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What Cha' Gonna Do For MeChaka Khan, born Yvette Marie Stevens, is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often dubbed the "Queen of Funk", Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.
What Cha' Gonna Do for Me (1980) is arguably the best effort of the partnership with Arif Mardin. Slowly but surely the two began to craft an even more successful and innovative sound. The album peaked at #3 in the R&B Albums Chart of 1981.
The cover of "We Can Work It Out" gets a brash and funky Stevie Wonder -style arrangement, with Gregory Phillanganes doing great synth work. The best song here, "I Know You, I Live You", displays brilliant bass and drum.1. We Can Work It Out
2. What Cha' Gonna Do For Me
3. I Know You, I Live You
4. Any Old Sunday
5. We Got Each Other
6. And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night Tunisia)
7. Night Moods
8. Heed The Warning
9. Father He Said
11. I Know You, I Live You (Reprise)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bop Till You DropBop till You Drop is Ry Cooder's ninth album, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). This was the first major-label digitally recorded album of Pop music. It was recorded on a 32-track machine built by 3M.
The album consisted almost entirely of covers of earlier R&B and rock'n'roll classics, including Elvis Presley's Little Sister and the 1965 Fontella Bass-Bobby McClure hit Don't Mess Up a Good Thing, on which Cooder duetted with soul star Chaka Khan, who also performed on the only original track on the album, Down in Hollywood.Side A
1. Little Sister
2. Go Home Girl
3. The Very Thing That Makes You Rich [Makes Me Poor]
4. I Think It's Going To Work Out Fine
1. Down In Hollywood
2. Look At Granny Run Run
3. Trouble, You Can't Fool Me
4. Don't Mess Up A Good Thing
5. I Can't Win$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Uptown SpecialUptown Special, the fourth album by producer-songwriter-musician Mark Ronson, is a tale of several cities, a wide range of collaborators, and a road trip deep into the American South. However the story of Ronson's latest project really starts back when he was New York's hottest DJ.
In the late 1990s into the early 2000s the New York club scene was percolating with booming hip-hop and glitzy R&B. In those days before he emerged as a multi-talented musical force Ronson manned the turntables of many great parties. "It was a fun time to be playing music," he says. "At clubs like Cheetah you didn't have to play a hip hop record until 1a.m. You could play early '80s classics by Chaka Khan, Boz Scaggs and Michael Jackson and rock the crowd. I'd play Steely Dan's 'Black Cow' at 11:30 and it world work. Then, at 1am you'd play 'Hypnotize' by Biggie and the crowd would go wild. I come back to those memories."
This mix of vintage R&B and pop with contemporary hip-hop is what made Ronson a star DJ. "I never get tired of hearing records like Earth, Wind & Fire's 'Can't Hide Love' next to 'Rock the Boat' by Aaliyah," says Ronson. "I wanted this record to feel like hearing that kind of musical mix on great New York club night."
Uptown Special has all of the flavor of a night with Mark rocking the ones and twos with funk, soul, and psychedelic pop in a style that echoes classic productions by Quincy Jones and Steely Dan, and funneled through its creators sophisticated understanding of arrangement and melody. Of his three previous albums Mark feels like Uptown Special is closest in spirit to his 2003 debut, Here Comes the Fuzz, which came directly out his DJ experience. "The difference," Mark says "is I was reaching for things musically I wasn't quite ready to execute. With all the experience I've gained over the years I had the maturity and knowledge to really pull this together."
The first single, "Uptown Funk," features GRAMMY® award-winning superstar Bruno Mars on vocals and drums, who sings with passion and plays drums with fire that will bring funk back on the radio. Joining Mars on the track is Mark on guitar, Mars' bassist Jamareo Artis and Jeff Brasker on keys. Mark produced Mars' massive hit single, "Locked Out of Heaven," where they developed a close musical kinship. "As a live performer no one out here now puts on a show like Bruno," says Mark. "This record has that same intensity. When you hear him sing you are always aware of how much he puts into a performance." Mark was so taken with the single's power that it inspired the album's title.
Though Ronson is now based out of London, most of Uptown Special was recorded in the United States with stops in Los Angeles, Memphis and Mississippi. Most of the music was recorded with live musicians with Mark anchoring the sessions on guitar, while surrounded by a complimentary mix of gifted young players and R&B vets. Several musicians, who worked with Mark on his historic production of Amy Winehouse's multi-platinum Back To Black and his own breakthrough album, 2007's Version, rejoined him for this album, including drummer Homer Steinweiss, bassist Nick Movshan and guitarist Tommy Brenneck. Also making guest appearances on 'Uptown Special' are bassist Willie Weeks (who played on Stevie Wonder's classic Innervisions) guitarist Carlos Alomar (who created the familiar guitar riff on David Bowie's "Fame") and drummer Steve Jordan (member of the John Mayer Trio).
Mark Ronson's Uptown Special is a unique blend. It's an album with a serious literary pedigree matched to down home greasy funk. It features a progressive pop vocalist from Australia and one reared in Mississippi, the spiritual root of American music. Hot young contemporary players dominate while some tracks are spiced with legendary musicians. It's a mix that reflects the musical taste and life experience of its creator.1. Uptown's First Finale
2. Summer Breaking
3. Feel Right
4. Uptown Funk
5. I Can't Lose
7. Crack In The Pearl
8. In Case Of Fire
9. Leaving Los Feliz
10. Heavy And Rolling
11. Crack In The Pearl pt. II$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Old SockOld Sock marks the 21st solo studio album for the guitar legend, and is released on the Bushbranch Records label, a branch of Surfdog. This double LP also includes a download card.
On the heels of a sold-out Crossroads Guitar Festival and the announcement of a major world tour, Eric Clapton announced the release of his 21st studio album and his first album since 2010. The album, Old Sock produced by Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley and Simon Climie, features two original songs Every Little Thing and Gotta Get Over. Old Sock is released on Clapton s Bushbranch label, distributed through a collaboration with Surfdog Records in the USA and Canada.
The album is a collection of some of Clapton's favorite songs spanning from his childhood to present day that highlights his vast appreciation and knowledge of music. From Leadbelly to J.J. Cale; Peter Tosh to George Gershwin; Hank Snow to Gary Moore and Taj Mahal, this record is a celebration of so many who have inspired Clapton s rich musical life. Clapton has always had a remarkable ability to recognize great songs and a gift for knowing how to uniquely interpret them, as he does on Old Sock. The album explores romantic standards of the 30's, reggae, soul, rock, and includes a stand out playful collaboration with Paul McCartney, to create an experience that is quintessential Clapton.
Clapton assembled a band for the recordings consisting of longtime collaborators Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass) and Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with some surprise guest additions. JJ Cale joins the song Angel for backing vocals and guitar, Chaka Khan joins as backing vocalist for Get On Over, Steve Winwood on the Hammond B3 Organ on Still Got The Blues, Paul McCartney on bass/vocals on All of Me, Jim Keltner on drums for Our Love is Here To Stay.1. Further On Down The Road
3. Every Little Thing
4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
5. Born To Lose
6. Till Your Well Runs Dry
7. All Of Me
8. Still Got The Blues
9. Good Night Irene
10. Gotta Get Over
11. Your One And Only Man
12.Our Love Is Here To Stay$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Separate OceansWith no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile
stretch of road bearing his fabled family's name, Ned Doheny
easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of wealth and privilege.
Signposting Ned's sojourn through the LA recording industry
were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan,
Graham Nash, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David
Geffen-each a household name both inside and far from
southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny
appears alongside those of his Laurel Canyon brethren in the
pantheon of classic rock, it's not for lack of songwriting abilities
or recording chops.
Over the last three decades, Doheny's albums have slid in and
out of print on LP and CD, budget jobs without any involvement
from the self-described "avatar for casual vulgarity." Separate
Oceans examines Ned Doheny's first ten years adrift in song,
pulling together choice album cuts and 11 previously unissued
demos. An 8000 word essay is illustrated by images from the
archives of noted rock photographers Henry Diltz, Moshe
Brahka, Clive Arrowsmith, and Gary Heery, creating the first
ever overview of this unheralded marina rocker.1. Get It Up For Love
2. Each Time You Pray
3. Whatcha Gonna Do For Me
4. To Prove My Love (Vocal version)
5. Labor Of Love
6. A Love Of Your Own
7. I've Got Your Number (Demo)
8. If You Should Fall (Demo)
9. When Love Hangs In The Balance
10. Fineline (Demo)
11. On And On (Demo)
12. I Can Dream (Demo)
13. I Know Sorrow
15. A Love Of Your Own (Demo)
16. Swingshift (Demo)
17. The Devil In You
18. Love's A Heartache
19. Get It Up For Love (Demo)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hustle! Reggae Disco - Kingston, London, New YorkSoul Jazz Records' are releasing their long out-of-print album Hustle! Reggae Disco in a new expanded 2017 edition which now features five extra tracks.
This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (Ring My Bell), Chaka Khan (I'm Every Woman), Michael Jackson Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Sugarhill Gang (Rappers Delight, here performed by Derrick Laro and Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston, and London.
New bonus tracks in this collection include Derrick Harriott's funky take on Eddie Drennon's Do It Nice and Easy, the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection's take on McFadden and Whitehead's Ain't No Stopping Us Now, and the London rare groove lovers rock take on Barbara Acklin's soul classic Am I The Same Girl.
Hustle! Reggae Disco has been one of Soul Jazz Records' best-selling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games!).
This new edition comes complete fully re-mastered and with all original titles plus new tracks.LP 1
1. Ring My Bell - Blood Sisters
2. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Derrick Laro and Trinity
3. Do It Nice & Easy - Chariot Riders
4. Don't Let It Go To Your Head - Black Harmony
1. I'm Every Woman - Latisha
2. In The Rain - Ernest Ranglin
3. Reggae Beat Goes On - Family Choice
4. Ain't No Stopping Us Now - Risco Connection
5. Rappers Delight - Xanadu and Sweet Lady
1. Love Don't Live Here Any More - Sharon Forrester
2. Upside Down - Carol Cool
3. Be Thankful For What You've Got - One Blood
4. Am I The Same Girl - Charmaine Burnette$31.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Waiting To Exhale SoundtrackMasterfully Produced And All But One Track Written By Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Featured R&B Divas Old School (Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan) And New School (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige)
Released In Purple Vinyl (Whitney Houston's Favorite Color)
Waiting to Exhale was a phenomenon on so many levels. First, it was a literary phenomenon, as the 1992 novel launched author Terry McMillan to superstardom. Then, when the feature film based on the book was released in 1995, it became a broader cultural phenomenon-a mainstream Hollywood film focusing on the lives of four African-American women was a genuinely revolutionary act at the time. And, finally, it was a musical phenomenon, as its soundtrack seamlessly blended female R&B divas new school (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, etc.) and old school (Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan) in a masterful suite of songs composed and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
Critical and commercial reaction to the soundtrack was over the top; The New York Times deemed the album one of the Top Ten releases of the year, and the record topped the Billboard Pop and R&B charts for five and ten weeks, respectively, spawning the #1 hit singles "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," "Not Gon' Cry," and "Let It Flow." Yet, because the album came out in 1995 at the height of the CD era, Waiting to Exhale never came out on LP in the U.S., and was released in Europe as a low-budget 2-LP set with both records stuffed inside a single album jacket pocket.
Now, Real Gone Music is releasing this landmark '90s R&B album on vinyl in America for the first time in a limited edition (of 1000) gatefold double-LP package sporting a luminous photo of the movie's four principal actors (Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine) on the inside spread and pristine vinyl pressed in purple (Whitney's favorite color).
Gently pulsating and seductive, Waiting to Exhale is Babyface's masterpiece, one of the great make-out records of all time; now you can get that slow jam groove in the grooves!LP 1
1. Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston
2. Why Does It Hurt So Bad - Whitney Houston
3. Let It Flow - Toni Braxton
4. It Hurts Like Hell - Aretha Franklin
5. Sittin' Up In My Room - Brandy
6. This Is How It Works - TLC
7. Not Gon' Cry - Mary J. Blige
8. My Funny Valentine - Chaka Khan
1. And I Gave My Love To You - Sonja Marie
2. All Night Long - SWV
3. All Night Long - Chante Moore
4. My Love, Sweet Love - Patti LaBelle
5. Kissing You - Faith Evans
6. Love Will Be Waiting At Home - For Real
7. How Could You Call Her Baby - Shanna
8. Count On Me - Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans$35.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
4th Street FeelingWhat's the 4th Street Feeling?
"4th Street is in Leavenworth," says Melissa Etheridge.
That's her home town in Kansas, pop. 35,000, known mostly for its prison and Army base.
And it's the place evoked in the title, and title song, of 4th Street Feeling, the 12th studio album of her singular, 25-year recording career.
"It's kind of the main drag, starting in the old downtown," she says of her old stomping grounds. "I remember the first McDonald's in town there. The town's pretty small. That's where we would hang out, the Burger King parking lot, the football games. Everything was on Fourth Street. That's where we would cruise. And then it turns into Highway 7 that goes out of town to Kansas City."
That's exactly where the album opens, with the bluesy, harmonica-spiced "Kansas City." The scene is set with Etheridge driving in "my old man's Delta 88," reliving road-trips fueled on "Lucky Charms, Tic Tacs and Mom's amphetamines." Only this time, the woman who left Leavenworth for Hollywood years ago is taking herself - and us - home. It's a trip to where she's from. But also a trip to where she's headed.
There are "all the untold lies of my misspent youth," as she sings in the funky coming-of-age tale "The Shadow of the Black Crow," a song in the storytelling tradition of such cherished artists as the Eagles and Bob Seger. There is the demand to "Be Real" ("You can't manufacture me, because I like it naturally"), a song in which she says she nods lovingly to the sultry, sexy soul of Rufus with Chaka Khan and Sly and the Family Stone. And she voyages into new territories of folky rock with the first single, "Falling Up," a joyful, upbeat track featuring her spirited recording debut on the banjitar, a hybrid banjo-guitar.
The fuel for this trek is her inner strength and confidence. In part it comes from recognition - 2011 has seen her awarded with a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, and in the Fall of 2012 she will be honored by the National Women's Museum of Art in Washington, DC. But more so, if it comes from within.
"There's a certain confidence and assurance I get from all this, knowing that I can keep my day job," she laughs. "That shows on this album. I am fearless on this. I'm going to have fun. I had to love every note on this album."1. Kansas City
2. 4th Street Feeling
3. Falling Up
4. Shout Now
5. The Shadow Of A Black Crow
6. Be Real
7. A Disaster
9. Enough Rain
10. A Sacred Heart
11. I Can Wait
12. Rock And Roll Me$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now