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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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Songs Of Love
Anita Ward hails from that hotbed of Southern Soul music Memphis, TN, and unsurprisingly started her association with music from an early age. Having honed her strong soprano voice singing Gospel in Memphis, Anita recorded with the Rust College A Capella Choir before going on to record with her own Gospel quartet. Anita then concentrated on a career as a teacher but her vocal talents could not be denied so before long her manager had turned her on to song-writer/producer Frederick Knight (who himself had a substantial R&B crossover hit in 1972 with ‘I’ve Been Lonely For So Long’ on the Stax imprint) and Knight was so impressed with Anita’s talents that the initial session progressed into a full albums worth of material.
The result of those sessions produced Anita’s debut LP SONGS OF LOVE (R&B #2 /Pop #8) and a deal with the legendary label T.K. Records was struck. The majority of the tracks on the album are mid-tempo grooves and stunning ballads which Anita owns with her warm soprano voice. Anita’s performance on this record strongly compliments the very assured song-writing and production from Knight with the stand out tracks being ‘Spoiled By Your Love’ and ‘There’s No Doubt About It’.
Despite having a very strong set of songs it was decided that the album was missing a final track so Knight re-worked a song he had written for a previous project and presented it to Anita. She was initially sceptical about the track but the song was recorded with Knight being one of the first to use synth-drums at that time. That track was the now legendary ‘Ring My Bell’, which became the albums only US single. ‘Ring My Bell’ was an instant hit and up-tempo disco classic which eclipsed the success of Donna Summer’s ‘Hot Stuff’ and Sister Sledges ‘We Are Family’ in the summer of 1979 by reaching the pinnacle across all of the main Billboard singles charts, securing an R&B, Pop and Disco #1 and selling over a million copies in the process, propelling Songs Of Love into the Billboard top ten. The song also topped charts internationally reaching #1 in New Zealand, Norway and the UK.
BBR is very proud to bring you SONGS OF LOVE, completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus content.
SONGS OF LOVE is essential for all R&B, Soul and Disco fans out there!

Release Date: 25/03/2013

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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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Jack Bruce - Silver Rails



Esoteric Antenna is proud to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by the legendary JACK BRUCE, one of the greatest popular musicians Britain has ever produced. A supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist, eminently respected by his peers, Jack’s pioneering bass playing style has influenced successive generations of bassists, including such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius and Sting, alongside more contemporary musicians such as Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. He is also the possessor of one of the most powerful voices in modern music and a composer of some of the most original and influential music of the past forty-five years. As a songwriter he has written some of popular music’s enduring classics such as ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, ‘White Room’, ‘I Feel Free’ and ‘Theme from an Imaginary Western’.

"Silver Rails” is Jack’s first studio album in ten years, recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios.Produced by Rob Cass, "Silver Rails” is a splendid collection of carefully crafted songs written in partnership with lyricists Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan and Margrit Seyffer. He is joined on the album by a host of celebrated instrumentalists including Phil Manzanera, Robin Trower, Bernie Marsden, Uli Jon Roth, John Medeski, Malcolm Bruce and Cindy Blackman Santana. "Silver Rails” is the next chapter in the recorded legacy of one of popular music’s most respected innovators.


TRACK LISTING:

1.CANDLELIGHT

2.REACH FOR THE NIGHT

3.FIELDS OF FOREVER

4.HIDDEN CITIES

5.DON’T LOOK NOW

6.RUSTY LADY

7.INDUSTRIAL CHILD

8.DRONE

9.KEEP IT DOWN

10.NO SURRENDER


ALSO AVAILABE ON 180G VINLY LP

ALSO AVAILABLE AS A 2 DISC CD/DVD SPECIAL EDITION

 


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North Star
Curved Air features original members SONJA KRISTINA and FLORIAN PILKINGTON-MIKSA with classic era guitarist KIRBY GREGORY.  They are joined by violinist Paul Sax, keyboardist Robert Norton and bass player Chris Harris.

NORTH STAR is the band’s first album featuring new studio material since 1976 !

The full length CD features a mixture of re-recordings, cover songs and seven new original songs, all housed in a lavish digi-pack.  

ALSO AVAILABLE: CURVED AIR – LIVE ATMOSPHERE
(CRVE 001) A lavish digi-pack featuring a full live CD and bonus DVD (NTSC) with a music video and EPK.

      www.curvedair.com



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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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