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Alicia / Alicia Again : Two Original Classic Soul Albums On One Cd - Alicia Myers

Alicia / Alicia Again : Two Original Classic Soul Albums On One Cd
The former lead singer with the R&B/dance music group One Way, Detroit-born Alicia Myers had a total of four albums released on MCA Records between 1981-84, experiencing varying degrees success with each.Produced by songwriter and One Way bass player Kevin McCord and multi-instrumentalist Al Perkins, the 1981 LP ALICIA – previously only available on CD in Japan – contained two tracks that have long been favourites among soul music collectors on both sides of the Atlantic: the gospel-influenced ‘I Want To Thank You’ (a US Top 40 R&B hit) and the rare groove gem, ‘If You Play Your Cards Right.’ The album spent six months on the US R&B charts.Released just eight months after her well-received MCA debut, ALICIA AGAIN – reissued for the first time worldwide with this 2012 SoulMusic.com Records two-on-one CD – was also produced by Al Perkins and was a family affair including a number of song penned by Alicia’s bassist brother Jackie and her siblings Evalyn and Aaron with Jackie on background vocals. Musicians included guitarist Bruce Nazarian (Johnnie Taylor, the Temptations, and Brides of Funkenstein); Parliament-Funkadelic percussionist Larry Fratangelo; and One Way keyboardist Corky Meadows.

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"Myers’ voice, with its huskiness, smoky timbre and strong gospel inflections is certainly distinctive though some of the material on her debut – helmed by fellow One Way cohorts, Al Perkins and Kevin McCord – is not equal to the strength of her impressive pipes.”  

-Charles Waring / Blacksheepmag.com April 2012
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Alicia  - Don't Stop What You're Doin' / If You Play Your Cards Right / Spirit Of The Boogie / We Can't Stay In Bed Forever / Reservation For One  / I Want To Thank You / Reggae Funky Dance / Life, Joy And Happiness  / Alicia Again  - Keep God In Your Life / When Love Starts To Go / I'm So Lonely  / Love Me Or Leave Me Alone / Car Trouble / Found Love At A Disco / Reggae Or Rock 'N' Roll / Do Your Kind Of DanceReleased on 13/02/12.
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Nard / Funky Beat 2 Classic Albums On One Cd
Bernard Wright was a young piano player from Queens, New York who made these 2 Classic Jazz (Funk) albums in the early Eighties, Bernard was only sixteen when he recorded the 1981 album Nard. Nard features the two heavily sampled tracks Hoboglabotribin & Spinnin, Snoop Dogg sampled Hoboglabotribin on the track G’’s And Hustlers & Skee-Lo sampled Spinnin on his Hit single I Wish, and another highlight of the album is a version of Miles Davis Solar.The Funky Beat album allowed Bernard to explore many areas of black music including Jazz, Soul, Funk & Break Beats. There are two standout tracks on the album Weldon Irvine’s Mr Clean and the track Joy Spring ; both tracks produced by Dave Grusin & Larry M Rosen.Both of these titles have been out of print for several years and have only ever been available before on CD in Japan. The package contains extensive liner notes by Jazz FM’s Ralph Tee. Our Price: £9.95

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Released on 25/01/10. For the first time on one CD all of Tyrone Davis Billboard R&B chart hits of the 1970s recorded for the Columbia label.

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Make It Last Forever
Donna McGhee is an amazingly talented Funk and Disco singer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. She got her first break singing with The Fatback Band. Over the three years Donna was with The Fatback Band they toured with the likes of Teddy Pendergrass, Crown Heights Affair and Chaka Khan.

MAKE IT LAST FOREVER is Donna’s debut solo album after signing to the disco label Red Greg in 1977. Released in 1978 this Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams (legendary producer of countless 70’s classics) produced album is a disco classic that is much in demand by aficionados across the world with copies going for over £70 on ebay.

DO AS I DO
was the albums first single and the B-Side MR BLINDMAN is the albums ultimate disco classic. This song is a regular feature in many DJ’s sets today as well as appearing on numerous compilation albums of the genres classics.

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I’M A LOVE BUG
was nominated for a Grammy and was also re-recorded by Bumblebee Unlimited with Donna providing vocals, this version is a cult classic.

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"Before embarking on her solo career, Donna McGhee got her first break singing with The Fatback Band. Later, she found herself touring with Chaka Khan, Crown Heights Affair and Teddy Pendergrass. By 1977, Donna found herself signed to the disco label Red Greg Records, releasing Make it Last Forever in 1978. Produced by the Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams, Make it Last Forever is a true disco classic, with copies changing hands for upwards of $100.”  

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