Monday, April 24, 2017

10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2

10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 210 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, and God knows how there is plenty to find on the repertoire of this label responsible for standards (still in use nowadays) that have changed the history of both music, DJing and, as a result, clubbing. From the commercialization of the first 12″ to the establishment of the remix and therefore the one of the DJ’s as potential post-producers which was far from being an evidence back then. And the best of it is that nothing got planned in advance, but happened to be more of an accumulation of things which would get its creators – Ken, Joe and Stan Cayre – as the initiators of a brand new episode in the maturation of music with the launch of their Salsoul Records label back in 1974, as beautifully narrated on Disco-disco.com.
No need to say how this second selection is way from being exhaustive. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of jams which have contributed making Salsoul Records one of the most significant and exciting ventures in the establishment of music as we’ve known since then…

In lovin’ memory of MFSB and The Salsoul Orchestra guitarist TJ Tindall who sadly passed on Jan. 27, 2016 at the age of 65…

10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / Bebu Silvetti – Spring Rain (Salsoul Records)
Better known as Bebu Silvetti or simply Silvetti, Argentinian pianist, composer, conductor, arranger and producer Juan Fernando Silvetti Adorno (Mar. 27, 1944 – Jul. 05, 2003) is mostly remembered for this Disco instrumental piano driven classic. A cut intially titled ‘Lluvia De Primavera’, taken from his 1976 released ‘El Mundo Sin Palabras De Bebu Silvetti’ album on Hispavox. An album which would naturally be titled ‘World Without Words’ when snapped up by Salsoul Records. A one hit wonder to a certain extend on a worldwide scale, although he’d worked with countless other artists such as Plácido Domingo, Paul Anka, Engelbert Humperdinck, Armando Manzanero and Selena to name but a very few. He would be given a Latin Grammy Award for Producer of the Year for his work on ‘Hasta Que Vuelvas’ by Luis Miguel, ‘Quién Da un Peso Por Mis Sueños’ by Armando Manzanero featuring Alex Lora and the albums ‘Rocío Dúrcal… En Concierto Inolvidable’ by Rocío Dúrcal and ‘Suma’ by Ricardo Montaner, one year before his death, back in 2002…
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / Aurra – Make Up Your Mind (Salsoul Records)
Created by Steve Washington along with Charles Carter, Buddy Hankerson, Curt Jones and Starleana Young as spin-off from Dayton-based Funk group Slave, Aurra first signed with Dream Records before switching to Salsoul Records and gaining their major recognition with gems such as ‘Are You Single’, ‘A Little Love’, ‘Such a Feeling’ and the aforementioned. Not to mention ‘You And Me Tonight’ which they released as a part of debut-album on Ten Records back in 1985. Legal issues with Steve Washington over the name of the group would make Jones and Young to change their name to Déjà 2 years later and make some noise in the then emerging R&B/Swing scene with the Teddy Riley produced ‘Made To Be Together’ and to, a lesser extend, ‘Heart Beat’ produced by Monte Moir of the The Time fame…
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / Love Committee – Just As Long As I Got You (Gold Mind Records)
Among the various acts including Loleatta Holloway, Eddie Holman and Double Exposure Norman Harris produced for Salsoul Records who distributed his subsidiary label, Gold Mind Records, Love Committee, formerly known as The Ethics, was a Disco male fortet comprising Joe Freeman, Norman Frazier, Ron Tyson and Larry Richardson, with the latter eventually replaced by Michael Bell. Given a remix by Walter Gibbons, ‘Just As Long As I Got You’ stands as a Philly Sound classic and most likely their signature song along with ‘Law & Order’, from their album of the name released back in 1978…
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / Ripple – The Beat Goes On (Salsoul Records)
A 7-piece Funk band haling from Michigan made of Brian Sherrer, Curtis Reynolds, Dave Ferguson, Keith Samuels, Simon Kenneth Carter, Walter Carter and William Hull, Ripple scored their first hit – ‘I Don’t Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky’ back in 1973 from their self-titled debut-album released on GRC Records. They would get back under the spotlights 4 years later on Salsoul Records with ‘The Beat Goes On’ with they recorded along with The Salsoul Orchestra, taken from their ‘Sons Of The God’ album…
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / Rafael Cameron – Funtown USA (Salsoul Records)
A Guyanese singer who relocated to America in his early 20’s back in 1973, Rafael Cameron got signed to Salsoul Records 7 years later with the help of producer Randy Muller (Brass Construction, Skyy) where he released 3 albums from 1980 to 1982. Backed with the musicians of Funk Deluxe, his most notable successes include ‘Magic Of You’ and ‘Let’s Get It Off’ as Cameron, followed by the memorable ‘Boogie’s Gonna Get Ya’ as remixed by François Kevorkian and the aformentioned which is he released under his full name…
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / The Strangers – Step Out Of My Dream (Salsoul Records)
Drummer Howard King, guitarist Edward Moore and keyboardist Hubert Eaves III (mostly remembered for his production work for D-Train and Miles Davis) initially came to work together under the Mtume guise. They gathered force as The Strangers back in 1983 for what would be a one off under the form of a self-titled album out of which 2 singles got released. The relatively unknown ‘Wanna Take Your Body’ and the aforementioned (among the most sought after Promo 12″ on Salsoul) which carried the distinctive sound of Eaves productionwise with mix courtesy of Shep Pettibone
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