Colonel Abrams ‎– I’m Not Gonna Let (1986)

Colonel Abrams is an American house and urban musician, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in New York City, New York.

Hits in the mid-1980s including “Leave the Message Behind the Door” and “Music Is the Answer” established him as a solo artist, initially in Europe and later in the US.In 1985, he signed to Steven Machat’s label and production company, AMI. Machat, who was working with the New Zealand producer Richard Burgess, hired him to produce Abrams’ self-titled debut album. Machat then arranged for MCA to sign Abrams for worldwide releases. A collaboration with the British producer Richard James Burgess produced the hits “Trapped,” “I’m Not Gonna Let You,” and “Table for Two”.

“I’m Not Gonna Let You” from Colonel Abrams self-titled album, was his third number one on the dance chart and reached the top spot a short three weeks after all cuts from the album, Colonel Abrams had dropped out of the number-one position. “I’m Not Gonna Let You” also reached number seven on the U.S. R&B singles chart and the top 30 on the UK singles chart.

The 12″ remixes are by Timmy Regisford.

I’m Not Gonna Let (Extended Version)                     6:56

I’m Not Gonna Let (Radio Edit)                                3:51

I’m Not Gonna Let (Dub)                                         5:46

I’m Not Gonna Let (A Cappella)                               3:46


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Grace Jones ‎– Cry Now, Laugh Later (1983)

Beverly Grace Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican singer, actress and model. She was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, and raised by her grandparents. When she was thirteen she and her siblings moved to her parents’ home in Syracuse, New York. Jones started out as a model, initially in New York state, then in Paris, working for Yves St. Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada, and appearing on the covers of Elle, Vogue, and Stern working with Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer.

In 1977, Jones secured a record deal with Island Records. In 1980 Jones, with the aid of Compass Point All Stars moved into New Wave, scoring Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart, with “Pull Up to the Bumper”, “I’ve Seen That Face Before”, “Private Life”, “Slave to the Rhythm” and “I’m Not Perfect”. Her albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981) and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).

“Cry Now, Laugh Later” was released in the U.S. and Canada only, simultaneously with “My Jamaican Guy” which was aimed at the European, Asian and Australian market. The 12″ remix of the track, by Steven Stanley, is especially notable in the Grace Jones discography as it differs substantially from the album version. It more or less only retains the lead and backing vocals from the original and has new overdubs of drums, bass and keyboards – and a different chord progression on the choruses. In the UK the Steven Stanley remix of “Cry Now, Laugh Later” was released as the B-side of the “My Jamaican Guy” 12″ single. Both the 12″ remix and the 12″ dub of “Cry Now, Laugh Later” remain unreleased on CD.

Cry Now, Laugh Later (Vocal)                      5:51

Cry Now, Laugh Later (Dub)                        6:04

Nipple To The Bottle (Dub)                          3:40


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Rick James ‎– Sweet And Sexy Thing (1986)

Rick James started his singing career fronting doo-wop and rhythm and blues bands in his hometown of Buffalo, New York in the early 1960s, with his vocal style influenced by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin. He entered the United States Navy to avoid conscription after dropping out of high school; James deserted and relocated to Toronto, Canada where he resumed his music career. While there, James formed the rock-soul fusion band Mynah Birds, whose lineup once included a young Neil Young. James’ tenure with the Mynah Birds was interrupted after he was discovered recording with the group in Motown in the 1960s, and surrendered to military authorities. He served a one-year prison sentence in Buffalo. Afterwards, James returned to Canada, where he resumed the Mynah Birds, though the band eventually split; James moved to California where he started a series of rock bands. He also had a period where he served as a staff writer with Motown (under a pen name) before he left the label.

In 1977, he signed with the Gordy Records subsidiary of Motown as a recording artist where in 1978, he recorded his first album, Come Get It!, which sold over a million copies at the time of its release. He would go on to score several popular hits on the pop and R&B charts, including four number-one hits on the latter chart. James became noted not only as a hit maker on his own recordings but also produced successful recordings for the likes of Teena Marie, the Mary Jane Girls, the Temptations, Eddie Murphy and Smokey Robinson. His best-selling recording, 1981’s Street Songs, sold over three million copies, helping to renew sagging fortunes in Motown.

In 1986, James released The Flag. It was his last album on the Gordy Records imprint of Motown Records. The album spawned two singles “Forever And A Day” and “Sweet And Sexy Thing” which was remixed by Bruce Forest for the 12″ single release.

Sweet And Sexy Thing (12″ Version)                                     7:40

Super Freak                                                                        7:05

Sweet And Sexy Thing (12″ Instrumental)                              6:15


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Sheila E. ‎– Holly Rock (1986)

Sheila Escovedo (born December 12, 1957), known by her stage name Sheila E., is a Grammy nominated American singer, drummer, and percussionist whose notable collaborators include Billy Cobham, Lionel Richie, George Duke, Prince, Ringo Starr, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Hans Zimmer and Kanye West.

Prince met Sheila E. at a concert in 1978, when she was performing with her father. After the show he met her and told her that he and his bassist “were just fighting about which one of us would be the first to be your husband”. He also prophetically vowed that one day she would join his band. The two would eventually join forces during the Purple Rain recording sessions. She provided vocals on the B-side to “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Erotic City” in 1984. Though taken under Prince’s wing, she proved to be a successful artist in her own right.

“Holly Rock” appeared on the soundtrack of the 1985 film Krush Groove, with Sheila E. also performing the song in the film. It is a high-energy rap number with Sheila E. rapping throughout most of the song. The song did not chart, but it became a fan favorite.

The US Promo 12″ featured an extended version of the track which also appeared on the only other 12″ release in Germany.

Holly Rock (Extended Version)                            6:35

Holly Rock (7″ Single Edit)                                  3:58


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Sylvester ‎– Mutual Attraction (1986)

Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. Known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, he was often described as a drag queen, although he repeatedly rejected such a description. Responsible for a string of hit singles in the late 1970s, Sylvester became known in the United States under the moniker of the “Queen of Disco.”

Sylvester’s final album, Mutual Attraction (1986), was produced by Megatone Records but licensed and released by Warner Bros. Records. On the album, Sylvester worked with a wide number of collaborators, and included new tracks alongside covers of songs by Stevie Wonder and George Gershwin. Reviews of the album were mixed, with many claiming that it was a poor release. One of the album’s singles, “Someone Like You,” proved more successful, reaching number one on the Billboard dance charts.

The titles track of “Mutual Attraction” was released as the follow up single to “Someone Like You” and managed a respectable number ten on the Billboard dance charts. The track was produced, written and arranged by Fluitsma & Van Tijn, hit song-writers for Dutch girl group Mai Tai, and remixed by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero.

Mutual Attraction (Come Together Mix)                   9:07

Mutual Attraction (A Cappella)                               5:12

Mutual Attraction (Dub)                                         6:58

Mutual Attraction (7″ Remix)                                 4:13


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Bryan Ferry – The Right Stuff (1986)

Bête Noire (Literally ‘Black Beast’ in French but meaning pet peeve) is an album by British singer Bryan Ferry, released on Virgin Records in November 1987. The album peaked at no.9 in the UK and was certified Gold by the BPI.

The track “The Right Stuff” (co-written by Johnny Marr and adapted from The Smiths’ instrumental B-side “Money Changes Everything”) was the album’s only top 40 hit in the UK, peaking at no.37.

The 12″ singles for “The Right Stuff” were edited by The Latin Rascals.

The Right Stuff                                                     6:40

The Right Stuff (Dub)                                            6:10

The Right Stuff (Original Mix)                                 4:30


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Luther Vandross – It’s Over Now (1985)

“It’s Over Now” is a song by American recording artist Luther Vandross released in 1985 as the second single from his album The Night I Fell in Love. The single was a top-five hit on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart.

“It’s Over Now” was written and produced by Luther Vandross & Marcus Miller and mixed by Marcus Miller & Ray Bardani.

It’s Over Now (Dance Remix)                              5:29

It’s Over Now (Instrumental)                                3:58


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Fatback – Spread Love (1984)

Formed in New York City in 1970, The Fatback Band was the concept of Bill Curtis, an experienced session drummer, inspired to merge the “fatback” jazz beat of New Orleans into a funk band. In addition to Curtis, the band’s initial line-up included guitarist Johnny King, bassist Johnny Flippin, trumpet player George Williams, saxophonist Earl Shelton, flautist George Adams, and keyboardist Gerry Thomas. The band specialized in playing “street funk”. The group also later included conga player Wayne Woolford, vocalists Jayne and Gerry, Deborah Cooper saxophonist Fred Demerey, guitarist Louis Wright and George Victory.

In 1980, Fatback had a pair of their biggest hits with “Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money)” and “Backstrokin'”. Also finding the charts in the 1980s were “Take It Any Way You Can’t It”, “I Found Lovin'”, and “Spread Love”, with singer Evelyn Thomas, in 1985.

“Spread Love” was written by Evelyn Thomas & Gerry Thomas, Gerry was simultaneously a member of The Jimmy Castor Bunch during his time with Fatback.

The 12″ mixes of “Spread Love” are by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai. The track would go to #88 on the US R&B charts in 1985.

One of my absolute favourite 80’s Club tunes, this one comes highly recommended !

Spread Love                                           8:00

Spread Love (Instrumental)                      5:36


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Georgie Fame – Samba (1986)

Georgie Fame (born Clive Powell, 26 June 1943) is an English rhythm and blues and jazz singer, and keyboard player. The one-time rock and roll tour musician, who had a string of 1960s hits, is still a popular performer, often working with contemporaries such as Van Morrison and Bill Wyman.

Fame is the only British pop star to have achieved three number one hits with his only Top 10 chart entries: “Yeh Yeh” in 1964, “Getaway” in 1966 and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967.

In 1986, the unlikely team of Georgie Fame and Stock, Aitken & Waterman released the single “Samba”, the original lyrics were by Gilberto Gil with English lyrics by Georgie Fame.

Mixed by Pete Hammond and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman, the “Samba” single was released in the same year as the Mondo Kane single “New York Afternoon” which also featured Georgie Fame.

Samba (Toda Menina Baiana Mix)                          7:19

Samba (Toda Menina Baiana 7″ Edit)                      4:09

Willow King                                                          3:41


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George Benson ‎– Shiver (1986)

“Shiver” was a single by American R&B singer George Benson, which entered the UK Singles Chart on 29 November 1986. It reached a peak position of number 19, and remained in the chart for 9 weeks. The single also managed to reach #16 on the US R&B charts.

“Shiver” was the second single to be released from George Benson’s 1986 studio album “While The City Sleeps….”, the album featured musicians like Paulinho da Costa, Preston Glass, Paul Jackson, Jr., Marcus Miller and Narada Michael Walden (as drummer and producer), alongside young talents of the time like Kenny G, Randy Jackson and Kashif. It’s part of the “series” of 1980’s pop albums Benson recorded.

“Shiver” was written by Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass & Suzanne Valentine, produced and arranged by Narada Michael Walden and remixed by Nick Martinlli & David Todd.

Shiver (Extended Remix)                                      7:33

Shiver (Dub)                                                        5:43

Love Is Here Tonight                                            5:40


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