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.

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.

MOTHER’S FINEST: LOVE CHANGES - THE ANTHOLOGY 1972-1983 (SMCR-5151D)

MOTHER’S FINEST: LOVE CHANGES – THE ANTHOLOGY 1972-1983 (SMCR-5151D)

Track listing:

DISC 1: GIVE YOU ALL THE LOVE (INSIDE OF ME)
1. You Move Me
2. Dear Sir And Brother Mann
3. Monster People
4. Bone Song
5. Living Hero
6. Middle Of The Night)
7. Funky Mountain
8. Run Joe
9. Fire
10. Dontcha Wanna Love Me
11. Rain
12. My Baby
13. Give You All The Love (Inside Of Me)
14. Baby Love
15. Thank You For The Love
16. Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way
17. Mickey’s Monkey

DISC 2: TAKE ME TO THE MIDDLE (OF YOUR LUV)
1. Hard Rock Lover
2. Piece Of The Rock
3. Truth’ll Set You Free
4. Don’t Wanna Come Back
5. Love Changes
6. Can’t Fight The Feeling
7. Watch My Stylin’
8. Somebody To Love (Live)
9. U Turn Me On
10. Evolution
11. Secret Service
12. What Kind Of Fool
13. Victory
14. Love Me Too
15. Everybody Needs Somebody
16. Big Shot Romeo
17. What You Do To Me
18. In My Baby’s Arms
19. Some Kind Of Madness
20. Take Me To The Middle (Of Your Luv)

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Love Changes – The Anthology, 1972-83,” a first-of-its-kind 2-CD set by Mother’s Finest, considered the premier black rock-and-soul band of the ‘70s and ‘80s). This 37-track collection includes the entire 10-track 1983 LP, “One Mother To Another,” only ever released in Europe and making its’ worldwide CD debut. In addition, six tracks that were recorded for the group’s first RCA LP (in 1972) and only issued on a now out-of-print US CD in 2010 are also included here along with the team’s four charted singles, recorded for Epic Records during their seven-year tenure with the label, other standouts such as “Somebody To Love,” (produced by Jimmy Iovine) along with “U Turn Me On” and “Evolution” from the 1981 LP, “Iron Age” and key cuts from the group’s three Epic studio albums such as “Give You All The Love (Inside Of Me)” and a cover of the Motown classic, “Mickey’s Monkey.”

• Formed in 1970 originally by vocalists Glenn Murdock and Joyce Kennedy, the band expanded with a nucleus that included guitarist Gary ‘Mo’ Moore and bassist Jerry ‘Wyzard’ Seay.   Establishing themselves instantly as a multi-ethnic band that crossed the musical boundaries of rock, pop and R&B, Mother’s Finest were as comfortable on shows with The Who, AC/DC and Black Sabbath as with Parliament/Funkadelic, The Commodores and Ohio Players. The group began achieving chart success in 1976 with “Dontcha Wanna Love Me,” scoring their biggest US pop hit with “Baby Love” and following it with the now-soul classic R&B chartmaker, Love Changes” (written and produced by Skip Scarborough) in 1978.

• Extensive stellar liner notes by renowned US writer A. Scott Galloway including quotes from original members of the group including Glenn, Joyce, Gary and Jerry; and excellent mastering by Nick Robbins.

PHYLLIS HYMAN: DELIVER THE LOVE - THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5165D)

PHYLLIS HYMAN: DELIVER THE LOVE – THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5165D)

Track listing:

DISC ONE: LIVING INSIDE YOUR LOVE
1. BABY (I’M GONNA LOVE YOU) (7″ VERSION)
2. YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME
3. UNDER YOUR SPELL
4. YOU SURE LOOK GOOD TO ME
5. TONIGHT YOU AND ME (DISCO VERSION)
6. RIDING THE TIGER (SINGLE EDIT)
7. KISS YOU ALL OVER (12″ VERSION)
8. IF YOU EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND
9. SLEEP ON IT
10.HOTTEST LOVE AROUND
11.LIVING INSIDE YOUR LOVE (12″ SINGLE)
12.WE BOTH NEED EACH OTHER – Norman Connors feat.
Phyllis Hyman and Michael Henderson
13.CAN’T WE FALL IN LOVE AGAIN – Phyllis Hyman and
Michael Henderson
14.WHY DID YOU TURN ME ON
15.DELIVER THE LOVE
16.LOVING YOU, LOSING YOU (12″ SINGLE)
DISC TWO: LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU
1. LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU
2. GONNA MAKE CHANGES
3. BLACK AND BLUE – Barry Manilow With Phyllis Hyman
Featuring Tom Scott
4. SOMEWHERE IN MY LIFETIME
5. IN BETWEEN THE HEARTACHES
6. MAGIC MONA (FROM THE SOUNDTRACK OF “THE FISH
THAT SAVED PITTSBUGH”)
7. BE CAREFUL (HOW YOU TREAT MY LOVE)
8. NO ONE CAN LOVE YOU MORE (7″ VERSION)
9. BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW – Norman Connors feat. Phyllis
Hyman
10.AS YOU ARE – Pharoah Sanders (feat. Phyllis Hyman)
11.I’LL BE AROUND – McCoy Tyner (feat. Phyllis Hyman)
12.JUST IMAGINE… – Norman Connors (feat. Phyllis Hyman)
13.SACRED KIND OF LOVE – Grover Washington, Jr. (feat.
Phyllis Hyman)
14.LOVE SURROUNDS US EVERYWHERE – McCoy Tyner (feat.
Phyllis Hyman)
15. IN SEARCH OF MY HEART – McCoy Tyner (feat. Phyllis
Hyman)
16.IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
17.I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU

  • As part of its acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Deliver The Love – The Anthology,” a sumptuous 2-CD homage to the late legendary vocalist, Phyllis Hyman who continues to enjoy a faithful and loyal following among discerning music lovers the world over.

 

  • “Deliver The Love” focuses on the Pittsburgh-born entertainer’s years with Buddah Records and Arista Records; in addition to all her charted tracks released between 1976-1985 (including “You Know How To Love Me,” “Somewhere In My Lifetime” and “Betcha By Golly Wow”), this compilation (lovingly produced by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan, who began interviewing Phyllis in 1977 and maintained his association with her until 1995, the year of her passing) contains a plethora of guest appearances with other musical giants including Norman Connors, Grover Washington Jr., Pharaoh Sanders, McCoy Tyner and Barry Manilow.

 

  • The soulful singer’s duets with Michael Henderson – “Can’t We Fall In Love Again” and “We Both Need Each Other” – are included along with 12” single versions of “Kiss You All Over,” the stunning Thom Bell-Linda Creed composition, “Loving You, Losing You” and “Living Inside Your Love.” Other highlights include the Bell-produced “Magic Mona,” the underrated “Just Imagine…” (from the Norman Connors’ album, ‘You Are My Starship’) and  the timeless standard, “In A Sentimental Mood,” from the Broadway musical “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies” which garnered Phyllis a Tony nomination in 1981. In addition, four obscure tracks that remained unreleased until issued on UK compilations in the last ten years are also included along with much-loved gems from the Hyman recorded legacy such as “I Don’t Want To Lose You,” her self-penned “Gonna Make Changes,” “No One Can Love You More” and “Be Careful (How You Treat My Love).”

 

  • Stellar liner notes by A. Scott Galloway include quotes from Stanley Clarke, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Jean Carn, Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden and others; a personal tribute by David Nathan; first class remastering by Donald Cleveland; a excellent artwork by Roger Williams make this a heartfelt tribute to an amazing, distinctive and much-loved chanteuse.

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