JEAN CARNE: DON’T LET IT GO TO YOUR HEAD - THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5173D)

JEAN CARNE: DON’T LET IT GO TO YOUR HEAD – THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5173D)

Track listing:

DISC 1: WAS THAT ALL IT WAS
1. Free Love
2. No Laughing Matter
3. If You Wanna Go Back
4. Time Waits For No One
5. There’s A Shortage Of Good Men
6. (No, No) You Can’t Come Back Now
8. I Bet She Won’t Love You Like I Do
9. Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
10. Was That All It Was (12″ single version)
11. What’s On Your Mind (12″ single version)
12. My Love Don’t Come Easy
13. Lonely Girl In A Cold Cold World
14. Bet Your Lucky Star
15. Sweet And Wonderful (Duet with Glenn Jones)
16. We Got Some Catchin’ Up To Do
17. Al Johnson: I’m Back For More (with Jean Carn)

DISC 2: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW
1. When I Find You Love
2. Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)
3. Love Don’t Love Nobody
4. If You Don’t Know Me By Now
5. Completeness
6 Dexter Wansel: Dreams Of Tomorrow (featuring Jean Carn)
7. Mystic Stranger
8. Revelation/Infant Eyes
9. Together Once Again
10. Universe featuring Dexter Wansel: Love Is Beautiful (When It’s Right) (featuring Jean Carne)
11. Norman Connors: Love’s In Your Corner (featuring Derrick Hughes & Jean Carn)
12. Roy Ayers: You Might Be Surprised (featuring Jean Carne)
13. Grover Washington, Jr: Keep In Touch (featuring Jean Carne)
14. Grover Washington Jr: The Look Of Love (featuring Jean Carne)
15. Norman Connors: Dindi (featuring Jean Carn)
16. Norman Connors: Valentine Love (featuring Jean Carn & Michael Henderson)

  • As part of its best-selling anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head,” a sumptuous 2-CD by the inimitable Jean Carne, one of the most consistently popular international song stylists in the world of soul-n-jazz. 
  • Focused on her four-album tenure with Philadelphia International Records (1976-1981), this musically satisfying collection (compiled by SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan, who has been interviewing the soulful songstress since 1977 and provided stellar liner notes with extensive quotes from a 2018 interview with Jean herself) includes Jean’s much-loved dance classics, the set’s title cut and 12” single versions of the perennial “Was That All It Was” and “What’s On Your Mind” (making its worldwide CD debut). 
  • In addition to key PIR album cuts, standouts include Jean’s unforgettable full version of The Spinners’ classic “Love Don’t Love Nobody,” the Eddie Levert-produced “My Love Don’t Come Easy,” essential staples of Jean’s live repertoire (“If You Wanna Go Back,” “Free Love” and “We Got Some Catchin’ Up To Do”). 
  • Other highlights include Jean’s take on the Philly classic “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (from Jean’s sole 1982 Motown set along with her version of Minnie Riperton’s “Completeness”); a plethora of guest duets – the US top 20 R&B hits “I’m Back For More” (with Al Johnson) and the timeless “Valentine Love” (with Michael Henderson) – alongside tracks with Dexter Wansel, Norman Connors, Roy Ayers and Grover Washington, Jr. 
  • Georgia-born Jean’s recording career got its start on the first couple of albums by Earth, Wind & Fire and three famed early ‘70s jazz LPs with (ex-husband) Doug Carn. The five-octave vocalist began her association with drummer Norman Connors in 1974 and by the early ‘80s, Jean’s first performances in the UK created a love affair with European audiences that continues to this day. 
  • With first-class mastering by Nick Robbins and great artwork by Roger Williams, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head – The Anthology” is a remarkable testament to the timeless artistry of this soulful supernova

 

NORMAN CONNORS: VALENTINE LOVE -THE BUDDAH/ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5152D)

NORMAN CONNORS: VALENTINE LOVE -THE BUDDAH/ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5152D)

Track listing:

DISC 1: BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW – THE BUDDAH YEARS
1. Slew Foot
2. Valentine Love (featuring Michael Henderson & Jean Carn)
3. Saturday Night Special
4. Dindi (featuring Jean Carn)
5. Maiden Voyage
6. We Both Need Each Other (featuring Phyllis Hyman and Michael Henderson)
7. So Much Love
8. You Are My Starship (featuring Michael Henderson)
9. Betcha By Golly Wow (featuring Phyllis Hyman)
10. Kwasi
11. Aquarian Dream: Phoenix
12. Aquarian Dream: Once Again (featuring Gloria Jones)
13. Once I´ve Been There (featuring Prince Phillip Mitchell)
14. Romantic Journey
15. For You Everything (featuring Prince Philip Mitchell and Eleanore Mills)
16. Give The Drummer Some

DISC 2: MELANCHOLY FIRE – THE ARISTA YEARS
1. Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra: Captain Connors (12” Version)
2. Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra: Say You Love Me
3. This Is Your Life (featuring Eleanore Mills)
4. Stella
5. Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra: Wouldn’t You Like To See (featuring Eleanor Mills)
6. Norman Connors & The Starship Orchestra: Listen (featuring James Robinson)
7. Your Love (featuring Al Johnson)
8. Disco Land
9. Handle Me Gently (featuring Miss Adaritha)
10. Invitation (featuring Miss Adaritha)
11. Be There In The Morning (featuring Miss Adaritha)
12. Take It To The Limit (featuring Adaritha)
13. You Bring Me Joy (featuring Adaritha)
14. I Don’t Need Nobody Else (featuring Al Johnson)
15. Melancholy Fire (featuring Glenn Jones)
16. You’ve Been On My Mind (featuring Adaritha)
17. She’s Gone (featuring Beau Williams)
18. Mr. C

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Valentine Love – The Buddah/Arista Anthology,” a musically sumptuous 2-CD set by renowned musician and producer, the multi-talented Norman Connors. Covering almost a decade (1972-1981), the 34 tracks include all of Norman’s ten US charted singles; a rare 12” mix of the 1977 cut, “Captain Connors”; two tracks from the album, “Norman Connors Presents Aquarian Dream” (including one, ‘Once Again,” featuring Gloria Jones); key album cuts, “Dindi” and “Maiden Voyage” and a musical feast of tracks featuring a number of artists who first gained prominence through their recordings with Norman such as Jean Carn, Michael Henderson, Phyllis Hyman, Prince Phillip Mitchell, Eleanore Mills, Al Johnson, Adaritha, Glenn Jones and Beau Williams.

• Before he became known as a premier music man with ‘golden ears’ (for his discovery of so many great vocalists), the Philadelphia drummer served his musical apprenticeship with John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders before embarking on his own recording career in 1972. By 1975, Connors had achieved his first chart breakthrough thanks to the soulful pairing of Carn and Henderson on the now-classic “Valentine Love.”

• During the ensuing years, Connors gave a then-unknown Phyllis Hyman her first taste of international success with her recording of “Betcha By Golly Wow” as well as giving R&B vocalist Glenn Jones his initial hit in 1980 with “Melancholy Fire.” Other standouts on this superb 2-CD set include Connors’ favourites such as “You Are My Starship” (Michael Henderson’s first solo hit), “Once I’ve Been There,” “This Is Your Life,” “Wouldn’t You Like To See” and “I Don’t Need Nobody Else.”

• Extensive liner notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring including 2017 numerous quotes from Norman himself, Norman’s longtime musical director and Aquarian Dream leader Jacques Burvick, band member Kenneth Nash and others; and excellent mastering by Donald Cleveland.