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Up The Yellow Brick Road: Expanded Edition - Salsoul Orchestra (The)

Up The Yellow Brick Road: Expanded Edition
•    BBR is proud to bring you UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, the sixth instalment of our Salsoul Orchestra reissues .

•    THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA was the brainchild of once MFSB member and legendary vibraphonist, Vincent Montana Jr. Formed in 1974, THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA, house band for the remarkable Salsoul Records, sometimes featured up to 50 members amongst its ranks including a number of former musicians from MFSB. THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA began an eight-year recording period in 1975 releasing eleven sensational albums during that time featuring production input from, Stan Lucas, Patrick Adams, Bunny Sigler and Tom Moulton through the years.

•    Released in 1978 and recorded at the famous Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD was  produced  by the aforementioned Vincent Montana, Jr., and was mixed by the legendary Tom Moulton.

•    As the title suggests, UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD is inspired by the classic Broadway and film musicals with opening track ‘Ease On Down The Road’ taken from the Charlie Smalls penned "The Wiz,” a reinterpretation of The Wizard Of Oz, whose Broadway production won 7 Tony Awards. There are also two extended medleys of the famous songs from both West Side Story and Fiddler On The Roof as well as a cover of ‘Evergreen,’ the theme from A Star Is Born, which closes the album. Sandwiched in between is a great cover of the Beatles "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”. With Montana producing and arranging and Moulton mixing every track delivers the classic Salsoul sound and feel.

•    This newly remastered edition of UP THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD comes complete with extensive liner notes and bonus content making this BBR Remaster a must have for all Funk, Soul, Disco, Philly Soul and Broadway Musical fans out there!

•    This CD is released 28th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1. EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD
2. WEST SIDE STORY (Medley)
    FANFARE
    AMERICA
    MARIA
    SOMEWHERE INTERLUDE
    TONIGHT
3. SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB  
    BAND
4. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (MEDLEY)
    FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
    MATCHMAKER
    SHERELE
    SUNRISE, SUNSET
    IF I WERE A RICH MAN
    HAVAH NAGILA
    THEME FROM "EXODUS”
5. EVERGREEN (THEME FROM ”A STAR IS  
    BORN”)
   
BONUS TRACK
6. WEST SIDE STORY
    (12” Promotional Disco Mix)  

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Hollywood Brats
Formed in 1972 the Hollywood Brats were Punk long before the term was invented. Dressed in make-up and women's blouses they sought to shock, whilst making the music they wanted to make. The packaging for this CD has been lovingly assembled with biographies from both vocalist Andrew Matheson and guitarist Brady plus all the lyrics. The digital mastering was undertaken by keyboard player Casino Steel.
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Disco Nights
GQ originally formed in 1968 as Sabu & The Survivors. They released three albums on Arista Records between 1979 and 1981.
DISCO NIGHTS was their debut album and also their most successful spending five weeks at the #2 position in the R&B charts and reaching #13 in the Pop chart.
DISCO NIGHTS (ROCK FREAK) was the first single from the album and gained them the #1 spot in the R&B charts as well as #3 in the Disco chart and #12 in the Pop chart. It sold over one million copies in the US alone and has become an ultimate Dance classic.
I DO LOVE YOU was the second single and spent seventeen weeks in the R&B charts, peaking at #5.
MAKE MY DREAMS A REALITY was the final single from DISCO NIGHTS and saw GQ get their third R&B top ten in a row with it peaking at #8.
Also featured is the band’s cover of A Taste Of Honey’s BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE which has gone on to be an underground club hit in recent years.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases with six bonus tracks, DISCO NIGHTS is a must for all Disco, Soul and Funk fans out there!

Release Date: 27/08/2012
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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.
T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) is probably known to most as the theme from Soul Train. It was a massive hit, featuring the Three Degrees, reaching R&B #1, Pop #1 and UK #22. It sold over one million copies.
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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Friends 2CD
Shalamar’s Friends was one of the biggest and most celebrated classic soul albums of the 1980s. BBR is proud to present the first ever deluxe edition of the album.
Shalamar was formed in 1977 by Dick Griffey, the booking agent for the legendary R&B TV show Soul Train, and British music producer, Simon Soussan. Initially they used faceless session musicians but when their first single, ‘Uptown Medley’ (R&B #10 / Pop #25) found chart success Griffey created a permanent group. After ‘Take That To The Bank’ (US R&B #11 / Pop #79) Shalamar’s classic line-up of Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewitt continued to have chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with infectious pop-soul cuts like ‘The Second Time Around’ (US R&B #1 / Pop #8) and ‘Make That Move’ (US R&B #6 / Pop #60) all released on Griffey’s Solar imprint.
In 1982 the group released their seventh studio album FRIENDS, which enhanced on the soul groove sound that had brought the group previous success. The opening track and lead US single from the album ‘A Night To Remember’ (US R&B #8 / Pop #44) became an instant R&B classic. The second single in the US was the album closer ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ (US R&B #33 / Pop #102), another classic mid-tempo R&B dancer that does exactly as it suggests.
FRIENDS enjoyed massive popularity and unprecedented chart success in the UK, becoming one of the biggest selling alums of the year. FRIENDS peaked at #6 on the UK album chart during an incredible 72-week run. The four singles for the UK market, ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, ‘A Night To Remember’, ‘There It Is’ and ‘Friends’ reached #7, #5, #5 and #12 respectively on the UK singles chart helping Shalamar retain huge popularity to this day. Jeffrey Daniel introduced body popping and the back slide (later renamed the moon walk by Daniel’s student, Michael Jackson) to UK TV audiences on Top Of The Pops in July of 1982 when promoting ‘A Night to Remember’.
BBR is very proud to bring you FRIENDS, completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended bonus content including a new interview with Jody Watley and a second disc of alternative versions from the US and UK single releases. FRIENDS is a must have for all R&B, SOUL, 80s POP and DISCO fans out there!

Release Date: 29/04/2013

Track Listing:


DISC ONE

1. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
2. DON’T TRY TO CHANGE ME
3. HELP ME
4. ON TOP OF THE WORLD
5. I DON’T WANT TO BE THE LAST TO KNOW
6. FRIENDS
7. PLAYING TO WIN
8. I JUST STOPPED BY BECAUSE I HAD TOO
9. THERE IT IS
10. I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD

BONUS TRACKS from FRIENDS sessions
11. TALK TO ME
12. GOOD FEELINGS
13. SWEETER AS THE DAYS GO BY




DISC 2 (ALTERNATE VERSIONS)

1. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1986 12” M&M remix)
2. THERE IT IS (1986 M&M instrumental remix)
3. FRIENDS (extended version)
4. I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD (UK 7” version)
5. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (UK 7” version)
6. THERE IT IS (Single version)
7. HELP ME (Single version)
8. FRIENDS (Single” version)
9. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (UK 12" remix)
10. THERE IT IS (extended version)
11. MEGA MIX – A MIX TO REMEMBER (UK 12”)
      a. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
      b. THERE IT IS
      c. OVER AND OVER
      d. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
      e. I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD
      f. I OWE YOU ONE
     g. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
12. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (12” M&M instrumental mix)

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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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