Johnny Hodges —
Perdido ... LP Norgran, Early 50s. Very Good ...
A stone cooker from Johnny Hodges – just the right kind of small group session to perfectly showcase his amazing sound on the alto sax! The group's a slightly unusual one – and features Arthur Clark on tenor, Harold Baker on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Leroy Lovett on piano, and Louis Bellson on drums – all working with Hodges in a set of longer, more open tracks than some other Verve sides – with a really strong emphasis on solo space, in a way that makes Hodges tone sound even more delightful! Titles include "Blues For Basie", "Rose Room", "Perdido", "Mood Indigo", and "Squatty Roo" – plus a version of "This Love Of Mine", done with a vocal by Al Hibbler! LP, Vinyl record album
(Norgran pressing, with a trumpeter logo and deep groove.)
A stodgy cover, but a great groover – raw instrumental dance soul from sax great King Curtis – recorded for RCA in 1961 – really great, energetic covers of big band numbers and more in a hard grooving R&B mode! Don Covay and others sing on the "Twist" tunes – "Peppermint Twist", "The Arthur Murray Twist" and a couple more – but the instrumentals are pretty incredible, too. Mickey Baker and Billy Butler are on guitar, and the whole group of musicians really cook! Other tracks include "Jersey Bounce", "Honeysuckle Rose", "Stompin' At The Savoy", "The Fly" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Living stereo pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)
Original pressing of "Boogie Down Bronx", one of the first hip hop tracks about The Bronx, and the early electro classic that Newcleus copied the bassline, drums and vocoder sound from on "Jam On It". The production almost sounds as if this could be a mid 80s ArthurBaker cut. 12-inch, Vinyl record
A later bit of Philly disco – recorded at Sigma Sound studios with really soaring production from Tom Moulton – and some surprising help on a number of tracks from a young ArthurBaker! The style here has that Instant Funk sort of groove – a bit more bass at the bottom than earlier Philly disco, and a real penchant for instrumental breakdowns in the Salsoul mode – stepping out nicely on a set of longer tracks that really bubble over with energy! Titles include "Put Yourself In My Place", "Small Circle Of Friends", "I Don't Need No Music", and "Am I Dreaming". This Big Break UK remastered edition has 3 bonus tracks: "Storm Warning", "Put Yourself In My Place (Single Version)" and "Am I Dreaming (Single Version)". CD
The debut of greatness from Will Downing – an album that really sparkled in the late 80s musical galaxy, and which strongly updated an older style of richer soul from the 70s! Will's working here with equal parts influence from jazz and soul – inflected by work from talents that include Brian Jackson, ArthurBaker, Doug Wimbush, and Keith LeBlanc – held together mightily by the legendary Downing vocals! In world where so much mainstream soul seemed adrift, Will brought back the power of older male vocalists with a classic presence – one that didn't succumb to the easy cliches of the mid 80s mainstream, and which really helped raise the bar for generations to come. Titles include a great remake of Denice Williams' "Free", a surprising take on John Coltrane's "Love Supreme", and the tracks "Do You Remember Love", "Do You", "In My Dreams", "So You Wanna Be My Lover", "Security", and "Dancing In The Moonlight". CD
More of an EP than an LP, at least by today's standards. Planet Patrol features 5 musicians, but the real stars here are producers ArthurBaker and John Robie, who give this album a nice electro sound. With the classic early Tommy Boy single "Play At Your Own Risk", plus "Cheap Thrills", "Danger Zone", "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock & Roll)", "Play At Your Own Risk (rmx)", "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" and "Don't Tell Me". LP, Vinyl record album
The big cuts here include Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five's full 12-inch version of "Beat Street Breakdown", Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force's "Frantic Situation", and ArthurBaker's "Breaker's Revenge". LP, Vinyl record album
(In shrinkwrap with a factory sticker.)
New Edition —
Candy Girl ... LP Streetwise/Get On Down, 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
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A poppy record, but a great one too – and a surprisingly enduring pleasure from the Streetwise scene of the 80s! This is the album that started it all – the wave of younger groups that would come into play in 80s soul strongly by the latter half of the decade – New Edition with its now-classic lineup that includes a young Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, and the Bell, Biv, Devoe trio! The album's really the brainchild of producer Maurice Starr, who's also working here with a fair bit of help from Michael Jonzun and a bit of guidance from ArthurBaker – all of whom serve up tunes that are sweet and catchy, and which are almost an 80s update of the sound of the Jackson 5 or Five Stairsteps from a decade before – given a hipper, more streetsoul undercurrent. Titles include "She Gives Me A Bang", "Pass The Beat", "Ooh Baby", "Popcorn Love", "Candy Girl", "Should Never Have Told Me", and "Gimme Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album