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A Way Of Life: Anthology 1967-1976 - Family Dogg (The)

A Way Of Life: Anthology 1967-1976
•    The Family Dogg were a British harmony pop act revolving around the talents of writer/singer/producers Steve Rowland, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. Rowland was an American actor who met Hammond in Spain. In 1966, they formed Family Dogg with Hazelwood and singer Christine Holmes (alias Kristine Sparkle), which competed for their time with hit productions for the likes of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and The Herd.

•    Family Dogg debuted with a stunning cover of The Bee Gees’ ‘The Storm’ for MGM in late 1967. Two singles followed  on Fontana (which followed a solo single for the label by Steve Rowland) before the group landed at Bell Records in early 1969, where they immediately scored a UK # 6 hit with ‘A Way Of Life’. An album followed, named after their hit, boasting among the session players three-quarters of Led Zeppelin and Elton John!

•    Members of Family Dogg also worked on spin-off singles created to Steve & Edward and Pancho & Cisco, also released on Bell. In 1970, as Steve Rowland & Family Dogg, the band enjoyed a No. 2 hit in Holland with ‘Sympathy’, issued on Polydor.

•    In 1972, a new-look Family Dogg (with vocalist Ireen Sheer) returned on Buddah Records. By this time, Rowland was producing the then-unknown singer-songwriter Rodriguez (recently immortalised in the documentary film Sugar Man). As a result, Family Dogg recorded half a dozen Rodriguez songs during this period – including his exclusive composition 'Advice To Smokey Robinson'.

•    This new 2-CD set offers for the first time the complete Family Dogg output, including rare solo ventures, between 1967 and 1976. The sleeve-notes boast an interview with Steve Rowland.

•    This CD is released 21st April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE
1.    SO SAD – Steve Rowland
2.    I SEE RED – Steve Rowland
3.    THE STORM (ALIAS WAITING IN THE STORM)
4.    FAMILY DOG
5.    I'LL WEAR A SILLY GRIN
6.    COULDN'T HELP IT
7.    BROWN-EYED GIRL
8.    LET IT RAIN
9.    A WAY OF LIFE
10.  THROW IT AWAY
11.  JULIE'S JUST GONE
12.  ALL THE BEST SONGS AND MARCHES
13.  IN THE GHETTO
14.  TODAY I KILLED A MAN I DIDN'T KNOW
15.  PATTERN PEOPLE
16.  SAVE THE LIFE OF MY CHILD
17.  LOVE MINUS ZERO – NO LIMIT
18.  REFLECTIONS  "OF YOUR FACE”
19.  RUN, RUN, RUN, FLY, FLY, FLY
20.  MOONSHINE MARY
21.  YOU WERE ON MY MIND
22.  PLACE IN THE SUN
23.  ARIZONA
24.  THE HOUSE IN THE HEATHER
25.  FOLLOW THE LEADER (As Pancho & Cisco)
26.  TIME OF YOUR LIFE (As Pancho & Cisco)
27.  WE STAND CLOSE TOGETHER – Steve Rowland (UNISSUED)

DISC TWO
1.    FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALL (As Steve & Albert)
2.    I DON'T WANNA GO TO SLEEP AGAIN (As Steve & Albert)
3.    WHEN TOMORROW COMES TOMORROW
4.    THIS UNHAPPY HEART OF MINE
5.    SYMPATHY (As Steve Rowland & The Family Dogg)
6.    BIG YELLOW TAXI - Ireen Sheer
7.    I DO’T WANT TO GO TO SLEEP AGAIN - Ireen Sheer
8.    HEY PLEASURE MAN (YOU’VE DONE IT AGAIN) - Ireen Sheer
9.    YOU WALKED AWAY - Ireen Sheer
10.  COAT OF MANY COLOURS
11.  JESUS LOVES ME
12.  I WONDER
13.  RIKERS ISLAND
14.  LIKE JANIS
15.  CRUCIFY YOUR MIND
16.  TRYING TO PUT ME ON
17.  WE HAVE ALL BEEN SAVED
18.  SWEET AMERICA
19.  INNER CITY BLUES
20.  FORGET IT
21.  BETHEL TOWN MISSION
22.  ADVISE TO SMOKEY ROBINSON
23.  CHILD OF CLAY (UNISSUED)
24.  UPTOWN, UPTEMPO WOMAN

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Between The Sea And The Sky
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.

Briley played with GreAenslade and then as session guitarist with the Hunter Ronson band, Meatloaf and Ellen Foley. Three solo albums and a US top 40 hit 'Salt In My Tears' followed. He continues as a songwriter for international artists and backing vocalist.

 
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Hello Everyone - Popsike Sparks From Denmark Street 1968-70
•    Between 1968 and 1970, some of the finest, most obscure British psychedelic pop singles of the era escaped on the Spark label, the newly-inaugurated recording arm of long-established publishers Southern Music.  

•    Recorded in the basement studio of the company’s Denmark Street premises, these tracks often featured the same cabal of musicians and songwriters, leading to a homogenous in-house style that perfectly encapsulates the late 1960s British pop-psych studio sound.  

•    The best of Spark’s impressive roster is now collected on CD for the first time on Hello Everyone: Popsike Sparks from Denmark Street 1968-70, which assembles highly-prized, highly-priced 45s from pre-Rare Bird band Fruit Machine, Gene Latter, post-Sorrows outfit the Eggy, the New Generation (subsequently to become the Sutherland Brothers), the Dennis Wheatley-inspired Icarus and both sides of the magnificent and astonishingly rare single by Sir Ching I (only one stock copy known to exist).  Also included are exquisite Brit popsike singles from Timothy Blue, Just William, both sides of the superb John Carter/Russ Alquist collaboration ‘The Laughing Man’/‘Midsummer Dreaming’ and two sensational offerings from Eartha Kitt during her brief and unlikely immersion in late Sixties hippy chick chic.  

•    Crammed with vintage three-minute pop tunes, and with a lavish 16-page booklet that features rare photos, quotes and the full story behind the label, Hello Everyone is simply an essential purchase for admirers of the British psychedelic pop genre.   


 Available 24/02/2014




TRACK LISTING

1.    HELLO EVERYONE - Sir Ching I
2.    ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE  STAIRS - Timothy Blue
3.    SMOKEY BLUE’S AWAY - A New Generation
4.    THE LAUGHING MAN - John Carter & Russ Alquist
5.    BABY COME BACK TO ME - Simon De Lacy
6.    THE WALL - The Fruit Machine
7.    HEARTBREAKER - The Baby
8.    CHERRYWOOD GREEN - Just William
9.    YOU’RE STILL MINE - The Eggy
10.    POLICE IS HERE - A New Generation
11.    FOLLOW ME - The Fruit Machine
12.    SHE WON’T SEE THE LIGHT - Timothy Blue
13.    HOUSE FOR SALE - Val McKenna
14.    SADIE & HER MAGIC MR GALAHAD - The New Generation
15.    MIDSUMMER DREAMING - John Carter & Russ Alquist
16.    HOOKY - The Eggy
17.    WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN - Eartha Kitt
18.    MICHAEL BLUES – The Baby
19.    HIAWATHA MINI HA HA LOVE - Sir Ching I
20.    THE OLD IRON BELL - Gene Latter
21.    CUDDLY TOY - The Fruit Machine
22.    MR C - A New Generation
23.    THE DEVIL RIDES OUT - Icarus
24.    GIVE A HAND TO THE CLOWN - Carlew Choir
25.    DIGGER - The New Generation
26.    I’M ALONE TODAY - The Fruit Machine
27.    HURDY GURDY MAN - Eartha Kitt



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Sideshow (Solo Recordings 1973-1976)
Allan Clarke, of course, made his name as lead singer with The Hollies, Manchester’s answer to The Beatles, who enjoyed huge success across the 60s and early 70s.

In 1972, he embarked on a solo career on Epic Records with his debut album My Real Name Is ‘Arold (a reference to his true Christian name – Allan being his middle name). The following years, he moved to EMI and stayed for four years and three albums, which have been out-of-print on CD for some time.

Headroom, the first of Allan’s EMI albums, sported a Magritte-styled cover and opened with ‘Complete Controllable Man’. Clarke produced the album himself, sang and played guitar, with help from guitarist Ray Glynn and keyboard player Kirk Duncan (both ex-The Mirage and Jawbone), Elton John’s bassist Dee Murray and legendary session drummer Tony Newman. It spawned the single ‘Who?’.

Newman and Glynn stayed for 1974’s self-titled album, with bass courtesy of the talented Herbie Flowers (who’d played with Lou Reed among many others) and the ubiquitous pianist Peter Robinson (ex-Quatermass). From it, ‘Sideshow’ was issued as a 45.

After a non-album single – a cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ – in 1975, Allan returned with his third and final EMI album, I’ve Got Time, in 1976. It opened with another Springsteen song, ‘Blinded By The Light’ – indeed, the LP consisted entirely of cover versions. ‘Living In Love’ (originally by The Sutherland Brothers) was chosen as a 7”.

Disc One of our Sideshow compilation contains the first two LPs. Disc Two presents the third LP plus the bonus singles.


Available 17/03/2014


TRACK LISTING

DISC 1

1. COMPLETE CONTROLLABLE MAN
2. PEOPLE OF THAT KIND
3. FISHIN'
4. WHO?
5. DRIFT AWAY
6. SHIFT LOVIN' LADY
7. I LOOK IN YOUR EYES
8. GIVE US A SONG
9. WOULD YOU BELIEVE (REVISITED)
10. DON'T LET ME DOWN AGAIN
11. CAN'T GET ON
12. I'LL BE HOME
13. I WANNA SAIL INTO YOUR LIFE
14. SIDESHOW
15. IF I WERE THE PRIEST
16. NEW AMERICANS
17. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
18. SEND ME SOME LOVIN'

DISC 2

1. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
2. LIGHT A LIGHT 
3. WE'VE GOT TIME
4. STAND BY ME
5. THE LONG WAY 
6. HALLELUJAH FREEDOM 
7. IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME 
8. IF YOU WALKED AWAY
9. SUNRISE
10. LIVING IN LOVE 
11. FINALE
12. BORN TO RUN 
13. WHY DON’T YOU CALL



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Spark Of Love (Expanded Edition)
Following the success of CHOOSING YOU (reissue on SoulMusic Records in 2014, SMCR-5116), his debut album for ABC Records, Lenny Williams really hit his stride as one of the premier black male vocalists of the ‘70s with the 1978 release of SPARK OF LOVE which became his best-selling and a gold album for the Arkansas-born, California-raised singer/songwriter.  
 
Lenny 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.’ Prior to that, he recorded singles for Fantasy Records and Atlantic. Other solo projects included a one-off solo LP with Warner and one album for Motown ("Rise Sleeping Beauty”).  

As he recounted in liner notes for this reissue of SPARK OF LOVE (an expanded edition with three single edits) by renowned US writer, Rashod Ollison, one of the songs on the Motown LP was ‘’Cause I Love You’ which Lenny had been performing live to great audience response.  When it came to recording his sophomore ABC project, Lenny and producer Frank Wilson (known for his work with  Eddie Kendricks, The Four Tops and others) decided to re-record the song as a ballad. Subsequently, the song has become Lenny’s timeless signature tune, featured in numerous soundtracks and sampled by major rap and hip-hop artists, although never issued as a single.

This 2014 SoulMusic Records reissue also includes US R&B hit singles, ‘You Got Me Running’ and ‘Midnight Girl.’



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Tymes Up (Expanded Edition)

Philadelphia-based group The Tymes - who first came to prominence in 1963 with the timeless classic ‘So Much In Love’ – ended a six-year dry spell as chartmakers in 1974 with ‘You Little Trustmaker’ (a Top 20 hit in the US and UK), marking the beginning of a new period of success for the famed vocal harmony team.  
 
Following the success  of their first RCA album (entitled Trustmaker which included the UK chart topper, ‘Ms. Grace’), the group – consisting of original members Al Berry,  George Williams and Norman Burnett along with Donald Banks, Wade Davis and Jerry Ferguson) –cut TYMES UP with longtime mentor, manager, producer and songwriter Billy Jackson at the helm.  

Recorded at famed Sigma Sound studios in both New York and Philadelphia, the sessions for TYMES UP included such renowned personnel as arranger Richie Rome, conductor Don Renaldo (with the TSOP horns and strings) and top players, drummer Bernard Purdie and guitarist Cornell Dupree.  Ace remix producer Tom Moulton mixed the entire project and TYMES UP became a Top 40 R&B LP.

Primary hit single from the LP was ‘It’s Cool’ (which reached No. 3 on the US R&B charts), penned by the team of Chuck Jackson & Marvin Yancy (at the time, producing consistent hits with Natalie Cole); other singles included ‘Only Your Love’ and ‘To The Max(imum),’ both Top 3 Billboard-charted Disco Singles. 

This 2014 expanded edition marks the first CD reissue of the LP worldwide, includes two single edits and liner notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with quotes from songwriter (and future recording artist) Fonzi Thornton.



Available 17/03/2014
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