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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Aretha Franklin Discography

b. Aretha Louise Franklin, 25th March 1942, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Aretha Franklin's roots are purely gospel based.

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Albums:

  • The Gospel Soul of Aretha Franklin (1956)
  • Aretha (Columbia 1961)
  • The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (Columbia 1962)
  • The Tender The Moving, The Swinging (Columbia 1962)
  • Laughing On The Outside (Columbia 1963)
  • Unforgettable (Columbia 1964)
  • Songs Of Faith (Checker 1964)
  • Running Out Of Fools (Columbia 1964) 
  • Yeah!!! (Columbia 1965)
  • Queen Of Soul (1965)
  • Once In A Lifetime (1965)
  • Soul Sister (Columbia 1966)
  • Take It Like You Give It (Columbia 1967)
  • I Never Loved A Man The Way That I Love You (Atlantic 1967)
  • Aretha Arrives (Atlantic 1967)
  • Take A Look - early recordings (Columbia 1967)
  • Aretha: Lady Soul (Atlantic 1968)
  • Aretha Now (Atlantic 1968)
  • Aretha In Paris (Atlantic 1968)
  • Aretha Franklin: Soul '69 (Atlantic 1969)
  • Today I Sing The Blues (Columbia 1969)
  • Soft And Beautiful (Columbia 1969
  • I Say A Little Prayer (1969)
  • Aretha Franklin Live (1969)
  • This Girl's In Love With You (Atlantic 1970)
  • Spirit In The Dark (Atlantic 1970)
  • Two Sides Of Love (1970)
  • Aretha Live At Fillmore West (Atlantic 1971)
  • "Don't Fight the Feeling : The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live at the Fillmore West" (1971)
  • Young, Gifted And Black (Atlantic 1972)
  • Amazing Grace (Atlantic 1972) / alternate
  • Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky) (Atlantic 1973)
  • Let Me Into Your Life (Atlantic 1974)
  • With Everything I Feel In Me (Atlantic 1974)
  • You (Atlantic 1975)
  • Sparkle (Atlantic 1976)
  • Sweet Passion (Atlantic 1977)
  • Satisfaction (1977)
  • Almighty Fire (Atlantic 1978)
  • La Diva (Atlantic 1979)
  • Aretha (Arista 1980)
  • Love All The Hurt Away (Arista 1981)
  • Jump To It (Arista 1982)
  • Get It Right (Arista 1983)
  • Who's Zoomin' Who? (Arista 1985)
  • Aretha (Arista 1986)
  • One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (Arista 1987)
  • Through The Storm (Arista 1989)
  • What You See Is What You Sweat (Arista 1991)
  • Aretha Gospel (live) (1991)
  • A Rose is Still a Rose (1998)
  • So Damn Happy (Arista 2003)
  • Joy to the World (christmas) (2006)
  • This Christmas (Borders, 2008

Compilations
  • Sweet Bitter Love (1960-66 material)
  • Aretha Sings the Blues (early)
  • Respect and other Hits (1997)
  • The Delta Meets Detroit - Aretha's Blues (1998)
  • Love Songs (1997)
  • Jazz to Soul (1992)
  • Beautiful Ballads and Love Songs (2008)
  • Jewels in the Crown (duets) (2007)
  • Rare & Unreleased (Rhino, 2007, 2 CDs)
  • Triology (3 CDs) - (2006)
  • Sunday Morning Classics (2009, 3 Cds)
  • Aretha Franklin (Gospel tracks)

Remixes / 7" / 12" singles
  • 'A Rose Is Still a Rose' - Hex Hector club mix
  • 'Jump to It' remixes - Andy Apple & Disco Deviance
  • 12" : "I Knew You Were Waiting" (with George Michael)
  • 12" : The Only Thing Missin' (2003)
  • 12" : Jumping Jack Flash (1986)
  • 12" : Jimmy Lee
  • 12" : A Deeper Love
  • 12" : A Deeper Love pt 1
  • 12" A Deeper Love Pts 2 & 3
  • 12" : Who's Zoomin Who ?
  • 12" : Freeway Of Love
  • 12 " : Aretha Franklin & Whitney Houston - It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be
  • 12" : Classics (many songs)
  • 12" : Jump To It
  • 7" : Soulville / Evil Gal Blues

Video
  • Live At Park West (1985)

Bootlegs

  • Live at Jamaica World Music Festival (1982)
  • Stockholm (1968) - FLAC

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Last Poets Discography


Last Poets were rappers of the civil rights era. Along with the changing domestic landscape came the New York City-hip group called The Last Poets, who used obstreperous verse to chide a nation whose inclination was to maintain the colonial yoke around the neck of the disenfranchised.


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Main albums:

Singles

Jalal solo and collaborations :
  • Umar Bin Hassan solo and collaborations :
Gylan Kain solo (as "Kain) :

Compilations :

Contributions by : Fresh Sly, ksn, Mona, Juronjux, thecorrector

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Deodato Discography


b. Eumir Deodato Almeida, 21st June 1942, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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Albums
  • Ideias (Odeon, 1964)
  • Samba Nova Concepcao (1964)
  • Impulso! (1964)
  • Tremendao (Ubatuqui, 1964)
  • Ataque (Ubatuqui, 1965)
  • Os Catedraticos (Ubatuqui, 1965)
  • Los Danseros en Bolero (1965
  • Inutil Paisagem (1966)
  • Love, Strings and Jobim (1966)
  • Best of Friends (with 'Daybreak') (1971)
  • Percepção (1972)
  • Skyscrapers (1972) aka Os Catedraticos 73 (1973)
  • Prelude (CTI 1973)
  • Donato-Deodato (1973)
  • Deodato 2 (CTI 1973)
  • with Airto: In Concert (CTI 1974)
  • Whirlwinds (MCA 1974)
  • Artistry (MCA 1974)
  • First Cuckoo (MCA 1975)
  • Very Together (MCA 1976)
  • Love Island (Warners 1978)
  • Knights of Fantasy (1969)
  • Night Cruiser (Warners 1980)
  • Happy Hour (Warners 1982)
  • Motion (Warners 1984)
  • Somewhere Out There (Atlantic 1989)
  • Bossa Nova O.S.T. (1999)
  • Plays Marcos Valle: Summer Samba (2002)

Compilations

  • The Bossa Nova Sessions Vol 1 (2002) - combines the two 1964 albums ‘Samba Nova Concepcao’ and ‘Impulso’
  • The Bossa Nova Sessions Vol 2 (2002) - combines the two 1965 albums ‘Tremendao’ and ‘Ataque’
  • Lounge '64 (irma) - early work compilation
  • 'Deodato for Dummiez' 

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The Dells Discography


A soul vocal and close harmony group formed in 1953 as the El-Rays, who comprised:

Johnny Funches (b.18th July 1935, Harvey, Illinois, U.S.A., d. 23rd January 1998, lead)

Marvin Junior (b. 31st January 1936, Harrell, Arkansas, U.S.A., tenor)

Verne Allison (b. 22nd June 1936, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., tenor)

Lucius McGill (b. 1935, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., tenor)

Mickey McGill (b. 17th February 1937, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., baritone)

Chuck Barksdale (b. 11th January 1935, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., bass)


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Albums

  • Oh What A Nite (1959)
  • It's Not Unusual (1965)
  • There Is (Cadet 1968)
  • Love Is Blue (Cadet 1969)
  • The Dell Musical Menu / Always Together (Cadet 1969)
  • Like It Is, Like It Was (Cadet 1970)
  • Freedom Means (Cadet 1971)
  • Dells Sing Dionne Warwick's Greatest Hits (Cadet 1972)
  • Sweet As Funk Can Be (Cadet 1972)
  • The Dells (Cadet 1973)
  • Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation (Cadet 1973)
  • with the Dramatics: The Dells Vs The Dramatics (Cadet 1974)
  • The Mighty Mighty Dells (Cadet 1974)
  • We Got To Get Our Thing Together (Cadet 1975)
  • No Way Back (Mercury 1975)
  • They Said It Couldn't Be Done, But We Did It (Mercury 1977)
  • Love Connection (Mercury 1977)
  • New Beginnings (ABC 1978)
  • Face To Face (ABC 1979)
  • I Touched A Dream (20th Century 1980)
  • Whatever Turns You On (20th Century 1981)
  • One Step Closer (1984)
  • The Second Time (Veteran 1988)
  • Music From The Motion Picture: The Five Heartbeats (Virgin 1991)
  • I Salute You (Philadelphia International 1992)
  • Reminiscing (Volt 2000)
  • Open Up My Heart / The 9/11 Album (Devine 2002)
  • Open Up My Heart / The 9/11 Suite (Devine 2002)
  • Hott (A & E Records 2004)
  • Then and Now (2008)


Singles & 45's
  • Stay In My Corner [7 inch] (single) (1968)
  • The Dells Early Recordings


Compilations
  • Stay In My Corner (Cadet 1968)
  • Oh, What A Night (Cadet 1970)
  • The Dells On Their Corner (1992)
  • Dreams of Contentment (Vee-Jay 1993)
  • Dells, Vol. 2 (Vee-Jay 1994)
  • Passionate Breezes (1995)
  • Ultimate Collection (2004)


Other
  • Comme Un Aimant OST (performed "You Promised Me")

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Blackbyrds Discography


The original Blackbyrds were formed in 1973 by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd.

The line up consisted of:

Allan Curtis Barnes (b.1949, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.) (reeds)

Barney Perry (b.1953, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.) (guitar)

Kevin Kraig Toney (b.1953 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.) (keyboards)

Joseph Hall, III (b.1954, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) (bass)

Pericles Jacobs, Jr. (b.1951, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) (percussion)

and Keith Killgo (b.1954, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.) (drums)


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Albums

  • The Blackbyrds (Fantasy 1974)
  • Flying Start (Fantasy 1974)
  • Cornbread, Earl And Me (Fantasy 1975)
  • City Life (Fantasy 1975)
  • Unfinished Business (Fantasy 1976)
  • City Life
  • Action (Fantasy 1977)
  • Night Grooves (Fantasy 1978)
  • Better Days (Fantasy 1980)

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Stylistics Discography


The Stylistics. were formed in 1968 from the fragments of two Philadelphia groups, the Monarchs and the Percussions, by:

Russell Thompkins Jnr. (b. 21st March 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)

Airrion Love (b. 8th October 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)

James Smith (b. 16th June 1950, New York City, U.S.A.)

Herbie Murrell (b. 27th April 1949, Lane, South Carolina, U.S.A.)

and James Dunn (b. 4th February 1950, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.).

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Signing to Avco Records, The Stylistics began working with producer Thom Bell, who had already produced a catalogue of hits for The Delfonics, and songwriter Linda Creed. Bell imported the sweet soul techniques he had perfected with The Delfonics, and his arrangements worked perfectly with Thompkins' falsetto. The bittersweet lyrics from Creed were a key factor in creating hugely memorable music. They had their first U.S. hit in 1971 with "You're a Big Girl Now".

Their hits — distilled from three albums — from this period included "Betcha by Golly Wow!" (U.S. #3), "I'm Stone in Love with You", "Break Up To Make Up" (U.S. #5), "You Make Me Feel Brand New" featuring a double lead with Love, "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" and "You Are Everything". "You Make Me Feel Brand New" was the group's biggest U.S. hit, holding at #2 for two weeks in the spring of 1974, and was one of five U.S. gold singles the Stylistics collected. The Stylistics' smooth sound also found an easier path onto adult contemporary airwaves than other soul artists, and the group made Billboard magazine's Easy Listening singles chart twelve times from 1971 to 1976, with three entries ("Betcha by Golly Wow!," "You Make Me Feel Brand New," and "You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)") reaching the Top 10. This commercial success was not confined only to the U.S., with the band also having big hits with this material throughout Europe.

The group split with Thom Bell in 1974, and the split proved commercially devastating to the group's success in the U.S. Just as with The Delfonics, The Stylistics were to some extent a vehicle for Bell's own creativity. They struggled hard to find producers who could come up with the right material, and partnerships with Hugo & Luigi and Van McCoy were notably less successful. They left Avco for H&L Records and the Stylistics' popularity rapidly declined in the U.S. However, just as that success began to wane, their popularity in Europe, and especially the United Kingdom, increased. Indeed, the lighter 'pop' sound fashioned by Van McCoy and Hugo and Luigi gave the band a UK Number one in 1975 with "I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)". Further successes with "Na Na is the Saddest Word", "Funky Weekend" and "Can't Help Falling in Love" consolidated the band's European popularity.

Notwithstanding this, the Stylistics began to struggle with what many saw as increasingly weak material after 1976. Although the singles and albums came out as before, chart success vanished. This decline also coincided with the rise of New Wave in Europe around this time. It was also stated by Russell Thompkins Jr. (in the re-issue sleevenotes for the 1976 album Fabulous) that the band began to feel that the music they were recording was becoming increasingly dated, and not in keeping with the emerging disco sound of the late 1970s.

In 1980, James Dunn departed due to health problems, and James Smith left shortly thereafter. The group continued, recruiting new member Raymond Johnson, and releasing the album Some Things Never Change, in 1985. Johnson departed shortly afterward, leaving the group a trio. Love, Murrell, and Thompkins continued to tour until 2000, when original lead Russell Thompkins, Jr. left. Love and Murrell brought in two new members, Harold "Eban" Brown, formerly of the Delfonics, as lead (who sounds amazingly like a young Russell Thompkins), and tenor Van Fields. The present group is featured live on the DVD's "The Stylistics Live at the Convention Center" (2006), as well as along with other artists of the 1970s on the DVD "The Big Show."

In 2004, Russell Thompkins, Jr. started a new group, the New Stylistics, with the returning Raymond Johnson, James Ranton, and Jonathan Buckson. They are featured on the DVD "Old School Soul Party Live!," which was part of the PBS "My Music" series.

In 2006, their hit single "I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" was used as the base for a Japanese advertisement campaign by Gatsby to launch their new male hair styling product "Moving Rubber". The campaign was highly successful due in no small part to the catchy nature of the tune and that the commercial featured one of Japan's most popular celebrities Takuya Kimura of the pop group SMAP. They were also featured guests on SMAP's television show SMAPXSMAP one of the highest rated shows in Japan to promote the "Moving Rubber" product with Takuya Kimura.

Their song, "People Make the World Go Round", was used by Spike Lee in the soundtrack for his movie, Crooklyn, made in 1994.










Albums
  • The Stylistics (Avco 1971)
  • Round 2: The Stylistics (Avco 1972)
  • Rockin' Roll Baby (Avco 1973)
  • Heavy (1974)
  • Let's Put It All Together (Avco 1974)
  • From The Mountain (Avco 1974) [Same as Heavy]
  • Thank You Baby (Avco 1975)
  • You Are Beautiful (Avco 1975)
  • Fabulous (H&L 1976)
  • Once Upon A Juke Box (H&L 1976)
  • Sun And Soul (H&L 1977)
  • Wonder Woman (H&L 1978)
  • In Fashion (H&L 1978)
  • Love Spell (1979)
  • Live In Japan (1979)
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1979)
  • Hurry Up This Way Again (TSOP/ Philadelphia International 1980)
  • Closer Than Close (MOP/Philadelphia International 1982)
  • 1982 (TSOP/Philadelphia International 1982)
  • A Special Style (1985)
  • Some Things Never Change (Streetwise 1985)
  • Christmas (Amherst 1992)
  • Love Talks (1993)
  • Love Is Back In Style (Marathon 1996)
  • That Same Way (2008)

Compilations
  • Very Best of the Stylistics
  • Black Satin (H&L 1979)
  • Looking At Love Again (1992) - combination of 'In Fashion' / 'Love Spell'
  • Greatest Hits and More (2008) includes new album "That Same Way" - see above

Miscellaneous
  • "People Make the World Go Round" cover versions

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