GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION NOW DO U WANTA DANCE/MY RADIO SURE  SOUNDS GOOD TO ME/STAR WALK With Bonus Tracks (WSMCR-5149

GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION NOW DO U WANTA DANCE/MY RADIO SURE SOUNDS GOOD TO ME/STAR WALK With Bonus Tracks (WSMCR-5149

Track listing:

DISC 1: Tracks 1-10: Graham Central Station: NOW DO U WANTA DANCE LP
Tracks 11-14: Larry Graham And Graham Central Station:
MY RADIO SURE SOUNDS GOOD TO ME LP

1. Happ-E-2-C-U-A-Ginn
2. Now Do-U-Wanta Dance
3. Last Train
4. Love And Happiness
5. Earthquake
6. Crazy Chicken
7. Stomped Beat-Up And Whooped
8. Lead Me On
9. Saving My Love For You
10. Have Faith In Me
11. Pow
12. My Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me
13. Is It Love?
14. Boogie Witcha, Baby

DISC 2: Tracks 1-4: Larry Graham And Graham Central Station: MY RADIO SURE SOUNDS GOOD TO ME LP
Tracks 6-11: Larry Graham With Graham Central Station: STAR WALK LP

1. It’s The Engine In Me
2. Turn It Out
3. Mr. Friend
4. Are You Happy?
5. Is It Love? (US single edit)
6. (You’re A) Foxy Lady
7. Star Walk
8. The Entertainer
9. Scream
10. Sneaky Freak
11. Tonight
12. (You’re A) Foxy Lady (US single edit)
13. Star Walk (US single edit)

• SoulMusic Records is proud to present NOW DO U WANTA DANCE, MY RADIO SURE SOUNDS GOOD TO ME and STAR WALK, three classic albums by pioneering funk super group Graham Central Station as a 2-CD set with single versions of the hits, “Is It Love?,” “(You’re A) Foxy Lady” and “Star Walk.”

• Originally created by groundbreaking bassist, singer and songwriter Larry Graham in the wake of his departure from Sly & The Family Stone, Graham Central Station established themselves as first tier hitmakers and live performers with the release of their 1974 self-titled debut LP for Warner Brothers, following it with three best-selling albums – “Release Yourself,” Ain’t No Bout-A Doubt It” and “Mirror.”

• By the time GCS released NOW DO U WANTA DANCE in 1977, the aggregation was enjoying consistent success: the title track became a Top 10 R&B hit on an album that included distinctive versions of Al Green’s “Love And Happiness” and Bobby Bland’s “Lead Me On.”

• 1978’s MY RADIO SURE SOUNDS GOOD TO ME (with production by jazz legend Benny Golson) continued the funky path that GCS had created, with the title track and the notable ballad single, “Is It Love?”

• 1979’s STAR WALK featured production work by Philadelphia soul men, producer Bobby Martin and arranger Ron Kersey and spawning the groove hit, “(You’re A) Foxy Lady.”

• This 2017 reissue includes extensive notes by Matt Bauer with quotes from quote from Larry Graham and group member Jerry Martini and great remastering by Donald Cleveland.

MTUME: PRIME TIME: THE EPIC ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5156D)

MTUME: PRIME TIME: THE EPIC ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5156D)

Disc 1: SO YOU WANNA BE A STAR
1. Just Funnin’
2. Kiss This World Goodbye
3. The Closer I Get To You
4. Funky Constellation
5. This Is Your World
6. Closer To The End
7. Love Lock
8. Give It On Up (If You Want To)
9. We’re Gonna Make It This Time
10. Mrs. Sippi
11. Anticipatin’
12. So You Wanna Be A Star
13. You Can’t Wait For Love
14. Everything Good To Me
15. Green Light
16. Would You Like To (Fool Around)
17. Juicy Fruit

DISC 2: BREATHLESS
1. The After 6 Mix (Juicy Fruit Part Ii) Aka Juicy Fruit Part Ii (Reprise)
2. You, Me And He (Polygamy Mix)
3. Sweet For You And Me (Monogomy Mix)
4. It’s Non-Functional
5. C.O.D. (I’ll Deliver)
6. I Simply Like
7. Prime Time
8. Tie Me Up
9. P.O.P.(Pursuits Of Pleasure) Generation
10. Breathless (A&G Mix)
11. Body & Soul (Take Me)
12. Tawatha: No More Tears (Bonus Track)
13. Tawatha: Thigh High Mix (Dub Mix) (Bonus Track)
14. Tawatha: Did I Dream You (Bonus Track)
15. Juicy Fruit (Vocal Remix)

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Prime Time: The Epic Anthology,” from the pioneering funk/R&B band Mtume, featuring the group’s eleven US charted singles including the classic, “Juicy Fruit” along with selected album cuts from the team’s five Epic LPs as well as three bonus tracks from the sole solo album by female lead vocalist, Tawatha.

• Formed by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, two former members of the touring band for the legendary Miles Davis, the group known as Mtume emerged after the pair’s stint with on the road and in the studio with Roberta Flack, who had recorded one of their songs, “The Closer I Get To You” as a duet with Donny Hathaway.

• Signed to Epic Records, the original line-up included other Flack alumni, drummer Howard King, bassist Basil Fearington, keyboardist Hubert Eaves III, with Reggie on guitar, Mtume on percussion, congas and lead vocals and Tawatha (who first began working with Mtume & Lucas a few years earlier) on lead and background vocals.

• With Mtume & Lucas (who went on to work successfully with Stephanie Mills and Phyllis Hyman among others) originally writing and producing, the group’s first two albums included such gems as “Love Lock” (popular with UK smooth groove lovers), the Top 20 R&B hit “Give It On Up (If You Want To),” “So You Wanna Be A Star” and soulful ballads such as “Closer To The End” and “Everything Good To Me.” After an amicable split in 1982 with Lucas, Mtume underwent personnel changes and emerged with the suggestive “Juicy Fruit,” the band’s biggest hit single and best-selling album, continuing to record three more LPs.

• Included on this stellar anthology (compiled by longtime Mtume band friend David Nathan who also wrote the notes with quotes from James Mtume, Reggie Lucas and Tawatha) is a specially-sequenced ‘mini-opera’ drawn from tracks recorded for 1984’s “You, Me And He” LP, with the rare non-album cut “It’s Non-Functional” making its CD debut along with the A&G mix of the 1986 charted single, “Breathless.” Three tracks from Tawatha include the six-minute “Thigh High Mix” of the single, “Thigh Ride.”

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.