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Something Special (Expanded Edition) - Kool & The Gang

Something Special (Expanded Edition)
KOOL & THE GANG need no introduction. They were the top selling Soul group of the 70’s and 80’s having sold over 70 million albums worldwide and have received countless awards. Without them we would not have such great hits as ‘Summer Madness,’ ‘Get Down On It,’ ‘Celebration’ and who could forget that slammin’ funk monster that features so heavily in Quentin Tarantino’s cult flick - Pulp Fiction; ‘Jungle Boogie.’

1981 brought with it the release of SOMETHING SPECIAL, Kool & The Gang’s 15th studio album, in the same year they would win Favourite Band, Duo or Group in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category at the American Music Awards and would once again feature Grammy Award winner, Eumir Deodato’s special touch on production duties.

SOMETHING SPECIAL rose to #1 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums and a top 20 position in the Billboard album chart along with reaching #10 in the U.K. becoming the bands most successful U.K. album to date spending 20 weeks in the charts as well as going Platinum in the U.S. and Gold in the U.K. in December of 1981 and April 1982, respectively.

Singles featured on SOMETHING SPECIAL include ‘Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)’ which shot to the top of the U.S. R&B chart while gaining top 20 spots on both the U.S. Pop and Dance charts while later achieving a top 30 position in the U.K. ‘Get Down On It’ followed and did even better landing at #10 U.S. Pop, #4 in the R&B charts and better still in the U.K. attaining a #3 position. Beyond that ‘Get Down On It’ has gone on to become one of the band’s most instantly recognizable hits. Kool & The Gang’s chart success didn’t stop there; ‘Steppin’ Out’ also went on to chart, landing an impressive #12 spot on both the U.S. R&B chart and U.K. singles chart.

BBR is proud to present SOMETHING SPECIAL This fully expanded and newly re-mastered edition comes complete with extended liner notes, including new interviews, and added bonus material.

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1. STEPPIN’ OUT                   BONUS TRACKS
2. GOOD TIME TONIGHT         9. STEPPIN’ OUT (US 12” Promo Remix)
3. TAKE MY HEART                 10. GET DOWN ON IT (US 12” Promo Remix)
4. BE MY LADY    11. TAKE MY HEART (YOU CAN HAVE IT IF YOU WANT IT) (UK 12” Remix) 5. GET DOWN ON IT            12. STOP!
6. PASS IT ON    13. STEPPIN’ OUT (Single Version)
7. STAND UP AND SING    14. GET DOWN ON IT (US Single Version)
8. NO SHOW    15. TAKE MY HEART (YOU CAN HAVE IT IF YOU WANT IT) (UK Single                                                                  Remix)

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Serious Slammin'
The Pointer Sisters were one of the most successful female groups the music industry has seen with 13 top 20 singles and eight top 40 albums shared between the US and UK pop charts. SERIOUS SLAMMIN’ was their ninth & final album with Richard Perry and saw him take the group into the harder electronic funk sound akin to Cameo/Gap Band hits of the period.
HE TURNED ME OUT was the first single and was also the opening theme to the cult movie Action Jackson. This single release saw the sisters return to the top 40 of the R&B and Dance charts.
The second single I’M IN LOVE was written by Jonathan Butler and Simon May and was originally a minor UK hit for Ruby Turner. The Pointer Sisters version became their final R&B hit on RCA Records as well as making the top 40 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
Featured as a bonus track on this edition of SERIOUS SLAMMIN’ is the 12” extended remix of BE THERE from Beverly Hills Cop 2. After the huge success of Neutron Dance, featured in Beverly Hills Cop, the Pointers were invited to contribute to the soundtrack of the follow up movie. BE THERE was produced by 80’s hit maker Narada Michael Walden fresh from his hits with Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. The 12” remix featured here was mixed by Shep Pettibone and became the groups final hot 100 hit in 1987. This marks the first time the song has ever appeared on a Pointer Sisters album
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Dionne
Dionne Warwick is a legendary American vocalist, she’s also Whitney Houston’s cousin. Throughout her career she’s released over fifty albums, won five Grammy’s and been nominated for a further seven as well as getting over thirty top 40 R&B hits.
DIONNE, released in 1979 on Arista, was produced by Barry Manilow who also provides backing vocals and piano on a number of songs. Gene Page also makes an appearance orchestrating four of the songs.
I’LL NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN saw Dionne reach the #5 spot in the A.C. and Pop charts as well as reaching #18 in the R&B chart. This is still a staple in her sets to this day.
DÉJÀ VU was co-written by Isaac Hayes and reached the number one spot in the A.C. chart as well as gaining Dionne the R&B #25 and Pop #15 positions. Both this and I’LL NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN gained Dionne Grammy awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance.
AFTER YOU was the final single release which saw Dionne get her third A.C. top ten in a row as well as reaching R&B #33 Pop #65.
Released in a deluxe Super Jewel case with bonus tracks, DIONNE is a must for all Soul, Funk and Jazz fans out there!

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Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, with bonus tracks, MOUTH TO MOUTH is a must for all Disco and Funk fans out there!

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Drama V: Expanded Edition
· The Detroit-based Dramatics (originally formed in 1962) had hit their stride by the time they recorded DRAMA V, their sixth overall album (and second for ABC Records) in 1975, a follow-up to LP, "The Dramatic Jackpot.”
· The quintet (which had experienced a number of personnel changes over the preceding years) had established themselves in the premier league of black male vocal groups thanks to early ‘70s hits such as the classics, ‘Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get’ and ‘In The Rain’ for Volt Records.
· Working with producer Don Davis, songwriter Tony Hester and key musician/songwriter Michael Henderson – the team who had been responsible for their breakthrough Volt hits – among others, The Dramatics (L.J. Reynolds, Willie Ford, Ron Banks, Larry "Squirrell” Demps and Lenny Mayes) scored a US Top 10 R&B charted album with DRAMA V, thanks to standout tracks such as ‘Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything),’ ‘Dramatic Theme/Treat Me Like A Man’ (both penned by Henderson) and ‘I Was The Life Of The Party.’
· Making its worldwide CD debut, this SoulMusic Records’ reissue includes one bonus track, the Top 10 US R&B single version of ‘You’re Fooling You’ along with liner notes by renowned US writer Quentin Harrison with 2013 quotes from Michael Henderson.
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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). 
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·       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.  

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