Winners- Expanded Edition - Brothers Johnson (The)

Winners- Expanded Edition
Guitarist, George Johnson and Bassist, Louis Johnson became two of the most in demand session players in early seventies Los Angeles, backing the likes of Bobby Womack, Billy Preston and The Supremes. They soon came to the attention of the legendary Quincy Jones,who produced the duos first four albums, all of which went Platinum.

The Brothers Johnson came to define the uptown funk of the late seventies with hits like I ll Be Good To You, Get the Funk Outta My Face, Runnin For Your Lovin and Strawberry Letter #23.

Fresh from their international 1980 smash hit, Stomp, the duo released their fifth album in 1981. Quincy Jones had just left A&M Records and was unavailable for production duties but the Brothers Johnson were confident that they had learned enough from their mentor and proved it by producing their own masterpiece with WINNERS.

Featuring the R&B hits The Real Thing and Dancing Free, BBR is proud to present this wonderfully repackaged expanded edition of WINNERS complete with extensive liner notes with a brand new interview with George Johnson. Bonus tracks are taken from Blast!, the bands 1982 Hits collections including the hit, Welcome To The Club.




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Code: CDBBR0035
Weight: 200
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The Real Thing / Dancin Free / Sunlight Teaser / Caught Up / In The Way / I Want You / Do It For Love / Hot Mama / Daydreamer Dream /

BONUS TRACKS- Welcome To The Club / I’m Giving You All My Love / The Great Awakening / Funk It (Funkadelala)
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Faces spent five weeks at number two on the R&B album chart and made the US and UK pop top ten, achieving gold status in the process. The rare 12" remix of Let Me Talk is feature here along with three other single versions. BBR introduce the first ever re-master of this album on CD..


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Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)

Billy Ocean was one of the most popular and successful R&B singers living in the UK during the 70s and 80s. Born In Trinidad and Tobago in 1950, Ocean moved to England at the age of 8 where after learning his trade singing on the London club scene Billy Ocean released his first single in 1972. Four years later he recorded his first album and captured the #2 spot on the UK pop charts while scoring #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with single, Love Really Hurts Without You. Red Light Spells Danger returned him to the UK #2 spot a year later in 1977.

In 1981 Billy Ocean released Night’s (Feel Like Getting Down). This album was instrumental in re-opening the door to Billy Ocean’s US chart success reaching #27 on the US R&B chart. The title track, penned by musician and producer Nigel Martinez shot Ocean into the R&B Top 10 reaching #7 along with the B-side STAY THE NIGHT scoring #4 on the US Dance Charts. Further hits include Another Day Won’t Matter and Are You Ready.

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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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•    SPIRIT, released in 1976, saw Maurice White embracing his spiritual side (hence the title) to a much greater degree. Regarded as one of the groups best albums (peaking at #2 R&B and Pop) SPIRIT gained multi-platinum sales and provided a wide range of song styles including the jazz-funk classic "Getaway” (R&B #1/Pop #12), and the funk/pop mid-tempo feel good grooves "Saturday Nite” (R&B #4/Pop #21/UK #17) and "On Your Face” (R&B #26). Throughout the album White's spiritual message and vision (part Afro-American Christianity, part Eastern philosophies) are present but never overbearing. The incredible ballad "Imagination” and the title track "Spirit,” both beautifully sung by EW&F vocalist of many years, Philip Bailey, exemplify the respectful, positive attitude and inclusiveness prevalent throughout the group’s career.

•    Having been a prominent session musician with Chess Records in the 60's White remained close with one of the labels most creative producers Charles Stepney, who became the main collaborator on many of the EW&F projects including SPIRIT. Sadly this was one of the last projects that the unique arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist and songwriter worked on as he passed away in May of '76 aged only 45.

•    BBR is very proud to present SPIRIT, fully remastered and re-packaged complete with extensive liner notes, original artwork and extended bonus content including 2 tracks from the time that didn't appear on the original release as well as alternative versions of "Getaway,” Saturday Nite” and "Imagination.”

•    SPIRIT is essential listening for all R&B, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Gospel, Blues, Rock, Dance, Disco and Pop fans out there!     

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

Track Listing:

1. GETAWAY
2. ON YOUR FACE
3. IMAGINATION
4. SPIRIT
5. SATURDAY NITE
6. EARTH, WIND & FIRE
7. DEPARTURE
8. BIYO
9. BURNIN' BUSH

BONUS TRACKS
10. SATURDAY NITE (Alternate Mix)
11. SERAPHIM
12. IMAGINATION (Angels Mix)
13. DEPARTURE (The Traveler)
14. AFRICAN SYMPHONY
15. GETAWAY (12” Disco Version)
16. SATURDAY NITE (Single Version)
17. DEPARTURE (Single Version)
18. GETAWAY (Instrumental)
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