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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ce Ce Peniston

Collection of Ce Ce Peniston

Disco diva Ce Ce Peniston seemed poised to become that genre's reigning crossover attraction. She was born in Dayton, OH, but her family moved to Phoenix when she was nine. Peniston was crowned Miss Black Arizona in 1989 and signed with A&M in the early '90s. Her debut, Finally, was a gold album; it peaked at number 36 on the pop charts and even landed a Top Ten pop hit with "Finally" and Top 20 pop single "We Got a Love Thang." After Thought 'Ya Knew in 1994, Peniston issued 1996's I'm Movin' On. Peniston continued to sing into the new millennium and regularly plays shows in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and San Francisco. Not entirely part of the mainstream that brought her success in the early '90s, Peniston's work is remixed and remains a favorite in dance clubs around the world.

Album: Finally (1992)

01. We Got a Love Thang
02. Finally
03. Inside That I Cried
04. Lifeline
05. It Should Have Been You
06. Keep on Walkin'
07. Crazy Love
08. I See Love
09. You Win, I Win, We Lose
10. Virtue

Album: Thought 'Ya Knew (1994)

01. Searchin'
02. I'm in the Mood [East 87th St. Mix]
03. Hit by Love
04. Whatever It Is
05. Forever in My Heart
06. I'm Not over You
07. Any Way You Wanna Go
08. Give What I'm Givin'
09. Through Those Doors
10. Let My Love Surround You
11. Keep Givin' Me Your Love
12. If You Love Me, I Will Love You
13. Maybe It's the Way
14. I Will Be Received
15. I'm In The Mood [Bad Yard Club]

Album: I'm Movin' On (1996)

01. Movin' On
02. Looking For A Love That's Real
03. Sprung On You (Groove Me)
04. Try
05. Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)
06. Somebody Else's Guy
07. If It Should Rain
08. House Party
09. The Last To Know
10. Interlude 1
11. I'm Over You
12. Don't Know What To Do
13. Interlude 2
14. Movin' On (G. Man Slammin' Remix Without Rap)

Album: Essential (1999)

01. Finally [Original 1991 Mix]
02. We Got a Love Thang
03. Keep on Walkin'
04. I'm in the Mood
05. You Win, I Win, We Lose
06. Searchin'
07. I'm Not Over You
08. Hit by Love
09. Keep Givin' Me Your Love
10. Inside That I Cried
11. It Should Have Been You
12. Through These Doors
13. I See Love
14. Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)
15. Give What I'm Givin'
16. Movin' On
17. Crazy Love
18. Somebody Else's Guy

Album: The Best of Ce Ce Peniston (2001)

01. Finally
02. We Got a Love Thang
03. Keep on Walkin'
04. Inside That I Cried
05. Crazy Love
06. I'm in the Mood
07. I'm Not over You
08. Hit by Love
09. Movin' On
10. Before I Lay [You Drive Me Crazy]
11. House Party
12. Finally [12' Version]


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gwen Guthrie

Collection Of Gwen Guthrie

Gwen Guthrie is best known for her number one R&B single "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent," a popular self-written bouncer. A prolific songwriter and a good pianist, she also penned "Supernatural Thing" for Ben E. King and "This Time I'll Be Sweeter" for Martha Reeves, which was later popularized by Angela Bofill and Issac Hayes. In all, Guthrie logged approximately 50 compositions, and many thought Guthrie and songwriting partner Patrick Grant had the potential to become another Ashford & Simpson. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1950, Guthrie started singing in high school with a female quartet called the Ebonettes. (Another one of its members, Brenda White King, pursued music like Guthrie and became an in-demand session singer.) Guthrie sang lead for a group (East Coast) formed by Larry Blackmon (later of Cameo) in New York, but got her big break when she was asked to do a background session for Aretha Franklin, the number one R&B hit "I'm in Love," from 1974. Six months later, Guthrie signed as a staff writer with Bert de Coteaux Productions and co-wrote "Love Don't Go Through No Changes," the first hit for Sister Sledge, and many others with Grant. The collaboration didn't last long, however. Guthrie continued to write with a variety of partners, and supplied backing vocals to many recording sessions. Working with Peter Tosh in the late '70s, Guthrie befriended reggae stars Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, who invited her to Nassau to record vocals for an album they were producing. Hearing her unique voice in the studio, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell inked her to a contract, and the Dunbar/Shakespeare project, assisted by David Conley of Surface, became her first solo release, a self-titled LP. She did score a dancefloor hit with the album's "It Should Have Been You." Her second LP, Portrait, released in 1983, followed a similar formula. Album number three, Good to Go Lover, dropped in 1986, and spawned her chart-topper "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent," plus the torching ballad "You Touched My Life." On Lifeline (1988), Guthrie was more involved in the writing and production. Hot Times was Guthrie's final LP release, hitting the streets in 1990. Like the previous LP, she wrote nearly everything, except for a moving remake of Stephanie Mills' "Never Knew Love Like This Before." GuthrieGuthrie died on February 3, 1999, of uterine cancer in Orange, New Jersey. Allmusic by Andrew Hamilton

Album: Gwen Guthrie (1982)

01. Peek-A-Boo
02. Getting Hot
03. Your Turn To Turn
04. Dance Fever
05. For You (With A Melody Too)
06. It Should Have Been You
07. Is This Love
08. God Don't Like Ugly
09. It Should Have Been You
10. Peek-A-Boo (12'version)

Album: Portrait (1983)

01. Peanut Butter
02. Seventh Heaven
03. You're The One
04. Family Affair
05. Hopscotch
06. Younger Than Me
07. Padlock
08. Oh What A Life
09. Peanut Butter [Special Mix By Larry Levan]
10. Hopscotch [Larry Levan Remix Instrumental]
11. Padlock [Special Mix By Larry Levan]

Album: Just For You (1985)

01. Put Love In Control
02. Love In Moderation
03. Just For You
04. I Gotta Have You
05. Feel It No More
06. Oh Donny, No
07. Joyrider
08. Thrill Me

Album: Good To Go Lover (1986)

01. (They Long To Be) Close To You
02. Outside In The Rain
03. Good To Go Lover
04. You Touched My Life
05. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent
06. I Still Want You
07. Stop Holding Back
08. Passion Eyes

Album: Ticket To Ride (1987)

01. Ticket To Ride
02. Peek A Boo
03. Younger Than Me
04. Oh What A Life
05. It Should Have Been You
06. Family Affair
07. Seventh Heaven
08. You're The One

Album: Lifeline (1988)

01. Destiny
02. Bye Bye Lover
03. Rockin' Chair
04. What Would I Do Without You
05. Can't Love You Tonight
06. Send Me Somebody (Why Don't Cha)
07. Once More With Feeling
08. Don't Take Your Love From Me
09. Too Many Fish In The Sea
10. The Surgeon General's Funky 4-4 Mix Featuring ''Gangster B''

Album: Ultimate Collection (1999)

01. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent
02. Padlock
03. Outside In The Rain
04. Peanut Butter
05. It Shoul Have Been You
06. Oh What A Life
07. (They Long To Be) Close To You
08. Seventh Heaven
09. Oh Donny No
10. Is This Love
11. Younger Than Me
12. God Don't Like Ugly
13. Peek A Boo
14. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On (dub mix)

Album: Padlock (2008)

01. Peanut Butter (Prelude)
02. Hopscotch
03. Seventh Heaven
04. Getting Hot
05. Getting Hot (Prelude)
06. Peanut Butter
07. Padlock
08. Hopscotch (Larry Levan Remix Instrumental)
09. Seventh Heaven (Album Mix Of 'Portrait')
10. Padlock (Album Mix Of 'Portrait')
11. Getting Hot (Original 12' Version)
12. Peanut Butter (Original 12' Version)
13. Padlock (Larry Levan Remix - Short Vocal)
14. Hopscotch (Album Mix Of 'Portrait')


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Whispers

Collection of The Whispers

The Whispers are a veteran R&B quintet with an impressive 23-year legacy of R&B hits. Formed in Los Angeles by twins Walter and Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon (who left in 1973), the Whispers turned up on the Dore label in 1964 with "I Was Born When You Kissed Me." In 1969, the quintet climbed the soul charts for the first time with "The Time Has Come" on Soul Clock, and they cracked the R&B Top Ten the next year with "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong." They've remained hitmakers ever since for the labels Janus, Soul Train, and Solar, with smashes like the solid gold chart-topper "And the Beat Goes On" in 1980 and another number one urban contemporary hit, "Rock Steady," in 1987. After being their backbone and selling point since the group's inception, twin lead vocalists Walter and Wallace Scott took time out for solo careers in 1993, but remain with the Whispers.

Album: Love Story (1972)

01. Your Love Is So Good
02. Can't Help But Love You
03. You've Chosen Me
04. There's A Love For Everyone
05. You Fill My Life With Music
06. You're What's Been Missin' From My Life
07. Can't Stop Talkin
08. Hey, Who Really Cares
09. If You
10. A Hopeless Situation
11. Only Meant To Wet My Feet

Album: Life & Breath (1972)

01. Here Comes Tomorrow
02. Somebody Loves You
03. I Love The Way You Make Me Feel
04. Life & Breath
05. Set This Happiness Inside Me Free
06. Can We Love Forever
07. Does She Care
08. Speak Softly Love (The Godfather)
09. Give Me A Little Love
10. My Illusions

Album: Planets of Life (1973)

01. You Must Be Doing All Right
02. Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong
03. Planets of Life
04. They're Gonna Hear from Me
05. A Singer of Songs
06. I Can Remember
07. Needle in a Haystack
08. Creation of Love
09. I'm the One
10. You Made Me So Very Happy

Album: Bingo (1974)

01. A Mother For My Children
02. Someone's Waiting
03. Will You Be Mine
04. Little Red Riding Hood
05. Bingo
06. Once More With Feeling
07. God Gave Me Everything
08. Where There Is Love
09. Don't Take Your Love
10. Broken Home

Album: One For The Money (1976)

01. One For The Money
02. Living Together (In Sin)
03. Put Me In The News
04. You're Only As Good As You Think You Are
05. Sounds Like A Love Song
06. I've Got A Feeling
07. In My Heart

Album: Open Up Your Love (1977)

01. Make It With You
02. Chocolate Girl
03. Love Is A Dream
04. Open Up Your Love
05. I Fell In Love Last Night (At The Disco)
06. You Are Number One
07. You Never Miss Your Water (Til Your Well Runs Dry)
08. I'm Gonna Make You My Wife

Album: Headlights (1978)

01. Headlights
02. (Olivia) Lost And Turned Out
03. (Let¦s Go) All The Way
04. (You¦re A) Special Part Of My Life
05. Planets Of Life
06. Try And Make It Better
07. Disco Medley
08. Children Of Tomorrow

Album: Whisper In Your Ear (1979)

01. Homemade Lovin
02. Jump For Joy
03. If I Don't Get Your Love
04. Whisper In Your Ear
05. Love At Its Best
06. Can't Do Without Love
07. Pretty Lady
08. You'll Never Get Away

Album: The Whispers (1979)

01. Song For Donny
02. My Girl
03. Lady
04. Can You Do The Boogie
05. And The Beat Goes On
06. I Love
07. Out The Box
08. Welcome Into My Dream

Album: Imagination (1980)

01. Imagination
02. It's A Love Thing
03. Say You (Would Love For Me Too)
04. Continental Shuffle
05. I Can Make It Better
06. Girl I Need You
07. Up On Soul Train
08. Fantasy

Album: This Kind Of Lovin (1981)

01. This Kind Of Lovin'
02. World Of A Thousand Dreams
03. I'm The One For You
04. Got To Get Away
05. I'm Gonna Love You More
06. Can't Stop Loving You Baby
07. What Will I Do
08. The Bright Lights And You Girl

Album: Love Is Where You Find It (1981)

01. In the Raw
02. Turn Me Out
03. Cruisin' In
04. Emergency
05. Say Yes
06. Love Is Where You Find It
07. Only You
08. Small Talkin'

Album: Love For Love (1983)

01. Tonight
02. Keep on Lovin' Me
03. Love For Love
04. This Time
05. Had It Not Been For You
06. Try It Again
07. Do They Turn You on
08. Keep Your Love Around
09. Lay It on Me

Album: So Good (1984)

01. Some Kinda Lover
02. Contagious
03. Sweet Sensation
04. On Impact
05. Suddenly
06. Don't Keep Me Waiting
07. Are You Going My Way
08. Never Too Late
09. So Good
10. Some Kinda Lover (Radio Version)

Album: Just Gets Better With Time (1987)

01. I Want You
02. Special FX
03. Rock Steady
04. No Pain, No Gain
05. In The Mood
06. Just Gets Better With Time
07. Love's Calling
08. Give It To Me
09. And The Beat Goes On (Extended Version)

Album: More Of The Night (1990)

01. More Of The Night
02. My Heart Your Heart
03. Mind Blowing
04. Don't Be Late For Love
05. You Are The One
06. Is It Good To You
07. Innocent
08. Girl Don't Make Me Wait
09. Misunderstanding
10. Forever Lover
11. Babes
12. I Want 2B The 1 4U
13. Help Them See The Light
14. Innocent (Heat Of The Heat Edit)

Album: Toast To The Ladies (1995)

01. Make Sweet Love To Me
02. Every Little Thing You Do
03. Heaven
04. Crowd Of 1
05. Whisperin
06. Come On Home
07. Better Watch Your Heart
08. Toast To The Ladies
09. You're Driving Me Crazy
10. Pissed Off (Baby Come Back)
11. You're So Good To Me
12. My Funny Valentine

Album: 30th Anniversary Anthology (1999)


01. Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong
02. There's A Love For Everyone
03. Can't Help But Love You
04. I Only Meant To Wet My Feet
05. Somebody Loves You
06. A Mother For My Children
07. Bingo
08. One For The Money
09. Living Together (In Sin)
10. Make It With You
11. (Let's Go) All The Way
12. (Olivia) Lost And Turned Out
13. Can't Do Without My Love
14. A Song For Donny
15. And The Beat Goes On
16. Lady
17. My Girl
18. It's A Love Thing


01. I'm The One For You
02. I Can Mke It Better
03. This Kind Of Lovin'
04. In The Raw
05. Emergency
06. Tonight
07. Keep On Loving Me
08. Contagious
09. Some Kinda Lover
10. Rock Steady
11. Just Gets Better With Time
12. In The Mood
13. No Pain No Gain
14. Say Yes
15. Special FX

Album: It's A Love Thing (2006)

01. It's A Love Thing
02. And The Beat Goes On
03. One For The Money
04. My Girl
05. Contagious
06. Some Kinda Lover
07. I Can Make It Better
08. (Let's Go) All The Way
09. (Olivia) Lost And Turned Out
10. This Kind Of Loving
11. In The Raw
12. Tonight
13. Keep On Lovin' Me
14. Rock Steady
15. Special FX
16. Lady

Album: Live From Las Vegas(2007)

01. Intro -The Mighty Whispers' Band
02. It's A Love Thing
03. All The Way - In The Raw (Medley)
04. Chocolate Girl
05. I Only Meant To Wet My Feet
06. Olivia
07. Butta
08. And The Beat Goes On
09. Welcome Into My Dream
10. Are You Going My Way - Lady (Medley)
11. A Song For Donny
12. Theme - Introductions
13. Keep On Loving Me
14. In The Mood
15. My Heart, Your Heart
16. It Just Gets Better With Time
17. Say Yes
18. Rock Steady

Album: Thankful (2009)

01. Walk With Me
02. Did You Know
03. Praise His Holy Name
04. One More Chance
05. For Thou Art With Me
06. Who Could It Be
07. We Need You
08. This Is How I Feel
09. In The Name Of Jesus
10. Living Without You


Saturday, March 2, 2013


Collection of Maze

Combining a Philadelphia soul sound with a strong appreciation of Marvin Gaye, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was among the top R&B acts of the late '70s and '80s. The distinctive Maze and its charismatic lead singer, founder, producer, and songwriter Beverly didn't have many pop hits, but they were extremely popular among soul and urban contemporary audiences and enjoyed at least six or seven gold albums. Beverly was born Howard Beverly in Philadelphia, PA, on December 6, 1946; he started calling himself Frankie after hearing Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (a major doo wop group) when he was only nine years old in 1956. Before that, Beverly had been singing gospel in church, and it was Lymon who made him realize that he wanted to perform secular music. That isn't to say that Beverly's appreciation of gospel ever went away; the gospel influence remained when he was in his forties and fifties, but secular R&B would be his main focus. When Beverly was 12, he joined the Philly doo wop group the Silhouettes (who were known for their hit "Get a Job") and went on tour with them in 1959. Then, in the early '60s, he founded and led a short-lived doo wop/soul vocal group called the Blenders. After the Blenders' breakup, a 17-year-old Beverly founded another vocal group in 1963: the Butlers, who favored a Northern soul approach. The Butlers never became well-known nationally, although they did provide a few singles (including "The Sun's Message" and "She Tried to Kiss Me") and recorded for small, Philly based labels like Fairmount, Liberty Bell, and Guyden. The Butlers also recorded for Gamble Records, a small label that was named after producer/songwriter Kenny Gamble (who went on to co-own a huge R&B empire when he ran Philadelphia International Records with fellow Philadelphian Leon Huff in the '70s). It was in 1970 that Beverly founded the band that eventually came to be known as Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly. Originally, Maze went by Raw Soul; using that name, it recorded three singles for Philly's small Gregar label in the early '70s (one of which was a cover of bluesman Taj Mahal's "Today May Not Be Your Day"). Although Beverly was born and raised in Philly, he has been quoted as saying that he never thought of himself as part of the Philly sound, and while his band does have Philly influences, it didn't fit into either the Gamble & Huff/Philadelphia International school of Philly soul or the Thom Bell/Linda Creed school (which the Delfonics, the Moments, and the Stylistics were a part of). Further, Raw Soul's sound owed as much to Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers as it did to any of the soulsters who came out of Philly in the '60s or '70s.

Feeling out of place in his home town, Beverly moved Raw Soul to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1971. Raw Soul had been playing the San Francisco/Oakland scene for several years when Beverly's idol, Marvin Gaye, became aware of the band. Quite impressed by Beverly's singing and songwriting, Gaye sang Raw Soul's praises to Capitol and helped them land a deal with that major label in 1976. One thing Gaye didn't like about Beverly's band was the name Raw Soul. The late soul giant insisted on a name change and after considering a few other names (including Karma and Charisma), Raw Soul officially became Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly in 1976. (The name Karma wouldn't have worked because an obscure, L.A.-based funk/jazz outfit called Karma was recording for A&M around 1976-1977).

Maze's self-titled debut album was released by Capitol in 1977; that album (which contains the hits "Happy Feelin's," "While I'm Alone," and "Lady of Magic") went gold and earned Maze an extremely devoted following. The band's 1977 lineup consisted of Beverly on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Wayne Thomas on lead guitar, Sam Porter on keyboards, Ronald "Roame" Loary and McKinley "Bug" Williams on percussion and background vocals, and Joe Provost on drums. In 1978, Provost was replaced by Ahaguna G. Sun, formerly of a little-known soul/funk group called Sunbear; subsequently, Sun was replaced by Billy "Shoes" Johnson. There were other personnel changes along the way; keyboardist Phillip Woo (formerly of Roy Ayers' band Ubiquity) joined Maze in 1980, and Ron Smith was the guitarist who replaced Thomas. But regardless of who was coming or going, Maze always reflected Beverly's vision -- Beverly was to Maze what George Clinton was to Parliament/Funkadelic. 1978 saw the release of Maze's second album, Golden Time of Day, which contains the number-nine R&B hit "Workin' Together." Golden Time of Day went gold, as did 1979's Inspiration and 1980's Joy and Pain (the album that gave us the major hit "Southern Girl"). In the late '70s, Maze earned a reputation for having one of the best live shows in R&B and their first live album, Live in New Orleans (a two-LP set), came out in 1981. Another live double-LP, Live in Los Angeles, was released in 1986, which was the year after Maze's funky "Back in Stride" reached number one on Billboard's R&B singles chart and became their biggest hit ever.

In 1989, Maze left Capitol for Warner Bros. and recorded Silky Soul; the title track, an ode to Marvin Gaye, was a major hit. By that time, Maze was receiving a lot of attention from the rap world -- their recordings were being sampled extensively by hip-hoppers. In 1988, rapper Rob Base used the chorus of Maze's "Joy and Pain" on a single that had the same title -- unfortunately, Base did so without permission and Beverly threatened legal action. Maze didn't enjoy many hits in the '90s, although their live shows continued to be well-received by a very devoted fan base. Allmusic by Alex Henderson

Album: Maze (1977)

01. Time Is on My Side
02. Happy Feelin's
03. Color Blind
04. Lady of Magic
05. While I'm Alone
06. You
07. Look at California

Album: Golden Time of Day (1978)

01. Travelin' Man
02. Song for My Mother
03. You're Not the Same
04. Workin' Together
05. Golden Time of Day
06. I Wish You Well
07. I Need You

Album: Inspiration (1979)

01. Lovely Inspiration
02. Feel That You're Feelin'
03. Call on Me
04. Timin'
05. Welcome Home
06. Woman Is a Wonder
07. Ain't It Strange
08.Lovely Inspiration [Instrumental Version]

Album: Joy and Pain (1980)

01. Changing Times
02. The Look in Your Eyes
03. Family
04. Roots [Instrumental]
05. Joy and Pain
06. Southern Girl
07. Happiness

Album: Live in New Orleans (1981)

01. Changing Times
02. Joy and Pain
03. Southern Girl
04. Look at California
05. Feel That You're Feelin'
06. The Look in Your Eyes
07. Running Away
08. Before I Let Go
09. We Need Love to Live
10. Reason

Album: We Are One (1983)

01. Love Is the Key
02. Right on Time
03. Your Own Kind of Way
04. I Wanna Thank You
05. We Are One
06. Never Let You Down
07. I Love You Too Much
08. Metropolis

Album: Can't Stop the Love (1985)

01. Back in Stride
02. Can't Stop the Love
03. Reachin' Down Inside
04. Too Many Games
05. I Want to Feel I'm Wanted
06. Magic
07. A Place in My Heart
08. Twilight

Album: Live in Los Angeles (1986)

01. Running Away
02. Too Many Games
03. I Wanna Thank You
04. You
05. Happy Feelings
06. Feel That You're Feelin'
07. I Want To Feel I'm Wanted
08. We Are One
09. Back In Stride
10. Freedom South Africa
11. I Wanna Be With You
12. Dees Song
13. When You Love Someone

Album: Silky Soul (1989)

01. Silky Soul
02. Can't Get Over You
03. Just Us
04. Somebody Else's Arms
05. Midnight
06. Love's on the Run
07. Change Our Ways
08. Songs of Love
09. Mandela
10. Africa

Album: Back to Basics (1993)

01. Nobody Knows What You Feel Inside
02. Love Is
03. The Morning After
04. Laid Back Girl
05. What Goes Up
06. In Time
07. All Night Love
08. Don't Wanna Lose Your Love
09. Twilight

Album: Greatest Slow Jams (1998)

01. Happy Feelin's
02. I Wish You Well
03. Lovely Inspiration
04. Happiness
05. Family
06. Reason
07. We Are One
08. I Wanna Thank You
09. I Love You Too Much
10. Your Own Kind of Way
11. Reachin' Down Inside
12. A Place in My Heart
13. When You Love Someone

Album: Anthology (1996)


01. While I'm Alone
02. Lady Of Magic
03. Workin' Together
04. Golden Time Of Day
05. Feel That You're Feelin'
06. Lovely Inspiration
07. Southern Girl
08. Joy And Pain
09. Happy Feelings (Live)
10. Reason


01. Running Way
02. Before I Let Go
03. Love Is The Key
04. Never Let You Down
05. I Wanna Thank You
06. Your Own Kind Of Way
07. Back In Stride
08. Too Many Games
09. I Wanna Be With You
10. When You Love Somebody

Album: Greatest Hits (2004)

01. Workin' Together
02. Golden Time of Day
03. Feel That You're Feelin'
04. Southern Girl
05. Running Away
06. Joy and Pain
07. Before I Let Go
08. Love Is the Key
09. Never Let Me Down
10. We Are One
11. I Wanna Thank You
12. Back in Stride
13. Too Many Games
14. I Wanna Be With You
15. Happy Feelin's [Live]
16. Can't Get Over You
17. Silky Soul
18. The Morning After


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rose Royce

Collection of Rose Royce

Rose Royce -- the Los Angeles-based group comprised of Henry Garner (drums); Terral "Terry" Santiel (congas); Lequeint "Duke" Jobe (bass); Michael Moore (saxophone); Gwen Dickey, performing with the group using the stage name Rose Norwalt (lead vocals); Kenny Copeland (trumpet, lead vocals); Kenji Brown (guitar, lead vocals); Freddie Dunn (trumpet); and Michael Nash (keyboards) -- were actually formed by Copeland and Garner. Both were preparing for graduation from high school, and contemplating their careers. Joined by Dunn and Moore, the two decided to go the route of the music business under the name Total Concept Unlimited (and later as Magic Wand). They auditioned for Edwin Starr, and he hired them as his backup band.

The group's association with Starr enabled them to interact with numerous music industry personalities. One in particular was Motown producer Norman Whitfield. Whitfield gradually became associated with the group by hiring it for recording sessions; the group also worked with Yvonne Fair, the Undisputed Truth, and the Temptations through Whitfield's influence. After a couple of years of seasoning, the group began production on its debut album under Whitfield's supervision. Also during this time, MCA Records was seeking an artist for the soundtrack to the movie Car Wash. Whitfield convinced executives that the band was more than competent for the job. So the material that Whitfield had assembled for the group's debut album became the soundtrack's material.

The movie Car Wash and the soundtrack were big hits, and they also propelled the group, now known as Rose Royce, into national recognition. Released in late 1976, the soundtrack featured three Billboard R&B Top Ten singles: "Car Wash," "I Wanna Get Next to You," and "I'm Going Down." The former was also a number one single on the Billboard pop charts. To offset any negative rhetoric regarding its legitimacy, the group released its follow-up album, Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom, and bloom it did. The group returned to the Top Ten with "Do Your Dance" and "Ooh Boy," silencing all critics. In 1978, they released their third album, entitled Rose Royce III: Strikes Again!, and it featured "I'm in Love (And I Love the Feeling)" and "Love Don't Live Here Anymore." Both singles cracked the Billboard R&B Top Five.

Rose Royce followed with a string of hits that roamed the charts, but never gained the chart status that their previous songs did. They became very popular in England and have remained a marquee attraction there. Allmusic by Craig Lytle

Album: Car Wash (1976)

01. Car Wash
02. 6 O'Clock DJ
03. I Wanna Get Next to You
04. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
05. Zig Zag
06. You're on My Mind
07. Mid Day DJ Theme
08. Born to Love You
09. Daddy Rich
10. Richard Pryor Dialogue
11. You Gotta Believe
12. I'm Going Down
13. Yo Yo
14. Sunrise
15. Righteous Rhythm
16. Water
17. Crying
18. Doin' What Comes Naturally
19. Keep on Keepin' On

Album: In Full Bloom (1977)

01. Wishing on a Star
02. You Can't Please Everybody
03. Ooh Boy
04. Do Your Dance
05. You're My World Girl
06. Love, More Love
07. Funk Factory

Album: Strikes Again (1978)

01. Get Up Off Your Fat
02. Do It, Do It
03. I'm In Love (And I Love The Feeling)
04. First Come, First Serve
05. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
06. Angel In The Sky
07. Help
08. Let Me Be The First To Know
09. That's What's Wrong With Me

Album: Rainbow Connection (1979)

01. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
02. Is It Love You're After
03. Shine Your Light
04. What You Waitin' For
05. Bad Mother Funker
06. You Can't Run From Yourself
07. Lock It Down
08. Pazazz

Album: Greatest Hits (1980)

01. Pop Your Fingers
02. It Makes You Feel Like Dancin'
03. First Come First Serve
04. Car Wash
05. Is It Love You're After
06. Do Your Dance
07. You're A Winner
08. Ooh Boy
09. I Wanna Get Next To You
10. Wishing On A Star
11. I'm In Love (And I Love The Feeling)
12. I'm Going Down
13. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
14. Love Don't Live Here Anymore

Album: Golden Touch (1981)

01. And You Wish for Yesterday
02. I Wanna Make It with You
03. Funkin' Around
04. Golden Touch
05. Love Is in the Air
06. You're a Winner
07. Would You Please Be Mine
08. Help Yourself

Album: Jump Street (1981)

01. Jump Street
02. Illusions
03. R.R. Express
04. Famous Last Words
05. Tell Me That I'm Dreaming
06. Please Return Your Love to Me
07. Fight It

Album: Stronger Than Ever (1982)

01. Dance with Me
02. Sometimes Lady
03. Best Love
04. Still in Love
05. You Blew It
06. Somehow We Made It Through the Rain
07. Fire in the Funk
08. Talk to Me

Album: Music Magic (1984)

01. Magic Touch
02. Holding On To Love
03. New Love
04. Safe And Warm
05. Work It
06. Long Distance Love Affair
07. Youre So Fine
08. Show Me

Album: Fresh Cut (1986)

01. Doesn't Have To Be This Way
02. Lonely Road
03. Magic Doll
04. I Found Someone
05. Listen Up
06. If Walls Could Talk
07. Just My Imagination
08. You're My Peace Of Mind
09. Fighting Chance
10. I Know I'm In The Mood

Album: Perfect Lover (1989)

01. Perfect Lover
02. Living In Your World
03. Wish I Could Love You Back
04. All I Want To Do
05. I Want You
06. Green Light
07. You Turn Me On
08. When You Get Right Down To It

Album: The Very Best Of (2001)

01. Car Wash
02. I Wanna Get Next To You
03. Born To Love You
04. I'm Going Down
05. Do Your Dance - Part 1 (Single Version)
06. Ooh Boy
07. Wishing On A Star
08. You're My World Girl
09. I'm In Love (And I Love The Feeling)
10. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
11. Is It Love You're After
12. Pop Your Fingers
13. Golden Touch
14. And You Wish For Yesterday
15. Would You Please Be Mine
16. Lonely Road

Album: Greatest Hits - Live (2010)

01. Is It Love You're After
02. I'm In Love (And I Love The Feeling)
03. Wishing On A Star
04. The Magic Touch
05. Band Introduction
06. Do Your Dance
07. I Wanna Get Next To You
08. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
09. Car Wash


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