Posts Tagged ‘soul’

BarryWhiteCantGetEnough

Can’t Get Enough is the self-produced third album by American R&B singer Barry White, released in 1974 on the 20th Century label. In 2003, the album was ranked number 281 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The album topped the R&B albums chart, his third to do so. It also topped the Billboard 200 and peaked at #4 on the UK Albums Chart. The album included two Billboard R&B number-one singles, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” and “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything”. Both were also successful on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #1 and #2 respectively. Both singles were also hits on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #8 and #1 respectively. The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD on March 19, 1996 by Island/Mercury Records. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can%27t_Get_Enough_%28Barry_White_album%29

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ChicRisque

Risqué is the third studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in 1979. The album includes three classic Chic hits; “Good Times” (#1 Pop, #1 R&B June 23, 1979, #5 UK), “My Forbidden Lover” (#33 R&B, #43 Pop October 13, 1979, #15 UK) and “My Feet Keep Dancing” (#42 R&B, #101 Pop December 8, 1979, #21 UK). (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risqu%C3%A9_%28album%29

MaryJBligeWhatsThe411

What’s the 411? is the debut album by American recording artist Mary J. Blige, released July 28, 1992. Upon being signed to Uptown Records, she began working with record producer Puff Daddy. The album spawned six singles, including “You Remind Me” and “Real Love”. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What%27s_the_411%3F

CommodoresMachineGun

Machine Gun is the debut studio album by The Commodores, released on July 22, 1974, on Motown Records. Unlike subsequent Commodores albums, Machine Gun has only funk music and is devoid of slow-paced ballads. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Gun_%28Commodores_album%29

ParliamentTheClonesOfDrFunkenstein

The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein is an album by funk band Parliament, released in (July) of 1976. The album is notable for featuring horn arrangements by ex-James Brown band member, Fred Wesley. The album charted at #3 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart, #20 on the Billboard pop chart, and became Parliament’s second album to be certified gold. Two singles were released off the album, “Do That Stuff”, which charted at #22, and “Dr. Funkenstein” which charted at #43. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clones_of_Dr._Funkenstein

CollectiveSoulHintsAllegations

Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid is the debut studio album by the American rock band Collective Soul. It was originally released on vinyl on an indie label in Atlanta called Rising Storm Records in 1993. The track “Shine” gained the band attention thanks to college radio. They later signed on with Atlantic Records and the album was released on CD in 1994 under the Atlantic label.

The album’s title is derived from the lyrics of Paul Simon’s 1986 hit “You Can Call Me Al.” The cover art is a modified version of the original logo of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 broadway musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with just the man on the cover, the picture in color and on a red background and the knife replaced by a huge banner. The album’s opening track, “Shine,” would arguably become Collective Soul’s biggest hit.

Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid was recorded in a basement in 1992 as a promotional demo. Frontman Ed Roland hoped to simply sell the songs to a publishing company rather than form a band. He gave the demo to a small college radio station in Atlanta which began playing “Shine.” The track quickly became their most requested song and the band was asked to perform some concerts for the station. Favoring an opportunity to perform a few shows with his brother, Roland agreed and regathered the demo’s guitarist and drummer as well as his brother Dean.

However, the attention gained by “Shine” allowed it to chart and catapulted the band to national stardom. They were soon picked up by Atlantic Records who wished to release the demo as the debut studio album of Collective Soul. In a 1995 interview, Roland elaborated on his mixed feelings regarding the situation:

“It wasn’t even remixed. It was the same demo. Before we got signed we’d already charted with ‘Shine.’ Once we got signed I said, ‘We want to re-record. This is not a band recording.’ But they said, ‘You’re gonna lose momentum. You’re looking at a three to five month process. So let’s go with it and you can get your next record out quick.’ We thought it would be great to sell 10-20,000 units. [When it went gold], we were sitting there with our eyes wide open.”

Consequently, Collective Soul would regard their self-titled 1995 studio album under Atlantic as the band’s official debut. Roland told Metal Edge, “It’s so funny for people to compare the two. It’s like comparing one band to another band. [Collective Soul] is our first record, flat out.” Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hints_Allegations_and_Things_Left_Unsaid

Diana

Today in 1980, Diana Ross released her tenth studio album “Diana” which featured the singles “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out”. Read more at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_(album)