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Choosing You: Expanded Edition - Lenny Williams

Choosing You: Expanded Edition
•    Considered one of the premier black male vocalists of the ‘70s, Arkansas-born, California-raised Lenny Williams first came to the attention of the U.S. record-buying public as the lead singer for funk/soul band Tower Of Power from 1972-1975 on now-classic hits such as ‘What Is Hip?’ and ‘So Very Hard To Go.’
 
•    The soulful singer’s early attempts at launching a solo career (first with Fantasy Records, then briefly at Atlantic in 1971) had been challenging; a one-off solo LP with Warner Brothers ("Pray For The Lion”) in 1974 (while still a member of ToP), while critically-acclaimed, didn’t register sales-wise and nor did the 1975 release of the Motown album "Rise Sleeping Beauty.”  

•    Renowned black music executive Otis Smith signed Lenny to ABC Records in 1977, teaming him with former Motown producer Frank Wilson (known for his work with Eddie Kendricks, The Four Tops and others).

•    Thanks to strong club airplay for the upbeat title track and the single ‘Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!’ (US Top R&B Singles #31), the CHOOSING YOU LP proved to be the turning point in Lenny’s solo career, reaching No. 25 on the US Top R&B Albums chart.  Other outstanding cuts included the ballad ‘I’ve Been Away For Too Long,’  the inspirational ‘Problem Solver’ and the dance-flavoured ‘Look Up With Your Mind.’

•    This 2014 SoulMusic Records reissue includes four bonus tracks and notes by renowned US writer Rashod Ollison with extensive quotes from Lenny.


Available 24/02/2014



TRACK LISTING

1.   SHOO DOO FU FU OOH!     
2.   LOOK UP WITH YOUR MIND
3.   CHOOSING YOU
4.   RIDING THE HIGH WIRE
5.   PLEASE DON'T TEMPT ME
6.   I'VE BEEN AWAY FOR TOO LONG
7.   TRUST IN ME
8.   PROBLEM SOLVER

BONUS TRACKS
9.   CHOOSING YOU (US single edit)
10. CHOOSING YOU (US mono version)
11. SHOO DOO FU FU OOH! (US mono single)
12. LOOK UP WITH YOUR MIND (US single edit)


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Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word
Whoever came up with the over-pretentious, collective term "Progressive Rock" couldn’t have been less forward thinking. Prog rock in its truest form was not a ‘restrictive’ genre - it was a movement that unified ALL genres.

Forget such flamboyant cover stars such as Genesis, Yes and ELP, what of the truly progressive international rock musicians who started their own hybrid-hurricanes outside the rectangular iris of Prog's media storm? What about the unintentionally progressive musicians from the far reaches of the globe who were forced to create their own brand of psychedelic rock in a country shielded from the influence of the western world? And why don’t we spare a thought (and some needle time), for the culturally progressive crusaders carrying the rock-music flag in the face of political adversity risking social ostrasization or even death?

Even though most of the 15 tracks on this compilation were recorded over 30 years ago they still, individually embody a wide range of challenging progressive musical ideas which are as relevant today as they were when the vinyl first came off the press in each of their scattered countries of origin.

"Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word" is the follow-up to ANDY VOTEL (TWISTED NERVE)’s critically acclaimed "Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word" (CDDELAY01), which caused quite a stir earlier this year.

The majority of these tracks have never before been on CD, many appear here for the first time away from their highly sought after, and stupendously rare, original releases.

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Renaissance : Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition
Renaissance, The Association s second LP, was originally issued by Valiant Records in November 1966. The Billboard Pop #34 LP sported one of the most adventurously psychedelic singles of the band s career: the Top 40 Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies.Produced by Jerry Yester (The Modern Folk Quartet, Lovin’ Spoonful) who also produced Tim Buckley’s second and third LPs, Renaissance showcased The Association at their purest forgoing outside studio musicians, with most of the band evenly showcasing their own material. This Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition features the original mono mix of the album, which has been out of print since1967.The 16-page, full-colour booklet includes rare, unpublished photos and extensive liner notes featuring the participation of original band members.
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Bonnie Pointer : Expanded Edition
Released on 23rd of January. The founding member of THE POINTER SISTERS, BONNIE POINTER began her performing career in San Francisco nightclubs in 1969. Soon joined by youngest sister June then by elder sisters Ruth and Anita, The Pointer Sisters released a string of hits on Blue Thumb, trailblazing from genre to genre, including funk and jazz, and won their first Grammy award for the country song FAIRYTALE, written by Anita and Bonnie, which would be recorded by ELVIS PRESLEY two years before his death.

In 1976, Bonnie Pointer left the group and soon after signed with Motown. Produced by (her later husband) Jeffrey Bowen, her first Motown album was a critical and commercial success. First single FREE MY FROM MY FREEDOM reached the R&B top 10 in 1978 and was distinctive for being a disco-era funk record with a surprising banjo solo. The album also featured the classic Motown covers WHEN I’M GONE (Brenda Holloway) and HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU (The Elgins). The latter was soon rerecorded in a Disco style, becoming a top 20 Pop and top 10 Disco hit and a dance classic. Both versions are included in this reissue
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Decca Singles 1975-79
· Every A and B side issued by "guitarist’s guitarist” John Miles for Decca Records between 1975 and 1979 is what you’ll find on this 17 track release

 · Includes the world-wide smash "Music” as well as John’s other hit singles – "Highfly” (No.17), "Remember Yesterday” (No.32) and "Slow Down” (No.10)

· The wall of picture sleeves featured in the booklet will leave even the richest John Miles collector in the poor house!

Press:-

"This collection of music of the past (no music of the future; that would be impossible sci-fi) showcases Miles as a top talent who simply needed a firm musical direction.”  

-Geoff Barton / Classic Rock May 2012  

"With all four singer/songwriter/guitarist John Miles’ Decca albums already released by sister label Lemon, the 7T’s imprint releases one which is arguably stronger than the others, as it rounds up the 17 songs Miles released as singles A- and B-sides during his Decca tenure.”  

-Music Week March 2012
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Heartbreaker
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.
HEARTBREAKER was released in 1982 by Arista. The majority of the tracks are penned by Barry Gibb plus the late Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb. This peaked at #13 in the R&B chart, #25 Pop and #3 in the UK. It was her most successful album since the sixties.
HEARTBREAKER was a massive hit in the US gaining Dionne the #1 spot in the Adult Contemporary chart as well as Pop #10, and R&B #14 and # 2 in the UK. Barry Gibb appears as a backing vocalist on this recording and the song was covered by the Bee Gees in 2001.
TAKE THE SHORT WAY HOME reached #5 in the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as Pop #41 and R&B #43
ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD was the third single from HEARTBREAKER. It gained Dionne the #16 position in the Adult Contemporary and # 6 in the UK. YOURS was released as a single in the UK and reached #66 in the charts.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, HEARTBREAKER is a must for all Soul and Disco fans out there!

Release Date: 24/09/2012

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