Continuing to reissue classic original albums from the Motown catalogue, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present the worldwide reissue debut* of two albums by THELMA HOUSTON and JERRY BUTLER on one CD, an expanded edition with one bonus track. By 1977 when they began recording together, Thelma Houston was enjoying her first wave of across-the-board international success with her now-classic cover of Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes’ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’; a year earlier, established hitmaker Jerry Butler had signed with Motown and released his label debut "Love’s On The Menu” (reissued by SoulMusic Records in 2013 along with his second Motown LP, "Suite For A Single Girl,” SMCR-25086).
"Ride To The Rainbow" is Thelma Houston's eighth studio album. The album was not the commercial success it deserved to be initially because the album's most compelling songs never were released as singles. Lax promotion also played a role in the albums' slow sales upon its original release. The album includes such hidden gems as "Imaginary Paradise", "I Wanna Be Back in Love Again", "Just a Little Piece of You." It also includes a version of The Miracles' "Love Machine" and the Top 40 Pop hit, "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" (in its 12" version different from the previous short version released on the album "Ready to Roll").
or is the second album by , recorded in 1972 and released in 1973. The album includes the single, . This is her first album recorded with Motown Records under the Mowest label. Two versions of the album were issued, a ten track version in the US and a fourteen track version in the UK and Germany. The album was reissued on CD in an expanded edition by Soulmusic Records in 2012.
Expansions SOUL TOGETHERNESS series presents a fantastic tribute to one of soul musics finest composers, the late Skip Scarborough. The talent behind mullti platinum albums, multi million selling singles and Grammy Award winning songs has written or co-written all the songs on this collection sung by a star studded line up of soul superstars.
All 18 recordings here are originals from the mid-70s and early 80s, many released here for the first time ever on CD. The package comes with previously unseen photos of the man himself.
When ex-Impressions leader Jerry Butler joined forces with Philadelphia writer-producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, soul music history was made. There's not a clinker on these two records; that they hit #29 and #41 on the pop charts, respectively, each with a host of pop and R&B hit singles, is testament to their widespread appeal. Jerry, currently the Commissioner of Cook County, has graciously lent copious quotes to Gene Sculatti's notes on our exclusive Collectors' Choice Music release…these two albums belong in every library.
1980 and 1981 release by Thelma Houston on one CD. Breakwater Cat - Suspicious Mind, Down The Backstairs Of My Life, Understand Your Man, Lost And Found, Something We May Never Know, Breakwater Cat, Long Lasting Love, Before There Could Be Me, Gone, What Was That Song. Never Gonna Be Another One - Never Give You Up, Too Many Teardrops, Tears, There's No Runnin Away From Love, Never Gonna Be An Another One, If You Feel It, Don't Make Me Over, Hollywood.
An excellent album of light disco on "I'm Here Again." Versatile ballads ("I Can't Go on Living without Your Love") and a sassy tune ("Triflin") are also included.
is the third album by , released in 1976 on . The album features energetic Disco songs with fierce vocal performances by . Includes the major hit singles, , and the title track, which peaked at #1 on the chart. A newly sung version of was #19 on the charts in December 1994.