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As One (Expanded Edition) - Kool & The Gang

As One (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.’


1982 would see Kool & The Gang release AS ONE, their 16th studio album. AS ONE went on to become a U.S. Certified Gold album in November of 1982 helped by its top 30 position on the U.S. charts, and top 50 in the U.K. (spending 10 weeks in the U.K. album chart), while also climbing all the way to #5 on the U.S. R&B album chart. The legendary Grammy Award winning pianist, Eumir Deodato would once again take hold of production duties, assisted by Kool & The Gang. 

The first single release was ‘Big Fun,’ laden with a killer funky bass line and an equally impressive brass section; the single returned the group to the R&B top ten and UK top twenty. ‘Let’s Go Dancing (Ooh La La La)’ made the most noise on the chart front, earning an impressive top 30 position on the U.S. Pop charts like its predecessor and top 10 spots in both the U.S. R&B and U.K. charts. ‘Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho’ was also received well in the U.K. climbing to #29 on the U.K. charts while the third U.S. single, up-tempo, funky jam ‘Street Kids,’ became a further R&B chart hit.

Other notable tracks include the smooth and soulful album closer ‘Think It Over’ and the similarly paced title track.

BBR is proud to present AS ONE in fully expanded and newly re-mastered glory, complete with extensive liner notes including new interviews, and added bonus material.
Our Price: £10.95
Code: CDBBRX0161
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1. STREET KIDS BONUS TRACKS
2. BIG FUN 8. BIG FUN (Single Version)
3. AS ONE 9. LET’S GO DANCING (OOH LA, LA, LA) (Single Version)
4. HI DE HI, HI DE HO 10. STREET KIDS (US Single Version)
5. LET’S GO DANCING (OOH LA, LA, LA)11. HI DE HI, HI DE HO (UK Single Version)
6. PRETTY BABY                 12. LET’S GO DANCING (OOH LA, LA, LA) (US 12” Promo Dance Remix) 
7. THINK IT OVER 13. STREET KIDS (US 12” Promo Dance Remix)

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Open Sesame- Expanded Edition

Kool And The Gang needs no introduction. They were the top selling Soul group of the 80s and have sold over 70 million albums world wide 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 featured so heavily in Quentin Tarantino's cult flick - Pulp Ficton; Jungle Boogie. Kool & The Gang was started by two brothers, Robert Kool Bell and Ronald Bell along with five friends in 1964. After some time playing the growing Jersey City Jazz coffeehouse scene and spots like Café Wha? in New York City, performing alongside other yet-to-be famous talents of the time, Kool & The Gang were signed to Redd Coach Records in 1968 and a year later were recording for the small subsidiary label, De-Lite Records. The 1970s was a busy and fruitful decade for the group, with Kool & The Gang, releasing twelve studio albums, two live albums and appearing on numerous occasions across the charts. 1976 saw Ricky Westfield leave the group to form his own band, North East South West, and would also mark the end of collaborations between the original seven members of KOOL & THE GANG. Later that year the group released Open Sesame which features the up-tempo single Superband which gained a top 20 R&B chart spot and the title track which reached #6 R&B and #55 on the US pop charts and soared to #13 on the Dance chart and was later featured in the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever.

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Rock Your Baby
George McCrae started his musical career in The Jivin’ Jets, his wife Gwen later joined the group before they decided to work as a duo. He has worked on many solo projects and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocalist in 1975.
His first solo album release was ROCK YOUR BABY in 1974 and is a classic of it’s time that still has a legion of fans to this day. It reached #7 in the R&B album chart, #38 Pop and #13 in the UK.
ROCK YOUR BABY was the first single from the album of the same name and became one of the first hits of the disco era selling an estimated eleven million copies world-wide. It reached the #1 spot in the US Pop & Soul chart as well as in the UK and eighty other countries. The song was even voted Rolling Stone magazines #1 song of 1974.
YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL reached the #23 position in the UK and was covered by Yo La Tengo in 2000. I GET LIFTED has been sampled by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Eric B, 50 Cent and Pete Rock.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, with bonus tracks, ROCK YOUR BABY is a must for all Soul, Funk and Disco fans out there!

RELEASE DATE: 25/06/2012
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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!

Release Date: 27/08/2012
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Love All The Hurt Away
After six years at Columbia, Aretha Franklin signed with Atlantic Records in 1967 and unleashed a stunning array of hit singles during the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies including ‘Respect’, ‘Chain Of Fools’, ‘Spanish Harlem’ and ‘Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Going To Do).’
LOVE ALL THE HURT AWAY was Aretha’s sophomore release for Arista Records in 1981. It spent 26 weeks in the R&B chart peaking at #4, it also made #36 in the Pop chart with sales of around a quarter of a million.
LOVE ALL THE HURT AWAY reached the #6 position and #46 in the Pop charts. This is a duet with George Benson
HOLD ON I’M COMIN’, a Sam & Dave cover, gained Aretha her 11th Grammy Award (for Best R&B Vocal Performance - her first Grammy since 1974). This was the second UK single and received a lot of play in discos.
IT’S MY TURN is a cover of Diana Ross which gained Aretha the #29 position in the R&B chart.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, with three bonus tracks, LOVE ALL THE HURT AWAY is a must for all Soul and Funk fans out there!

Release Date: 24/09/2012
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Gloria Gaynor’s Park Avenue Sound
Grammy Award winner and Hall of Famer, GLORIA GAYNOR was born on the 7th of September 1949 in Newark, N.J. and sang as young girl in her school choir, mixed chorus and the her school’s girl glee club. While she knew she one day wanted to have a career in music, GLORIA GAYNOR still went to school with the aim of having something to fall back on and studied beauty and business courses.
In 1965 GLORIA GAYNOR released her first solo single titled She’ll Be Sorry with the B-Side Let Me Go Baby on Jocida Records. However, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that Gaynor began to taste real success with the release of her first two albums, Experience and Never Can Say Goodbye, (both available on BBR) that she began to stand out as a unique and recognizable force on the black music scene.
In 1978 GLORIA GAYNOR released her 5th studio album, PARK AVENUE SOUND on Polydor Records, now fully remastered and repackaged by BBR!
PARK AVENUE SOUND features some of the best musicians of the time including Keith E. Benson on drums, Norman Harris and Grammy Award Winner Bobby Eli on guitar as well as Grammy Award Winner Ron "Have Mercy” Kersey, who was a member of The Trammps along with Norman Harris.
While the album did not produce any chart hits it did produce some extremely popular club tracks including the single, ‘YOU”RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY’, written by Motown’s prolific songwriting duo, Ashford & Simpson and more recently the song was sampled in the Grammy Award winning duet performed by Method Man and Mary J. Blige on the hit single, ‘I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By’. Other notable tracks include the celebrated ‘THIS LOVE AFFAIR’, which was a long-standing rare groove underground UK hit.
Park Avenue Sound has since become a cult album for disco and GLORIA GAYNOR fans, having never been released on CD until now!
BBR couldn’t be happier to present the release of Gloria Gaynor – Park Avenue Sound. Lovingly remastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes featuring interviews and added bonus content, this BBR Remaster truly is a must have for all Disco, Soul, Funk and R&B fans out there!

Release Date: 29/07/2013
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