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Monday, January 12, 2015

Mix Samples-Show (11-1-2015) by Souldennis



First of all, I wish to all my friends and all the visitors on my blog a Happy New Year. I'm sorry for the delay, I was very busy. I decided to present a mix of samples from some of my favorite songs.

  1.  Dexter Wansel - A Prophet Named K.G. 1976 (Lp)
  2.  L.T.D. - Feel It 1979 (LP)
  3.  Mass Production - Never Ever 1982 (Lp)
  4.  Starpoint - Don't Leave Me 1980 (Lp)
  5.  Michael Henderson - In The Summertime 1979 (Lp)
  6.  Mandrill - Getting In The Mood 1980 (Lp)
  7.  Roberta Flack & Friends - You Go To My Head 1982 (Lp)
  8.  Mighty Fire - Missing You 1981 (Lp)
  9.  Joyce Faison - Do You Wanna Dance 1981 (45")
10.  Beth Lawrence - For You 1981 ()
11.  Formula V - She's My Woman 1977 (Lp)



I must mention that the song "For You" by Beth Lawrence was never released as a single. It was included in a rare compilation in 1981.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Randy Brown - At Christmas Time



I decided to present this article which fits with Christmas. I think Randy Brown deserved more recognition. I don't say that he was an unknown singer but he could have more success in his career. Randy Brown released five albums from 1976 to 1981. The album entitled "Intimately" which was released in 1979, reached #46 on the Billboard R&B chart. In my opinion his best album was "Welcome To My Room" which was released in 1978. 
Many people ignore this Christmas song. It was released on Sound Town Records. The label was formed by Homer Banks, Reginald Jenkins & Chuck Brooks in 1983. This Christmas song was penned by Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks. For many years Randy Brown had collaborated with them. Produced by Homer Banks and Chuck Brooks. Enjoy it. Merry Christmas!!!



Note: The above posted single is not played in full.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The New Minstrels - Smile



After my article concerning the japanese band ChickenShack, I decided to present an article for a great show band from Philippines. The band named New Minstrels is a popular show band of the 70s in Asia. The New Minstrels (Second generation) started in the late 70s. The group won 2nd place at the 3rd Metro Pop Music Festival for their song “Ikaw, Ako, Tayo, Magkakapatid”. Later they released a single with english lyrics entitled "Smile / I Don't Love You Anymore". It was released on OctoArts International in Philippines. Both songs were written by Butch Monserret. Arranged by Eddie Munji. Enjoy the beautiful song "Smile".



Later as they wanted to change their format, they also decided to change their name to Something Special. Under that name, they enlivened the entertainment night scene in the most popular bars during that era.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ChickenShack (Self-Titled) 1986 Lp




ChickenShack is a japanese band that was formed in the mid 80s. The members of the group were Hidefumi Toki (Sax), June Yamagishi (Guitar), Darek Jackson (Bass), Toru Tsuzuki (Keyboards) and Koji Miura (Drums). Τhe band released some albums from 1986 to 1990. One of them is the debut self titled album in 1986. The album was recorded at Smoky Studio, Ginza. It was released on Meldac Records.
The additional musicians were Teruo Matsusoto & Marty Bracy on drums, Yoshikazu Kishi on trumpet and Shizue Hirano on trombone. Backing vocals by Paula Desmond, Michael Wilson, Valerie W.Walker, Dempsey Leonard and Lonnie Hirsch.
Produced by ChickenShack. I chose two tracks entitled "China Blue" and "Verano". The lyrics of "China Blue" were written by Darek Jackson and Nancy Krasn, and the music by Darek Jackson.
The lyrics of "Verano" were written by Darek Jackson and the music by Hidefumi Toki.





Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Roberta Flack And Friends - Cream Smooth Jazz 1982 Lp


I decided to present an album which I recently discovered in Athens. I immediately understood that many people ignore this album and they have not given the appropriate attention. It seems that fans of soul and jazz music don't know about it, because this album was recorded for the Manischewitz Wine. It was released on Ron Records in 1982. Almost all the songs are related to the wine.
Manischewitz Wine invited Roberta Flack so as to record an album.
The album was recorded in two studios, at Rosebud Recording Studios and JAC Recording, both in New York.. 
Two songs, which were recorded at Rosebud Recording Studios, were produced by Roberta Flack, Bill Eaton and Ralph McDonald and arranged by Bill Eaton and Roberta Flack. All the other songs, which were recorded at JAC Recording, were produced by Joel Herron and arranged by Leon Pendarvis, David Spinnoza and Joel Herron.
On the first studio, at Rosebud Recording Studios, participated some great musicians such as Paul Griffin, Eric Gale, Yogi Horton, Ralph McDonald, Marcus Miller, Tom Scott and Richard Tee.
From these recordings, I have chosen the song "A Cool Glass Of Wine" which performed by Roberta Flack.



On the second studio, at JAC Recording, participated also great musicians such as Paul Griffin, Jon Faddis, David Spinozza, David Friedman, David Tofani and Bucky Pizzarelli. On vocals appears the one and only Grady Tate. I want to note the album mentions that some songs are performed by Roberta's Guys and Roberta's Girls. The names of  the vocalists are unknown.
I have chosen two songs, the masterpiece song entitled "You Go To My Head" which is one of my all-time favorite songs and the song "Things For You To Do When I'm Not There" which was performed by Grady Tate.
"You Go To My Head" is a popular song of 1938, composed by J.Fred Coots, with lyrics by Haven Gillespie. The original song was recorded by Teddy Wilson's Band with the vocals by Nan Wynn. The same year it  was also recorded by Billie Holiday. Enjoy this masterpiece.







Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rick Bowen - Want My Love 1980 Lp


I discovered this album in this summer. It is not soul music but includes very nice music. I saw it for the first time on ebay. Later, I was fortunate to find it in a record shop in USA.
Rick Bowen was a business man and president of a manufacturer's rep firm. In order to save his company, he tried to write and sing radio commercials. One of those commercials had such a big success that the audience kept requesting the commercial thinking it was an actual song.
After being informed by the radio producers, he went to the Ronnie Millsap label Ronjoy Music and collaborated with Rob Galbraith in order to turn the spot's tune into a possible hit song.


The result was that Rick Bowen recorded an album entitled "Want My Love" in 1979. It was released in 1980 on Gemini Records. Produced by Bruce Dees. The self-titled song is a disco tune which was written by himself. Rick Bowen along with the talent singer Vicki Sue Robinson sang the self-titled song.



Here's one more song entitled "Believe Me Baby". This song was written by Chip Hardy and Cross Keys.



I want to note that he wrote his first song called "Snake In The Grass" in 1977, about a guy who could not find a girl friend.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Announcement

Hi everybody. I'm sorry for the delay. I'm very busy with my job. I want to inform you that I will be back on Thursday... 
Best Wishes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Laura Theodore featured with Thom Gambino and The Umano Orchestra - If I Could Touch The Stars 1983



Laura Theodore is a jazz singer from Cleveland of Ohio and an actress. She grew up in the theatre and developed a passion for films and musical theatre as a young girl. After she moved to New York,  and started her acting career, she appeared in over sixty plays and musicals. She also partcipated as a guest artist on many records and soundtracks. It is thought that she has one of the most striking voices in jazz music. She recorded and released six albums in her career. Her debut album was released in 1995. However in 1983 she released a single entitled "If I Could Touch The Stars / Wake Up" on Pachay Records. Both songs were recorded under the direction of Thom Gambino
Thom is a saxophonist from New Jersey who played alto, soprano saxophone and flute for The Lionel Hampton Orchestra in the early 70s. In 1978 Thom and Larry Gambino founded The Umano Orchestra, a 26-piece jazz-rock ensemble.

The Umano Orchestra in 1981
In 1983 Thom Gambino and The Umano Orchestra collaborated with Laura Theodore. They recorded two songs at Unique Recording Studios, N.Y. Both songs were produced, arranged and conducted by Thom Gambino.


In the song "If I Could Touch The Stars" the music was written by Thom Gambino and the lyrics by Stan Bronstein and Flo Moree. Solo alto saxophone by Thom.




In the other song "Wake Up" the music and the lyrics were written by Stephanie Chapman. Marc & Kim Gambino on backing vocals. Solo alto saxophone by Thom.

As I mentioned before, her debut album was released in 1995. She collaborated with the pianist  Don Rebic. The album was entitled "Tonight's The Night" on Bearcat Records under the name Laura Theodore featuring Don Rebic. This album contains six originals and three cover tunes. On the album feature some of New York's finest musicians, such as Randy Brecker on trumpet, Joe Beck on guitar, Chip Jackson on bass, Michael Berkowitz on drums and Lou Marini with Andy Snitzer on saxophone.


This album was born when Don Rebic, the musical director of Laura, called her in order to compose and produce their own jazz music. It received a Musician Magazine Award. It was recorded at R.P.M. Studios, Interface and Brielle Studios, New York. Horn arrangements & orchestrations by Alan Foust.
I have chosen the great self titled song "Tonight's The Night" which was written by Laura Theodore & Don Rebic. Backing vocals by Norma Garbo and Maria Bartolotta. Solo sax by Andy Snitzer. Enjoy it...



In 2009 she released a jazz album with the late guitarist Joe Beck entitled "Golden Earrings" which was selected to appear on the 52nd Grammy Award list in the category of "Best Jazz Vocal Album".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full.