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.”

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).

RUBY TURNER: LIVIN’ A LIFE OF LOVE - THE JIVE ANTHOLOGY, 1986-1991 (SMCR-5166D)

RUBY TURNER: LIVIN’ A LIFE OF LOVE – THE JIVE ANTHOLOGY, 1986-1991 (SMCR-5166D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: I’D RATHER GO BLIND

  1. If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me) (Duet with Jonathan Butler)
  2. I’m In Love
  3. Bye Baby
  4. I’d Rather Go Blind (1987 Single)
  5. In My Life (It’s Better to Be in Love) (Extended Version)
  6. Only Women Bleed
  7. Hurting Inside
  8. I’m Livin’ A Life Of Love
  9. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) (Extended Mix)
  10. Nowhere To Run (Nowhere To Hide)
  11. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) (with The Temptations)
  12. Baby I Need Your Lovin’ (with The Four Tops)
  13. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (Featuring Jimmy Ruffin)
  14. The Tracks Of My Tears
  15. Still Waters Run Deep
  16. Step in My Shoes

 

Disc 2: IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT

  1. It’s Gonna Be Alright
  2. Paradise (Radio Edit)
  3. It’s A Cryin’ Shame (New 7” Edit)
  4. Surrender
  5. Everytime I Breathe
  6. See Me
  7. The Vibe Is Right
  8. The Other Side (Da’ Posse Mix)
  9. Rumours (Club Mix)
  10. A Little Bit More
  11. Merry Go Round
  12. Provoking (Love Strokin’)
  13. Another One Night Stand
  14. It’s You My Heart Beats For
  15. It’s Gonna Be Alright (Brixton Bass Mix)
  16. It’s A Cryin’ Shame (UK 7” Remix)
  • As part of its much acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Livin’ A Life Of Love – The Jive Anthology, 1986-1991” a wonderful retrospective covering much-loved, enduring Jamaican-born, British-based Ruby Turner’s five-year tenure with Jive Records.

 

  • Ruby spent her formative years in Birmingham and began her recording career in 1980, cutting singles for the independent Sunflower label. Building a reputation for herself as one of the foremost singers and performers on the British soul scene, Ruby signed with Jive Records, cutting her first LP, “Women Hold Up Half The Sky” in 1986 which included her Billy Ocean-produced duet with Jive labelmate Jonathan Butler on a cover of The Staple Singers’ 1973 hit, “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me).”  The LP yielded three further UK charted singles including “In My Life (It’s Better To Be In Love), written and produced by Monte Moir (formerly of The Time); a rare extended version of the track is included here along with the 1987 charted single version of “I’d Rather Go Blind,” a constant show-stopper in Ruby’s live shows.

 

  • Lovingly compiled by renowned US musicologist and writer Justin Kantor (who provided stellar liner notes with extensive 2017 quotes from Ruby herself), this 2-CD set includes (6) tracks from the soulful singer’s 1988 album “The Motown Songbook” along with (7) tracks from her 1989 set, “Paradise” including the US No. 1 R&B hit, “It’s Gonna Be Alright.” The anthology also features (6) tracks from Ruby’s final Jive LP, “The Other Side,” with production by Womack & Womack and Hula & K. Fingers. 

 

  • Rarities that will please Ruby’s steadfast global following include “Another One Night Stand,” previously available as a bonus track on a Japanese version of “Paradise”; the ‘Brixton Bass Mix’ of “It’s Gonna Be Alright”; the “Da Posse Mix” of “The Other Side”; and the ‘New 7” Edit” of “It’s A Cryin’ Shame.” Still very active as a live performer (often with the famed Jools Holland Orchestra) and as a recording artist with her own label, Ruby remains one of Britain’s most enduring soul singers and this anthology showcases her stellar legacy as such.

THE POINTER SISTERS: THE POINTER SISTERS/THAT'S A PLENTY Expanded Editions (SMCR-5171D)

THE POINTER SISTERS: THE POINTER SISTERS/THAT’S A PLENTY Expanded Editions (SMCR-5171D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: THE POINTER SISTERS

  1. Yes We Can Can
  2. Cloudburst
  3. Jada
  4. River Boulevard
  5. Old Songs
  6. That’s How I Feel
  7. Sugar
  8. Pains And Tears
  9. Naked Foot
  10. Wang Dang Doodle 

Bonus Tracks:

  1. Yes We Can Can (Single Version)
  2. Wang Dang Doodle (Single Version) 

Disc 2: THAT’S A PLENTY

  1. Bangin’ On The Pipes / Steam Heat
  2. Salt Peanuts
  3. Grinning In Your Face
  4. Shaky Flat Blues
  5. That’s A Plenty / Surfeit, U.S.A.
  6. Little Pony
  7. Fairytale
  8. Black Coffee
  9. Love In Them There Hills 

Bonus Tracks:

  1. Steam Heat (Single Version)
  2. Love In Them There Hills (Single Version)
  3. Fairytale (Single Version)
  • SoulMusic Records is very proud to present the reissue of the first two classic albums by the legendary Pointer Sisters, expanded editions with bonus tracks (single edits of charted singles from each LP) a vivid reminder of the original quartet’s unique sound and style, prior to their global success of the ‘80s as dance and pop hitmakers. 
  • By the time they signed to US West Coast boutique label Blue Thumb, the Oakland, California quartet of sisters – Anita, Bonnie, June and Bonnie – had begun their journey from the church where their father was a pastor to backup vocalists for diverse artist such as Elvin Bishop, Cold Blood and Taj Mahal. 
  • A brief stint at Atlantic Records where they cut a couple of singles preceded the recording of their self-titled debut, produced by David Rubinson in San Francisco. With its heady mixture of swingin’ jazz pieces (“Cloudburst,” “Jada”), gospel-flavoured blues (“River Boulevard”) and covers of Koko Taylor’s “Wang Dang Doodle” and the Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint-penned, “Yes We Can Can” (a US top 20 pop and R&B hit), THE POINTER SISTERS became one of 1973’s best selling gold-certified albums, showcasing the family group’s imaginative harmonies, with cover art depicting the quartet in ‘40s-styled garb. 
  • 1974’s THAT’S A PLENTY (another gold album) was equally eclectic in regards its song selection, from the fast-and-furious “Salt Peanuts” (a Dizzy Gillespie piece) to the head-boppin’ blues “Grinning In Your Face” (with a young Bonnie Raitt on guitar), on to bluesy torch song, “Black Coffee,” a revival of “Steam Heat” and the Gamble & Huff-co-penned R&B, “Love In Them There Hills.”  The single “Fairytale” became a US Top 20 pop and a Top 40 country hit, and winning the quartet their first Grammy Award (for ‘Best Country Performance’). 
    • In depth notes by renowned US writer Justin Kantor include 2018 quotes from Anita, Bonnie and Ruth Pointer chronicling their arrival on the music scene; with great remastering by Nick Robbins and first class artwork by Roger Williams.

VIVIAN REED: YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW - THE EPIC ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5146)

VIVIAN REED: YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW – THE EPIC ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5146)

Track listing:

1. Baby Baby (I’ll Be Your Woman Till I Die)
2. I
3. Yours Until Tomorrow
4. I Wanna Be Free
5. Look The Other Way
6. Down Here On The Ground
7. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling / (You’re My) Soul And Inspiration
8. Harper Valley P.T.A.
9. Walk On My Side
10. Let’s Fall In Love All Over
11. The Shape Of Things To Come (from Columbia Pictures’ “Wild In The Streets”)
12. I’ve Gotta Be Me
13. Somewhere (from “West Side Story”)
14. Mama Open The Door
15. Then I’ll Be Over You
16. Unbelievable
17. Lean On Me
18. Missing You
19. I Feel The Earth Move
20. Don’t Close The Door On Me

• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Yours Until Tomorrow: The Epic Anthology,” a first-ever compilation of all of the recordings by renowned entertainer Vivian Reed, cut between 1968-1971 for Epic Records. Included is Vivian’s sole self-titled Epic LP, along with seven non-album tracks issued as ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of singles issued both before and after the album’s release in 1968.

• Pittsburgh-born Vivian, who studied at the famed Juilliard School Of Music in New York, began her performing career singing at local clubs in Manhattan before coming under the wings of the owners of the renowned Apollo Theatre in Harlem, leading to a contract with CBS Records.

• Working initially with Epic staff producer Ted Cooper, Vivian cut a total of fourteen tracks, with a dazzling range of material from soulful cuts such as “Yours Until Tomorrow” (a US Top 50 R&B charted single) and a powerhouse medley of two Righteous Brothers’ hits, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” and “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration” alongside show tunes and standards of the day such as “Somewhere” and “I’ve Gotta Be Me.”

• Further singles with country producer Billy Sherrill, Van McCoy & Joe Cobb (which yielded the original version of “Lean On Me,” a few years later an R&B hit for Melba Moore) and Richard Perry (including a funky version of Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move”) followed before Vivian left Epic and after a short stint with Atco, starred in the Broadway musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar.”

• A dynamic and popular live performer, Vivian contributed quotes to a stellar essay by Justin Kantor while Dr. Jason King (creator of Company Freak with whom she has worked) has penned a personal tribute for this reissue, remastered from original Epic tapes by Nick Robbins.