Hot Shots - Karen Young

Hot Shots
Karen Young, born in March of 1951, grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, PA. Early in her career she sang on various jingles and as a background vocalist for a number of Philadelphia production companies, later performing with a group by the name of Sandd.
In 1978 Karen Young released HOT SHOT on the New York based disco label West End Records. HOT SHOT featured 3 singles including the immensely popular single HOT SHOT, which rose all the way to #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and also spent two weeks at the top of the US Dance charts and with it propelling Karen Young from obscurity to stardom almost overnight.
HOT SHOT was written, arranged and produced by Philadelphia’s very own Kurt Borusiewicz and Andy Kahn all overseen by Grammy Award Winner Walter "Kandor” Kahn as executive producer.
Daft Punk later sampled HOT SHOT on Indo Silver Club, featured on their debut album, Homework, released in 1996. Over 10 years later, remixes of HOT SHOT from MaxRoxx Music, DJ Ralphi Rosario, DJ Wayne G, DJ Paul Goodyear and Andy Kahn himself climbed all the way to #7 for two weeks on Billboard Magazine's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart Returning Karen Young’s name to the charts for 5 weeks almost 30 years since the original release.
Big Break Records is very proud to bring you HOT SHOT for the first time on CD anywhere! Digitally remastered HOT SHOT comes complete with liner notes and added bonus content making this BBR Remaster a must have for all disco, R&B, funk and soul fans out there!

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Totally Tata Expanded Edition (Original Recordings Remastered, Bonus Tracks)
Side by side with the reissue of TATA VEGA’s 1976 Full Speed Ahead Motown debut, Soul Records is very proud to be releasing the multi-talented artist's sophomore album for the label TOTALLY TATA .Released in 1977, TOTALLY TATA once again provided a great musical setting for the native New Yorker. Musicians for the sessions included Andre Lewis (of the Motown group Mandre), Paulinho Da Costa and John Barneswith arrangements by Al Johnson (of Back For More fame) who also worked on Full Speed Ahead and was featured on the key cut track You’ll Never Rock Alone (co-written by Brenda Russell)Totally Tata includes a wonderful version of Stevie Wonder’s Blame It On The Sun, the standout Love Comes From The Most Unexpected Places and the spectacular Come In Heaven (Earth Is Calling), co-written by Marvin Gaye's ex-wife Anna Gordy and Gaye collaborator Elgie Stover with Tata and a staple in Tata’s recording and performance repertoire.

Like its predecessor, TOTALLY TATA was embraced by Motown music lovers worldwide who are elated that the album previously only available on a now out-of-print limited edition Japanese CD is making its return with three bonus tracks: the A and B sides of the planned-but-never-released single version of Come In Heaven and Tata s second version of You’ll Never Rock Alone a duet with Jermaine Jackson, issued on the Motown album Pops, We Love You


"It’s hard to imagine a talent like Tata Vega establishing a foothold in the music industry at any other time than the 1970’s. A 5ft nothing, curvy Puerto Rican vocal powerhouse possessed of a startling unique delivery, she certainly would have had a hard time blending into the background of ‘60s girl groups like The Vandellas and Supremes, and would later struggle in the shoulder-padded MTV dominated ‘80s.”  

-Adam Mattera / Echoes July 2011
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Bonnie Pointer : Expanded Edition
Released on 23rd of January. The founding member of THE POINTER SISTERS, BONNIE POINTER began her performing career in San Francisco nightclubs in 1969. Soon joined by youngest sister June then by elder sisters Ruth and Anita, The Pointer Sisters released a string of hits on Blue Thumb, trailblazing from genre to genre, including funk and jazz, and won their first Grammy award for the country song FAIRYTALE, written by Anita and Bonnie, which would be recorded by ELVIS PRESLEY two years before his death.

In 1976, Bonnie Pointer left the group and soon after signed with Motown. Produced by (her later husband) Jeffrey Bowen, her first Motown album was a critical and commercial success. First single FREE MY FROM MY FREEDOM reached the R&B top 10 in 1978 and was distinctive for being a disco-era funk record with a surprising banjo solo. The album also featured the classic Motown covers WHEN I’M GONE (Brenda Holloway) and HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU (The Elgins). The latter was soon rerecorded in a Disco style, becoming a top 20 Pop and top 10 Disco hit and a dance classic. Both versions are included in this reissue
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'Goddess' is a classic example of the changing face of pop music in the late 80's early 90's, by fusing styles, samples, beats and hooks as perfectly illustrated by their hit single 'Hippychick’.

'Goddess' is a classic example of the changing face of pop music in the late 80's early 90's, by fusing styles, samples, beats and hooks as perfectly illustrated by their hit single 'Hippychick’.

The CD features the 12 tracks of the original album release plus four bonus tracks.

The CD features the #8 UK smash 'Hippychick' which also reached the top 20 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, outselling Delite's Groove Is In The Heart which was released at the same time.


The bonus tracks are: Hippychick - Never Trust A Hippy. The result of a studio accident, when a piece of sampling machinery broke and the stuttered samples over the top of the breaks became the mix that broke Hippychick with the loved-up, E-d out Brits who holidayed in the Med in 1990.Scorpio Rising - the story of a man who got his ultimate, final kicks watching a his wife have sex with a stranger through a two way mirror as he gradually chokes to death.  Very limited release as a bonus track for the cassingle release of Out Of My Mind. 1st time on CD.Keep The Faith - a pre-Things Can Only Get Better tune written to keep spirits up in the darkest days of Thatcher's rule in the late 80s.  Never previously released, although it was played live a few times. 1st time on CD.Never Stop - originally part of the Goddess album, ended up as a USA-only B side. Another feminist anthem-on-a-motorbike.

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Computer Games 30th Anniversary Edition
Rock and roll hall of fame inductee, George Clinton, is best known for his extensive body of work produced along-side band mates of Parliament and Funkadelic who single handedly turned funk and R&B on its head during the 70’s and early 80’s.
In 1982 George Clinton released Computer Games on Capitol Records. While technically his first solo album, Computer Games still featured the majority of his band-mates from the now disbanded Parliament and Funkadelic, musicians and singers such as Junie Morrison, Bernie Worrell, Malia Franklin, Muruga Booker, Eddie Hazel, Gwendolyn Dozier and of course the immensely talented Bootsy Collins and Maceo Parker.
According to Glenn Kenny of Trouser Press magazine the release of Computer Games was seen as a "nod to the burgeoning wave of techno-funk that was beginning to overtake almost every other form of dance music; rather than reject the new technology, he adapted it here in his own unique way” helping return George Clinton to popularity within the charts with LOOPZILLA soaring into the top 20 of the US R&B charts and even more success with the release of ATOMIC DOG which would climb all the way to #1 on the US R&B chart while narrowly missing out on a top 100 spot on the US Pop chart.
Slant Magazine awarded Computer Games a #97 spot on its list of best of the 80s while Computer Games continues to inspire to this day with many tracks from the album being sampled by multiple artist including Public Enemy, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Prince and Ice Cube to name but a few.
BBR is very proud to present this newly remastered, fully expanded edition of George Clinton’s Computer Games.
Complete with liner notes and added bonus content, this P-Funk classic is a must have for all Funk, Soul, R&B and Disco fans out there!

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Benét (Expanded Edition)
Before Milwaukee-born singer/songwriter Eric Benét began his solo career and began his ascent to international recognition as a best-selling contemporary recording artist and performer, he was a member of a short-lived duo with his sister Lisa that was known simply as Benét. The duo released a CD on EMI Records in 1992 that has become a curio collectible for fans of quality music and all curious about Eric’s formative roots as a recording artist.

The primary creative forces behind the project were Eric and his cousin George Nash Jr. (who has continued to work with him through his solo projects) who co-wrote five of the tracks together.  Nash also co-produced seven cuts, working on five with renowned smooth jazz/R&B keyboardist and producer Jeff Lorber and with the late Robert Brookins and with Bryan Loren on one track each.  Songwriter Sami McKinney (known for songs recorded by Anita Baker, Nancy Wilson and Patti LaBelle among others) produced three cuts with Lorber as co-producer. The CD’s only single, "Only Want To Be With You” reached No. 75 on the US Top 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. 

The CD included a soulful version of The Carpenters’ classic hit, "Rainy Days And Mondays.”  As Eric explained in an interview for the notes by A. Scott Galloway for this 2013 reissue, "We grew up loving harmony… The Carpenters always did innovative vocal things that we loved so "Rainy Days and Mondays” was a natural choice…” Notes include quotes from Eric, Lisa, George Nash Jr. Jeff Lorber and executive Alison Ball Kilmer.

This expanded edition includes an instrumental version of "Only Want To Be Witih You”. 

Available 11/11/2013
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