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21
Sep

Dottie West – Dottie (1978) – Lp

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Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh; October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Along with her friends and fellow recording artists Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, she is considered one of the genre’s most influential and groundbreaking female artists.

Dottie West’s career started in the 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, “Here Comes My Baby Back Again“, which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965, the first female in Country Music to receive a Grammy.

Dottie is an album by country music singer, Dottie West, released in 1978.

This was West’s second album as a solo artist under her new label, United Artists Records. The year the album was released, West also released an album with Kenny Rogers titled, Every Time Two Fools Collide. The title track and the album hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, and revitalized West’s career.

However, her duet partner was still releasing a solo album of his own. West decided to do the same thing. Only one single was released from the album titled “Come See Me and Come Lonely“, which reached the Country Top 20 at No. 17. The album also reached No. 47 on “Top Country Albums” chart. A cover version of the Larry Gatlin Top 5 hit, “Broken Lady” can be found on this album.

 

Side A
A1.  Come See Me And Come Lonely – 2:08
A2.  If I Could Just Find My Way – 3:20
A3.  Even If You Were Jesse James – 2:17
A4.  There’s More To A Tear (Than Meets The Eye) – 2:44
A5.  Broken Lady – 2:16

Side B
B1.  Goodbye Is The Loneliest Word – 3:09
B2.  Decorate Your Conscience – 3:41
B3.  The Good Ol’ Nights – 2:40
B4.  Who’s Gonna Love Me Now – 2:55
B5.  Love Is Right – 1:50

 

Credits

 

Notes
Format:  Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:  US
Released:  1978
Genre:  Country
Label:  United Artists Records
Catalog# UA-LA860-G

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Prijs: €4,99

19
Sep

James Last & Berdien Stenberg – Flute Fiesta (1988) – Lp

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Berdien Stenberg, echte naam: Berdien Steunenberg, (Almelo, 30 juli 1957) is een Nederlandse fluitiste, die in de jaren 80 en 90 van de 20e eeuw furore maakte, diverse internationale hits scoorde, meer dan 25 gouden en platina platen binnenhaalde en enkele miljoenen platen verkocht. Later werd ze actief in de gemeentelijke politiek.

Bandleider, producer, arrangeur en liedjesschrijver Hans ‘James’ Last (Bremen 1929) is een van de belangrijkste figuren uit de geschiedenis van de lichte muziek.

Stenberg werkt samen met de Duitse orkestleider James Last. Voor haar album Flute Fiesta schrijft Last de arrangementen. Ook gaat Stenberg uitgebreid op toernee met Last.

Dat Berdien Stenberg in Europa een absolute topper werd, bewees zij in 1988 en 1989, toen zij werkte met achtereenvolgens orkestleider James Last en pianofenomeen Richard Clayderman. James Last schreef de mooiste arrangementen voor haar fluit, maar ook voor piccolo en altfluit.

Eens te meer bewees Berdien met ‘FLUTE FIESTA’ een technisch zeer begaafd musicus te zijn. Met hem is Berdien op een uitgebreide Europese tournee geweest, die hen voerden langs vele grote steden van Engeland, Duitsland, Frankrijk, Nederland, België en Scandinavië.

 

Side A
A1.   Ayacucho – 2:34
A2.   Concierto De Aranjuez – 3:50
A3.   April In Portugal (Coimbra) – 2:23
         El Porompompero – 1:46
A4.   Torna A Surriento (Come Back To Sorrento) – 2:53
A5.   Who Pays The Ferryman – 2:29
A6.   Drina March (Mars Na Drini) – 3:25

Side B
B1.  Jerusalem, Jerusalem – 2:41
        Dona, Dona (Dos Kelbl) – 2:22
B2.  Indicativo – 1:38
B3.  La Malaguena Salarosa – 5:52
B4.  Paris S’eveille (Ile Est Cinq Heures) – 3:03
B5.  The Girl From Ipanema – 3:08

 

Companies, etc.

 

Credits

 

Notes
Format:  Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:  Netherlands
Released:  1988
Genre:  Instrumentaal
Style:  Latin, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog# 837 116-1

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Prijs: €4,99

17
Sep

Atma – Haven’t You Had Enough? (1980) – Lp

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Atma is a rock band from the US, it features Kevin McLaughlin, Phil Granito, Frank Di Ganzi, Eddie Barbato, David Everitt, Mark Anders, Roger Morgan, Jorge Barreiro, Jimmy Wright.

They released one album, called “Haven’t You Had Enough?” also re-released as “In Transit” in 1981.

Special thanks to James Hunter, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Alfred Ford, George Harrison, and John Fahey for their contributions to Isckon and Sankirtan Projects.

 

Side A
A1.  Who’s Crazy? – 2:54 
A2.  Tell Somebody – 3:50  
A3.  Lone Range Drifter – 4:50  
A4.  Got To Find Shelter – 4:10  

Side B
B1.  Haven’t You Had Enough? – 2:54  
B2.  Learning To Love – 4:37  
B3.  Durga – 3:03  
B4.  Shyama – 7:43

 

Companies, etc.

 

Credits

 

Notes
Released: 1980 
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Europe 
Genre: Rock
Label: Golden Lotus Records 
Catalog# GD 4

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed

Prijs: €4,99

16
Sep

Harry Belafonte – Paradise In Gazankulu (1988) – Lp

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Paradise in Gazankulu is an album by Harry Belafonte, released by EMI in 1988. As of 2017 it is Harry Belafonte‘s final studio album. The album deals with the plight of black South Africans under the Apartheid system.

In 1988, Harry Belafonte turned 61 years old. After releasing exactly one album of new material in fifteen years, Belafonte showed the world that he still had enough in him to issue a collection of vital, exciting music with a point of view. The cause that triggered this creative explosion was South Africa’s apartheid system.

Long an advocate of black sovereignty in the country, Belafonte combined anger, defiance, and pride in this invigorating selection of songs, recorded in Johannesburg and featuring South African artists such as Brenda Fassie and Youssou N’Dour.

His involvement in USA for Africa during the mid-1980s resulted in renewed interest in his music, culminating in a record deal with EMI. He subsequently released his first album of original material in over a decade, Paradise in Gazankulu, in 1988. The album contains ten protest songs against the South African former Apartheid policy and is his last studio album. In the same year Belafonte, as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, attended a symposium in Harare, Zimbabwe, to focus attention on child survival and development in Southern African countries. As part of the symposium, he performed a concert for UNICEF.

The wry, cynical humor in protest songs such as the title track, “Move It” and “Kwela (Listen to the Man)” hearken back to similarly constructed political songs from the West Indies. This album jumpstarted Belafonte’s stalled recording career and was released along with concert videos of Belafonte and a variety of African recording artists supported by Kodak’s home video division. Unfortunately, Belafonte has not been seen in the recording studio since.

 

Side A
A1.  We Are The Wave  
A2.  Paradise In Gazankulu  
A3.  Skin To Skin  
A4.  Amandla  
A5.  Kwela (Listen To The Man)  

Side B
B1.  Monday To Monday  
B2.  Global Carnival  
B3.  Capetown  
B4.  Sisiwami (Sweet Sister)  
B5.  Move It

 

Companies, etc.

 

 

Credits

 

Notes
Released:  1988
Format:  Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:  Germany
Genre:  Reggae, Pop, Calypso
Label: EMI-Manhattan Records
Catalog# 064-7469711

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Prijs: €4,99

14
Sep

Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra – Chacksfield Plays Simon & Garfunkel & Jim Webb (1971) – Lp

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Francis Charles Chacksfield (9 May 1914 – 9 June 1995) was an English pianist, organist, composer, arranger, and conductor of popular light orchestral easy listening music, who had great success in Britain and internationally in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Chacksfield was born in Battle, East Sussex, and as a child learned to play piano and organ. He had appeared at Hastings Music Festivals by the time he was 14, and then became deputy church organist at Salehurst. After working for a short period in a solicitor’s office he decided on a career in music, and by the late 1930s, led a small band at Tonbridge in Kent. At the beginning of World War II, he joined the Royal Corps of Signals, and, following a radio broadcast as a pianist, was posted to ENSA at Salisbury where he became the arranger for Stars in Battledress, an armed forces entertainment troupe, and shared an office with comedian Charlie Chester.

After the war, he worked with Chester and on BBC Radio as an arranger and conductor. He also worked as musical director for both Henry Hall and Geraldo, and began recording under his own name in 1951 as “Frank Chacksfield’s Tunesmiths”. In early 1953, he had his first top ten hit, “Little Red Monkey”, on the Parlophone label. This was a novelty recording featuring Jack Jordan on the clavioline, and reportedly the first record featuring an electronic instrument to feature on the UK pop chart. He signed a recording contract with Decca Records in 1953, and formed a 40-piece orchestra with a large string section, the “Singing Strings”. His first record release for Decca, Charlie Chaplin‘s theme for his film Limelight, won him a gold disc in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart, and won him the NME award as ‘Record of the Year’. It spent eight weeks at No. 2 (an all-time UK chart record), and in all thirteen weeks in the top five chart positions, without dislodging Frankie Laine‘s, “I Believe“. His next 78 single, “Ebb Tide“, became the first British instrumental recording to reach No. 1 in some American charts, providing a second gold disc, and he was voted the most promising new orchestra of the year in the US.

He became one of Britain’s best known orchestra leaders internationally, and is estimated to have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. His material was “mood music”, similar to that of Mantovani, including ballads, waltzes, and film themes. In 1954, he began presenting a series on BBC TV, which continued occasionally until the early 1960s. Chacksfield was responsible for the musical arrangement of the first UK entry into the Eurovision Song Contest 1957; “All” by Patricia Bredin. He continued to write music, release singles and albums through the 1950s and 1960s, and appeared regularly on BBC radio.

 

Side A
A1.  Up, Up And Away – 3:06
A2.  Homeward Bound – 2:23
A3.  By The Time I Get To Phoenix – 2:38
A4.  Mrs Robinson – 3:32
A5.  Galveston – 2:41
A6.  Bridge Over Troubled Water – 3:36

Side B
B1.  Scarborough Fair / Canticle – 2:14
B2.  Wichita Lineman – 2:18
B3.  Cecilia – 2:40
B4.  The Sound Of Silence – 3:35
B5.  MacArthur Park – 5:14

 

Credits

 

Notes
Released:  1971
Series:  Phase 4 Stereo
Format:  Vinyl, LP, Gatefold
Genre:  Jazz, Easy Listening
Label:  London Records 
Catalog # SP 44151

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Prijs: €4,99

12
Sep

Level 42 – Running In The Family (1987) – Lp

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Running in the Family is the seventh studio album by UK band Level 42, released in 1987.

By Running in the Family, Level 42 had almost completely thinned out their early jazz-funk and soul roots in favor of a radio-friendly keyboard pop with a light R&B vibe.

The sound lies somewhere between Kool and the Gang and early Tears for Fears. But if early fans might have felt betrayed by the new direction, the band’s newfound aptitude for attention-grabbing hooks and airtight instrumental polish attracted more than enough new fans to replace them.

Running in the Family included the band’s sole number one hit in the U.K. charts, “Lessons in Love.” It also featured a handful of other respectable pop nuggets including “Children Say” and “Fashion Fever.”

The record is a little uneven, faltering especially when the band indulges its taste for sappy ballads like “It’s Over.” But for the most part, Level 42 was extremely successful in its attempt to create something that would strike a chord with mainstream pop audiences. And they manage to do it without being obnoxiously derivative. Of course, the whole project reeks of 1987.

But the solid craftsmanship of the writing as well as the group’s ability to adapt to the popular tastes of the time helped them survive the ’80s and become one of the more durable bands to have arisen in that era.

It featured the UK hit singles: “Lessons in Love” (which reached No. 3 in May 1986), “Running in the Family” (No. 6 in February 1987), “To Be with You Again” (No. 10 in April ’87), “It’s Over” (No. 10, in September 1987) and “Children Say” (No. 22 at the end of 1987). All five singles peaked in the top 10 in the Netherlands, where the band was always popular.

 

Side A
A1.  Lessons In Love – 4:04 
A2.  Children Say – 4:53 
A3.  Running In The Family – 6:12  
A4.  It’s Over – 6:02 

Side B
B1.  To Be With You Again – 5:19 
B2.  Two Solitudes – 5:17 
B3.  Fashion Fever – 4:35 
B4.  The Sleepwalkers – 6:02

 

Personnel

 

Notes
Label:  Polydor – 831 593-1
Format:  Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:  Germany
Released:  1987
Genre:  Jazz-Funk, Synth-pop

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Lichte Gebruikerssporen

Prijs: €4,99

9
Sep

Mireille Mathieu – La Première Étoile (1969) – Lp

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Mireille Mathieu (born 22 July 1946) is a French singer. She has recorded over 1200 songs in eleven languages, with more than 150 million albums sold worldwide.

Mathieu began her career by participating in an annual singing contest in Avignon called On Chante dans mon Quartier (We sing in my neighborhood). Photos depict the affair as rather drab with a cheap curtain and one projector light. The stage was only twenty feet square, and the singer having to share that with a large piano and musicians.

One cannot help but notice the large, boisterous, and mostly young audience. The judges sat at a table in front of and below the elevated stage. Anyone who signed the contract in the weeks before the show was allowed to sing.

Although the popularity of Mathieu’s genre has suffered, given the domination of rock and roll and the global lack of interest in non-English popular music during her most profitable years, she remained a popular artist in France and Europe

“La première étoile” was her fifth album released in 1969.

 

Side A
A1.  La Première Étoile – 3:36
A2.  Alors Ne Tarde Pas – 2:40
A3.  Au Bal Du Grand Amour – 2:26
A4.  Il Pleut Toujours Quand On Est Triste – 2:32
A5.  Veux-tu Qu’on S’aime – 1:56
A6.  Une Rose Au Coeur De L’hiver – 3:02

Side B
B1.  Une Simple Lettre – 3:39
B2.  Ensemble – 3:00
B3.  Combien De Temps (Too Little Time) – 2:44
B4.  Una Canzone – 2:35
B5.  Chanson Triste (With These Hands) – 2:36
B6.  Tu M’As Donné La Vie (My Way Of Life) – 2:44

 

Credits

 

Notes
Label:  Barclay – 80 392
Series:  Vedettes
Format:  Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:  France
Released: 1969
Genre:  Franstalig
Style:  Chanson, Vocal

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Prijs: €4,99

7
Sep

Mitch Miller And The Gang – Your Request Sing Along With Mitch (1961) – Lp

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Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010) was an American oboist, conductor, recording producer and recording industry executive.

He was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, particularly as a conductor, and artist and repertoire (A&R) man. Miller was one of the most influential people in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s, both as the head of A&R at Columbia Records and as a best-selling recording artist with an NBC television series, Sing Along with Mitch.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in the early 1930s, Miller began his musical career as an accomplished player of the oboe and English horn, making numerous highly regarded classical and popular recordings, but he is best remembered as a choral conductor on television and as a recordings executive.

Columbia Records’ head of artist and repertoire Mitch Miller first hit the top of the album chart as producer of Johnny’s Greatest Hits. Yet Miller was more than a producer/A&R man?e was a talent in his own right, having scored a Number One single in 1955 with “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” However, with the arrival of Elvis Presley and rock ‘n’ roll, Miller’s brand of sophisticated and melodic pop music was in danger of extinction, at least until he developed the “sing-along” concept.

The concept took shape one night in Columbia’s New York headquarters. “One of the sales guys came up to my office and said, ‘Why don’t you do an album of World War II songs, you can call it Barracks Ballads,” Miller says. “I played devil’s disciple and asked, ‘Who’s going to buy it?’ Certainly the guys that came back from the service couldn’t give a goddamn about it and the people at home couldn’t relate to it, but the idea of an album that people could sing along to just kept nagging me.”

With that thought in the back of his head, Miller began conducting his own research. “I asked everyone I knew what were the songs that they sung at parties, at camp, at Lion’s and Rotary Club meetings,” he says. Miller kept tabs of the most popular songs and decided to include them on his first album, Sing Along with Mitch.

With the list of classic popular songs complete, Miller assembled a group of backing musicians and a chorus, collectively known as “the Gang,” and entered the Columbia Records 30th Street Studio. “It was very simple,”   he says. “I had three pluckers I called my Guitar Mafia, an accordion player, a harmonica player, a bass player, a piano player, and a drummer.” The chorus consisted of 25 men. “I used 25 guys for two reasons,” says Miller. “I wanted that mass sound, and also the base salary per singer from AFTRA was less expensive if you used a large group.”

Although all of the musicians and singers featured on the album were professionals, Miller wanted the album to sound informal, so that the amateur vocalists at home would feel free to sing along. “I wanted it to sound casual, yet that’s the hardest thing in the world to do,” he says. “When you try to make something sound casual, it usually ends up sounding like dreck.”

Thanks to early exposure from WCCO Minneapolis DJ Howard Viken, who was also instrumental in the career of Bob Newhart, Sing Along with Mitch began to take off. At one point a department store in the Minneapolis area sent a telegram to Columbia requesting 50,000 copies.

In its 13th week on the chart, Sing Along With Mitch hit the summit, preventing Elvis Presley’s King Creole from reaching Number One. (Presley was serving in the Army at the time and was unable to promote the album.) It was a victory for Miller, a staunch critic of rock ‘n’ roll, and it signaled that there was still plenty of interest in good old-fashioned music the whole family could sing along with.

 

Side A
A1.  When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along – 2:20
A2.  Cecilia – 2:23
A3.  Under The Bamboo Tree – 1:17
A4.  Back In Your Own Back Yard – 1:33
A5.  (I Wanna Go Where You Go, Do What You Do) Then I’ll Be Happy – 1:35
A6.  Sunny Side Up – 1:28
A7.  You’re The Cream In My Coffee – 1:50
A8.  Harbor Lights – 3:32

Side B
B1.  The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi – 2:35
B2.  Did You Ever See A Dream Walking? – 2:28
B3.  Aura Lee – 3:05
B4.  It’s Been A Long, Long Time – 1:59
B5.  By The Beautiful Sea – 1:29
B6.  Paddlin’ Madelin’ Home – 1:34
B7.  Drifting And Dreaming – 3:32

Notes
Released:  1961
Format:  Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country:  US
Genre:  Pop
Style:  Vocal
Label:  Columbia Records
Catalog# CL 1671

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Prijs: €4,99

6
Sep

Danny Mirror – I Remember Elvis Presley (1981) – Lp

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Eddy Ouwens (Rotterdam, 30 mei 1946) is een Nederlands zanger, componist en muziekproducent.

Ouwens speelde als 13-jarige reeds in een coverbandje en organiseerde concertavonden die hij vaak zelf presenteerde. Hij benaderde bekende artiesten en wist onder andere Johnny Jordaan, Rob de Nijs en Conny Vandenbos voor zijn shows te strikken. Rond 1966 organiseerde en presenteerde hij talentenjachten. Toen een winnende popgroep zonder zanger kwam te zitten, bood hij zichzelf aan. De aldus gevormde band Eddysons trad op door heel Nederland. In april 1968 werd met de song Ups and downs de Veronica Top 40 gehaald. Drie andere nummers halen de Tipparade.

In 1969 brak Ouwens met de band om verder te gaan als muziekproducent. Omdat hij daar onvoldoende mee verdiende, was hij tevens werkzaam bij een muziekuitgeverij, als plugger en in de weekeinden als diskjockey.

Vanaf 1974 legde Ouwens zich nog enkel toe op componeren en produceren. Hij was de man achter het Nederlandse songfestivalsucces Ding-a-Dong van Teach-In. Met deze groep en met Jackpot scoorde hij in deze periode verschillende hits.

Een meer persoonlijk succes kwam in 1977 toen hij naar aanleiding van het overlijden van Elvis Presley het nummer I remember Elvis Presley schreef en onder het pseudoniem Danny Mirror uitbracht.
Wereldwijd werden er meer dan twee miljoen exemplaren van gekocht, in de Top 40 en de Nationale Hitparade kwam de single op nummer één en in Engeland werd een vierde plek in de hitlijst behaald.

In 1981 brengt hij van uit de “The Golden Label” serie, de LP “I Remember Elvis Presley” uit.  Op deze plaat staan o.a. de singles:  “I Remember Elvis Presley”, “We Wish You” en “A Child’s Prayer”.

 

Side A
A1.  Don’t Believe It – 2:47
A2.  Vaya con Dios – 3:48
A3.  Freedom Forever – 2:36
A4.  When I See You – 3:44
A5.  I Remember You – 3:31
A6.  I’m Gonna Love You – 2:34

Side B
B1.  I Remember Elvis Presley – 5:06
B2.  A Child’s Prayer – 4:16
B3.  I Believe In The Man In The Sky – 2:16
B4.  Why Should I Tell You This Story – 3:00
B5.  We Wish You – 2:54

 

Notes
Released:  1981
Format:  Vinyl, LP
Country:  Netherlands
Genre:  Pop
Label:  HEP – HN 4221

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Prijs: €4,99

4
Sep

Lou Rawls – When You Hear Lou, You´ve Heard It All (1977) – Lp

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Louis Allen Rawls (December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, voice actor, and record producer. He is best known for his singing ability

When You Hear Lou, You’ve Heard It All is a 1977 album by American R&B singer Lou Rawls, released on the Philadelphia International Records label. On this album, only four tracks were produced by Gamble & Huff with the remainder shared among other producers.

The album’s lead single “Lady Love“, while only a moderate R&B hit, proved successful in the crossover market, becoming Rawls’ last single to enter the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100

A smooth, often delightful album that kept Lou Rawls squarely in the love/romantic/mellow circle that he’d been scoring in throughout the late ’70s. Gamble and Huff were really trimming the productions and keeping things laid-back and casual, while Rawls‘ emphatic, smoky vocals carried the day.

 

Side A
A1.  Lady Love – 4:02
A2.  I Wish It Were Yesterday – 3:28
A3.  One Life To Live – 3:55
A4.  Dollar Green – 3:11
A5.  Trade Winds – 3:48

Side B
B1.  There Will Be Love – 4:52
B2.  Unforgettable – 3:25
B3.  That Would Do It For Me – 4:36
B4.  If I Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda – 4:30
B5.  Not The Staying Kind – 3:56

 

Personnel

  • Lou Rawls – Vocals
  • Barbara Ingram, Carla Benton, Yvette Benson – Backing vocals
  • Charles Collins – Drums
  • Michael “Sugarbear” Foreman – Bass
  • Dennis Harris, Roland Chambers – Guitar
  • Edward Green, Leon Huff – Keyboards
  • Davis Cruse – Congas, bongos
  • Don Renaldo – Strings, horns

 

Companies, etc.

 

Credits

 

Notes
Released:  1977
Format:  Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:  Netherlands
Genre:  Funk / Soul
Label:  Philadelphia International Records
Catalog# PIR 82402

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Voorkant Lichte Stickerschade

Prijs: €4,99

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