ANGELA BOFILL: I TRY: THE ANTHOLOGY, 1978-1993 (SMCR-5157D)

ANGELA BOFILL: I TRY: THE ANTHOLOGY, 1978-1993 (SMCR-5157D)

Disc 1: HOLDIN’ OUT FOR LOVE
1. Too Tough (Long Version)
2. Can’t Slow Down (Extended Remix Version)
3. Special Delivery (Single Edit)
4. Holdin’ Out For Love
5. Baby, I Need Your Love
6. What I Wouldn’t Do (For The Love Of You)
7. Something About You
8. Marion Meadows featuring Angela Bofill & Gene Rice: Love Was Never
9. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing (Duet with Boz Scaggs)
10. Is This A Dream
11. Narada Michael Walden featuring Angela Bofill: Never Wanna Be Without Your Love
12. Love & Marriage
13. All The Reasons Why
14. Love Light
15. Under The Moon And Over The Sky
16. Angel Of The Night
17. Rhythm Of Your Mind

Disc 2: HEAVENLY LOVE
1. I Wanna Love Somebody (Single Edit)
2. Tonight I Give In
3. Let Me Be The One
4. Carl Anderson featuring Angela Bofill: A Woman In Love
5. Johnny Mathis featuring Angela Bofill: You’re A Special Part Of Me
6. I’m On Your Side
7. This Time I’ll Be Sweeter (Single Edit)
8. Still In Love
9. I Try
10. Stanley Clarke featuring Angela Bofill: Where Do We Go
11. Tell Me Tomorrow
12. Break It To Me Gently
13. Time To Say Goodbye
14. Kirk Whalum featuring Angela Bofill: Always A Part Of Me
15. Song For A Rainy Day
16. No Love In Sight
17. Heavenly Love

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “I Try: The Anthology, 1978-1993,” a 2-CD set of charted singles, key album cuts and guest appearances from the inimitable singer/songwriter Angela Bofill, spanning the most prominent period of her recoding career.

• A native New Yorker, Angela became the second artist signed to GRP Records, formed by producers Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in 1978: her debut LP, Angie heralded the arrival of one of the mainstay ‘voices’ in the burgeoning ‘quiet storm’ radio format in the US thanks for tracks like “Under The Moon And Over The Sky” and “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter,” the first of a dozen charted singles included on this first-of-its-kind anthology of Angela’s much-loved work.

• Angela’s sophomore album, Angel Of The Night proved even more successful thanks to the title track and the now-timeless classic “I Try,” both staples of Angela’s live repertoire. Switching to Arista Records in 1981, Angela began working with label chief Clive Davis, resulting in another five best-selling albums from which came her biggest charted hits, including “Too Tough” and “Tonight I Give In.”

• This sumptuous 2-CD lovingly compiled by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan (who began conducting interviews with Angela after the release of her debut LP) includes a number of rare tracks such as “All The Reasons Why,” “Love & Marriage,” “Love Light” and “Rhythm Of Your Mind,” all of which were first released between 2002-2007. In addition, the anthology features five stellar guest appearances with artists such as Narada Michael Walden (who produced three of Angie’s Arista albums), Johnny Mathis, Carl Anderson, Stanley Clarke, Marian Meadows and Kirk Whalum; and tracks from Angela’s one-off 1993 LP for Jive Records including the title track, I Wanna Love Somebody.

• The superb music on this anthology (with project assistance from Toney Redmond, Angela’s former manager) is augmented by stellar liner notes from renowned US writer, A. Scott Galloway who has included extensive quotes from Angela herself along with comments by producers, songwriters and musicians including Walden, Mic Murphy & David Frank, Preston Glass, Kirk Whalum, Buddy Williams, Eve Nelson, Derek Bramble and others.

RAMSEY LEWIS: HOT DAWGIT – THE ANTHOLOGY - THE COLUMBIA YEARS  (1972-1989) (SMCR-5143D)

RAMSEY LEWIS: HOT DAWGIT – THE ANTHOLOGY – THE COLUMBIA YEARS (1972-1989) (SMCR-5143D)

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Track listing:

Disc 1: WHAT IT IS! (1972-1977)
1. The Ramsey Lewis Trio: Slipping Into Darkness
2. The Ramsey Lewis Trio: Eternal Peace
3. Kufanya Mapenzi (Making Love)
4. What It Is!
5. Hang on Sloopy (Funky Reggae Style)
6. Hi-Heel Sneakers
7. Wade in the Water
8. The Everywhere Calypso
9. Summer Breeze
10 Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire: Hot Dawgit
11 Tambura
12. Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire:Sun Goddess
13. Jungle Strut
14. That’s The Way Of The World
15. Don’t It Feel Good
16. What’s The Name Of This Funk (Spider Man)
17. Brazilica
18. Spring High
19. Tequila Mockingbird

DISC 2: SO MUCH MORE (1978-1989)
1. All The Way Live
2. Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In (From “Hair”)
3. Wearin’ It Out
4. Whisper Zone
5. Come Back Jack
6. So Much More (featuring Alice Echols Sanderson)
7. Lakeshore Cowboy
8. You Never Know (featuring Alice Echols and Morris Gray)
9. Sassy Stew
10. Up Where We Belong (featuring Morris Gray & Pat Shannon)
11. Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson featuring Daryl Coley: The Two of Us
12. Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson: Midnight Rendezvous
13. Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson: Quiet Storm
14. This Ain’t No Fantasy
15. Slow Dancin’
16. 7-11
17. My Love Will Lead You Home
18. Eye On You

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “How Dawgit – The Anthology (1972-1989), a luxurious 2-CD set by the legendary Ramsey Lewis, spanning the award-winning musician, producer and composer’s seventeen-year tenure with Columbia Records, featuring 37 tracks including all of Ramsey’s charted hits for the label, selected key singles and notable LP cuts drawn from among the eighteen albums he recorded for the label.

• The Chicago-born octogenarian began his journey as a recording artist at Chess Records in 1966, achieving chart success with his soulful covers of such tracks as “The In Crowd,” “Wade In The Water” and “Hang On Sloopy.”

• In 1972, Ramsey – initially with his famed trio (whose ranks had included a young Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire as drummer) – began recording a series of critically-acclaimed albums for Columbia including “Upendo Ni Pamoja,” “Funky Serenity” and “Solar Wind.” In 1974, teaming with White – whose EW&F group was in its ascendancy – Ramsey scored his biggest across-the-board hit with the now-timeless classic “Sun Goddess” (the full eight-minute-plus version of which is included here).

• This stellar anthology, compiled by SoulMusic Records’ David Nathan with superb notes by renowed UK writer Charles Waring including extensive quotes from Ramsey himself, with top grade remastering by Nick Robbins, features production work from a range of producers including Ramsey,Larry Dunn, Tom Tom Washington and Bert DeCoteaux. Also included are three tracks from Ramsey’s initial 1984 pairing with song stylist supreme Nancy Wilson as well as full length versions of some of Ramsey’s charted hits including “Kufanya Mapenzi” and “Brazilica.”

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TOM BROWNE:  BROTHER, BROTHER - THE GRP/ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5160D)

TOM BROWNE: BROTHER, BROTHER – THE GRP/ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5160D)

Track listing:

Disc 1:  FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA

  1. I Never Was A Cowboy
  2. Brother, Brother
  3. The Closer I Get To You
  4. What’s Going On
  5. Throw Down
  6. Funkin’ For Jamaica (N.Y.)
  7. Dreams Of Lovin’ You
  8. Her Silent Smile
  9. Let’s Dance
  10. Magic (12” Version)
  11. I Know
  12. Midnight Interlude
  13. Thighs High (Grip Your Hips And Move)
  14. Fungi Mama/Bebopafunkadiscolypso
  15. Funkin’ For Jamaica (1991 Extended Remix)

Disc 2:  BRIGHTER TOMORROW

  1. Bye Gones (Extended Remix)
  2. Charisma
  3. Can’t Give It Away
  4. Come For The Ride
  5. My Latin Sky
  6. A Message (Pride And Pity)
  7. Rockin’ Radio
  8. Cruisin’
  9. Angeline
  10. Brighter Tomorrow
  11. Mr. Business
  12. Hit Man
  13. Secret Fantasy (Extended Version)
  14. Funkin’ For Jamaica (1991 Jam Dub Mix)
  • SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Brother, Brother: The GRP/Arista Anthology,” a musically superb anthology by renowned trumpeter, musician and songwriter Tom Browne, covering his five-year tenure (1979-1984), firstly with GRP Records then with Arista Records.
  • From Jamaica, Queens, NY, Tom grew up in a creatively-fertile environment among other budding musicians including drummer Omar Hakim, bassist Marcus Miller, keyboardist Bernard Wright, drummer Lenny White and songwriter/musician Lesette Wilson. After being courted by several labels, Tom opted to sign with the then-fledgling GRP label, created by top jazz production team of Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen.
  • Following the critically-acclaimed “Browne Sugar” LP, Tom experienced his biggest commercial breakthrough with 1980’s “Love Approach” which included the massive global hit, the now-timeless funk groove, “Funkin’ For Jamaica (N.Y.),” a No. 1 R&B US hit. This 29-track, 2-CD set also includes two 1991 remixes of the classic cut by the UK’s Driza Bone.
  • Tom’s third album, “Magic” kept the momentum going with charted hits, Let’s Dance,” “Thighs High (Grip Your Hips And Move)” and “Fungi Mama/Bebopafunkadiscolypo,” are all featured here along with later hits, “Bye Gones,” “Rockin’ Radio” (produced by Maurice Starr and Michael Jonzun), “Cruisin,’” and “Secret Fantasy” (featuring Siedah Garrett).
  • With key cuts from each of his four GRP and two Arista albums, this stellar anthology is remastered by Donald Cleveland and includes notes by renowned US writer Kevin Goins with quotes from Tom himself, Marcus Miller and Lesette Wilson and comments by the late Larry Rosen.