Disco Kicks: The Complete Moby Dick Recordings - Boys Town Gang

Disco Kicks: The Complete Moby Dick Recordings
•    Arriving at the tail end of the disco era The Boys Town Gang, somewhat belatedly summed up everything daring and subversive that the golden age of dance had been known for.  The brainchild of San Franciscan DJ/producer Bill Motley, the Boys Town Gang were a hastily assembled fictitious group in the classic industry mould of Shalamar.

•    The group’s first release contained two tracks that instantly became underground club classics. A discofied medley of the two early solo Diana Ross hits ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and ‘Remember Me’ immediately opened doors for the group when it appeared on DJ set lists all over the USA in 1981. But the powerhouse track turned out to be on the flipside. ‘Cruisin’ The Streets’ had a new sound that set it apart from any disco record before it. With lead vocals by Cynthia Manley the song was overtly sexual and homoerotic.

•    When ‘Cruisin’ The Streets’ became a massive international club hit a permanent group was formed featuring vocalist Jackson Moore replacing Manley. The newly formed trio’s biggest hit was their discofied cover of the Andy Williams hit ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ which landed them a top ten UK hit in 1982. Further disco and Hi-NRG covers of soul classics such as ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours’ and ‘When Will I See You Again’ gave the group several club hits with guest vocals by the likes of Marlena Shaw, Debbie Jacobs, The Weather Girls and Sylvester.

•    HOT SHOT RECORDS is very proud to present the first ever complete anthology of THE BOYS TOWN GANG where the original Moby Dick master tapes have been used.

•    Released as a double CD collection in a super jewel case, this anthology is a must for all 80’s Pop, Disco and Hi-NRG fans.

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

Track List:

DISC ONE

1.    REMEMBER ME/AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH SUITE
2.    CRUISIN' THE STREETS
3.    YOU'RE THE ONE
4.    DISCO KICKS
5.    CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU
6.    SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) –
(PREVOUSLY UNRELEASED LONG VERSION
7.    COME AND GET YOUR LOVE
8.    I JUST CAN'T HELP BELIEVING
9.    HERE I AM (WAITING FOR YOU) (EARLY VERSION – MARLENA SHAW VOCAL) - PREVOUSLY UNRELEASED VERSION

DISC TWO
1.    YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY
2.    BRAND NEW ME/IN AND OUT OF LOVE
3.    HERE I AM (WAITING FOR YOU)
4.    A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND
5.    WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN
6.    DANCE TRANCE MEDLEY
7.    REMEMBER ME/AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH (1981 12” DISCO REMIX)
8.    DISCO KICKS (1981 12” DISCO REMIX)
9.    CRUISIN' THE STREETS (1981 INSTRUMENTAL DISCO REMIX)
10.    CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU (JAZZ VERSION)
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Reaffirmation: An Anthology 1971-1973 2CD
•    A NEW REMASTERED TWO CD ANTHOLOGY BY HELP YOURSELF
•    FEATURING TRACKS FROM EVERY ALBUM ISSUED BY UNITED ARTISTS AND A RARE SINGLE
•    BOOKLET WITH NEW ESSAY BY MICHAEL HEATLEY

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of "Reaffirmation”, a comprehensive anthology by the unsung heroes of British early 70s rock, HELP YOURSELF. Help Yourself was formed in London in 1970, originally as a backing band for singer-songwriter MALCOLM MORLEY and took their influences from American West Coast Country and Acid Rock. After Morley signed to the Famepushers management stable, his manager John Eichler suggested Morley form a new band and HELP YOURSELF was born. Featuring Malcolm Morley (guitars, keyboards, vocals), former Sam Apple Pie member Dave Charles (drums, percussion, vocals), Richard Treece (guitars, vocals, harmonica) and Ken Whaley (bass), the band signed to United Artists in 1970 and their eponymous debut album was issued in 1971.

Following a tour with label mates Brinsley Schwarz and Ernie Graham (also Famepushers artists), Ken Whaley departed the band. An expanded line-up including Ernie Graham and Jonathan Glemser began work on the album "Strange Affair” in 1972, but Graham and Glemser’s departure half-way through the recording saw roadie Paul Burton join the band to complete the album, (which would include the excellent extended track ‘The All Electric Fur Trapper’). The band embarked on a tour of Switzerland with Welsh rock legends Man and a bond formed between the two groups. The band’s "Beware the Shadow” was an even stronger effort, featuring the Help’s twelve-minute anthem, ‘Reaffirmation’, a track that displayed the instrumental excellence of the group. Prior to a tour to promote their most recent album Malcolm Morley fell ill with depression and Deke Leonard, recently dismissed from Man, took his place. When Morley recovered, Leonard remained with the band, appearing with them on the "Christmas at the Patti” concert in December 1972. In early 1973 Deke Leonard departed the band to pursue a solo career and the band began work on the album "Happy Days”, a record that also featured The Flying Aces and Vivian "Spiv’ Morris. Paul Burton’s departure during these sessions saw Ken Whaley return to the band. Work then commenced on another album, "the Return of Ken Whaley”. Both albums were released as a package by United Artists later that year. Although critically acclaimed, commercial success continued to elude the band and in August 1973 Help Yourself disbanded, with Malcolm Morley and Ken Whaley joining Man in 1974 for their album "Winos, Rhinos and Lunatics”.

Forty years on, HELP YOURSELF is now regarded as one of the great, unsung British bands of their era. This anthology gathers together the essential tracks from all of their albums released by United Artists, newly re-mastered from the original master tapes. It features a booklet with essay by Michael Heatley and is a tribute to their genius.

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

Track Listing:

DISC ONE

1.    RUNNING DOWN DEEP
2.    I MUST SEE JESUS FOR MYSELF
3.    PAPER LEAVES
4.    OLD MAN
5.    DEBORAH
6.    STREET SONGS

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "HELP YOURSELF”

7.    STRANGE AFFAIR
8.    BROWN LADY
9.    HEAVEN ROW
10.    THE ALL ELECTRIC FUR TRAPPER
11.    DEANNA CALL AND SCOTTY
12.    MANY WAYS OF MEETING

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "STRANGE AFFAIR”

13.    ALABAMA LADY
14.    REAFFIRMATION
15.    PASSING THROUGH

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "BEWARE THE SHADOW”

DISC TWO

1.    SHE’S MY GIRL
2.    AMERICAN MOTHER

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "BEWARE THE SHADOW”

3.    MOMMY WON’T BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
4.    JOHNNY B. GOODE
(SPACE TRUCK & THE FREIGHT YARD MARSHALLS, FEATURING MARTIN ACE, SEAN TYLA, & THE HELPLESS ELVES)

A & B SIDES OF SINGLE

5.    CANDY KANE
6.    WHO KILLED PARADISE?
7.    IT HAS TO BE
8.    MAN, WE’RE GLAD TO KNOW YOU
9.    BLOWN AWAY

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "THE RETURN OF KEN WHALEY”

10.    VIRGINIA
11.    I’VE GOT BEAUTIFUL YOU

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "HAPPY DAYS”
ALBUM GIVEN AWAY FREE WITH "THE RETURN OF KEN WHALEY”

12.    EDDIE WARING (LIVE)

WITH DEKE LEONARD AND B.J. COLE
TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "CHRISTMAS AT THE PATTI”

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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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Down To Love Town: Expanded Edition
•    Formed in 1966, THE ORIGINALS worked as studio backup singers at Motown and featured on tracks such as ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ by Jimmy Ruffin, ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder and Edwin Starr’s politically fuelled jam, ‘War.’ The original Originals were made up of four singers, the group's baritone and founder Walter Gaines, tenors Hank Dixon and C.P. Spencer (an original member of The Spinners) and also bass singer, Freddie Gorman, who was one of the writers of ‘Please Mr. Postman.’ In the late 60s, under the guidance and writing expertise of Al Green, The Originals scored two of their biggest hits early in their career with ‘Baby I'm For Real’ and the Gold certified, ‘The Bells.’

•    DOWN TO LOVE TOWN was the groups eighth album for Motown and was released in 1977. Produced by Michael Sutton and the Originals The album opens with intent on the horn and wah-wah led Disco/Soul stomper ‘Hurry Up And Wait’ before making way for the title track and only single from the album. ‘Down To Love Town’ (Disco #1/Pop #47) was originally included on their 1976 album Communique and became a true Disco classic with an incredible and impassioned lead vocal from Freddy Gorman's tenor/baritone, as he demands everybody join him in ‘Love Town,’ while the interplay between the guitar, strings and percussion keep you on the crest of the wave for the full six minutes of this 12” remix.  Other standouts include the smooth up-tempo groover ‘You Are A Blessing To Me’ and the passionate ballad ‘Sunrise.’  

•    Following on from their reissue of The Originals Lamont Dozier produced 1975 album "California Sunset,” (CDBBR0044) BBR are proud to present DOWN TO LOVE TOWN, 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 11 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:


1. HURRY UP AND WAIT
2. DOWN TO LOVE TOWN (Disco Mix)
3. YOU ARE A BLESSING TO ME
4. CALL ON YOUR SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
5. MOTHER NATURE'S BEST
6. SUNRISE
7. BEEN DECIDED

BONUS TRACK
8. DOWN TO LOVE TOWN (Single Mix)
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Tearjerkers and Heartbreakers: A Collection of Deep, Deep Soul
•    A marathon of melancholy deep soul sounds from way back when, featuring a wealth of lighter-raising weepies from a host of obscure US labels at the turn of the 1960s.

•    With stellar gems from Ike Turner, Chuck Jackson, Solomon Burke, Little Willie John, The Impressions, ‘Baby’ Washington, Donnie Elbert and Maxine Brown among others.

•    Plus obscure classics from The Mark IV’s, Walkin’ Willie, Lee Tacey, McKinley Mitchell, Chyvonne Scott and Timmy Shaw.

•    A guaranteed emotional rollercoaster of tear sodden sadness, remastered from the original sound sources with sleevenotes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson.

N.B. This album is released August 18 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:

1.    Jerry Jackson - WIDE AWAKE IN A DREAM
2.    Chuck Jackson - I WAKE UP CRYING
3.    Gene Allison - YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY
4.    Solomon Burke - THIS IS IT    
5.    McKinley Mitchell - THE TOWN I LIVE IN
6.    Little Willie John - TALK TO ME
7.    Chyvonne Scott - I'M MOVING ON
8.     Dr Feelgood And The Interns - MR MOONLIGHT    
9.    Betty Harris - YESTERDAY'S KISSES
10.    Maxine Brown - FUNNY        
11.    Ike Turner And His Kings Of Rhythm ft  Clayton Love - SHE MADE MY BLOOD RUN COLD
12.    The Sheppards - TRAGIC    
13.    The Chellows - I WANT TO BE A PART OF YOU
14.    The Valadiers - TAKE A CHANCE
15.    The Impressions ft Jerry Butler - FOR YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE    
16.    Timmy Shaw -THUNDERIN MY HEART
17.    Mark IV's - THE TIDE HAS TURNED    
18.    Harold Dorman - MOUNTAIN OF LOVE
19.    Ivory Joe Hunter - SINCE I MET YOU BABY
20.    The Fi-Dells - WHAT IS LOVE?    
21.    Chuck Jackson - I KEEP FORGETTIN' (EVERY TIME YOU'RE NEAR)        
22.    Sammy Salvo - A MUSHROOM CLOUD    
23.    Donnie Elbert - MY CONFESSION OF LOVE
24.    Joe Henderson - SNAP YOUR FINGERS
25.    Baby Washington - NOBODY CARES (ABOUT ME)
26.    Walkin' Willie - IT SOUNDS SO FUNNY
27.    Lee Tracey - UNTIL YOU WERE GONE
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Cheryl Lynn: Expanded Edition
•    From singing in church in Los Angeles to appearing on the popular ‘70s U.S. TV talent programme, ‘The Gong Show,’ Cheryl Lynn’s vocal delivery, style and skills have been evident and when she hit the international music scene in 1978, it was no surprise that she found favour with audiences the world over.

•    The summer of that year, her co-penned ‘Got To Be Real,’ acknowledged now as a timeless classic that has been used in countless movies, television ad campaigns, sampled and covered, could be heard literally across the globe from London to New York, Paris to Tokyo, giving the soulful singer an anthem that has continued to bring dancers to their feet everywhere.  The single reached No. 1 on the U.S. R&B charts and No. 23 on the Hot 100.

•    Cheryl’s self-titled debut album also included another dance anthem, ‘Star Love’ as well as a cover of ‘Come In From The Rain’ (a 1977 hit for Captain & Tennille) and four more songs that Cheryl wrote or co-wrote.  The album was certified gold, reaching No. 5 on the U.S. R&B and No. 23 on Top 200 Albums’ charts.

•    Originally reissued in the US in 2010, the CD has been generally unavailable for the last few years;  this new remastered version on SoulMusic Records includes two tracks not originally included – the much-loved 12” single mix and 7” single edits of ‘Star Love’ along with the single version of ‘Got To Be Real’ and 12” single of ‘You Saved My Day.’  Edited from the original essay by renowned U.S. writer A. Scott Galloway, the notes include quotes from Cheryl, co-producer David Paich (of Toto fame) and famed drummer James Gadson.

N.B. This album is released August 18 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:


1.  GOT TO BE REAL    
2.  ALL MY LOVIN'    
3.  STAR LOVE    
4.  COME IN FROM THE RAIN    
5.  YOU SAVED MY DAY    
6.  GIVE MY LOVE TO YOU    
7.  NOTHING YOU SAY    
8.  YOU'RE THE ONE    
9.  DAYBREAK (STORYBOOK CHILDREN)    

BONUS TRACKS
10. GOT TO BE REAL (US Columbia single edit)
11. STAR LOVE (US Columbia 12" single)
12. STAR LOVE (US Columbia 7” single)
13. YOU SAVED MY DAY (US Columbia 12" single)

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