DAN HARTMAN: INSTANT REPLAY Expanded Edition (SMCR-5139)

DAN HARTMAN: INSTANT REPLAY Expanded Edition (SMCR-5139)

Track listing:

  1. Instant Replay
  2. Countdown / This Is It
  3. Double-O-Love
  4. Chocolate Box
  5. Love Is A Natural
  6. Time And Space

 Bonus Tracks

  1. Instant Replay (US 12” single)
  2. Instant Replay (Replayed) (US 12” single)
  3. This Is It (US 12” single)
  4. Countdown (US 12” single)    

SoulMusic Records is proud to present an expanded edition of ‘Instant Replay,’ the best-selling 1978 album by multi-faceted music man Dan Hartman. In addition to the original album, this reissue includes (4) bonus tracks consisting of the both sides of (2) U.S. 12” singles.

Previously a singer and musician with the rock outfit, The Edgar Winter Group, Dan began his solo journey as a recording artist in 1976; when his debut LP didn’t enjoy sales success, Dan switched his focus to the world of dance music at a time when disco was emerging as a dominant musical genre globally.

 The single “Instant Replay” received an instant response on the U.S. Pop and R&B Charts as well as becoming a hit record throughout europe and beyond. Tracks from the LP (released just a few months later in 1978) such as the medley of Countdown and This Is It and the title track topped Billboard’s Dance Music/Club Play Chart.

 The entire lp was written and produced by Dan (who passed away in 1994) and recorded at his home studios in Connecticut and mixed by the legendary Tom Moulton, the pioneer of dance music/disco remixes who contributed at length to this 2016 reissue’s notes, penned by renowned U.S.writer, Justin Kantor; great remastering by Donald Cleveland on this exciting release that includes – for the first time on CD – the two sides of the single “This Is It” and “Countdown.”

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).

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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.

MELBA MOORE STANDING RIGHT HERE - THE ANTHOLOGY: THE BUDDAH & EPIC YEARS (SMCR-5144D)

MELBA MOORE STANDING RIGHT HERE – THE ANTHOLOGY: THE BUDDAH & EPIC YEARS (SMCR-5144D)

Track listing:

DISC 1:  LEAN ON ME – THE BUDDAH YEARS (1975-1977)

    1. I Am His Lady
    2. If I Lose
    3.  Must Be Dues
    4. Natural Part of Everything
    5. This Is It (US 12” Single)
    6. Stay Awhile
    7. Lean On Me
    8. One Less Morning
    9.  Good Love Makes Everything Alright (US 12” Single)
    10. The Way You Make Me Feel
    11. So Many Mountains
    12. The Long and Winding Road
    13. Ain’t No Love Lost
    14. The Greatest Feeling
    15. My Sensitive, Passionate Man
    16. Standing Right Here
    17. Living Free
    18. I Don’t Know No One Else to Turn To
    19. Just Another Link

 DISC 2:  YOU STEPPED INTO MY LIFE – THE EPIC YEARS (1978-1980)

    1. You Stepped Into My Life
    2. There’s No Other Like You
    3. Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance (US 12″ Mix)
    4. Where Did You Ever Go
    5. Miss Thing (US 12” single)
    6. Need Love
    7. Night People (US 12″ Single)
    8. Hot And Tasty
    9. Burn (UK Special Disco Remix)
    10. Everything’s So Good About You (US 12” Single)
    11. Next To You
    12. Rest Inside My Love
    13. Something On Your Mind
    14. You Stepped Into My Life (US Special Disco Version)

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Standing Right Here – The Anthology: The Buddah & Epic Years,” a sumptuous first-of-its-kind 2-CD set by the fabulous Melba Moore, spanning the renowned entertainer’s recordings between 1975-1980 for the Buddah and Epic labels. Included are all of Melba’s US charted hits during this exciting period of her career when she first rose to prominence globally.

• The New York City native first came to prominence as an award-winning actress on Broadway in the late ‘60s after doing background session work, earning herself a Tony award in the process. Initially signed to Mercury Records, Melba garnered her first Grammy nomination in 1970.

• It was after her move to Buddah Records in 1975 that she began her ascent to popularity as a recording artist; in the space of just two years, Melba scored seven US R&B hit singles including “This Is It” (a dance/R&B and pop charter as well as Melba’s first UK chart entry) and the powerhouse ballad, “Lean On Me” (a Top 20 R&B hit) which remains an integral part of her live repertoire to this day. Disc 1 draws from Melba’s four Buddah albums including her work with producers Van McCoy and Eugene McDaniels.

• In 1978, Melba signed with Epic and scored two immediate hits with the Bee Gees’ “You Stepped Into My Life” and “Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance,” both also big club tracks. Disc 2 of this luxury package – which includes superb mastering by Nick Robbins and stellar notes with renowned UK writer Charles Waring featuring extensive quotes from Melba specifically for this anthology – focuses on tracks from her 3 Epic albums, produced by the Philly team of McFadden & Whitehead and Pete Bellotte among others.

 

THIS IS IT Video 

YOU STEPPED INTO MY LIFE/PICK ME UP I’LL DANCE  Video

 

 

PHILLIP BALLOU: AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE LOVE/ARE YOU FOR REAL 45 (Nefer/SDE30)

PHILLIP BALLOU: AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE LOVE/ARE YOU FOR REAL 45 (Nefer/SDE30)

Thanks to Russell Paine and his great Super Edits Disco company, we’re proud to announce the first-ever worldwide release of the original version of “Ain’t Nothing Like The Love” (subsequently recorded by the late John Simmons in 1981) on the Nefer label.  Limited edition!

The ‘B’ side, “Are You For Real” – a magnificent soul ballad –  has never been released and only heard by a handful of people ever…until now!

Pittsburgh-born Phillip Ballou’s earliest years were spent in the gospel field; after he moved to New York City in the ‘70s, he teamed up with Bennie Diggs and Arthur Freeman, founding members of The New York Community Choir and singer Arnold McCuller to form the group Revelation. The quartet recorded for RSO Records, scoring some R&B success in the US with tracks like “Get Ready For This” and “You To Me Are Everything,” touring the Bee Gees among others. Phillip also sang on albums by NYCC recorded for RCA Records and continued with Revelation until 1982.

Frequently hired for sessions in and around New York, Phillip teamed up with UK soul music journalist David Nathan (who he’d met in 1974 during Nathan’s first US visit) and John Simmons, formerly a member of The Reflections, another New York vocal group to write a series of songs for his own proposed solo record deal. Although a contract did not materialize, one of the songs – “Ain’t Nothing Like The Love” – got some interest from famed Philadelphia producer Thom Bell who presented it to The O’Jays. Ultimately, the tune was turned down by Kenny Gamble and John Simmons, by then musical director for Stephanie Mills, recorded his own version for a small independent label in 1981.

Phillip continued his own musical journey, touring and recording with James Taylor and Todd Rundgren. In addition, Phillip’s name graced recordings by George Benson, Billy Ocean, Kashif, Nona Hendryx, Jonathan Butler, Teddy Pendergrass and Melba Moore; in 1981, he began recording with Luther Vandross and became a part of Luther’s touring band for many years, as well as singing on productions by Luther on Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and others, continuing his association with him until Luther’s 2003 stroke. Phillip returned to his gospel roots in 2004 as Minister of Music at a Brooklyn church and passed away in March 2005, aged 55.

Thanks to renewed interest in the John Simmons’ 1981 recording on YouTube, David Nathan has uncovered several tracks from the 1978 and 1979 he did with Phillip and John including Phillip Ballou’s original version of “Ain’t Nothing Like The Love,” gaining its first ever worldwide release as a 7” single on Nefer Records in association with Super Disco Edits

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LISTEN TO A CLIP OF “AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE LOVE”

LISTEN TO A CLIP OF “ARE YOU FOR REAL”

TAVARES: DON'T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC-THE REMIX PROJECT (SMCR-5142)

TAVARES: DON’T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC-THE REMIX PROJECT (SMCR-5142)

Track listing:

1. Don’t Take Away The Music (Remix)
2. It Only Takes A Minute (Remix)
3. It Only Takes A Minute (US Disco Version)
4. It Only Takes A Minute (Extended Remix)
5. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (Remix)
6. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (Irresistible Angel Mix)
7. More Than A Woman (Remix)
8. More Than A Woman (Extended Remix)
9. One Minute (Instrumental)
10. Whodunit (Extended Remix)
11. Don’t Take Away The Music (Hands Off The Music MIx)

• SoulMusic Records is proud to present a specially-compiled CD of remixes of five of the major hits by international hitmakers Tavares by top European remix producer Ben Liebrand, four of which achieved major British chart impact when issued in 1985 and 1986 as well as a US disco version of “It Only Takes A Minute,” making its CD debut along with the Liebrand-penned instrumental “One Minute.”

• From 1973 to 1981, the brothers Tavares – Ralph, Feliciano (“Butch”) Arthur (“Pooch”) Antone (Chubby) and Perry (Tiny) – recorded a treasure trove of great albums and singles for Capitol Records. In 1975, the group enjoyed its first breakthrough hit with “It Only Takes A Minute”; in 1976, the timeless classic “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” became the team’s first global smash followed by “Don’t Take Away The Music” also became an international dance music/pop and R&B chartmaker. In 1977, the Bee Gees-penned “More Than A Woman” (from the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack) catapulted Tavares back into the worldwide charts as did “Whodunit.”

• Remastered by Donald Cleveland, this 2016 release follows the label’s reissue of seven Capitol albums by the group – Love Storm (SMCR-5127), Hard Core Poetry (SMCR-5097), Love Uprising (SMCR-5065), Madam Butterly (SMCR-5064), Supercharged (SMCR–5045), Sky-High! (SMCR-5023) and In The City (SMCR-5022). Stellar notes by renowned U.S. writer Kevin Goins include quotes from members of the group.

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WILLIE HUTCH: HAVIN’ A HOUSE PARTY/MAKING A GAME OUT OF LOVE Expanded Editions (SMCR-25162)

WILLIE HUTCH: HAVIN’ A HOUSE PARTY/MAKING A GAME OUT OF LOVE Expanded Editions (SMCR-25162)

Track listing:

Disc 1: HAVIN’ A HOUSE PARTY
1. Willie’s Boogie
2. We Gonna Have A House Party
3. What You Gonna Do After The Party
4. I Can Sho’ Give You Love
5. I Never Had It So Good
6. We Gonna Party Tonight
7. After Love Is Gone
8. Soul Strut
9. Train Of Love

Bonus Tracks:
10. We Gonna Have A House Party (US Motown single edit)
11. We Gonna Party Tonight (US Motown single edit)

Disc 2: MAKING A GAME OUT OF LOVE
1. She’s Making A Game Out Of Love
2. Super Sexy
3. The Very Best Of Love
4. The Glow
5. Don’t Act Like That
6. Sexy Feelin’
7. Always
8. Keep On Jammin’
9. Inside You (with The Temptations)

Bonus Tracks:
10. In & Out (US Motown non-album single)
11. The Girl (Can’t Help It) (US Motown non-album ‘B’ side)
12. The Glow (Special US 12″ version)
13. Keep On Jammin’ (Extended Version)
14. In And Out (US !2” version)

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present the first worldwide reissue of two classic Motown albums (as expanded editions with bonus tracks) by renowned singer/songwriter and producer, the late Willie Hutch as a 2-CD set, remastered by Donald Cleveland.

• HAVIN’ A HOUSE PARTY was Willie’s seventh album for Motown; the L.A.-born, Texas-raised music man – who had enjoyed success as a songwriter for The 5th Dimension and Al Wilson among others and who had also recorded for RCA – signed with the label in 1973 after writing The Jackson 5’s hit, “I’ll Be There” and Willie’s initial success came with Motown soundtracks “The Mack” and “Foxy Brown” with charted singles such as “Brother’s Gonna Work It Out” and “Slick”; his biggest US R&B hit was 1975’s “Love Power.”

• Released in 1977, Willie’s self-produced HAVIN’ A HOUSE PARTY LP (a US R&B Top 30 best seller) boasted two charted singles (“We Gonna Party Tonight” and “What You Gonna Do After The Party”), after which he signed with Whitfield Records (hitmaker Norman Whitfield’s label).

• Willie returned to Motown in 1982 with the infectious “In And Out,” a US R&B and dance hit and his sole British chart entry and popular club track in the UK. Three years later, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. brought Willie on board for the soundtrack of“The Last Dragon” and two tracks from there (“Inside You” with The Temptations and “The Glow”) formed the basis for 1985’s MAKING A GAME OUT OF LOVE, his final Motown LP. This expanded edition includes “The Girl (Can’t Help It),” the rare ‘B’ side of “In And Out” and three 12” mixes.

• Notes by renowned US writer Kevin Goins include quotes from Iris Gordy, various musicians and others associated with Willie.