The Dells - They Said It Couldn't Be Done But We Did It // SMCR5046 // BUY NOW
The mighty mighty DELLS enjoyed an amazing run of hits, starting in 1956 with ‘Oh What A Night’ and continuing from 1966 to 1974 with Cadet Records (the Chess subsidiary). In 1975, the soulful quintet signed with Mercury Records for a four-album association.
Released in 1977, "THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE, BUT WE DID IT!!” was the group’s second album for the label. With the ‘Sound Of Philadelphia’ a major force in the world of R&B and soul music in the ‘70s, The Dells journeyed to the City of Brotherly Love to cut the album.
The Dells teamed with the production team ‘The Harris Machine’ (featuring musicians, arrangers, and writers including guitarist/ writer Norman Harris, Earl Young and Ron Baker). Working with arrangers Ron Kersey, T.G. Conway and Allan Felder, songwriters such as (future Temptation) Ron Tyson and top Philly session musicians, the group fashioned one of their finest ‘70s albums.
Much in demand by their many fans worldwide and making its worldwide CD debut, "THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE, BUT WE DID IT!!” reached No. 40 on the US R&B charts and contained two Top 30 R&B hits, ‘Betcha Never Been Loved (Like This Before)’ and ‘Our Love.’
2012 marks the group’s 60thanniversary and to commemorate it, SoulMusic Records is reissuing this great album alongside LOVE CONNECTION (SMCR 5047). Includes notes by Rico Washington with quotes from Chuck of The Dells among others.The Dells - Love Connection // SMCR5047 // BUY NOW
The mighty mighty DELLS enjoyed an amazing run of hits, starting in 1956 with "Oh What A Night” and continuing from 1966 to 1974 with Cadet Records (the Chess subsidiary). In 1975, the soulful quintet signed with Mercury Records for a four-album association.
Released in 1977 as the follow up to "THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE, BUT WE DID IT!”(reissued in 2012 on SoulMusic Records, SMCR 5046), LOVE CONNECTION - making its worldwide CD debut with this reissue - saw The Dells returning to Philadelphia to work with the top-notch "Harris Machine” production team (which included Norman Harris, Earl Young and Ron Baker of The Trammps).
The Dells teamed with arrangers Ron Kersey, T.G. Conway and Allan Felder, songwriters such as (future Temptation) Ron Tyson and top Philly session musicians for the album, much in-demand by their many fans worldwide who consider LOVE CONNECTION as one of their best group’s best recordings of the ‘70s.
LOVE CONNECTION reached the Top 50 on the US R&B charts and included the R&B chart hit, ‘Private Property.’ This expanded edition includes a single edit of the track.
2012 marks the group’s 60thanniversary and to commemorate it, SoulMusic Records is reissuing this great album. Includes notes by Rico Washington with quotes from Chuck of The Dells among others.
Teena Marie - Robbery // SMCR5048 // BUY NOW
In 1983, the artist described by renowned US writer Scott Galloway as "the blackest White soul singer/songwriter to illuminate R&B,” the late, great Teena Marie recorded her first of five albums for Epic Records after an initial tenure with Motown that established her as a potent creative fixture in the world of soul music.
ROBBERY (a Top 20 US R&B best-seller) celebrated a new found sense of freedom for the multi-faceted songwriter, producer and musician L.A. native who wrote or co-wrote all nine tracks on the much-acclaimed nine-track set that included the standouts ‘Casanova Brown,’ ‘Dear Lover,’ ‘Ask Your Momma,’ ‘Shadow Boxing,’ and ‘Fix It’(a Top 30 US R&B hit single)
For the sessions, Teena included such renowned musicians as keyboardists Patrice Rushen and John Bokowski Jr., drummer Steve Ferrone (formerly of The Average White Band), percussionist Paulinho Da Costa and bassist Stanley Clarke with string and horn arrangements by Paul Riser.
This expanded edition of ROBBERY - released by SoulMusic Records along with an expanded edition of STARCHILD (SMCR-5049) - includes 12” remixes of three key tracks previously only available on a Japanese reissue of the album and an eight-minute-plus remix of the instrumental of ‘Fix It.’Teena Marie - Starchild // SMCR5049 // BUY NOW
The late, great TEENA MARIE had established herself as a consistent hitmaker among black music audiences in the US as a result of five albums for Motown and her 1983 Epic debut set ROBBERY (reissued by SoulMusic Records in 2012 as an expanded edition, SMCR-5048).
With the release of 1984’s STARCHILD (which became a US Top 10 R&B and pop Top 40 best-seller), the L.A. native finally achieved mainstream international pop success thanks to the classic single, ‘Lovergirl,’ which reached No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and became the biggest hit of the multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and musician’s amazing three-decade-long career.
For the sessions, Teena assembled an all-star cast of musicians and singers that included Leon Ware, Narada Michael Walden, Ronnie McNeir, Billy Griffin, Nathan East, Preston Glass, James Jamerson Jr. and Paulinho Da Costa.
As with its predecessor Robbery, Teena wrote or co-wrote all nine tracks on the album including the standouts ‘Out On A Limb,’ the club hit ‘Jammin’,’ and her soulful tribute to the late Marvin Gaye, ‘My Dear Mr. Gaye.’
This expanded edition of STARCHILD features five bonus tracks including a six-minute-plus instrumental of ‘Lovergirl’ (making its CD debut) and an eight-minute dance mix of ‘Jammin.’
Patrice Rushen - Patrice // SMCR5050 // BUY NOW
Los Angeles-born multi-faceted musician, songwriter, singer, arranger and producer Patrice Rushen had recorded three acclaimed and well-received albums for the jazz label Prestige Records during her tenure with the company before signing a 1977 contract with Elektra Records.
Patrice kicked off her successful association with the label with the 1978 album PATRICE, her first breakthrough into the U.S. mainstream market, reaching No. 5 on the Jazz Albums and No, 27 on the R&B Albums charts, paving the way for Patrice to achieve international success with subsequent Elektra albums. The funky single ‘Hang It Up’ became her first Top 20 R&B hit single.
All star sessions for PATRICE included a dazzling array of famed musicians including Earth Wind & Fire guitarist Al McKay, drummer James Gadson, bassists Freddie Washington and Abraham Laboriel, trumpeter Jerry Hey, percussionists Bill Summers and Paulinho DaCosta, with background vocals by Syreeta Wright, Sheree Brown, Jim Gilstrap and the Waters family. Patrice wrote or co-wrote most of the tracks on this stellar ten-track set.
In a departure from her earlier recordings, her Elektra debut focused more on Patrice’s soulful vocals: standouts on PATRICE include the ballad ‘Didn’t You Know,’ the upbeat ‘Changes (In Your Life),’ the lilting ‘Cha-Cha’ and the groove-licious ‘It’s Just A Natural Thing.’
PATRICE has been out of print on CD for a number of years and is being reissued as part of SoulMusic Records’ jazz/funk series. The notes by respected writer Jeff Lorez include 2012 quotes from Patrice on the impact of her first major international label release.