December 29, 2009

MAXI ANDERSON – “Glory glory” (1977)

Maxi Anderson is one of my all-time favorite session singers. She recorded one and only self-titled solo LP on Blue Note Records in 1977. The track I’ve chosen is co-written by the great Skip Scarborough (who also wrote the classic “Lover to lover” included on the same LP). Produced by the famous brothers Gene & Billy Page. Pure class!!!

I wish you all a happy new decade.

Download file below (320 kbps)Total time 4:14

December 24, 2009

PAULINHO DA COSTA – “You can love me” (1991)

Brazilian percussionist Paulinho Da Costa is definitely the most recorded musician of modern times. He has participated in thousands of recording sessions including 4 solo projects.

Here is a joyous mellow track featuring Darryl Phinnessee and Myrian Rios on lead vocals taken from Paulinho’s 4th solo LP “Breakdown” released on A&M Records in 1991.

Download file below (320 kbps)Total time 3:44

December 20, 2009

SYREETA WRIGHT – “There’s nothing like a woman in love” (1981)

Sweet and sexy. A song of unique quality that flows like fine vintage wine. Taken from her excellent LP “Set my love in motion” released on Tamla/Motown Records in 1981.

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December 15, 2009

WILLIAM ROBINSON – “Prime time” (1983)

Born blind William Robinson scores here with a majestic soulful gem which came out only as a 12” single on CBS' subsidiary label Coast To Coast in 1983. He became the lead singer for the group B.T. Express, in 1980, and shifted into music production around 1997.

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December 10, 2009

RENA SCOTT – “Touch the love in your heart” (1979)

Impeccable production from James Mtume & Reggie Lucas. Also flawless backing vocals by Tawatha Agee, Gwen Guthrie and Brenda White. Taken from her classic debut LP “Come on inside” released on Buddah Records in 1979.

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BURT BACHARACH – “Sexual me, sexual you” (1999)

This is a dreamy soulful instrumental from Burt Bacharach - one of the greatest composers of all time. Taken from the wonderful film soundtrack “Isn’t she great” released on Decca Records in 1999.

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December 05, 2009

DAVID PEASTON – “Keshia is Rudy" (1987)

David Peaston performs a Jazzy-Soul gem dedicated to beautiful actress Keisha Knight Pulliam who portrayed little Rudy Huxtable in the legendary TV sitcom “The Cosby Show” in the ‘80s. Dave Valentin is featured on the flute. Written, arranged and produced by Stu Gardner.

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December 01, 2009

GAMES UNLIMITED – “Seduction” (1999)

Every erotic move is dictated by Nubiana as she takes you on a sensuous voyage of erotic discovery. Written & produced by the great Jazz pianist Dennis Bell. Released on independent label Guava Jamm Entertainment in 1999.

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November 26, 2009

DONNY GERRARD – “He’s always somewhere around” (1976)

Donny Gerrard started his career as the lead singer of the Vancouver-based Pop group Skylark. Here’s a wonderful Soul stepper written by Tom Brock. Taken from his self-titled debut LP released on Greedy Records in 1976.

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November 21, 2009

NATALIE COLE – “I wanna be that woman” (1988)

Here’s an amazing mid-tempo released only as a B-side on 12” single in 1988. Written & produced by Reggie Calloway. Natalie’s voice glows wonderfully throughout this rare groove.

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November 16, 2009

JON LUCIEN – “Sweet control” (1991)

Killer Soul stepper from the late Jon Lucien. His singing captures the essence of romance with his rich and expressive voice. Note that this exceptional composition is co-written by Dianne Quander, Jeff Lorber and Stephanie Spruill. Taken from his album “Listen love” released on PolyGram Records in 1991.

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November 11, 2009

ANNE MARIE – “Love is amour in French” (1977)

Here’s an obscure Sexy mid-tempo Disco gem, at times sleazy, with vocals in English and French. Taken from her self-titled LP released on Wow Records in 1977 only in Canada.

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November 06, 2009

BRECKER BROTHERS feat. Will Lee – “What can a miracle do” (1976)

Bassist Will Lee sings a wonderful mellow track co-written by Luther Vandross. Taken from Brecker Brothers’ LP “Back to back” released on Arista Records in 1976. Note that this song was also recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1983.

Download file below (320 kbps)Total time 4:17

GEORGE HATZINASIOS feat. Mando – “Zise ti zoi” (1984)

Well, this is one of the very few soulful moments of contemporary Greek music. Composer & arranger George Hatzinasios teams up with Mando – one of the finest female vocalists in Greece - and create a smooth sound which is warm and subtle! To be honest that was a tough choice for my Blog, but believe me, it’s really worth posting. Looking forward to your comments. Enjoy!

Download file below (320 kbps)Total time 3:45

November 02, 2009

FATS GAINES BAND presents ZORINA – “For your love” (1977)

Carol Zorina London is the full name of the songstress who performs this delightful orchestrated mid-tempo. Although it was originally recorded in 1977, it was included in Fats Gaines’ 1983 LP on Avamar Records.

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October 28, 2009

RAY GOODMAN & BROWN – “Baby, let’s make love tonight” (1986)

Sweet silky harmony Soul from the group who were earlier known as The Moments. Here’s a sexy “Quiet Storm” nugget taken from their LP “Take it to the limit” released on EMI Records in 1986.

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October 23, 2009

ROSE ROYCE – “Lonely road” (1986)

Smooth sax-laden Modern Soul mid-tempo from the legendary band of Rose Royce. Lead vocals by Ricci Benson while Grover Washington Jr. shines with his sax throughout the track. Taken from their LP “Fresh cut” released on Omni Records in 1986.

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October 18, 2009

CARRIE LUCAS – “Still in love” (1982)

Here’s a delightful melody co-written by the very talented Brazilian Jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo. Taken from her LP “Still in love” released on Solar Records in 1982.

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October 13, 2009

REGGIE CALLOWAY – “Bring back the love” (2000)

Smooth laidback quality from the founder of the legendary Soul-Funk group MIDNIGHT STAR. Taken from his first solo LP “Walking through raindrops” released on Expansion Records in 2000 in UK. Note that this album reissued this year on Spiral Galaxy Records in USA.

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October 08, 2009

SUZANA – “Eu fico louca” (1979)

One of my favorite Sexy Brazilian grooves - very hard to find on original vinyl record. Simply one of the most neglected gems of the unforgettable Brazilian Disco years of the late ‘70s. Taken from her LP “Estou pegando fogo” released on CBS Records in 1979 only in Brazil.

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October 03, 2009

WARREN BURRIS - “I want your love” (1988)

Ladies re-light your candles; here comes a sultry ballad that will blow you away. Starts with a great phone intro setting the mood for intimate moments. Taken from his self-titled LP released on Timeless Records in 1988.

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September 29, 2009

SISTER SLEDGE - “I’m a good girl” (1980)

Here is another cool track with the unmistakable sound of CHIC. Once again genius songwriting and production by Nile & Bernard allowing Sister Sledge’s vocals to glide along nicely with all the right soulful touches we love in a CHIC groove!!!

Taken from their LP “Love somebody today” released on Cotillion Records in 1980. Enjoy the sound of emotional elegance.

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September 24, 2009

SPLENDOR feat. Sascha Meeks - “Splendorland” (1979)

One of the finest Soul steppers oozing pure brilliance. It also features a superb flute solo by Jerome Richardson along with a sublime sax solo by Don Myrick (of Phoenix Horns).

Splendorous music co-produced by Philip Bailey, Tommy Vicari and Robertt Nunn (aka Bobby Nunn) who also wrote this classic gem. Taken from their only self-titled LP released on Columbia Records in 1979.

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September 19, 2009

CAROLYNE BERNIER - “Hold me, touch me” (1978)

Canadian songstress Carolyne Bernier hooked up with producer Tony Green (best known for his work with France Joli) and recorded this engaging sexy Disco nugget in Montreal. Taken from her self-titled LP released on Private Stock Records in 1978.

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September 14, 2009

SHALAMAR - “High on life” (1977)

Well, forget all about Shalamar’s Disco hits. Here is a fantastic mellow gem taken from their debut LP “Uptown festival” released on Soul Train Records in 1977. Exceptional string arrangement by the great Gene Page. Pure class!!!

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September 09, 2009

AMII OZAKI - “You and me” (1985)

Japanese Soul has always fascinated me. Here’s another example of smooth sophistication from Amii Ozaki taken from her CD album “Air kiss” released on Canyon Records in 1985.

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September 04, 2009

JOE McBRIDE with ANALISA RIPKE - “Let’s spend some time together” (1996)

Multi-talented singer/pianist Joe McBride performs a delightful duet with Analisa Ripke taken from his 3d CD album “Keys to your heart” released on Heads Up Records in 1996. Soul Jazz at its very best!!!

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August 30, 2009

MELODY STEWART - “I must say goodbye” (1980)

An obscure Soul stepper graced with a wicked arrangement. Taken from her rare LP “Action satisfaction” released on DJ Productions label in 1980 only in Canada!!!

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August 25, 2009

BRICK - “I want you to know (that I’m in love with you)” - 1981

This is definitely the smoothest track ever released by the legendary Soul-Funk band BRICK. Written and produced by Ray Parker Jr. Strings arrangement by Gene Page. Taken from their LP “Summer heat” released on Bang Records in 1981.

Many thanks to my close friend Souldennis for bringing this mellow gem to my attention.

Download file below (320 kbps)Total time 3:58

August 20, 2009

ARETHA FRANKLIN with LEVI STUBBS - "I wanna make it up to you" (1982)

Here’s a historic collaboration. Aretha Franklin, Levi Stubbs (of Four Tops), Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller and Paul Riser join forces to create the ultimate Soul experience!!! A superb track overflowing with feeling, passion, impeccable musicianship and flawless production. Taken from Aretha’s classic LP “Jump to it” released on Arista Records in 1982, co-produced by Luther Vandross.

Download file below (320 kbps)Total time 6:41

August 15, 2009

BOB & PAULINE WILSON - "Lullabye of love" (1981)

Husband and wife Bob & Pauline Wilson are two of the original members of the great Soul-Jazz group SEAWIND. In 1981 they released one and only LP as a duo entitled “Somebody loves you” on Myrrh Records. Check this excellent mid-tempo in a “West Coast” sound style.

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August 11, 2009

CELIA DELVER - "Tu es libre" (1995)

Summertime…..and Caribbean Zouk music is the perfect choice for this time of the year. Mellow, exotic, stylish: blending European & American sounds into something beyond magic!!! Here’s an “essensual” example by Celia Delver released in 1995. Enjoy.

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August 04, 2009

THE STYLISTICS - "Smooth" (1978)

The title says it all: One of the finest gems from The Stylistics in only 2 minutes and 46 seconds! Especially the saxophone part is extremely tasteful. Taken from their wonderful LP “In fashion” released on Mercury Records in 1978.

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July 24, 2009

ELIANE ELIAS - "Chega de saudade" (1997)

Silky & sexy Bossa Nova – perfect sound for the summertime. Taken from her CD album “The three Americas” released on Blue Note Records in 1997.

This perennial standard was co-written by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes back in 1959 and recorded by Joao Gilberto.

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July 19, 2009

WALTER BEASLEY - "Do you wanna dance" (1998)

Extra smooth ear-candy by sax player / singer Walter Beasley. Taken from his CD album “For your pleasure” released on Shanachie Records in 1998. Note that the original version of this song was released in 1958 by Bobby Freeman as a dance tune!!!

Download file below (320 kbps) Total time 3:37

July 15, 2009

THE THREE DEGREES - "Starlight" (1979)

An irresistible Philly Soul mid-tempo gem surprisingly produced by Giorgio Moroder!!! Taken from their LP “3D” released on Ariola Records in 1979.

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July 10, 2009

R. & J. STONE - "A little late for love" (1977)

Russell & Joanne Stone is a married singing duo all the way from U.K. Here’s a laid-back Soul nugget taken from their LP “R & J” released on RCA Records in 1977.

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July 05, 2009

RAY PARKER JR. & RAYDIO - "Old pro" (1981)

Smooth Soul production along with Ray Parker’s warm vocals creates instant romance!!! Taken from the classic LP “A woman needs love” released on Arista Records in 1981.

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July 01, 2009

TAWATHA AGEE - "Did I dream you" (1987)

When I first heard Tawatha singing lead vocals for MTUME, I was in heaven!!! Everything she has recorded as a lead vocalist or composer is top quality in terms of Soul, Funk and Jazz music ONLY. Here’s a classy Soul ballad taken from her only solo LP “Welcome to my dream” released on Epic Records in 1987 produced by James Mtume.

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June 26, 2009

TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON - "Carousel" (1982 - Previously unreleased)

Michael’s contribution to world music is priceless. He was a great singer, composer, producer, dancer and the list goes down the line. As my tribute to his great legacy, I provide you with an excellent mid-tempo, previously unreleased, recorded back in 1982 !!!!

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June 25, 2009

CHERYL LADD - "Skinnydippin" (1978)

Cheryl Ladd is best known for her role as Kris Munroe in the famous U.S. TV series “Charlie’s Angels” (1977-1981) replacing Farrah Fawcett at the time.

Here’s a wonderful soulful cover version of “Skinnydippin’” (originally recorded by Ramona Brooks in 1977). Personnel include Jay Graydon on guitar, Paulinho Da Costa on percussion and Gene Page on strings arrangement. Taken from her debut self-titled LP released on Capitol Records in 1978.

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June 20, 2009

THE IMPRESSIONS - "Love, love, love" (1981)

Timeless Soulful magic all the way from the Windy City. Eugene Record wrote and co-produced with Carl Davis this sublime track for the legendary group of The Impressions. Taken from their last LP “Fan the fire” released on 20th Century Records in 1981.

Download file below (320 kbps) Total time 3:57

June 15, 2009

LYN ROMAN - "A different kind of sweet" (1987)

Lyn Roman (formerly Linda Griner) has been recording since 1964. Here’s a sexy mellow Soul nugget taken from her LP “Wanted” released on Ichiban Records in 1987. Sensualize in style ………

Download file below (320 kbps)Total time 3:23

June 10, 2009

GENE VAN BUREN - "When is my turn?" (1982)

This is truly an essential Soul stepper written and produced by Gene himself. Sweet backing vocals are provided by prominent session singers Lynn Davis and Porchia Griffin. Taken from his only LP entitled “What’s your pleasure” released on Tamla Records in 1982.

Download file below (320 kbps)Total time 3:31

June 06, 2009

LOVE UNLIMITED - "Never never say goodbye" (1976)

One of the sweetest female Soul groups formed in 1969 by Barry White. The group comprised of Glodean James (Barry’s wife), Linda James and Diane Taylor. Here’s a wonderful track written, arranged and produced by Barry White and taken from their LP “He’s all I’ve got” released on Unlimited Gold Records in 1976.

Download file below (320 kbps)Total time 5:33