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Witch Doctor: Expanded Edition - Instant Funk

Witch Doctor: Expanded Edition
•    Instant Funk came out of New Jersey in the early seventies having started life as The Music Machine, performing as backing band for the likes of The Manhattans, Bunny Sigler and The TNJ's. The group moved to Philadelphia in 1976 to work on their own sound and released their first LP "Get Down With The Philly Jump” on the city’s famous TSOP imprint, now firmly under the wing of Bunny Sigler who produced the record. The following year Instant Funk backed Bunny Sigler on his Gold Mind/Salsoul release "Let Me Party With You” (CDBBR0249) paving the way for the groups eponymous debut on Salsoul in early 1979 (CDBBR0121) having perfected their marriage of Philly Soul/Disco and Heavy Funk.

•    WITCH DOCTOR (R&B #23/Pop #129), also released in 1979, came hot on the heels of the success of their first Salsoul offering capitalizing on tracks such as ‘I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)’ which hit the top spot on both the R&B and Disco charts. Bunny Sigler comes to the fore in the producers chair on WITCH DOCTOR, galvanizing the group to hit the heights on the full on funk tracks ‘Bodyshine’ (R&B #41/Pop #103), with Tee Scott's 12” Mix also included on this release, ‘Slap, Slap, Lickedy Lap,’ and the title track ‘Witch Doctor’ (R&B #35) which all exemplify the tightest of units at the top of their game grooving on the richest of party funk cuts. ‘Scream And Shout’ is another floor-filler while the ballad ‘I Had A Dream’ shows the band in a different light.

•    During their career Instant Funk also worked with the likes of the O’Jays, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Three Degrees, Dexter Wansell and Evelyn "Champagne” King, as well as releasing seven albums between 1976 and 1983.

•    This newly remastered edition of Instant Funk's WITCH DOCTOR comes complete with extensive liner notes and bonus content making this BBR Remaster a must have for all R&B, Funk, Soul, Disco and Philly Soul fans out there!

•    This CD is released 14th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1.    SLAP, SLAP, LICKEDY LAP
2.    WITCH DOCTOR (LONG VERSION)
3.    I HAD A DREAM
4.    BODYSHINE
5.    IT'S LOVE ON YOUR MIND
6.    I WANT TO LOVE YOU
7.    SCREAM AND SHOUT

BONUS TRACKS
8.    SLAP, SLAP, LICKEDY LAP (Alternative Mix)
9.    WITCH DOCTOR (SHORT VERSION)
10.  BODYSHINE (TEE SCOTT 12” Mix)

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Code: CDBBR0265
Weight: 200
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Imagine coming off the back of a defunct group, with no hits, but who have admittedly just released one of the best pop psych singles in the UK ever, and being thrown into George Martins Air Studios on a publishing/production deal and told there you are boys "make an album".

A slight license with the factual there but essentially this is what happened to Martin Briley and Brian Engel .In 1969, late of Mandrake Paddle Steamer and their classic 'Strange Walking Man', these late teens art students were given access to Air Studios and budgets for orchestras plus musicians to come up with hit singles. What they actually came up with was an almost concept album that exhibited all that had influenced them to that point, and let loose their humour and imagination. Sadly with the exception of one single ('Pale Green Vauxhall Driving Man') released under the name Prowler, a couple of years after the event, the recordings lay on the shelf, and are released for the first time now.

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In the beginning, Tony Hiller created The Brotherhood of Man. Formed in the recording studio and launched into a world at war over Vietnam, peace certainly won the day on vinyl in 1970 with the group‘s top ten single ‘United We Stand’ and accompanying album’s original sleeve notes announcing the groups arrival "with an eloquent and convincing plea to unite”.

The Brotherhood of Man would eventually win a very different war with a very different line-up in Europe at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976. A different time, place, sound. RPM’s collection, concentrates on their old testament with chief peacemakers Johnny Goodison, Tony Burrows, Roger Greenaway, Hal Atkinson, Russell Stone and the brit girl sisterhood of Sue Glover and Sunny Leslie. Featuring the complete 1970 album now with corresponding non-album Asides and B-sides together with Sue and Sunny’s soulful Deram 45s from the same period. United We Stand unites the best session singers and songwriters of the late sixties and early seventies in total harmony with both their record buying public and the charts of the times.

 
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Love Is The Message
MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother) were the house band for Philadelpia International and worked closely with the production team of Gamble & Huff. They backed up groups such as Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, the O’Jays, the Stylistics, the Spinners, Wilson Picket and Billy Paul.
MFSB’s second album LOVE IS THE MESSAGE was released in 1974 and reached R&B #1 and Pop #4.
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The Single Version of LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, also featuring The Three Degrees, reached R&B #42 and Pop #85. It has also been sampled by the likes of EPMD and LL Cool J.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases, with two bonus tracks, LOVE IS THE MESSAGE is a must for all Funk fans out there!

Release Date: 24/09/2012

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Caston & Majors
CASTON & MAJORS is one of the most sought after Motown releases of all time and BBR is proud to announce the first ever CD release of the classic album with an entirely unreleased follow-up album included as bonus tracks!
The son of the legendary bluesman Leonard "Baby Doo” Caston, Leonard Caston Jr. started learning music and how to play guitar from his father and later made his way onto piano. By the tender young age of eight Caston was playing keys at his local church. It was there he was approached by Maurice McAllister to join a group that would later catch the attention of A&R director Billy Davis of the legendary Chess Records. They recorded a few R&B hits as The Radiants before Leonard Chess sadly died of a heart attack in 1969.
Caston then joined Motown and began working alongside Kathy Wakefield and Frank Wilson, co-writing songs for The Supremes and Eddie Kendricks. Later some of his songs were also recorded by The Four Tops and The Jackson 5. Caston also earned himself a 1975 Grammy Nomination, around the time he met his future wife, Carolyn Majors.
After relocating to L.A. the duo signed a recording deal to Motown. CASTON & MAJORS features the hugely successful track I’ll Keep My Light In My Window. Co-written by Caston with Terri McFadden, the song would go to be recorded by the likes of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and The Temptations and would win A Grammy when recorded by the Mighty Clouds of Joy. Other notable tracks include the incredibly uplifting LET THERE BE LOVE and EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT NOW which features a more recognizable Motown sound.
BBR is extremely proud to present CASTON & MAJORS digitally remastered and lovingly repackaged for the first time on CD anywhere in the world!
Complete with liner notes featuring interviews with Leonard Caston and Carolyn Majors with added bonus content, this Motown gem is a must have for any Funk, Soul, Gospel and Disco fan.

Release Date: 25/03/2013
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MFSB
M.F.S.B. (Mother Father Sister Brother) was the house band for Philadelphia International Records and worked very closely with the production team of Gamble & Huff. They backed up groups such as Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The O’Jays, The Stylistics, The Spinners, Wilson Pickett and Billy Paul and are probably best known in their own right for providing the theme music for the legendary TV show Soul Train with ‘T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia)’. With the rise of the Philly soul sound at the beginning of the '70s, business was booming at GambleandHuff's Philadelphia International imprint and as a result M.F.S.B. were kept very busy in the studio providing backing for the aforementioned artists and leaving little time for the groups own recording sessions. It wasn’t until 1973 that the group had a chance to record material in its own name and released their self-titled debut album to high acclaim later that same year. MFSB features extended Funk-Soul-Jazz work-outs as on the seven-minute cover of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Freddie's Dead’ that opens the set. The group also re-interpreted Sly Stone's ‘Family Affair’ to great effect while emphasising the flute as the driving force for their version of their label mates The O’Jays ‘Back Stabbers’ R&B chart topper from the previous year. The lush Disco/Pop sounds that informed the majority of the group’s later recordings, both in their own right and as the PIR house band, are featured on the other notable tracks on the album, in particular "Poinciana" which also features jazz-blues piano and guitar interjecting the soaring strings. ‘Something For Nothing’ (sampled by Groove Armada) also fits that description with a beautiful string led section that leads to an incredible motif on the horns which blasts through at just the right time, propelling the track forward. BBR is very proud to present MFSB, fully re-mastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. MFSB is a must for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Jazz fans out there!

Release Date: 27/05/2013
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