Chaka: 35th Anniversary Edition - Chaka Khan

Chaka: 35th Anniversary Edition
•    CHAKA KHAN (born Yvette Marie Stevens) is one of R&B and Soul music’s most enduring female vocalists having enjoyed a career spanning four decades boasting multiple Grammy awards and a succession of hit singles including the smash #1 R&B classics ‘I’m Every Woman,’ and the Prince penned ‘I Feel For You.’

•    After building her career performing with many groups in the late 60’s and early 70’s Khan found wider acclaim and notoriety from 1972 when she joined the pivotal Funk group Rufus as lead singer. After six successful years with Rufus, who achieved six gold or platinum albums, Khan went solo in 1978 releasing CHAKA, the first of many hit albums she recorded for Warner Bros Records.

•    On its release CHAKA had an immediate impact on the charts peaking at #2 R&B and #12 Pop. Khan proved that her dynamic vocal style could hold its own ground outside the successful Rufus set up. The opening track and first single from the album was the aforementioned solid gold R&B classic ‘I’m Every Woman’ which topped the R&B singles charts and peaked at #21 Pop and #30 Disco, having found a home in the discotheques just as comfortably as on the radio. This ground breaking song was written especially for Khan by the prolific partnership of Ashford & Simpson and proved to be the ideal showcase for the versatile singer.

•    The second single ‘Life Is A Dance’ reached a very respectable #40 R&B. Another stand out track is the beautiful ballad ‘Roll Me Through The Rushes’ which commanded heavy rotation on the radio air waves despite never being released as a single and shows yet another side to Khan’s vocal dexterity. ‘Some Love’ however could be argued as the best track on the album with its propulsive funky bass intro, strong dynamic vocal, chanting horns and soaring strings that have been calling clubbers to the dance floor for decades.

•    BBR is very proud to bring you, CHAKA, completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and interviews.

•    CHAKA is an essential purchase for all R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco and Pop fans out there!

•    Released 07/04/2014

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Released 16th February 2009. When Blossom Dearie first emerged as a solo artist she was already unique in many ways. Straightaway there was that voice - kittenish, intimate, coquettish and understated where so many other jazz divas were straining to belt out every song. With the fascinating 1957-58 albums Give Him the Ooh-la-la and Once Upon a Summertime Blossom finds a unique, light, refined niche on the pop side of jazz. Ray Brown remains for the 1958 set with Herb Ellis and Jo Jones replaced by Mundell Lowe and Ed Thigpen. Our Price: £9.95

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When Deniece Williams’ single, FREE, hit number one on the UK singles chart in early 1977, her "magic potion for love” captivated audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and then set a new standard of sophistication in the seventies soul music that was played on British commercial radio playlists.Her debut album, THIS IS NIECY, soon followed FREE into the charts, enjoying a 12 week stay on the UK album chart where it peaked at #26. FREE also achieved R&B #2 and Pop #25 chart positions in the States. It has since been sampled by Roxanne Shante, Lords of the Underground and Lil’ Kim as well as being covered by a number of artists including Will Downing, Corrine Bailey Rae and Seal, who featured the song on both his SOUL (2008) and HITS (2009) albums.THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR and CAUSE YOU LOVE ME, BABY were follow up R&B hit singles with the former also returning Deniece to the UK top ten where it peaked at #8. BBR are proud to introduce the first ever expanded remaster of THIS IS NIECY to be released in the UK, celebrating the classic album’s 35th anniversary!


"Big Break release the fifth album re-release on one of the powerhouse voices of the 1970’s with this brilliant original 1976 album that features her biggest commercial successes, Free and That’s What Friends Are For. ‘This Is Niecy’ is a showcase for the multi octave vocal chords of one of my favourite female vocalists.”

Your Mercury / February 2012 / Paul Nixon

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· The Pointer Sisters trail blazed a unique path for themselves working with genres as diverse as funk (Yes We Can Can, How Long), jazz/vocalese (Steam Heat, Cloudburst) and country (Fairytale), all on Blue Thumb Records. Bonnie Pointer left the group in 1976 and the remaining trio of Ruth, Anita and June Pointer eventually signed with Richard Perry’s fledgling label Planet Records. Impressed by their unique ability to fit their vocals into any genre Perry decided to fashion the sisters an album of innovative new arrangements of lesser known compositions by the rock fraternity.
· ENERGY bowed in late 1978 and was quickly certified gold making US Pop #13 & R&B #9 in the process. The album was preceded by their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s FIRE which became their first gold single. FIRE made #2 on the Hot 100 as well as hitting the #1 spot in the Netherlands, South Africa and New Zealand.
· EVERYBODY IS A STAR (Sly and The Family Stone) was chosen as ENERGY’s first UK single where the sisters made their debut performance on Top Of The Pops performing the hit song.
· HAPPINESS saw the group returning to the repertoire of Alan Toussaint after charting hits with his "Yes We Can Can” and "Going Down Slowly” earlier in the decade. The single made the top 20 of both the R&B and Disco charts in the US in 197.

· ENERGY also features songs originally recorded by Steely Dan (Dirty Work), Fleetwood Mac (Hypnotized), Redbone (Come And Get Your Love) and The Doobie Brothers (Echoes Of Love) and further enhanced the Pointers reputation of being one of the most versatile vocal acts the music industry has ever known.

· Newly remastered and released in deluxe Super Jewel cases with bonus tracks and brand new interviews, ENERGY is a must for all Rock, Soul and Pop fans out there!

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JOHNNIE TAYLOR was born in Crawfordsville Arkansas in 1934. He grew up in West Memphis where he performed in Gospel groups as a youngster. Johnnie would later take the place of Lou Rawls in the Gospel group, Highway QCs, a sextet that also helped launch the career of Sam Cooke, the Highway QCs’ founder, who Johnnie would go on to replace in The Soul Stirrers in 1957 as Cooke concentrated on his solo career.
A few years later and JOHNNIE TAYLOR was signed to Sam Cooke’s independent label, SAR Records where he recorded ‘Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day’ in 1962 and stayed there until the untimely death of Sam Cooke in 1964 when the label subsequently became defunct.
By 1966 JOHNNIE TAYLOR had moved to the legendary Stax Records where he was dubbed "The Philosopher Of Soul” and recorded with Stax house band, Booker T. & The MGs, releasing a string of chart hits and Gold records and established himself as a flagship artist for Stax alongside greats such as Isaac Hayes and The Staples Singers. After the demise of Stax JOHNNIE TAYLOR signed to Columbia Records where he would record EARGASM, the album that would create his best known hit- DISCO LADY.
Recorded in 1976, EARGASM’s first single, DISCO LADY, was a #1 hit in both the US Pop and R&B charts and even scored an impressive #25 in the UK. The follow up single, SOMEBODY’S GETTIN’ IT, was also well received scoring a top 40 position on the competitive US Pop chart and rose all the way to #5 on the R&B charts. Other notable tracks on the album include the B-Side to SOMEBODY’S GETTIN’ IT, PLEASE DON’T STOP (THAT SONG FROM PLAYING). A smooth, soul number with subtle additions of great, funk guitar licks and a lovely string section. Also YOU”RE THE BEST IN THE WORLD which was recently sampled on Kraak and Smaak 2008 hit – Squeeze Me.
BBR is very excited to present this wonderfully repackaged and beautifully re-mastered edition of JOHNNIE TAYLOR’s EARGASM complete with liner notes and added bonus content.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, EARGASM is a must have for all Soul, Funk, Gospel, R&B and Disco fans out there!

Release Date: 26/11/2012
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Electric Head (2CD Expanded Collector's Edition)
Grafting influences from synth-pop, ambient, trance, psychedelic house and leftfield sound experimentation, the Grid’s 1990 debut album "Electric Head” remains an ambitious electronic bricolage of styles.

Band members Dave Ball (Soft Cell) and Richard Norris (ex NME writer, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve) created an album of monumental ambition and cohesive diversity. Tracks such as ‘Driving Instructor’, informed by Kraftwerk’s minimalist-techno, are set alongside melodic, lush, electronic orchestrations like the album’s 2nd single ‘A Beat Called Love’ and sound experiments like the grand opening track ‘One Giant Step’ that samples the astronaut Neil Armstrong. "Electric Head” serves as testament of a vast sonic vocabulary, little wonder that The Grid were the in-demand remixers of the era for the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, Marc Almond, Yello, Brian Eno and the Happy Mondays amongst many others.

The highlight of ‘Electric Head’ is the classic ‘Floatation’ - the summer of 1990’s killer Ibiza ambient dance tune! ‘Floatation’ evokes a dreamscape at the interstices of Pink Floyd, Brian Eno and a dozen half-forgotten film soundtracks: a genre defying meditative evocation of joy, sunshine and freedom. Its tonal pulsing effervescence defined an age, but also defies age; it remains resolutely blissfully potent.

"Electric Head” in this comprehensive expanded edition contains the complete original on the first disc. The second disc contains all the known commercially released remixes (including those by Heller & Farley and Andrew Weatherall) and some previously unreleased contemporaneous Grid tracks from the Warner vaults.
Further listening, further insight, further indefinable artistry.

Available 12/08/2013

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