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Friends 2CD - Shalamar

Friends 2CD
Shalamar’s Friends was one of the biggest and most celebrated classic soul albums of the 1980s. BBR is proud to present the first ever deluxe edition of the album.
Shalamar was formed in 1977 by Dick Griffey, the booking agent for the legendary R&B TV show Soul Train, and British music producer, Simon Soussan. Initially they used faceless session musicians but when their first single, ‘Uptown Medley’ (R&B #10 / Pop #25) found chart success Griffey created a permanent group. After ‘Take That To The Bank’ (US R&B #11 / Pop #79) Shalamar’s classic line-up of Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewitt continued to have chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with infectious pop-soul cuts like ‘The Second Time Around’ (US R&B #1 / Pop #8) and ‘Make That Move’ (US R&B #6 / Pop #60) all released on Griffey’s Solar imprint.
In 1982 the group released their seventh studio album FRIENDS, which enhanced on the soul groove sound that had brought the group previous success. The opening track and lead US single from the album ‘A Night To Remember’ (US R&B #8 / Pop #44) became an instant R&B classic. The second single in the US was the album closer ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ (US R&B #33 / Pop #102), another classic mid-tempo R&B dancer that does exactly as it suggests.
FRIENDS enjoyed massive popularity and unprecedented chart success in the UK, becoming one of the biggest selling alums of the year. FRIENDS peaked at #6 on the UK album chart during an incredible 72-week run. The four singles for the UK market, ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, ‘A Night To Remember’, ‘There It Is’ and ‘Friends’ reached #7, #5, #5 and #12 respectively on the UK singles chart helping Shalamar retain huge popularity to this day. Jeffrey Daniel introduced body popping and the back slide (later renamed the moon walk by Daniel’s student, Michael Jackson) to UK TV audiences on Top Of The Pops in July of 1982 when promoting ‘A Night to Remember’.
BBR is very proud to bring you FRIENDS, completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus content including a new interview with Jody Watley and a second disc of alternative versions from the US and UK single releases. FRIENDS is a must have for all R&B, SOUL, 80s POP and DISCO fans out there!

Release Date: 29/04/2013

Track Listing:


DISC ONE

1. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
2. DON’T TRY TO CHANGE ME
3. HELP ME
4. ON TOP OF THE WORLD
5. I DON’T WANT TO BE THE LAST TO KNOW
6. FRIENDS
7. PLAYING TO WIN
8. I JUST STOPPED BY BECAUSE I HAD TOO
9. THERE IT IS
10. I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD

BONUS TRACKS from FRIENDS sessions
11. TALK TO ME
12. GOOD FEELINGS
13. SWEETER AS THE DAYS GO BY




DISC 2 (ALTERNATE VERSIONS)

1. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1986 12” M&M remix)
2. THERE IT IS (1986 M&M instrumental remix)
3. FRIENDS (extended version)
4. I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD (UK 7” version)
5. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (UK 7” version)
6. THERE IT IS (Single version)
7. HELP ME (Single version)
8. FRIENDS (Single” version)
9. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (UK 12" remix)
10. THERE IT IS (extended version)
11. MEGA MIX – A MIX TO REMEMBER (UK 12”)
      a. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
      b. THERE IT IS
      c. OVER AND OVER
      d. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
      e. I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD
      f. I OWE YOU ONE
     g. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
12. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (12” M&M instrumental mix)

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"Big Break release the fifth album re-release on one of the powerhouse voices of the 1970’s with this brilliant original 1976 album that features her biggest commercial successes, Free and That’s What Friends Are For. ‘This Is Niecy’ is a showcase for the multi octave vocal chords of one of my favourite female vocalists.”

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