'Lectric Lady - Carol Williams & The Salsoul Orchestra

'Lectric Lady
•    CAROL WILLIAMS, from Montclair, New Jersey, was the first female singer to sign a solo recording contract with the legendary disco label Salsoul Records.  With Williams vocal audition trumping all other hopefuls, allied with her extensive experience in the industry due to being an integral member of soul groups The Geminis and The Del-Rios, she was the obvious choice for the label who were looking for their equivalent of Gloria Gaynor who was riding high at the time with the success of her disco smash "Never Can Say Goodbye.”

•    Williams soon got to work with legendary producer and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Montana, Jr. and his incredible Salsoul Orchestra, contributing not only several track selections but also co-writing three of the cuts on her debut offering.

•    'LECTRIC LADY was released in 1976 where we find The Salsoul Orchestra at the peak of their musical powers delivering rich musicianship with their trademark propulsive, percussive grooves, and came hot on the heels of the success of the first single from the album, "More.” Regarded as an early disco classic "More,” a cover of a Kai Winding song, set pulses racing on the dance floors catapulting this smooth and lushly orchestrated track, which builds the tension to its climax, to a peak of #4 on the U.S. disco charts, paving the way for the album’s release. Follow up singles "Come Back” and "Love Is You” solidified Williams dance floor credentials with the latter being considered a club classic and inspiring Italian dance producer Spiller to sample the hook on the worldwide dance hit "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)” which topped both the U.K. and Australian pop charts in 2000.  

•    Newly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus material, BBR is proud to present 'LECTRIC LADY. Essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco and Dance fans out there!

This product is released June 2 2014 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1. LOVE IS YOU
2. THIS TIME MAY BE THE LAST TIME
3. MORE
4. JUST FEEL
5. MY TIME OF NEED
6. COME BACK
7. DANGER SIGN
8. RATTLESNAKE
9. YOU'RE SO MUCH A PART OF ME

BONUS TRACKS
10. COME BACK (12” VERSION)
11. LOVE IS YOU ("A TOM MOULTON MIX”)
12. COME BACK (12” VERSION)
13. MORE (SINGLE VERSION)
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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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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!

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

Track Listing:

1.    I’M EVERY WOMAN
2.    LOVE HAS FALLEN ON ME
3.    ROLL ME THROUGH THE RUSHES
4.    SLEEP ON IT
5.    LIFE IS A DANCE
6.    WE GOT THE LOVE (Duet with GEORGE BENSON)
7.    SOME LOVE
8.    A WOMAN IN A MAN’S WORLD
9.    THE MESSAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOTTOM
10.  I WAS MADE TO LOVE HIM


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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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Save Me: Expanded Edition
•    SILVER CONVENTION started life in Munich in 1974 as Silver Bird Convention when German songwriting and producing partners Michael Kunzte and Sylvester Levay released the single ‘Save Me’ on Jupiter Records, enlisting three session singers to take care of the minimal vocal refrain on the track. With the "Bird” soon dropped from the acts name ‘Save Me’ became an international Disco hit charting at #30 in the U.K. and across the board in the U.S. at #10 Disco and #103 Pop, heralding the start of continued success throughout the 70's.

•    With a settled line up of Ramona Wolf, Penny McLean and Linda G. Thompson as Silver Convention the group released this, their eponymously titled debut LP (titled "Save Me” outside of Germany) to great acclaim as the Euro-Disco sound made waves across the world with Giorgio Morodor, also based in Munich, surfing the highest.

•    "Save Me” opens the album with its propulsive rhythms, sweeping horns and strings, yearning vocals and soulful sax solos. Follow up single "Fly, Robin, Fly,” a minimal mid-tempo dancer with a very satisfying piano motif and intricate strings, gained heavy rotation on U.S. radio as well as in the clubs, eclipsing the success of ‘Save Me’ by hitting the top spot across the Billboard R&B, Disco and Pop charts and again charting top 30 in the U.K., as well as taking home the Grammy for best R&B Instrumental Performance. Other stand out tracks are the single ‘Always Another Girl’ , ‘Tiger Baby’ UK #41 and ‘I Like It’ which show off the lush, string-laden Euro sound with Levay's arrangements tipping the hat to the likes of Gamble & Huff and Barry White.

•    Reaching #1 and #10 on the U.S. R&B and Pop album charts respectively SILVER CONVENTION (Save Me) has become a very influential album and is rightly regarded as a dance classic in many circles.

•    BBR are proud to present this newly remastered and repackaged expanded edition.

•    Complete with extensive liner notes and the extended 12” versions of ‘Fly, Robin, Fly’ and ‘Tiger Baby’, SILVER CONVENTION is essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Pop, Disco and Dance fans out there!          

•    This CD is released 28th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1.    SAVE ME
2.    I LIKE IT
3.    FLY, ROBIN, FLY
4.    TIGER BABY
5.    SON OF A GUN
6.    ALWAYS ANOTHER GIRL
7.    CHAINS OF LOVE
8.    HEART OF STONE
9.    PLEASE DON'T CHANGE THE CHORDS OF THIS SONG

BONUS TRACKS
10.    FLY, ROBIN, FLY (12” Version)
11.    TIGER BABY (12” Version)

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Up The Yellow Brick Road: Expanded Edition
•    BBR is proud to bring you UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, the sixth instalment of our Salsoul Orchestra reissues .

•    THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA was the brainchild of once MFSB member and legendary vibraphonist, Vincent Montana Jr. Formed in 1974, THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA, house band for the remarkable Salsoul Records, sometimes featured up to 50 members amongst its ranks including a number of former musicians from MFSB. THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA began an eight-year recording period in 1975 releasing eleven sensational albums during that time featuring production input from, Stan Lucas, Patrick Adams, Bunny Sigler and Tom Moulton through the years.

•    Released in 1978 and recorded at the famous Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD was  produced  by the aforementioned Vincent Montana, Jr., and was mixed by the legendary Tom Moulton.

•    As the title suggests, UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD is inspired by the classic Broadway and film musicals with opening track ‘Ease On Down The Road’ taken from the Charlie Smalls penned "The Wiz,” a reinterpretation of The Wizard Of Oz, whose Broadway production won 7 Tony Awards. There are also two extended medleys of the famous songs from both West Side Story and Fiddler On The Roof as well as a cover of ‘Evergreen,’ the theme from A Star Is Born, which closes the album. Sandwiched in between is a great cover of the Beatles "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”. With Montana producing and arranging and Moulton mixing every track delivers the classic Salsoul sound and feel.

•    This newly remastered edition of UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD comes complete with extensive liner notes and bonus content making this BBR Remaster a must have for all Funk, Soul, Disco, Philly Soul and Broadway Musical fans out there!

•    This CD is released 28th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1. EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD
2. WEST SIDE STORY (Medley)
    FANFARE
    AMERICA
    MARIA
    SOMEWHERE INTERLUDE
    TONIGHT
3. SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB  
    BAND
4. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (MEDLEY)
    FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
    MATCHMAKER
    SHERELE
    SUNRISE, SUNSET
    IF I WERE A RICH MAN
    HAVAH NAGILA
    THEME FROM "EXODUS”
5. EVERGREEN (THEME FROM ”A STAR IS  
    BORN”)
   
BONUS TRACK
6. WEST SIDE STORY
    (12” Promotional Disco Mix)  

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