Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Capitol Classics Volume 1 1988

Capitol Records EMS 1316

Massive respect to my man Boo for supplying the artwork for this gem! As we are unable to record the vinyl at its (French?) source, I have collected together the tracklist. Can you please confirm that I have used all the correct versions Boo?

The first two Capitol Classics releases were essential at the time, I never managed to get this release and had to wait to find the tracks I wanted on other compilations. The later releases were 'less essential' back in the day although they are all interesting for different reasons now.

In the case of this album, the tracks that were of interest at the time were likely to be A Taste Of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie, The BB&Q Band - On The Beat, The McCrary's - Love On A Summer Night (a Jazz Funk classic), Dayton - Sound Of Music and Mystic Merlin - Just Can't Give You Up.

Most of these are now easily found and no surprise but what about L.J. Reynolds - Key To The World (a Nortern Soul anthem?), Eddie Henderson - Prance On (a forgotten Jazz Funker) and the wonderful O'Bryan - Doin' Alright. These are great songs that have been left on the back shelf for too long, good to be reminded of them again. Gary Bartz - Music Is My Sanctuary is a fine tune that slipped through the cracks into obscurity, sounding much younger than it's 31 years of age. The pearl in the shell making this album essential for me though, Sheree Brown - It's A Pleasure, and it certainly is!

A great list of record shops on the rear makes good reading. It's like a list of my favourite lunch time visits throughout the 80's & 90's. Tooting, Balham, Brixton, Holborn, Chingford, Hackney, East Ham, Bow, Putney & Croydon. Good to see Mi Price listed as there were LWR (92.5) DJ's working there. Every one of them helped relieve me of large portions of my hard earnt wages. Several shops in the heart of London's Soho helped, some were record shops too! Steve's in Leicester Square deserves a mention, as does Reckless in Soho, Solar in Brixton underground and Beano's in Croydon Market.

Thanks Boo
, a great post! ;-)

  • L.J. Reynolds
  • A Taste Of Honey
  • BB&Q Band
  • Eddie Henderson
  • McCrarys
  • Sheree Brown
  • Dayton
  • O'Bryan
  • Mystic Merlin
  • Gary Bartz
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  1. Very good job on this one Mickey !
    As usual, you may say...

    (Yes, I'm from France.)

    The versions are all good, but I think you've been 'too generous' for Gary Bartz :) Please leave that long version, even if I'm sure it was the LP version on this compilation.
    'Bravo' once more for the artwork arrangement (sleeve, etc).
    My favourites are Sheree Brown, Eddie Henderson, Dayton, and all the other tracks !

  2. I just love these classic tracks !
    BIG THANKS for the sound :)

  3. 13 July 2011 at 06:50

    Brings back some memories! I was one of the people thanked on the back cover, would love to get the large scan of it (1024 x 1024) if you still have it?

    Steve Douglas


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