presents a mix of soul, funk, R&B, Jazzfunk and disco bands that
are rare in one sense or the other. The bands are described in a mini-bio
got any new information about these groups that you think might add
anything, or have anything else to add, please feel free to send an
(in alphabetic order)
bach that obviously liked Bach was a group under the wings
of Philip Baily and Maurice White from Earth wind & fire.
Maurice brother Verdine and Beloyd produced the set. The group
included the two brothers Michael Brookins on guitar and Robert
Brookins as a lead vocalist. Their selftitled debut album (see
picture) on Matinee from 81 included the albums best song "It's
you" a fast disco track with a intensive and sensitive repeating
of the title. Also "Wanna fill you up" is worth mentioning
together with a ballad. The group had strong backup from Philip
Baily and the Earth wind & fire family that obviously helped
them a lot. Robert Brookins released his solo debut in 1988.
Berg, a Swedish female singer that released only one song
of any importance on 7" in 1984. The title "The smørgasbord"
was a humorous tribute to the world known Swedish dish performed
in English. The 7", as well as 12" release, was a catchy
and easy listening pop funk track with a sensual song by Berg.
Even some imitations of the Swedish cock from the Muppet show.
Both the 7" and 12" had a vocal as well as an instrumental
version. The ultra rare piece was written by Torkel Odéen,
Dick Berglund and Li Berg and produced by Torkel Odéen
and Dick Berglund for HannaH productions and was released on Polygram
records, Solna, Sweden. Li Berg later participated in the Swedish
eurovision contest in 85 with yet another track written by Dick
Berglund. Berg ended up on fifth place with the track "Jag
vet hur det känns" (I know how it feels). Torkel Odéen
had earlier worked with community radio in Stockholm on Radio
SUS and Radio SBC under the name of "Bagarn" (The baker)
and is a well respected radio DJ from the time. Odéen's
HannaH productions are still active today with three studios.
Catch it if you can! The cover features Li Berg on the 7".
Broom was inspired by George Benson and became like him a
great jazzguitar player. He released several albums in the USA
during the 1980:s but it's uncertain if they ever saw the light
in Europe. Only 20 years old Broom released his first album entitled
"Clean sweep" that was a mix of soul, funk and a lot
of jazz. The debut on Arista was an excellent example of Broom's
maturded musical language and is a must have for any jazz fusion
lover! In 84 Bobby Broom released, once again on Arista, the album,
"Livin' for the beat" on which he wrote the two noticable tracks,
the clearly hip-hop influenced "Let it go" and "Find yourself".
The album was more into funk and dance than jazz this time. In
85 "Beat a freak" hit the market with similar style
to the latter album but now with just more hip hop rhythms than
the before. After this short era Brom was back the roots of Jazz
and releassed several albums during the 90s. Broom still going
strong today devoted to his beloved jazz more than ever. Time
to buy a piece I think.
van Buren is certainly a shadowman in black music. Not very much
is known about him or his career. But one album should be mentioned
here,"What's your pleasure" from 82. With a voice similar
to Glenn Jones, intensive and passionate, Buren delivers a strong
self produced release that is much to unknown and overlooked.
Among the fast tracks two fantastic smokers exceeds the rest by
a far margin in "Enjoy yourself" and "Rock the
house". Two fantastic songs with so much joy presented in
a outstanding mix of soul and funk with the main weight laying
on the latter. Buren stretches his voice to the very limit of
his ability but it never get out of hand. Buren always keeps the
harmony in place and he does it in an excellent way. It's just
sweet, tasty and indisputably awesome dance music that will make
anyone happy and filled with an almost spiritual experience! The
LP also includes some average midtempo tracks as well as some
interesting slow jams, but only one of the latter exceeds the
average. Buy the album because it's a refreshing R&B album
that wont disappoint you and it's a rare addition to your collection.
Read full bio here
Candela is according to one source a Canadian girl. But
according to Joel Whitburn's book "Hot Dance/Disco"
Candela was a studio group from New York including the following
members, Michelle Pratt, Lisa Dean, Fernando Luis and Isidro
Ross. Candela did probably released only two maxi singles though.
The first one in 82 included the outstanding knockout smash
hit "Love you madly", in my mind, one of the best tracks ever!!
With a synth going crazy in the background and a break in the
middle of the track that makes you wonder if the crew really
survived the recording, this song is sooo good!! Written by
Earl Toon Jr (Kool and the gang) and produced by Amir Bayyan
(Kool and the gang) and Adil Bayyan (Kool and the gang) in association
with Toon the 12" was released on Arista. Toon had joined
Kool and the gang in 79 as a vocalist did co-write some tracks
for them and produced Motivations album in 83, but this is with
out any doubt his masterpiece. In 83 she came with another 12"
release, "She said" once again on Arista but was not
near the outstanding quality of the first track. In fact the
instrumental version is better then the vocal here. But maybe
it was because Bayyan and Toon wasn't involved anymore as I.
Ross, F. Luis and H. Harris wrote the track this time. "She
said" had much rock pop influences and was clearly flirting
with the influences of the time but without any success. The
producer was Reggie Andrew. After that mediocre release Candela
rare five piece popjazz band with the main focuse on the horn
section in their music. Their one and only selftitled album was
released on Atlantic in 1984 featuring the minor hit "Your
red hot love". That track was filled with deep and energetic
bass guitars and synths, powerful horns and a catchy chorus. The
rest of the material got a much lighter and popjazz like tone
with more transparency in its arrangements. None of these tracks
were sesantional but were all well singed, played and produced.
The short last track that also was their only instrumental one,
that amusingly was given the longest name of "When the world
is runnin' down (you make the best of what's still around)"
is a nice and very infectious jazz session giving all the bands
knowledge in playing different saxophones and trumpets. Chops
life after that is unknown.
is a group produced and under the power of Quincy Jones and includes
Philip Ingram, younger brother of James Ingram and Zane Giles. The
style of music they played was a mix of R&B interpreted in a kind
of freestyle way. The hit "Fresh idea" is a direct dancetrack
that tends to get better towards the second half of the song. Also
"Let this be your night" is well worth looking for with
it's rock influenced guitars that appears on the track. The album,
that was released in 1983 have recently been reprinted on a Japanese
label. Rumors has it though that the original release was withdrawn
before hitting the shells, a fact yet to be confirmed. Deco split
up after the release due to bad sales figures.
on each albums cover for a full view
of control 1988
all know Dynasty as a really great group so I'm not gonna write
more about that. This story covers the confusing releases in
1986 and 1988 that the band did that is an unsolved and strange
1986 the album Daydreamin' was released on Solar records (Alpha
records in Sweden). The set included the following tracks (*
indicating that the track appears on both albums):
- Dayreamin' 1986
Cherry red bikini *
2. Way out *
3. Freeway lover
7. Tuff love *
8. Lock of love
1988 Dynasty released another album "Out of control"
on Solar records once again that at least was printed in US.
It was based on the 1986 release with the exact same front cover
but otherwise with some substantial differences (see picture
no 2). First
of all the albums got two different titles, use of white text
on "Dynasty" in 1986 and pink in 1988, another design
on the back cover but foremost the different track choice. One
third of the tracks in 1986 are present on the album in 1988!
Why on earth release two different but still so similar albums?
Were Dynasty or Solar desperately after some money? The 1988
release included the following tracks (* indicating that the
track appears on both albums):
- Out of control 1988
Don't waste my time
2. Out of control
3. Way out *
4. Give your love to me
5. Tell me (do u want my love)
6. One girl
7. Cherry red bikini *
8. Tuff love *
there anybody out there that can explain this and in addition
got inside information about the reason to the differences between
these two releases please feel free to write to: PSFS
is rare groove indeed. According to all available sources Freddie
James recorded the groovy disofunk track "Don't turn your back
on love" in 82. But this extremely rare 7" single printed in France
on Carrere records clearly indicates the opposite! On this single
from 1982 Jesse Franklin is the artist behind the track which
he also produced! This is definitely one of the biggest mysteries
in the music world as I know. But the reasons may have been that
he license the track for his own publication, but why did his
name occur as a songwriter and producer instead of James on the
record? Or was it just a miss print. But that sounds odd too as
the artist really does exist by his own with at least one single
on his mind. If you know anything interesting about this strange
story, please feel free to write to: PSFS
Picture: Jesse stands in front of a TGV train in France with a
band formed by Henry Horne and Leroy Roebuck in 83 and disbanded soon
after. The Horne section (T.H.S.) only released one track, the mega
hit "Lady shine (shine on)" from 1984 that was released in
US on 7" and 12". The songs lead singer was Roger Garnett
and it was written by Henry Horne and produced by the same. Executive
producer was Leroy Roebuck. The track was released on their own label
of Roebuck records in US and Fourth & Broadway, licensed via Islands
record, elsewhere. "Lady shine (shine on)" is a mixture between
soul and funk and got a bit in common with another track that same year,
Deodato's "S.O.S. fire in the sky" and evan more with D-train.
Their similar sound got that a little bit harder approach then most
soul funk tracks, but T.H.S. is always easy listening to and the hardness
never gets disturbing. I haven't heard or seen anything else about this
group, maybe they disappeared after this, which is most likely. Henry
Horne later appeared on Veronica Underwood's album in 85 where he played
Bass, Guitar and Keyboards and on Pieces of a dream's album "Joyride"
in 86 where he played Keyboards. Henry Horne is right now in 2003 working
with a Gospel album released under his own name, probably late this
year. Keep you eyes open folks! A special thanks to Henry Horne for
his great information. The exclusive PSFS interview with Horne can be
Night force comes from Belgium and released their first
and only album in 83. Their style can be described as a mix
between French disco and R&B. On their likely debut from
83 entitled "Hold the night" printed on Carrere records
the titletrack was a major hit with a really sensitive performance.
It was written by F. Degryse and M. Costa. The LP also included
some other nice fast as well as more slow tracks together with
an exclusive remix of "Hold the night" on face B.
The rare album was produced by Daniel Carrot for Daniel Carrot
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cover from the 2003 compilation
Cussion all stars' album "Don't stop" from 1983 is an ultra
rare Swedish rap record and the first of its kind to be presented
in Sweden. The Swedish percussionist Per Tjernberg left his
old band "Dag vag", a famous group in Sweden, and went for NYC
several times in the early 80s. There he discovered the breakdance
and the early rap culture and did get so inspired so he brought
home the idea to Sweden and put together some Swedish musicians.
A friend also brought him together with an obscure rapper Grandmaster
funk (later shortened to GM funk), originally from Brooklyn
NYC, which worked as a breakdancer and rapper in Stockholm.
His real last name was Michael White but he used to change his
name all the time, just to give the person an even more mystic
aura around him. To find GM funk was just perfect for Tjernberg
though as everything was set for the recording of the album
except finding a rapper for two of the tracks. The project was
finally called "Per Cussion all stars". Per was a common Swedish
name so the bands name was some kind of intern Swedish joke,
that nobody else of course didn't understands. They released
their first 12" "Don't stop" in 1983, which was the first rap
ever recorded in Sweden. The track, and a video of it, got huge
attention in Sweden and some attention outside as well. For
example it was listed "recommended" in the Dance/Disco column
in Billboard. One especially flattering story for Per Tjernberg
was when Africa Bambaata, that he considered the high priest
of hip hop, asked him if he could spare some copies of the 12"
since he had worn his out when DJ-ing! It was released on several
obscure labels like Virgin greece and ultra rare Black market.
The latter reported the pretty impressive 15 000 copies sold,
before going out of business. The 12" was followed up by the
album with the same name in June that year. Both were released
on the small Swedish production company Silence and their own
label. The album was a well arranged and produced mix of funk
and rap, the ladder presented for the first time in Sweden on
this record. The set also included the ordinary "back-to-the
roots" theme. The 12" however, together with the great tune
"The warning" were definitely the two most interesting tracks
but the rest of the set did show some other nice tunes. A rather
scary story was when the American vocalist scared the Swedish
audience during a live concert of "42nd street heartbeat" by
suddenly picking up a gun (luckily fake!) on the stage to show
the grim world of NY streets: "Cause I don't give a fuck about
you - BANG - or you - BANG - or you - BANG! After the gig they
decided to promptly lift that part out from the show because
it was simply too realistic. GM funk was for sure a strange
and mystical person that came and disappeared in the same rapid
way. Per Tjernberg himself didn't know anything at all about
his destiny until he happen to see a MTV rap video recently
including him. The rap presented by Grandmaster funk is competent
and tight album and got some resemblance with Grandmaster flash,
the great influence at the time, but even more with Kurtis Blow.
GM funk did four more rap sessions including three on Per Cussion
all stars second and last album "Beatwave" in 84 that was entirely
recorded at the Intergalactic studio in NYC. The last one, the
highly competitive and very good "Snowblind" track, recording
during the "Beatwave" sessions was released as a seperate 12"
by Grandmaster funk in 84. I strongly recommend both Per Cussion
all stars records if you're an old school rap and funk fan,
it's definitely a fine and for sure very rare catch in your
collection! And of course, do buy the 12" "Snowblind", great
music although with strange lyrics!! If you want to buy the
rare CD from 2003 containing the first album and 7 bonus tracks
of the best from the rest including "Snowblind" try www.cdon.com
where you can order it within the EU region. Here you can buy
both the "Don't stop" double CD and "Universal
riddim" as well. Note that the latter is world music and
very different from "Don't stop" but still interesting
if you have a broader musical wiev. If you live outside EU contact
me for some arrangements at: PSFS
or try www.gemm.com
for second hand records.
The CD booklet
an ultra rare Swedish soul funk group that probably only released
on 7" in 83 on the small Swedish record label Hawk records.
Their hit "Kool katt" (Cool cat) that was fully performed in Swedish
is a very groovy and well-produced mix of soul and funk. When
listen to it one might think it had Leon Haywood's track "I'm
out to catch" from 83 as a major influence. The thought is right,
because the similarities, especially on the break are obvious.
Anyway it's a great track from a group that died way to soon.
Read more about Stop here
In 1984 Temper came up with their debut single on MCA including
the big hit "No favors". The music was a harder disco funk freestyle
inspired music with humorous lyrics and powerful direct feeling.
It's definitely one of the better songs you can hear. The track
that was released on the both 7" and 12" singles was
written by Cleveland Wright III and Anthony Malloy that also
produced the hit for Wright/Malloy production. On the 22th of
September 1984 they reached the no one spot on Billboard's dance
chart. They also did get quit a lot club play in 84. That same
year they came with yet another release called "Fever (I
sweat)". Like the first single this one was also released
on both 7" and 12" on MCA once again. The track is
more of a mid-tempo one compared to "No favors" and
not as catchy as the first single but still a decent boogie
track. Malloy that was the lead singer on both tracks later
became well-known as lead singer in Anthony & the camp with
hits like "'What I like". What happen after that is
not known. [Special thanks to Star-One for details]
million, a studio group from New York that joined the club of
those short lived popfunk bands that most likely only released two
maxi singles. The first in 1983 was the funky "I've been robbed"
that did have a huge potential but was badly arranged in my mind and
way to long (9:38). The vocals were good but it seemed that the producer/arranger
didn't know what to do with the track itself resulting in a too repetitive
track that never really took off. The track was written by I. Butler,
M. King and A. Jones (Allen Jones?). The producers Gene Lawson and
Reuben Cross however were more well known. Both were veterans way
back in time and Cross, the most know of the two, was the co-writer
together with John Fitch of the smash hit "Shame" by Evelyn
"Champagne" King in 1977. The two mix engineers were no
bad names either. The track was mixed by legendary John Morales, the
mix man behind such great acts like Inner life, Logg (the Head/Burgess
hemisphere), One way, Universal robot band, Shalamar, Curtis Hairston
and many many more, and his fellow man since 1982 Sergio Munzibai.
The maxi single, that featured a 5:55 long instrumental version as
well, was released on Cotillion records. The second, even more unknown
track from Three million came one year later in 1984. The track, "I've
got the hots (for you)", was released on the same label and this
time written by the producer Reuben Cross from the first maxi. The
poporiented and poorly 7:08 long dance track was once again produced
by Lawson and Cross and mixed by Morales and Munzibai. The 12"
also included a 6:00 long instrumental that in fact was more interesting
than the vocal one. Both tracks were mixed at the Blank tapes recording
studios in New York. After that the band disappeared like so many
others that tried their luck in the musical business.
This studiogroup came originally from New York with some
good session musicians. Their incredible 6:36 long smooker "What
I got is what you need" (no
27 on Billboards top 40 in 83)
83 released on Prelude was a rocket on the charts. The song
was written by D. J. Smith, M. Norris and D. Henry, mixed by
David Todd and Nick Martinelli and produced by Deems J. Smith.
Unique maybe released an album, but more likely two 12",
because in 84 the came up with another track "I think I like
it" which is not as good as "What I got is what you need" but
it's a fairly good track in its own respect. What happen later
is not known. Cover: Michael V. Krogh