Tue. Dec. 18, 2018

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. An imprint 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. With the best of it being that nothing got planned in advance.
As a matter of fact, it happened to be more of an accumulation of things. The latter getting its creators – Ken, Joe and Stan Cayre – as the initiators of a brand new episode in the maturation of music. This, 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. (Feel free to check our part 1). Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of jams. As many pieces which have contributed turning Salsoul Records into one of the most significant and exciting ventures in the establishment of music as we’ve known since then…

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you. With your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome.

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). A man mostly remembered for this Disco instrumental piano driven classic. A cut which initially saw the light as ‘Lluvia De Primavera’ on his 1976. This as a part of his ‘El Mundo Sin Palabras De Bebu Silvetti’ album on Hispavox.

A one hit wonder to a certain extend on a worldwide scale. Although he’s worked with countless other artists such as Plácido Domingo and Paul Anka. Not to mention Engelbert Humperdinck, Armando Manzanero and Selena to name but a very few. He received a Latin Grammy Award for Producer of the Year for his work on ‘Hasta Que Vuelvas’ by Luis Miguel. But also ‘Quién Da un Peso Por Mis Sueños’ by Armando Manzanero featuring Alex Lora. Not to mention the albums ‘Rocío Dúrcal… En Concierto Inolvidable’ by Rocío Dúrcal. Then, last but not least, ‘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)
Steve Washington, Charles Carter, Buddy Hankerson, Curt Jones and Starleana Young created Aurra as spin-off from Dayton-based Funk group Slave. They first signed with Dream Records before switching to Salsoul Records. Gaining there their major recognition with gems such as ‘Are You Single’ and ‘A Little Love’. But also ‘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 got Jones and Young to make a move. This while changin’ their name to Déjà 2 years later. Eventually makin’ 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’ with production work courtesy of 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. It featured Joe Freeman, Norman Frazier, Ron Tyson and Larry Richardson. With the latter eventually replaced by Michael Bell. With remix work 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 which saw the light 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. Comprising Brian Sherrer, Curtis Reynolds, Dave Ferguson, Keith Samuels, Simon Kenneth Carter, Walter Carter and William HullRipple scored their first hit – ‘I Don’t Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky’ – back in 1973 from their eponymous debut-album released on GRC Records. They would get back under the spotlights 4 years later on Salsoul Records with ‘The Beat Goes On’. A cut with they recorded along with The Salsoul Orchestra, from their ‘Sons Of The God’ album…
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / Rafael Cameron – Funtown USA (Salsoul Records)
A Guyanese singer, Rafael Cameron relocated to America in his early 20’s back in 1973. He signed with Salsoul Records 7 years later with the help of producer Randy Muller (Brass Construction, Skyy). There, 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. The memorable ‘Boogie’s Gonna Get Ya’ followed soon after with François Kevorkian in charge of the mixing work. Then came the aformentioned which is he both 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 banner. They gathered forces as The Strangers back in 1983. Droppin’ what would be a one off under the form of an eponymous 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 [More…]
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / Skip Mahoney – Janice (Don’t Be So Blind To Love) (Salsoul Records)
Far from being as famous as most of his label mates’ releases as a matter of fact… This firing Disco/Soul jam by the likes of Skip Mahoney, ironically surrounded by James Purdie and Matthew Allen, his former partners in crime under the Skip Mahoney & The Casuals guise who disbanded the year before this release, back in 1979.
The remix, courtesy of the late Robert Guttadaro, aka Bobby ‘DJ’ Guttadaro, givin’ it a little Salsoul Records familiar feel in terms of arrangements though. With these characteristic Discoish string lines. Counting as well among the most sought after Promo 12″ on Salsoul [More…]
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / ORS – Moon Boots (Salsoul Records)
ORS stands for Orlando Riva Sound. A German Disco group which Anthony Monn and Rainer Pietsch put together back in 1976 soon after joined by Sonia Pietsch. Signed on Ariola in their native country, their album – ‘Body To Body’ – would find a home in America on Salsoul Records. Featuring the funky synth-driven ‘Moon Boots’ which stands as their biggest classic ever…
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / Sly Cabell – Feeling Fine (Salsoul Records)
Just try to do some research about the artist and chances are great you’re gonna get yourself taken into a great moment of loneliness. Sly Cabell is the archetyp of the one hit wonder. No info as to what he did before, as to where he’s comin’ from or whatsoever. And I’m not even talkin’ about what he did after… Produced by drummer John Cooksey (remembered for his collaborations with artists such as Herbie Mann, The Salsoul Orchestra, Weeks & Co., The Jammers, Rainbow Brown and Alyson Williams), the funky synth driven ‘Feeling Fine’, mixed by Shep Pettibone, is his one and only recording. Licensed in the UK on Virgin…
10 essential Salsoul Records gems Part 2 / Funk Deluxe – This Time (Salsoul Records)
Initially recruited as backing musicians for Rafael Cameron, 7-piece band Funk Deluxe would go under their own guise with their eponymous debut album in 1984. They joined forces with producer Randy Muller who contributed givin’ them a sound in the footsteps of the one he crafted for Skyy. He sort of gave it a tougher approach though on the infectiously bass-driven vocoderized ‘This Time’ which stands as their signature jam…

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