Most Wanted! The Strangers – Step Out Of My Dream (Salsoul Records)
From the vaults of Salsoul Records, this killer cool groove that carries the signature of producer Hubert Eaves III (D-Train). In other words, embedding some infectious synth lines over a rumblin’ bassline, with vocal arrangements taken to the limit! The much in-demand Shep Pettibone givin’ it a stellar remix…
I guess I never understood how we never managed to hear much more of The Strangers at the end…
Adam Oelsner, Edward Dennis Moore, Howard Terrance King and Hubert Eaves III gave birth to The Strangers in NYC by the beginning of the 80’s.
Moore left quite an imprint as a producer and a guitarist. He has collaborated with artists such as Blue Magic and Loleatta Holloway. But also Love Committee, Double Exposure and Marc Sadane to name but a few. He also happened to be a member of Mtume along with Howard King and Hubert Eaves III.
King first appeared as the drummer of Jazz fusion combo Gary Bartz NTU Troop back in 1972. A group which Eaves eventually joined the year after as a pianist. Just like Moore, Howard King has contributed to countless recordings. One might remember him along with Eddie Henderson on the memorable ‘Say You Will’ from the 1977 ‘Comin Through’ album. And he also worked with Roberta Flack, Stephanie Mills, D-Train and Glenn Jones.
Last but not least, he’s also one of the founding members of Netwerk along with the late Gary Kemp. A group whose album – ‘I Need You’ – although supposed to be released on Salsoul, only saw the light on Dutch label Rams Horn. Bringin’ its singles – ‘Why You Wanna Treat Me Like That’ and ‘Pump It Up’ – to the list of the most sought after 12″ on the second hand market.
As for, Eaves, he made himself quite a reputation as the producer of D-Train. With Miles Davis eventually delivering a cover version of D-Train‘s ‘Something’s On Your Mind’ on his 1985 ‘You’re Under Arrest’ album.
Despite the impressive CV of its members, The Strangers only made a brief buzz back in 1983, releasing their debut-album on Salsoul Records.
An album that spawned 2 singles beginning with the outstanding and somehow premonitory ‘Step Out Of My Dream’. As it’s pretty much what The Strangers did, disappearing from the radar after the release of the obscure ‘Wanna Take Your Body’…