Bumps & Bruises: Expanded Edition - Joe Tex

Bumps & Bruises: Expanded Edition
· Joe Tex (born Joseph Arrington, Jr. in Rogers, Texas) was one of Southern Soul’s most uncompromising performers blending gospel, country and rhythm & blues into his repertoire. After winning several revues at the famed Apollo Theatre Tex signed to King Records, in 1955 and recorded a succession of singles for the label from ballads to rockers. A session at Muscle Shoals in 1964, with the singer now signed to the Dial label, produced Tex’s first R&B #1 with the straight ahead R&B ballad ‘Hold What You’ve Got.’ Over the next 10 years Tex racked up numerous R&B and Pop hits including arguably his most well-known song ‘Skinny Legs And All’ in 1967 (R&B #2) and ‘I Gotcha,’ his fourth R&B #1 in 1972.

· BUMPS & BRUISES was the first album Tex recorded for Epic Records and was released in 1977 as the Disco era was gaining a powerful momentum. Tex very cleverly, and with hilarious results, adapted one of the Disco era’s new dance crazes, The Bump, and came up with another crossover hit, ‘Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman),’ (R&B #7/Pop #12 / UK #2). Tex injects his down-home funky style into the disco realm while playfully proclaiming his reluctance to keep dancing with the lady in question; she was clearly too much woman for him.

· ‘Hungry For Your Love’ was the second single from the album and reached a modest #84 on the R&B charts. Tex delivers a passionate, yearning vocal on this southern style, gospel tinged ballad. This album is much more rooted in the raw R&B and Funk that Tex had become famed for rather than the hint of what the opening track may suggest. From mid-tempo cuts like "Leaving You Dinner” to ballads like ‘I Almost Got To Heaven Once’ through to propulsive funk grooves like ‘I Mess Up Everything I Get My Hands On’, Tex is in fine form throughout proving his raw style could compete with the shiny and slick new sounds in the late 1970’s.

· Before sadly passing away in 1982 Tex reformed The Soul Clan with Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King and Don Covay in 1980, showing how well respected his career had been amongst his peers.
· BBR is very proud to bring you BUMPS & BRUISES, completely remastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus content. A must have for all Funk, Soul and Disco fans!

Available 30/09/2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. AIN’T GONNA BUMP NO MORE
2. LEAVING YOU DINNER
3. BE COOL (WILLIE IS DANCING WITH A CISSY)
4. I MESS UP EVERYTHING I GET MY HANDS ON
5. WE HELD ON
6. I ALMOST GOT TO HEAVEN ONCE
7. HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE
8. JUMP BAD
9. THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG

BONUS TRACKS
10. AIN’T GONNA BUMP NO MORE (WITH NO BIG FAT WOMAN) (Single Version)
11. HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE (Single Version)
12. WE HELD ON (Single Version)
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Why Can't We Live Together: Expanded Version
· Timmy Thomas is a keyboardist, R&B singer, songwriter and producer who hails from Evansville, Indiana where he was born on the 13th of November 1944. As a keyboardist Thomas came to prominence as an accompanist with Jazz legends Donald Byrd and Cannonball Adderley in the early 60’s before joining the group Phillip & The Faithfuls, releasing several singles on the Goldwax record label in 1964, before settling in Memphis as a session musician while still releasing solo sides for Goldwax with modest success. After a brief stint on the Climax label in 1970 Thomas found a new home on Glades Records, a subsidiary of T.K. Records, in Miami in 1972.

 

· WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER was the first of four albums Thomas recorded on Glades Records and with the title track released as the first single in late 1972 Thomas had his first and biggest hit with ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ which peaked at #1 R&B and #3 Pop in the U.S., and #12 in the U.K. The success of the title track propelled the album to #10 R&B and #53 Pop in 1973.

 

· "Why Can’t We Live Together” has a very stripped down production, a sound echoed throughout the album, with Thomas’s soulful organ played in an improvisational style over the rhythm sections, giving room for his impassioned vocals. Other notable cuts on the album are the standard ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and a cover of The Chi-lites ‘The Coldest Days Of My Life.’

 

· BBR is very proud to bring you WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER, completely remastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus content and a brand new interview with Timmy Thomas.

 

· WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER is a must have for all R&B, Soul, Jazz and Funk fans out there!

Available 30/09/2013

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Celebrate: Expanded Edition

· KOOL & THE GANG need no introduction. They were the top selling Soul group of the 70’s and 80’s having sold over 70 million albums worldwide and have received countless awards. Without them we would not have such great hits as ‘Summer Madness,’ ‘Get Down On It,’ ‘Celebration’ and who could forget that slammin’ funk monster that features so heavily in Quentin Tarantino’s cult flick - Pulp Fiction; ‘Jungle Boogie.’”

 

· CELEBRATE!, released in 1980, once again featured the production of legendary Grammy Award Winner, Eumir Deodato. The album garnered huge success, reaching the top spot on the U.S. R&B charts, and top ten positions in both the U.S. and U.K. pop charts, gaining platinum certification in February 1981.

 

· The albums singles performed just as impressively with CELEBRATION, arguably the group’s most successful song, hitting the top spot on the US Billboard Pop and R&B charts and #7 in the U.K. winning platinum status in the U.S. along the way. CELEBRATION also hit the top of the charts all around the world and was later redubbed with Spanish vocals and released to the Latin American market as CELEBREMOS, and featured as a B-side to TAKE IT TO THE TOP which hit a top 20 spot in the U.K. The soulful lament JONES VS. JONES closed out the single releases gaining a top 40 spot in the U.S. and a top 20 in the U.K., making #17.

 

· BBR is proud to present CELEBRATE! This fully expanded and newly remastered edition comes complete with extensive liner notes and bonus material.

 

· Released in a deluxe Super Jewel case, this BBR re-master is a must have for all Soul, Funk, R&B, Disco and Pop fans out there!

Available 28/10/2013

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Ladies Night: Expanded Edition

· KOOL & THE GANG need no introduction. They were the top selling Soul group of the 70’s and 80’s having sold over 70 million albums worldwide and have received countless awards. Without them we would not have such great hits as "Summer Madness,” "Get Down On It,” "Celebration” and who could forget that slammin’ funk monster that features so heavily in Quentin Tarantino’s cult flick - Pulp Fiction; "Jungle Boogie.”

 

· 1979 would see Kool & The Gang release LADIES NIGHT, their 13th studio album. LADIES NIGHT was a departure from the group’s edgier Funk sound that had brought them plenty of success throughout the 1970’s. The decision was made to bring in the Grammy Award winning Brazilian musician Eumir Deodato as producer, which heralded a smoother and more pop focused era for Kool & The Gang and strengthened their grip on both the R&B and Pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

· LADIES NIGHT, with its combination of pure, straight ahead dance cuts and down tempo soul pop helped Kool & The Gang strike a new chord with the music buying public and quickly hit the top of the U.S. R&B album chart as a result. The album also easily crossed over and peaked at #13 on the Pop chart.

 

· Singles featured on LADIES NIGHT include the title track, which rocketed to #1 on the U.S. R&B chart while gaining top ten spots on both the U.S. and U.K. Pop charts. "Too Hot” followed suit, landing at #3 R&B, #5 U.S. Pop and #23 in the U.K. singles chart. While not as successful as the previous two singles "Hangin’ Out” still gained a very respectable chart position slowing at #36 on the U.S. R&B and #52 on the U.K. chart.

 

· BBR is proud to present LADIES NIGHT. This fully expanded and re-mastered edition comes complete with extensive liner notes, with new interviews, and added bonus material.

 

· This BBR re-master is a must have for all R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco and Pop fans out there!

Available 04/11/2013

 

 

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Something Special (Expanded Edition)
KOOL & THE GANG need no introduction. They were the top selling Soul group of the 70’s and 80’s having sold over 70 million albums worldwide and have received countless awards. Without them we would not have such great hits as ‘Summer Madness,’ ‘Get Down On It,’ ‘Celebration’ and who could forget that slammin’ funk monster that features so heavily in Quentin Tarantino’s cult flick - Pulp Fiction; ‘Jungle Boogie.’

1981 brought with it the release of SOMETHING SPECIAL, Kool & The Gang’s 15th studio album, in the same year they would win Favourite Band, Duo or Group in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category at the American Music Awards and would once again feature Grammy Award winner, Eumir Deodato’s special touch on production duties.

SOMETHING SPECIAL rose to #1 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums and a top 20 position in the Billboard album chart along with reaching #10 in the U.K. becoming the bands most successful U.K. album to date spending 20 weeks in the charts as well as going Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in the U.K. in December of 1981 and April 1982, respectively.

Singles featured on SOMETHING SPECIAL include ‘Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)’ which shot to the top of the U.S. R&B chart while gaining top 20 spots on both the U.S. Pop and Dance charts while later achieving a top 30 position in the U.K. ‘Get Down On It’ followed and did even better landing at #10 U.S. Pop, #4 in the R&B charts and better still in the U.K. attaining a #3 position. Beyond that ‘Get Down On It’ has gone on to become one of the band’s most instantly recognizable hits. Kool & The Gang’s chart success didn’t stop there; ‘Steppin’ Out’ also went on to chart, landing an impressive #12 spot on both the U.S. R&B chart and U.K. singles chart.

BBR is proud to present SOMETHING SPECIAL This fully expanded and newly re-mastered edition comes complete with extended liner notes, including new interviews, and added bonus material.

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As One (Expanded Edition)

KOOL & THE GANG need no introduction. They were the top selling Soul group of the 70’s and 80’s having sold over 70 million albums worldwide and have received countless awards. Without them we would not have such great hits as ‘Summer Madness,’ ‘Get Down On It,’ ‘Celebration’ and who could forget that slammin’ funk monster that features so heavily in Quentin Tarantino’s cult flick - Pulp Fiction; ‘Jungle Boogie.’


1982 would see Kool & The Gang release AS ONE, their 16th studio album. AS ONE went on to become a U.S. Certified Gold album in November of 1982 helped by its top 30 position on the U.S. charts, and top 50 in the U.K. (spending 10 weeks in the U.K. album chart), while also climbing all the way to #5 on the U.S. R&B album chart. The legendary Grammy Award winning pianist, Eumir Deodato would once again take hold of production duties, assisted by Kool & The Gang. 

The first single release was ‘Big Fun,’ laden with a killer funky bass line and an equally impressive brass section; the single returned the group to the R&B top ten and UK top twenty. ‘Let’s Go Dancing (Ooh La La La)’ made the most noise on the chart front, earning an impressive top 30 position on the U.S. Pop charts like its predecessor and top 10 spots in both the U.S. R&B and U.K. charts. ‘Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho’ was also received well in the U.K. climbing to #29 on the U.K. charts while the third U.S. single, up-tempo, funky jam ‘Street Kids,’ became a further R&B chart hit.

Other notable tracks include the smooth and soulful album closer ‘Think It Over’ and the similarly paced title track.

BBR is proud to present AS ONE in fully expanded and newly re-mastered glory, complete with extensive liner notes including new interviews, and added bonus material.
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