Artist: The B.B. & Q Band
Title: All Night Long
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog# 1A 064-400110
Heavily influenced by the sounds of Prince and Cameo, among others, the Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band jumped into, and foundered among, the large pool of early-’80s funky wave bands. They had the keyboards, they had that ubiquitous drum sound, and they’d already had a Top Ten R&B hit with “On the Beat” in 1981. With the band’s original lineup falling away, the question of how to proceed remained. By the beginning of 1982, they had two choices: drop off the face of the earth or claw their way back to the charts. They chose the latter — but not without some difficulties. All Night Long (1982) featured a huge, new lineup, most evident to fans as departing vocalist Lucious Floyd was replaced by Kevin Robinson. The resulting ensemble, though, powered their way through a smooth set and a return to the charts with “Imagination” in July. Punchy guitars and polished production ensured the single was the perfect accompaniment to the bright-light, fast-car Saturday-night dramas that dominated the early part of the decade. “Hanging Out” and “Hard to Get Around,” meanwhile, saw the album follow in similar musical footsteps, only to be dampened by the mediocre ballad “(I Could Never Say) It’s Over” and a bland take on the Stylistics’ “Children of the Night.” Ultimately, there simply wasn’t enough punch to the long-player and the band quickly slid into a super-produced, overly slick quagmire that sucked them straight back into obscurity.
1. All Night Long (She’s Got The Moves I Like) (5:55)
2. Imagination (6:00)
3. The Things We Do In Love (4:58)
4. Desire (4:20)
1. Hanging Out (5:10)
2. Hard To Get Around (5:15)
3. (I Could Never Say) It’s Over (4:05)
4. Children Of The Night (5:54)
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)