Patti LaBelle ‎– Just The Facts (1987)

Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards (born May 24, 1944), better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is a renowned Grammy Award-winning American singer, author, and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry. LaBelle spent 16 years as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, who changed their name to Labelle in the early 1970s and released the iconic disco song “Lady Marmalade”.

LaBelle started her solo career shortly after the group disbanded in 1977 and crossed over to pop music with “On My Own”, “If You Asked Me To”, “Stir It Up”, and “New Attitude”.

Patti collaborated with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis in 1994 (The Right Kinda Lover) and 1997 (When You Talk About Love), but back in 1987 when Jam/Lewis were at the peak of their hit-making career came this one-off single from the Dragnet soundtrack, written and produced by Jam/Lewis and remixed by Louil Silas Jr and Flyte Tyme, re-edits by Greg Royal.

Just The Facts (Cabbage Patch Version)                           8:43

Just The Facts (Slammin’ Radio Version)                           5:59

Just The Facts (Slammin’ Flyte Tyme Edit)                        5:43

Just The Facts (Slammin’ Dubapella)                                 2:37


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The Dream Academy ‎– The Love Parade (1985)

The Dream Academy was an English folk rock band, comprising singer/guitarist Nick Laird-Clowes; multi-instrumentalist (chiefly oboe, English horn player) Kate St John; plus keyboardist Gilbert Gabriel. They are most noted for their hit single, “Life in a Northern Town”.

“The Love Parade” is the fourth single released by The Dream Academy. It was a more “edgy” song then their previous singles, with the theme being about adultery and erotic temptation . There were two additional singles released in the UK by Blanco y Negro, a 7″ shaped picture disc and a second limited edition release.

There were high hopes for the single, especially from Warners, and there was some degree of promotion of the song (such as a live performance on American Bandstand). However, the single failed to live up to the expectations of their debut single, “Life in a Northern Town”, just making the top 40 (#36) in the US but reaching #78 in the UK.

The Love Parade (12″)                                           6:12

The Love Parade (7″)                                            3:45

Girl In A Million (For Edie Sedgwick)                      3:50

The Dream Academy

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Bandolero ‎– Hot “Paris Latino” (1983)

Bandolero is a French latin-funk and disco-rap band created in 1983 in Paris by Carlos Perez (vocals/guitar), his brother Jose Perez (vocals/bass) and Jill Merme-Bourezak (Vocals) and signed on the Taxi Girl’s label, Mankin.

“Paris Latino” was released in 1983 and the singlr would hit the charts in Holland (#12), Belgium (#19), and Switzerland (#2).

In the US, Sire Records would add two new remixes by John “Jellybean” Benitez to the original mixes by D.B.F. (Dominique Blanc-Francard).

Hot “Paris Latino” (US Version)                                                    6:32

Paris Latino (Instrumental)                                                           5:28

Paris Latino (Original Version)                                                     5:07

Hot “Paris Latino” (English Version/Mix Radio)                              6:10


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Fallen Angel ‎– Throw Down (1983)

Fallen Angel were a US Funk/Soul act consisting of Sophia Loren Bibbs and Charles Simmons. The duo released one album “Go For The Ride” and the single “Throw Down” in 1983.

The Fallen Angel album was produced by Terry Philips who had a long and varied career as a singer, songwriter and producer working with acts such as Xavier and Larry Young, while John Morales & Sergio Munzibai would remix both “Throw Down and “Minnesota Strip”.

Throw Down                             5:23

Minnesota Strip                       4:53

Fallen Angel

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Evelyn “Champagne” King ‎– High Horse (1985)

“High Horse” was a 1985 single by Evelyn “Champagne” King from her 8th album “A Long Time Coming (A Change Is Gonna Come)”.

The single would reach #19 on the US R&B charts and #12 on the US Dance charts.

‘High Horse” was written, produced, mixed and arranged by Allan George and Fred McFarlane and remixed for the 12″ release by Bruce Weeden & David Todd.

High Horse (Remixed Version)               6:10

High Horse (Dub Version)                      6:00

High Horse (LP Version)                       4:26

Take A Chance (Long Version)              5:20

High Horse

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T.C. Curtis ‎– You Should Have Known Better (1985)

William Alexander Smith, a UK Funk/Soul artist, released a number of singles throughout the 80’s under the moniker T.C.Curtis, most on his own label Hot Melt.

Hot Melt also released singles by Dotty Green and Mai Tai, Smith would have ties to both acts, writing for Dotty Green (I Caught You Out) and providing remixes for Mai Tai (Body & Soul).

In 1985, Smith released “You Should Have Known Better”, a single he both wrote and produced, initially released on Hot Melt in the UK and subsequently released through Sire Records in the US.

Backing vocals courtesy of Galaxy (Phil Fearon) and mixed by regular Phil Fearon contributor, Laurie Jago.

You Should Have Known Better                                          7:01

You Should Have Known Better (Dub)                                 7:34


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Jeb Million ‎– Speed Up My Heartbeat (1986)

Jeb Million started off playing in various bands during his High School years in Canada. After leaving High School he formed a full time group called Turkey along with his school friend, guitarist Bobby Littlemore and with Jeff Harris on Drums.

Jeb moved to London around 1976 following in the footsteps of his friend, guitarist Derek O’Neil who had just quit playing alongside Pat Travers. They decided to form a band which became Fury along with Steve Barnacle on Bass Guitar and Nick Headon on Drums. The band played mainly their own material and lasted for around a year until Nick Headon left to eventually join The Clash.

The band then recruited former Streetwalkers and Pat Travers drummer Nicko McBrain. It was around this time that the management convinced the band to change their name to Blazer Blazer. Nicko lasted for a short while before also leaving. Simon Fox who had recently left Be Bop Deluxe then came in to fill the vacant drum stool. A support slot with AC/DC in November 1978 helped get the group noticed further afield. Creative differences within Blazer Blazer led to the band splitting up in early 1980.

In 1986 Jeb teamed up with Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) and went on to record two singles with them which were released by WEA Records.
The second SAW single Speed Up My Heartbeat featured a B side with the song Who Sent You which was produced by Jeb and his old friend Steve Barnacle. All the songs were written by Jeb.

Speed Up My Heartbeat (Extended Mix)               5:47

Speed Up My Heartbeat                                      3:23

Who Sent You                                                    4:38

Jeb Million

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Chaka Khan ‎– I Feel For You (1984)

“I Feel for You” is a song written by Prince that originally appeared on his 1979 self-titled album. The most successful and well known version was recorded by female R&B singer Chaka Khan, appearing on her 1984 album, I Feel for You. Prince, as songwriter, won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Khan’s version featured an all-star supporting cast, with rapping from Melle Mel, keyboard and guitar by The System’s David Frank, and harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The song also uses vocal samples from Wonder’s “Fingertips”. The repetition of Khan’s name by rapper Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin (actually a sample of Melle Mel’s song “Step Off”), who then decided to keep it.

This version of the song became a million-selling smash in the U.S. and UK, and it helped to relaunch Khan’s career. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1984, matching her previous highest pop chart position from ten years prior (the 1974 hit single, “Tell Me Something Good”, which she recorded with the band Rufus). The song remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks and became Billboard’s #5 pop song of the year in 1985. The single reached #1 on both the U.S. dance and R&B charts in late 1984, remaining atop both for three weeks each.In addition, the song also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart. While touring with Prince in 1998 in support of her collaborative album, Come 2 My House, Khan and Prince performed “I Feel for You” as a duet.

I Feel For You (Remix)                7:12

Chinatown (LP Version)              4:33

Chaka Khan

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Thelma Houston ‎– I’d Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New (1984)

Thelma Houston (née Jackson; born May 7, 1946, Leland, Mississippi) is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Houston continued recording into the 1980s, beginning with the RCA release Breakwater Cat which reunited her with Jimmy Webb who’d produced her debut Sunshower and which like their earlier collaboration was a commercially overlooked critical success.

In the 22 December 1984 Billboard magazine interview, Houston admitted to “‘no real commercial success’ since the single ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ broke on the Pop charts in late 1976” indicating that the disco backlash had left her with “no real base of audience support” and that her current album Qualifying Heat, executive produced by Houston herself, was a concentrated initiative to restore her as a viable chart presence; the album featured three cuts from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – including the single “You Used to Hold Me So Tight” – and production work from Glen Ballard, Dennis Lambert, Cliff Magness and – in his first known recording work – Lenny Kravitz (then billed as Romeo Blue), who each produced a cut apiece.

“You Use to Hold Me So Tight” became Houston’s most successful post-’70s’ release with a #13 R&B peak, but its parent album was a comparative failure – charting #41 R&B – and Houston would not cut another album for six years.

I’d Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New (Radio Mix)                                        3:48

I’d Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New (Dub Version)                                  7:15

I’d Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New (Extended Dance Version)                      10:47


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Brass Construction ‎– Give And Take (1985)

Brass Construction was an American funk group formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. They were originally known as Dynamic Soul and went on to record a string of hit singles and albums through to 1985.

Signed in 1975 by Sid Maurer, and former Epic Records promotion man Fred Frank, they scored two US Billboard Hot 100 entries in 1976 – the most successful being “Movin’,” which hit #14. They had much more success on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, with nine chart entries, including “Movin’,” which reached #1. Pianist/Flautist/Arranger Randy Muller went on to score a number of R&B hits with Skyy.

Over the years, Brass Construction members have included Wade Williamston (bass), Sandy Billups (percussion), Morris Price (trumpet), Larry Payton (drums), Paul C Saenz (Guitar), Jesse Ward Jnr. (saxophone), Michael “Micky” Grudge (saxophone), Wayne Parris (trumpet), Alvin Haskin (original Trombone player on Movin), Duane Cahill (trombone), Joseph “Chickie” Arthur-Wong (guitar), and Randy Muller.

“Give And Take” was the band’s final single, written by Randy Muller and mixed by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai, the single reached #76 on the US R&B Charts and #62 on the UK singles chart.

The UK 12″ added the “Vintage Brass Medley” which was mixed and edited by John Morales.

Give And Take                                              6:00

Give And Take (Dub Version)                         5:00

Vintage Brass Medley                                 11:30


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