The B.B. & Q Band – Genie (1985) – Lp
B. B. & Q. Band (which stands for the Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens Band), was an American post-disco/funk band, which formed in 1981 and disbanded in 1986. The B. B. & Q. Band was a studio concept created in 1981 by the businessman Jacques Fred Petrus.
Artist: The B.B. & Q Band
Label: Break Records
By 1985 Petrus had fixed a contract with Elektra Records, and B. B. & Q. Band was back on track with their fourth and last album Genie, including minor hits like the title track “Genie” and “Dreamer”.
The BB&Q Band really drove that use of technology to create some smooth landscapes and vibes with their 1985 release “Genie.” This isn’t one of the regular albums that I review on this site. Which is probably the reason why I like it so much. I wouldn’t classify it as a party album. However, there are definitely some head nodding jams on here like “Won’t You Be With Me Tonight” and of course the ever popular track “Dreamer.” The title track “Genie” is a smooth simmering piece of synthetic delight! After all, what would you expect from a band that was formed by Fred Petrus who handpicked each member?
Kae Williams, a former Breakwater member hired by Petrus, wrote all tracks and co-produced the LP in conjunction with Petrus. The album also showed early examples of Curtis Hairston‘s voice when Petrus invited him to be the new lead singer. The album sold rather well, especially in Europe, but in 1987 the B. B. & Q. Band disappeared forever when Petrus was murdered.
1. Genie (6:01)
2. Main Attraction (5:42)
3. Won’t You Be With Me Tonight (4:33)
4. Don’t Force It (4:55)
1. Minutes Away (3:15)
2. On The Shelf (5:15)
3. Dreamer (5:46)
4. Ricchochet (4:15)