C-Bank ‎– Good To The Last Drop (1985)

C-Bank, an electro studio project by production and remix legend John Robie (Afrika Bambaataa, New Order, Cabaret Voltaire), was led by vocalist Jenny Burton. Robie and Burton took the group into the R&B charts in 1983 with the synth-heavy barnstormer “One More Shot.” Later that year, however, Burton went out on her own with the Top 20 single “Remember What You Like” on Atlantic.

C-Bank continued with a roster of vocalists, including notably Eleanor Mills who had released the soul album “I Am Eleanor Mills” in 1974. Eleanor recorded three singles with C-Bank, “Get Wet” (1983), “Good To The Last Drop” (1985) and “Nightmare Of A Broken Heart” (1986).

“Good To The Last Drop” was written by David Cole, mixed by Bruce Forest and the 12″ mixes receiving additional production from Bruce Forest & Julian Herzfeld.

Good To The Last Drop (Long Version)                      7:40

Good To The Last Drop (Salsa)                                 6:30

Good To The Last Drop (Short Version)                     4:04

Good To The Last Drop (Dub)                                   7:50

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The Jonzun Crew – Pack Jam (Look Out For The OVC) (1982)

Jonzun Crew was an electro group that carried its spin on Parliament-Funkadelic’s loopy sci-fi themes of Afro-futurism throughout the 1980s and early 1990s for a handful of albums, which included singles such as “Pack Jam (Look Out for the OVC),” “Space is the Place,” “Space Cowboy,” and “We are the Jonzun Crew.” Florida-born brothers Michael, Soni, and Larry Johnson (better known as Maurice Starr) formed the Jonzun Crew in Boston in 1981, with Gordy Worthy and Steve Thorpe filling out the lineup for different stretches of the group’s existence. Starr and Michael would gain further notoriety for helping to bring New Edition and New Kids on the Block to the world; Michael (who continued using Jonzun as his last name) also went solo for a brief period on A&M, in addition to working on several other artists’ releases.

In 1986, Michael Jonzun left the group. “Pack Jam (Look out for the OVC)” was often played in the background while the rundown of top hits in Germany were counted on the German-language Top Hits show Formel Eins during the 1980s.

“Pack Jam (Look Out for the OVC)” was remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez.

Pack Jam (Look Out For The OVC) (Vocal)                              5:59

Pack Jam (Look Out For The OVC) (Instrumental)                    6:20

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Elvis Costello & The Attractions ‎– Everyday I Write The Book (1983)

“Everyday I Write the Book” is a song written by Elvis Costello, from Punch the Clock, an album released in 1983 by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It peaked at 28 on the UK Singles Chart and was their first hit single in the US (33 on the Billboard Top 40).

In an interview from November 1998, Costello said “Everyday I Write the Book” was “a song I wrote in ten minutes almost as a challenge to myself. I thought, maybe I could write just a simple, almost formula song and make it mean something. I was quite happy with it and I tried to do it in a kind of lovers-rock type arrangement and I wasn’t happy with it and then ended up putting this other kind of rhythm to the song, which was written originally as a kind of Merseybeat knock off…I invested less emotionally in it than any other songs from that time yet it’s the one that everyone warmed to.”

For the US 12″ single release, “Everyday I Write The Book” was remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez with John “Tokes” Potoker as Engineer.

Everyday I Write The Book (Club Version)                    5:04

Everyday I Write The Book (Instrumental)                    3:40

Heathen Town                                                           3:08

Night Time                                                                2:52

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Pebbles ‎– Mercedes Boy (1988)

Perri Reid (born Perri Arlette McKissack), best known by her former stage name, Pebbles, is an American dance-pop and urban contemporary singer-songwriter.

Pebbles got her start in 1981 as a backing vocalist for the percussionist/band leader Bill Summers and the funk band Con Funk Shun. Reid co-wrote one of Con Funk Shun’s singles, “Body Lovers”.

While working at an Oakland, California real estate office she met contractor George L. Smith. Smith bankrolled Pebbles with $80,000 for a demo tape and video for “Mercedes Boy”. The demo and video led to a contract with MCA. Smith and Pebbles married in 1985 and made their home in San Francisco.

Pebbles recorded several hit singles on her own during the late 1980s and early 1990s (including “Girlfriend” and “Mercedes Boy”). She also sang background vocals on Paula Abdul’s album Forever Your Girl in 1988.

“Mercedes Boy” reached #2 on the Hot 100, behind “The Flame” by Cheap Trick, and also #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It was performed on Soul Train where it was (correctly) predicted to become a top ten hit. “Mercedes Boy” also peaked at number two for two weeks on the dance charts.

The US 12″ singles featured remixes by Louil Silas. Jr with Steve Beltran remixing the Dub Version.

Mercedes Boy (Extended Version)                      7:20

Mercedes Boy (Radio Edit)                                 5:10

Mercedes Boy (Instrumental)                              7:20

Mercedes Boy (Dub)                                          7:29

Mercedes Boy (Bonus Beats)                             3:38

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Kashif ‎– Personality (1989)

Kashif Saleem (born Michael Jones in 1959) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author, director and educator. Kashif first taught himself to play a $3 song flute at age seven and later the piano in the basement of his church. At age 15, Kashif joined B. T. Express and performed on stages around the world. He studied Islam and changed his name from Michael Jones to Kashif, which means discoverer and inventor. He crafted his own distinctive sound and later signed with Arista Records enjoying success as a solo artist.

In 1985, Kashif teamed up with then newcomer, Whitney Houston. The result was the hit “You Give Good Love”. Kashif also produced and was her duet partner on “Thinking About You”, a single track from Houston’s 17-million selling (30 million until current day) debut-album. The album became the bestselling debut album by a female artist. Kashif also produced “Where You Are” on Houston’s second project, the result, a 15-million selling (25 million until current day) album entitled “Whitney”.

In 1987, he produced “Love Changes”, a chart topper in which Me’lisa Morgan was his duet partner and the title was taken from his bestselling album, which had the same name. Also contained on that album was another duet that yielded yet another international hit, the song “Reservations For Two” with Dionne Warwick. Between 1987 and 1989, Kashif continued to churn out the hits for Jermaine Jackson, The Stylistics, Melba Moore, George Benson, Stacy Lattisaw, and many others.

Kashif’s fifth and last album for Arista was self-titled and released in 1989, the album included two hit singles, “Personality” and a cover of the 1973 hit “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)” by The Four Tops.

“Personality” was written by Gina “Go Go” Gomez & Nick Mundy with Gordon Williams and Howie Tee supplying the remixes. The Howie Tee remixes featured a rap by Chubb Rock on the Hip-Hop Personality and Personality Pageant mixes.

Personality (Split Personality Mix)                              4:22

Personality (Musical Personality Mix)                         4:31

Personality (Single Personality Mix)                           4:32

Personality (Hip-Hop Personality Mix)                         5:47

Personality (Personality Pageant Mix)                        4:26

Personality (Jazzy Personality Mix)                           4:49

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Orbit Featuring Carol Hall ‎– All Shook Up (1983)

Orbit featuring Carol Hall released three singles during the period 1982 to 1984.

The second of these was a cover of the Elvis Presley classic “All Shook Up” with Don Was producing and mixing being credited to The Detroit Wasmopolitan Mixing Squad.

Carol Hall was a gospel singer from Detroit and participated in many Don Was productions including appearances on albums by Was (Not Was), Sweet Pea Atkinson and Figures On A Beach.

All Shook Up (Dance Mix)                                      5:33

All Shook Up (Radio Mix)                                       3:53

All Shook Up (Intellectual Mix)                                6:14

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Gladys Knight And The Pips ‎– Love Overboard (1987)

Gladys Knight & The Pips were an R&B/soul family musical act from Atlanta, Georgia, active from 1953 to 1989. The group was best known for their string of hit singles on Motown’s “Soul” record label and Buddah Records from 1967 to 1975, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1967) and “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973). The longest-lived incarnation of the act featured Gladys Knight on lead vocals, with The Pips, who included her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight and their cousins Edward Patten and William Guest, as backup singers.

The final phase of Gladys Knight & The Pips recording career would be on MCA Records, initially with “Send It To Me” from the Miami Vice II album in 1986 followed up with their final album “All Our Love” and the hit single “Love Overboard” in 1987.

Love Overboard” was a Grammy Award-winning single. The single was significant because it was the first Top 40 hit for the group in over a decade, and their final Pop Top 40 release as well.

“Love Overboard” was the group’s last of ten #1 hits on the Hot Black Singles chart. It crossed over to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well. The single was also successful on the dance charts, peaking at number four. It also peaked at #59 on the Canada RPM Top 100 Singles chart.

Love Overboard (Remixed Vocal Version)                 5:44

Love Overboard (Love Overdub)                               6:10

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Rocket ‎– Here Comes My Love (1983)

Rocket was an early-’80s studio disco-funk outfit led by Crown Heights Affair member Ray Rock.

Rocket released their only album in 1982, the LP commands high prices on vinyl. The LP featured vocals by Audrey Wheeler and Carol Douglas and was mixed by Mark Berry.

The third and last single to be released from the LP was “Here Comes My Love” and was remixed by Nick Martinelli and David Todd.

Here Comes My Love (Remix)                    7:03

Here Comes My Love                                3:21

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One Way ‎– You Better Quit (1987)

One Way was formed in 1978 in Detroit, Michigan as the newer incarnation of a band originally known as Soul Partners. Al Hudson, Alicia Myers, guitarists Dave Roberson and Cortez Harris, bassist Kevin McCord, drummer Gregory Green and keyboardist Jonathan Meadows were the original members. They first recorded as “Al Hudson and the Soul Partners”, scoring an R&B hit on the ABC label called “You Can Do It” in 1979.

At that time, however, ABC Records was in the process of being taken over by MCA Records as part of a buyout, and when the band moved to the MCA label, they subsequently changed their name to One Way featuring Al Hudson before becoming One Way. They were on MCA from 1980 to 1988. They scored three Top 10 U.S. R&B chart hits, with the biggest being “Cutie Pie”, which reached number four in 1982.

In 1987, the single “You Better Quit” was released from the band’s final MCA album “One Way IX”. The single was produced by Eumir Deodato and remixed by Louil Silas Jr for the 12″ release.

You Better Quit (Extended Version)                         7:45

You Better Quit (Radio Edit)                                   5:15

You Better Quit (Instrumental)                                7:45

You Better Quit (Bonus Beats)                               4:45

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Slingshot ‎– You Shook Me All Night Long (1983)

Slingshot is a disco/dance music band from Detroit, Michigan. Its members include Jack Tann, Greg Sawton, David Van DePitte and John Lewis.

Their one and only chart entry was a 1983 cover version of a medley of Steely Dan’s song “Do It Again” and Michael Jackson’s #1 hit single “Billie Jean”, originally done in the same year by Italo disco studio project Clubhouse. This track (which is listed on the Rhino Records album Billboard Top Dance Hits 1983 as “Do It Again medley with Billie Jean”) hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in August 1983. They also recorded a unique version of AC/DC’s 1980 hit “You Shook Me All Night Long” with singer Kathy Kosins vocalizing the lyrics over Kraftwerk’s “Tour de France”, as performed by the group.

You Shook Me All Night Long (Extended Vocal Mix)                                  6:23

You Shook Me All Night Long (Instrumental Mix)                                       4:25

You Shook Me All Night Long (Extended Instrumental Mix)                         6:05

You Shook Me All Night Long (Radio Mix)                                                 3:26

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