Monday, October 23, 2017

The S.O.S. Band – Just Get Ready

Tennerz: The S.O.S. Band – Just Get Ready (P Music Group, Inc.)

Just get ready for the return of 80’s Disco band famous The S.O.S. Band! With the good news being we’re getting them the way they were during their heydays along with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. As a matter of fact, it just just like that kind of conversation we might have with a pal we’d lost sight with for ages. Eventually feeling last time we talked was yesterday.

I suppose you’ve guessed it, ‘Just Get Ready’ takes on where gems such as ‘Just The Way You Like It’ or ‘The Finest Left’. Bringin’ us back to the souvenir of their infectious synth funk driven sound. With Atlanta, GA based producer Wirlie Morris at the command this time. No further news regarding the possible recording of an album to date. But the band is to go for an 8 date tour Stateside starting Sat. July 19, 2014 in Winston Salem, NC.

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Overview
The S.O.S. Band (the abbreviation of Sounds Of Success and sometimes written SOS Band) saw the light in Atlanta back in 1977. Initially called Santa Monica, their line-up comprised Willie ‘Sonny’ Killebrew (saxophone), Billy Ellis (flute) and Jason ‘T.C.’ Bryant (keyboards). But also Bruno Speight (guitar), John Simpson (bass), James Earl Jones III (drums) and Mary Davis (lead vocals, keyboards). With trumpeter, vocalist and percussionist Abdul Ra’oof joinin’ them while they were on a world tour.

They changed their name when signing on Clarence Avant‘s Tabu Records. Coming straight to fame with their debut-single, ‘Take Your Time (Do It Right)’. A cut which sold more than 2 million copies, with production work by the likes of Sigidi Bashir Abdullah and arrangements courtesy of Fred Wesley.

The band joined forces with then-new production team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis in 1983. This resulting in an impressive string of hits for the band. From ‘Just Be Good To Me’ to ‘Tell Me If You Still Care’ and ‘Just The Way You Like It’. No to mention ‘The Finest’, ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ and ‘Borrowed Love’. If not ‘Weekend Girl’ to a lesser extend.

Lead vocalist Mary Davis left the band to pursue a solo career back in 1987. With Chandra Curreley takin’ on where Davis left from then on. Therefore contributing to what would be the two last studio albums for the group.

The S.O.S. Band recorded a total of 8 albums between 1980 and 1991. They eventually resurfaced during the Summer 2014. Releasing the firing ‘Just Get Ready’ along with producer Wirlie Morris and regularly tour since. More on their Facebook page.

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