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The Magic Garden - 5th Dimension

The Magic Garden
The Arbors are the last great 'lost' vocal harmony act of the 1960s. Formed by two sets of brothers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1965 (and you thought the MC5 were the first cool Ann Arbor act!), the quartet were signed to Columbia's Date imprint and scored their first hit with "A Symphony For Susan" in 1966. Indeed, it's the symphonic nature of many of their recordings that singled The Arbors out as being that little bit different from their 'cooler' peers. Then in 1969 the group semi-re-invented themselves with their third LP which spawned further hits in their mind-blowing, DJ-baiting versions of The Box Tops' "The Letter" and Blood, Sweat & Tears' "I Can't Quit Her". The album also featured stunning readings of Beatles, Dylan, Doors and Simon & Garfunkel tunes and should now be regarded as a bona fide soft pop classic. Shifting once again, in the early '70s the band moved away from pop and into the lucrative world of advertising jingles where they forged a 30-odd year career cutting ads for the likes of McDonalds, Texaco, Green Giant and United Airlines. Rev-Ola is proud to present Symphonies For Susan, the first definitive retrospective of this largely overlooked and hugely talented band, featuring tracks from all three of their albums, many of which appear on CD for the first time.
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Just Let It Happen / When I Fall In Love / Symphony For Susan / Mas Que Nada / Day In The Life Of A Fool / You Are The Girl / Dreamer Girl / Open A New Window / My Foolish Heart / Love Is The Light / So Nice / Valley Of The Dolls / Graduation Day / Julie I Tried / Love Is A Groovy Game / Motet Overture / The Letter / Good Day Sunshine/Got To Get You Into My Life / Lovin' Tonight (Maybe Tonight) / Like A Rolling Stone / i Can't Quit Her /For Emily Whenever I May Find Her / Most Of All / Mr. Bus Driver / Touch Me / Hey Joe
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Haven For Sale / St. Elmo’s Fire
Released on 18/01/10. Haven enjoyed success with John Barry on the soundtracks to 60’s film classics including The Knack , Goldfinger , From Russia With Love and critical acclaim for his performances and recordings with jazz drumming supremo Tony Crombie. He further scored a surprise single hit with his recording of Image.

In 1969 and 1971 Haven recorded two albums for CBS , a mix of originals by Haven with his arrangements of covers. All benefiting from the distinctive Haven Lowrey Heritage keyboard sounds which he had been developing throughout the 60’s. Haven For Sale features jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and direction from Keith Mansfield. St. Elmo’s Fire saw Haven experiment more with the keyboards and its effects, also producing and including more originals than before.


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This Strange Effect : The Decca Sessions Volume One
Released on 31/08/09. First-ever collection of the Sheffield singer's complete early recordings for Decca from 1963 to 1966. Includes the No. 1 smash ‘'The Crying Game' (later immortalised in Neil Jordan's hit film) as well as other hits ‘Memphis Tennessee', ‘My Baby Left Me', ‘Baby It's You' and ‘One Heart Between Two'. Kicks off with two previously unissued pre-Decca demos by Berry with Joe Brown's Bruvvers, produced by Mickie Most in 1963! Sleeve-notes include new quotes from Dave. Great value with 57 varieties taken from two albums, two scarce EPs, a raft of singles and some rare Decca compilation LPs.

 
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Everything's Alright

The complete recordings of this well respected Merseybeat act during their career (1963-1967). Best known on record for their own song ‘Everything’s Alright’, in part through their own recording being regarded as one of the classic ‘Mersey Sound’ tracks ever, as well as it making the top 10, and later through David Bowie covering it on PIN UPS. Two other tracks also made the charts, Why Not Tonight and Seven Daffodils, from a collection of seven singles and one EP recorded for Decca. The complete recordings are bookended by their very first recording and their last. The first made as The Nomads was included on the Oriole LP This Is Merseybeat in 1963 , and the last was the previously un-reissued Liberty single as Stu James & The Mojos in 1967. This package comes complete with fresh quotes from the Mojos guitarist Nicky Crouch, who also supplied the archive photos, and lead writer and singer Stu James aka Stuart Slater.                              
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The Salsoul Orchestra
THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA - as well as being the legendary backing band for many of the Salsoul Records artists - were a highly successful act in their own right. Throughout their career they consisted of up to 50 members (many of whom were also standing members of MFSB – Philadelphia Internationals house band). They released eleven successful albums on Salsoul Records over a seven year period.
BBR are delighted to release an expanded re-master of THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA, their debut LP from 1975. The album features the amazing singles ‘Salsoul Hustle’ (R&B #44/Pop #76), ‘Tangerine’ (R&B #36/Pop #18) and ‘You’re Just The Right Size’ (R&B #76/Pop #88) which also featured ‘Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh I Love It)’ as a B-side. The track went on to be regarded as a Dance classic.
BBR is delighted to launch our extensive program of expanded CD re-masters from the legendary SALSOUL label. These in demand titles have been out of print for almost two decades.

Release Date: 27/08/2012
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The Genius In Harmony
The architects of The Nashville Sound, the voices behind such eternal hits as Roy Orbison's Only the Lonely, Jim Reeves' He'll Have to Go and I'm Sorry by Brenda Lee, The Anita Kerr Singers, through their long career, released several "tribute" albums; Bert Kaempfert Turns Us On, The Anita Kerr Singers reflect on the Hits of Burt Bacharach and the immensely popular, We Dig Mancini - which defined the best of mid-sixties MOR and snatched a Grammy from under the noses of the Beatles. "The Genius" in Harmony, released in 1962, was their first such album, comprising songs written by or associated with Ray Charles.
The result of the layering of the charm and polish of the Kerr voices on
such dark material as Hard Times and Drown In My Own Tears is remarkable and it's difficult to understand how such a fine set can have been allowed to languish out of print for so long.
Here's what Anita Kerr herself said about the project at the time: 'It's
like electing someone to public office who feels just the way you feel
about things. Ray Charles was the person chosen to express all the pent-up emotions of the human soul: the entertainer born to spread these emotions out on the table for the whole world to see, close up and in broad daylight.
They call him "The Genius". I think of him as a restless genius. One
moment he's topping everything you've ever heard in blues singing, and the next moment he moves on to old standards like Hoagy Carmichael's Georgia On My Mind. Before you can get used to him in that vein he's
gospel-flavouring the songs he does, like I Got A Woman. Then he's
knee-deep in the country field or meeting Irving Berlin head on in a song that dates back to 1911, Alexander's Ragtime Band. And in between all these have come other great songs we've tried to interpret for you here, such as Ruby, with its lush, soft-ballad air, the almost haunting Hard Times and the ram-paging Hit the Road Jack. 'Reflections on Ray Charles' greatness in the dimen-sions of four voices - this is what we've tried our very best to bring you.'
One of the best arrangers in the business, Anita was not averse playfully
exploring the early sixties pop universe with fictitious ensembles and
featured here also are the two singles by Anita & the So & So's, including their sweet US hit, Joey Baby.

Release Date: 13/05/2013
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