Tony! Toni! Toné! ‎– Feels Good (1990)

Tony! Toni! Toné! is an American soul/R&B group from Oakland, California, popular during the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s. During the band’s heyday, it was composed of Dwayne Wiggins on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins) on lead vocals and bass, and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley on drums and keyboards. Other members were Elijah Baker, Carl Wheeler, Randall Wiggins, and Amar Khalil, who is the current lead singer of the group, and Antron Haile.

“Feels Good” is the title of a number-one R&B single by Tony! Toni! Toné!. The hit song spent two weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B chart. It was also their first top-ten hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number nine. “Feels Good” also peaked at number three on the dance charts.

In the UK and the Netherlands, “Feels Good” was remixed by Ben Liebrand for the 12″ single release. Additional mixes were provided by DJ L.A. Jay and Ken Kessie.

Feels Good (Ben Liebrand Mix)                     6:56

Feels Good (12″ Party Mix)                           8:30

Feels Good (7″ Edit)                                     4:33

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Gladys Knight & The Pips ‎– Send It To Me (1986)

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.

Send It To Me (Extended Version)                                           7:34

When You Love Someone (It’s Christmas Everyday)                 6:12

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Status Quo ‎– In The Army Now (1986)

Status Quo are an English rock band whose music is characterized by their distinctive brand of boogie-woogie. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962. After a number of lineup changes, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969.

They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, starting with 1967’s “Pictures Of Matchstick Men”, and the most recent being in 2010, which is more than any other rock group. 22 of which reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

On 11 and 12 July 1986 they played at Queen’s Live at Wembley ’86 concert. The band also supported Queen at Knebworth and Queen’s European shows. The commercially successful In the Army Now album was released in 1986, the single of the same name becoming one of the band’s biggest selling UK singles, reaching number 2.

“In the Army Now” was first recorded in 1981 by Dutch duo Rob and Ferdi Bolland.

In The Army Now (Military Mix)                       5:55

Heartburn                                                     4:44

Late Last Night                                             2:58

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Kristal ‎– Love In Stereo (1986)

Kristal were Italian duo Anne Dattner and Max Liofredi who released a number of Italo disco singles during the period 1983 to 1986.

Liofredi would go on to be the director of Italian television channel Rai 2 (2009-2011).

Love In Stereo                                               5:30

Love In Stereo (Instrumental Version)               5:25

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Mary Jane Girls ‎– Break It Up (1985)

Mary Jane Girls consisted of Joanne “JoJo” McDuffie (lead/background vocals), Cheryl Ann “Cheri” Bailey (who used stage name Cheri Wells), Candice “Candi” Ghant, Kimberly “Maxi” Wuletich, Yvette “Corvette” Marine, and the Water Sisters (Maxine and Julia). The Mary Jane Girls project was to be a solo debut for JoJo, who had sung background for Rick James on tours and recordings. Rick James developed tracks with JoJo and session vocalists the Water Sister creating the Mary Jane Girls sound.

Motown offered James a contract for what they believed was the girl group he wanted to produce and, not wanting to lose the deal, James lied and told Motown that the Mary Jane Girls were a group and not JoJo’s solo project. Rick got who he could to take pictures for Motown with no vocal auditions. JoJo continued to sing both lead and background with the Water Sisters for all of the Mary Jane Girl recordings. The other members of the group could not sing at all or were extremely limited vocally. The band had to sing for the other members of the group with JoJo on tour. The limited or lack of vocal skills from the other members with the exception of JoJo prevented the group from achieving their full potential. Television shows (Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show) did not have the group perform because of this.

Cheri left the group shortly before the release of their second album, Only Four You, in 1985 and was replaced by Yvette “Corvette” Marine who took on the role of the valley girl in the group. She is the daughter of disco singer Pattie Brooks.

The group released their second album Only Four You in 1985. That album’s lead single “In My House” became the group’s biggest hit, reaching #3 on the R&B chart and then crossing over to the Hot 100 chart, where it reached #7 and spent 12 weeks in the Top 40. It also charted on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaking at #1 for two weeks in April 1985. “Wild and Crazy Love” was the second single from this album and it also fared well on the R&B (#10) and dance charts (#3). It barely missed the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #42. The last single, “Break It Up”, only reached #79 on the R&B chart and did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Break It Up (12″ Version)                                 8:53

Break It Up (Instrumental Version)                    9:10

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