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BBR is very proud indeed to present this newly remastered 2CD anthology of Kleeer’s catalogue with brand new interviews with Paul Crutchfield and Richard Lee housed in a super jewel case.
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ARCHITECTS OF THE UPTOWN FUNK SOUND FINALLY ANTHOLOGIZED…
• After a brief stint as The Universal Robot Band, KLEEER enhanced their funk/disco leanings further to notable success on the Billboard Hot 100 charts from their late 70s work through to the eventual shift to electronic R&B in the 80s.
• 1979 saw the release of I LOVE TO DANCE (R&B #53) on Atlantic Records, which featured disco anthems ‘Tonight’s the Night (Good Time)’ (R&B #33) and ‘Keeep Your Body Workin’’ (R&B #60). WINNERS (POP #140/R&B #24) boasted a more Funk oriented sound. The title track (R&B #23/DANCE #37) is a fine example of this whilst second single ‘Open Your Mind’ (R&B #86) is a subtler jazz inflected groove.
• Kleeer entered their peak in commercial success with 1981’s LICENSE TO DREAM (POP #82/R&B #15). GET TOUGH (R&B #15/DISCO #5) is a rollicking fusion of funk and dance 1982’s GET READY and TASTE THE MUSIC (POP #139/R&B #31) continued the band’s progressive approach to keeping the funk uptown but they were about to undergo a change in direction that would win them a whole new audience.
• Kleeer would close their remarkable run with two albums produced by the legendary Eumir Deodato, fresh from his hit run as Kool & The Gang’s producer. 1984’s INTIMATE CONNECTION (R&B #49) and 1985’s SEEEKRET (UK #96) displayed a laid-back almost entirely electronic sound that found that band in step with the mid-eighties soul sound. ‘Next Time It’s For Real’ (R&B #79) is possibly their most understated release and continues the mid-tempo groove they continued to explore throughout their run whilst final hit ‘Take Your Heart Away’ (R&B #62/UK #86) boasts a wondrous quiet storm prelude before segueing into a breathless soulful groove.
• BBR is very proud indeed to present this newly remastered 2CD anthology of Kleeer’s catalogue with brand new interviews with Paul Crutchfield and Richard Lee housed in a super jewel case.
1. KEEEP YOUR BODY WORKIN’
2. TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT (GOOD TIME) (12” VERSION)
3. IT’S MAGIC
4. I LOVE TO DANCE
5. HAPPY ME
6. WINNERS (12” VERSION)
7. OPEN YOUR MIND
8. YOUR WAY
9. CLOSE TO YOU
10. GET TOUGH
11. RUNNING BACK TO YOU
12. LICENSE TO DREAM
13. DE KLEEER TING
1. TASTE THE MUSIC
2. DE TING CONTINUES
3. WALL TO WALL
4. SHE SAID SHE LOVES ME (12” VERSION)
5. SAY YOU’LL STAY
6. NEXT TIME IT’S FOR REAL
7. INTIMATE CONNECTION
9. GO FOR IT
10. YOU DID IT AGAIN
11. TAKE YOUR HEART AWAY
12. NEVER CRY AGAIN (12” VERSION)
13. LAY YA DOWN EZ
15. YOU GOT ME ROCKIN’
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