BRENDA HOLLOWAY & RAGS MOODY III: Same Page (SoulMusic Records/Platinum Garage Recordings)

BRENDA HOLLOWAY & RAGS MOODY III: Same Page (SoulMusic Records/Platinum Garage Recordings)

Take internationally-renowned Motown legend Brenda Holloway – known for her classic hits, “Every Little Bit Hurts,” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and “When I’m Gone” – and one of her musical ‘discoveries’ Alabama-born mutli-talented Rags Moody III, team, them with award-winning producer/songwriter Preston Glass and it’s a perfect combination!

Written by Brenda, Rags and Preston, the heart-stirring “Same Page” hearkens back to the golden duets of Peaches & Herb, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and Ashford & Simpson, with its infectious and memorable hook and soulful vocal delivery from Brenda – who remains much beloved particularly in the UK where she’s justifiably considered one of the true Motown greats – and Rags whose track “Family Man” from the recently-released “Preston Glass Presents: Love & Compassion” album – has garnered much appreciation among audiences who appreciate traditional soul music.

Another winner from SoulMusic Records (SMR) in association with Platinum Garage Recordings!

 

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DONTAVIUS TURNER: Ain't Nothing (Like The Love) (feat. Phillip Ballou) (432Hz) (SoulMusic Records)

DONTAVIUS TURNER: Ain’t Nothing (Like The Love) (feat. Phillip Ballou) (432Hz) (SoulMusic Records)

With his first commercial release, 22-year old Atlanta-based Dontavius Turner showcases his skills as a multi-instrumentalist with guitar as his primary instrument. Donatavius – whose background is in the gospel music field and who includes Wes Montgomery and George Benson among his musical influences – first heard the song “Ain’t Nothing (Like The Love)” via a version by Canadian DJ/producer Pomo, only available on SoundCloud.

The song itself was written in 1978 by the late John Simmons (formerly musical director for Stephanie Mills and then Whitney Houston), the late Phillip Ballou (former member of Revelation and longtime background vocalist with Luther Vandross) and soul music historian/aurthor/singer and songwriter David Nathan; it started life on Ballou’s solo artist demo; and was recorded by Simmons in 1981 for a small independent Michigan label. It became a rare groove classic among UK and US collectors and listeners, spawning several YouTube videos.

Pomo recorded his own version as “Ain’t Nothing” in 2017 inspiring Dontavius to create his own jazz-flavored video version. When Nathan saw and heard Dontavius’ cover of the song, he was so impressed, he reached out to him! The result is this brand new version of the song using Phillip Ballou’s original vocals!

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ESTHER PHILLIPS: A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP - THE KUDU ANTHOLOGY, 1971-1976 (SMCR-5159D)

ESTHER PHILLIPS: A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP – THE KUDU ANTHOLOGY, 1971-1976 (SMCR-5159D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: HOME IS WHERE THE HATRED IS

  1. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
  2. From A Whisper To A Scream
  3. That’s All Right With Me
  4. ‘Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone
  5. Baby, I’m For Real
  6. Scarred Knees
  7. How Blue Can You Get?
  8. A Beautiful Friendship
  9. Use Me
  10. I Don’t Want To Do Wrong
  11. Let Me In Your Life
  12. I’ve Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do)
  13. Alone Again (Naturally)
  14. Georgia Rose
  15. Cherry Red (Live)
  16. God Bless the Child (Live)

Disc 2:  I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO

  1. Justified
  2. Black-Eyed Blues
  3. Too Many Roads
  4. You Could Have Had Me, Baby
  5. Tangle In Your Lifeline
  6. Can’t Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby
  7. I Feel The Same
  8. Disposable Society
  9. What A Diff’rence A Day Makes (Single Edit)
  10. You’re Coming Home
  11. Turn Around, Look At Me
  12. Pure Natural Love
  13. Fever
  14. All The Way Down (Single Edit)
  15. Boy, I Really Tied One On
  16. Magic’s In the Air
  17. I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do
  • SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology, 1971-1976,” a 2-CD homage to the late, great Esther Phillips drawn from the most productive and successful period of her three-and-a-half decades-long career, the five years she spent with Kudu Records, an imprint of the legendary CTI label.
  • Although her career began as a teenager (known as Little Esther) with the famed Johnny Otis band in 1950, it was as a multi-genre song stylist from the ‘60s to the ‘80s that Esther, with her distinctive and unique vocal style, is best remembered by soul, R&B, jazz and dance music lovers the world over.
  • Following her 1962 US hit “Release Me,” Esther spent three years with Atlantic before a stint in rehab after which she recorded briefly with Roulette Records before rejoining Atlantic for one album. Esther’s union with Kudu, created by jazz veteran Creed Taylor  resulted in seven albums which form the basis for this sumptuous musically rich 2-CD set, lovingly created by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan who interviewed Esther several times during the ‘70s.
  • Highlights include Esther’s bitingly honest reading of Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is,” which she considered one of the most challenging songs to record, given her own history with drug addiction. The track has been frequently sampled and remains one of the most amazing performances Esther gave on record.
  • Esther’s Kudu charted singles – from her 1975 globally successful disco-slanted revival of Dinah Washington’s “What A Diff’rence A Day Makes” to covers of The Originals’ 1969 Motown hit, “Baby, I’m For Real” and Eddie Floyd’s gender-switched “I’ve Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do” are also featured along with two rare live recordings from a 1972 appearance at a CTI All-Stars concert at The Hollywood Bowl along with five tracks from Esther’s classic 1973 “Black-Eyed Blues” LP, recorded with former members of King Crimson are among other standouts.  Extensive notes by Nathan include quotes from rock organist Tim Hinkley (who played on the album sessions) and from ‘70s interviews with Esther herself.

 

 

ESTHER PHILLIPS: CAPRICORN PRINCESS EXPANDED EDITION (SMCR-5132)

ESTHER PHILLIPS: CAPRICORN PRINCESS EXPANDED EDITION (SMCR-5132)

Track listing:
1. Magic’s In The Air
2. I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do
3. Boy, I Really Tied One On
4. Candy
5. A Beautiful Friendship
6. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher
7. All the Way Down
8. Dream

Bonus Tracks:
9. All the Way Down – US Kudu single edit
10. Magic’s In the Air/ Boy, I Really Tied One On – US Kudu 12” single

• SOULMUSIC RECORDS IS PROUD TO PRESENT AN EXPANDED EDITION OF ‘CAPRICORN PRINCESS,’ THE 1976 FINAL KUDU ALBUM BY THE LATE, GREAT ESTHER PHILLIPS WITH (2) BONUS TRACKS MAKING THEIR CD DEBUT – A SINGLE EDIT OF ‘ALL THE WAY DOWN’ (FIRST RECORDED BY ESTHER’S LONGTIME FRIEND ETTA JAMES) AND THE RARE 12” SINGLE MIX OF ‘MAGIC’S IN THE AIR’ AND JANIS IAN’S ‘BOY, I REALLY TIED ONE ON’

• A CHILD STAR IN THE ‘50s, AN R&B/SOUL HITMAKER IN THE ‘60s AND A DISCO DIVA IN THE MID-‘70s (THANKS TO HER SIZZLING DISCO VERSION OF THE DINAH WASHINGTON STANDARD ‘WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES’), ESTHER PHILLIPS HAD A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER AS A RECORDING ARTIST AND POPULAR PERFORMER.

• ESTHER SIGNED WITH JAZZ-ORIENTED KUDU RECORDS IN 1972 AND RECEIVED ACCLAIM FOR HER LABEL DEBUT ‘FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM’ (SMCR-5120) – A 2014 EXPANDED EDITION REISSUED BY SOULMUSIC RECORDS.

• HER 7TH KUDU LP, CAPRICORN PRINCESS (PRODUCED BY LABEL FOUNDER CREED TAYLOR) CONTAINS A NUMBER OF COVERS – SOULFUL READINGS OF THE ‘60s STANDARDS ‘I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO’ AND ‘A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP’ (HER SECOND RECORDING OF THE SONG) WHILE ESTHER’S BLUESY PERSONALIZED VERSION OF BIG MAYBELLE’S ‘CANDY.’ TOP SESSION MUSICIANS INCLUDING RALPH MACDONALD, THE BRECKER BROTHERS, ERIC GALE, STEVE GADD AND ANTHONY JACKSON PLAYED ON THE LP WHICH REACHED #40 ON THE US R&B CHARTS #23 ON THE JAZZ CHARTS

• THIS EDITION OF CAPRICORN PRINCESS WAS REMASTERED BY JAMES BRAGG AND INCLUDES EXTENSIVE NOTES BY RENOWNED US WRITER A. SCOTT GALLOWAY.

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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JOHNNY NASH: STIR IT UP - THE ANTHOLOGY, 1965-1979 (SMCR-5154D)

JOHNNY NASH: STIR IT UP – THE ANTHOLOGY, 1965-1979 (SMCR-5154D)

Track listing:

DISC 1: I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW 

  1. Let’s Move And Groove (Together)
  2. Hold Me Tight
  3. Cupid
  4. You Got Soul
  5. Groovin’
  6. Stir It Up
  7. Cream Puff
  8. I Can See Clearly Now
  9. How Good It Is
  10. There Are More Questions Than Answers
  11. Guava Jelly
  12. Ooh Baby You’ve Been Good To Me
  13. My Merry-Go-Round
  14. (Oh Jesus) We’re Trying To Get Back To You
  15. Ooh What A Feeling
  16. Yellow House
  17. Loving You
  18. Gonna Open Up My Heart Again
  19. Nice Time
  20. You Better Stop (Messing Around)
  21. You Can’t Go Halfway
  22. Celebrate Life
  23. (You Gave Me Such) Good Vibrations
  24. Stir It Up (Alternate Mix)

 DISC 2:  TEARS ON MY PILLOW 

  1. Beautiful Baby
  2. The Very First Time
  3. Tears On My Pillow (I Can’t Take It)
  4. Let’s Be Friends
  5. The Edge Of Love
  6. Reggae On Broadway
  7. Rock It Baby (Baby We’ve Got A Date)
  8. (What A) Wonderful World
  9. All I Have To Do Is Dream
  10. Birds Of A Feather
  11. Rock You To Your Socks
  12. Jamaica
  13. Halfway To Paradise
  14. That Woman
  15. Back In Time
  16. Dream Lover
  17. Wonderful Woman
  18. Don’t Forget
  19. Mr. Sea
  20. Closer
  21. You’re The One
  22. Closer (12” version)

SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Stir It Up – The Anthology, 1965-1979” a musically scintillating 2-CD set by soul/pop and reggae icon, Johnny Nash Covering close to fifteen years of recordings, this first-of-its-kind 2-CD sets includes all of Johnny’s US and UK Epic singles, prime album cuts, recordings from the mid-to-late ‘60s and several tracks from two albums (1977’s “What A Wonderful World” and 1979’s “Let’s Go Dancing” which have never been reissued on CD until now.

• As renowned US writer Justin Kantor documents in his stellar notes, the Houston-born singer/songwriter, musician, arranger and producer began his career as a teenage recording artist a Top 30 pop hit in 1957 and signing with major labels before forming his own labels JoDA and later JAD Records with then-manager Danny Sims, Johnny became a chart fixture starting with “Let’s Move And Groove (Together)” in 1965, enjoying success in the US and UK after a promotional visit to Jamaica resulted in his first recordings there (notably “Hold Me Tight” and “Cupid”).

• Justifiably considered a pioneer by fusing soul and reggae and bringing the much-loved Jamaican art form to mainstream US audiences, Johnny’s association with Epic Records started with his version of “Stir It Up,” written by a then-fledgling Bob Marley (who Johnny introduced to manager Sims and with whom he worked in London in the early ‘70s) also represented here with four further compositions including “Reggae On Broadway” and “Guava Jelly”; the bulk of the original material contained on this highly satisfying 2-CD set was produced and written by (R&B Foundation Pioneer Awardee) Nash himself.

• This anthology, with great remastering by Nick Robbins, includes the classic “I Can See Clearly Now,” the UK No. 1 single “Tears On My Pillow” (1975) and the final 1979 productions by the late Van McCoy with a rare dancefloor mix of “Closer,” in addition to Johnny’s reggae-flavoured covers of timeless tunes such as “(What A) Wonderful World,” Bobby Darin’s “Dream Lover” and The Everly Brothers’ “All I Have To Do Is Dream” and soul-infused cuts like “You Better Stop (Messing Around)” and “The Edge Of Love.”

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).

KASHIF: HELP YOURSELF TO MY LOVE THE ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5155D)

KASHIF: HELP YOURSELF TO MY LOVE THE ARISTA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5155D)

DISC 1: SAY SOMETHIN’ LOVE
1. I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On)
2. Help Yourself To My Love
3. Stone Love
4. Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart (Extended Version)
5. Rumors
6. Ooh Love
7. Say Somethin’ Love
8. The Mood
9. All
10. Are You The Woman
11. Edgartown Groove
12. Send Me Your Love
13. Dancing In The Dark (Heart To Heart)
14. Condition Of The Heart (Extended Version)
15. Movie Song (Instrumental)

DISC 2: LOVE LETTER OUT LOUD
1. Kashif & Meli’sa Morgan: Love Changes
2. Love Me All Over (Extended Version)
3. Loving You Only (Extended Remix) (Rap by Doug E. Fresh)
4. Kenny G. & Kashif: Love On The Rise (Extended Remix)
5. Vacant Heart
6. Personality
7. Kathryn (Instrumental)
8. Dionne & Kashif: Reservations For Two
9. Lovers And Friends
10. Love Letter Out Loud
11. Step Into My World
12. I’ve Been Missin’ You
13. Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got) (Extended Club Mix)
14. Love Has No End
15. Kashif & Meli’sa Morgan: Love Changes (A Cappella)

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Help Yourself To My Love: The Arista Anthology,” a fitting tribute to the superb artistry of the late, much-missed, multi-talented music man Kashif, who passed away at the age of 59 in 2016. A first-of-its-kind collection, this 2-CD is drawn from the seven years (1983-1990) that Kashif recorded for Arista and includes the primary ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of singles alongside key album cuts from the five albums he cut for the label.

• Born Michael Jones in Harlem with a name change to Kashif (Saleem) during his teen years, the gifted young musician joined the famed funk/soul band B.T. Express in 1976, recording and performing with the group followed by a stint on the road with soulstress Stephanie Mills during which time he emerged as a successful songwriter thanks to hits with Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King and Howard Johnson among others.

• Signed to Arista Records by renowned label chief Clive Davis, Kashif began his run of sixteen charted hits with the US Top 5 R&B single, “I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On).” Davis teamed Kashif with then-new signing Whitney Houston and he produced her first hit,“You Give Good Love.” Kashif scored his biggest R&B hit in 1987, a scorching duet with Meli’sa Morgan, covering Mother’s Finest’s, “Love Changes” and continuing his chart success as a duettist with the legendary Dionne Warwick the same year via “Reservations For Two.” Kenny G. and Doug E. Fresh contributed to cuts included here along with uncredited appearances by the late Al Jarreau and the late Whitney Houston on “Edgartown Groove” and “Are You The Woman” respectively.

• This musically satisfying anthology was loving created by David Nathan (a longtime personal friend) and Donald Cleveland (who also superbly remastered the discs) and features a number of extended versions and rare remixes of Kashif’s hits including “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got)” and “Love On The Rise.”

• Stellar liner notes by renowned US writer/friend A. Scott Galloway with 2017 quotes from colleagues including Kenny G., B.J. Nelson, LaForrest Cope (“La La”), Leslie Ming, Kathy Sledge and Bashiri Johnson.

KENNY LATTIMORE NEVER TOO BUSY -THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5172D)

KENNY LATTIMORE NEVER TOO BUSY -THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5172D)

Track listing:

DISC 1:  WEEKEND

  1. Maniquin: Funny Feeling
  2. Just What It Takes
  3. Never Too Busy
  4. Joy
  5. Destiny
  6. Can’t Get Enough
  7. If Love Is What You Want
  8. Weekend
  9. Come To Me
  10. Kenny Lattimore & Chanté Moore: Figure It Out
  11. Kenny Lattimore & Chanté Moore: Tonight (2 Step)
  12. Don’t Deserve
  13. Days Like This (Lattimaw Soul House Mix)
  14. If I Lose My Woman (M.A.W. Remix)
  15. Just What It Takes (Human Rhythm Remix) (1997)

 

DISC 2:  FOR YOU

  1. Maniquin: : Now And Then
  2. For You
  3. Forgiveness
  4. Forever
  5. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
  6. If You Could See You (Through My Eyes)
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  8. If I Lose My Woman
  9. Heaven And Earth
  10. Make Believe
  11. Days Like This
  12. Beautiful Girl
  13. Who
  14. Peter White featuring Kenny Lattimore: River
  15. Never Too Busy (Quiet Storm Mix)
  • As part of its best-selling anthology series, SoulMusic Records presents its’ first reissue of music by who first came to prominence in the late ‘80s. “Never Too Busy – The Anthology” is a solid retrospective on Kenny Lattimore, unquestionably one of the most consistent and successful mainstays in the arena of ‘new generation’ R&B and soul music that began taking root some two decades ago. 
  • Primarily drawn from Kenny’s two Columbia albums and his 2001 Arista album, this sumptuous 2-CD set (produced by Donald Cleveland, who provided stellar mastering and who conceived the idea for the anthology and SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan) also includes two of Kenny’s duets with (former spouse) Chanté Moore, as well as tracks from his sole 1989 album with the group Maniquin, some rare remixes on key hits (“If I Lose My Woman,” “Days Like This,” “Just What It Takes” and the 1996 US hit, “Never Too Busy”) as well as guest appearances on the soundtracks for “Love Jones” and “The Best Man” and with smooth jazz guitarist Peter White; and a rare track (“If You Could See You (Through My Eyes)” from 1998 sessions with producer David Foster. 
  • Washington DC-native Kenny Lattimore began his professional recording career with local group Maniquin in the late ‘80s, singing lead on a number of tracks on their self-titled Epic LP. Moving to New York, Kenny signed with Columbia Records where the powerhouse ballad “For You” launched his career as a US chartmaker with the self-titled album that followed also contained achieving gold status. 
  • Kenny’s critically-acclaimed follow up set, “From The Soul Of Man” (1998) included charted singles, “Days Like This” and “If I Lose My Woman” before he signed with Arista Records, cutting the album “Weekend” (a particular favourite among UK soul music buyers). Since his two successful albums with Chante Moore, Kenny has continued recording a further four albums and performing on a global basis. 
  • Liner notes by David Nathan include quotes from an extensive 2018 interview with Kenny.

 

LEVERT: FAMILY REUNION-THE ANTHOLOGY (Including Recordings By Gerald Levert and Sean Levert) (WSMCR-5160D)

LEVERT: FAMILY REUNION-THE ANTHOLOGY (Including Recordings By Gerald Levert and Sean Levert) (WSMCR-5160D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: CASANOVA
1. LeVert: (Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind
2. LeVert: Fascination (Vocal/Edit Of Remix)
3. LeVert: My Forever Love (Vocal/Edit Version)
4. LeVert: Casanova (Dance Mix)
5. LeVert: Addicted To You (Radio Remix)
6. LeVert (featuring Heavy D): Just Coolin’ (Original Version Re-Edit)
7. LeVert: All Season (Remix Edit)
8. LeVert: Baby I’m Ready
9. Miki Howard (Duet with Gerald Levert): That’s What Love Is (Extended Version)
10. Gerald Levert: Baby, Hold On To Me (Duet with Eddie Levert) (Radio Mix)
11. Gerald Levert: Private Line (Radio Mix)
12. Gerald Levert: Can You Handle It (Remix)
13. Gerald Levert: School Me (Radio Edit)
14. Gerald Levert: Can’t Help Myself (Radio Remix) (a/k/a ‘The R. Kelly Remix’)
15. Gerald Levert: Answering Service (Heavy D Radio Remix)
16. Gerald Levert: What About Me?

Disc 2: ALREADY MISSING YOU
1. Gerald Levert (Featuring Sean Levert): Point The Finger
2. Sean Levert: Put Your Body Where Your Mouth Is (VH1 Mix)
3. Gerald Levert: Thinkin’ About It
4. Gerald Levert & Eddie Levert: Get Your Thing Off (Remix)
5. Gerald Levert & Eddie Levert: Wind Beneath My Wings (Radio Edit)
6. Gerald Levert & Eddie Levert: Already Missing You (Remix)
7. Gerald Levert: Taking Everything (Soap Opera Remix Extended Version)
8. Gerald Levert: Baby U Are
9. Gerald Levert: Closure
10. Gerald Levert: Love Street
11. Gerald Levert: So What (If You Got A Baby)
12. Gerald Levert: It Was What It Was
13. Gerald Levert: Crucify Me
14. Gerald Levert: DJ Don’t
15. Sean Levert (featuring Gerald and Eddie Levert): Same One
16. Gerald Levert: In My Songs

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Family Reunion,” a first-of-its kind anthology with eight tracks by the trio, brothers Gerald and Sean Levert and longtime friend Marc Gordon; sixteen solo cuts by Gerald; Sean’s solo hit single; and a number of duets including recordings between Gerald and soul songstress Miki Howard, tracks with his father Eddie (of The O’Jays) and with brother Sean; and one track featuring all three members of one of soul music’s first families.

• The trio LeVert was formed in the mid-‘80s and after one album with an independent label, the team signed with Atlantic Records and began a five-year run of US R&B hits which included six charttoppers including 1987’s “Casanova,” which became LeVert’s biggest mainstream single and is featured here in a rare dance mix. Other key LeVert hits on this 32-track 2-CD set (compiled and remastered by Donald Cleveland) include “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind,” “Addicted To You” (from the Eddie Murphy film Coming To America) and “Just Coolin’” (featuring rap pioneer Heavy D).

• Gerald Levert’s first success as a solo artist came with his soulful 1987 duet with Miki Howard, “That’s What Love Is” (included here in a nearly seven-minute-long extended version); in 1991, the singer/ came with “Private Line,” the first of twelve R&B charted singles on this anthology including “Answering Service” (via a Heavy D radio remix), “Thinkin’ About It,” “School Me,” “Can’t Help Myself” (via a rare R. Kelly remix), “Taking Everything” (Gerald’s biggest US pop hit, on here via a Soap Opera Remix Extended Version) and “In My Songs,” the title cut of his final album, released in 2007 in the wake of his untimely passing in 2006.

• A series of duets with his famed father Eddie – notably “Baby, Hold On To Me,” (a No. 1 US R&B hit), “Already Missing You” and a memorable reading of the pop classic, “Wind Beneath My Wings” – cemented Gerald’s status as one of the pre-eminent soul singers of his generation. A solo entry from younger brother Sean (who passed away in 2008) – including the rare VH1 mix of “Put Your Body Where Your Mouth Is” – along with the ‘family’ track “Same One” (featuring Sean, Gerald and Eddie) complete this superb anthology which includes notes by renowned writer Kevin Goins.