A Tear And A Smile - Linda Lewis

A Tear And A Smile
Few artists can fuse genres as effortlessly as Linda Lewis. Gifted with an incredible 5 octave vocal range, her unique sound contains elements of Folk, Soul, Pop and Rock and has won the admiration of artists from Stevie Wonder to Paul Weller, Jamiroquai and Noel Gallagher, whom Linda recorded backing vocals for recently.
A TEAR AND A SMILE was Linda’s eighth album and was released on Epic Records in 1983. Production on this album was split between soul legend Bert DeCouteaux and British Dance Pop duo, The Quick.
A TEAR AND A SMILE features the single ‘Why Can’t I Be The Other Woman’ which features both Luther Vandross and Gwen Guthrie on backing vocals. Other singles from the album were ‘This Boy’ and ‘(Close The Door) Take Your Heart’.
BBR is proud to present the first ever CD release of A TEAR AND A SMILE anywhere in the world.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, with bonus tracks and a brand new interview with LINDA LEWIS, A TEAR AND A SMILE is a must for all Soul and Eighties Pop fans.
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Code: CDBBR0119
Weight: 200
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1. Destination Love
2. I Am What I Am
3. Take Me For A Little While
4. Don t Let It Go
5. You Don t Know What You’re Missing
6. (Close The Door) Take Your Heart
7. I Can’t Get Enough
8. This Boy
9. Why Can’t I Be The Other Woman
10. Sweet Heartache
11. Come On Back
12. I Can Take It
13. Class Style (I’ve got it) (12” Groove mix)
14. You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet (12” megamix)
15. Class Style (I’ve got it) (single version)
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MFSB
M.F.S.B. (Mother Father Sister Brother) was the house band for Philadelphia International Records and worked very closely with the production team of Gamble & Huff. They backed up groups such as Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The O’Jays, The Stylistics, The Spinners, Wilson Pickett and Billy Paul and are probably best known in their own right for providing the theme music for the legendary TV show Soul Train with ‘T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia)’. With the rise of the Philly soul sound at the beginning of the '70s, business was booming at GambleandHuff's Philadelphia International imprint and as a result M.F.S.B. were kept very busy in the studio providing backing for the aforementioned artists and leaving little time for the groups own recording sessions. It wasn’t until 1973 that the group had a chance to record material in its own name and released their self-titled debut album to high acclaim later that same year. MFSB features extended Funk-Soul-Jazz work-outs as on the seven-minute cover of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Freddie's Dead’ that opens the set. The group also re-interpreted Sly Stone's ‘Family Affair’ to great effect while emphasising the flute as the driving force for their version of their label mates The O’Jays ‘Back Stabbers’ R&B chart topper from the previous year. The lush Disco/Pop sounds that informed the majority of the group’s later recordings, both in their own right and as the PIR house band, are featured on the other notable tracks on the album, in particular "Poinciana" which also features jazz-blues piano and guitar interjecting the soaring strings. ‘Something For Nothing’ (sampled by Groove Armada) also fits that description with a beautiful string led section that leads to an incredible motif on the horns which blasts through at just the right time, propelling the track forward. BBR is very proud to present MFSB, fully re-mastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. MFSB is a must for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Jazz fans out there!

Release Date: 27/05/2013
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Save Me: Expanded Edition
•    SILVER CONVENTION started life in Munich in 1974 as Silver Bird Convention when German songwriting and producing partners Michael Kunzte and Sylvester Levay released the single ‘Save Me’ on Jupiter Records, enlisting three session singers to take care of the minimal vocal refrain on the track. With the "Bird” soon dropped from the acts name ‘Save Me’ became an international Disco hit charting at #30 in the U.K. and across the board in the U.S. at #10 Disco and #103 Pop, heralding the start of continued success throughout the 70's.

•    With a settled line up of Ramona Wolf, Penny McLean and Linda G. Thompson as Silver Convention the group released this, their eponymously titled debut LP (titled "Save Me” outside of Germany) to great acclaim as the Euro-Disco sound made waves across the world with Giorgio Morodor, also based in Munich, surfing the highest.

•    "Save Me” opens the album with its propulsive rhythms, sweeping horns and strings, yearning vocals and soulful sax solos. Follow up single "Fly, Robin, Fly,” a minimal mid-tempo dancer with a very satisfying piano motif and intricate strings, gained heavy rotation on U.S. radio as well as in the clubs, eclipsing the success of ‘Save Me’ by hitting the top spot across the Billboard R&B, Disco and Pop charts and again charting top 30 in the U.K., as well as taking home the Grammy for best R&B Instrumental Performance. Other stand out tracks are the single ‘Always Another Girl’ , ‘Tiger Baby’ UK #41 and ‘I Like It’ which show off the lush, string-laden Euro sound with Levay's arrangements tipping the hat to the likes of Gamble & Huff and Barry White.

•    Reaching #1 and #10 on the U.S. R&B and Pop album charts respectively SILVER CONVENTION (Save Me) has become a very influential album and is rightly regarded as a dance classic in many circles.

•    BBR are proud to present this newly remastered and repackaged expanded edition.

•    Complete with extensive liner notes and the extended 12” versions of ‘Fly, Robin, Fly’ and ‘Tiger Baby’, SILVER CONVENTION is essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Pop, Disco and Dance fans out there!          

•    This CD is released 28th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1.    SAVE ME
2.    I LIKE IT
3.    FLY, ROBIN, FLY
4.    TIGER BABY
5.    SON OF A GUN
6.    ALWAYS ANOTHER GIRL
7.    CHAINS OF LOVE
8.    HEART OF STONE
9.    PLEASE DON'T CHANGE THE CHORDS OF THIS SONG

BONUS TRACKS
10.    FLY, ROBIN, FLY (12” Version)
11.    TIGER BABY (12” Version)

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Up The Yellow Brick Road: Expanded Edition
•    BBR is proud to bring you UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, the sixth instalment of our Salsoul Orchestra reissues .

•    THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA was the brainchild of once MFSB member and legendary vibraphonist, Vincent Montana Jr. Formed in 1974, THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA, house band for the remarkable Salsoul Records, sometimes featured up to 50 members amongst its ranks including a number of former musicians from MFSB. THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA began an eight-year recording period in 1975 releasing eleven sensational albums during that time featuring production input from, Stan Lucas, Patrick Adams, Bunny Sigler and Tom Moulton through the years.

•    Released in 1978 and recorded at the famous Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD was  produced  by the aforementioned Vincent Montana, Jr., and was mixed by the legendary Tom Moulton.

•    As the title suggests, UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD is inspired by the classic Broadway and film musicals with opening track ‘Ease On Down The Road’ taken from the Charlie Smalls penned "The Wiz,” a reinterpretation of The Wizard Of Oz, whose Broadway production won 7 Tony Awards. There are also two extended medleys of the famous songs from both West Side Story and Fiddler On The Roof as well as a cover of ‘Evergreen,’ the theme from A Star Is Born, which closes the album. Sandwiched in between is a great cover of the Beatles "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”. With Montana producing and arranging and Moulton mixing every track delivers the classic Salsoul sound and feel.

•    This newly remastered edition of UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD comes complete with extensive liner notes and bonus content making this BBR Remaster a must have for all Funk, Soul, Disco, Philly Soul and Broadway Musical fans out there!

•    This CD is released 28th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1. EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD
2. WEST SIDE STORY (Medley)
    FANFARE
    AMERICA
    MARIA
    SOMEWHERE INTERLUDE
    TONIGHT
3. SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB  
    BAND
4. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (MEDLEY)
    FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
    MATCHMAKER
    SHERELE
    SUNRISE, SUNSET
    IF I WERE A RICH MAN
    HAVAH NAGILA
    THEME FROM "EXODUS”
5. EVERGREEN (THEME FROM ”A STAR IS  
    BORN”)
   
BONUS TRACK
6. WEST SIDE STORY
    (12” Promotional Disco Mix)  

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'Lectric Lady
•    CAROL WILLIAMS, from Montclair, New Jersey, was the first female singer to sign a solo recording contract with the legendary disco label Salsoul Records.  With Williams vocal audition trumping all other hopefuls, allied with her extensive experience in the industry due to being an integral member of soul groups The Geminis and The Del-Rios, she was the obvious choice for the label who were looking for their equivalent of Gloria Gaynor who was riding high at the time with the success of her disco smash "Never Can Say Goodbye.”

•    Williams soon got to work with legendary producer and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Montana, Jr. and his incredible Salsoul Orchestra, contributing not only several track selections but also co-writing three of the cuts on her debut offering.

•    'LECTRIC LADY was released in 1976 where we find The Salsoul Orchestra at the peak of their musical powers delivering rich musicianship with their trademark propulsive, percussive grooves, and came hot on the heels of the success of the first single from the album, "More.” Regarded as an early disco classic "More,” a cover of a Kai Winding song, set pulses racing on the dance floors catapulting this smooth and lushly orchestrated track, which builds the tension to its climax, to a peak of #4 on the U.S. disco charts, paving the way for the album’s release. Follow up singles "Come Back” and "Love Is You” solidified Williams dance floor credentials with the latter being considered a club classic and inspiring Italian dance producer Spiller to sample the hook on the worldwide dance hit "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)” which topped both the U.K. and Australian pop charts in 2000.  

•    Newly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus material, BBR is proud to present 'LECTRIC LADY. Essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco and Dance fans out there!

This product is released June 2 2014 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1. LOVE IS YOU
2. THIS TIME MAY BE THE LAST TIME
3. MORE
4. JUST FEEL
5. MY TIME OF NEED
6. COME BACK
7. DANGER SIGN
8. RATTLESNAKE
9. YOU'RE SO MUCH A PART OF ME

BONUS TRACKS
10. COME BACK (12” VERSION)
11. LOVE IS YOU ("A TOM MOULTON MIX”)
12. COME BACK (12” VERSION)
13. MORE (SINGLE VERSION)
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Get Up And Boogie: Expanded Edition
•    SILVER CONVENTION started life in Munich in 1974 as Silver Bird Convention when German song writing and producing partners Michael Kunzte and Sylvester Levay released the single ‘Save Me’ on Jupiter Records, enlisting three session singers to take care of the minimal vocal refrain on the track. With the "Bird” soon dropped from the acts name ‘Save Me’ became an international Disco hit heralding the start of continued success throughout the 70's.

•    GET UP AND BOOGIE was the group’s second album released in 1976 and capitalized on the success of their debut, which is also available on BBR. Simply titled "Silver Convention” for the US market, GET UP AND BOOGIE confirmed the group’s reputation for very catchy, accessible dance floor music that was at the forefront of the Euro-disco movement.

•    The first single and opening title track ‘Get Up And Boogie,’ well known as the groups most famous track, took them back to the top end of the charts, as well as being a big hit in the clubs, due to its easy disco style and simple lyrical refrain. Reaching #5 on both the US R&B and Disco charts, as well as #2 and #7 in the US and UK Pop charts respectively it was one of the biggest global disco tracks of the year and still endures to this day. Second single ‘No, No, Joe,’  a funky mid-tempo track with trademark strings also charted at #34 R&B and #14 Disco in the US.

•    Other standout tracks are the classy ‘San Francisco Hustle,’ the down tempo reggae influenced ‘The Boy With The Ooh-La-La,’ the funky, string drenched, slow jam ‘You Turned Me On (But You Can't Turn Me Off)’ and closing ballad ‘Thank You, Mr. D.J.’

•    BBR is very proud to present GET UP AND BOOGIE, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. Essential listening for all Funk, Disco, Dance and Pop fans.

NB: This title is released July 28 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1.    GET UP AND BOOGIE
2.    NO, NO, JOE
3.    YOU TURNED ME ON (BUT YOU CAN'T TURN ME OFF)
4.    SAN FRANCISCO HUSTLE
5.    YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES (TO PLEASE YOU'RE WOMAN)
6.    THE BOY WITH OOH-LA-LA
7.    OLD WINE, NEW BOTTLES
8.    PLAY ME LIKE A YO-YO
9.    THANK YOU, MR. D.J.

BONUS TRACKS
10. Get Up and Boogie (12" Version)
11. No, No, Joe (12" Version)
12. Get Up and Boogie (Alternative Disco Version) PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

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