Year One - Golden Gate (The)

Year One
Released 29/06/09. The Golden Gate was the brainchild of Reid Whitelaw and Billy Carl, two songwriters reeling from the recent success of penning and singing on the 1910 Fruitgum Company’s 1968 hit “Goody Goody Gumdrops.” 1969’s Year One would follow a different path. Aided with some of New York and Philadelphia’s finest studio musicians—and the background vocals of none other than members of The Tradewinds (“New York’s A Lonely Town”)—The Golden Gate bridged lushly orchestrated soft pop, Bacharach-influenced Brill pop, Beach Boys/Four Seasons-influenced harmonies, with slight bubblegum affectations. The Golden Gate was not long for this world and ceased operation shortly after the release of this, their lone LP. Coveted by Japanese soft pop collectors for years, it’s not uncommon for mint original copies of Year One to fetch three figures. Making its worldwide CD debut, Year One is augmented by 7 Bonus Tracks, which were culled directly from original master tapes.
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Diamond Touch
Born in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1944, George McCrae started his musical career singing in church and later joining the glee club at school. He formed his own singing group called The Jivin’ Jets before joining the navy in 1963 and reformed the group on his return in 1967 with the addition of his wife Gwen before they later decided to work as a duo on Henry Stone’s Alston label before Gwen went solo and George worked on sessions until a chance moment had him record Rock Your Baby, written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band.
Following the huge success of ‘Rock Your Baby’, Grammy Award Nominee, GEORGE McCRAE, followed with the release of his self-titled second solo effort in 1975 (both available on BBR), the latter of which was very well received in the US and even more so in the UK.
The follow up album DIAMOND TOUCH, released in 1976, continues in the rich vein of his previous two LPs. Recorded in New York and produced by Gregg Diamond (hence the title) DIAMOND TOUCH spawned the single ‘Love In Motion’, a super-funky disco stomper with a down and dirty clavinet vamp that drives the track (courtesy of Robert Geiger), and an inspired sax solo from Joe Ferguson, which typifies the strength of Groove across the album, complementing Georges incredible and incomparable Soul vocal talents.
BBR is very proud to present this newly re-mastered and stunningly re-packaged expanded edition of DIAMOND TOUCH complete with extensive liner notes and additional bonus content.
This BBR re-master is a must have item for any Soul, Disco and R&B fans! Especially those who have picked up the BBR re-masters of "Rock Your Baby” and "George McCrae” and want to add to their McCrae collection.

Release Date: 25/02/2013

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Utopia
Enchantment were formed in 1967 at Pershing High School in Detroit and secured their first recording contract two years later by winning first place in a talent contest sponsored by Detroit’s WCHB radio station.
In 1970 Enchantment joined the renowned talent agency Artists International and developed their song and stage craft through the early seventies performing throughout the Detroit area. This period culminated in the group recording the soundtrack for the movie ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ which was released on Polydor in 1975.
The following year Enchantment released their eponymous debut LP which kick started a great run of success and the release of further albums over the following few years which spawned the singles ‘Gloria’ (R&B #5) and ‘Sunshine’ (R&B #3), ‘It’s You That I Need’ (R&B #1), and ‘If You’re Ready (Here It Comes)’ (R&B #14, and an underground dance classic)" to name just a few.
Utopia was Enchantments sixth LP released in 1983 and saw the group take a departure from their horn and string led soulful, lush sound, instead putting the Fairlight synthesizer at the core of the album. Utopia contains both passionate ballads and full-on club tracks. ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’ was the album’s R&B hit single with its relaxing percussive groove and compassionate vocal from Joe ‘Jobie’ Thomas. ‘I’m Dreaming’ sees Emanuel ‘E.J.’ Johnson lend his hair-raising tenor vocal to a gorgeous composition. ‘Somebody’s Loving You’ and ‘Get It While It’s Hot’ are both bone-fide dance-floor shakers with the former demonstrating the group’s aptitude for straight ahead rhythms and solid propulsive bass-lines.
BBR are very proud to present UTOPIA, fully re-mastered with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks.
UTOPIA is a must for all R&B, Soul and Post Disco/Dance fans out there!

Release Date: 27/05/2013
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A Scratch In The Sky: Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition
• ESSENTIAL SUNSHINE/PSYCH POP FROM 1967!
• RARE LATE MONO MIX — FIRST TIME EVER ISSUED ON CD!
• SOURCED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES!

The Cryan’ Shames’ second album, 1967's A Scratch In The Sky, is an unsung gem of that heady musical era. The set’s distinctive mix of youthful garage-rock energy, sophisticated psychedelic-pop songcraft and forward-thinking studio experimentation reflects the spirit of the times and captures the sound of an ambitious band of young perfectionists (already regional stars in their hometown of Chicago) making a quantum creative leap into exciting new territory.

On A Scratch In The Sky, The Cryan’ Shames trade in the familiar rock ’n’ roll and soul covers that dominated their first album for a set of haunting, emotionally resonant, and experimental original compositions (plus a transcendent reading of the Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penned Drifters classic ‘Up on the Roof’) that are bolstered by adventurous soundscapes.

In addition to the album—presented in its original MONO mix for the first time on CD—two non-LP singles and five single versions are included, and all are sourced from the ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES.

The deluxe, full-colour booklet also includes rare photos and extensive liner notes by music historian Scott Schinder that feature the participation of original band members. Mastered by ALAN BROWNSTEIN from the ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES!

Reissue Produced by STEVE STANLEY.

•    This CD is released 28th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

THE ORIGINAL MONO ALBUM
1.    A CAROL FOR LORELEI
2.    THE SAILING SHIP
3.    IN THE CAFE
4.    MR. UNRELIABLE
5.    THE TOWN I'D LIKE TO GO BACK TO
6.    UP ON THE ROOF
7.    IT COULD BE WE'RE IN LOVE
8.    SUNSHINE PSALM
9.    I WAS LONELY WHEN
10.    COBBLESTONE ROAD (SHE'S BEEN WALKIN')
11.    DENNIS DUPREE FROM DANVILLE

BONUS TRACKS
12.    YOUNG BIRDS FLY (Non-LP Single)
13.    THE WARM (Non-LP Single)
14.    THE SAILING SHIP (SINGLE VERSION)
15.    UP ON THE ROOF (SINGLE VERSION)
16.    IT COULD BE WE'RE IN LOVE (SINGLE VERSION)
17.    SUNSHINE PSALM (SINGLE VERSION)
18.    I WAS LONELY WHEN (SINGLE VERSION
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No Smoke Without Fire: Expanded Edition
After nearly 30 years of waiting we can finally announce the release of Tracie's long awaited 2nd album 'No Smoke Without Fire'. It was originally intended for release in 1985.

•    This is the first time the album has been available as a complete collection, on CD or any format.

•    This 17 track collection features ten of the tracks intended for the original album plus seven bonus tracks.

•    The bonus tracks include versions of Tracie's singles; ‘The House That Jack Built’ - 1st Mix, ‘I Can't Leave You Alone’ - Pick 'n' Mix version and ‘(When You) Call Me’ penned by Paul Weller. Also featured are demo versions of ‘The Waking Hours’, and ‘Good For You’ and the 7" version of ‘Baby Come Back’ and ‘19’ - The Wickham Mix.

•    The 1st Mix of Tracie's best known single ‘The House That Jack Built’ is included. It was intended to be the single version before Paul Weller decided to speed it up and make other minor changes. The resulting version then went on to peak at #9 in the UK singles chart.

•    Tracie has written the detailed sleeve notes for this release.

•    A comprehensive CD booklet has been produced with a new front cover design, a full UK discography and photos from Tracie's own collection from behind the scenes on tour in Japan and elsewhere.

•    Tracie was signed by Respond Records after sending in a demo, thanks to an advert in Smash Hits magazine. Within days she was in the studio with Paul Weller and the resulting debut single, ‘The House That Jack Built’ followed in Spring 1983, peaking at #9 in the UK singles charts. Tracie went on to enjoy chart and critical success with her soulful pop, with seven further singles released along with the Far From The Hurting Kind album. 

TRACK LIST


1.    ITALIAN GIRL
2.    I THINK YOU'RE LUCKY
3.    FINGERS CROSSED
4.    LOVE WITHOUT JEALOUSY
5.    I CAN'T LEAVE YOU ALONE
6.    INVITATION
7.    ME AND JIMMY STONE
8.    THE COUNTRY CODE
9.    (WHEN YOU) CALL ME
10.    NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE
 
BONUS TRACKS

11.    THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT - 1ST MIX
12.    GOOD FOR YOU - DEMO VERSION
13.    I CAN'T LEAVE YOU ALONE - PICK 'N' MIX
14.    19 - THE WICKHAM MIX
15.    BABY COME BACK - 7" VERSION
16.    THE WAKING HOURS - DEMO VERSION
17.    NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE – REMIX

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ALBUM IS RELEASED ON 26TH MAY AND PRE-ORDERS WILL NOT BE DESPATCHED BEFORE THAT DATE. TO PRE ORDER YOUR COPY CLICK ON THE 'ORDER NOW' BUTTON BELOW...

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The Eagle Flies On Friday: Complete Recordings 1967-1969
•    Brummie rock band THE EXCEPTION were formed in 1967 by ex-members of The Ugly’s, Dave Pegg and Roger Hill, and talented drummer/writer/vocalist Alan James ‘Bugsy’ Eastwood.

•    Between 1967 and 1969, THE EXCEPTION issued several singles for CBS and President, as well as a rare album, The Exceptional Exception, which has never been on CD in the UK.

•    This welcome compilation boasts numerous bonus tracks new to CD, culled from various non-albums singles on President and five previously unissued demos fresh from the vaults.

•    The band’s debut single, ‘The Eagle Flies On Friday’, is now a collectable Mod anthem. It’s joined here by all their other three CBS sides.

•    The Exception’s original bassist Dave Pegg and  guitarist Roger Hill later joined Fairport Convention (Pegg also played with Jethro Tull).

NB: This title is released on October 27, 2014 and will not be dispatched until this date.

TRACK LIST:


1.    THE EAGLE FLIES ON FRIDAY    
2.    GIRL TROUBLE    
3.    GABERDINE SATURDAY NIGHT STREET WALKER
4.    SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE PRINCE RUPERT
5.    RUB IT DOWN    
6.    IT'S SNOWING IN THE DESERT
7.    HELICOPTER    
8.    BACK ROOM    
9.    TAILOR MADE BABE    
10.    TURN OVER THE SOIL    
11.    JACK RABBIT    
12.    KEEP THE MOTOR RUNNING
13.    PENDULUM    
14.    DON'T TORTURE YOUR MIND    
15.    HONG KONG BLUES    
16.    ROCK BOTTOM CINDER
17.    WOMAN OF THE GREEN LANTERN
18.    KAREN TRAIN BLUES
19.    TOO MUCH IN LOVE WITH A BAD THING
20.    MRS. COCAINE    
21.    BUM'S PUZZLE    
22.    WHEN YOUR LUCK IS DOWN *
23.    WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD GAL *
24.    THESE WOMEN FUNNY *
25.    BACH THEME – Instrumental *
26.    ABDEL DO DO – Instrumental *

* Previously Unissued
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