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November 24, 2016

Skyy – Skyyline (1981) – Lp

by Record Facts

Skyy (a.k.a. New York Skyy) was an American R&B/funk/disco band based in New York. They are perhaps best known for their 1981 hit, “Call Me“.

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Artist:  Skyy
Title:  Skyyline
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Salsoul Records
Catalog#  SA 8548

Skyy Line is the fourth album by New York City based group Skyy released in 1981 on Salsoul Records.
In its early iterations, the New York-based band Skyy visually took it’s cues from the Earth, Wind, & Fire look–the funky, shiny one-piece jumpsuits, etc. But the Brass Construction’s Randy Mueller–who was the producer for Skyy–had them follow a different sound, using their guitars and the three voices of the Dunning sisters–Denise, Dolores, and Bonny. As a result, they were a quieter version of Mueller’s band; but had a more driven and funkier sound.
The sound of Skyy reached a full maturity with Skyyline, and may have best been represented by the cover, in which the band dropped the EWF look for suits and skirts.
Skyy Line included the tune “When You Touch Me,” the top twenty R&B single “Let’s Celebrate,” and the big hit, “Call Me.” (True fans of 1980s R&B will remember the infamous line “here’s my number and a dime, call me anytime.”) “Call Me” shot to the top of the R&B chart, number three on the Dance chart and number twenty-six on the Pop chart, making it the band’s first and only Top 40 pop hit. Thanks to the success of “Call Me,” Skyy Line went gold, making it to number one on the U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs chart and the Top 20 on the album chart.

 

Side one
1.  Let’s Celebrate  (5:32)
2.  Call Me  (6:21)
3.  Girl In Blue  (4:24)

Side two
1.  Jam The Box  (4:54)
2.  When You Touch Me  (3:38)
3.  Gonna Get It On  (4:13)
4.  Get Into The Beat  (4:28)

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