Relight My Fire: Expanded Edition - Dan Hartman

Relight My Fire: Expanded Edition
    Daniel Earl Hartman a.k.a. DAN HARTMAN was an American musician, singer, songwriter and producer who hailed from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his disco hits ‘Instant Replay,’ ‘Love Sensation’ and ‘Relight My Fire’ as well as penning the second biggest hit for the Edgar Winter Group, ‘Free Ride,’ of which he was a member. Having schooled himself playing bass and writing songs for his first band The Legends (which also included his brother Dave) Hartman joined the Edgar Winter Group and appeared on three of their albums before going solo in 1976.

    After initially releasing the magnificently titled promotional album "Who Is Dan Hartman and Why is Everyone Saying Wonderful Things About Him?,” which was a retrospective on his career until that point, Hartman scored big in 1978 with the #1 Disco smash ‘Instant Replay’ (from the album of the same name) which also crossed over to the U.S. And U.K. Pop charts.

    In 1979 Hartman released RELIGHT MY FIRE (R&B #67, Pop #169), and again hit the top of the Disco charts with the title track, a bonefide disco classic that featured Hartman's friend Loleatta Holloway on vocals and is preceded by the understated "Vertigo” which perfectly sets your anticipation before the main event.  ‘Relight My Fire’ was subsequently covered by U.K. boy band Take That featuring Lulu, who took their version to the top of the U.K. Pop charts in 1993.

    Throughout the LP Hartman keeps the party energy in full flow and on the opener ‘Hands Down’ we are treated to Stevie Wonder and Edgar Winter trading licks on harmonica and sax respectively.  ‘Just For Fun’ has a very solid syncopated groove in contrast to the tone of the lyric and exemplifies Hartman's production style. On closer ‘Free Ride’ Hartman shows off his deft production skills by taking the hit he wrote for the Edgar Winter Group and changing the rhythmic emphasis to take the track firmly into the dance floor realm.

    Hot Shot Records/BBR is proud to present RELIGHT MY FIRE. This expanded and re-mastered edition comes complete with a foreword from mixer John Luongo, extensive liner notes and added bonus material.

    This BBR/Hot Shot Records re-master is a must have for all Disco, Dance and Pop fans out there!

Released on 13th January 2014


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I Keep Coming Back For More
Brenda and the Tabulations burst onto the scene during the classic
mid-60s soul yearswith Dry Your Eyes , on the Dionn label, reaching the
R&BTop 10 and # 20 in the Hot 100, and enjoyed a succession of
crossover hits with soulful ballads in the ensuing five years on Dionn
and subsequently Top & Bottom Records in their home city of
Philadelphia.A move to Epic brought them further success in 1973 with
the appealing One Girl Too Late , then in 1976 the group signed with
Chocolate City, part of the Casablanca empire, and cut the highly-rated
album I Keep Coming Back For More at Sigma Sound Studio in Philadelphia,
the source of the wealth of hits on the PIR label.
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Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word
Whoever came up with the over-pretentious, collective term "Progressive Rock" couldn’t have been less forward thinking. Prog rock in its truest form was not a ‘restrictive’ genre - it was a movement that unified ALL genres.

Forget such flamboyant cover stars such as Genesis, Yes and ELP, what of the truly progressive international rock musicians who started their own hybrid-hurricanes outside the rectangular iris of Prog's media storm? What about the unintentionally progressive musicians from the far reaches of the globe who were forced to create their own brand of psychedelic rock in a country shielded from the influence of the western world? And why don’t we spare a thought (and some needle time), for the culturally progressive crusaders carrying the rock-music flag in the face of political adversity risking social ostrasization or even death?

Even though most of the 15 tracks on this compilation were recorded over 30 years ago they still, individually embody a wide range of challenging progressive musical ideas which are as relevant today as they were when the vinyl first came off the press in each of their scattered countries of origin.

"Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word" is the follow-up to ANDY VOTEL (TWISTED NERVE)’s critically acclaimed "Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word" (CDDELAY01), which caused quite a stir earlier this year.

The majority of these tracks have never before been on CD, many appear here for the first time away from their highly sought after, and stupendously rare, original releases.

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Ladies of the Eighties
In 1982, A TASTE OF HONEY returned with their final album, LADIES OF THE EIGHTIES, produced by Al McKay of Earth, Wind & Fire.

The band returned to the top ten of the R&B charts with the first single from the album, a cover of THE MIRACLES' Motown classic I'LL TRY SOMETHING NEW, which also reached the Top 30 on the Adult Contemporary charts and #41 on the Pop charts. Second single WE'VE GOT THE GROOVE also became an R&B hit.

LADIES OF THE EIGHTIES reached the Pop album charts and also became a sizeable R&B hit, peaking at #14.

BBR is very proud to present LADIES OF THE EIGHTIES, in full, expanded form, complete with extensive liner notes that feature interviews along with added bonus material.

Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases this BBR re- master is a must have for all Soul, R&B and Disco fans out there!
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Love Tracks
Grammy Award winner and Hall of Famer, GLORIA GAYNOR was born on the 7th of September 1949 in Newark, N.J. and sang as young girl in her school choir, mixed chorus and the her school’s girl glee club. While she knew she one day wanted to have a career in music, GLORIA GAYNOR still went to school with the aim of having something to fall back on and studied beauty and business courses.
In 1965 GLORIA GAYNOR released her first solo single titled She’ll Be Sorry with the B-Side Let Me Go Baby on Jocida Records. However, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that Gaynor began to taste real success with the release of her first two albums, Experience and Never Can Say Goodbye, (both available on BBR) that she began to stand out as a unique and recognizable force on the black music scene.
In 1978 GLORIA GAYNOR released her 6th studio album, "LOVE TRACKS” on Polydor Records, now fully remastered and repackaged by BBR!
"LOVE TRACKS” features some of the best musicians of the time including Paulinho Da Costa on percussion and Wah Wah Watson on guitar while production duties were left in the capable hands of Dino Fekaris.
"LOVE TRACKS” contains the million-unit selling chart topper, ‘I Will Survive’, originally a B-side to Gloria’s cover of ‘Substitute’. While ‘Substitute’ still obtained chart success it was ‘I Will Survive’, which quickly gained traction in the clubs, and as a result the record label deleted the 12” single and replaced the album version with the 12” version to boost album sales. Other notable tracks include the US Dance chart top 20 hit ‘Anybody Wanna Party’, which simultaneously climbed all the way to #16 on the US R&B Chart.
BBR is so very proud to announce the release of GLORIA GAYNOR – LOVE TRACKS. Lovingly remastered, this CD comes complete with extensive liner notes including interviews and added bonus content making this BBR Remaster a must have item for all Disco, Soul, Funk and R&B fans out there!

Release Date: 29/07/2013
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Strokin'/Natural Ingredients
·       Robinsongs and Cherry Red are honoured to be releasing as a 2 on 1 the first two albums by Richard Tee "Strokin’” recorded in 1979 and the 1980 album "Natural Ingredients” 
·       Both of these albums were originally released on Bob James Tappan Zee label, and these two albums were also produced by Bob James. 
·       Richard Tee worked with so many superstars in the jazz field including George Benson, Grover Washington Jr & Hank Crawford, but could also turn this hand to pop, and played keyboards for Paul Simon, and featured in the band that backed Simon & Garfunkel for their epic 1981 Central Park Concert. Richard was also the founding member of the band Stuff. Sadly Richard passed away in July 1993. 
·       The albums "Strokin’” & "Natural Ingredients” featured many fine jazz musicians including guitarist Eric Gale, Drummer Steve Gadd, percussionist Ralph McDonald and Horn players the Brecker Brothers & Tom Scott to name just a few.  
·       Stand out tracks on these albums are ‘Every Day’ which Richard co-wrote with Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder’s ‘Jesus Children Of America’ and Willie Dixon’s ‘Back Door Man”. 
·       Sleeve notes by Mojo’s Lois Wilson.

Available 21/10/2013
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