Monday, 22 December 2008

The Wooten Brothers - Try My Love 1990

A&M Records 395 331-2

The Wooten Brothers are George, Gary and Louis. They were introduced to the music business by the one and only Russell Simmons. Main vocals & backing are by George, Louis and Andre Johnson while production, arrangement (beats, vocals & keyboards) and mixing are by Gary along with Dave Ogrin. Oh, Gary plays Trumpet too. Executive Producer, Tony Rome is responsible for the Scratching and got involved in Background Vocals and Herb 'Pump' Powers mastered it.Other names involved as assistant engineers are Chris Tyce, Russell Elevado, Pete Lewis, Pavel Dejesus, Gregory Tupper and Rusty Cutchin. Ed Jones is on guitar.

  • Try My Love
  • Friendz
  • Tell Me
  • We Could Be Together
  • I'll Wait
  • I'd Rather Be With You
  • Closer (Never Too Close)
  • Looks
  • Physical Contact
  • Love Or Lust
  • I'd Rather Be With You (Dub)
  • Friendz (Extended)
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Filename: The Wooten Brothers.rar Filesize: 82.69 MB

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Jeff Redd - A Quiet Storm 1990

MCA Records MCAD-42299

Native New Yorker, Jeff Redd began singing with the short-lived group, The Sophisticated Gents, at the age of 17 in the mid-1980s. Redd got a deal with Uptown-MCA Records after Andre Harrell saw him perform as a solo artist. Uptown-MCA produced his 1990 debut album, A Quiet Storm. It includes some uptempo New Jack Swing songs I Found Lovin' and Come And Get Your Lovin' but this album is all about the far superior love ballads Love High and What Goes Around, Comes Around both of which charted with Love High reaching #16 on the charts. He also released a song entitled You Called And Told Me, from the Strictly Business soundtrack in 1991.

Redd played a large part in getting then-unknown singer Mary J Blige started in the music industry. While working in the assembly line at General Motors, Redd was given a tape from Mary J. Blige's step-father. The tape featured Blige performing Anita Baker's Rapture. Redd helped get her signed to Uptown and she toured with and worked as a background singer for him.

In 1993, Redd recorded a second album, Down Low. However, before the album could see release, EMI closed their entire black music department. As a result, only 1000 copies ever saw release and the album is very hard to find.

Jeff Redd then went on to work as an A&R exec at MCA Records. While at MCA, Redd worked with artists like Regina Belle and K-Ci & JoJo. When MCA closed their doors in 2003, Redd started up his own independent label, Sol Real Records, LLC.

With the label, Redd currently works with artists like Akili, Blaq Rose and Forever. In 2007, Redd released an album entitled Jeff Redd Presents : The Essence Of Soul which features tracks from each of these artists. Jeff Redd has an album in the works to be released in 2008.

  • I Found Lovin'
  • Love High
  • In My House
  • Giving My Love To You
  • Dance With Me
  • Come And Get My Lovin'
  • Surrender
  • What Goes Around, Comes Around
  • Brazilian Lady
  • I Like Your Love (I Like It)
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Filename: Jeff Redd.rar Filesize: 58.87 MB

Info courtesy of Wikapedia so its not guaranteed accurate?

Friday, 19 December 2008

Penny Ford - Daydreaming 1993

Columbia Records 659059 2

In 1986, Pennye Ford replaced Lorena Shelby as the lead singer of Klymaxx. After a year on the road she joined the SOS Band for a six-month stint before working as the principal background singer with Chaka Khan, and session work, including two albums for George Clinton. It was through her work with Chaka Khan that Ford wound up joining Snap! late 1989.

Based on the runaway success of Snap!, Ford did a one-year tour with the group. As the co-writer of four Snap singles, The Power, Oops Up, Mary Had a Little Boy and the Euro hit Cult of Snap, which collectively sold nine million copies. Upon leaving Snap, Ford was the object of a major-label bidding war that resulted in her signing to Columbia/Sony in June 1991.

In 1993, Pennye having dropped the 'e' from her christian name and released the album 'Penny Ford', which was produced by Randy Jackson. The album contained her version of the Aretha Franklin penned and performed Daydreamin'. She enlisted the services of producer and bassist Randy D. Jackson, who had worked with Narada Michael Walden. It features guitar by John Mitchell, piano by Greg Phillanganes and a tight sax solo by Gerald Albright.

Good mixes all around but the Full Day 12" got a lot of play, as I recall. It's a shame the LP Version is edited for the single though?

  • Single Edit
  • Love Deacons Of Soul Mix
  • Full Day 12" Mix
  • Tabanca/Dance Hall
The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Penny Ford.rar Filesize: 27.61 MB

90's, British, Dance, Funk, Groove, Nineties, Soul, UK, Urban,

Monday, 15 December 2008

Street Sounds Edition 7 1983

Street Sounds STSND 007

Another great release on the Street Sounds label. Michael Jackson's Billie Jean was phenomenal at the time and Lydia Murdock grabbed a whole heap of limelight with Superstar with a few surprises, first it ripped off Billie Jean's groove, secondly it was an 'answer back' song and finally it consists of a female rap. Extraordinary at the time but oh so dated now. Instant Funk & Billy Griffin were popular here but for me it was all about side one. Dayton's Sound Of Music, Tom Browne and The Jones Girls in particular but Curtis and Lillo also high on the list.

  • Dayton - Sound Of Music
  • Curtis Hairston - I Want You
  • Tom Browne - Brighter Tomorrow
  • The Jones Girls - Knockin'
  • Lillo Thomas - I Love It
  • Lydia Murdock - Superstar
  • Second Image - Don't You
  • Instant Funk - You'll Be Mine
  • Billy Griffin - Respect
  • Lew Kirton - Talk To Me
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Filename: Street Sounds.rar Filesize: 78.31 MB