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.

THE MAIN INGREDIENT: BROTHERLY LOVE - THE RCA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5167D)

THE MAIN INGREDIENT: BROTHERLY LOVE – THE RCA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5167D)

Track listing:
DISC 1: YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION
1. You’ve Been My Inspiration
2. Can’t Stand Your Love
3. I Was Born To Lose You
4. Brotherly Love
5. Life Won’t Be The Same (Without You)
6. I’m Better Off Without You
7. I’m So Proud
8. Make It With You
9. Spinning Around
10. I’m Leaving This Time
11. Baby Change Your Mind
12. Movin’ On
13. Black Seeds Keep On Growing
14. Why Can’t We All Unite
15. Everybody Plays The Fool
16. You’ve Got To Take It (If You Want It)
17. Superwoman
18. Where Were You When I Needed You
19. Girl Blue
20. Goodbye My Love
21. You Can Call Me Rover
22. Have You Ever Tried It
23. Summer Breeze

DISC 2: HAPPINESS IS JUST AROUND THE BEND
1. California My Way
2. Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
3. Looks Like Rain
4. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing
5. Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely
6. Rolling Down A Mountainside
7. The Good Old Days
8. I Want To Make You Glad
9. You And Me – Me And You
10. Family Man
11. Shame On The World
12. Lillian
13. Let Me Prove My Love To You
14. Instant Love
15. Think Positive (12” single version)
16. Spoiled
17. What Can A Miracle Do
18. Party People (12” single version)

• As part of its acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Brotherly Love – The RCA Anthology,” a superb 2-CD set that traces the musical journey of The Main Ingredient, one of the premier vocal groups of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

• Originally formed in the mid-‘60s as The Poets, the trio of Luther Simmons, Donald McPherson and Tony Silvester began achieving success after two more name changes (to The Insiders and then finally The Main Ingredient) before signing with RCA Records in 1969. The team scored the first of ultimately (17) charted singles for RCA, with 1970’s immaculately soulful ballad, “You’ve Been My Inspiration.”

• In 1971, The Main Ingredient lost its primary lead vocalist when McPherson succumbed to leukemia; the addition of longtime fellow Harlem-based friend Cuba Gooding allowed the group continue its hitmaking streak. Self-producing their recordings (mostly with the adept assistance of noted New York arranger/conductor Bert De Coteaux), the trio cut three albums (“L.T.D.,” “Tasteful Soul” and “Black Seeds”) before cracking the US R&B Albums Top 10 with “Bitter Sweet.”

• The timeless slow jam, “Spinning Around” gave the trio their first Top 10 R&B single and in 1972, The Main Ingredient enjoyed their first pop/soul smash with “Everybody Plays The Fool”; two years later, “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely” (from their 6th LP, “Euphrates River”) became the group’s second biggest international hit single.

• This 41-track anthology, lovingly compiled by David Nathan (who interviewed the group many times throughout the ‘70s), includes all of their charted RCA singles and classic LP favourites, along with rarities including two Luther Vandross-penned songs (“What Can A Miracle Do” and “Party People”).

• Stellar notes by noted UK writer Charles Waring draw from a variety of sources and included are new quotes from former RCA executive Ray Harris who worked closely with the group towards the end of their stint with the label. Excellent mastering from Nick Robbins and wonderful artwork from Roger Williams as always.