Saturday, 8 November 2008

Portrait - Here We Go! 1993

Capitol Records CDCL 683
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Portrait are Michael Angelo Saulsberry, Irving Washington III, Eric Kirkland and Philip Johnson. This US group from Los Angeles, debuted in 1992 with Honey Dip and Here We Go Again! was the follow up which was a little more successful. They rode in on the back of New Jack Swing which was just starting to fade in the UK at the time.

This 1993 UK release features the US Extended Version that works the New Jack vibe well (with Bonus Beats) while the UK is catered for with the Dr. Bob Jones Deep Cut Surgery Mix. Need I say more?

As with Brian McKnight, they got involved in the Black Men United project, singing on U Will Know for the Jason's Lyric ost. Working with Quincy Jones, Babyface and Tamia kept them in the public eye but covering a Bee Gees song lost them a lot of credibility and they fell from grace. They are still recording, their last release was in 2005 on the foreign market.

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The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Portrait.rar Filesize: 28.8 MB

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Apologies for the crappy CD jpg but the outer ring text is mirror effect and I can't get a scan?

6 comments:

  1. Sorry for my absence but I should be back in business soon guys. Glad you are missing me. ;-)

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  2. Yeah!nice to see U back...

    Larry DJ Brazil

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  3. Portrait were very underated in the UK. This was a great release.

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  4. Everyone notes them as a new jack swing act... but they seem more on the new classic soul side of rnb. they felt/feel more organic than most new jack acts.

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  5. Would you happen to have "Honey Dip" [Maxi CD] by Portrait?

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  6. I got the honey dip cd single, problably the rarest portrait's piece, just email me at hightree@12move.nl

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