Gwen McCrae, a gutsy soul singer in the southern style and initially influenced by such leading lights of the soul world as Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, is known best for her 1975 R&B #1 Rockin Chair . Having married George Rock Your Baby McCrae after a whirlwind romance in 1963 the couple became a vocal duo and were discovered by influential singer/producer Betty Wright in the late 60s.
Philadelphian Terri Wells had sung in '70s soul group City Limits and contributed the lead vocal to contemporary Dexter Wansel's Top 40 R&B hit "The Sweetest Pain" prior to releasing this underrated solo effort in 1984. The set is notable for its distinctively smooth jazz-oriented take on contemporary R&B.
Fathoms Deep is Linda Lewis’s 1974 mini masterpiece, a satisfying , eclectic yet cohesive, and powerfully soulful record. It’s among the most interesting “black music” albums made in Britain, drawing you into its world as the best records
Having contributed to reshaping soul music of the mid 1960s and early 1970s via other recording artists (notably Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, The 5th Dimension), Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson were a long established song-writing success before expanding on this as a recording duo in 1973. Following on from their surprisingly low-key Warner Bros. debut GIMME SOMETHING REAL, their sophomore release I WANNA BE SELFISH saw Ashford & Simpson reintegrating their trademark smooth, and joyous soul sound into the quieter moods of their debut.
Having contributed to reshaping soul music of the mid- 1960s to the early 1970s via other recording artists (notably Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, The 5th Dimension), Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson were a long established song-writing success before expanding on this as a recording duo in 1973. Valerie would release two wonderful records albeit to limited commercial success before the duo branched out together with their Warner Bros. debut GIMME SOMETHING REAL. Following on from the joyous pop formula they had perfected during their run of song-writing with Motown, GIMME SOMETHING REAL sees the duo progressing further with a quiet storm template that would partially set the standard for future releases.
BBR is proud to offer COME AS YOU ARE, beautifully remastered and expanded complete with an exclusive interview with Valerie Simpson and three bonus tracks. This BBR remaster is perfect for all Soul, Funk, Disco, R&B and Motown fans out there!
1980’s A MUSICAL AFFAIR was their eighth and final studio album for Warner Bros., with esteemed NY session players Ray Chew and Ralph MacDonald to name a few rounding out the duo’s band on the record.
Utopia was Enchantments sixth LP released in 1983 and saw the group take a departure from their horn and string led soulful, lush sound, instead putting the Fairlight synthesizer at the core of the album. Utopia contains both passionate ballads and full-on club tracks. ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’ was the album’s R&B hit single with its relaxing percussive groove and compassionate vocal from Joe ‘Jobie’ Thomas. ‘I’m Dreaming’ sees Emanuel ‘E.J.’ Johnson lend his hair-raising tenor vocal to a gorgeous composition. ‘Somebody’s Loving You’ and ‘Get It While It’s Hot’ are both bone-fide dance-floor shakers with the former demonstrating the group’s aptitude for straight ahead rhythms and solid propulsive bass-lines.
Stephanie Mills first came to prominence in 1975 with her performance as Dorothy in the stage version of THE WIZ on Broadway. Although she had released two albums in the mid-70s it was the teaming of Mills with JAMES MTUME and REGGIE LUCAS that made her a bonafide R&B star. The team’s first release on 20th Century was WHAT CHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ in 1979. The title track reached the R&B Top 10 and became an instant classic. In addition, the album also spawned two massive club hits in the form of PUT YOUR BODY IN IT and YOU CAN GET OVER.WHAT CHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ also featured Stephanie’s reading of PEABO BRYSON’s FEEL THE FIRE which to this day is on heavy rotation on the Quiet Storm radio format in the US.
Odyssey started out as a New York based band, they later gained a lot of success in the UK gaining 5 top ten hits between 1977 and 1982 as well as three top 40 albums. HANG TOGETHER was released in 1980 and reached #38 in the UK, leading the way for further success with later albums. DON’T TELL ME TELL HER was their first single release and reached #44 stateside.