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Switch: Expanded Edition - Switch

Switch: Expanded Edition
•    SWITCH are a Soul outfit originally based in Ohio who went on to have several hit R&B singles and albums from the late 1970's to the mid 1980's after signing with Motown subsidiary label Gordy in late 1977. Their first incarnation was as White Heat and they performed as backing band for Barry White before renaming themselves Hot-Ice. In 1978 the newly named Switch (due to the ease in which they could change vocalist or instruments on stage) released their debut album under that moniker.

•    SWITCH is a superb and exciting collection of mid and up-tempo grooves. Founding members Bobby DeBarge, Gregory Williams and Jody Sims take on the majority of the song writing and production with Jermaine Jackson also contributing his talents.

•    The first single released from SWITCH was the DeBarge penned ‘There'll Never Be,’ a slow burning R&B ballad with intricate harmonies and horn arrangements behind DeBarge's engaging falsetto, which peaked at #6 R&B and #36 Pop in the summer of 1978. Follow up single ‘I Wanna Be Closer’ (R&B #22), written and produced by Jermaine Jackson, is even more laid back, drenched in trademark harmonies with lead vocalists DeBarge and Philip Ingram complimenting each other perfectly. Stand out album tracks on SWITCH are the opener ‘I Wanna Be With You,’ a funky work out which stays tight on the groove, ‘We Like To Party... Come On,’ a full on call to the floor with crisp drums and a propulsive groove, the up-tempo soul shuffle ‘Fever’ and paranoid closer ‘Somebody's Watching You,’ a super fuelled percussion and horn led funk bomb.

•    BBR is very proud to present SWITCH, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. Essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Disco fans.

N.B. This album is released August 25 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:

1.    I WANNA BE WITH YOU
2.    THERE'LL NEVER BE
3.    I WANNA BE CLOSER
4.    WE LIKE TO PARTY... COME ON
5.    FEVER
6.    YOU PULLED A SWITCH
7.    IT'S SO REAL
8.    SOMEBODY'S WATCHING YOU

BONUS TRACKS
9.    THERE'LL NEVER BE (Single Version)
10.    I WANNA BE CLOSER (Single Version)
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The Gap Band VI
THE GAP BAND enjoyed huge success throughout the 70s and 80s with their unique sound and contribution to the Funk scene. Formed in 1967 in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson first went by the name Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band later shortening the name to THE GAP BAND in 1973. LA Producer, Lonnie Simmons, signed them to his label, Total Experience Records, setting in motion what would be the start of a long and prosperous relationship between THE GAP BAND and Simmons.

Notable hits include their top ten hit Shake, the breakthrough single from The Gap Band II, I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops!) and the number one R&B hit Early In The Morning taken from their 1982 #1 R&B album The Gap Band IV. 1985 brought the release of THE GAP BAND VI and with it the band soared back to the top of the R&B album chart with the chosen singles also enjoying impressive chart positions. The first single BEEP A FREAK, peaked at #2 R&B, their highest chart spot since Outstanding took the top spot on the R&B charts in 1982. The albums other two singles followed suit with I FOUND MY BABY hitting #8 in the R&B chart, and DISRESPECT earning a Top 20 R&B position. 

BBR is very proud to present the next entry in our series of new to CD Total Experience reissues in the form of THE GAP BAND VI, newly remastered and repackaged for the first time on CD anywhere in the world complete with extensive liner notes and expansive bonus content. Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases this BBR Remaster is a must have for all Funk, Soul, R&B and Quiet Storm fans out there!

Release Date: 29/10/2012



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Am I Still Your Boyfriend?- Expanded Edition
SWITCH were a US funk band that started out in Ohio with the name, First Class. Discovered by Jermaine Jackson, the original line up included Phillip Ingram, Bobby and Tommy DeBarge, Greg Williams, Eddie Fluellan and Jody Sims. Switch are Probably best known for their stint on Gordy Records where they produced 3 top ten hits that included 1978’s There’ll Never Be Another, 1979’s I Call Your Name and Love Over and Over Again released in 1980.

In 1980, Philip Ingram, brother of James Ingram, left the group to pursue a solo career and later formed the Electronic Funk band Deco with Attala Zane Giles, and released and album called Fresh Idea on Qwest Records in 1983. Bobby and Tommy DeBarge also left the group to join the family group, De Barge who were one of the few groups that enjoyed success on Motown during the 1980’s. Keyboardist, Attala Zane Giles, and percussion/vocalists, Renard Gallo and Gonzales Ozen. By 1984 Switch had signed with Total Experience Records and set about releasing Am I Still Your Boyfriend which includes the soulful UK hit, Keeping Secrets the smooth, mid-tempo title track and the sweet love ballad, I’m So Satisfied BBR is proud to present the first ever remaster of Switch’s 1984 album, Am I Still Your Boyfriend, complete with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with band members and bonus tracks.

Release Date: 29/10/2012


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Gap Band VII
THE GAP BAND enjoyed huge success throughout the 70s and 80s with their unique sound and contribution to the Funk scene. Formed in 1967 in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson first went by the name Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band later shortening the name to THE GAP BAND in 1973. LA Producer, Lonnie Simmons, signed them to his label, Total Experience Records, setting in motion what would be the start of a long and prosperous relationship between THE GAP BAND and Simmons.
Notable hits include their top ten hit Shake, the breakthrough single from The Gap Band II, I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops!) and the number one R&B hit Early In The Morning taken from their 1982 #1 R&B album The Gap Band IV. Their 1985 offering THE GAP BAND VI, an R&B #1 album, spawned the hits Beep A Freak (R&B #2), I Found My Baby (R&B #8) and Disrespect which earned a Top 20 R&B position.
1986 brought the release of THE GAP BAND VII and with it the band scored another hit R&B album peaking at #6. The first single was the opening track DESIRE, which was followed by the stunning R&B ballad GOING IN CIRCLES which climbed all the way to #2 on the Billboard R&B charts. The final single saw the band back on their trademark groove with the super-catchy funk workout, AUTOMATIC BRAIN, while not gaining the acclaim that it deserved at the time, Automatic Brain has gone on to be revered by Gap Band fans everywhere.
THE GAP BAND VII also provided classic Gap Band sonics on the tracks ‘Ooh, What A Feeling’, ‘Li’l Red Funkin’ Hood’ and ‘Bumpin’ Gum People’.
BBR is very proud to present the next entry in our series of new to CD Total Experience reissues in the form of THE GAP BAND VII, newly remastered and repackaged for the first time on CD anywhere in the world complete with extensive liner notes and expansive bonus content.
This BBR Remaster is a must have for all Funk, Soul, R&B and Quiet Storm fans out there!

Release Date: 29/04/2013
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Nice And Slow: Expanded Edition
•    Locksley Alphonso Green, aka JESSE GREEN, was a Jamaican singer and multi-instrumentalist who spanned the genres from Reggae through to Disco during his well respected career. Growing up in the St. James parish of the famed island Green became enthralled with the music he heard from the various sound systems in the area, in particular the sound system headed by Count Barrett.

•    During the 60's Green sang vocals with Jamaican band The Pioneers and in the 70's toured internationally with the great Jimmy Cliff as his drummer before embarking on a solo career in 1976.

•    NICE AND SLOW was Green's debut solo album and was released on the EMI record label in 1976 to high acclaim, despite not garnering the commercial success the album deserved. As was the burgeoning trend at the time Green appropriated the fledgling Disco and Soul sounds of the mid 70's and scored a massive club hit with the album’s title track and opener which reached #1 on the U.S. Disco charts and #17 on the U.K. Pop charts. The second single from the album ‘Flip’ followed ‘Nice And Slow’ on to the dance floor peaking at #17 on the Disco chart in 1977. Both tracks have a sultry sweet soul sound on top of a solid bottom end groove.

•    Green's Jamaican roots are still very much in evidence on the album, especially on ‘Flip’ and album track ‘You Came, You Saw, You Conquered’ which both exemplify the singers spirited vocal style. Other highlights are the ballad ‘The Greatest Love’ and the superb ‘You Are The Star,’ a propulsive, jazz influenced groove.

•    BBR is proud to present NICE AND SLOW. This expanded and newly re-mastered edition comes complete with extensive liner notes and added bonus material.

•    This BBR re-master is essential listening for all Disco, Soul and R&B fans out there!     

NB: This title is released July 7 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1.    NICE AND SLOW
2.    YOU CAME, YOU SAW, YOU CONQUERED
3.    THE GREATEST LOVE
4.    YOU LOST MY LOVE
5.    YOU'RE A MIRACLE
6.    HIGHWAVES OF THE SEA
7.    FLIP
8.    YOU ARE THE STAR
9.    LET'S GET IT ON
10.    EASY
11.    DON'T LET ME DOWN
12.    NICE AND SLOW (INSTRUMENTAL)

BONUS TRACKS
13.    NICE AND SLOW (12” VERSION)
14.    FLIP (12” VERSION)
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The Two Of Us: Expanded Edition
•    Cavin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples were childhood friends from Dallas, Texas who went on to have great chart success as an R&B duo through the 1980's. While on tour as a backing vocalist with Leon Russell in the late 1970's Cavin met the Wilson Brothers from The Gap Band, who in turn introduced Cavin to their collaborator Lonnie Simmons and his Total Experience Recording Studios who produced the duos debut album and later signed them to his Total Experience label, joining The Gap Band on the roster.

•    Yarbrough & Peoples debut album, THE TWO OF US was released through Mercury Records in 1980 and quickly achieved both critical and commercial success.  The album gained Gold status hitting the top spot on the Billboard R&B album chart as well as peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

•    The duos first single and opening track on the album ‘Don't Stop The Music,’ is a superb slice of bubbling, sultry, down tempo dance floor funk that is well known to R&B, Funk and Hip-Hop fans. It spent several weeks on top of the R&B charts, hit #19 Pop and #26 Dance as well as braking the top ten in the Netherlands and the U.K., before going on to be sampled over 20 times in the Hip-Hop arena.  

•    THE TWO OF US is a mostly upbeat, and certainly a very expansive and beautifully produced R&B/Soul album boasting great tracks like the second single ‘Third Degree’ (R&B #74), an upbeat boogie soul number in the vein of Stevie Wonder, ‘Crazy,’ an intense, lushly orchestrated funky groove, the smooth and soulful ‘Want You Back Again’ and the heartfelt ballad ‘Two Of Us.’

•    BBR is very proud to present THE TWO OF US, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks.

•    THE TWO OF US is absolutely essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Disco fans.  

NB: This title is released July 7 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1.    DON'T STOP THE MUSIC
2.    CRAZY
3.    THIRD DEGREE
4.    EASY TONIGHT
5.    WANT YOU BACK AGAIN
6.    COME TO ME
7.    YOU'RE MY SONG
8.    TWO OF US
9.    I BELIEVE I'M FALLING IN LOVE

BONUS TRACKS
10.    DON'T STOP THE MUSIC (SINGLE VERSION)
11.    THIRD DEGREE (SINGLE VERSION)
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