The Latin Rascals ‎– Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (1988)

Tony Moran began his career back in 1981, when he and friend, Albert Cabrera, teamed up. Together they were “The Latin Rascals”, whose re-edited versions of hit songs spliced together enjoyed major air-play on New York dance radio WKTU’s popular mix show. The radio exposure led to a deal from Shakedown Studios who hired the duo to restructure popular hit radio songs into viable dance club hits. Shortly thereafter, they were contracted by another studio, Fever Records, to write and produce a song for one of their new acts, The Cover Girls. The result was Show Me, a song that not only became The Latin Rascal’s first Top 40 gold record, but also helped to usher in the freestyle era of music. This opened the doors for new artists including TKA, Sa-Fire (“Boy, I’ve Been Told”), and Lisette Melendez (“Together Forever”), all of whom benefited from the skillful hands of Moran and Cabrera.

In 1988, The Latin Rascals released the first single from their sophomore album “When She Goes”. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” was written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Sol Marcus for the jazz singer/pianist Nina Simone, who first recorded it in 1964. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” has been covered by many artists, including a 1965 blues rock hit by The Animals. A 1977 disco-flamenco/Latin rearrangement by Santa Esmeralda was also a hit.

The Latin Rascals version featured backing vocals by Audrey Wheeler and Cindy Mizelle and was mixed by The Latin Rascals and Steve Peck. The All-Star Edits version was mixed by Carlos Berrios, Chep Nunez and Roger Pauletta.

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (12″ Remix)                    6:27

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Dub)                             6:49

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (All-Star Edits)               3:20

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Hip-Hop Vocal)              7:07

Life’s Too Short (Club Mix)                                             7:43

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Tyrone Brunson Featuring Gayle Adams ‎– Love Triangle (1987)

Calvin Tyrone Brunson was born in Washington, D.C.. In his early career he played is several local groups, including the late-1970s funk band Osiris. His first solo project came out in 1982. Single “The Smurf”, released in the UK on the Mercury Records label entered the UK singles chart on July 3, 1982, and rose to a high of number 50; it remained in the charts for 4 weeks. “The Smurf” appeared on Brunson’s debut album, Sticky Situation. The follow-up U.S. single, the album’s title track, reached #25 on the R&B chart. The following year (1984), Brunson released his second album, Fresh. While the title track reached #22 on the R&B chart, no other singles made a significant dent on the chart. Three years later, Brunson released a third album, Love Triangle, but with no successful forthcoming singles, the album fizzled on the charts.

“Love Triangle” was written by Gayle Adams, James Mtume and Tyrone Brunson, James Mtume also produced the track.

Love Triangle (Menage Mix)                                       6:24

Love Triangle (Radio Edit)                                         5:29

Love Triangle (Dub Version)                                       6:07

Love Triangle (Instrumental Version)                           3:30

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Freddie Jackson ‎– Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) (1985)

“Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)” is the debut single for Harlem-born R&B/soul singer Freddie Jackson. Taken from the namesake debut title album, Rock Me Tonight, the popular ballad was written and produced by Paul Laurence. It was the top-selling R&B single for 1985 and was Jackson’s first of ten entries to hit the number-one spot on the R&B chart.

“Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)” was number one for six weeks on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart and reached number 18 on the Hot 100 singles chart. It also reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart.

“Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)” was written and produced by Paul Laurence.

Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)                              7:06

Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)                              3:59

Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) (Groove)                 5:00

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