Spirit: Expanded Edition - Earth, Wind & Fire

Spirit: Expanded Edition
•    EARTH WIND & FIRE, due to Maurice White's untainted musical vision, are one of the most prominent "Pop” groups to emerge from the musical melting pot of the 1970's. Incorporating R&B, jazz, soul, funk, gospel, blues, rock and dance music into their repertoire, as well as very strong African and spiritual influences, EARTH, WIND & FIRE boast a succession of hit R&B and Pop singles and albums and are still producing high calibre music to this day. Classic tracks like "Shining Star,” "September,” "Boogie Wonderland,” "After The Love Has Gone” and "Let's Groove” have contributed to Maurice White and his cohorts stellar reputation among music fans.

•    SPIRIT, released in 1976, saw Maurice White embracing his spiritual side (hence the title) to a much greater degree. Regarded as one of the groups best albums (peaking at #2 R&B and Pop) SPIRIT gained multi-platinum sales and provided a wide range of song styles including the jazz-funk classic "Getaway” (R&B #1/Pop #12), and the funk/pop mid-tempo feel good grooves "Saturday Nite” (R&B #4/Pop #21/UK #17) and "On Your Face” (R&B #26). Throughout the album White's spiritual message and vision (part Afro-American Christianity, part Eastern philosophies) are present but never overbearing. The incredible ballad "Imagination” and the title track "Spirit,” both beautifully sung by EW&F vocalist of many years, Philip Bailey, exemplify the respectful, positive attitude and inclusiveness prevalent throughout the group’s career.

•    Having been a prominent session musician with Chess Records in the 60's White remained close with one of the labels most creative producers Charles Stepney, who became the main collaborator on many of the EW&F projects including SPIRIT. Sadly this was one of the last projects that the unique arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist and songwriter worked on as he passed away in May of '76 aged only 45.

•    BBR is very proud to present SPIRIT, fully remastered and re-packaged complete with extensive liner notes, original artwork and extended bonus content including 2 tracks from the time that didn't appear on the original release as well as alternative versions of "Getaway,” Saturday Nite” and "Imagination.”

•    SPIRIT is essential listening for all R&B, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Gospel, Blues, Rock, Dance, Disco and Pop fans out there!     

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

Track Listing:

1. GETAWAY
2. ON YOUR FACE
3. IMAGINATION
4. SPIRIT
5. SATURDAY NITE
6. EARTH, WIND & FIRE
7. DEPARTURE
8. BIYO
9. BURNIN' BUSH

BONUS TRACKS
10. SATURDAY NITE (Alternate Mix)
11. SERAPHIM
12. IMAGINATION (Angels Mix)
13. DEPARTURE (The Traveler)
14. AFRICAN SYMPHONY
15. GETAWAY (12” Disco Version)
16. SATURDAY NITE (Single Version)
17. DEPARTURE (Single Version)
18. GETAWAY (Instrumental)
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Faces
FACES features Earth, Wind & Fire at their creative and commercial zenith. The album was sandwiched between their mega-hits Boogie Wonderland and Let’s Groove and was originally released as a double LP In 1980.

The album features the top ten R&B hits Let Me Talk, You and the top twenty hit And Love Goes On which went onto be a club classic. Exclusive UK hit single Back On The Road is also featured.

Faces spent five weeks at number two on the R&B album chart and made the US and UK pop top ten, achieving gold status in the process. The rare 12" remix of Let Me Talk is feature here along with three other single versions. BBR introduce the first ever re-master of this album on CD..


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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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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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Queen of the Night: Expanded Edition
Loleatta Holloway was a dance music legend. Her amazing vocal talents gained her the reputation as one of the premier vocalists of soul and dance music during the 70’s and 80’s. Holloway started her singing career with Queen of Gospel, Albertina Walker (and her Caravans) before striking out on her own. She released her first single "Rainbow ‘71” on the fledgling Apache label before moving to Aware to record her first two albums prior to her work with Gold Mind/Salsoul.

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, released in 1978 on Gold Mind/Salsoul Records, was the follow up to her breakthrough LP for the label in 1976, simply titled "Loleatta” and re-united her with Salsoul stalwart Norman Harris who took on the production duties. With QUEEN OF THE NIGHT being the singers second LP for this disco dominated label it confirmed her transformation from Southern soul songstress to disco royalty.

Norman Harris' soaring arrangements and infectious rhythms, allied with Holloways powerful vocals ensured that QUEEN OF THE NIGHT would gain commercial as well as critical success.

Opening track ‘Catch Me On The Rebound,’ (R&B #92) with its fluid, funky bass line, chopping rhythms and sweeping strings sets the tone for the album. Along with the opener, ‘Mama Don't, Papa Won't’ and ‘I May Not Be There When You Want Me (But I'm Right On Time)’ were also huge club hits, collectively peaking at #9 on the disco charts and all represented on this release in extended form. However the greatest success from the album was Holloways stunning duet with Bunny Sigler, ‘Only You,’ which peaked at #11R&B and #87 Pop, giving the singer her biggest ever hit.

BBR is proud to present QUEEN OF THE NIGHT. This expanded and re-mastered edition comes complete with extensive liner notes and added bonus material.

This BBR re-master is a must have for all R&B, Soul and Disco fans out there!

Released on 13th January 2014

TRACK LISTING:
1. CATCH ME ON THE REBOUND
2. ONLY YOU
3. GOOD, GOOD FEELING
4. MAMA DON'T, PAPA WON'T
5. I MAY NOT BE THERE WHEN YOU WANT ME (BUT I'M RIGHT ON TIME)
6. YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
7. TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
8. I'M IN LOVE

BONUS TRACKS
9. CATCH ME ON THE REBOUND (12” Disco Mix)
10. I MAY NOT BE THERE WHEN YOU WANT ME (BUT I'M RIGHT ON TIME) (12” Disco Mix)
11. CATCH ME ON THE REBOUND (Walter Gibbons Disco Madness Remix)


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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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