JONATHAN BUTLER:  SARAH, SARAH  THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5169D)

JONATHAN BUTLER: SARAH, SARAH THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5169D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: HOLDING ON
1. Baby Please Don’t Take It (I Need Your Love)
2. I’ll Be Waiting For Your Love
3. Crossroads Revisited
4. Haunted By Your Love
5. 7th Avenue South
6. Love Hurts So Bad
7. Afrika
8. Gentle Love
9. Song For Jon
10. If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) (Duet with Ruby Turner)
11. Lies (Extended Version)
12. Take Good Care Of Me
13. Holding On
14. I Miss Your Love Tonight
15. Going Home
16. Love Songs, Candlelight And You

Disc 2: SING ME YOUR LOVE SONG
1. One More Dance
2. Barenese
3. Say We’ll Be Together
4. There’s One Born Every Minute (I’m A Sucker For You) (Extended Version)
5. More Than Friends
6. Sarah Sarah
7. Take Me Home
8. True Love Never Fails (feat. Vanessa Bell Armstrong)
9. Melodie
10. It’s So Hard To Let You Go
11. All Grown Up
12. No Strings, No Ties
13. Sing Me Your Love Song
14. Heal Our Land
15. Welcome Home
16. Candy Dulfer feat Jonathan Butler: What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me)

• As part of its well-received and critically acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is truly proud to present “Sarah Sarah – The Anthology,” a highly satisfying retrospective of internationally-recognized recording artist, award-winning musician, songwriter and global performer Jonathan Butler’s work from 1985-1990 for Jive Records.

• Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Jonathan’s foray into music professionally began in his pre-teens when he performed in local choirs, cabaret venues and carnivals. Signed to Bullet Records as a teenager, Jonathan achieved success in South Africa with two albums (one with another teen star, Little Ronnie). After a stint with jazz-oriented band Pacific Express (during which Jonathan’s skills as a guitarist became clearly evident), at the suggestion of Jive Records’ founder Clive Caulder, Jonathan moved to London in the mid-’80, achieving his first taste of solo international success in 1986 with “Baby Please Don’t Take It,” a US Adult Contemporary chartmaker.

• “Sarah Sarah: The Anthology” contains all of Jonathan’s US and UK charted singles including the much-loved title track, Jonathan’s classic cover duet with Jive labelmate Ruby Turner of The Staple Singers’ “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me),” 1987’s “Lies” (a global pop/R&B hit, featured here in an extended version), 1988’s “Take Good Care Of Me,” an extended version of the Top 10 US R&B hit, “There’s One Born Every Minute (I’m A Sucker For You)” and 1989’s “More Than Friends.”

• The anthology (compiled by David Nathan with assistance from Amar Naik) also includes a number of key album cuts from Jonathan’s five Jive albums, notably “Love Hurts So Bad,” making its CD debut worldwide, quiet storm favourite “Love Songs, Candelight And You,” a stunning duet with gospel star Vanessa Bell Armstrong on “True Love Never Fails” and as a bonus, a 1999 cover of Jr. Walkr’s classic “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me)” with acclaimed Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer.

• Excellent notes by renowned US writer Justin Kantor include extensive quotes from Jonathan; and first class remastering (Nick Robins) and artwork (Roger Williams).

MARLENA SHAW: GO AWAY LITTLE BOY - THE COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5170D)

MARLENA SHAW: GO AWAY LITTLE BOY – THE COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5170D)

Track listing:

DISC 1: LOVE DANCIN’
1. The Writing’s On The Wall
2. No Deposit, No Return
3. I Think I’ll Tell Him
4. I’m Back For More
5. No One Yet
6. Haven’t We Been In Love Before?
7. Sweet Beginnings
8. More
9. Pictures And Memories
10. Suite Seventeen: It Was A Very Good Year/I’m A Foster Child (Medley)
11. Love Dancin’ (Special Disco Version)
12. I Thank You
13. Touch Me In The Morning (Remix)

DISC 2: LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT YOU
1. Yu-Ma/Go Away Little Boy
2. Shaw Biz/Suddenly It’s How I Like To Feel/Shaw Biz (Reprise)
3. Look At Me, Look At You (We’re Flying)
4. Moonrise
5. Dreamin’
6. Rhythm Of Love
7. I Wonder
8. You Bring Out The Best In Me
9. Theme From “Looking For Mr. Goodbar” (Don’t Ask To Stay Until Tomorrow)
10. Places
11. Johnny
12. The Best Days Of My Life
14. Mamma Tried
15. I’ll Be Your Friend

  • As part of its well-received and critically acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is excited to present “Go Away Little – The Columbia Anthology,” a musically rich retrospective of soul/ jazz legend Marlena’s work for Columbia, cut between 1977-1980. 
  • Initially established in the pantheon of contemporary music in the mid-‘60s after signing with Cadet Records, an imprint of renowned Chess Records in Chicago, New York state-born Marlena gained initial popularity with her vocal readings of “Wade In The Water and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” 
  • Touring with The Count Basie Band for a number of years and developing her own club performances that combined her natural sense of wit and humour with Marlena’s gift for musical storytelling, she moved to Blue Note Records in 1972 recording five albums (three of which, “From The Depths Of My Soul,” “Who Is This Bitch, Anyway” and “Just A Matter Of Time” have been reissued by SoulMusic Records). 
  • in 1977, Marlena signed with Columbia working with renowned producer/arranger Bert DeCoteaux. Marlena’s debut LP, “Sweet Beginnings” spawned the now-famous “Yu-Ma/Go Away Little Boy,” with her wry, truth-tellin’ spoken rap and a new version of the Goffin & King song she had cut in 1966. The track became Marlena’s biggest hit and established her as a popular entertainer with R&B audiences worldwide.  
  • 1978’s “Acting Up” included the theme from the hit movie of the day, “Looking For Mr. Goodbar” ; while Marlena’s third album for Columbia, “Take A Bite” (reissued as an expanded edition by SoulMusic Records) created a new following among dance music lovers thanks to its ‘A’ side (tagged ‘Suite Seventeen’ and including a reworking of Diana Ross’ “Touch Me In The Morning” and the original “Love Dancin’”).  
  • Included in this sumptuous anthology – with liner notes by SoulMusic Records’ David Nathan (featuring an extensive interview with Marlena), remastering by Nick Robbins and artwork by Roger Williams – is the global CD debut of “The Best Days Of My Life,” from her final Columbia session with famed producer Jack Gold.

MICHAEL HENDERSON: TAKE ME I’M YOURS: THE BUDDAH YEARS ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5168D)

MICHAEL HENDERSON: TAKE ME I’M YOURS: THE BUDDAH YEARS ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5168D)

Track listing:

DISC 1:  AT THE CONCERT

  1. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson: You Are My Starship
  2. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson & Phyllis Hyman: We Both Need Each Other
  3. Make Me Feel Better
  4. Time
  5. Treat Me Like A Man
  6. Solid
  7. Be My Girl
  8. You Haven’t Made It To The Top
  9. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson & Jean Carn: Valentine Love
  10. Stay With Me This Summer
  11. I Can’t Help It (US single edit)
  12. Won’t You Be Mine
  13. Whip It
  14. Goin’ Places
  15. Michael Henderson & Roberta Flack: At the Concert
  16. Take Me I’m Yours 

DISC 2:  PLAYING ON THE REAL THING

  1. In The Night-Time
  2. Am I Special
  3. To Be Loved
  4. Do It All
  5.  Playing On The Real Thing
  6.  Riding
  7. Reach Out For Me
  8. Wide Receiver
  9. Prove It
  10. You’re My Choice
  11. Make Me Feel Like
  12. Phyllis Hyman & Michael Henderson: Can’t We Fall In Love Again
  13. Make It Easy On Yourself
  14. (We Are Here To) Geek You Up
  15. Slingshot
  16. Come To Me
  17. Fickle
  • As part of its acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Take Me I’m Yours – The Buddah Years,” a solid retrospective of award-winning recording artist, producer, songwriter and musician Michael Henderson’s hit-filled tenure (1976-1983) wih Buddah Records. 
  • Before achieving international recognition as a stellar artist his own right, Michigan-born Michael began doing shows as a bass player with R&B favourites, The Detroit Emeralds; in the late ‘60s, a youthful Stevie Wonder invited the teenager to join his band. In Detroit, Michael played on sessions with Motown artists including The Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Gladys Knight & The Pips and David Ruffin as well as doing shows with Aretha Franklin. 
  • In 1970, during a New York gig with Wonder, jazz legend Miles Davis offered Michael a spot in his touring and recording band which lasted for five years before fellow band member Reggie Lucas introduced him to drummer Norman Connors. In 1975, Michael cut his own “Valentine Love” as a duet with Jean Carn for Connors’ “Saturday Night Special” LP and began experiencing eight years of best-selling singles and LPs. 
  • The title track for Connors’ 1976 LP, “You Are My Starship” established Michael as a hitmaker in his own right and was followed by a duet with then-newcomer Phyllis Hyman (“We Both Need Each Other”). In 1976, Buddah Records released “Solid,” Michael’s first of seven albums for the label. 
  • This anthology, compiled by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan, includes all of Michael’s fifteen US charted singles including the Top 5 R&B hit “Take Me I’m Yours” and the 1981 hit duet with Phyllis Hyman, “Can’t We Fall In Love Again” as well as key LP cuts such as the quiet storm gem, “At The Concert” with Roberta Flack and “Treat Me Like A Man” (which Michael also produced on The Dramatics). 
  • Stellar liner notes by Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell include extensive quotes and track-by-track commentary from Michael; and first class remastering (Donald Cleveland) and artwork (Roger Williams).