GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS:  ON & ON  THE BUDDAH/COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5180D)

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: ON & ON THE BUDDAH/COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5180D)

Track listing:

DISC 1:  THE MAKINGS OF YOU – THE BUDDAH YEARS (1973-1978)

  1. THE WAY WE WERE / TRY TO REMEMBER
  2. MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA
  3. I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION
  4. BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME
  5. WHERE PEACEFUL WATERS FLOW
  6. ON AND ON
  7. TO BE INVISIBLE
  8. THE MAKINGS OF YOU
  9. MAKE YOURS A HAPPY HOME (ALTERNATE MIX)
  10. I FEEL A SONG (IN MY HEART)
  11. LOVE FINDS IT’S OWN WAY
  12. THE NEED TO BE
  13. PART TIME LOVE
  14. SO SAD THE SONG
  15. EVERYBODY’S GOT TO FIND A WAY
  16. LITTLE BIT OF LOVE
  17. BABY DON’T CHANGE YOUR MIND
  18. WALK SOFTLY
  19. COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED
  20. IT’S A BETTER THAN GOOD TIME 

DISC 2:  WE NEED HEARTS – THE COLUMBIA YEARS (1980-1985)

  1. LANDLORD
  2. TASTE OF BITTER LOVE
  3. STILL SUCH A THING
  4. GET THE LOVE
  5. ADD IT UP
  6. BOURGIE’, BOURGIE’
  7. WE NEED HEARTS
  8. I WILL FIGHT
  9. A FRIEND OF MINE
  10. REACH HIGH
  11. WHEN YOU’RE FAR AWAY
  12. SAVE THE OVERTIME (FOR ME)
  13. YOU’RE NUMBER ONE (IN MY BOOK)
  14. SECONDS
  15. YOU’VE GOT MY WORD ON THAT
  16. KISS AWAY THE PAIN
  17. HERO (AKA WIND BENEATH MY WINGS)
  • SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “On & On: The Buddah/Columbia Anthology,” a hit-filled 2-CD by the iconic Gladys Knight & The Pips, whose international appeal spanned over over three decades from the mid-60’s to the mid-‘80s. 
  • This 37-track collection of recordings by the legendary family group (Gladys, brother Merald ‘Bubba’ Knight and cousins William Guest and Edward Patten) focuses on a particularly successful period of their consistent presence as mainstay global hitmakers from 1973-1985. 
  • Initially achieving US acclaim in the early ‘60s with “Every Beat Of My Heart” and “Letter Full Of Tears,” the group’s dynamic stage act (with nifty choreography and distinctive harmonies) resulted in a 1966 contract with Motown Records and while some key hits provided a great platform for international exposure, by the early-’70s, Gladys & The Pips were ready to experience a new level of mainstream recognition. 
  • Disc 1 of this anthology chronicles the group’s five-year run of non-stop hits for Buddah Records, including the timeless “Midnight Train To Georgia,” “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” and a live medley of “The Way We Were” and “Try To Remember.” Drawn from eight Buddah albums that included production by Curtis Mayfield, Tony Camillo and Van McCoy among others, ‘The Buddah Years’ features over a dozen charted singles and an alternate mix of “Make Yours A Happy Home” from the ‘Claudine’ soundtrack. 
  • Disc 2 chronicles the group’s five years with Columbia Records during which they initially reunited with Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson (with whom they had worked at Motown), resulting in further hits such as “Landlord” “Taste Of Bitter Love.” Further success came with “Save The Overtime (For Me),” “You’re Number One (In My Book)” and an early version of the pop classic “Wind Beneath My Wings.” 
  • Liner notes by renowned US writer Kevin Goins include quotes from former Buddah executive Cecil Holmes, songwriter Jim Weatherley, arranger/musician Ray Chew and producer/songwriter Charles Kipps; with remastering by Nick Robbins, artwork by Roger Williams

JONATHAN BUTLER:  SARAH, SARAH  THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5169D)

JONATHAN BUTLER: SARAH, SARAH THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5169D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: HOLDING ON
1. Baby Please Don’t Take It (I Need Your Love)
2. I’ll Be Waiting For Your Love
3. Crossroads Revisited
4. Haunted By Your Love
5. 7th Avenue South
6. Love Hurts So Bad
7. Afrika
8. Gentle Love
9. Song For Jon
10. If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) (Duet with Ruby Turner)
11. Lies (Extended Version)
12. Take Good Care Of Me
13. Holding On
14. I Miss Your Love Tonight
15. Going Home
16. Love Songs, Candlelight And You

Disc 2: SING ME YOUR LOVE SONG
1. One More Dance
2. Barenese
3. Say We’ll Be Together
4. There’s One Born Every Minute (I’m A Sucker For You) (Extended Version)
5. More Than Friends
6. Sarah Sarah
7. Take Me Home
8. True Love Never Fails (feat. Vanessa Bell Armstrong)
9. Melodie
10. It’s So Hard To Let You Go
11. All Grown Up
12. No Strings, No Ties
13. Sing Me Your Love Song
14. Heal Our Land
15. Welcome Home
16. Candy Dulfer feat Jonathan Butler: What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me)

• As part of its well-received and critically acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is truly proud to present “Sarah Sarah – The Anthology,” a highly satisfying retrospective of internationally-recognized recording artist, award-winning musician, songwriter and global performer Jonathan Butler’s work from 1985-1990 for Jive Records.

• Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Jonathan’s foray into music professionally began in his pre-teens when he performed in local choirs, cabaret venues and carnivals. Signed to Bullet Records as a teenager, Jonathan achieved success in South Africa with two albums (one with another teen star, Little Ronnie). After a stint with jazz-oriented band Pacific Express (during which Jonathan’s skills as a guitarist became clearly evident), at the suggestion of Jive Records’ founder Clive Caulder, Jonathan moved to London in the mid-’80, achieving his first taste of solo international success in 1986 with “Baby Please Don’t Take It,” a US Adult Contemporary chartmaker.

• “Sarah Sarah: The Anthology” contains all of Jonathan’s US and UK charted singles including the much-loved title track, Jonathan’s classic cover duet with Jive labelmate Ruby Turner of The Staple Singers’ “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me),” 1987’s “Lies” (a global pop/R&B hit, featured here in an extended version), 1988’s “Take Good Care Of Me,” an extended version of the Top 10 US R&B hit, “There’s One Born Every Minute (I’m A Sucker For You)” and 1989’s “More Than Friends.”

• The anthology (compiled by David Nathan with assistance from Amar Naik) also includes a number of key album cuts from Jonathan’s five Jive albums, notably “Love Hurts So Bad,” making its CD debut worldwide, quiet storm favourite “Love Songs, Candelight And You,” a stunning duet with gospel star Vanessa Bell Armstrong on “True Love Never Fails” and as a bonus, a 1999 cover of Jr. Walkr’s classic “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me)” with acclaimed Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer.

• Excellent notes by renowned US writer Justin Kantor include extensive quotes from Jonathan; and first class remastering (Nick Robins) and artwork (Roger Williams).

MARLENA SHAW: GO AWAY LITTLE BOY - THE COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5170D)

MARLENA SHAW: GO AWAY LITTLE BOY – THE COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5170D)

Track listing:

DISC 1: LOVE DANCIN’
1. The Writing’s On The Wall
2. No Deposit, No Return
3. I Think I’ll Tell Him
4. I’m Back For More
5. No One Yet
6. Haven’t We Been In Love Before?
7. Sweet Beginnings
8. More
9. Pictures And Memories
10. Suite Seventeen: It Was A Very Good Year/I’m A Foster Child (Medley)
11. Love Dancin’ (Special Disco Version)
12. I Thank You
13. Touch Me In The Morning (Remix)

DISC 2: LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT YOU
1. Yu-Ma/Go Away Little Boy
2. Shaw Biz/Suddenly It’s How I Like To Feel/Shaw Biz (Reprise)
3. Look At Me, Look At You (We’re Flying)
4. Moonrise
5. Dreamin’
6. Rhythm Of Love
7. I Wonder
8. You Bring Out The Best In Me
9. Theme From “Looking For Mr. Goodbar” (Don’t Ask To Stay Until Tomorrow)
10. Places
11. Johnny
12. The Best Days Of My Life
14. Mamma Tried
15. I’ll Be Your Friend

  • As part of its well-received and critically acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is excited to present “Go Away Little – The Columbia Anthology,” a musically rich retrospective of soul/ jazz legend Marlena’s work for Columbia, cut between 1977-1980. 
  • Initially established in the pantheon of contemporary music in the mid-‘60s after signing with Cadet Records, an imprint of renowned Chess Records in Chicago, New York state-born Marlena gained initial popularity with her vocal readings of “Wade In The Water and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” 
  • Touring with The Count Basie Band for a number of years and developing her own club performances that combined her natural sense of wit and humour with Marlena’s gift for musical storytelling, she moved to Blue Note Records in 1972 recording five albums (three of which, “From The Depths Of My Soul,” “Who Is This Bitch, Anyway” and “Just A Matter Of Time” have been reissued by SoulMusic Records). 
  • in 1977, Marlena signed with Columbia working with renowned producer/arranger Bert DeCoteaux. Marlena’s debut LP, “Sweet Beginnings” spawned the now-famous “Yu-Ma/Go Away Little Boy,” with her wry, truth-tellin’ spoken rap and a new version of the Goffin & King song she had cut in 1966. The track became Marlena’s biggest hit and established her as a popular entertainer with R&B audiences worldwide.  
  • 1978’s “Acting Up” included the theme from the hit movie of the day, “Looking For Mr. Goodbar” ; while Marlena’s third album for Columbia, “Take A Bite” (reissued as an expanded edition by SoulMusic Records) created a new following among dance music lovers thanks to its ‘A’ side (tagged ‘Suite Seventeen’ and including a reworking of Diana Ross’ “Touch Me In The Morning” and the original “Love Dancin’”).  
  • Included in this sumptuous anthology – with liner notes by SoulMusic Records’ David Nathan (featuring an extensive interview with Marlena), remastering by Nick Robbins and artwork by Roger Williams – is the global CD debut of “The Best Days Of My Life,” from her final Columbia session with famed producer Jack Gold.

MICHAEL HENDERSON: TAKE ME I’M YOURS: THE BUDDAH YEARS ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5168D)

MICHAEL HENDERSON: TAKE ME I’M YOURS: THE BUDDAH YEARS ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5168D)

Track listing:

DISC 1:  AT THE CONCERT

  1. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson: You Are My Starship
  2. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson & Phyllis Hyman: We Both Need Each Other
  3. Make Me Feel Better
  4. Time
  5. Treat Me Like A Man
  6. Solid
  7. Be My Girl
  8. You Haven’t Made It To The Top
  9. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson & Jean Carn: Valentine Love
  10. Stay With Me This Summer
  11. I Can’t Help It (US single edit)
  12. Won’t You Be Mine
  13. Whip It
  14. Goin’ Places
  15. Michael Henderson & Roberta Flack: At the Concert
  16. Take Me I’m Yours 

DISC 2:  PLAYING ON THE REAL THING

  1. In The Night-Time
  2. Am I Special
  3. To Be Loved
  4. Do It All
  5.  Playing On The Real Thing
  6.  Riding
  7. Reach Out For Me
  8. Wide Receiver
  9. Prove It
  10. You’re My Choice
  11. Make Me Feel Like
  12. Phyllis Hyman & Michael Henderson: Can’t We Fall In Love Again
  13. Make It Easy On Yourself
  14. (We Are Here To) Geek You Up
  15. Slingshot
  16. Come To Me
  17. Fickle
  • As part of its acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Take Me I’m Yours – The Buddah Years,” a solid retrospective of award-winning recording artist, producer, songwriter and musician Michael Henderson’s hit-filled tenure (1976-1983) wih Buddah Records. 
  • Before achieving international recognition as a stellar artist his own right, Michigan-born Michael began doing shows as a bass player with R&B favourites, The Detroit Emeralds; in the late ‘60s, a youthful Stevie Wonder invited the teenager to join his band. In Detroit, Michael played on sessions with Motown artists including The Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Gladys Knight & The Pips and David Ruffin as well as doing shows with Aretha Franklin. 
  • In 1970, during a New York gig with Wonder, jazz legend Miles Davis offered Michael a spot in his touring and recording band which lasted for five years before fellow band member Reggie Lucas introduced him to drummer Norman Connors. In 1975, Michael cut his own “Valentine Love” as a duet with Jean Carn for Connors’ “Saturday Night Special” LP and began experiencing eight years of best-selling singles and LPs. 
  • The title track for Connors’ 1976 LP, “You Are My Starship” established Michael as a hitmaker in his own right and was followed by a duet with then-newcomer Phyllis Hyman (“We Both Need Each Other”). In 1976, Buddah Records released “Solid,” Michael’s first of seven albums for the label. 
  • This anthology, compiled by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan, includes all of Michael’s fifteen US charted singles including the Top 5 R&B hit “Take Me I’m Yours” and the 1981 hit duet with Phyllis Hyman, “Can’t We Fall In Love Again” as well as key LP cuts such as the quiet storm gem, “At The Concert” with Roberta Flack and “Treat Me Like A Man” (which Michael also produced on The Dramatics). 
  • Stellar liner notes by Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell include extensive quotes and track-by-track commentary from Michael; and first class remastering (Donald Cleveland) and artwork (Roger Williams).

REGINA BELLE: SHOW ME THE WAY - THE COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5181D)

REGINA BELLE: SHOW ME THE WAY – THE COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5181D)

Track listing:

DISC 1: SO MANY TEARS
1. YOU GOT THE LOVE (REMIX)
2. GOTTA GIVE IT UP
3. GOOD LOVIN’
4. HOW COULD YOU DO IT TO ME (REMIX)
5. SHOW ME THE WAY
6. PLEASE BE MINE
7. AFTER THE LOVE HAS LOST ITS SHINE
8. BABY COME TO ME
9. INTIMATE RELATIONS
10. THIS IS LOVE
11. JAMES “J.T.” TAYLOR & REGINA BELLE: ALL I WANT IS FOREVER
12. MAKE IT LIKE IT WAS
13. IT DOESN’T HURT ANYMORE
14. WHAT GOES AROUND
15. SO MANY TEARS

DISC 2: DREAM IN COLOR
1. DO YOU WANNA GET SERIOUS
2. INTERLUDE/PASSION
3. QUIET TIME
4. LOVE
5. SOMEDAY WE’LL ALL BE FREE/SAVE THE CHILDREN
6. IF I COULD
7. DREAM IN COLOR
8. JOHNNY MATHIS (WITH REGINA BELLE): BETTER TOGETHER
9. COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE
10. LOVE T.K.O.
11. I’LL BE AROUND
12. YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW
13. PEABO BRYSON (FEATURING REGINA BELLE): I CAN’T IMAGINE
14. SO MANY TEARS (COOL MIX)

  • SoulMusic Records is proud to present “Show Me The Way: The Columbia Anthology,” a 29-track 2-CD retrospective drawn from the four albums recorded by award-winning songstress Regina Belle between 1987-1995. 
  • New Jersey-born Regina’s innate musical talents were evident from her formative years singing in her uncle’s church through to her skills as a multi-instrumentalist in high school and then at the prestigious Manhattan School Of Music where she studied opera. At Rutgers University in the early ‘80s, Regina formed her own band, at the same time creating a distinctive vocal style that drew from musical influences in jazz (iBillie Holiday) and soul (Donny Hathaway) among others. 
  • Renowned New York radio personality Vaughn Harper saw one of Regina’s shows at Rutgers and recommended her to hitmaking vocal group The Manhattans and in 1986, Regina recorded “Where Did We Go Wrong,” as a duet with the group (with whom she had begun performing) and in the wake of its success, she signed with Columbia Records. 
  • This anthology features the original album versions of (10) of Regina’s US charted singles (including the Belle classics, “So Many Tears,” “Show Me The Way,””This Is Love,” “If I Could” and her two #1 US R&B hits, “Baby Come To Me” and “Make It Like It Was”) and the UK/European-only charted single “Good Lovin’; as well as duets with James ‘J.T.’ Taylor (“All I Want Is Forever”), Johnny Mathis (“Better Together”) and Peabo Bryson (“I Can’t Imagine”); and a 1987 ‘Cool Mix’ of “So Many Tears.” 
  • Prime tracks from Regina’s 1987 ALL BY MYSELF debut LP, her two certified gold albums – 1989’s STAY WITH ME and 1993’s PASSION – and her final Columbia set, 1995’S REACHN’ BACK selected for this anthology showcase Regina’s vocal prowess and dexterity as a stellar lyrical interpreter on a diversity of material. 
  • Liner notes by renowned US writer Kevin Goins include quotes from producers Nick Martinelli, Narada Michael Walden and Barry Eastmond among others.

 

TOWER OF POWER: YOU OUGHT TO BE HAVIN' FUN - THE COLUMBIA/EPIC ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5179D)

TOWER OF POWER: YOU OUGHT TO BE HAVIN’ FUN – THE COLUMBIA/EPIC ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5179D)

Track listing:

  • Disc 1:  AIN’T NOTHIN’ STOPPIN’ US NOW – THE COLUMBIA YEARS
    1. Ain’t Nothin’ Stoppin’ Us Now
    2. Because I Think The World Of You
    3. You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun
    4. While We Went To The Moon
    5. We Came To Play
    6. Love Bug
    7. Lovin’ You Is Gonna See Me Thru
    8. Am I A Fool
    9. In Due Time
    10. And You Know It
    11. Rock Baby
    12. Heaven Must Have Made You
    13. By Your Side
    14. Somewhere Down The Road
    15. Doin’ Alright
    16. It’s So Nice
    17. Just Make A Move And Be Yourself
    18. Deal With It
    19. Bittersweet Soul Music 

    Disc 2: SOUL WITH A CAPITAL “S” – THE EPIC YEARS

    1. Soul With A Capital “S”
    2. Please Come Back (To Stay)
    3. You
    4. Souled Out
    5. Recapture The Magic
    6. A Little Knowledge (Is A Dangerous Thing)
    7. Who Do You Think You Are
    8. How Could This Happen To Me
    9. Diggin’ On James Brown
    10. Come To A Decision
    11. Rhythm and Business
    12. That Was Then,This Is Now
    13. Come On With It
    14. You Can’t Fall Up (You Just Fall Down)
    15. Cruise Control
    16. Undercurrent
  • As part of its best-selling anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun  a solid 2-CD by the legendary Tower Of Power, considered one of the premier funk’n’soul’jazz jazz bands of the past four decades.  
  • As its title implies, this 35-track collection focuses on two specific periods of the internationally-renowned group’s career: Disc 1 consists of cuts from “Ain’t Nothin’ Stoppin’ Us Now,” “We Came To Play” and “Back On The Streets,” the three albums released by Columbia Records between 1976-1979; while Disc 2 is derived from four albums – “Monster On A Leash,” “T.O.P.,” “Souled Out” and “Rhythm & Business,” released by Epic Records between 1991-1997.  
  • Formed initially in 1968 in Oakland, California by horn players Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Tower Of Power’s debut set (“East Bay Grease”) was cut for renowned promoter Bill Graham’s San Francisco Records in 1970; after signing with Warner Brothers in 1971, the horn-dominated band scored a string of hit singles (such as the funk classic, “What Is Hip” and the soul ballads, “You’re Still A Young Man” and “So Very Hard To Go”) and best-selling albums for the label (including “Bump City” and “Tower Of Power,” reissued as a 2-CD expanded editions set by SoulMusic Records in 2016 – WSMCR-5146D).  
  • By the mid-’70s, also acclaimed for their exciting live performances, Tower Of Power signed with Columbia Records, self-producing their debut set then working with Stax musical legend Steve Cropper on their second LP and finally with Chicago arranger/producer Richard Evans and Detroit hitmaker McKinley Jackson on their third Columbia album. During the ‘80s, the band toured worldwide extensively before signing a new contract with Epic Records in 1991, resulting in four albums enthusiastically appreciated by TOP’s global audience.  
  • Co-produced by David Nathan and distinguished US writer/musicologist Kevin Goins who provided extensive liner notes which include 2018 quotes from Emilio Castillo and others, YOU OUGHT TO BE HAVIN’ FUN features first class remastering by Donald Cleveland and stellar artwork by Roger Williams.