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.

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.