Action - The Anthology - Evelyn "Champagne" King

Action - The Anthology

 •    Few artists transitioned from the Disco era as successfully as Evelyn "Champagne” King. Tagged as a "Disco Diva” having set dance floors ablaze with her Disco smash hits SHAME and I DON’T KNOW IF ITS RIGHT Evelyn was then able to become one of the most successful R&B acts of the 1980s with such hits as I’M IN LOVE, LOVE COME DOWN and YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH.

•    ACTION – The Evelyn "Champagne” King Anthology is the first collection ever to feature all of Evelyn’s major R&B, pop and dance classics in addition to her international hits in their full album or 12” mixes. This set also includes many of the classic album tracks that ensured Evelyn’s RCA tenure thrived throughout her time with the label.

•    ACTION – The Evelyn "Champagne” King Anthology comes in a deluxe digi-pack edition with many pictures from Evelyn King’s career along with quotes from Evelyn herself and many of those who have worked alongside her during her successful career, such as producers T. Life, Kashif, Paul Lawrence, Andre Cymone and Leon Sylvers.

•    Featuring all 20 of her R&B charted singles from the period ACTION – THE EVELYN "CHAMPAGNE” KING ANTHOLOGY 1977-1985 is the definitive anthology of an artist who became one of the biggest R&B stars of the 1980s making this a must have for all R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, Dance and Pop fans out there!

•    This CD is released 7th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE
1.    SHAME (12” Version)
2.    I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S RIGHT (12” Version)
3.    TILL I COME OFF THE ROAD
4.    THE SHOW IS OVER
5.    MUSIC BOX (12” Version)
6.    OUT THERE (Single Version)
7.    SWEET DELIGHT
8.    LET'S GET FUNKY TONIGHT (12” Version)
9.    CALL ON ME
10.    YOU'RE KIND OF LOVING
11.    I'M IN LOVE (12” Version)
12.    DON'T HIDE OUR LOVE
13.    IF YOU WANT MY LOVIN'
14.    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR
15.    SPIRIT OF THE DANCER (12” Version)

Disc Two:
1.  Love Come Down (12” Version) (6.16)
2.  Betcha She Don’t Love You (5.02)
3.  Back To Love (5.14)
4.  I Can’t Stand It (3.58)
5.   Get Loose (12” Version – 5.33)
6.   Action (12” Version – 5.51)
7.  Shake Down (12” Version) (6.17)
8.  Teenager (Single Version) (3.58)
9.   Just For The Night (4.45)
10.   I’m So Romantic (5.20)
11.   Out Of Control (12” Version) (5.50)
12.   Give Me One Reason (3.58)
13.   Till Midnight (Single Version) (3.58)
14.   Your Personal Touch (5.48)
15.   High Horse (Single Version) (3.33)
16.   Slow Down (Single Version) (3.50)
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Friends 2CD
Shalamar’s Friends was one of the biggest and most celebrated classic soul albums of the 1980s. BBR is proud to present the first ever deluxe edition of the album.
Shalamar was formed in 1977 by Dick Griffey, the booking agent for the legendary R&B TV show Soul Train, and British music producer, Simon Soussan. Initially they used faceless session musicians but when their first single, ‘Uptown Medley’ (R&B #10 / Pop #25) found chart success Griffey created a permanent group. After ‘Take That To The Bank’ (US R&B #11 / Pop #79) Shalamar’s classic line-up of Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewitt continued to have chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with infectious pop-soul cuts like ‘The Second Time Around’ (US R&B #1 / Pop #8) and ‘Make That Move’ (US R&B #6 / Pop #60) all released on Griffey’s Solar imprint.
In 1982 the group released their seventh studio album FRIENDS, which enhanced on the soul groove sound that had brought the group previous success. The opening track and lead US single from the album ‘A Night To Remember’ (US R&B #8 / Pop #44) became an instant R&B classic. The second single in the US was the album closer ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ (US R&B #33 / Pop #102), another classic mid-tempo R&B dancer that does exactly as it suggests.
FRIENDS enjoyed massive popularity and unprecedented chart success in the UK, becoming one of the biggest selling alums of the year. FRIENDS peaked at #6 on the UK album chart during an incredible 72-week run. The four singles for the UK market, ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, ‘A Night To Remember’, ‘There It Is’ and ‘Friends’ reached #7, #5, #5 and #12 respectively on the UK singles chart helping Shalamar retain huge popularity to this day. Jeffrey Daniel introduced body popping and the back slide (later renamed the moon walk by Daniel’s student, Michael Jackson) to UK TV audiences on Top Of The Pops in July of 1982 when promoting ‘A Night to Remember’.
BBR is very proud to bring you FRIENDS, completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus content including a new interview with Jody Watley and a second disc of alternative versions from the US and UK single releases. FRIENDS is a must have for all R&B, SOUL, 80s POP and DISCO fans out there!

Release Date: 29/04/2013

Track Listing:


DISC ONE

1. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
2. DON’T TRY TO CHANGE ME
3. HELP ME
4. ON TOP OF THE WORLD
5. I DON’T WANT TO BE THE LAST TO KNOW
6. FRIENDS
7. PLAYING TO WIN
8. I JUST STOPPED BY BECAUSE I HAD TOO
9. THERE IT IS
10. I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD

BONUS TRACKS from FRIENDS sessions
11. TALK TO ME
12. GOOD FEELINGS
13. SWEETER AS THE DAYS GO BY




DISC 2 (ALTERNATE VERSIONS)

1. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1986 12” M&M remix)
2. THERE IT IS (1986 M&M instrumental remix)
3. FRIENDS (extended version)
4. I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD (UK 7” version)
5. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (UK 7” version)
6. THERE IT IS (Single version)
7. HELP ME (Single version)
8. FRIENDS (Single” version)
9. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (UK 12" remix)
10. THERE IT IS (extended version)
11. MEGA MIX – A MIX TO REMEMBER (UK 12”)
      a. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
      b. THERE IT IS
      c. OVER AND OVER
      d. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
      e. I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD
      f. I OWE YOU ONE
     g. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
12. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (12” M&M instrumental mix)

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Choosing You: Expanded Edition
•    Considered one of the premier black male vocalists of the ‘70s, Arkansas-born, California-raised Lenny Williams first came to the attention of the U.S. record-buying public as the lead singer for funk/soul band Tower Of Power from 1972-1975 on now-classic hits such as ‘What Is Hip?’ and ‘So Very Hard To Go.’
 
•    The soulful singer’s early attempts at launching a solo career (first with Fantasy Records, then briefly at Atlantic in 1971) had been challenging; a one-off solo LP with Warner Brothers ("Pray For The Lion”) in 1974 (while still a member of ToP), while critically-acclaimed, didn’t register sales-wise and nor did the 1975 release of the Motown album "Rise Sleeping Beauty.”  

•    Renowned black music executive Otis Smith signed Lenny to ABC Records in 1977, teaming him with former Motown producer Frank Wilson (known for his work with Eddie Kendricks, The Four Tops and others).

•    Thanks to strong club airplay for the upbeat title track and the single ‘Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!’ (US Top R&B Singles #31), the CHOOSING YOU LP proved to be the turning point in Lenny’s solo career, reaching No. 25 on the US Top R&B Albums chart.  Other outstanding cuts included the ballad ‘I’ve Been Away For Too Long,’  the inspirational ‘Problem Solver’ and the dance-flavoured ‘Look Up With Your Mind.’

•    This 2014 SoulMusic Records reissue includes four bonus tracks and notes by renowned US writer Rashod Ollison with extensive quotes from Lenny.


Available 24/02/2014



TRACK LISTING

1.   SHOO DOO FU FU OOH!     
2.   LOOK UP WITH YOUR MIND
3.   CHOOSING YOU
4.   RIDING THE HIGH WIRE
5.   PLEASE DON'T TEMPT ME
6.   I'VE BEEN AWAY FOR TOO LONG
7.   TRUST IN ME
8.   PROBLEM SOLVER

BONUS TRACKS
9.   CHOOSING YOU (US single edit)
10. CHOOSING YOU (US mono version)
11. SHOO DOO FU FU OOH! (US mono single)
12. LOOK UP WITH YOUR MIND (US single edit)


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Spark Of Love (Expanded Edition)
Following the success of CHOOSING YOU (reissue on SoulMusic Records in 2014, SMCR-5116), his debut album for ABC Records, Lenny Williams really hit his stride as one of the premier black male vocalists of the ‘70s with the 1978 release of SPARK OF LOVE which became his best-selling and a gold album for the Arkansas-born, California-raised singer/songwriter.  
 
Lenny first came to the attention of the U.S. record-buying public as the lead singer for funk/soul band Tower Of Power from 1972-1975 on now-classic hits such as ‘What Is Hip?’ and ‘So Very Hard To Go.’ Prior to that, he recorded singles for Fantasy Records and Atlantic. Other solo projects included a one-off solo LP with Warner and one album for Motown ("Rise Sleeping Beauty”).  

As he recounted in liner notes for this reissue of SPARK OF LOVE (an expanded edition with three single edits) by renowned US writer, Rashod Ollison, one of the songs on the Motown LP was ‘’Cause I Love You’ which Lenny had been performing live to great audience response.  When it came to recording his sophomore ABC project, Lenny and producer Frank Wilson (known for his work with  Eddie Kendricks, The Four Tops and others) decided to re-record the song as a ballad. Subsequently, the song has become Lenny’s timeless signature tune, featured in numerous soundtracks and sampled by major rap and hip-hop artists, although never issued as a single.

This 2014 SoulMusic Records reissue also includes US R&B hit singles, ‘You Got Me Running’ and ‘Midnight Girl.’



Available 17/03/2014
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Lucid

Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of the new album by acclaimed guitarist MATT STEVENS. Noted for his work as both a solo artist and as a member of Fierce and The Dead, "Lucid” sees Matt joined by a host of guest musicians including drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Bass guitarists Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth), Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld) and Kev Feazey, keyboard players Jem Godfrey (Frost) and Emmett Elvin (Chrome Hoof / Guapo), violinist Chrissie Caulfield (Helicopter Quartet / Crippled Black Phoenix), vibe player Jon Hart and Nicholas Wyatt Duke (Trojan Horse) on Spoken Word.

Speaking about his new album Matt states; "Lucid took three years as I really wanted to make this one a significant step up from the previous albums. It’s inspired by a bit of a dark time, but hopefully it’s an uplifting record. I’m so proud of the people who played on it, working with people like Pat Mastelotto on drums from King Crimson and Jem Godfrey from Frost* was amazing but all the players really were outstanding. Stuart Marshall (Fierce And The Dead) and Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld) were the rhythm section for a lot of the tracks. And it was great to have Chrissie back who played violin on the previous records. It’s a record that reflects my love of Jesu and Celtic Frost as much as the Mahavishnu Orchestra and King Crimson or even Peter Gabriel and I’m really proud of it. If you’re not going to take risks and try and do something interesting what’s the point?”

As befits this most unique musician, "Lucid” is a carefully crafted work, and one that is surely to be one of the Progressive Rock highlights of 2014.


Available 31/03/2014



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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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