The Conway Brothers ‎– Turn It Up (The Brand New Full Monty Mix) (1985)

The Conway Brothers were Huston, Hiawatha, James & Fredrick Conway, a funk act active from 1983 to 1989 releasing two albums, Turn It Up (1986) and Lady In Red (1987) and a number of singles right through the 80’s.

In 1985, the act released two singles which were dancefloor smashes, the first was the title track from their debut album “Turn It Up”, followed by “Raise The Roof”. Both singles were released in the UK on Ten Records and benefited from remixes from some of the UK’s biggest DJ’s.

“Turn It Up” received the remix treatment from Simon Harris on this UK release, while the original US mix from The Conway Brothers & Hotmix Hudson was also included.

Turn It Up (The Full Monty Mix)                    4:58

Turn It Up (Original U.S. Mix)                       6:43

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Chaka Khan ‎– Baby Me (1988)

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is a 10-time Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often cited as the Queen of Funk, Khan has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide.

CK is the seventh studio album by American R&B/funk singer Chaka Khan, released on the Warner Bros. Records label in 1988.

CK was Khan’s first album not to be recorded with Arif Mardin, instead it had with the exception of two tracks Russ Titelman at the helm as producer, with whom she had collaborated on hits like “Ain’t Nobody” (1983), “Eye to Eye” from 1984’s platinum-selling I Feel for You as well as “Tight Fit” from her previous album Destiny. Musically CK combined a variety of genres such as soul, R&B, funk, pop as well as two jazz titles and altogether the set was more laid-back, less hip-hop influenced and production-wise not as complex and synth-driven as I Feel for You and Destiny.

Three singles were released from C.K.: Womack & Womack’s Latino-flavoured “It’s My Party” which reached #5 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart, “Soul Talkin'” and “Baby Me” which became another Top 10 hit on the R&B chart, peaking at #8. The CK album itself also charted higher than the preceding Destiny, reaching #17 on the R&B Albums chart.

“Baby Me” was remixed by David Todd for the 12″ single release.

Baby Me (2 CK’s And A Baby Mix)                          6:35

Baby Me (Big Baby Mix – Extended Mix)                 4:21

Baby Me (LP Version)                                            4:04

Baby Me (Nursery Mix)                                          4:25

Everybody Needs Some Love                                 4:26

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Audrey Wheeler – Forget About Her (1987)

Audrey Wheeler is a top New York-based session singer. She sang in the local choir and was a finalist in the Miss Black America Pageant as well as a runner-up in the Miss Black Universe contest while still in her teens.

Her recording career began in the early 1980’s when Bert Reid, Ray Rock and William Anderson, former members of 1970’s disco band Crown Heights Affair were looking for a female singer for a new group they were forming.

Between 1981-3 she sang as lead vocalist with Unlimited Touch (‘Searching To Find The One’), and in 1985 was the featured vocalist on ‘Step By Step’ by Jeff Lorber.

She has recorded backing vocals for numerous artists through the 1980’s including Madonna, Billy Ocean, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, Glenn Jones, D Train (“Misunderstanding”), Keith Washington (“Missing You”), Najee, Eric Gable, Kashif and Me’lisa Morgan’s hit cover of Mother’s Finest’s “Love Changes,” Atlantic Starr’s smash cover of the Staple Singers’ “Let’s Do It Again,” The System (“Don’t Disturb This Groove,” “Midnight Special”), and Kathi Sledge, among others.

In 1987 she signed to Capitol Records and released the album ‘Let It Be Me’.

This US 12″ include the John Morales & Sergio Munzibai remixes of “Forget About Her” and add the Pete Hammond/Pete Waterman remix of ‘Irresistible”.

Forget About Her (Club Mix)                  6:36

Forget About Her (Edit)                         3:59

Irresistible (The UK Remix)                   7:30

Forget About Her (Club Dub)                 6:44

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Rochelle ‎– My Magic Man (1986)

Rochelle is a disco/dance singer who released three singles over 1985 to 1988, the biggest hit of these three singles was “My Magic Man”

” My Magic Man” was written by Gary Henry (No Frills Love) and produced by him with Ted Currier (who went on to produce freestyle girl group Sweet Sensation’s hits).

Background vocals by Audrey Wheeler and Cindy Mizelle and the 12″ single featured remixes by Chep Nunez and the Latin Rascals.

My Magic Man (Magic Mix)                                5:45

My Magic Man (Samurai Mix)                             6:27

My Magic Man (Machine Gun Dub)                     6:11

My Magic Man (7″ Edit)                                     3:48

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Pure Energy Featuring Lisa Stevens ‎– One Hot Night (1984)

Pure Energy were an American group best known for their club hits “You’ve Got the Power”, “Breakaway” and “Love Game”. The band was comprised of Curtis Hudson, Lisa Stevens, Raymond Hudson, and Wade Hudson.

Two members of the group, Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens, also wrote a song titled “Holiday”, which later became a big hit for Madonna.

“One Hot Night” was mixed by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (“An M&M Mix”)

One Hot Night                           6:44

One Hot Night (Dub)                  5:10

One Hot Night (Edit)                  4:05

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Zeke Manyika ‎– Heaven Help Us (Try) (1984)

Zeke Manyika (born 23 February 1955, Zimbabwe) is a drummer, vocalist and songwriter.

Manyika was born in Zimbabwe, but has lived in Britain for most of his life. From 1982 to 1984 he was a member of the pop group Orange Juice, and contributed to their biggest hit single, “Rip It Up”. He can be heard playing drums on singles by The Style Council such as “Speak Like a Child” and “A Solid Bond in Your Heart”. He also contributed to several albums by The The including Soul Mining, Infected and Dusk.

“Heaven Help Us (Try)” was the first single from Zeke’s debut album “Call And Response”.

Heaven Help Us (Try) (Manyanamegamix)              5:01

I’ve Made My Bed                                                2:24

Everywhere I Go                                                  3:58

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Jaki Graham ‎– The Megamix (1986)

Jaki Graham was born in Birmingham. She originally sang in a band called Ferrari, and then went on to the band Medium Wave, before becoming a backing vocalist for UB40. She appeared on their version of Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross” as well as UB40’s own “Sing Our Own Song” (1986). She was also in a band called White Lines with former Bakerloo and Little Acre sax player George Northall in 1977.

She went on to achieve notable solo chart success in 1985, including two singles in which she duetted with the former Linx vocalist David Grant. The first, a cover of “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” reached #5, and the duo had a second hit the same year with the song “Mated” which reached #20.

Graham also had several hits by herself, including “Round and Around” (#9), “Set Me Free” (#7), “Step Right Up” (#15) and “Breaking Away” (#16).

Graham also continued to work as a backing vocalist, and in 1990 she provided backing vocals on Kim Wilde’s, “I Can’t Say Goodbye”. In 1993 she also provided vocals for “Dreams” and “Jack & Jill”, two singles released by the dance music outfit, ‘Essence’.

Despite her star status in the UK, Graham’s success in the United States failed to cross over from the dance/club audiences, though she scored a number one hit on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1994, with her cover version of Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”.

In 1986, Les “Mix Doctor’ Adams supplied this Megamix of three of Jaki’s biggest hits, Set Me Free, The Closest One and Step Right Up.

Megamix                                                                             6:55

Step Right Up                                                                      4:01

The Closest One (Duet With Derek Bramble)                          4:37

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Cheryl Lynn ‎– If You Were Mine (Extended Remix) (1987)

Lynda Cheryl Smith (born March 11, 1957), known better by her professional name Cheryl Lynn, is an American disco, R&B and soul singer known best for her 1978 disco song, “Got to Be Real”.

Lynn released her first and best-known song, “Got to Be Real,” which was composed by keyboardist David Paich (of the band Toto), David Foster and Lynn. The song scored #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart and #1 on the Rhythm & Blues chart. The success of the single album prompted a full scale debut album. Named Cheryl Lynn, it was produced by Paich. The album sold more than a million copies and scored #5 on Billboard magazine’s R&B albums chart and #23 on Billboard’s top 200 album charts.

Wieder and Footman joined songwriting forces with the artist for her second album, In Love (album) with “Got Just What You Need!”

During this time, members of the rock music group Toto were producing their debut album. During the production Lynn was asked to provided the female backing vocal for the single album, “Georgy Porgy,”. The single scored #48 on Billboard’s popular music charts. Although Toto would go on to chart more than a dozen popular music successes throughout the years, it was Lynn’s vocal for “Georgy Porgy” that aided the group in charting their only R&B (#18) and Dance (#80) on the Billboard charts.

In 1987, Lynn release the album “Start Over”, her first and last album for Manhattan Records. This album charted higher than her previous release, but still stalled at #55 on the US R&B chart. Two singles, “New Dress” and “If You Were Mine” were released, but did not revive the project.

The 12″ single of “If You Were Mine” was mixed by Bruce Forest.

If You Were Mine (Dance Mix)                8:55

If You Were Mine (Radio Mix)                 3:58

If You Were Mine (Instrumental)              9:04

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Landscape ‎– Einstein A Go-Go (1981)

Landscape was an English band, best known for the 1981 hits “Einstein A Go-Go” and “Norman Bates.” Formed in 1974, it toured constantly during the mid-to-late-1970s, playing rock, punk, and jazz venues and releasing two instrumental EPs on its own Event Horizon label. The group began experimenting with computer-programmed music and electronic drums in the late 1970s and early 1980s, making records in the emerging genre of synthpop.

Landscape was composed of Richard James Burgess, Christopher Heaton, Andy Pask, Peter Thoms, and John Walters.

Burgess produced Shock and the first two albums by Spandau Ballet while still in Landscape. He went on to produce recordings by Five Star, King, Adam Ant, America, Colonel Abrams, Kim Wilde, and many others. He has written a book titled The Art of Record Production and co-designed the Simmons SDS-V, the first electronic drumset.

Einstein A Go-Go                                    5:28

Japan                                                     5:05

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Devo ‎– Here To Go (1985)

Devo is an American New Wave band formed in 1972 consisting of members from Kent and Akron, Ohio. The classic line-up of the band includes two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It”, and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence. Their style over time has shifted between punk, art rock, post-punk, and New Wave. Their music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Their often discordant pop songs feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures that have proven influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave, industrial and alternative rock artists. Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating many memorable clips for the Laser Disc format, with “Whip It” getting heavy airplay in the early days of MTV.

“Here To Go” was remixed by Ivan Ivan for the US 12″ Single.

Here To Go (Go Mix Version)                               5:32

Here To Go (Here To Dub Version)                        5:44

Shout (LP Version)                                             3:15

Shout (E-Z Listening Version)                              4:15

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