Tuesday, September 19, 2017

10 essential Unity songs

10 essential Unity songs10 essential Unity songs… Like always, a selection is per definition limited. As far as one can remember, music has always stood as one of our closest companions to express our feelings whatever they may be, with its main power being its ability to lift up our hearts and souls, not to mention the eventuality to get us standing together as one, wherever we may be coming from, whatever language we may be speaking and so forth. As a result, many are the gems we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would have definitely been worth a mention.
No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive, most likely due to find an extension later when the right time comes. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of themes needing our attention in our respective search for a better tomorrow. 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.

10 essential Unity songs / McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (Philadelphia International Records)
In this world under the domination of diktats and trends, this 1979 classic by the likes of singing/songwriting pair Gene McFadden and John Whitehead pretty much appeared like the common denominator for a generation of (Black) music lovers who, while clubbing, could be offered a programmation that didn’t have anything to do with what was displayed already back then on a big majority of radio stations, to the expection of those still in memories 30 years after such as WBLS by the time of Frankie Crocker, Radio Luxembourg by the time of Tony Prince and Radio 1 by the time of Tony Blackburn
10 essential Unity songs / Joe Smooth – Promised Land (DJ International)
Not to be missed with Chuck Berry‘s 1965 released song of the likes. Chicago DJ/producer oseph Lorenzo, Jr. Welbon‘s biggest classic ever back in 1987, and in the meantime one of Rocky Jones‘s DJ International Records label’s landmarks. A highly inspiring song, soon after given a cover version by British outfit The Style Council, inviting us to join as brothers and sisters in a world – the promised land – where “we’ll be free from violence, people crying in the streets…”
10 essential Unity songs / Terry Callier – Love Theme From Spartacus (Zero 7 Remix) (Talkin’ Loud)
Composed by Alex North as a part of the OST of the Stanley Kubrik1960 directed film ‘Spartacus’ featuring Kirk Douglas in the main role, and covered by numerous Jazzmen such as Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef. Chicago-based Jazz, Soul and Folk guitarist/singer/songwriter Terry Callier would give it a new dimension while adding lyrics on his 1997 ‘TimePeace’ album, with Talkin’ Loud label head Gilles Peterson commissioning various remixers on its single release, from Zero 7 to Roy Davis, Jr., 4Hero and Peven Everett. “Only love will set us free” is the theme. Speakin’ for itself!
10 essential Unity songs / Incognito – Freedom To Love (Atjazz Remix) (Reel People Music)
Co-written by Incognito‘s mastermind Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick with long time collaborator Dominic Ski Oakenfull, and released as a part of their 2008 released ‘Tales From The Beach’ album on Dôme Records. A pretty much inspiring message delivered by the instantly recognizable Tony Momrelle, leavin’ the door open for those who try, given a new life 4 years after as licensed on Reel People Music with 2 remix packages, respectively by the likes of Reel People themselves and Atjazz
10 essential Unity songs / Voices – Can U See The Light (Kings Of Tomorrow Remix) (white label)
A Body & Soul classic back in the day. Released in uncleared conditions and therefore as a white label if not bootleg, this highly uplifting jam as remixed by Kings Of Tomorrow‘s Sandy Rivera, featuring some of the most beautiful voices of the scene, by the likes of Michelle Weeks, Dawn Tallman and the late Sabrynaah Pope
10 essential Unity songs / Blaze presents UDAUFL – We Are One (Shrine Horn Mix) (King Street)
Put together back in 2004 by Blaze, this collective of artists named Underground Dance Artists United For Life put together in order to raise funds for the reasearch against AIDS. Taken from their ‘Keep Hope Alive’ album, most likely its most meaningful track, as illustrated by its straightforward lyrics…
10 essential Unity songs / Masters At Work feat. Roy Ayers – Our Time Is Coming (MAW Records)
Believe in yourself is the word on this 2001 released jam by the likes of Masters At Work‘s Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, surrounded by Gene Perez on bass, Selan (Lerner) on keyboards and Luisito Quintero on percussion, with the unmistakable Roy Ayers in charge of the vocal parts and the vibraphone…
10 essential Unity songs / David Peaston – We’re All In This Together (Frankie Knuckles & David Morales Clubbed Mix) (Geffen Records)
One of the most beautiful voices ever, the late falsetto R&B/Swing singer David Peaston on the highly emotional ‘We’re All In This Together’ which stands it our list our timeless anthems. Given a remix by New Jack Swing mogul Teddy Riley, and also turned into a highly expanded vibrant vibe by the likes of Def Mix champions, David Morales and the late Frankie Knuckles back in 1989…
10 essential Unity songs / Charles Dockins presents James Howard – We Can Make It (Wake Up) (Remember Disco 80 Mix) (Downtown)
Originally released in 1991 on Canadian label Emotive Records, this early work by the likes of Baltimore-based producerCharles Dockins would nevertheless be given its best version, as remixed by Andrea Gemolotto and Sergio Portaluri on Italian label Downtown Records. A cut, the title of which speaks for itself, dealing with the necessity for all of us to unite and leave like a family, with this remaining possible anytime if we try…
10 essential Unity songs / Shannon – Stronger Together (Mirage)
WDC-Born singer Brenda Shannon Greene came to prominence in the mid-80’s with the synth Funk led ‘Let The Music Play’ and ‘Give Me Tonight’, followed the year after by the speaking for itself titled ‘Stronger Together’ which opened her second offering, the 1985 released ‘Do You Wanna Get Away’ album, produced by Chris Barbosa and Mark Liggett

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