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Taana Gardner - Taana Gardner

Taana Gardner
Taana Gardner was born in Newark, New Jersey and as a precocious young girl always knew she wanted to sing and perform. Influenced initially by her mother (who played piano in the Gardner home), and grandmother (who was an opera singer) Taana wrote several plays from the tender age of 11 and first appeared on stage as an actress in one of her own plays. One of her plays even went on to be performed at the Lincoln Center and The Apollo.
BBR favourite Dionne Warwick and also the great Tina Turner (amongst others) inspired Taana in terms of her singing aspirations and in 1978 the brother of Kenton Nix turned him on to Taana and suggested her for the project he was working on with West End records. When Taana arrived for her first ever studio session there was another group using the studio who, after hearing Taana sing, invited her to contribute vocals to one of their tracks. That group was Kid Creole and the Coconuts recording the album ‘Spooks In Space’ under the name Aural Exciters for the US market, on which Taana became the lead vocalist. A classic case of right place, right time.
TAANA GARDNER, was the product of the West End records sessions with producer Kenton Nix which she had been initially lined up for. Nix had been championed to the label by legendary DJ Larry Levan who had already been spinning an instrumental version of Work That Body in his Paradise Garage sets. ‘Work That Body’ (Disco #10) became a big club hit…. So Nix recorded more tracks with Taana including ‘When You Touch Me’ (Disco #10), included on this album, and what has become West End’s biggest ever hit, ‘Heartbeat’, (R&B #10) the classic mid-tempo groover worshipped by Larry Levan, two versions of which are represented on this release amongst the many bonus tracks.
BBR is very proud to bring you TAANA GARDNER, completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus content.
TAANA GARDNER is a must have for all Soul and Disco fans out there!

Release Date: 25/03/2013

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Code: CDBBR0213
Weight: 200
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1. WHEN YOU TOUCH ME
2. WE GOT TO WORK IT OUT
3. JUST BE A FRIEND
4. PARADISE EXPRESS
5. WORK THAT BODY
BONUS TRACKS

6. HEARTBEAT (12” club version)
7. NO FRILLS (12” vocal version)
8. THAT'S THE WORLD (12" club version)
9. HEARTBEAT (12” party version)
10. NO FRILLS (12” party version)

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The Gap Band VI
THE GAP BAND enjoyed huge success throughout the 70s and 80s with their unique sound and contribution to the Funk scene. Formed in 1967 in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson first went by the name Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band later shortening the name to THE GAP BAND in 1973. LA Producer, Lonnie Simmons, signed them to his label, Total Experience Records, setting in motion what would be the start of a long and prosperous relationship between THE GAP BAND and Simmons.

Notable hits include their top ten hit Shake, the breakthrough single from The Gap Band II, I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops!) and the number one R&B hit Early In The Morning taken from their 1982 #1 R&B album The Gap Band IV. 1985 brought the release of THE GAP BAND VI and with it the band soared back to the top of the R&B album chart with the chosen singles also enjoying impressive chart positions. The first single BEEP A FREAK, peaked at #2 R&B, their highest chart spot since Outstanding took the top spot on the R&B charts in 1982. The albums other two singles followed suit with I FOUND MY BABY hitting #8 in the R&B chart, and DISRESPECT earning a Top 20 R&B position. 

BBR is very proud to present the next entry in our series of new to CD Total Experience reissues in the form of THE GAP BAND VI, newly remastered and repackaged for the first time on CD anywhere in the world complete with extensive liner notes and expansive bonus content. Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases this BBR Remaster is a must have for all Funk, Soul, R&B and Quiet Storm fans out there!

Release Date: 29/10/2012



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The Gap Band 8- Expanded Edition
THE GAP BAND enjoyed huge success throughout the 70's and 80’s with their unique sound and contribution to the Funk scene. Formed in 1967 in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson first went by the name Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band later shortening the name to THE GAP BAND in 1973. LA Producer Lonnie Simmons, signed them to his label, Total Experience Records, setting in motion what would be the start of a long and prosperous relationship between THE GAP BAND and Simmons. Notable hits include their top ten hit Shake, the breakthrough single from The Gap Band II, I Don t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops!) and the number one R&B hit Early In The Morning taken from their 1982 #1 R&B album The Gap Band IV.

1986 saw the release of THE GAP BAND 8, the band's penultimate album for Total Experience. The album includes the single BIG FUN, which brought the band their greatest UK success, reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart and also reaching #8 in the R&B chart in the USA. The follow-up single GET LOOSE, GET FUNKY gave the band another Top Twenty R&B hit, reaching #15.

BBR is very proud to present the next entry in our series of new to CD Total Experience reissues in the form of THE GAP BAND 8, newly re-mastered and repackaged and complete with extensive liner notes and expansive bonus content. Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases this BBR Remaster is a must have for all Funk, Soul, R&B and Quiet Storm fans out there!




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Mouth To Mouth
Lipps Inc. are from Minneapolis and primarily consisted of producer Steven Greenberg and Cynthia Johnson ( former Miss Black Minnesota 1976).
ROCK IT was recorded and self-released as a 12” single in 1979 by Flight Records, Minneapolis and led to them signing with Casablanca Records later that year. MOUTH TO MOUTH was released soon after
ROCK IT, the first single from MOUTH TO MOUTH, saw Lipps Inc gain their first major commercial success by reaching the #20 spot in the Disco chart.
FUNKYTOWN was released in January 1980 and soon soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Disco charts as well as reaching the #1 spot in Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway and the Netherland and the #2 spot in the UK.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, with bonus tracks, MOUTH TO MOUTH is a must for all Disco and Funk fans out there!

Release Date: 24/09/2012
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I've Got The Cure
By 1984, powerhouse vocalist Stephanie Mills had achieved consistent hit-making status in the U.S. thanks to nine albums and a slew of hit singles that had established the former Broadway star of ‘The Wiz’ as a potent and dynamic recording artist and live performer.
Released in September 1984, I’VE GOT THE CURE, Stephanie’s third (and final) album for Casablanca Records became a best-seller thanks to now-classic soul and dance smash and club favourite, ‘The Medicine Song’ which became a Top 30 UK hit and a Top 10 US R&B hit.
Produced by master musician and funk meister George Duke with additional production by David ‘Hawk’ Wolinski (formerly of the group Rufus), I’VE GOT THE CURE fused the techno-funk rhythms of the day with Stephanie’s high-energy vocals.
This SoulMusic Records’ expanded edition includes three bonus tracks including a six-minute-plus Mark Berry 12” mix of ‘The Medicine Song.’ Other standouts on the album (a Top 10 R&B album in the US) include ‘Edge Of The Razor,’ ‘Rough Trade’ and the highlight ballads ‘Give It Half A Chance’ and ‘Everlasting Love.’
Includes notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with quotes from producer George Duke.

Release Date: 18/02/2013

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Perfect Timing
Florida native Donna Allen rose to fame following the release of her debut album PERFECT TIMING on New York based 21 Records in 1986. A born performer, Donna Allen was a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before becoming a successful singer.
Donna got her start in the music business performing with bands Hi-Octane and Trama before the launch of her successful solo career. DONNA ALLEN also toured for 9 years as a backup singer with Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine.
1986 brought the release of PERFECT TIMING, produced by Lou Pace; arranger behind Miami Sound Machine’s international hit Dr. Beat. This paved the way for numerous chart hits over the next few years. PERFECT TIMING almost reached the Billboard Hot 100 and saw great success in the US R&B Chart rising all the way to #33.
All 3 singles would chart with the debut offering SERIOUS being the most successful scoring #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, #17 in the US Hot Dance Music Singles Chart and smashing into the top 10 on both the US R&B and UK Singles chart. Other singles include SATISFIED, which climbed all the way up to #14 on the US R&B chart and #33 on the US Hot Dance Play Chart while securing a top 100 spot in the UK and SWEET SOMEBODY, which earned a #55 on the US R&B and top 50 on the US Hot Dance Play Chart.
Big Break Records couldn’t be happier to bring you this fantastic reissue of DONNA ALLEN’S PERFECT TIMING!
Fully re-mastered and complete with extensive liner notes featuring interviews and added bonus content, this BBR Remaster is a must have for all R&B, Funk, House and Soul fans out there!

Release Date: 25/02/2013
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