Most Wanted! Sandy Barber – I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own) (Opolopo Rework) (BBE)
Sandy Barber released her debut-album – ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ back in 1978, back in the Disco days. There she undoubtedly delivered one of the most beautiful tracks in the genre. And more precisely the relatively unsung ‘I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own) back then. A gem most likely ahead of its time; this probably explaining that, as a matter of fact! With the lady delivering a one of a kind performance along with producers David Wooford and Nat Adderley, Jr.. Not to mention Tasha Thomas in the backing vocals…
37 years after its release, UK label BBE Music gives it a new life. And what a life, with remixing work courtesy of studio guru Opolopo (Mario Biondi, Gregory Porter, Portia Monique…). The man elightening it with lush jazzy rearrangements, simply expanding its initial beauty.
One hardly get better than this in terms of reworks. So respectful of its original spirit, although getting it to the next level….
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NYC-born Sandra Barber knew from an early age she had singing in her skin. Therefore, with the encouragements of her family she would sing everywhere she could. No wonder then why, in her then teens, she wanted to be a singing star. An appearence on Talent Night at Harlem’s the Apollo Theatre where she won the second place standing as one of most cherished moments.
There she met the attention of Chris Curry who hooked her up with producer David Jordan who was looking for a female singer for a project of his. This being Sandy got to sing the lead along with Rare Pleasure on the heavily sought after ‘Let Me Down Easy’.
Singing with a group wasn’t really her thing though. Hopefully, she would get soon after introduced to Clyde Otis who signed her on the spot and produced her debut-album – ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ – 2 years later. An album out of which came the memorable ‘I Think I’ll Do Steppin’ On My Own’ which Opolopo reworked in absolute fine style on BBE back in 1995.
Sandy Barber also made a name for herself as Sandy B in the House scene back in the 90’s. She topped the Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart with ‘Make The World Go Round’ and ‘Ain’t No Need To Hide’ both produced by Deep Dish. Most likely her biggest classics from the period. These along with ‘Feel Like Singin’ produced by B.O.P. on Nervous (1992). And ‘Back Together’ produced by Roland Clark on King Street (1994).