added for good measure. As one comes to expect from BBR, the mastering and packaging are as you would wish for a classic album. The liner notes have interviews with Linda Lewis and Jim Cregan and make for utterly fascinating reading.

What more could you ask for? Well, brand new remasters of her other two Reprise albums; FATHOMS DEEP and SAY NO MORE and thankfully BBR will release those in February.

Lark is a unique blend of Folk and Soul and is an eternally rewarding gift of an album. Your collection really is lacking without it.


Sharing Your Love
Sharing Your Love
Price: £11.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-period Change, 5 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Sharing Your Love (Audio CD)
This Change album bridges the gap between their Disco era sound and their later electronic R&B. Jumping between sounds makes the album a little less cohesive sounding than the others perhaps but the songwriting and production is top notch as ever.

The Very Best In You, Hard Times and Sharing Your Love are all classic Change singles, even if the latter did not chart anywhere. Promise Your Love and Take You To Heaven are both hits that could have been. The only inclusion that puzzles me is their version of the Four Seasons' Oh What A Night which never worked for me.

The BBR liner notes, sound and packaging is great as always and the bonus content makes this the definitive version of this classic R&B album. Recommended.

Actual track listing below. Amazon have it slightly wrong...

The Very Best In You
Hard Times (It's Gonna Be Alright)
Oh What A Night
Promise Your Love
Everything And More
Sharing Your Love
Take You To Heaven
Keep On It
You're My Number 1
You're My Girl

BONUS TRACKS
The Very Best In You (Short Version)
Sharing Your Love (Short Version)
Hard Times (It's Gonna Be Alright) (Short Version)
Oh What A Night (Long Version)
The Very Best In You (Long Version)


Turn On Your Radio
Turn On Your Radio
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last call for Change, 1 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Turn On Your Radio (Audio CD)
This was always going to be a difficult album to record as the band was falling apart at the time. But Change's final album holds up remarkably well. Let's Go Together and Mutual Attraction are Change classics alone. The rest of the album has a steady quality to it, even if it does not hit the heights of their earlier work. Oh What A Feeling sounds better to me now than it did in 1985.

This new remaster finally has the original album sounding the best it ever has on CD. One of the bonus tracks (Mutual Attraction - Nick Martinelli remix) unfortunately is a vinyl rip apparently due to a lost master. A disappointment but otherwise this remaster is top notch and the album is well worth rediscovering, especially with the rare original Italian cover restored!


Change Of Heart
Change Of Heart
Price: £10.18

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change for the better..., 1 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Change Of Heart (Audio CD)
To sum up how perfect the pairing of Italian/American group Change with Minneapolis' Jam & Lewis was in 1984 is difficult in print. But take one listen to this CD and it will be instantly clear. This is Eighties Soul/Dance at it's very best. Thanks to BBR, it finally sounds and looks amazing on CD. I simply cannot recommend this title highly enough. A true classic to behold.


The Garden Of Love
The Garden Of Love
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Price: £9.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark dance classic..., 1 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Garden Of Love (Audio CD)
If you're expecting a Cerrone production that mirrors the genius sound of his own albums, think again. Got To Have Loving and Standing In The Rain are cult classics that simply do not sound dated on a dance floor today. Thankfully the rest of the album holds up and is a great listen all the way. The remastering (by Nick Robbins) is simply amazing and the package looks beautiful with truly interesting notes. Bravo!


Love In C Minor
Love In C Minor
Price: £10.75

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A monumental classic properly restored..., 22 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Love In C Minor (Audio CD)
Cerrone's Love In C Minor was one of the most groundbreaking dance records of its time and this release has it sounding better than ever. We are also treated to amazing liner notes that include a brand new and fascinating interview with the man himself. Both the original and US artwork are included in this package.

Other reviewers below have complained about the lack of single edit bonus tracks but BBR stated on their facebook page well before release that Cerrone asked them to be removed before release. This is a shame but in no way takes away from the amazing sound and look of this package. Buy with confidence!


Be A Winner
Be A Winner

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be a Winner - buy this!, 19 July 2011
This review is from: Be A Winner (Audio CD)
Yarbrough & Peoples are were Total Experience Records' second biggest act after the Gap Band and listening here, it's easy to see why. Before buying this remaster I was familiar only with its lead single, the R&B number one DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. But the set is full of electronic funk at its best and it has dated surprisingly well. Be A Winner and I'll Be There are fantastic and are just as strong as the lead single. As good as the best Gap Band singles and therefore highly recommended.


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