"Make It Big" is the second studio album from British pop duo Wham!, released in 1984. It was mostly recorded at Studio Miraval in Southern France to escape the press and enable George Michael to work peacefully and mixed at Good Earth Studios in London and Marcadet Studios in Paris. In comparison to their earlier work, the duo had more control over the album's production, as George Michael became the sole credited producer, a position he would subsequently hold on all future releases until the group split in 1986.
Hubert Laws hits an 80s groove here – but the shift doesn't seem to dampen his soul at all! At some points, the rhythms are a bit more pronounced than before – bouncy and funky at points, with a slight nod to the clubs – yet other points still have that soft, airy finish that made Laws' flute such a big hit earlier in the 70s – mixed here with some nice vocals from Rod McNeill and Eloise Laws too. Most of the album's still instrumental, though – and other players include Bobby Lyle on acoustic piano, Randy Waldman on Fender Rhodes, Nathan East on bass, and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Titles include "Stay With Me", "Morning Star", "Life Cycles", "Gonna Be Happy", "Make It Last", and "Happy Anniversary".
This edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers is an unusual one. The personnel includes Blakey veterans Lee Morgan (returning to the band after some success as a leader), Curtis Fuller, and Victor Sproles, along with John Hicks (who appeared on three other Blakey records) and the tenor saxophonist John Gilmore (of Sun Ra fame) in his only appearance with the band. As was typical of Blakey-led groups, the emphasis is on original material by its members; the one Broadway show tune included, "Faith," is from a long since forgotten I Had a Ball. Morgan's driving blues "'S Make It" is easily the highlight of the session, though Hicks' richly voiced "Waltz for Ruth" and Fuller's Latin-flavored "Little Hughie" also deserve to be better known than they are. It's a shame that this was the only recording by this particular lineup of the Jazz Messengers, as Gilmore's strong blowing complements Morgan very well.
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the veteran Soulster's 1978 album featuring the hit 'One On One'. A veteran composer, vocalist, guitarist, and pianist, Prince Phillip Mitchell's roots are in vintage R&B, although he has achieved semi-cult status in Soul circles. Mitchell sang with both The Premiers and The Checkmates in the early '60s. He wrote hits recorded by Mel & Tim, Millie Jackson, Joe Simon, Archie Bell & The Drells and Candi Staton and Norman Connors; he made his vocal debut on one of Connor's albums His only moderate hit was 'One On One' for Atlantic in 1978, included on this remastered and expanded album, complete with the longer 45 mix of 'One On One' and the track 'What Part Of Heaven Do You Come From' that was released on a Ray Barreto album which he wrote and sang on and features more-or-less the same band that appeared on Make It Good.
This is John Primer at the Teardrops shows, opening the sets for Magic Slim. The band throughout is John, backed by Earl Howell (hello, Earl!) on drums and Slim's brother, Nick Holt (Hey, Nick!) on bass. The live recordings have a great, warm sound,and the performances are superb…
‘Make It Last Forever’ was originally released in 1978 on Red Greg Records. Donna McGhee’s only solo album was produced by Dance legends Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams. To this day, the underground disco classic remains in demand with rare mint copies selling for up to £120 on eBay