Big Fun ... CD Solar/Right Stuff (UK), 1979. Used ...
A definite bit of Big Fun from Shalamar – totally tight and very much at the top of their game – making the transition from disco modes to leaner 80s groove, thanks to lots of great production and songwriting help from Leon Sylvers! Sylvers was really emerging as one of the key forces on Solar Records at the time – and he does a great job here of shaping the trio's strong vocals – which includes work by Howard Hewett and Jody Watley – both of whom are right at home on the album's groovers. Titles include their classic "The Second Time Around", plus "Girl", "The Right Time For Us", "Right In The Socket", and "Take Me to The River". CD
The classic first album by Shalamar – that legendary trio that featured a young Jody Watley – all working under the leadership of Soul Train maestro Don Cornelius! Given Don's experience with the growth of 70s soul on his TV show, he's a perfect fit to give the younger singers guidance here – working them through initial modes that are a bit disco, but which also have some of the funkier west coast touches of the Solar Records scene, and a bit of depth that fits the growing strengths of the young singers. The set begins with their classic "Uptown Festival" – a club oriented medley of Motown classics, all strung together in one long track – and other titles include a remake of "Ooh Baby Baby", plus "High On Life", "Beautiful Night", and "You Know". CD
Very catchy work from Shalamar – a trio who were one of the most hit-oriented acts in the Solar Records stable – but who really hit their crossover heights on this mid 80s set! The group draw heavily on rock and pop modes for the beats and basslines of the set – making that sort of shift that Deniece Williams and some other contemporaries were hitting at the time – maybe inspired a bit by the success of Thriller, or just following their own muse in search of a way to update their sound! Titles include "Amnesia", "Dancing In The Sheets", "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills", "Melody (An Erotic Affair)", "My Girl Loves Me", "Deceiver", and "Whenever You Need Me". CD features bonus tracks – "Dancing In The Streets (12" Jellybean rmx)", "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills (12" special mix)", "My Girl Loves Me (12" ext rmx)", "Amnesia (12" edit)", and "Dancing In The Sheets (inst)". CD
(Part of the Solar Records Original Master Colleciton series!)
A masterpiece of 80s groove – a totally sweet blend of overlooked treasures and classic numbers from the left side of the clubs – all wrapped up together as a mighty nice blend! The set digs a lot deeper than some of the earlier Masterpiece volumes – it has to, given the length of the much-loved series – and because of that, it's plenty fresh to our ears – with some great cuts we haven't heard in a long time – and a few others that are totally new this time around! Titles include "Over & Over" by Shalamar, "Knees" by Howard Johnson, "And You Know That" by The Jammers, "She's Mine" by CJ Anthony, "Rumors" by Kashif, "I'm So Crazy Bout You" by Starpoint, "Love Never Looked Better" by Trilark, "You're The Only One I Love" by Gnenn Jones, "Can't Break Loose" by Orlando Johnson & Trance, "Can't Let Love Pass Us By" by Cashflow, "Good Time" by Ago, "I Can't Help Myself" by Finesse, and "Don't Go" by Con Funk Shun. CD
A very full set of dancefloor tracks from the legendary LA Solar label! The imprint was responsible for some of the biggest uptempo pop soul hits of its generation, and this set includes a pretty darn good batch of them – bringing together 25 cuts in a very nice-looking 2CD package! Tracks include "A Night To Remember (US Extended Remix)" by Shalmar, "And The Beat Goes On" by The Whispers, "I Gotta Keep Dancin (Keep Smilin)" by Carrie Lucas, "Soul Train '75" by Soul Train Gang, "Does That Ring A Bell" by Dynasty, "It's All The Way Live" by Lakeside, "In The Raw" by The Whispers, "Groove Control" by Dynasty, "Take It To The Top" by The Sylvers, "Operator" by Midnight Star, "I Don't Want To Be A Freak" by Dynasty, "There It Is" by Shalamar, and "Midas Touch" by Midnight Star. CD
The debut album from Jody Watley – an instant hit that became one of the biggest soul albums of the mid 80s! Jody stepped out from soul group Shalamar to work with producer Andre Cymone on a this set of tracks that set the blueprint for slick soul at the time – still very much in the bass and keys mode of Shalamar and other chart-topping acts of a few years back, but with more space for strong vocals in the lead. Titles include "Looking For A New Love", "Still A Thrill", "Some Kind Of Lover", "For The Girls", "Love Injection", "Do It To The Beat", "Don't You Want Me", "Most Of All", and "Learn To Say No", a duet with George Michael. LP, Vinyl record album