Today 04:33 PM

Loleatta Holloway "Loleatta/Cry To Me" expanded twofer remaster (Kent UK) 10/30/2020

Loleatta Holloway was a tremendous soul singer who came naturally to the genre following her years with the famed gospel group the Caravans in her home city of Chicago. She was persuaded to move into R&B by local jazz guitarist, songwriter and producer Floyd Smith, who she would go on to marry. Though her first two 45s were cut in that city, it was her signing to the newly formed Aware label, by gangster owner Michael Thevis, which started her career in earnest.

With excess ready cash from his nefarious activities, Thevis took the pair and Detroit executive Marlin McNichols to his home base of Atlanta and proceeded to work the music business wholeheartedly. In July 1973, aided by a generous advertising budget, their second Aware 45, ‘Mother Of Shame’, charted and they were quickly into the studios to cut the debut LP “Loleatta”. Showcasing her vocal talents, they kicked off the album with ‘The Man I Love’, a Gershwin standard that Loleatta handled well. The rest of the record was soul music, a mixture of covers such as ‘Can I Change My Mind’ but mainly new songs from Floyd, Sam Dees and other respected writers.

With only the one lesser R&B hit 45, and being a debut artist, the LP did not sell in any quantity. However, in early 1975 the exquisite Sam Dees-penned love ballad ‘Cry To Me’ went to number 10 in the R&B chart, thereby giving the second LP a title to hang its hat on. Four other top-notch Sam Dees songs were featured and there were two Chicago reworkings of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Just Be True’ and a scintillating cover of Ruby Andrews’ hit ‘Casanova’.

Loleatta was developing her own writing and the excellent ‘I’ll Be Gone’ was included. She also cut several of her own songs that did not come out at the time; maybe they were lined up for the next stage of her career which was interrupted when Thevis’ finances faltered and the law caught up with him. We have included three of the best of these songs, which were previously dotted around different Kent CDs, as well as ‘For Sentimental Reasons’ from her first solo single.

1. The Man I Love
2. We Did It
3. Our Love
4. Can I Change My Mind
5. Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool
6. So Can I
7. Only A Fool
8. Love Woke Me Up
9. Mother Of Shame
10. Remember Me
Cry To Me:
11. Cry To Me
12. I Know Where You're Coming From
13. The Show Must Go On
14. The World Don't Owe You Nothing
15. Just Be True To Me
16. Something About The Way I Feel
17. I'll Be Gone
18. I Can't Help Myself
19. Casanova
20. Help Me My Lord
Bonus Tracks:
21. Merrily
22. What Are You Gonna Do About Tomorrow
23. For Sentimental Reasons
24. This Man's Arms

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Today 04:26 PM

Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King: The RCA Albums 1977-1985, 8CD Box Set - Cherry Red

Coming November 27th from Cherry Red!

Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King: The RCA Albums 1977-1985, 8CD Box Set

SoulMusic Records is proud to present the eight RCA albums recorded between 1977-1985 by the iconic Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, undeniably one of the primary purveyors of timeless R&B/dance music that helped fuel the disco movement of the late ‘70s and beyond.

While each of Evelyn’s albums has been reissued at different times on CD, this is the first-of-its-kind deluxe box set that includes all eight, with handpicked bonus tracks. Produced by SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan (who has known Philadelphia native Evelyn since 1977), “The RCA Albums” includes stellar essays by two renowned writers: Brian Chin, who contributes an insightful overview of Evelyn’s years with RCA, complete with 2020 quotes from Evelyn herself and producers T. Life and Paul Lawrence Jones, among others; and Charles Waring who provides an in-depth commentary on each of the eight albums.

With superb artwork by Roger Williams and first class mastering by Nick Robbins, this box set boasts (82) tracks that display Evelyn’s pioneering artistry and trace her musical journey to international fame, through a number of signature anthems, establishing a global audience in the process that has made her a consistent, dynamic performer for over five decades.

Disc One: “SMOOTH TALK” (1977) produced by T. Life includes the fresh-as-ever “Shame,” a US Top 10 pop, R&B and dance hit and the follow-up smash ‘I Don’t Know If It’s Right’; expanded edition bonus tracks are 12” Disco Mixes of each.

Disc Two: “MUSIC BOX” (1979), also produced by T. Life, features the US charted hits ‘Out There’ and the title track; expanded edition includes 12” versions of both.

Disc Three: “CALL ON ME” (1980) was initially released in 1980 with the title “Sweet Delight” and different tracks; the original LP was withdrawn and retitled with a new track listing. The expanded edition includes all the tracks from “Sweet Delight” as well as the 12” version of the US R&B/dance hit, ‘Let’s Get Funky Tonight’.

Disc Four: “I’M IN LOVE” (1981) features the US R&B and dance music #1 title track and boasts production work from Morrie Brown with Kashif & Paul Laurence Jones; and the team of Willie Lester & Rodney Brown. Expanded edition bonus track, 12” Dance Mix of ‘I’m In Love’

Disc Five: “GET LOOSE” (1982) contains two of Evelyn’s most memorable hits, ‘Love Come Down’ and ‘Betcha She Don’t Love You’, both written and co-produced by Kashif; expanded edition includes 12” Version of ‘Love Come Down’.

Disc Six: “FACE TO FACE” (1983) represents a change of style with producers Leon Sylvers and his team and Minneapolian Andre Cymone placing Evelyn in different musical settings; includes the US charted singles, ‘Action’ and ‘Teenager’.

Disc Seven: “SO ROMANTIC” (1984), one of Evelyn’s most diverse RCA LPs, features an array of producers including Carl Sturken & Evan Rogers, Clif Magness & Glen Ballard, Hawk Wolinski ,The System and Jimmy Douglass.

Disc Eight: “LONG TIME COMING (A CHANGE IS GONNA COME)” (1985), Evelyn’s RCA swansong album, reunites her with T. Life and includes production by Hawk; Bobby Watson with Rene & Angela; and the team of Allen George & Fred McFarlane who provided the hits ‘High Horse’ and ‘Your Personal Touch’; expanded edition cuts are a Dance Version of the latter along with two non-album ‘B’ sides, ‘Take A Chance’ and ‘Better Deal’.

Today 05:15 PM

Some New Motown From Motown!?

Hi everyone... I recently discovered a singer by the name of Joy Denalane, who just released an album on Motown that's actually quite Motown-like! Worth checking out!! :D


Today 02:04 PM

A Cellarful Of Motown Vol 5

FINALLY ten years on from the last volume and coming in the first two weeks of September the much awaited latest volume of Cellarful Of Motown. I make no excuses for the fact that unusually it has tracks that have been released previously. Most of these have appeared in downloads or on other compilations but luckily in most of those cases I am bringing you new mixes. This is being released by Caroline Records part of the Universal Group and all I can ask (for it is looking unlikely) that if you want to see more releases like this that you support it and if possible drop the record company a line telling them how much you appreciate it - I should be able to supply a track list later this morning.Attachment 18038
Today 05:08 PM

Hype & Soul Motown Signed Book

FYI: The hard copy book, Hype and Soul: Behind The Scenes At Motown by Al Abrams is, virtually, a must have for any record collection library. An unsigned copy without bookmark sells for $100 to $$$S. There are unscrupulous sellers that are promising “new” or used inventory of this book that don’t exist. As we have been unpacking boxes, a copy of Hype & Soul with an inscription to the Stax Museum by Al was discovered. He did not like what he wrote and sent Stax Museum a different inscribed copy. Before we place this signed copy with bookmark in an auction site early this week, we decided to offer this discovery to those hardcore Motown fans who would appreciate it. It is reasonably priced. There is only one copy available.
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Today 04:06 PM

Georgia Dobbins-Davis

I have heard some troubling news about Mrs. Dobbins-Davis, an original Marvelette and co-writer of “Please Mr. Postman”—so far without official confirmation. Can it be true that she may have left us yesterday?


Ralph Terrana

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