LEON HAYWOOD, who hailed from Houston, Texas, was a singer, songwriter , producer and pianist who is arguably best known in the USA for his crossover 1975 hit ‘I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You’ which has been sampled a multitude of times, most notably on Dr. Dre's ‘Nuthin' But A G Thang.’ Haywood had a long and varied career which included accompanying Guitar Slim on piano when he was still in his teens, as well as joining Sam Cooke's band as keyboardist until the singer passed away. During the 60's he released his own instrumental sides and singles as well as playing on R&B hits for short lived outfits such as The Packers and The Romeos. This period culminated in his first solo R&B hit ‘It's Got To Be Mellow’ which peaked at #21 in 1967 on Decca Records.
NATURALLY was Haywood's ninth studio album and was released in 1980 on 20th Century Fox Records, giving him his most successful release for many years with the LP peaking at #22 R&B and #92 Pop. Haywood was adept at appropriating the musician styles and trends of the day and NATURALLY exemplifies this skill as it stands up to, and in many instances surpasses many of his contemporaries at the time.
The opening track and first single, ‘Don't Push It, Don't Force It’ gave Haywood his biggest chart hit as it reached #2 R&B, #10 Disco and crossed over to #49 Pop, as well as #12 Pop in the U.K. The clean, crisp, funky tone of this mid-tempo groover locks you in from the opening bars and won't let go, setting the scene for the rest of the album. Second single ‘If You're Looking For A Night Of Fun (Look Past Me I'm Not The One)’ (R&B #67) is another incessantly solid and funky track with Haywood refreshingly looking to get to know his intended in body, mind and soul before gettin' it on. Other very notable tracks are ‘Daydream’ and the accusatory ‘Who You Been Giving It Up To.’
At this time Haywood also penned several songs for Carl Carlton's eponymous album including the smash hit ‘She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked).’ Watch out for this album as a forthcoming release on BBR. · BBR is proud to release the first ever CD issue of NATURALLY, this fully remastered and repackaged edition comes with extensive liner notes and bonus content and is a must for all Funk, Soul and Disco fans out there!
RELEASE DATE: 27TH JANUARY 2014
1. DON'T PUSH IT, DON'T FORCE IT
3. THAT'S WHAT TIME IT IS
4. LOVE IS WHAT WE CAME HERE FOR
5. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A NIGHT OF FUN (LOOK PAST ME, I'M NOT THE ONE)
6. WHO YOU BEEN GIVING IT UP TO?
7. LOVER'S RAP
8. DAYDREAM (12” Disco Version)
9. DON'T PUSH IT DON'T FORCE IT (Single Version)
10. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A NIGHT OF FUN (LOOK PAST ME, I'M NOT THE ONE) (Single Version)
11. DAYDREAM (Single Version)
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A DELUXE TWO
DISC EDITION OF THE CLASSIC ALBUM BY QUATERMASS
FEATURING A CD
OF A NEW STEREO MIX OF THE ALBUM BY THE BAND’s PETER ROBINSON WITH THREE BONUS
TRACKS (TWO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
AN NTSC /
REGION FREE DVD OF A NEW 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX OF THE ALBUM BY PETER ROBINSON
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the
release of a Two disc Deluxe edition of the self titled album by QUATERMASS.
Originally released in 1970 on the Harvest label, "Quatermass” is one of the
most remarkable albums of the era. Featuring PETER ROBINSON (Keyboards), JOHN
GUSTAFSON (Bass, Vocals) and MICK UNDERWOOD (Drums, Percussion), Quatermass
were one of the most imaginative groups of the Progressive era. Their unique
brand of powerful progressive rock encompassed classical music and hard rock, a
unique combination that influenced contemporaries such as Deep Purple (indeed
Ritchie Blackmore covered "Black Sheep of the Family” on the first Rainbow
This Esoteric Recordings edition features stunning
new mixes by Peter Robinson in both Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound, along with
three bonus tracks, two of which are previously unreleased.
The set also features a lavishly illustrated
booklet with new essay written by Peter Robinson.
Release Date: 24/06/2013
Our Price: £11.99
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