GEORGE DUKE: SHINE ON - THE ANTHOLOGY - THE EPIC YEARS (SMCR-5140D)

GEORGE DUKE: SHINE ON – THE ANTHOLOGY – THE EPIC YEARS (SMCR-5140D)

Acknowledged as one of the most talented multi-faceted music men of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and beyond, California-born George’s career began working with a diverse range of musicians including such pioneers as Cannonball Adderley and Frank Zappa before he started his own solo recording journey in the mid-’70s. Within a year of George’s impressive stint with Epic, he enjoyed a first U.S. chart breakthrough with 1977’s ‘Reach For It’, continuing with the funk classic, ‘Dukey Stick’ in 1978. George’s acclaimed 1979 project’Brazilian Love Affair’ spawned a UK charted hit with the title track. Further success came with his teaming with super-bassist Stanley Clarke resulting in George’s biggest U.S. hit, 1981’s ‘Sweet Baby’. Compiled by David Nathan, this sumptuous 2-cd follows the SoulMusic Records’ reissues of several of George’s best-selling Epic albums; stellar notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring include quotes from Duke cohorts Ndugu Chancler and Byron Miller and his cousin, Dianne Reeves; great remastering by James Bragg highlights the distinctive funk/jazz & R&B work

Disc: 1
1. YOU AND ME
2. ‘SCUSE ME MISS
3. REACH FOR IT
4. JUST FOR YOU
5. DUKEY STICK (PART 1)
6. DUKEY STICK (PART 2)
7. YEAH, WE’RE GOING
8. DON’T LET GO
9. MOVIN’ ON
10. THE WAY I FEEL
11. SAY THAT YOU WILL
12. I AM FOR REAL (MAY THE FUNK BE WITH YOU)
13. PLUCK
14. STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
15. I WANT YOU FOR MYSELF (featuring LYNN DAVIS)
16. PARTY DOWN
17. EVERY LITTLE STEP I TAKE
18. GAMES
19. BRAZILIAN LOVE AFFAIR
20. DUKEY STICK (US 12″ SINGLE)

Disc: 2
1. SWEET BABY – STANLEY CLARKE / GEORGE DUKE
2. NEVER JUDGE A COVER BY IT’S BOOK STANLEY CLARKE / GEORGE DUKE
3. I JUST WANT TO LOVE YOU STANLEY CLARKE / GEORGE DUKE
4. FINDING MY WAY STANLEY CLARKE / GEORGE DUKE
5. SHINE ON
6. POSITIVE ENERGY
7. DREAM ON
8. RIDE ON LOVE
9. SON OF REACH FOR IT (THE FUNKY DREAM)
10. REACH OUT (PART 1)
11. REACH OUT (PART 2)
12. BORN TO LOVE YOU
13. YOU (ARE THE LIGHT)
14. CELEBRATE
15. HEROES – STANLEY CLARKE / GEORGE DUKE
16. SECRET RENDEZVOUS
17. THINKING OF YOU

 

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MASS PRODUCTION: IN A CITY GROOVE/'83 EXPANDED EDITION (WSCMR-5134D)

MASS PRODUCTION: IN A CITY GROOVE/’83 EXPANDED EDITION (WSCMR-5134D)

Track listing:
DISC 1: IN A CITY GROOVE
1. Maybe, Maybe
2. Never Ever
3. One More Chance
4. Should Have Known Better
5. Rock
6. Inner City
7. Solid Love
8. Weird

Bonus Tracks:
9. Rock (US 7” Single Version)
10. Inner City (US 7” Single Version)
11. Solid Love (US 7” Single Version)
12. Weird (US 7” Single Version)
13. Inner City (US 12” Single Version)
14. Rock (US 12” Single Version)

DISC 2: ’83
1. Sun Dancer
2. Time Bomb
3. Victory ’83
4. Style
5. Farewell Love
6. Here You Come (Creeping Back In My Dreams)
7. Chasing Rainbows
8. Don’t Stop Believin’

Bonus Tracks:
9. Time Bomb (US 7” Single Version)
10. Sun Dancer (US 12” Single Version)
11. Time Bomb (US 12” Single Version)

• SOULMUSIC RECORDS IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE WORLWIDE CD DEBUT OF TWO CLASSIC ALBUMS BY POPULAR U.S. FUNK BAND, MASS PRODUCTION – 1982’s IN A CITY GROOVE AND – RELEASED THE FOLLOWING YEAR, ’83, BOTH WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY THE SELF-CONTAINED BAND.

• THE 10-PIECE GROUP (TYRONE WILLIAMS, RICARDO WILLIAMS, LECOY BRYANT, AGNES KELLY, JAMES DRUMGOLE, LARRY MARSHALL, KEVIN DOUGLAS, GREGORY MCCOY, EMMANUEL REDDING AND RODNEY PHELPS) INITIALLY FORMED IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, SIGNED TO ATLANTIC’S COTILLION IMPRINT IN 1976 AND ENJOYED R&B CHART SUCCESS VIA THEIR FIRST SIX ALBUMS, ACHIEVING A COMMERCIAL BREAKTHROUGH IN 1979 WITH “FIRECRACKER” FROM THE LP “IN THE PUREST FORM” (REISSUED ALONGSIDE THE FOLLOW UP ALBUM “MASSTERPIECE” IN A 2-CD SET BY SOULMUSIC RECORDS IN 2016).

• IN A CITY GROOVE – WITH STRING ARRANGEMENTS BY RENOWNED ARRANGER/CONDUCTOR GENE ORLOFF – KEPT THE MOMENTUM GOING FOR THE BAND WITH THE SINGLE, “INNER CITY” ACHIEVING R&B CHART STATUS ALONGSIDE THE LP, WITH STANDOUT CUTS SUCH AS “ROCK,” “SOLID LOVE” AND “WEIRD.”

• MASS PRODUCTION’S FINAL COTILLION ALBUM, THE MUSICALLY SOLID ‘83 INCLUDED THE STANDOUTS “SUN DANCER,” (EVER POPULAR AMONG FUNK/GROOVE MUSIC FANS) AND “TIME BOMB.”

• THIS EXCITING 2-CD SET FEATURES A TOTAL OF (9) BONUS TRACKS INCLUDING (4) 12” SINGLES; INFORMATIVE NOTES BY RENOWNED U.S. WRITER KEVIN GOINS INCLUDING NEW QUOTES FROM (4) KEY MEMBERS OF THE BAND; AND SUPERB REMASTERING BY DONALD CLEVELAND.

TOWER OF POWER: BUMP CITY/TOWER OF POWER Expanded Edition (WSCMR-5146D)

TOWER OF POWER: BUMP CITY/TOWER OF POWER Expanded Edition (WSCMR-5146D)

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Track listing:

Disc 1: BUMP CITY
1. You Got To Funkifize
2. What Happened To The World That Day?
3. Flash In The Pan
4. Gone
5. You Strike My Main Nerve
6. Down To The Nightclub
7. You’re Still A Young Man
8. Skating On Thin Ice
9. Of The Earth

Bonus Track:
10. You’re Still A Young Man (US Warners single)

Disc 2: TOWER OF POWER
1.   What Is Hip?
2.   Clever Girl
3.   This Time It’s Real
4.   Will I Ever Find A Love?
5.   Get Yo’ Feet Back On The Ground
6.   So Very Hard To Go
7.   Soul Vaccination
8.   Both Sorry Over Nothin’
9.   Clean Slate
10. Just Another Day

Bonus Track:
11. What Is Hip? (US Warners single)

• SoulMusic Records is proud to present expanded editions of BUMP CITY and TOWER OF POWER, the first two classic albums by pioneering funk super group Tower Of Power as a 2-CD set with single versions of the hits, “You’re Still A Young Man” and “What Is Hip?”

• Founded by Emilio Castillo and Stephen Kupka, the Bay Area-based horn-dominated aggregation, Tower Of Power’s reputation was steadily growing (following the release of their debut set, “East Bay Grease”) when they signed with Warner Brothers Records in 1972. At that time, the band comprised Rick Stevens (lead vocals) Skip Mesquite (first tenor sax and flute), Castillo (second tenor sax), Greg Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn and piano), Kupka (baritone sax), Mic Gillete (trumpet, trombone), Willie James Fulton (guitar), David Garibaldi (drums), Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia (bass) and Brent Byars (congas).

• BUMP CITY was recorded in Memphis, working with the legendary Steve Cropper and famed Stax engineer Ron Capone and yielded the timeless slow jam, “You’re Still A Young Man” (a US Top 30 pop and R&B hit) and key cuts such as “Down To The Nightclub” and “You Got To Funkifize.”

• The follow-up LP, 1973’s self-titled album introduced music lovers to the soulful vocals of (future solo hitmaker) Lenny Williams via the US Top 20 R&B/pop charted single, “So Very Hard To Go” and the popular funk groove, “What Is Hip?”

• This 2016 reissue includes extensive notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with quotes from band members Greg Adams and David Garibalid and great remastering by Donald Cleveland.

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