There is so much more to Taana Gardner than her monster anthem 'Heartbeat', as sampled by Ini Kamoze on his smash hit 'Here Comes The Hotstepper'. Beautifully remastered, Ms Gardner's only album makes its long-overdue debut on this expanded cd reissue, and what a joy it is - the percussion-driven, bass-heavy disco setting providing a sleazy counterfoil for her gutsy yet sweet vocal style, which has shades of Denise Williams. With tracks clocking in at between 12 and 6 minutes long, this is feel-good music for the body...I defy anybody to sit still while listening to this!
RELEASED ON CD AT LAST.THIS ALBUM WAS V POPULAR ON THE NEW YORK GAY SCENE AT THE TIME .JUST BEFORE THE HORROR OF AIDS TOOK OVER AND CHANGED THE GAY SCENE FOR EVER.THIS IS FROM THE GOLDEN YEARS AND ANYONE WHO WAS THERE AND SURVIVED LIKE ME WILL REMEMBER THESE TRACKS WITH LOVE
This had been unavailable in the US for a long time, still is. The UK has been at the forefront of re-releasing Disco records on cd that would otherwise be almost impossible to find. These releases for the most part involve lovingly remastered tracks, booklets with essays pertaining to the artist, and extra tracks. These extra songs are invariably the extended or 12" versions of the original hits, 7" mixes and extra tracks not found on the original release. All of that is the case on this release from BBR. The songs are the original charted Disco releases, including as a bonus the smash hit, Heartbeat. This record is highly sought after by Disco aficionados. If you are debating purchasing it keep in mind it may not be around much longer.
Taana Gardner was born in Newark, New Jersey and as a precocious young girl always knew she wanted to sing and perform. Influenced initially by her mother (who played piano in the Gardner home), and grandmother (who was an opera singer) Taana wrote several plays from the tender age of 11 and first appeared on stage as an actress in one of her own plays. One of her plays even went on to be performed at the Lincoln Center and The Apollo. BBR favourite Dionne Warwick and also the great Tina Turner (amongst others) inspired Taana in terms of her singing aspirations and in 1978 the brother of Kenton Nix turned him on to Taana and suggested her for the project he was working on with West End records. When Taana arrived for her first ever studio session there was another group using the studio who, after hearing Taana sing, invited her to contribute vocals to one of their tracks. That group was Kid Creole and the Coconuts recording the album ‘Spooks In Space’ under the name Aural Exciters for the US market, on which Taana became the lead vocalist. A classic case of right place, right time. TAANA GARDNER, was the product of the West End records sessions with producer Kenton Nix which she had been initially lined up for. Nix had been championed to the label by legendary DJ Larry Levan who had already been spinning an instrumental version of Work That Body in his Paradise Garage sets. ‘Work That Body’ (Disco #10) became a big club hit…. So Nix recorded more tracks with Taana including ‘When You Touch Me’ (Disco #10), included on this album, and what has become West End’s biggest ever hit, ‘Heartbeat’, (R&B #10) the classic mid-tempo groover worshipped by Larry Levan, two versions of which are represented on this release amongst the many bonus tracks. BBR is very proud to bring you TAANA GARDNER, completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus content. TAANA GARDNER is a must have for all Soul and Disco fans out there!