For The First Time: Expanded Edition - Stephanie Mills

For The First Time: Expanded Edition
CLASSIC MOTOWN ON BIG BREAK RECORDS

•    Stephanie Mills was a native New Yorker having been born and brought up in the borough of Brooklyn. She first tasted success as a singer at the age of 9, winning the famed Apollo Theatre's amateur hour several weeks in a row, which opened the doors to Broadway as a cast member in "Maggie Flynn” and as opening act for The Isley Brothers. Mills big break came in 1975 when she landed the lead role of Dorothy in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Wiz,” based on The Wizard Of Oz. Jermaine Jackson was suitably impressed and was instrumental in helping her get signed to Motown Records to record her second album after "Movin' In The Right Direction” on ABC records in 1974.

•    FOR THE FIRST TIME saw Mills team up with legendary song writing, arranging and production duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David, ironically for the last time they would work on the same project together. Given the medium in which she came to prominence the classic standards of Bacharach and David were perfectly suited to Mills theatrical voice as she performs the collection with effortless ease, running the full gamut of emotions alongside the understated and beautifully orchestrated contemporary arrangements. Mills talents come to the fore on tracks such as ‘I Took My Strength From You,’ ‘No One Remembers My Name’ and the single ‘This Empty Place.’

•    Alongside FOR THE FIRST TIME Mills 1982 album ‘Love Has Lifted Me,’ (recordings from later Motown sessions that were held back) appears as the bonus tracks on this release. BBR is very proud to present FOR THE FIRST TIME, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks.  Essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Pop and Quiet Storm fans.   

N.B. This album is released August 4 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:

1.    I TOOK MY STRENGTH FROM YOU
2.    LIVING ON PLASTIC
3.    NO ONE REMEMBERS MY NAME
4.    IF YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO CRY
5.    LONELINESS REMEMBERS (WHAT HAPPINESS FORGETS)
6.    THIS EMPTY PLACE
7.    THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT YOU
8.    I SEE YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME
9.    ALL THE WAY TO PARADISE
10.    PLEASE LET GO

BONUS TRACKS
11. LOVE HAS LIFTED ME
12. LOVE IS EVERYWHERE
13. I DON'T WANT TO BE REMINDED
14. YOU ARE THE MELODY OF MY LIFE
15. I HOPE WE DON'T RUN OUT OF MUSIC
16. THE KINGDOM WITHIN EVERYONE
17. THIS SIMPLE MASTERPIECE

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Sing and Swing Along With.../Evolution of the Blues Song
•    'What Lambert Hendricks & Ross did was difficult to the verge of impossibility. Indeed, the only thing that proved it possible at all is that they actually did it. And watching them - even more than just listening to them on records - gave one some of the pleasure of watching great gymnasts. And the more one knew about singing, the more amazing it was.' Gene Lees

•    Our edition combines two jazz concept albums, long out of print long-players recorded in 1960 by Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks, two of the original members of the pioneering vocalese trio Lambert Hendricks and Ross.

•    Lambert and Hendricks began working together in 1955, complementing their shared interest in pushing the boundaries of vocal jazz by writing arrangements and lyrics respectively. Soon they recruited Scottish vocalist Annie Ross and in 1958 the trio released Sing A Song of Basie. The album was stupendous and took the world by storm. Melody Maker voted them the Best Vocal Group In The World five years in a row. Their work would also prove influential and Double Six, The Swingle Singers and Manhattan Transfer are amongst those that owe a debt to LHR.

•    Dave Lambert's album of improvisations is a gem of particular rarity as he would die tragically on a Connecticut roadside in October 1966. Although Annie Ross had been out of the group since 1962 (replaced by Yolande Bevan) LHR would effectively die with him.

•    For his work as a lyricist, jazz critic and historian Leonard Feather called Jon Hendricks the "Poet Laureate of Jazz" while Time Magazine dubbed him the "James Joyce of Jive."

•    As striking as any of his musical achievements, Evolution of the Blues Song was written by Hendricks for the 1960 Monterey Jazz Festival and written on the spot. Legend has it that the performance received a twenty minute standing ovation.

•    The work generated enormous interest, on the modified and augmented version that graces this edition Hendricks narrates and sings with contributions from Jimmy Witherspoon, "Big" Miller, "Pony" Poindexter, Ike Issacs and the Hannah Dean Chorus. The recording was made in Los Angeles before the revue was staged at the Broadway Theatre in San Francisco where it ran for five years.

•    This CD is released 21st April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

SING AND SWING ALONG WITH DAVE LAMBERT
1.    ALL ALONE
2.    THE BEST THING FOR YOU
3.    AUTUMN NOCTURNE
4.    BLUES
5.    WE COULD MAKE SUCH BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER
6.    SHORT BLUES AROUND THE BROADWAY BRIDGE
7.    LOVER COME BACK TO ME
8.    YESTERDAY'S GARDENIAS
9.    OVER THE WEEKEND
10.  YESTERDAYS

JON HENDRICKS – EVOLUTION OF THE BLUES SONG
11.  INTRODUCTION
12.  AMO
13.  SOME STOPPED ON DE WAY
14.  SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT
15.  NEW ORLEANS
16.  IF I HAD MY SHARE
17.  PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE
18.  SUFFERIN' BLUES
19.  THAT'S ENOUGH
20.  AW, GAL
21.  SEE SEE RIDER
22.  JUMPIN WITH SYMPHONY SID
23.  SUN GONNA SHINE IN MY DOOR
24.  W.P.A BLUES
25.  SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD
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Central Reservation: Expanded Edition
•    Central Reservation is Beth Orton’s second album and will be re-issued on 3 Loop Music as a 2CD expanded edition.

•    It was released in 1999 as a follow up to the acclaimed Trailer Park and received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and helped Beth earn a BRIT Award in 2000 for Best British Female.   The album also features in the book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

•    The album featured the hit singles Stolen Car and Central Reservation and is now re-issued with a second disc of material compiled by Beth.  It features key b-sides, including the Spiritual Life Ibadon remix of title track Central Reservation plus unreleased live recordings and demos.

•    The expanded packaging features brand new sleevenotes including a new interview with Beth.

•    Rolling Stone – "A space cowgirl with a stolen car heart”

•    Beth remembers: "Listening back to the record now, I enjoy hearing the melodies and how I played with them and the words.  The making of records is often a period of redemption for me and the recording of Central Reservation was the actualizing of all my most positive hopes and wishes.”

The Central Reservation Revisited tour sees Beth playing at:
1st July - Glasgow O2 ABC
2nd July - Manchester Cathedral
3rd July – London Barbican

This product is released June 30 2014 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE
ORIGINAL ALBUM


1.    STOLEN CAR
2.    SWEETEST DECLINE
3.    COULDN'T CAUSE ME HARM
4.    SO MUCH MORE
5.    PASS IN TIME
6.    CENTRAL RESERVATION (ORIGINAL VERSION)
7.    STARS ALL SEEM TO WEEP
8.    LOVE LIKE LAUGHTER
9.    BLOOD RED RIVER
10.    DEVIL SONG
11.    FEEL TO BELIEVE
12.    CENTRAL RESERVATION (THE THEN AGAIN VERSION)

DISC TWO
BONUS MATERIAL
SESSIONS AT WEST 54TH STREET

1.    SOMEONE'S DAUGHTER *
2.    SWEETEST DECLINE *
3.    BLOOD RED RIVER *
4.    PASS IN TIME *
5.    SHE CRIES YOUR NAME *
6.    DEVIL SONG *
7.    I WISH I'D NEVER SEEN THE SUNSHINE *
8.    STARS ALL SEEM TO WEEP *
B-SIDES
9.    I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME
10.    PRECIOUS MAYBE
11.    STARS ALL SEEM TO WEEP (SHED VERSION)
12.    CENTRAL RESERVATION (SPIRITUAL LIFE IBADON REMIX)
DEMOS AND ROUGH MIXES
13.    LOVE LIKE LAUGHTER *
14.    SO MUCH MORE *
15.    CENTRAL RESERVATION BAND DEMO *
16.    COULDN'T CAUSE ME HARM *

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
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Loguerhythyms - Songs From The Establishment
•    Christopher Logue wrote screenplay's for The End of Arthur's Marriage,  a Wednesday Play directed in the mid-sixties by Ken Loach and for Ken Russell's effervescent biopic of the sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. As an actor, again for Russell, took the roles of Cardinal Richelieu in The Devils and the poet Swinburne in the Monitor film about the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

•    Logue compiled / edited the columns True Stories and Pseud's Corner for Private Eye, wrote a pornographic novel and protested with Bertrand Russell against nuclear weapons.

•    His poem War Music was begun as part of a BBC commission toward a modern rendering of parts of Homer's Iliad. The project would become his pre-occupation for more than four decades.

•    Here, Logue's poetry is set to jazz music arranged by Tony Kinsey and Stanley Myers and sung brilliantly effect by Annie Ross at Peter Cook's Soho club, The Establishment.

•    Ross was the logical choice for this; a friend, she had, with extraordinary power, timing and wit, established herself both with some memorable solo recordings and in the finest vocal jazz group of the day, Lambert Hendricks and Ross. In the opinion of many, Ross is the finest British female jazz vocalist of all time  and her performance on Loguerhythms is surely amongst her best work, harnessing perfectly the nuances of Logue's pithy invective.

•    Loguerhythms was preceded in 1959 by the extended play recording, Red Bird: Jazz and Poetry, performed by Logue himself and based on a loose adaptation of Pablo Neruda's Twenty Love Poems, recorded by George Martin, with jazz arrangements by Tony Kinsey and Bill LeSage.

•    This edition combines Loguerhythms  and Red Bird, making these extraordinary recordings available for the first time on compact disc.

NB: This title is released July 21 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

ANNIE ROSS –
LOGUERHYTHMS
1.    BELLINI
2.    THE BALLAD OF THE WATER AND THE FLAME
3.    THE ASS' SONG
4.    THE LIBERAL MAN
5.    JOHNNY
6.    SICK MAN
7.    THINGS
8.    HE
9.    GO TO THE WALL
10.    THE BALLAD OF THE APE AND THE JUDGE
11.    THE GENERAL
12.    WESTERN LADIES

CHRISTOPHER LOGUE –
RED BIRD DANCING ON IVORY
13.    LITHE GIRL, BROWN GIRL
14.    STEEP GLOOM AMONG PINE TREES
15.    SOMETIME IT'S LIKE YOU'RE DEAD
16.    DRUNK AS DRUNK ON TURPENTINE
17.    WINGS WHIRR BY MOON AND MIDNIGHT
18.    CAN YOU TRAP SHADOWS LIKE THIS?
19.    TONIGHT, I WRITE SADLY
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Get Up And Boogie: Expanded Edition
•    SILVER CONVENTION started life in Munich in 1974 as Silver Bird Convention when German song writing 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 heralding the start of continued success throughout the 70's.

•    GET UP AND BOOGIE was the group’s second album released in 1976 and capitalized on the success of their debut, which is also available on BBR. Simply titled "Silver Convention” for the US market, GET UP AND BOOGIE confirmed the group’s reputation for very catchy, accessible dance floor music that was at the forefront of the Euro-disco movement.

•    The first single and opening title track ‘Get Up And Boogie,’ well known as the groups most famous track, took them back to the top end of the charts, as well as being a big hit in the clubs, due to its easy disco style and simple lyrical refrain. Reaching #5 on both the US R&B and Disco charts, as well as #2 and #7 in the US and UK Pop charts respectively it was one of the biggest global disco tracks of the year and still endures to this day. Second single ‘No, No, Joe,’  a funky mid-tempo track with trademark strings also charted at #34 R&B and #14 Disco in the US.

•    Other standout tracks are the classy ‘San Francisco Hustle,’ the down tempo reggae influenced ‘The Boy With The Ooh-La-La,’ the funky, string drenched, slow jam ‘You Turned Me On (But You Can't Turn Me Off)’ and closing ballad ‘Thank You, Mr. D.J.’

•    BBR is very proud to present GET UP AND BOOGIE, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. Essential listening for all Funk, Disco, Dance and Pop fans.

NB: This title is released July 28 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1.    GET UP AND BOOGIE
2.    NO, NO, JOE
3.    YOU TURNED ME ON (BUT YOU CAN'T TURN ME OFF)
4.    SAN FRANCISCO HUSTLE
5.    YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES (TO PLEASE YOU'RE WOMAN)
6.    THE BOY WITH OOH-LA-LA
7.    OLD WINE, NEW BOTTLES
8.    PLAY ME LIKE A YO-YO
9.    THANK YOU, MR. D.J.

BONUS TRACKS
10. Get Up and Boogie (12" Version)
11. No, No, Joe (12" Version)
12. Get Up and Boogie (Alternative Disco Version) PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

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I Hope We Get To Love In Time: Expanded Edition
•    Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr came to the public’s attention as the primary vocalists within the hugely successful vocal group the 5th Dimension. Between 1966 and 1974 the group’s singles released on Soul City and Bell Records became era defining pop, soul and easy listening classics ‘Up, Up And Away’, ‘Stone Soul Picnic’, ‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’ and ‘One Less Bell To Answer’ made particular impact with record buyers the world over

•    Marilyn and Billy had married in 1969 and eventually left the group in 1975 to launch themselves and struck gold immediately with their first recordings as a duo. Produced by Don Davis (Johnnie Taylor, The Dramatics), the charming million-selling single ‘You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)’ went to number one on Billboard's R&B and pop charts in 1976. The single also hit #7 in the UK and became a bigger hit internationally than any of their previous hits with the 5th Dimension, the song continues to be an Adult Contemporary radio favourite the world over to this day.

•    ‘You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)’ was featured on the duo’s début album on ABC Records I HOPE WE GET TO LOVE IN TIME. As with the hit single, production duties were delivered by Don Davis who was riding high on the success of his other US Pop/R&B #1 of 1976, ‘Disco Lady’ by Johnnie Taylor.

•    Other highlights from the album include the upbeat follow-up single, ‘Your Love,’ (R&B #9/Pop #15) and the languid title track and first single ‘I Hope We Get To Love In Time,’ which peaked at  R&B #37/Pop #91.

•    BBR is very proud to present I HOPE WE GET TO LOVE IN TIME, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. Essential listening for all Soul, Disco, and Pop fans.

NB: This title is released July 28 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1.    YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A STAR (TO BE IN MY SHOW)
2.    YOUR LOVE
3.    I STILL WILL BE WITH YOU
4.    NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO
5.    NOTHING CAN STOP ME
6.    YOU CAN'T CHANGE MY HEART
7.    I HOPE WE GET TO LOVE IN TIME
8.    MY LOVE FOR YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THE SAME
9.    EASY WAY OUT
10.    WE'VE GOT TO GET IT ON AGAIN

BONUS TRACKS
11.    I'M SO GLAD I FOUND YOU
12.    YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A STAR (TO BE IN MY SHOW) (Single Version)

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