Thursday, November 25, 2010
b-side of "double cross" in 1979.
First Choice was an American girl group vocal music trio from Philadelphia. The group produced the disco hits "Armed and Extremely Dangerous", "Smarty Pants", "The Player", "Love Thang", "Let No Man Put Asunder" and "Dr. Love".
From United Artists LP "Brass Construction III" 1977
Brass Construction was an American funk group formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. They were originally known as Dynamic Soul, and went on to record a string of hit singles and albums through to 1985.
Signed in 1975 by Sid Maurer, and former Epic Records promotion man Fred Frank, they scored two US Billboard Hot 100 entries in 1976 - the most successful being "Movin'," which hit #14. They had much more success on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, with nine chart entries, including "Movin'," which reached #1. Pianist/Flautist/Arranger Randy Muller went on to score a number of R&B hits with Skyy.
Over the years, Brass Construction members have included Wade Williamston (bass), Sandy Billups (percussion), Morris Price (trumpet), Larry Payton (drums), Paul C Saenz, Jesse Ward Jnr. (saxophone), Michael "Micky" Grudge (saxophone), Wayne Parris (trumpet), Duane Cahill (trombone), Joseph Arthur Wong (guitar), and Randy Muller.
Brass Construction played a concert on November 28, 2005 at the Bataclan Arena in Paris, France.
1975's "Changin'" was sampled in 1989 by Gang Starr on "Positivity", and on "Gimme" by Jill Scott (2001). Brass Construction's song "Movin'" was used on "Got Myself Together" by The Bucketheads (1995). "Message (Inspiration)" was sampled in 1988 on "I Ain't Tha 1" by N.W.A; while "What's on Your Mind (Expression)" was sampled in 1988 on "Cool V's Tribute to Scratching" by Biz Markie. "Sambo" was sampled in 1998 on "Vision of Paradise" by Bob Sinclar, and "One to One" was sampled in "Ain`t No Stoppin'" by Most Wanted featuring Pras and The Product G&B in 1998. Also, "Get Up to Get Down" was sampled in "Bass" by King Tee (1988) and on "Tanqueray" by DJ Quik (1995).
* 1976 - Brass Construction I
* 1976 - Brass Construction II
* 1977 - Brass Construction III
* 1978 - Brass Construction IV
* 1979 - Brass Construction V
* 1980 - Brass Construction VI
* 1982 - Attitudes
* 1983 - Conversations
* 1984 - Renegades
* 1985 - Conquest
* 1993 - The Best of Brass Construction (Movin' & Changin')
* 1997 - Get Up To Get Down (Brass Construction's Funky Feeling)
* 1998 - Brass Construction Live
* 2002 - Classic Masters
* 2002 - Movin' & Changin' Live
* 2006 - Something For The Weekend (Stateside Records)
* 1976 - "Movin'" US #14; US R&B #1
* 1976 - "Changin'" US R&B #24
* 1977 - "Ha Cha Cha (Funktion) US #51; US R&B #8
* 1977 - "What's On Your Mind (Expression)" US R&B #69
* 1977 - "Message (Inspiration)" US R&B #42
* 1978 - "L-O-V-E-U" US #104, US R&B #18
* 1978 - "Celebrate" US R&B #77
* 1978 - "Help Yourself" US R&B #58
* 1979 - "Get Up" US R&B #56
* 1980 - "Right Place" US R&B #41
* 1980 - "How Do You Do (What You Do To Me)" US R&B #71
* 1982 - "Can You See The Light" US R&B #23
* 1982 - "Attitude" US R&B #59
* 1983 - "Walkin' The Line" US R&B #28
* 1984 - "Never Had A Girl" US R&B #38
* 1984 - "Partytime" US R&B #53
* 1985 - "Give And Take" US R&B #76
Disco version of the 1969 Jerry Butler song.
Billy Paul (born Paul Williams; December 1, 1934) is a Grammy Award winning American soul singer, most known for his 1972 number-one single, "Me and Mrs. Jones" as well as the 1973 album and single "War of the Gods" which blends his more conventional pop, soul and funk styles with electronic and psychedelic influences. He is usually identified by his diverse vocal style which ranges from mellow and soulful to low and raspy.
Vicki Sue Robinson (May 31, 1954 – April 27, 2000) was an American theatre and film actress and singer, closely associated with the disco era of late 1970s pop music; she is most famous for her 1976 hit, "Turn the Beat Around.
Again with Schatz producing, Robinson cut the Vicki Sue Robinson album for release in the fall of 1976: although its lead single, a cover of Bobby Womack's "Daylight" was only a minor hit (#61), the album reached #45.
Disco version of the 1972 Betty Wright song
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Beautiful Bend is a studio group which was the brainchild of famed Russian Disco producer Boris Midney. There was only one Beautiful Bend album (the one with the bent candle on the cover) and that was on Marlin Records while the 12 inch Disco single shown here was on TK Records.
That's the Meaning / Boogie Motion is awesome Boris Midney classic Disco track which was also featured throughout the 70's & 80's TV show Dance Fever.
Yet another monster classic piece of Northern Soul that we filmed for our documentary "The Strange World Of Northern Soul". Alfie was the protege of classic record producer Reid Whitelaw, and first had a classic early 1970s disco song on RCA called "Who Is Gonna Love Me", which we used to play at Blackpool Mecca. In the mid 1970s. Alfie then released a wonderful piece of retro magic, which, although recorded in the 1970s, was more like the Sixties in style, called "Love Is A Serious Business" on Mercury Records, which is astonishingly rare and hard to find, especially considering that it is on a major label. I have known Reid Whitelaw for many many years, and asked him to find Alfie for me, which he did, and we filmed this in a cold February on the streets of Brooklyn. Alfie had never actually performed this song before, and this is the only time you can ever see him do this classic.