Harvest for the World- Expanded Edition - Isley Brothers (The)

Harvest for the World- Expanded Edition
Released on 24/10/11.

Originally formed as a gospel quartet in the 1950s, THE ISLEY BROTHERS went on to massive success in a decades-spanning career which has seen them produce music in genres from doowop to R&B, funk, soul and rock.


Reaching their third decade as a musical act in the 1970s, The Isley Brothers continued to reinvent themselves with line-up changes and new sounds ranging from 1973's hit rock anthem Summer Breeze to the socially-conscious soul of the title track from their 1976 album HARVEST FOR THE WORLD. HARVEST FOR THE WORLD was a landmark release for the Isley Brothers. While other Soul and Funk acts responded to the commercial pressure to record Disco, the band continued to absorb new influences while steadfastly progressing their sound.

First single WHO LOVES YOU BETTER became a Top 10 R&B smash hit and reached the US Pop charts. Second single HARVEST FOR THE WORLD followed suit, in addition to giving the group their first Top Ten UK hit of the 1970s, re-establishing THE ISLEY BROTHERS as an act with an international audience.
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1. HARVEST FOR THE WORLD (Prelude) 2. HARVEST FOR THE WORLD 3. PEOPLE OF TODAY 4. WHO LOVES YOU BETTER 5. (AT YOUR BEST) YOU ARE LOVE 6. LET ME DOWN EASY 7. SO YOU WANNA STAY DOWN 8. YOU STILL FEEL THE NEED

BONUS TRACKS 9. HARVEST FOR THE WORLD (Instrumental) 10. WHO LOVES YOU BETTER – Part 1 (Single Version) 11. HARVEST FOR THE WORLD (Single Version)
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The Three Degrees were hugely successful internationally throughout the seventies, particularly in the UK where they enjoyed ten top forty hits including Year Of Decision, Take Good Care Of Yourself and the anthemic ballad When Will I See You Again, all on Philadelphia International Records. New Dimensions was the trio's first album for Ariola Records where they were teamed with hotter than hot producer Giorgio Moroder, who was riding high on his work with Donna Summer.

The top forty album spent thirteen weeks on the UK album chart in 1979 and spun off three hugely successful megahits in the shape of the discofied Giving Up, Giving In and The Runner as well as the top three ballad Woman In Love.


This newly re-mastered edition features extensive liner notes and seven bonus tracks. Also available: BBR's best-selling reissue of The Three Degrees' Philadelphia International debut.


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My Melody- Expanded Edition
Deniece Williams first made an impression as part of Stevie Wonder's back-up trio WONDERLOVE in the early seventies.

In 1976 she released her debut album, This Is Niecy, which featured the mega-hit FREE which topped the UK chart. Her sophomore set, Song Bird followed in 1977. Deniece then enjoyed an international smash hit in the form of, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late with Johnny Mathis. When Love Comes Calling appeared in 1979 and saw Deniece embracing the Disco movement.

In 1981, Deniece Williams changed her style again when she released MY MELODY, which was to feature the production of Philly Soul legend, Thom Bell. Bell returned Deniece to the popular jazz soul settings previously heard on This Is Neicy and has been referred to by Deniece herself as one of her favourite albums.

Featured tracks include the hit single, WHAT TWO CAN DO which secured a top 20 R&B chart spot, IT‘S YOUR CONSCIENCE as well as SILLY which became a huge radio hit and a signature song for Deniece Williams and is still played constantly on Quiet Storm stations today.


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Groovin You : Expanded Edition
The second reissue from SoulMusic.com Records (following the April 2011 reissue of MARCHING IN THE STREET, SMCR 5015) by star drummer, producer and songwriter Harvey Mason. Groovin You signals the start of a new series of classic jazz/funk albums from SoulMusic.com Records.Originally released in 1979, Groovin You (produced by Harvey and co-produced by his brother, trumpet player Kenny Mason) was Harvey’s fourth album for Arista Records and his second highest-charted LP. Harvey Mason is considered one of the star players in the world of funk and jazz, playing on recordings by artists such as Herbie Hancock, Carole King, Donald Byrd, James Brown and Beyonce.The LP boasts an all-star cast of musicians including Wah- Wah Watson, Lee Ritenour, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, David Spinozza, Phil Upchurch, Jay Graydon, Bob James, Ray Parker Jr. and David Foster and includes a cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Wave.The funky title track was Harvey’s first dance music hit single and is included on this expanded edition along with the 12 single released in both the U.S. and U.K Our Price: £9.95

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Between The Sheets
Originally formed as a gospel quartet in the 1950s, The Isley Brothers went on to massive success in a decades-spanning career which has seen them produce music in genres from doo-wop to R&B, funk, soul and rock.Reaching their third decade as a musical act in the 1970s, The Isley Brothers continued to reinvent themselves with line-up changes and new sounds ranging from 1973 s hit rock anthem Summer Breeze to the smash hit slow jam Don’t Say Goodnight (It s Time for Love) in 1980, incorporating elements of funk and disco along the way.The 1983 release of the album Between The Sheets brought yet another revolution in the band's sound, as they added synthesizers and electronic beats. The title track became a smash hit, bringing the digital era to the top of the R&B charts, where it reached #3. The track also achieved international success, reaching the UK Singles chart. The oft covered follow-up single, Choosey Lover, gave the band their second consecutive top ten R&B hit, reaching #6.

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Stares and Whispers
Songstress Freda Payne has enjoyed a lengthy career in the world of music and while probably best known for her early 70s hits, Band Of Gold and Bring The Boys Home, the native Detroiter has been a staple performer since her early teens.After her success working with Holland-Dozier-Holland for Invictus Records, Freda recorded two albums for ABC Records before signingwith Capitol Records in 1977. Freda’s Capitol debut LP Stares And Whispers featured production work from Frank Wilson (known for hisHit making records with Eddie Kendricks, The Supremes, and Lenny Williams) and Tony Camillo (known for hits with Gladys Knight & The Pips among others). The producers assembled an all-star cast of musicians and singers for the L.A. sessions including Greg Phillinganes, Jack Ashford and Angela Winbush. Much anticipated by Freda’s many fans worldwide, the 1977 set spawned a major dance hit (Love Magnet) and according to Freda, remains one of her personal favourite albums of the many she’s recorded since 1963.

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"Detroit chanteuse Freda Payne is best remember by the British public for her 1970 chart topper, the matrimonial melodrama, ‘Band of Gold’, released by Holland-Dozier-Holland’s Invictus label. A huge international smash and a million seller that became something of a milestone around Ms. Payne’s neck, its notoriety has unfairly eclipsed the rest of the records she made in the ‘70s, some of which were very good, but just didn’t reap the success or accrue the exposure they deserved.”  

-Charles Waring / Blacksheepmag.com September 2011
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