Hollywood Party Tonight (Expanded Edition) - Odyssey

Hollywood Party Tonight (Expanded Edition)
ODYSSEY started life as The Lopez Singers, a female vocal group from Connecticut, in 1968. The original line up was the three Lopez sisters Carmen, Lillian and Louise, however Carmen left soon after and was replaced by Filipino singer and bassist Tony Reynolds. It was this line-up which went on to have worldwide success with the hit single ‘Native New Yorker’ in 1977, taken from their debut self-titled LP "Odyssey," which was the first of their albums to be re-issued by BBR.

HOLLYWOOD PARTY TONIGHT was the follow up to their successful debut and was originally released in 1978. By this point Tony Reynolds had left the fold to be replaced by Billy McEachern, who helped the group take their sophomore LP to #72 on the US R&B album chart and #123 on the Billboard 200. Despite this line-up change the group maintained their soft, laid back style of soul-pop with inflections of jazz and Caribbean sounds to greater depths than on their debut LP.

Stand out tracks on HOLLYWOOD PARTY TONIGHT are the singles ‘Single Again/What Time Does The Balloon Go Up,’ and ‘Lucky Star,’ of which both are represented here in their single mixes as bonus tracks. Other great tracks that show the depth of styles on the LP are ‘Hey Bill,’ ‘You Wouldn't Know A Real Love If It Walked Right Up, Kissed You On The Cheek And Said Hello Baby’ and ‘Pride.’  

BBR is very proud to bring you the first ever CD release anywhere in the world of HOLLYWOOD PARTY TONIGHT, completely remastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes, interviews and bonus content. HOLLYWOOD PARTY TONIGHT is an essential purchase for all R&B, Soul, Pop and Disco fans out there! 



Available 31/03/2014
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1. SINGLE AGAIN/WHAT TIME DOES THE BALLOON GO UP
2. PRIDE
3. YOU WOULDN'T KNOW A REAL LIVE TRUE LOVE IF IT WALKED RIGHT UP, 
    KISSED YOU ON THE CHEEK AND SAID HELLO BABY
4. HEY BILL.
5. LILLEY AND HARVEY, LATE TO THE PARTY AGAIN
6. LUCKY STAR
7. COMIN' BACK FOR MORE
8. I DARE YA

BONUS TRACKS
9. SINGLE AGAIN/WHAT TIME DOES THE BALLOON GO UP (Single Version)
10. LUCKY STAR (Single Version)
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A slight license with the factual there but essentially this is what happened to Martin Briley and Brian Engel .In 1969, late of Mandrake Paddle Steamer and their classic 'Strange Walking Man', these late teens art students were given access to Air Studios and budgets for orchestras plus musicians to come up with hit singles. What they actually came up with was an almost concept album that exhibited all that had influenced them to that point, and let loose their humour and imagination. Sadly with the exception of one single ('Pale Green Vauxhall Driving Man') released under the name Prowler, a couple of years after the event, the recordings lay on the shelf, and are released for the first time now.

Briley played with GreAenslade and then as session guitarist with the Hunter Ronson band, Meatloaf and Ellen Foley. Three solo albums and a US top 40 hit 'Salt In My Tears' followed. He continues as a songwriter for international artists and backing vocalist.

 
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Hello Everyone - Popsike Sparks From Denmark Street 1968-70
•    Between 1968 and 1970, some of the finest, most obscure British psychedelic pop singles of the era escaped on the Spark label, the newly-inaugurated recording arm of long-established publishers Southern Music.  

•    Recorded in the basement studio of the company’s Denmark Street premises, these tracks often featured the same cabal of musicians and songwriters, leading to a homogenous in-house style that perfectly encapsulates the late 1960s British pop-psych studio sound.  

•    The best of Spark’s impressive roster is now collected on CD for the first time on Hello Everyone: Popsike Sparks from Denmark Street 1968-70, which assembles highly-prized, highly-priced 45s from pre-Rare Bird band Fruit Machine, Gene Latter, post-Sorrows outfit the Eggy, the New Generation (subsequently to become the Sutherland Brothers), the Dennis Wheatley-inspired Icarus and both sides of the magnificent and astonishingly rare single by Sir Ching I (only one stock copy known to exist).  Also included are exquisite Brit popsike singles from Timothy Blue, Just William, both sides of the superb John Carter/Russ Alquist collaboration ‘The Laughing Man’/‘Midsummer Dreaming’ and two sensational offerings from Eartha Kitt during her brief and unlikely immersion in late Sixties hippy chick chic.  

•    Crammed with vintage three-minute pop tunes, and with a lavish 16-page booklet that features rare photos, quotes and the full story behind the label, Hello Everyone is simply an essential purchase for admirers of the British psychedelic pop genre.   


 Available 24/02/2014




TRACK LISTING

1.    HELLO EVERYONE - Sir Ching I
2.    ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE  STAIRS - Timothy Blue
3.    SMOKEY BLUE’S AWAY - A New Generation
4.    THE LAUGHING MAN - John Carter & Russ Alquist
5.    BABY COME BACK TO ME - Simon De Lacy
6.    THE WALL - The Fruit Machine
7.    HEARTBREAKER - The Baby
8.    CHERRYWOOD GREEN - Just William
9.    YOU’RE STILL MINE - The Eggy
10.    POLICE IS HERE - A New Generation
11.    FOLLOW ME - The Fruit Machine
12.    SHE WON’T SEE THE LIGHT - Timothy Blue
13.    HOUSE FOR SALE - Val McKenna
14.    SADIE & HER MAGIC MR GALAHAD - The New Generation
15.    MIDSUMMER DREAMING - John Carter & Russ Alquist
16.    HOOKY - The Eggy
17.    WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN - Eartha Kitt
18.    MICHAEL BLUES – The Baby
19.    HIAWATHA MINI HA HA LOVE - Sir Ching I
20.    THE OLD IRON BELL - Gene Latter
21.    CUDDLY TOY - The Fruit Machine
22.    MR C - A New Generation
23.    THE DEVIL RIDES OUT - Icarus
24.    GIVE A HAND TO THE CLOWN - Carlew Choir
25.    DIGGER - The New Generation
26.    I’M ALONE TODAY - The Fruit Machine
27.    HURDY GURDY MAN - Eartha Kitt



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I Got The Melody (Expanded Edition)
ODYSSEY started life as The Lopez Singers, a female vocal group from Connecticut, in 1968. The original line up was the three Lopez sisters Carmen, Lillian and Louise, however Carmen left soon after and was replaced by Filipino singer and bassist Tony Reynolds. It was this line-up which went on to have worldwide success with the hit single "Native New Yorker” in 1977, taken from their debut self-titled LP "Odyssey," which was the first of their albums to be re-issued by BBR. In 1978 Reynolds was replaced by Billy McEachern and gave the group a settled line up which was a springboard for their continued success on both sides of the Atlantic.  

I GOT THE MELODY (R&B #62/Pop #175/UK #29) was the groups fourth LP, released in 1981 and followed on from 1980's "Hang Together” and its predecessor, 1978's "Hollywood Party Tonight,” which is also released by BBR this month.  By this point Odyssey had gained a strong following in the UK due to the success of singles ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out,’ ‘If You're Looking For A Way Out’ and ‘Hang Together’ from the album of the same name, which they capitalized on with the release of I GOT THE MELODY.

The first single to be released from I GOT THE MELODY was the classic R&B track ‘Going Back To My Roots’ penned by legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier.  ‘Going back...’ climbed to #68 R&B and #58 Disco in the US, and secured the groups popularity in the UK where it reached #4 on the singles chart. ‘Going Back...’ is featured  in a medley on the album itself called ‘Roots Suite,’ sandwiched by ‘Ajomora’ and ‘Baba Awa,’ the latter of which being another of the strongest tracks in this set and is featured on this release in its single version along with ‘Going Back...’.  ‘It Will Be Alright’ was the second single to be released and again struck a chord in the UK where e it reached #43 in the singles chart.

BBR is very proud to bring you the first ever CD release anywhere in the world of I GOT THE MELODY, completely remastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes, interviews and bonus content. I GOT THE MELODY is an essential purchase for all R&B, Soul, Disco and Pop fans out there!




Available 03/03/2014

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Happy Together (Expanded Edition)
ODYSSEY started life as The Lopez Singers, a female vocal group from Connecticut, in 1968. The original line up was the three Lopez sisters Carmen, Lillian and Louise, however Carmen left soon after and was replaced by Filipino singer and bassist Tony Reynolds. It was this line-up which went on to have worldwide success with the hit single ‘Native New Yorker’ in 1977, taken from their debut self-titled LP "Odyssey," which was the first of their albums to be re-issued by BBR. In 1978 Reynolds was replaced by Billy McEachern  who gave the group a settled line up which was a springboard for their continued success on both sides of the Atlantic. 

HAPPY TOGETHER was the groups fifth LP released in 1982, and followed on from 1981's "I Got The Melody,” 1980's "Hang Together” and 1978's "Hollywood Party Tonight,” all of which are now available on BBR.  By this point Odyssey had gained a strong following in the UK due to the success of these albums and in particular the singles ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out,’ from "Hang Together” and ‘Going Back To My Roots’ from "I Got The Melody.”

HAPPY TOGETHER (R&B #23/UK #21) features the smash classic single "Inside Out” which gave the group their highest performing single in the US since their debut ‘Native New Yorker,’ peaking at #12 R&B (Pop #104/Dance #22). ‘Inside Out’ also continued the group’s great success in the UK giving them their biggest hit (#3) since 1980's ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’ hit the top spot. Further stand out tracks in this set are the singles ‘Together’ (written and co-produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of CHIC) and ‘Magic Touch’ (UK #41) which bookend this classic album.

BBR is very proud to bring the first ever CD release anywhere in the world of HAPPY TOGETHER, completely remastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes, interviews and bonus content. HAPPY TOGETHER is an essential purchase for all R&B, Soul, Disco and Pop fans out there!




Available 03/03/2014




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Sideshow (Solo Recordings 1973-1976)
Allan Clarke, of course, made his name as lead singer with The Hollies, Manchester’s answer to The Beatles, who enjoyed huge success across the 60s and early 70s.

In 1972, he embarked on a solo career on Epic Records with his debut album My Real Name Is ‘Arold (a reference to his true Christian name – Allan being his middle name). The following years, he moved to EMI and stayed for four years and three albums, which have been out-of-print on CD for some time.

Headroom, the first of Allan’s EMI albums, sported a Magritte-styled cover and opened with ‘Complete Controllable Man’. Clarke produced the album himself, sang and played guitar, with help from guitarist Ray Glynn and keyboard player Kirk Duncan (both ex-The Mirage and Jawbone), Elton John’s bassist Dee Murray and legendary session drummer Tony Newman. It spawned the single ‘Who?’.

Newman and Glynn stayed for 1974’s self-titled album, with bass courtesy of the talented Herbie Flowers (who’d played with Lou Reed among many others) and the ubiquitous pianist Peter Robinson (ex-Quatermass). From it, ‘Sideshow’ was issued as a 45.

After a non-album single – a cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ – in 1975, Allan returned with his third and final EMI album, I’ve Got Time, in 1976. It opened with another Springsteen song, ‘Blinded By The Light’ – indeed, the LP consisted entirely of cover versions. ‘Living In Love’ (originally by The Sutherland Brothers) was chosen as a 7”.

Disc One of our Sideshow compilation contains the first two LPs. Disc Two presents the third LP plus the bonus singles.


Available 17/03/2014


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DISC 1

1. COMPLETE CONTROLLABLE MAN
2. PEOPLE OF THAT KIND
3. FISHIN'
4. WHO?
5. DRIFT AWAY
6. SHIFT LOVIN' LADY
7. I LOOK IN YOUR EYES
8. GIVE US A SONG
9. WOULD YOU BELIEVE (REVISITED)
10. DON'T LET ME DOWN AGAIN
11. CAN'T GET ON
12. I'LL BE HOME
13. I WANNA SAIL INTO YOUR LIFE
14. SIDESHOW
15. IF I WERE THE PRIEST
16. NEW AMERICANS
17. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
18. SEND ME SOME LOVIN'

DISC 2

1. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
2. LIGHT A LIGHT 
3. WE'VE GOT TIME
4. STAND BY ME
5. THE LONG WAY 
6. HALLELUJAH FREEDOM 
7. IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME 
8. IF YOU WALKED AWAY
9. SUNRISE
10. LIVING IN LOVE 
11. FINALE
12. BORN TO RUN 
13. WHY DON’T YOU CALL



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