Saturday, August 19, 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. 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) is mostly remembered for this Disco instrumental piano driven classic. A cut which initially saw the light as ‘Lluvia De Primavera’ on his 1976 ‘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. 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)
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’, ‘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 get Jones and Young to change 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…
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