Rise Sleeping Beauty: Expanded Edition - Lenny Williams

Rise Sleeping Beauty: Expanded Edition
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•    LENNY WILLIAMS is one of the most enduring R&B and Soul vocalists from the 1970's having delivered passionate recordings throughout his long solo career and during his three year stint from '72 to '75 with incredible funk group Tower Of Power. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas Williams moved to Oakland, California at an early age and after honing his powerful voice in various church groups decided on a career as a secular R&B singer and was soon releasing singles on Fantasy Records and later Atlantic before joining Tower Of Power.

•    Upon leaving Tower Of Power in 1975 Williams signed a solo deal with Motown Records and cut RISE SLEEPING BEAUTY, his only album for the label, later that same year. Despite his prominence at the time the album did not garner the commercial success hoped for despite more than matching his later albums for ABC and MCA which would bring him greater exposure.

•    RISE SLEEPING BEAUTY was produced by Williams himself along with arranger Chester Thompson and they deliver an album of broad scope and rich musicality incorporating the traditional themes of love and relationships along with political and social commentary. Williams is in great vocal form throughout tackling tender R&B ballads (‘Loving Station’) through to smooth soul grooves (‘Cause I Love You,’ and ‘Shame’) and rasping funk bombs (‘I'm A Pioneer,’ ‘Run On See What The Ends Gonna Be,’ ‘Son Of Thieves, Slaves And Braves’ and opener ‘Since I Met You’); the later being the album's only single which reached #94 on the R&B singles chart.

•    BBR is very proud to present the international CD debut of RISE SLEEPING BEAUTY, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. Essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Disco fans.

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

Track List:

1.    SINCE I MET YOU
2.    I'M A PIONEER
3.    'CAUSE I LOVE YOU
4.    TO BE A STAR
5.    SHAME
6.    LOVING STATION
7.    MOTION
8.    RUN ON SEE WHAT THE ENDS GONNA BE
9.    SON OF THIEVES, SLAVES AND BRAVES
10.    RISE SLEEPING BEAUTY

BONUS TRACK
11.    SINCE I MET YOU (Single Version)
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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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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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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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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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