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Thelma & Jerry/Two To One: Expanded Edition - Thelma Houston & Jerry Butler

Thelma & Jerry/Two To One: Expanded Edition
·       Continuing to reissue classic original albums from the Motown catalogue, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present the worldwide reissue debut* of two albums by THELMA HOUSTON and JERRY BUTLER on one CD, an expanded edition with one bonus track. (* "Thelma & Jerry” was issued on CD on US Motown in 1992). 
·        By 1977 when they began recording together, Thelma Houston was enjoying her first wave of across-the-board international success with her now-classic cover of Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes’ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’; a year earlier, established hitmaker Jerry Butler had signed with Motown and released his label debut "Love’s On The Menu” (reissued by SoulMusic Records in 2013 along with his second Motown LP, "Suite For A Single Girl,” SMCR-25086).  ·       With production by Butler himself and Homer Talbert and Motown hitmaker Hal Davis and Michael B. Sutton, THELMA & JERRY (a US Top 20 R&B album) included covers of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Joy Inside My Tears’;  a medley of Chicago’s ‘If You Leave Me Now’ with The Bee Gees’ ‘Love So Right’; and a Top 100 R&B charted single, ‘It’s A Lifetime Thing’ (the flipside of which "Kiss Me Now” is included on this CD reissue as a bonus track). 
·       The follow-up 1978 LP TWO TO ONE consisted of just two Houston-Butler duets (left over from sessions for the previous album) and three solo tracks from each performer.  
·       Notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring include 2013 quotes from Thelma Houston.  

Available 14/10/2013
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Code: SMCR25107
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THELMA & JERRY
1. ONLY THE BEGINNING
2. AND YOU'VE GOT ME
3. IT'S A LIFETIME THING
4. MEDLEY: IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW / LOVE SO RIGHT
5. I LOVE YOU THROUGH WINDOWS
6. JOY INSIDE MY TEARS
7. SWEET LOVE I'VE FOUND
8. (PLAY THE GAME OF) LET'S PRETEND
9. LET'S GET TOGETHER
TWO TO ONE
10. IF IT WOULD NEVER END
11. FIND A WAY
12. WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES
13. I'M NOT STRONG ENOUGH (TO LOVE YOU AGAIN)
14. NEVER GONNA GET ENOUGH
15. DON'T PITY ME
16. CHICAGO SEND HER HOME
17. YOU GAVE ME LOVE
BONUS TRACK
18. KISS ME NOW (US Motown non-album single ‘B’ side)
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Just For You/All Night Music
· Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, the brother-and-sister group The McCrarys began their career in the gospel field recording their first LP in 1972. However, it was a move into secular music in 1978 that brought the team national prominence in the US when their debut album for Portrait Records, "Loving Is Living” achieved success, in part due to the Top 10 R&B hit, ‘You’ which featured one of their champions, Stevie Wonder. After their label follow-up LP, "On The Other Side,” the group signed a new deal with Capitol Records in 1980.
· Consisting of sisters Charity and Linda and brothers Alfred, Howard and Sam, The McCrarys worked with producer/musician Patrick Henderson (whose roots were also in the gospel field). With seven tracks credited to various members of the group as songwriters, JUST FOR YOU included the key cut, ‘Any Ol’ Sunday’ which was recorded by Chaka Khan in 1981.
· Teamed with former member of The Crusaders, Wayne Henderson (producer of Ronnie Laws, Esther Phillips, Side Effect and Pleasure among others), the group’s second Capitol LP, ALL NIGHT MUSIC fared better. The track, ‘Love On A Summer Night’ became a Top 100 US R&B hit single and a constant favourite – and now classic - in the UK with ‘smooth groove’fans.
· Apart from a limited Japanese pressing of "All Night Music”, both albums are making their worldwide CD debut with this SoulMusic Records reissue, which includes notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with 2013 quotes from members of the group.

 

 

 

 

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Billy Preston & Syreeta
  • Continuing to reissue classic original albums from the Motown catalogue, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present the worldwide CD debut of the self-titled 1981 album by BILLY PRESTON and SYREETA, an expanded edition with seven bonus tracks.
  • Billy Preston (through mid’-70s hits such as ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’ and ‘Nothing From Nothing’) and Syreeta (former wife of Stevie Wonder with four critically-acclaimed albums to her credit) were established as recording artists in their own right when, as Motown label-mates, they worked together on the 1979 soundtrack for the film, "Fast Break.” While the film itself made no impact, one track from the album, the beautiful ballad ‘With You I’m Born Again’ (included as a bonus track on this reissue along with an instrumental version of the song) became a Top 5 UK hit prompting Motown to release the single in the US where it reached No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart.
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· NEWLY REMASTERED & EXPANDED EDITION OF OLIVER WAKEMAN’S 2001 ALBUM WITH YES GUITARIST STEVE HOWE
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· THE FIRST 1,000 COPIES WILL BE A LIMITED SLIPCASE VERSION SIGNED BY OLIVER WAKEMAN
· BOOKLET WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK & ESSAY

ESOTERIC RECORDINGS are pleased to announce an expanded and remastered reissue of Oliver Wakeman’s album "The 3 Ages of Magick” with Steve Howe.

Originally released in 2001, this magical album featured a band comprising Oliver Wakeman (Piano and Keyboards), Steve Howe (Electric & Acoustic Guitars & Steel guitar), Tony Dixon (Uilleann Pipes, Whistles & Flute), Jo Greenland (Violin), Tim Buchanan (Fretted & Fretless Basses) and Dave Wagstaffe (Drums & Percussion). The album has long been unavailable and has been expanded to include three previously unreleased bonus tracks from the album sessions.

This Esoteric Recordings remastered and expanded edition includes an expanded booklet with notes by Oliver Wakeman

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Love Brought Me Back: Expanded Edition
·       Los Angeles-born D.J. Rogers began his musical journey like  so many of his contemporaries – in the world of gospel:  as a teenaged member of the Los Angeles Community Choir, he was featured on five albums for Savoy Records before recording with the ‘godfather of contemporary gospel,’ the Reverend James Cleveland.  
·       In 1969, D.J. (Dwayne Julius) moved into secular music, recording a now-rare self-titled LP for singer/songwriter Leon Russell’s Shelter label. Signed to RCA Records in 1975, the powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer made three critically-acclaimed albums for the label, establishing himself as a US soul music favourite with the now-classic ‘Say You Love Me’ (later recorded by Jennifer Holliday and Natalie Cole) and ‘Bula Jean.’ 
·        When Maurice White (founder of Earth, Wind & Fire) saw D.J. perform at an L.A. event, he signed him to his CBS-distributed Kalimba Productions.  The result was an association that spanned three released albums, the first of which was 1978’s LOVE BROUGHT ME BACK. The uplifting title track became D.J.’s biggest US hit (Top 20 R&B Singles) and the subsequent LP, his best-selling set.  
·       This SoulMusic Records’ expanded edition reissue features five bonus tracks, including the 12” single mix of ‘Love Brought Me Back’ and single edits of ‘All My Love’ (a US Top 100 R&B hit) along with extensive liner notes by renowned US writer A. Scott Galloway with 2013 quotes from D.J. himself, Jerry Peters, James Gadson and Maxayn Lewis.  

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