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Delegation II
Len Coley and Roddy Harris formed DELEGATION in Birmingham, during the mid 70’s; later adding Jamaican born Ricky Bailey whose voice was to give them added flair on lead, helping them to compete in the competitive UK Soul Market.
The Group worked with one of the UK’s most prolific hit makers of the 70’s and 80’s, Ken Gold, responsible for masterminding The Real Thing as well as writing and producing for artists such as The Nolans, Liquid Gold and Billy Ocean who secured a deal with State Records after which the group released a few UK singles with moderate success.
However, when Oh Honey hit the US charts in 1979 it scored an incredibly impressive top 50 US Pop chart position and smoothly grooved all the way to #6 in the US R&B charts helping the album enter the top 100 on the Billboard Hot 200 and came to rest easily at #8 on the US R&B album chart.
DELEGATION later moved to Ariola Records while changing their line-up with Len Coley being replaced with Bruce Dunbar, a Broadway Musical singer who starred in the musical "Hair" before joining the band, bringing with him his captivating falsetto, so well suited to DELEGATION’s smooth funky sound. Once they had drafted in the arranging talents of keyboard virtuoso, Lynton Naismith, DELEGATION went to work on 'Eau De Vie' which would go on to become their highest selling album achieving a Gold Record status in 1980.
1981 would see the release of DELEGATION II, which created such hits as the single I WANTCHA BACK, a low tempo, funky bass line driven Disco single. IN THE NIGHT stepped up the heat, again driven by the incredible talents of Jon Plotel on bass and the Lynton Naiff arranged string section. SINGING closed out the single releases, a big production number with some great performances by Jon Plotel, Lynton Naiff, Robert J. Ahwai on guitar and Kofi Aivor on percussion and of course the incredible horn section that feature throughout the album.
BBR is very proud to bring you DELEGATION II, completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with liner notes and extended bonus content.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, DELEGATION II is a must have or all Soul and Funk and Jazz fans out there!

Release Date: 26/11/2012
Our Price: £9.95
Code: CDBBR0193
Weight: 200
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1. FEELS SO GOOD (LOVING YOU SO BAD)
2. DANCE, PRANCE, BOOGIE
3. IN LOVE'S TIME
4. SINGING
5. 12th HOUSE
6. IN THE NIGHT
7. TURN ON TO CITY LIFE
8. FREE TO BE ME
9. I WANTCHA BACK
10. GONNA KEEP MY EYES ON YOU
BONUS TRACKS
11. SINGING (12” Special Disco Mix)
12. 12th HOUSE (Special Radio Version)
SINGING (Special Radio 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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Three D
Little can be said about The Sound Of Philadelphia or Philadelphia International Records without mentioning The Three Degrees. This trio may have had more than 12 different women represent the group so far, but they remain one of the most memorable female vocal acts of the last 40+ years.

In 1979, The Three Degrees released their second album for Ariola Records, 3D, produced by Grammy Award winner Giorgio Moroder fresh from winning an Academy Award for his full movie score on Midnight Express and fellow Grammy Award and Academy Award winner Harold Faltermeyer. The album featured such hits as the fantastic driving beat of the US Dance hits JUMP THE GUN and SET ME FREE and a UK Top Ten hit, the hugely popular sweet and soulful, MY SIMPLE HEART. Other notable singles include the gorgeous funky Earth, Wind & Fire inspired ballad STARLIGHT and WITHOUT YOU.

BBR is proud to present this newly re-mastered and beautifully re-packaged expanded edition of THREE D, complete with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with group members and Ariola Records President Robin Blanchflower along with added bonus tracks. Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, this BBR Re-Master is a must have for all Soul, Disco and Girl-Group Pop fans.


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Pennye- Expanded Edition
PENNYE FORD was born Penny Ford in 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio and is the daughter of Gene Redd Sr., the record company executive and former producer at King Records, famous for once having James Brown on their roster. She is also the sister of the late Sharron Redd and Gene Redd Jr. who was a songwriter for Kool & The Gang and BMP. In her youth Pennye studied various musical instruments and this led to her joining a group called Reach and toured extensively with them throughout Japan. On her return to the US, PENNYE FORD got a job at the Motown publishing company, Jobete Music and recorded a few demos of their catalogue. Later she worked on Total Experience Records where she had a short stint as a backing singer for The GAP Band. PENNYE FORD also features as the uncredited lead vocalist for the German electronic dance band Snap! on their 1990 #1 hit, The Power.In 1984 PENNYE FORD released her debut album entitled PENNYE. The album features the production of label owner Lonnie Simmons and contained two hits for Ford in the form of the up-tempo groove, CHANGE YOU WICKED WAYS, which reached #76 on the UK Singles chart and the popular Dance single DANGEROUS, that soared to #24 in the US Dance chart and a top 50 spot in the UK charts. Other notable tracks include the seriously funky slow jam DON’T YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU which is backed by a deep synth bassline that you cant help but love and the softer and more soulful, SERIOUS LOVE written and produced by Pennye herself.

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Be A Winner- Expanded Edition
Yarbrough & Peoples first set airwaves alight when their futuristic hit, Don’t Stop The Music shot to #1 on the R&B charts. Following the success of their first single they recorded numerous hit singles on Total Experience Records throughout the 80’s. Yarbrough & Peoples consisted of childhood friends Cavin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples who met while going to the same piano teacher as children and attending the same local church in Dallas, Texas. Cavin Yarbrough started his career as a singer and keyboardist for a group called Grand Theft and one night while he was performing, the Wilson brothers, founders of The Gap Band, were in the audience and offered Cavin a job as a background vocalist on the Leon Russell tour that they were a part of. Soon after returning to Dallas, Alisa Peoples sang with Grand Theft and once again at a gig in Dallas, The Gap Band, signed to Total Experience Records by this point introduced them to label owner and producer, Lonnie Simmons. The Result of this introduction was to be four hit albums and numerous hit singles until the labels demise in the late 80s. BBR brings you Yarbrough & Peoples third offering on Total Experience Records, 1984s Be A Winner. Produced by Cavin Yarbrough with Jonah Ellis and Oliver Scott, BE A WINNER yielded another #1 R&B single for the group with Don’t Waste Your Time garnering the top spot in the spring of 84 and went on to become a popular dance hit getting to #11 on the Dance charts and by the summer the title track on the LP had gained a #20 R&B chart position.


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The Gap Band VI
THE GAP BAND enjoyed huge success throughout the 70s and 80s 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. 1985 brought the release of THE GAP BAND VI and with it the band soared back to the top of the R&B album chart with the chosen singles also enjoying impressive chart positions. The first single BEEP A FREAK, peaked at #2 R&B, their highest chart spot since Outstanding took the top spot on the R&B charts in 1982. The albums other two singles followed suit with I FOUND MY BABY hitting #8 in the R&B chart, and DISRESPECT earning a Top 20 R&B position. 

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 VI, newly remastered and repackaged for the first time on CD anywhere in the world 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!

Release Date: 29/10/2012



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