Merciless - Stephanie Mills

Merciless
Released in 1983, MERCILESS was the second of the three albums that powerhouse vocalist Stephanie Mills recorded for Casablanca and preceeded "I’ve Got The Cure”(reissued as an expanded edition by SoulMusic Records in 2013).
The New York-born singer had already achieved consistent hit-making status in the U.S. thanks to the best-selling albums and a slew of hit singles that had established the former Broadway star of ‘The Wiz’ as a potent and dynamic recording artist and live performer.
The production of MERCILESS was supervised by famed music man Phil Ramone and industry mogul Charles Koppelman, with sessions handled by the team of David Wolfert and Gary Klein (the team behind The Four Tops’ early ‘80s hit, ‘When She Was My Girl’). The album included ‘My Body,’ a song written especially for Stephanie by Luther Vandross; her ultra-soulful cover of Prince’s ‘How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?’ (a US Top 20 R&B hit); and the humour-filled ‘His Name Is Michael,’ co-written by the singer and featuring one of her background vocalists at the time, soul singer Peggi Blu.
Out of print for many years on CD, this SoulMusic Records’ expanded edition includes two bonus tracks – a 12” club mix of ‘Pilot Error’ (also a US Top 20 R&B hit single) and ‘Hold Me Close to You’ (from the soundtrack of the Tom Cruise film, "All The Right Moves”) along with liner notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring including quotes from producer Wolfert and guitarist Michael Sembello who played on sessions for the album.

Release Date: 18/03/2013
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Code: SMCR5085
Weight: 200
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1. HOW COME U DON'T CALL ME ANYMORE?
2. NEVER GET ENOUGH OF YOU
3. ETERNAL LOVE
4. HIS NAME IS MICHAEL (DUET WITH PEGGI BLU)
5. HERE I AM
6. MY BODY
7. DO YOU LOVE HIM?
8. PILOT ERROR
9. SINCE WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER

BONUS TRACKS
10. PILOT ERROR (US 12” Club Mix)
11. HOLD ME CLOSE TO YOU (from the
soundtrack of "All The Right Moves”)
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•    Stephanie Mills was a native New Yorker having been born and brought up in the borough of Brooklyn. She first tasted success as a singer at the age of 9, winning the famed Apollo Theatre's amateur hour several weeks in a row, which opened the doors to Broadway as a cast member in "Maggie Flynn” and as opening act for The Isley Brothers. Mills big break came in 1975 when she landed the lead role of Dorothy in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Wiz,” based on The Wizard Of Oz. Jermaine Jackson was suitably impressed and was instrumental in helping her get signed to Motown Records to record her second album after "Movin' In The Right Direction” on ABC records in 1974.

•    FOR THE FIRST TIME saw Mills team up with legendary song writing, arranging and production duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David, ironically for the last time they would work on the same project together. Given the medium in which she came to prominence the classic standards of Bacharach and David were perfectly suited to Mills theatrical voice as she performs the collection with effortless ease, running the full gamut of emotions alongside the understated and beautifully orchestrated contemporary arrangements. Mills talents come to the fore on tracks such as ‘I Took My Strength From You,’ ‘No One Remembers My Name’ and the single ‘This Empty Place.’

•    Alongside FOR THE FIRST TIME Mills 1982 album ‘Love Has Lifted Me,’ (recordings from later Motown sessions that were held back) appears as the bonus tracks on this release. BBR is very proud to present FOR THE FIRST TIME, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks.  Essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Pop and Quiet Storm fans.   

N.B. This album is released August 4 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:

1.    I TOOK MY STRENGTH FROM YOU
2.    LIVING ON PLASTIC
3.    NO ONE REMEMBERS MY NAME
4.    IF YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO CRY
5.    LONELINESS REMEMBERS (WHAT HAPPINESS FORGETS)
6.    THIS EMPTY PLACE
7.    THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT YOU
8.    I SEE YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME
9.    ALL THE WAY TO PARADISE
10.    PLEASE LET GO

BONUS TRACKS
11. LOVE HAS LIFTED ME
12. LOVE IS EVERYWHERE
13. I DON'T WANT TO BE REMINDED
14. YOU ARE THE MELODY OF MY LIFE
15. I HOPE WE DON'T RUN OUT OF MUSIC
16. THE KINGDOM WITHIN EVERYONE
17. THIS SIMPLE MASTERPIECE

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Homage: Limited Double Vinyl LP Edition
The euphoric joy of disco has been a consistent thread that has run through the diverse, and illustrious thirty year career of pop legend Jimmy Somerville; his disco cover versions such as "Don’t Leave Me This Way”, "I Feel Love”, "Never Can Say Goodbye” and "(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real” have been among his largest hits but it hasn’t been until now with ‘Homage’ that a whole album of Jimmy’s self-written material has been given a lush and authentic disco style production. 

This all new album has been an extended labour of love for Jimmy, painstakingly recreating the genuine sounds of the hedonistic classic disco era that he so loves. "This isn’t a pastiche, this is an homage”, he states. 

This 500 copy strictly limited edition, Gatefold sleeve, double LP is issued in collectable blue vinyl. The high gloss sleeve comes especially embossed and the lettering is finished in silver foil. A CD copy of the album is also enclosed within the LP sleeve for listening convenience.

"Happy days indeed. I've finally made the disco album I always wanted to and never thought could. If I was 15 again I'd buy it, sit on my bed, slowly open the gate fold, slide out the vinyl, place it on the turntable then jump off the bed and imagine someone just passed me a tambourine…I'd be in heaven!  The horns, the strings, the bass, the guitars, the drums, the backing vocals and the melody….the escape.  I've worked with some great people on this album. They gave time, talent and genuine energy and it sounds it. So open your ears embrace the groove and pay homage to an all too easily derided sound ..... I ♥Disco!

NB: This title is release March 20th 2015 and will not be dispatched before this date.

TRACK LISTING:

Side A 
Some Wonder 
Strong Enough 
Freak 

Side B
Taken Away 
Back To Me 
The Core 

Side C
Travesty 
Bright Thing 
Lights Are Shining 

Side D
This Hand
Overload
Learned to Talk

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