For The First Time: Expanded Edition - Stephanie Mills

For The First Time: Expanded Edition
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•    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.    THIS EMPTY PLACE
16.    I HOPE WE DON'T RUN OUT OF MUSIC
17.    THE KINGDOM WITHIN EVERYONE
18.    THIS SIMPLE MASTERPIECE

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Nice And Slow: Expanded Edition
•    Locksley Alphonso Green, aka JESSE GREEN, was a Jamaican singer and multi-instrumentalist who spanned the genres from Reggae through to Disco during his well respected career. Growing up in the St. James parish of the famed island Green became enthralled with the music he heard from the various sound systems in the area, in particular the sound system headed by Count Barrett.

•    During the 60's Green sang vocals with Jamaican band The Pioneers and in the 70's toured internationally with the great Jimmy Cliff as his drummer before embarking on a solo career in 1976.

•    NICE AND SLOW was Green's debut solo album and was released on the EMI record label in 1976 to high acclaim, despite not garnering the commercial success the album deserved. As was the burgeoning trend at the time Green appropriated the fledgling Disco and Soul sounds of the mid 70's and scored a massive club hit with the album’s title track and opener which reached #1 on the U.S. Disco charts and #17 on the U.K. Pop charts. The second single from the album ‘Flip’ followed ‘Nice And Slow’ on to the dance floor peaking at #17 on the Disco chart in 1977. Both tracks have a sultry sweet soul sound on top of a solid bottom end groove.

•    Green's Jamaican roots are still very much in evidence on the album, especially on ‘Flip’ and album track ‘You Came, You Saw, You Conquered’ which both exemplify the singers spirited vocal style. Other highlights are the ballad ‘The Greatest Love’ and the superb ‘You Are The Star,’ a propulsive, jazz influenced groove.

•    BBR is proud to present NICE AND SLOW. This expanded and newly re-mastered edition comes complete with extensive liner notes and added bonus material.

•    This BBR re-master is essential listening for all Disco, Soul and R&B fans out there!     

NB: This title is released July 7 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1.    NICE AND SLOW
2.    YOU CAME, YOU SAW, YOU CONQUERED
3.    THE GREATEST LOVE
4.    YOU LOST MY LOVE
5.    YOU'RE A MIRACLE
6.    HIGHWAVES OF THE SEA
7.    FLIP
8.    YOU ARE THE STAR
9.    LET'S GET IT ON
10.    EASY
11.    DON'T LET ME DOWN
12.    NICE AND SLOW (INSTRUMENTAL)

BONUS TRACKS
13.    NICE AND SLOW (12” VERSION)
14.    FLIP (12” VERSION)
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The Two Of Us: Expanded Edition
•    Cavin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples were childhood friends from Dallas, Texas who went on to have great chart success as an R&B duo through the 1980's. While on tour as a backing vocalist with Leon Russell in the late 1970's Cavin met the Wilson Brothers from The Gap Band, who in turn introduced Cavin to their collaborator Lonnie Simmons and his Total Experience Recording Studios who produced the duos debut album and later signed them to his Total Experience label, joining The Gap Band on the roster.

•    Yarbrough & Peoples debut album, THE TWO OF US was released through Mercury Records in 1980 and quickly achieved both critical and commercial success.  The album gained Gold status hitting the top spot on the Billboard R&B album chart as well as peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

•    The duos first single and opening track on the album ‘Don't Stop The Music,’ is a superb slice of bubbling, sultry, down tempo dance floor funk that is well known to R&B, Funk and Hip-Hop fans. It spent several weeks on top of the R&B charts, hit #19 Pop and #26 Dance as well as braking the top ten in the Netherlands and the U.K., before going on to be sampled over 20 times in the Hip-Hop arena.  

•    THE TWO OF US is a mostly upbeat, and certainly a very expansive and beautifully produced R&B/Soul album boasting great tracks like the second single ‘Third Degree’ (R&B #74), an upbeat boogie soul number in the vein of Stevie Wonder, ‘Crazy,’ an intense, lushly orchestrated funky groove, the smooth and soulful ‘Want You Back Again’ and the heartfelt ballad ‘Two Of Us.’

•    BBR is very proud to present THE TWO OF US, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks.

•    THE TWO OF US is absolutely essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Disco fans.  

NB: This title is released July 7 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1.    DON'T STOP THE MUSIC
2.    CRAZY
3.    THIRD DEGREE
4.    EASY TONIGHT
5.    WANT YOU BACK AGAIN
6.    COME TO ME
7.    YOU'RE MY SONG
8.    TWO OF US
9.    I BELIEVE I'M FALLING IN LOVE

BONUS TRACKS
10.    DON'T STOP THE MUSIC (SINGLE VERSION)
11.    THIRD DEGREE (SINGLE VERSION)
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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 (Single Version)

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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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Watercolors: Expanded Edition
As featured in the 2014 Oscars success
TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM...

•    The Waters are Luther, Maxine, Julia, and Oren – a family group raised in Los Angeles. The Waters grew up in a rich musical environment with their mother Lorena, a vocalist in her own right. Their voices have been heard on more recordings than anyone in the music industry, contributing to hundreds of gold and platinum records by the likes of Adele, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Bobby Womack, Donna Summer, Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, and Bruce Springsteen. They have also toured as backing singers with Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Barry Manilow, Patti LaBelle and many others. The Waters are one of the featured artists in the 2014 Oscar winner for Best Documentary - Twenty Feet From Stardom.

•    WATERCOLORS was originally released in 1980 and produced by the group with David Rubinson whose production work includes hits for the likes of The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Womack and Patti LaBelle.

•    Highlights include the albums two single releases; the jazz/soul ballad ‘Heart Lead The Way’ and the up-tempo Disco styled ‘Dance With Me’

•    BBR is very proud to present the first ever CD release of WATERCOLORS, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes, interviews and bonus tracks. Essential listening for all Soul, Funk, Disco, Dance and Pop fans.

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

Track Listing:

1.    DANCE WITH ME
2.    HEART LEAD THE WAY
3.    I CAN MAKE YOU SMILE
4.    THROW A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE MY WAY
5.    PARTY PEOPLE
6.    COME TO ME
7.    DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
8.    LET HIM PROVE IT

BONUS TRACKS
9.    DANCE WITH ME (SINGLE VERSION)
10.    HEART LEAD THE WAY (SINGLE VERSION)
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