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.

BRENDA HOLLOWAY: SPELLBOUND  RARE & UNRELEASED MOTOWN GEMS (SMCR-5163D)

BRENDA HOLLOWAY: SPELLBOUND RARE & UNRELEASED MOTOWN GEMS (SMCR-5163D)

Track listing:

DISC 1: THE STAR
1. Deep Freeze
2. There’s Something On Your Mind
3. Today I Sing The Blues
4. Strange Things
5. Don’t Compare Me With Her
6. Why Don’t You Tell The Truth
7. Baby It Is You
8. I Don’t Want Anybody Perfect
9. Just Loving You
10. Lucky My Boy
11. The Star
12. This Time Last Summer
13. You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine
14. Don’t Stay Away
15. I’m The Exception To The Rule
16. I Still Get Butterflies
17. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking

DISC 2: YOU ARE MY CHOSEN ONE
1. Can’t Hold The Feeling Back (Previously Unreleased)
2. Girl On The Run (Previously Unreleased)
3. Have A Little Talk With Myself (Previously Unreleased)
4. I Feel Your Love Growin’ On Me (Previously Unreleased)
5. I’m Giving Up
6. I’m Spellbound
7. The Lonely Heart And Lonely Eyes Of Lonely Me
8. What Good Am I Without You
9. It’s Going All The Way To True True Love (Previously Unreleased)
10. Whenever You Need Me
11. You Got A Little Of Everything
12. You Are My Chosen One (Previously Unreleased)
13. My Precious Dreams (Previously Unreleased)
14. Without Love You Lose A Good Feelin’
15. What Have I Done To Myself (Previously Unreleased)
16. The Land Of Make Believe (Previously Unreleased)

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present a sumptuous 33-track 2-CD set of classic recordings by the legendary Brenda Holloway drawn from Motown’s vaults and recorded between 1963-66.

• SPELLBOUND has been compiled and produced by longtime Motown expert Paul Nixon, responsible for the successful “Cellarful Of Motown” series, who has carefully selected the tracks on this superb compilation by one of Motown’s most soulful singers. Included here are nine previously unreleased tracks along with rare cuts that have only been available digitally.

• California-born Brenda Holloway became the first West Coast-based artist signed to Motown in 1963; within one year, she achieved US national success with the now-timeless classic, “Every Little Bit Hurts”; Brenda’s five further charted singles included “When I’m Gone,” “Just Look What You’ve Done” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” (a song she co-wrote, later recorded by pop/rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears).

• Although Motown only issued one LP, Brenda recorded prolifically for the label, with literally dozens of tracks remaining in the vast Motown vaults until producer Nixon began including tracks on various reissues. SPELLBOUND features (2) tracks cut in 1963, (23) in 1964 and (8) in 1966; producers included Marc Gordon & Hal Davis, Frank Wilson, Johnny Bristol & Harvey Fuqua, Ivy Jo Hunter, Brian Holland & Lamont Dozier, Norman Whitfield, Mickey Stevenson and William Weatherspoon with material written by, among others, Sylvia Moy, Billy Page, Jimmy Webb, Janie Bradford and the Lewis Sisters.

• Notes by renowned UK Motown historian and writer Sharon Davis include 2017 quotes from Brenda along with an essay by producer Nixon; and stellar remastering by Nick Robbins.

CURTIS HAIRSTON: CURTIS HAIRSTON Expanded Edition (WSMCR-5137)

CURTIS HAIRSTON: CURTIS HAIRSTON Expanded Edition (WSMCR-5137)

Track listing:

1. Chillin’ Out
2. Let’s Make Love Tonight
3. [You’re My] Shining Star
4. Hold On [For Me]
5. All We Have Is Love
6. Take Charge
7. The Morning After
8. Let Me Change Your Mind
9. Chillin’ Out (Vocal/Remix)
10. Let’s Make Love Tonight (Extended Remix)
11. Take Charge (Extended Remix)
12. (You’re My) Shining Star [Vocal/Extended Version]
13. The Morning After (Extended Remix)

* SoulMusic Records is proud to reissue the self-titled, one and only album recorded by the supremely gifted singer-songwriter (1961-1996), Curtis Hairston. This long-overdue reissue of Curtis’s 1986 Atlantic LP contains both the original and extended mixes of his singles (and fan favorites) “Chillin’ Out,” “(You’re My) Shining Star,” “Let’s Make Love Tonight,” “The Morning After,” and “Take Charge.”

* The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native, who studied at Juilliard, first rose to prominence in the mid-’80s, achieving chart success in the UK including the Top 20 hit, “I Want Your Lovin’ (Just A Little Bit)” and scoring a No. 1 UK dance hit with the B.B. & Q. Band via “Dreamer.”

* In 1986, Curtis (who passed away in 1996 at the age of 34 from kidney failure) signed with Atlantic. CURTIS HAIRSTON spawned the UK hit, “Chillin’ Out” and US R&B charted single, “(You’re My) Shining Star,” and included a number of songs co-written by the legendary Nona Hendryx (of Labelle fame).

* This expanded edition, remastered by Donald Cleveland, includes liner notes by renowned U.S. journalist Justin Kantor, with quotes from Hendryx as well as archival interviews with Curtis.

DONTAVIUS TURNER: Ain't Nothing (Like The Love) (feat. Phillip Ballou) (432Hz) (SoulMusic Records)

DONTAVIUS TURNER: Ain’t Nothing (Like The Love) (feat. Phillip Ballou) (432Hz) (SoulMusic Records)

With his first commercial release, 22-year old Atlanta-based Dontavius Turner showcases his skills as a multi-instrumentalist with guitar as his primary instrument. Donatavius – whose background is in the gospel music field and who includes Wes Montgomery and George Benson among his musical influences – first heard the song “Ain’t Nothing (Like The Love)” via a version by Canadian DJ/producer Pomo, only available on SoundCloud.

The song itself was written in 1978 by the late John Simmons (formerly musical director for Stephanie Mills and then Whitney Houston), the late Phillip Ballou (former member of Revelation and longtime background vocalist with Luther Vandross) and soul music historian/aurthor/singer and songwriter David Nathan; it started life on Ballou’s solo artist demo; and was recorded by Simmons in 1981 for a small independent Michigan label. It became a rare groove classic among UK and US collectors and listeners, spawning several YouTube videos.

Pomo recorded his own version as “Ain’t Nothing” in 2017 inspiring Dontavius to create his own jazz-flavored video version. When Nathan saw and heard Dontavius’ cover of the song, he was so impressed, he reached out to him! The result is this brand new version of the song using Phillip Ballou’s original vocals!

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ESTHER PHILLIPS: A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP - THE KUDU ANTHOLOGY, 1971-1976 (SMCR-5159D)

ESTHER PHILLIPS: A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP – THE KUDU ANTHOLOGY, 1971-1976 (SMCR-5159D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: HOME IS WHERE THE HATRED IS

  1. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
  2. From A Whisper To A Scream
  3. That’s All Right With Me
  4. ‘Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone
  5. Baby, I’m For Real
  6. Scarred Knees
  7. How Blue Can You Get?
  8. A Beautiful Friendship
  9. Use Me
  10. I Don’t Want To Do Wrong
  11. Let Me In Your Life
  12. I’ve Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do)
  13. Alone Again (Naturally)
  14. Georgia Rose
  15. Cherry Red (Live)
  16. God Bless the Child (Live)

Disc 2:  I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO

  1. Justified
  2. Black-Eyed Blues
  3. Too Many Roads
  4. You Could Have Had Me, Baby
  5. Tangle In Your Lifeline
  6. Can’t Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby
  7. I Feel The Same
  8. Disposable Society
  9. What A Diff’rence A Day Makes (Single Edit)
  10. You’re Coming Home
  11. Turn Around, Look At Me
  12. Pure Natural Love
  13. Fever
  14. All The Way Down (Single Edit)
  15. Boy, I Really Tied One On
  16. Magic’s In the Air
  17. I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do
  • SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology, 1971-1976,” a 2-CD homage to the late, great Esther Phillips drawn from the most productive and successful period of her three-and-a-half decades-long career, the five years she spent with Kudu Records, an imprint of the legendary CTI label.
  • Although her career began as a teenager (known as Little Esther) with the famed Johnny Otis band in 1950, it was as a multi-genre song stylist from the ‘60s to the ‘80s that Esther, with her distinctive and unique vocal style, is best remembered by soul, R&B, jazz and dance music lovers the world over.
  • Following her 1962 US hit “Release Me,” Esther spent three years with Atlantic before a stint in rehab after which she recorded briefly with Roulette Records before rejoining Atlantic for one album. Esther’s union with Kudu, created by jazz veteran Creed Taylor  resulted in seven albums which form the basis for this sumptuous musically rich 2-CD set, lovingly created by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan who interviewed Esther several times during the ‘70s.
  • Highlights include Esther’s bitingly honest reading of Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is,” which she considered one of the most challenging songs to record, given her own history with drug addiction. The track has been frequently sampled and remains one of the most amazing performances Esther gave on record.
  • Esther’s Kudu charted singles – from her 1975 globally successful disco-slanted revival of Dinah Washington’s “What A Diff’rence A Day Makes” to covers of The Originals’ 1969 Motown hit, “Baby, I’m For Real” and Eddie Floyd’s gender-switched “I’ve Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do” are also featured along with two rare live recordings from a 1972 appearance at a CTI All-Stars concert at The Hollywood Bowl along with five tracks from Esther’s classic 1973 “Black-Eyed Blues” LP, recorded with former members of King Crimson are among other standouts.  Extensive notes by Nathan include quotes from rock organist Tim Hinkley (who played on the album sessions) and from ‘70s interviews with Esther herself.

 

 

ESTHER PHILLIPS: CAPRICORN PRINCESS EXPANDED EDITION (SMCR-5132)

ESTHER PHILLIPS: CAPRICORN PRINCESS EXPANDED EDITION (SMCR-5132)

Track listing:
1. Magic’s In The Air
2. I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do
3. Boy, I Really Tied One On
4. Candy
5. A Beautiful Friendship
6. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher
7. All the Way Down
8. Dream

Bonus Tracks:
9. All the Way Down – US Kudu single edit
10. Magic’s In the Air/ Boy, I Really Tied One On – US Kudu 12” single

• SOULMUSIC RECORDS IS PROUD TO PRESENT AN EXPANDED EDITION OF ‘CAPRICORN PRINCESS,’ THE 1976 FINAL KUDU ALBUM BY THE LATE, GREAT ESTHER PHILLIPS WITH (2) BONUS TRACKS MAKING THEIR CD DEBUT – A SINGLE EDIT OF ‘ALL THE WAY DOWN’ (FIRST RECORDED BY ESTHER’S LONGTIME FRIEND ETTA JAMES) AND THE RARE 12” SINGLE MIX OF ‘MAGIC’S IN THE AIR’ AND JANIS IAN’S ‘BOY, I REALLY TIED ONE ON’

• A CHILD STAR IN THE ‘50s, AN R&B/SOUL HITMAKER IN THE ‘60s AND A DISCO DIVA IN THE MID-‘70s (THANKS TO HER SIZZLING DISCO VERSION OF THE DINAH WASHINGTON STANDARD ‘WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES’), ESTHER PHILLIPS HAD A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER AS A RECORDING ARTIST AND POPULAR PERFORMER.

• ESTHER SIGNED WITH JAZZ-ORIENTED KUDU RECORDS IN 1972 AND RECEIVED ACCLAIM FOR HER LABEL DEBUT ‘FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM’ (SMCR-5120) – A 2014 EXPANDED EDITION REISSUED BY SOULMUSIC RECORDS.

• HER 7TH KUDU LP, CAPRICORN PRINCESS (PRODUCED BY LABEL FOUNDER CREED TAYLOR) CONTAINS A NUMBER OF COVERS – SOULFUL READINGS OF THE ‘60s STANDARDS ‘I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO’ AND ‘A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP’ (HER SECOND RECORDING OF THE SONG) WHILE ESTHER’S BLUESY PERSONALIZED VERSION OF BIG MAYBELLE’S ‘CANDY.’ TOP SESSION MUSICIANS INCLUDING RALPH MACDONALD, THE BRECKER BROTHERS, ERIC GALE, STEVE GADD AND ANTHONY JACKSON PLAYED ON THE LP WHICH REACHED #40 ON THE US R&B CHARTS #23 ON THE JAZZ CHARTS

• THIS EDITION OF CAPRICORN PRINCESS WAS REMASTERED BY JAMES BRAGG AND INCLUDES EXTENSIVE NOTES BY RENOWNED US WRITER A. SCOTT GALLOWAY.

GLADYS KNIGHT THE SOLO COLLECTION (SMCR-5145D)

GLADYS KNIGHT THE SOLO COLLECTION (SMCR-5145D)

Track listing:

Disc 1:  IT’S BETTER THAN A GOOD TIME

  1. I’m Coming Home Again
  2. Sail Away / Freedom For The Stallions
  3. I’m Still Caught Up With You
  4. It’s A Better Than Good Time (Disco)
  5. We Don’t Make Each Other Laugh Anymore
  6. The Way It Was
  7. I’ll Take A Melody
  8. With You In Mind
  9. Love Gives You The Power
  10. Am I Too Late
  11. You Bring Out The Best In Me
  12. I Just Want To Be With You
  13. If You Ever Need Somebody
  14. My World
  15. I (Who Have Nothing)
  16. You Don’t Have To Say I Love You
  17. The Best Thing We Can Do Is Say Goodbye
  18. It’s The Same Old Song
  19. You Loved Away The Pain

 Disc 2:  YOU BRING OUT THE BEST IN ME

  1. Am I Too Late (US Single Version)
  2. It’s The Same Old Song (US Extended Single Mix)
  3. You Bring Out The Best In Me (US Single Version)
  4. You Bring Out The Best In Me (US 12″ Version)
  5. It’s Me Again
  6. For All We Know
  7. Am I Losing You?
  8. Maybe, Maybe Baby (1979 Version)
  • SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “The Solo Collection,” a first-ever 2-CD set of the two albums recorded by the legendary Gladys Knight in the late ‘70s. Aside from two obscure ‘60s singles, Gladys’ name had never appeared as a solo performer until 1978: from the early ‘60s, with family group Gladys Knight & The Pips, she attained international recognition over a period of seventeen years. In 1973, after racking up a third No. 1 US hit with “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)” for Motown, Gladys & The Pips joined the roster of Buddah Records scoring several hits in a row (including “Midnight Train To Georgia”).  
  • In the midst of legal wrangling with the label in 1976 and 1977, Gladys recorded MISS GLADYS KNIGHT for Buddah with producers Gary Klein and the UK’s Tony Macaulay. While the now-rare 1978 LP didn’t yield any hit singles, it did contain standouts such as the dancefloor club play highlight “It’s Better Than A Good Time” and a potent medley of Randy Newman’s “Sail Away” and Allen Toussaint’s “Freedom For The Stallions.”
  • Signed as a solo artist to Columbia Records in August 1978, Gladys recorded and co-produced (with veteran producer Jack Gold) a one-off, self-titled set for the label, released in 1979. GLADYS KNIGHT contains a diverse range of material including the single “Am I Too Late” (a Top 50 US R&B hit), the Sam Dees-penned “My World” and a standout performance of  the classic “I (Who Have Nothing),” along with the dance-oriented “You Bring Out The Best In Me.”
  • This vocally superb set features both albums in their entirety including tracks issued for the first time on a 2013 CD; top grade remastering by Nick Robbins and stellar notes by renowned writer Charles Waring with quotes from Gladys.

 

JOHN SIMMONS (ft BUTCH SIMMONS): SAFE/JOHN SIMMONS: I WANNA BE CLOSER 45 (Nefer/SDE29)

JOHN SIMMONS (ft BUTCH SIMMONS): SAFE/JOHN SIMMONS: I WANNA BE CLOSER 45 (Nefer/SDE29)

Thanks to Russell Paine and his great Super Disc Edits company, we’re proud to announce the vinyl-only release of “Safe” by John Simmons (ft. Butch Simmons), available for the first time ever worldwide, the ‘follow up’ to John’s classic 1981 single, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Love” and also the first time John and his brother Butch (with whom he sang in the group The Reflections) have been heard together.  Limited edition!

The ‘B’ side, “I Wanna Be Closer” has only ever been recorded by John and one of the song’s co-writers, David Nathan.

Although best known in the global music world for his four years (1984-1988) as the music director and bandleader for Whitney Houston, John’s tenure in the soul music field began when he was a member (with his brother Edmund ‘Butch’ Simmons) of The Reflections, a New York City-based quartet who toured from 1972-1975 as the backing group for the legendary Melba Moore. In 1975, The Reflections had a Top 10 R&B hit with “Three Steps From True Love.”

In 1978, John began touring with Stephanie Mills, at the same time collaborating with Phillip Ballou, a member of another New York-based vocal group, Revelation and UK soul music journalist David Nathan (who he met when Nathan did an interview with The Reflections for Britain’s “Blues & Soul” magazine in 1975). The trio wrote a number of songs for Ballou’s demo as a solo artist and while nothing transpired in that regard, John recorded his own version of one of the tunes, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Love” for a small independent Michigan label, Sabrina Records in 1981. John had worked with Cissy Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey where she was the minister of music was asked by her to do some initial promotional dates with her daughter Whitney after Arista Records released her first single in 1984; he continued doing world tours with Houston until he passed away at the age of 45 in March 1989.

The Ballou sessions (held mostly in Montclair, New Jersey) expanded into recording dates for both Nathan and Simmons. None of the original recordings were released commercially – until now. In the wake of the interest among rare groove collectors in John’s version of “Ain’t Nothing Like The Love,” Nathan – himself a recording artist since 2003 – has uncovered the tapes of all the material he, Phllip and John recorded in 1978 and 1979.

Gaining its first-ever release now on Nefer Records via Super Disco Edits is the coupling of John’s solo composition, the upbeat gospel-infused “Safe” and the midtempo, “I Wanna Be Closer,” another one of the songs also recorded (and thus far unissued by Nathan).

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER “SAFE”/”I WANNA BE CLOSER” NOW!

LISTEN TO A CLIP OF “SAFE”

LISTEN TO A CLIP OF “I WANNA BE CLOSER”

KASHIF: HELP YOURSELF TO MY LOVE THE ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5155D)

KASHIF: HELP YOURSELF TO MY LOVE THE ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5155D)

DISC 1: SAY SOMETHIN’ LOVE
1. I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On)
2. Help Yourself To My Love
3. Stone Love
4. Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart (Extended Version)
5. Rumors
6. Ooh Love
7. Say Somethin’ Love
8. The Mood
9. All
10. Are You The Woman
11. Edgartown Groove
12. Send Me Your Love
13. Dancing In The Dark (Heart To Heart)
14. Condition Of The Heart (Extended Version)
15. Movie Song (Instrumental)

DISC 2: LOVE LETTER OUT LOUD
1. Kashif & Meli’sa Morgan: Love Changes
2. Love Me All Over (Extended Version)
3. Loving You Only (Extended Remix) (Rap by Doug E. Fresh)
4. Kenny G. & Kashif: Love On The Rise (Extended Remix)
5. Vacant Heart
6. Personality
7. Kathryn (Instrumental)
8. Dionne & Kashif: Reservations For Two
9. Lovers And Friends
10. Love Letter Out Loud
11. Step Into My World
12. I’ve Been Missin’ You
13. Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got) (Extended Club Mix)
14. Love Has No End
15. Kashif & Meli’sa Morgan: Love Changes (A Cappella)

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Help Yourself To My Love: The Arista Anthology,” a fitting tribute to the superb artistry of the late, much-missed, multi-talented music man Kashif, who passed away at the age of 59 in 2016. A first-of-its-kind collection, this 2-CD is drawn from the seven years (1983-1990) that Kashif recorded for Arista and includes the primary ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of singles alongside key album cuts from the five albums he cut for the label.

• Born Michael Jones in Harlem with a name change to Kashif (Saleem) during his teen years, the gifted young musician joined the famed funk/soul band B.T. Express in 1976, recording and performing with the group followed by a stint on the road with soulstress Stephanie Mills during which time he emerged as a successful songwriter thanks to hits with Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King and Howard Johnson among others.

• Signed to Arista Records by renowned label chief Clive Davis, Kashif began his run of sixteen charted hits with the US Top 5 R&B single, “I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On).” Davis teamed Kashif with then-new signing Whitney Houston and he produced her first hit,“You Give Good Love.” Kashif scored his biggest R&B hit in 1987, a scorching duet with Meli’sa Morgan, covering Mother’s Finest’s, “Love Changes” and continuing his chart success as a duettist with the legendary Dionne Warwick the same year via “Reservations For Two.” Kenny G. and Doug E. Fresh contributed to cuts included here along with uncredited appearances by the late Al Jarreau and the late Whitney Houston on “Edgartown Groove” and “Are You The Woman” respectively.

• This musically satisfying anthology was loving created by David Nathan (a longtime personal friend) and Donald Cleveland (who also superbly remastered the discs) and features a number of extended versions and rare remixes of Kashif’s hits including “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got)” and “Love On The Rise.”

• Stellar liner notes by renowned US writer/friend A. Scott Galloway with 2017 quotes from colleagues including Kenny G., B.J. Nelson, LaForrest Cope (“La La”), Leslie Ming, Kathy Sledge and Bashiri Johnson.

LABELLE: THE ANTHOLOGY (Including Solo Recordings By Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx and Patti LaBelle) (SMCR-5158D)

LABELLE: THE ANTHOLOGY (Including Solo Recordings By Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx and Patti LaBelle) (SMCR-5158D)

LABELLE:
1. Something In The Air/The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
2. Lady Marmalade (Single Edit)
3. Are You Lonely?
4. What Can I Do For You? (Single Edit)
5. Nightbird
6. You Turn Me On
7. Messin’ With My Mind (Single Edit)
8. Get You Somebody New
9. Who’s Watching The Watcher
10. Isn’t It A Shame
SARAH DASH:
11. I Can’t Believe (Someone Like You Could Really Love Me)
12. (Come And Take This) Candy From Your Baby
13. Sinner Man
14. Oo-La-La, Too Soon
15. Leaving Again
NONA HENDRYX:
16. You’re The Only One That I Ever Needed
17. King Of Hearts
18. Casanova

DISC 2: LOVE AND LEARN
NONA HENDRYX:
1. B-Boys (Single Edit)
2. Keep It Confidential (Single Edit)
3. Transformation (Single Edit)
4. I Sweat (Going Through The Motions) (Single Edit)
5. To The Bone
6. I Need Love (Remix)
7. If Looks Could Kill (D.O.A.)
PATTI LaBELLE:
8. Joy To Have Your Love (Single Edit)
9. Dan Swit Me (Single Edit)
10. Teach Me Tonight (Me Gusta Tu Baile) (Single Edit)
11. Music Is My Way Of Life (Single Edit)
12. Release (The Tension)
13. It’s Alright With Me (Single Edit)
14. Little Girls (Single Edit)
15. My Best Was Good Enough
16. I Don’t Go Shopping
17. You Are My Friend
18. Love And Learn

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present a first-of-its kind anthology that includes key tracks from the pioneering group group Labelle recorded between 1973-1976 for RCA and Epic; and solo recordings by Sarah Dash (1978-1981, for Kirshner); Nona Hendryx (1979 for Arista and 1983-1986 for RCA); and Patti LaBelle (1977-1980 for Epic Records). Among the 36 tracks are (3) tracks by Nona only released in Europe, single edits of charted hits by the group, Nona and Patti and key album cuts by Sarah, Patti and the trio).

• Formed in the early ‘60s in Philadelphia as Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles (with a line-up that included Cindy Birdsong), original members Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash morphed into Labelle, described in the notes for this tour-de-force 2-CD by renowned US author Rashod Ollison as ‘intergalatic divas’ with the guidance of British music industry maven Vicki Wickham.

• Known for their powerhouse performances and futuristic outfits, Labelle enjoyed an international breakthrough in 1975 with “Lady Marmalade” from one of the three albums recorded for Epic Records; the ten cuts by the trio featured here include “Something In The Air/The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (from the one-off RCA 1973 LP, Pressure Cookin’) and three key album cuts (“Are You Lonely?,” “You Turn Me On” and “Who’s Watching The Watcher.”

• Following Labelle’s 1976 breakup, Patti began recording for Epic Records and in addition to US charted singles, compiler David Nathan of SoulMusic Records has included two soulful LP cuts drawn from her four solo LPs for the label. Sarah started recording for Kirshner Records in 1978 and included are her big club hit, “Sinner Man” and selections from her three LPs for the label. Nona’s ten cuts featured on the anthology include three tracks recorded for Arista Records in 1979 that are gaining their first release outside Europe; and her seven US charted singles from the three LPs she recorded for RCA in the early to mid-‘80s.

• In addition to notes by Ollison with 2017 quotes from Sarah and Nona, an additional essay by David Nathan on the solo recordings also includes comments from both.