MICHAEL HENDERSON: TAKE ME I’M YOURS: THE BUDDAH YEARS ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5168D)

MICHAEL HENDERSON: TAKE ME I’M YOURS: THE BUDDAH YEARS ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5168D)

Track listing:

DISC 1:  AT THE CONCERT

  1. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson: You Are My Starship
  2. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson & Phyllis Hyman: We Both Need Each Other
  3. Make Me Feel Better
  4. Time
  5. Treat Me Like A Man
  6. Solid
  7. Be My Girl
  8. You Haven’t Made It To The Top
  9. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson & Jean Carn: Valentine Love
  10. Stay With Me This Summer
  11. I Can’t Help It (US single edit)
  12. Won’t You Be Mine
  13. Whip It
  14. Goin’ Places
  15. Michael Henderson & Roberta Flack: At the Concert
  16. Take Me I’m Yours 

DISC 2:  PLAYING ON THE REAL THING

  1. In The Night-Time
  2. Am I Special
  3. To Be Loved
  4. Do It All
  5.  Playing On The Real Thing
  6.  Riding
  7. Reach Out For Me
  8. Wide Receiver
  9. Prove It
  10. You’re My Choice
  11. Make Me Feel Like
  12. Phyllis Hyman & Michael Henderson: Can’t We Fall In Love Again
  13. Make It Easy On Yourself
  14. (We Are Here To) Geek You Up
  15. Slingshot
  16. Come To Me
  17. Fickle
  • As part of its acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Take Me I’m Yours – The Buddah Years,” a solid retrospective of award-winning recording artist, producer, songwriter and musician Michael Henderson’s hit-filled tenure (1976-1983) wih Buddah Records. 
  • Before achieving international recognition as a stellar artist his own right, Michigan-born Michael began doing shows as a bass player with R&B favourites, The Detroit Emeralds; in the late ‘60s, a youthful Stevie Wonder invited the teenager to join his band. In Detroit, Michael played on sessions with Motown artists including The Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Gladys Knight & The Pips and David Ruffin as well as doing shows with Aretha Franklin. 
  • In 1970, during a New York gig with Wonder, jazz legend Miles Davis offered Michael a spot in his touring and recording band which lasted for five years before fellow band member Reggie Lucas introduced him to drummer Norman Connors. In 1975, Michael cut his own “Valentine Love” as a duet with Jean Carn for Connors’ “Saturday Night Special” LP and began experiencing eight years of best-selling singles and LPs. 
  • The title track for Connors’ 1976 LP, “You Are My Starship” established Michael as a hitmaker in his own right and was followed by a duet with then-newcomer Phyllis Hyman (“We Both Need Each Other”). In 1976, Buddah Records released “Solid,” Michael’s first of seven albums for the label. 
  • This anthology, compiled by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan, includes all of Michael’s fifteen US charted singles including the Top 5 R&B hit “Take Me I’m Yours” and the 1981 hit duet with Phyllis Hyman, “Can’t We Fall In Love Again” as well as key LP cuts such as the quiet storm gem, “At The Concert” with Roberta Flack and “Treat Me Like A Man” (which Michael also produced on The Dramatics). 
  • Stellar liner notes by Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell include extensive quotes and track-by-track commentary from Michael; and first class remastering (Donald Cleveland) and artwork (Roger Williams).

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.

PHYLLIS HYMAN: DELIVER THE LOVE - THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5165D)

PHYLLIS HYMAN: DELIVER THE LOVE – THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5165D)

Track listing:

DISC ONE: LIVING INSIDE YOUR LOVE
1. BABY (I’M GONNA LOVE YOU) (7″ VERSION)
2. YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME
3. UNDER YOUR SPELL
4. YOU SURE LOOK GOOD TO ME
5. TONIGHT YOU AND ME (DISCO VERSION)
6. RIDING THE TIGER (SINGLE EDIT)
7. KISS YOU ALL OVER (12″ VERSION)
8. IF YOU EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND
9. SLEEP ON IT
10.HOTTEST LOVE AROUND
11.LIVING INSIDE YOUR LOVE (12″ SINGLE)
12.WE BOTH NEED EACH OTHER – Norman Connors feat.
Phyllis Hyman and Michael Henderson
13.CAN’T WE FALL IN LOVE AGAIN – Phyllis Hyman and
Michael Henderson
14.WHY DID YOU TURN ME ON
15.DELIVER THE LOVE
16.LOVING YOU, LOSING YOU (12″ SINGLE)
DISC TWO: LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU
1. LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU
2. GONNA MAKE CHANGES
3. BLACK AND BLUE – Barry Manilow With Phyllis Hyman
Featuring Tom Scott
4. SOMEWHERE IN MY LIFETIME
5. IN BETWEEN THE HEARTACHES
6. MAGIC MONA (FROM THE SOUNDTRACK OF “THE FISH
THAT SAVED PITTSBUGH”)
7. BE CAREFUL (HOW YOU TREAT MY LOVE)
8. NO ONE CAN LOVE YOU MORE (7″ VERSION)
9. BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW – Norman Connors feat. Phyllis
Hyman
10.AS YOU ARE – Pharoah Sanders (feat. Phyllis Hyman)
11.I’LL BE AROUND – McCoy Tyner (feat. Phyllis Hyman)
12.JUST IMAGINE… – Norman Connors (feat. Phyllis Hyman)
13.SACRED KIND OF LOVE – Grover Washington, Jr. (feat.
Phyllis Hyman)
14.LOVE SURROUNDS US EVERYWHERE – McCoy Tyner (feat.
Phyllis Hyman)
15. IN SEARCH OF MY HEART – McCoy Tyner (feat. Phyllis
Hyman)
16.IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
17.I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU

  • As part of its acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Deliver The Love – The Anthology,” a sumptuous 2-CD homage to the late legendary vocalist, Phyllis Hyman who continues to enjoy a faithful and loyal following among discerning music lovers the world over.

 

  • “Deliver The Love” focuses on the Pittsburgh-born entertainer’s years with Buddah Records and Arista Records; in addition to all her charted tracks released between 1976-1985 (including “You Know How To Love Me,” “Somewhere In My Lifetime” and “Betcha By Golly Wow”), this compilation (lovingly produced by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan, who began interviewing Phyllis in 1977 and maintained his association with her until 1995, the year of her passing) contains a plethora of guest appearances with other musical giants including Norman Connors, Grover Washington Jr., Pharaoh Sanders, McCoy Tyner and Barry Manilow.

 

  • The soulful singer’s duets with Michael Henderson – “Can’t We Fall In Love Again” and “We Both Need Each Other” – are included along with 12” single versions of “Kiss You All Over,” the stunning Thom Bell-Linda Creed composition, “Loving You, Losing You” and “Living Inside Your Love.” Other highlights include the Bell-produced “Magic Mona,” the underrated “Just Imagine…” (from the Norman Connors’ album, ‘You Are My Starship’) and  the timeless standard, “In A Sentimental Mood,” from the Broadway musical “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies” which garnered Phyllis a Tony nomination in 1981. In addition, four obscure tracks that remained unreleased until issued on UK compilations in the last ten years are also included along with much-loved gems from the Hyman recorded legacy such as “I Don’t Want To Lose You,” her self-penned “Gonna Make Changes,” “No One Can Love You More” and “Be Careful (How You Treat My Love).”

 

  • Stellar liner notes by A. Scott Galloway include quotes from Stanley Clarke, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Jean Carn, Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden and others; a personal tribute by David Nathan; first class remastering by Donald Cleveland; a excellent artwork by Roger Williams make this a heartfelt tribute to an amazing, distinctive and much-loved chanteuse.

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