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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Rick James ‎– Wonderful (1988)

Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr., February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004), was a singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for being one of the popularizers of funk music in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to million-selling hits such as “You and I”, “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak”, the latter song crossing him over to pop audiences and selling over three million copies, later contributing to the success of rapper MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This”, in which James sued to be credited for and as a result won a Grammy Award with Hammer in the Best R&B Song category in 1991, becoming his only Grammy win.

After an eight-year stay at Motown, Rick James moved to Reprise/Warner Bros. with 1988’s Wonderful. By that time, the funkster wasn’t nearly as popular as he had been in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and he hoped to make a major comeback with this album.

The first single from the Wonderful album was “Loosey’s Rap” with Big Daddy Kane and Roxanne Shante, the single was a number one R&B hit and was followed with the release of the title track of the abum.

Although the release of  “Wonderful” as a single included great remixes by Paul Simpson (Wonder-Mix, Wonder-Dub) and Bruce Kane (Buffalo Mix, Wondermental Mix) it failed to ignite the charts and the album was unfortunately quickly forgotten.

Wonderful (Wonder-Mix)                       7:14

Wonderful (Wonder-Dub)                      7:40

Wonderful (Bass-A-Ful)                         2:40

Wonderful (Buffalo Mix)                         6:02

Wonderful (Wondermental Mix)             4:19

Wonderful (Radio Edit)                          4:14

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