Current - Heatwave

Current
Heatwave's final album released on the Epic label in 1982 finally makes it to CD in a fully expanded version.

The classic album went all the way to #21 on the US R&B charts and became the groups last big hit before they finally disbanded in the mid 80's.

Current featured five songs written by former band member, Rod Temperton, who penned them alongside his compositions for Michael Jackson's Thriller album.

Features the single Look After Love, which featured guest vocals from Imagination's Lee John and Ashley Ingram. Other singles included Mind What You Find as well as the hugely popular, Rod Temperton penned club classic Lettin' It Loose. This newly re-mastered edition features extensive liner notes and three bonus tracks. This long sought-after CD remaster is a must for all Soul, Funk and Disco fans.

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Code: CDBBR0010
Weight: 200
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Lettin' It Loose / State To State / Look After Love / Naturally / The Big Guns / Find It In Your Heart / Hold On To The One / Mind What You Find

BONUS TRACKS- Lettin' It Loose (12" Extended Version) / Look After Love (7" Single Edit)

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The Gap Band 8- Expanded Edition
THE GAP BAND enjoyed huge success throughout the 70's and 80’s with their unique sound and contribution to the Funk scene. Formed in 1967 in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson first went by the name Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band later shortening the name to THE GAP BAND in 1973. LA Producer Lonnie Simmons, signed them to his label, Total Experience Records, setting in motion what would be the start of a long and prosperous relationship between THE GAP BAND and Simmons. Notable hits include their top ten hit Shake, the breakthrough single from The Gap Band II, I Don t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops!) and the number one R&B hit Early In The Morning taken from their 1982 #1 R&B album The Gap Band IV.

1986 saw the release of THE GAP BAND 8, the band's penultimate album for Total Experience. The album includes the single BIG FUN, which brought the band their greatest UK success, reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart and also reaching #8 in the R&B chart in the USA. The follow-up single GET LOOSE, GET FUNKY gave the band another Top Twenty R&B hit, reaching #15.

BBR is very proud to present the next entry in our series of new to CD Total Experience reissues in the form of THE GAP BAND 8, newly re-mastered and repackaged and complete with extensive liner notes and expansive bonus content. Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases this BBR Remaster is a must have for all Funk, Soul, R&B and Quiet Storm fans out there!




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Utopia
Enchantment were formed in 1967 at Pershing High School in Detroit and secured their first recording contract two years later by winning first place in a talent contest sponsored by Detroit’s WCHB radio station.
In 1970 Enchantment joined the renowned talent agency Artists International and developed their song and stage craft through the early seventies performing throughout the Detroit area. This period culminated in the group recording the soundtrack for the movie ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ which was released on Polydor in 1975.
The following year Enchantment released their eponymous debut LP which kick started a great run of success and the release of further albums over the following few years which spawned the singles ‘Gloria’ (R&B #5) and ‘Sunshine’ (R&B #3), ‘It’s You That I Need’ (R&B #1), and ‘If You’re Ready (Here It Comes)’ (R&B #14, and an underground dance classic)" to name just a few.
Utopia was Enchantments sixth LP released in 1983 and saw the group take a departure from their horn and string led soulful, lush sound, instead putting the Fairlight synthesizer at the core of the album. Utopia contains both passionate ballads and full-on club tracks. ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’ was the album’s R&B hit single with its relaxing percussive groove and compassionate vocal from Joe ‘Jobie’ Thomas. ‘I’m Dreaming’ sees Emanuel ‘E.J.’ Johnson lend his hair-raising tenor vocal to a gorgeous composition. ‘Somebody’s Loving You’ and ‘Get It While It’s Hot’ are both bone-fide dance-floor shakers with the former demonstrating the group’s aptitude for straight ahead rhythms and solid propulsive bass-lines.
BBR are very proud to present UTOPIA, fully re-mastered with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks.
UTOPIA is a must for all R&B, Soul and Post Disco/Dance fans out there!

Release Date: 27/05/2013
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Down To Love Town: Expanded Edition
•    Formed in 1966, THE ORIGINALS worked as studio backup singers at Motown and featured on tracks such as ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ by Jimmy Ruffin, ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder and Edwin Starr’s politically fuelled jam, ‘War.’ The original Originals were made up of four singers, the group's baritone and founder Walter Gaines, tenors Hank Dixon and C.P. Spencer (an original member of The Spinners) and also bass singer, Freddie Gorman, who was one of the writers of ‘Please Mr. Postman.’ In the late 60s, under the guidance and writing expertise of Al Green, The Originals scored two of their biggest hits early in their career with ‘Baby I'm For Real’ and the Gold certified, ‘The Bells.’

•    DOWN TO LOVE TOWN was the groups eighth album for Motown and was released in 1977. Produced by Michael Sutton and the Originals The album opens with intent on the horn and wah-wah led Disco/Soul stomper ‘Hurry Up And Wait’ before making way for the title track and only single from the album. ‘Down To Love Town’ (Disco #1/Pop #47) was originally included on their 1976 album Communique and became a true Disco classic with an incredible and impassioned lead vocal from Freddy Gorman's tenor/baritone, as he demands everybody join him in ‘Love Town,’ while the interplay between the guitar, strings and percussion keep you on the crest of the wave for the full six minutes of this 12” remix.  Other standouts include the smooth up-tempo groover ‘You Are A Blessing To Me’ and the passionate ballad ‘Sunrise.’  

•    Following on from their reissue of The Originals Lamont Dozier produced 1975 album "California Sunset,” (CDBBR0044) BBR are proud to present DOWN TO LOVE TOWN, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. Essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Disco fans.

N.B. This album is released August 11 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:


1. HURRY UP AND WAIT
2. DOWN TO LOVE TOWN (Disco Mix)
3. YOU ARE A BLESSING TO ME
4. CALL ON YOUR SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
5. MOTHER NATURE'S BEST
6. SUNRISE
7. BEEN DECIDED

BONUS TRACK
8. DOWN TO LOVE TOWN (Single Mix)
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Heartbeats: Expanded Edition
•    Cavin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples were childhood friends from Dallas, Texas who went on to have great chart success as an R&B duo through the 1980's. While on tour as a backing vocalist with Leon Russell in the late 1970's Cavin met the Wilson Brothers from The Gap Band, who in turn introduced Cavin to their collaborator Lonnie Simmons and his Total Experience Recording Studios who produced the duos debut album and later signed them to his Total Experience label, joining The Gap Band on the roster.

•    Yarbrough & Peoples second album, HEARTBEATS was released through Total Experience Records in 1983, due to producer Simmons securing a distribution deal with Polygram for his label during the previous year. Commercially Heartbeats perhaps suffered from "second album syndrome” because of the great success of debut LP "The Two Of Us” (CDBBRX0195) and the three year gap between releases. Peaking at #25 R&B the album, which also provided 2 R&B hit singles, picked up from where the debut had left off with Simmons trademark slick, mid-tempo production style.

•    The first single released was the title track and album opener ‘Heartbeats.’ Charting at #10 R&B and #101 Pop ‘Heartbeats’ is an intense slice of electronic soul with a pulsing synth bass line and unwavering beat allied to progressive synth lines, vocoder vocal effects and the rhythmic phrasing of Cavin and Alisa's passionate vocals. Second single ‘Feels So Good’ peaked at #20 R&B in the spring of 1983 and is closely related to their debut hit ‘Don't Stop The Music’ with its solid mid tempo expansive groove, dynamic synth work and the response "when the music feels so good I don't wanna' stop.”

•    Other stand out tracks on this superb  album are the playful soul groove ‘You Love Me, You Love Me Not,’ the feel good dancer ‘Party Night’ and the more traditional, piano led R&B balled ‘What About Me’ which closes the record.

•    BBR is very proud to present HEARTBEATS, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. HEARTBEATS completes BBR's re-master series of all four of Yarbrough & peoples studio albums and is absolutely essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Disco fans.  

NB: This product is released September 1st and will not be dispatched before this date.

TRACK LIST:


1.    HEARTBEATS
2.    INNERMOST FEELINGS
3.    FEELS SO GOOD
4.    YOU LOVE ME, YOU LOVE ME NOT
5.    AS ONE
6.    WHAT'S THAT YOU'VE SLIPPED INTO MY WINE
7.    PARTY NIGHT
8.    WHAT ABOUT ME

BONUS TRACKS
9.    HEARTBEATS (12” Version)
10.    FEELS SO GOOD (12” Version)
11.    HEARTBEATS (12” Instrumental Version)
12.    FEELS SO GOOD (Instrumental Version)
13.    HEARTBEATS (Single Version)
14.    FEELS SO GOOD (Alternative LP Version)
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