Freedom For The Stallion (Expanded Edition) - Hues Corporation (The)

Freedom For The Stallion (Expanded Edition)
THE HUES CORPORATION was a soul trio formed in 1969 in Santa Monica, California by band mates St. Clair Lee, Fleming Williams and Hubert Ann Kelley. Their first break came in 1972 with the Blaxploitation film, Blacula, in which they made a small appearance, in addition to recording three songs for the soundtrack.  It was shortly following this that they were signed to RCA where they released their debut album, FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION, now making its international CD debut on BBR!

The Allen Toussaint penned, FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION - beautifully arranged by Gene Page at the height of his success with Barry White - was The Hues Corporation's first RCA single. The timely, socially conscious message in the song, with its anthemic quality, was a worthy introduction of The Hues Corporation to the American public, as it peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Keen to illustrate the versatility of their new signing, RCA decided to issue the more light-hearted and pop orientated, MIRACLE MAKER (SWEET SOUL SHAKER) as the bands second single. The song was penned by legendary Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and seemed destined to take on the top 40, however, unbeknownst to RCA it was another album cut that was creating a stir in a new bubbling underground scene that was poised to spread across the world from New York City. 

Penned by Waldo T. Holmes, ROCK THE BOAT was one of the key tracks selected by underground DJs in New York’s burgeoning early disco scene and when RCA execs learned of this, promotions of the previous single were abandoned, and ROCK THE BOAT was rush released as the albums third single in February of 1974. ROCK THE BOAT rose to an impressive #3 on the R&B charts while doing even better on the Hot 100, becoming the first record of the Disco era to top the charts. Despite the popular success of the singles, the album takes inspiration from some of the best vocal groups of the time including The 5th Dimension and The Undisputed Truth, showcasing the true variation of musical styles contained within

BBR is proud to present this fully expanded edition of THE HUES CORPORATION – FREEDOM FOR THE STALION complete with extensive liner notes, interviews and added bonus content, making this a must have for all R&B, Disco, Funk and Soul fans out there!


Available 31/03/2014
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Code: CDBBRX0183
Weight: 200
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1. BOUND ON A REASON
2. OFF MY CLOUD
3. ALL GOIN' DOWN TOGETHER
4. ROCK THE BOAT (Full Length Version)
5. FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION
6. THE FAMILY
7. GO TO THE POET
8. SALVATION LADY
9. LIVE A LIE
10. MIRACLE MAKER (SWEET SOUL SHAKER)

BONUS TRACKS
11. FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION (Single Version)
12. ROCK THE BOAT (Single Version)
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Discotheque
HERBIE MANN (born Herbert Jay Solomon) was one of Jazz music’s most prolific performers and innovators excelling predominantly on flute, but also tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. Throughout the 50’s and 60’s Mann played in many groups exploring the boundaries of Jazz by absorbing Afro-Latin themes and recording and touring throughout the world. During this time he was able to nurture some of the greatest Jazz musicians as his sidemen, most notably Willie Bobo, Chick Corea, Roy Ayers and David Newman.
In the 70’s Mann extended his repertoire further by incorporating rock, pop, reggae and disco into his sound, which included this 1975 offering on Atlantic Records, DISCOTHEQUE. The album boasts a number of great jazzy grooves that show off Mann’s incredible dexterity on the flute and employs his vast experience to its full extent. DISCOTHEQUE was received very well in Jazz, R&B, Pop and Disco markets on its release achieving #5, #19 and #27 on the Billboard Jazz, R&B and Pop album charts respectively.
The albums one and only single was an instrumental cover of ‘Hi-Jack,’ which was originally recorded by Latin influenced Funk group Barrabas in 1974, and again confirmed the wide appeal that Mann enjoyed as it charted at #14 Pop, #24 R&B and an incredible #1 on Billboards Disco Action chart as the track lit up dance floors across the USA. Other notable tracks are the self-penned ‘High Above The Andes,’ showing off Mann’s love of the Latin groove, and a gorgeous rendition of Stevie Wonders ‘Bird Of Beauty.’ This edition also features the non-album B-side ‘Orient Express’ and the original unedited version of ‘Hi-Jack’.
BBR is very proud to bring you DISCOTHEQUE, completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus content. DISCOTHEQUE is a must have for all (Latin) Jazz, Funk and Dance/Disco fans out there!

Release Date: 04/11/2013
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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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North Star
Curved Air features original members SONJA KRISTINA and FLORIAN PILKINGTON-MIKSA with classic era guitarist KIRBY GREGORY.  They are joined by violinist Paul Sax, keyboardist Robert Norton and bass player Chris Harris.

NORTH STAR is the band’s first album featuring new studio material since 1976 !

The full length CD features a mixture of re-recordings, cover songs and seven new original songs, all housed in a lavish digi-pack.  

ALSO AVAILABLE: CURVED AIR – LIVE ATMOSPHERE
(CRVE 001) A lavish digi-pack featuring a full live CD and bonus DVD (NTSC) with a music video and EPK.

      www.curvedair.com



Available 17/03/2014
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This unique 2 CD release gathers together the most complete collection available of Fox's material spanning the period 1974 to 1984.  


This is a 35 track 2 CD collection featuring the songs of Fox - a band formed by songwriter / record producer Kenny Young. The band featured the vocal talents of Noosha Fox.

CD One features all the band's seven singles with the A and B sides gathered together for the first time. Also included is Noosha Fox's debut solo single 'Georgina Bailey' that was  produced and written by Kenny Young, co-written by Herbie Armstrong and hit the charts in 1977.

CD Two features tracks taken from the band's three studio produced albums ("Fox" / "Tails Of Illusion" and "Blue Hotel") and tracks not otherwise featured on the named releases.

The band's best-selling singles are included with ‘Only You Can’ #3 UK charts, ‘Imagine Me, Imagine You’ #15 UK charts and ‘S-S-S-Single Bed’ #4 UK charts  

The CD booklet will feature the copies of the original sleeves and a complete UK discography.   

The sleeve notes have been written by Kenny Young the founder of the band and the main writer / producer of their material.    

This is Cherry Red's 4th Fox release following the reissues of "Fox” (CDMRED 222), "Tails Of Illusion” (CDMRED 263) and "Blue Hotel” (CDMRED 272). All still available to order.


Available 24/03/2014


TRACK LISTING

CD ONE
A'S & B'S
1. ONLY YOU CAN 
2. IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU 
3. HE'S GOT MAGIC 
4. STRANGE SHIPS 
5. S-S-S-SINGLE BED 
6. MY OLD MAN'S AWAY 
7. ELECTRO PEOPLE 
8. OUT OF MY BODY 
9. IF I POINT AT THE MOON 
10. LOVE SHIP 
11. THE JUGGLER 
12. LITTLE BROWN BOX 
13. SILK MILK 
14. ARE YOU SURE? 
15. IF YOU DON'T WANT MY PEACHES 
16. GEORGINA BAILEY  

CD TWO
1. SURVIVAL 
2. RED LETTER DAY 
3. MAGIC MACHINE 
4. BLUE HOTEL 
5. SPIRIT 
6. DEJENINA 
7. MODEL IN A LEOTARD 
8. I WANT TO BE ALONE 
9. DANCING WITH AN ALIEN 
10. TEYO 
11. TEMPLE OF LOVE 
12. TORN BETWEEN TWO WORLDS  
13. CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP 
14. ALMOND EYES  
15. LOVE LETTERS   
16. KUPU KUPU 
17. ME WITHOUT YOU 
18. UNDER YOUR OWN UMBRELLA 
19. PRETTY BOY

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