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Friday, July 17, 2015

The Jones Girls

Collection of The Jones Girls

The Jones Girls' self-titled debut for Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records yielded the thumpin' million-selling number "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else." The album also boasts several popular radio-aired tracks: the snappy, jazz-flavored "This Feelings Killing Me," the sweet "We're a Melody," the second single "I'm at Your Mercy," and the sweet, shimmering "Who Can I Run To?" The last, the flip side of their gold single, was a 1995 gold hit cover for Xscape, "Off the Hook." In 1998, The Jones Girls was reissued as half of a two-fer with At Peace With Woman.

Album: The Jones Girls (1979)

01. This Feeling's Killing Me
02. You Made Me Love You
03. Show Love Today
04. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody
05. Life Goes On
06. Who Can I Run To
07. Girls Were A Melody
08. I'm At Your Mercy

Album: At Peace With Woman (1980)

01. Children Of The Night
02. Let's Celebrate (Sittin' On Top Of The World)
03. Dance Turned Into A Romance
04. I Close My Eyes
05. At Peace With Woman
06. When I'm Gone
07. I Just Love The Man
08. Back In The Day
09. Eternally

Album: Get As Much Love As You Can (1981)

01. (I Found) That Man of Mine
02. Get as Much Love as You Can
03. Nights Over Egypt
04. Love Don't Ever Say Goodbye
05. ASAP
06. Let's Be Friends First
07. The World Will Sing Our Song
08. You're Breakin' My Heart

Album: On Target (1983)

01. Let's Hit It
02. On Target
03. 2 Win You Back
04. Baby I'm Yours
05. Knockin'
06. I Can Make a Difference
07. What a Fool
08. Curious
09. I'm a Woman Here

Album: Keep It Comin' (1984)

01. Keep It Comin'
02. Won't Let You Take It Back
03. Why You Wanna Do That To Me
04. You Can't Have My Love
05. Better Things To Do
06. Love Is Comin' At 'Cha
07. Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah
08. You Got The (Right Stuff)

Album: Coming Back (1992)

01. Coming Back
02. Where Is Your Love
03. Sweet Ecstasy
04. Tell Me Why
05. Where Is the Love
06. Getting on with My Own Life
07. You Threw Our Love Away
08. Somewhere Alone Tonight
09. Free
10. Merry Go Round

Album: The Best Of The Jones Girls (2000)

01. We're A Melody
02. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
03. This Feeling's Killing Me
04. I'm At Your Mercy
05. Who Can I Run To
06. Children Of The Night
07. Dance Turned Into A Romance
08. I Just Love The Man
09. I Found That Man Of Mine
10. Love Don't Ever Say Goodbye
11. Nights Over Egypt
12. When I'm Gone
13. Keep It Comin'
14. Why You Wanna Do That To Me
15. Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah
16. Do You Get Enough Love (With Shirley Jones)
17. At Peace With Woman


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Lionel Richie

Collection of Lionel Richie

After leaving the Commodores, Lionel Richie became one of the most successful male solo artists of the '80s, arguably eclipsed during his 1981-1987 heyday only by Michael Jackson and Prince. Richie dominated the pop charts during that period with an incredible run of 13 consecutive Top Ten hits, five of them number ones. As his popularity skyrocketed, Richie moved farther away from his R&B origins and concentrated more on adult contemporary balladry, which had been one of his strengths even as part of the Commodores. After 1987, Richie fell silent, taking an extended break from recording and touring before beginning a comeback toward the tail end of the '90s.

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr., was born on June 20, 1949, in Tuskegee, AL, and grew up on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute, where most of his family had worked for two generations prior. While attending college there, Richie joined the Commodores, who went on to become the most successful act on the Motown label during the latter half of the '70s. Richie served as a saxophonist, sometime vocalist, and songwriter, penning ballads like "Easy," "Three Times a Lady," and "Still" (the latter two became the group's only number one pop hits). Although the Commodores maintained a democratic band structure through most of their chart run, things began to change when the '70s became the '80s. In 1980, Richie wrote and produced country-pop singer Kenny Rogers' across-the-board number one smash "Lady," and the following year, Richie's duet with Diana Ross, "Endless Love" (recorded for the Brooke Shields film of the same title), became the most successful single in Motown history, topping the charts for a stunning nine weeks. With the media's attention now focused exclusively on Richie, tensions within the Commodores began to mount, and before the end of 1981, Richie decided to embark on a solo career.

Richie immediately set about recording his solo debut for Motown. Titled simply Lionel Richie, the album was released in late 1982 and was an immediate smash, reaching number three on the pop charts on its way to sales of over four million copies. It spun off three Top Five pop hits, including the first single, "Truly," which became Richie's first solo number one. If Lionel Richie made its creator a star, the follow-up, Can't Slow Down, made him a superstar. Boasting five Top Ten singles, including the number ones "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Hello," Can't Slow Down hit number one, eventually sold over ten million copies, and won the 1984 Grammy for Album of the Year. Such was Richie's stature that he was invited to perform at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, a spectacular stage event that was broadcast worldwide.

In 1985, Richie put his superstar status to work for a greater good, joining Michael Jackson in co-writing the USA for Africa charity single "We Are the World"; the all-star recording helped raise millions of dollars for famine relief. By the end of the year, he was on top of the charts again with "Say You, Say Me," a ballad recorded for the film White Nights but not included on the soundtrack album. The song was slated to be the title track on Richie's upcoming album, but delays in the recording process prevented the record from being released until August 1986, by which time the title was changed to Dancing on the Ceiling (in order to promote Richie's next single release). Three more Top Tens followed "Say You, Say Me," as did "Se La," which became the first of Richie's solo singles not to reach the pop Top Ten. Overall, Dancing on the Ceiling didn't match the success of Can't Slow Down, but it still sold an impressive four million copies, although Richie's reputation for sentimental ballads was beginning to incur a backlash in some quarters.

1987 saw Richie's nine-year streak of writing at least one number one single (a feat matched only by Irving Berlin) come to an end. As a matter of fact, Richie all but disappeared from the music business, simply choosing to take some time off after nearly two decades of recording and performing (or, perhaps, quitting while he was ahead). His silence was broken only in 1992, when Motown released a compilation titled Back to Front; in addition to some of his solo hits and a few Commodores tracks, Back to Front also featured three new songs, including the number one R&B hit "Do It to Me" (which wasn't as successful on the pop charts).

Richie wasn't bitten by the recording bug again until 1996, by which time he'd endured his share of personal loss: his father had passed away, and his marriage to wife Brenda -- the muse behind some of his most successful ballads -- had fallen apart. In approaching his comeback, Richie attempted to update his sound to reflect a decade's worth of developments in urban R&B. The result, Louder Than Words, was a moderate success, reaching the Top 30 and going gold. However, it didn't produce any major hit singles, and Richie's nods to new jack swing and hip-hop were criticized as awkward. 1998's Time found Richie in a more familiar element, relying on his signature sound with only slight musical updates. However, the album flopped, spending only a few weeks in the lower reaches of the charts. Richie's next album, Renaissance, was released to a favorable reception in Europe in late 2000; it was issued in the U.S. in early 2001. Three years later, on the heels of enduring a very public and bitter divorce with his second wife, Diane, Richie released Just for You. The 2006 album Coming Home found him working with an all-star cast of collaborators including Jermaine Dupri, Raphael Saadiq, Sean Garrett, and Dallas Austin. Live in Paris followed in 2007.

Album: Lionel Richie (1982)


01. Serves You Right
02. Wandering Stranger
03. Tell Me
04. My Love
05. Round And Round
06. Truly
07. You Are
08 .You Mean More To Me
09. Just Put Some Love In Your Heart

Album: Can't Slow Down (1983)


01. Can't Slow Down
02. All Night Long
03. Penny Lover
04. Stuck On You
05. Love Will Find a Way
06. The Only One
07. Running With the Night
08. Hello

Album: Dancing On The Ceiling (1986)


01. Dancing On The Ceiling
02. Se La
03. Ballerina Girl
04. Don't Stop
05. Deep River Woman
06. Love Will Conquer All
07. Tonight Will Be Alright
08. Say You, Say Me
09. Night Train (Smooth Alligator)

Album: Back To Front (1992)


01. Do It to Me
02. My Destiny
03. Love, Oh Love
04. All Night Long (All Night)
05. Easy
06. Still
07. Endless Love with Diana Ross
08. Running with the Night
09. Dancin' on the Ceiling
10. Sail On
11. Hello
12. Truly
13. Penny Lover
14. Stuck on You
15. Say You, Say Me
16. Three Times a Lady

Album: Louder Than Words (1996)


1. Piece Of Love
2. Still In Love
3. I Wanna Take You Down
4. Can't Get Over You
5. Change
6. Nothing Else Matters
7. Ordinary Girl
8. Say I Do
9. Paradise
10. Don't Wanna Lose You
11. Lovers At First Sight
12. Climbing

Album: Truly -The Love Songs (1997)


1. My Destiny
2. Endless Love
3. Three Times a Lady
4. Don't Wanna Lose You
5. Hello
6. Sail On
7. Easy
8. Say You, Say Me
9. Do It to Me
10. Penny Lover
11. Truly
12. Still
13. Love Will Conquer All
14. Sweet Love
15. Ballerina Girl
16. Still in Love
17. Oh No
18. Just to Be Close to You
19. Stuck on You

Album: Time (1998)


01. Zoomin'
02. I Hear Your Voice
03. Touch
04. Forever
05. Everytime
06. Time
07. To the Rhythm
08. Stay
09. That's the Way I Feel
10. Closest Thing to Heaven
11. Someday
12. Lady

Album: Renaissance (2001)


01. Angel
02. Cinderella
03. Tender Heart
04. Dance the Night Away
05. Tonight
06. How Long
07. Don't You Ever Go Away
08. Wasted Time
09. Piece of My Heart
10. It May Be the Water
11. Here Is My Heart
12. Don't Stop the Music
13. Angel (remix)

Album: Encore (2002)


01. Hello
02. Running With The Night
03. Penny Lover
04. Easy
05. Dancing On The Ceiling
06. Stuck On You
07. Brick House
08. Three Times A Lady
09. All Night Long
10. Say You, Say Me
11. Angel
12. Still
13. Goodbye
14. To Love A Woman

Album: The Definitive Collection (2003)


01. Hello
02. Just To Be Close To You
03. Easy
04. Running With The Night
05. Three Times A Lady
06. Still
07. All Night Long (All Night)
08. Endless Love
09. Truly
10. Penny Lover
11. You Are
12. Sail On
13. Stuck On You
14. Say You, Say Me
15. Dancing On The Ceiling
16. Do It To Me
17. Ballerina Girl
18. Angel
19. To Love A Woman
20. Goodbye
21. Zoom (Unreleased)
22. Oh No
23. Can't Slow Down (Early Work)
24. Lady
25. Brick House

Album: Just For You (2004)


01. Just For You
02. I Still Believe
03. Just To Be With You Again
04. Shes Amazing
05. Ball And Chain
06. The World Is A Party
07. Time Of Our Life
08. Outrageous
09. Road To Heaven
10. Dance For The World
11. Do Ya
12. In My Dreams
13. One World

Album: Coming Home (2004)


01. I Call It Love
02. Sweet Vacation
03. Why
04. What You Are
05. Up All Night
06. I'm Coming Home
07. All Around The World
08. Out Of My Head
09. Reason To Believe
10. Stand Down
11. I Love You
12. I Apologize
13. I'm Missing Her

Album: Just Go (2009)


01. Forever
02. Just Go
03. Nothing Left To Give
04. Forever And A Day
05. I'm Not Okay
06. Good Morning
07. Through My Eyes
08. I'm In Love
09. Think Of You
10. Into You Deep
11. Pastime
12. Face In The Crowd
13. Somewhere In London
14. Eternity

Album: Tuskegee (2012)


01. You Are
02. Say You, Say Me
03. Stuck On You
04. Deep River Woman
05. My Love
06. Dancing On The Ceiling
07. Hello
08. Sail On
09. Endless Love
10. Just For You
11. Lady
12. Easy
13. All Night Long
14. Angel


Saturday, May 9, 2015


Collection of L.T.D.

Long-running funk outfit L.T.D. -- Love, Togetherness and Devotion -- was formed in Greensboro, NC in 1968 by keyboardist Jimmie "J.D." Davis and bassist Abraham "Onion" Miller, both former backing musicians for the great Sam and Dave. Upon relocating to New York City, the twosome recruited guitarist Johnny McGhee, horn player Carle Vickers, saxophonists Arthur "Lorenzo" Carnegie, Toby Wynn and Abraham Miller, and trombonist Jake Riley, Jr. Vocalist/drummer Jeffrey Osborne also signed on before the group settled in Los Angeles, where Osborne's brother, keyboardist Billy Osborne joined the lineup as well. L.T.D. signed with the A&M label to issue their 1974 debut Love, Togetherness and Devotion. On their third LP, 1976's Love to the World, the group scored their first Top 20 pop hit, "Love Ballad." The follow-up, 1977's Something to Love, included the Top Five smash "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again," and four years later L.T.D. returned to the Top 40 once again with "Shine On." However, Osborne then exited to pursue a solo career, and despite the additions of vocalists Leslie Wilson and Andre Ray, the band's commercial fortunes dimmed. In the wake of 1981's Love Magic, L.T.D. disbanded, but during the early '90s McGhee reformed the group, with 1999's Marry You featuring vocalists Greg Henneghan, Nakeisha Turner and Ronnie Henson, bassist Terry Gamble, keyboardist Ryan Cooper, drummer Jay Nichols and percussionist Mamadi Nyasuma. Allmusic by Jason Ankeny

Album: Love, Togetherness & Devotion (1974)

01. To The Bone
02. Elegant Love
03. Not On Your Life
04. Gestures Unfulfilled
05. What Goes Around
06. Success
07. Thank You Mother
08. How Could You Be So Cold
09. Watcha Wanna Do
10. I Told You I'd Be Back
11. Lucky Day

Album: Gittin' Down (1975)

01. Don't Lose Your Cool
02. Groove For A Little While
03. Your Love Is The Answer
04. Eldorado Joe
05. Tryin' To Find A Way
06. Ain't No Way
07. It's You
08. Look In My Eyes
09. Churn Baby Churn
10. Sweet Thang
11. You Can Be Free

Album: Love To The World (1976)

01. Love To The World
02. Time For Pleasure
03. Love Ballad
04. Get Your It Together
05. Let The Music Keep Playing
06. The Word
07. Love To The World

Album: Something To Love (1977)

01. Age Of The Showdown
02. (Won't Cha) Stay With Me
03. (Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again
04. You Come First At Last
05. We Party Hearty
06. If You're In Need
07. Never Get Enough Of Your Love
08. Make Someone Smile, Today!
09. Material Things

Album: Togetherness (1978)

01. Holding On
02. We Both Deserve Each Other's Love
03. Jam
04. You Must Have Known I Needed Love
05. Don't Stop Loving Me Now
06. It's Time To Be Real
07. Concentrate On You
08. You Fooled Me
09. Together Forever
10. Let's All Live and Give Together

Album: Devotion (1979)

01. One On One
02. Share My Love
03. Stand Up
04. Say That You'll Be Mine
05. Danc 'N' Sing 'N'
06. Sometimes
07. Promise You'll Stay
08. Stranger
09. Feel It

Album: Shine On (1980)

01. You Gave Me Love
02. Where Did We Go Wrong
03. Getaway
04. Will Love Grow
05. Love Is What You Need
06. Shine On
07. Lovers Everywhere
08. Lady Love
09. Don't Cha Know

Album: Love Magic (1981)

01. Kickin' Back
02. Burnin' Hot
03. Cuttin' It Up
04. Stay On The One
05. Love Magic
06. April Love
07. It Must End
08. Now

Album: For You (1983)

01. For You
02. Stop On By
03. Is It Over
04. Steppin' Out
05. Slick
06. Caught In The Middle Of Goodbye
07. Watcha Gonna Do
08. Party With You All Night

Album: Greatest Hits (1996)

01. Where Did We Go Wrong
02. (Won't Cha) Stay With Me
03. Share My Love
04. Love Ballad
05. Stranger
06. Make Someone Smile, Today!
07. (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again
08. Dance N' Sing N'
09. Kickin' Back
10. We Party Hearty
11. Love To The World
12. Holding On (When Love Is Gone)
13. Lady Love
14. Shine On
15. April Love

Album: The Millennium Collection The Best of L.T.D. (2000)

01. We Party Hearty
02. Love Ballad
03. Back In Love Again, (Every Time I Turn Around)
04. Never Get Enough Of Your Love
05. Holding On (When Love Is Gone)
06. We Both Deserve Each Other's Love
07. Dance 'N' Sing 'N'
08. Stranger
09. Where Did We Go Wrong
10. Shine On
11. Kickin' Back
12. April Love


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Morris Day and The Time

Collection of Morris Day and The Time

From their origins as Prince's first pet project to their self-produced funk-rock oeuvre, the Time has been a fascinating and outrageous congregation. Vocalist Morris Day infused his cocky, swaggering personality into dance hits that would make Rufus Thomas envious, and, unlike most of the competition, the band managed to do something unique with Prince's genre-busting innovations. The Time broke up in the late '80s, with Day going on to a somewhat disastrous solo career, Jesse Johnson crafting two dazzling solo albums, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis becoming one of the most successful production teams this side of Gamble & Huff, working with everyone from Full Force and Janet Jackson to the S.O.S. Band and Human League. The group re-formed in 1990 and released the excellent Pandemonium. Allmusic by John Floyd

Album: The Time (1981)

01. Get It Up
02. Girl
03. After Hi School
04. Cool
05. Oh Baby
06. The Stick

Album: What Time Is It? (1982)

01. Wild and Loose
02. 777-9311
03. Onedayi'mgonnabesomebody
04. The Walk
05. Gigolos Get Lonely Too
06. I Don't Wanna Leave You

Album: Ice Cream Castle (1984)

01. Ice Cream Castles
02. My Drawers
03. Chili Sauce
04. Jungle Love
05. If the Kid Can't Make You Come
06. The Bird

Album: The Color of Success (1985)

01. Color of Success
02. The Character
03. The Oak Tree
04. Love Sign
05. Don't Wait for Me
06. Love Addiction

Album: Daydreaming (1987)

01. Daydreaming
02. Yo Love
03. Fishnet
04. Mans Pride
05. Standing on the Line
06. Are You Ready
07. Love Is a Game
08. Moonlite (Passionlite)
09. Sally

Album: Pandemonium (1990)

01. Dreamland
02. Pandemonium
03. Sexy Socialites
04. Jerk Out
05. Yount
06. Blondie
07. Donald Trump
08. Chocolate
09. Cooking Class
10. Skillet
11. It's Your World
12. Sometimes I Get Lonely
13. Data Bank
14. My Summertime Thang
15. Pretty Little Women

Album: Guaranteed (1992)

01. Gimme What'cha Got
02. Circle of Love
03. Deeper
04. My Special
05. Everlasting
06. Guaranteed
07. Angel Don't
08. Changes
09. Meant to Be Together
10. Who's That Girl

Album: The Best Of (1997)

01. Cool
02. Get It Up
03. Girl
04. 777-9311
05. Gigolos Get Lonely Too
06. The Walk
07. Wild And Loose
08. Chili Sauce
09. Jungle Love
10. The Bird
11. The Oak Tree

Album: It's About Time (2004)

01. The Bird
02. Jungle Love
03. Gigolos Get Lonely Too
04. Cool
05. Ice Cream Castles
06. Get It Up 777
07. Girl
08. Fishnet
09. Ain't A Damn Thing Changed
10. In My Ride (Feat. E-40)
11. Two Drink Minimum
12. Last Night

Album: Condensate (2011)

01. O7ven intro
02. Strawberry Lake
03. O7ven Press Conference
04. Condensate
05. #Trendin
06. If I Was Yo Man
07. Role Play
08. Sick
09. Lifestyle
10. Faithful
11. Cadillac
13. One Step
14. Toast To The Party Girl
15. Hey Yo
16. GoHomeToYoMan


Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Collection of Whodini

Coming out of the fertile early-'80s New York rap scene, Whodini were one of the first rap groups to add a straight R&B twist to their music, thus laying the groundwork for the new jack swing movement. The group consisted of rappers Jalil Hutchins and John "Ecstasy" Fletcher, adding legendary DJ Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter, known for being able to scratch records with nearly every part of his body, in 1983. Whodini made its name with good-humored songs like "Magic's Wand" (the first rap song to feature an accompanying video), "The Haunted House of Rock" (a rewrite of "Monster Mash"), and "Freaks Come Out at Night," and their live shows were the first rap concerts to feature official dancers (U.T.F.O. members Doctor Ice and Kangol Kid). Following 1987's Open Sesame, Whodini went on hiatus due to problems with their record company, as well as to concentrate on new families. The group attempted a comeback in 1991 with Bag-a-Trix without much success, despite receiving their due as rap innovators. Five years later, Whodini returned with their sixth album, appropriately titled Six. The album disappeared shortly after its release. Allmusic by Steve Huey

Album: Whodini (1983)

01. The Haunted House Of Rock
02. Nasty Lady
03. Underground
04. It's All In Mr Magic's Wand
05. Magic's Wand
06. Yours For A Night
07. Rap Machine
08. The Haunted House Of Rock (Vocoder Version)

Album: Escape (1984)

01. Five Minutes Of Funk
02. Freaks Come Out At Night
03. Featuring Grandmaster Dee
04. Big Mouth
05. Escape (I Need A Break)
06. Friends
07. Out Of Control
08. We Are Whodini

Album: Back In Black (1986)

01. Funky Beat
02. One Love
03. Growing Up
04. I'm A Ho
05. How Dare You
06. Fugitive
07. Echo Scratch
08. Last Night (I had a Long Talk with Myself)
09. The Good Part
10. The Whodini Mega Mix

Album: Open Sesame (1987)

01. Rock You Again(Again & Again)
02. Be Yourself(Featuring Millie Jackson)
03. Cash Money
04. Hoked On You
05. Early Mother's Day Card
06. Now That Whodini's Inside The Joint
07. Life Is Like A Dance
08. You Brought It On Yourself
09. I'm Def(Jump Back And Kiss Myself)
10. Remember Where You Came From
11. For The Body
12. You Take My Breath Away

Album: Bag A Trix (1991)

01. The Intro
02. Judy
03. Freaks
04. Smilin' Faces Sometimes
05. Bag A Trix
06. Taste Of Love
07. Inside The Joint
08. Lovers Or Friends
09. The Party Don't Start
10. Day To Day
11. Milk My Cow
12. Nite For Jammin'
13. That's Life
14. Bad Case Of Love

Album: Six (1996)

01. Brooklyn(Intro)
02. Runnin' Em
03. Be My Lady
04. Here He Comes(Interlude)
05. Can't Get Enough
06. Keep Running Back
07. If You Want It
08. Turn The Whole World Around(Interlude)
09. Let Me Get Some
10. VIP
11. Still Want More
12. NBA(Interlude)
13. Keep Running Back(Remix)

Album: Funky Beat - The Best Of Whodini (2006)

01. Magic's Wand
02. Haunted House of Rock
03. Five Minutes of Funk
04. Freaks Come Out at Night
05. Big Mouth
06. Escape (I Need a Break)
07. Friends
08. Funky Beat
09. One Love
10. I'm a Ho
11. Be Yourself
12. Rock You Again (Again & Again)
13. Judy
14. Keep Running Back
15. The Whodini Mega Mix


Sunday, March 29, 2015


Collection of Kleeer

Kleeer was a New York-based disco/funk group headed by drummer, arranger, songwriter, and vocalist Woody Cunningham. The group -- fleshed out by vocalist/percussionist Paul Crutchfield, guitarist Richard Lee, and bassist Norman Durham -- formed in 1972 as the backing group for the Choice 4. Two years later, they broke off on their own and changed their name to the Jam Band. For a brief period, the Jam Band backed up Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes for touring purposes and even appeared with the group on the TV program The Midnight Special.

Another change came in 1975, when the Jam Band changed names again to Pipeline. The switch reflected the quartet's decision to become a hard rock band. A number of major labels balked on signing the group, but Columbia picked them up and released a single ("Gypsy Rider") that didn't fare well commercially.

Pipeline was confronted with the bizarre opportunity to become the Universal Robot Band in 1976. Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael, underground disco legends with skills in all departments of record-making, had released a single under that name -- but there really was no proper band. Pipeline decided to become the Universal Robot Band and recorded and toured under that name until 1978. The quartet's desire to become self-sufficient again resulted in their defection.

Re-named Kleeer, Cunningham, Crutchfield, Lee, and Durham became a funk band with dance floor leanings. The first song they cut as Kleeer, "Keeep Your Body Workin'," was liked by Atlantic enough to be included on a compilation. The response from DJs was overwhelmingly positive and resulted in a recording contract. (Ironically, Atlantic had rejected the group when they were Pipeline.) Between 1979 and 1985, the group released seven albums for the label and frequented the R&B charts with a series of minor hits. Three songs cracked the Top 40 -- 1979's "Tonight's the Night (Good Time)" (#33), 1980's "Winners" (#23), and 1981's "Get Tough" (#15). Nine others entered the R&B chart. Despite never becoming major players in the U.S., they were able to cultivate a rabid cult following in the U.K.

Kleeer disappeeered after the 1985 album Seeekret; Atlantic capped off the group's prolific run the following year with Kleeer Winners: The Best of Kleeer. The group re-appeared briefly in the ‘90s; most members remained active session musicians long after the group's dissolution, and Cunningham went on to record into the 2000s as a solo artist. Kleeer's recordings have long since become a source for several rap hits, including 2Pac's "California Love," and DJ Quik's "Tonight."

Album: I Love To Dance (1979)

01. Tonight's The Night (Good Time)
02. Keeep Your Body Workin'
03. Happy Me
04. I Love To Dance
05. It's Magic
06. To Groove You
07. Amour
08. Kleeer Sailin'

Album: Winners (1979)

01. Winners
02. I Still Love You
03. Your Way
04. Close To You
05. Rollin' On
06. Nothin' Said
07. Hunger For Your Love
08. Open Your Mind

Album: License to Dream (1981)

01. De Kleeer Ting
02. Running Back To You
03. Sippin' & Kissin'
04. Hypnotized
05. License to Dream
06. Get Tough
07. Say You Love Me
08. Where Would I Be

Album: Get Ready (1982)

01. Get Ready
02. Pritty Things
03. Slidin' & Glidin'
04. Stonseee
05. She Said She Loves Me
06. Say You'll Stay
07. Your Love Is What I Need

Album: Taste The Music (1982)

01. Taste The Music
02. I've Had Enough
03. De Ting Continues
04. Wall To Wall
05. I Shall Get Over
06. Fella
07. Swann
08. Affirmative Mood

Album: Intimate Connection (1984)

01. Ride It
02. You Did It Again
03. Go For It
04. Intimate Connection
05. Next Time It's For Real
06. Break
07. Tonight
08. Do You Want To

Album: Seeekret (1985)

01. Take Your Heart Away
02. You Got Me Rockin'
03. Lay Ya Down Ez
04. Seeekret
05. Do Not Lie To Me
06. Never Cry Again
07. Call My Name
08. Groove With You

Album: The Very Best Of Kleeer (1998)

01. Tonight's The Night(Good Time)
02. Keeep Your Body Workin'
03. Winners
04. Open Your Mind
05. Get Tough
06. Running Back To You
07. Taste The Music
08. De Ting Continues
09. She Said She Loves Me(single version)
10. Next Time It's For Real(single version)
11. Intimate Connection
12. Tonight
13. Take Your Heart Away(new edit)


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