Wed. Jan. 16, 2019

France Joli – Gonna Get Over You (Vocal)

Classics: France Joli – Gonna Get Over You (Prelude Records)

Gettin’ to fame back in 1979 with ‘Come To Me’, France Joli beautifully illustrated the dynamism of the Canadian Disco scene. She would reach another peak 3 years later. Teamin’ up with production pair William Anderson and Raymond Reid. In other words, both the guitarist and trombone player of Crown Heights Affair. The twosome providing Prelude with a string of vaults. From Empress‘ ‘Dying To Be Dancing’ to Unlimited Touch‘s ‘I Hear Music In The Streets’ to name a few. Not to mention France Joli‘s ‘Gonna Get Over You’ with mixing work by the likes of François K.

The appeal of this brilliantly crafted funky jam happened to be such that Joli soon after recorded a Spanish version’ of it by the lies of ‘Te Olvidare’…

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Overview…
Raymond Reid and William Anderson stood among the most prolific producers in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Beginning with their activities as members of Crown Heights Affair. With Reid playing trombone and Anderson playing guitar. One can find traces of them on gems such as France Joli‘s ‘Gonna Get Over You’. But also Trilark‘s heavily sought after ‘Love Never Looked Better’ to name but a very few.

The twosome also put together Unlimited Touch. Crafting gems such as ‘I Hear Music In The Streets’ and ‘Searching To Find The One’ for them. And they did the same regarding Empress. Recruiting members of Crown Heights Affair such as bassist Arnold ‘Muki’ Wilson among others. But also top notched musicians such as Samy Figueroa and Fred Zarr around singer Gail Smith.

Empress released their eponymous album back in 1982. Most likely one of the best packages Prelude ever released, it would be their one and only though. As for Gail Smith would soon after disappear from the radar. It features the memorable ‘Dyin’ To Be Dancing’, their biggest classic with mixing work courtesy of François Kevorkian. But also ‘Take A Risk’. Meanwhile both ‘Take Me Along’ and ‘Control’ never saw the light as singles, despite their undeniable appeal.

Diagnosed with cancer, Raymond Reid sadly passed from the disease on May, 21, 2013, aged 60.

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