Eumir Deodato de Almeida (born 22 June 1942) is a Brazilian pianist, composer, record producer and arranger, primarily based in the jazz realm but who historically has been known for eclectic melding of big band and combo jazz with varied elements of rock/pop, R&B, funk, Latin, classical and symphonic or orchestral music.
Title: Happy Hour
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56983
Although he was not only heavily involved in producing funkers Kool & the Gang but was elsewhere employed far from his own jazz roots, fusionist Eumir Deodato was still taking the time to perfect his own smooth pop. Happy Hour, released in 1982, is a prime example of the sounds and styles he’d now fully adapted. Sweet and slick, Happy Hour hinges on the upbeat sounds of early-’80s pop, leaving his prior success with disco present but lurking in the background. With vocalist Kelly Barretto taking a turn across the lion’s share of the songs, she set the tone with her clear R&B style and, although it was “Happy Hour” that hit the pop charts, the opening “Keep on Movin'” was a far better example of her prowess. Nearly eight minutes long and built around a smoothly repetitious, delicious, classic Deodato groove, her octave-leaping vocals bound in and out of the mix with ease amid the synth and brass. Elsewhere, Deodato brought in the star power of guest Candi Staton on a barely lukewarm version of the Smokey Robinson classic “The Tears of a Clown,” which focused almost exclusively on an unending alto sax solo. On a happier note, both “Keep It in the Family” and “I Never Get Enough” wrapped up the set with a Motown vibe. But while Happy Hour is easy on the ears, with nice turns spattered throughout, there’s nothing overly remarkable about the set, nor is there anything to recommend it. Deodato was capable of much better, and it would have been nice to hear it.
1. Keep On Movin’ (7:49)
2. Happy Hour (4:56)
3. Just This One Night (5:03)
1. Tears Of A Clown (4:35)
2. Sweet Magic (4:13)
3. Keep It In The Family (5:00)
4. I Never Get Enough (4:20)
LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s.
Artist: Donna Summer
Title: I Remember Yesterday
Label: Groovy Records
Catalog# GR 9003
I Remember Yesterday is the fifth studio album by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer. It was originally released in May 13, 1977, seven months after the release of her previous album. Like her previous three albums, it was a concept album, this time seeing Summer combining the recent disco sound with various sounds of the past. I Remember Yesterday includes the singles “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)“, “I Feel Love“, the title track, “Love’s Unkind” and “Back in Love Again“. “I Feel Love” and “Love’s Unkind” proved to be the album’s most popular and enduring hits, the former of which came to be one of Summer’s signature songs.
The album was recorded in Munich at Musicland Studios and Arco Studios with Summer’s long-term collaborators and production team headed by producers Moroder and Bellotte. Arrangements were handled by Thor Baldursson. The artwork was designed by Gribbitt! with photography by Victor Skrebneski.
Side One of the LP saw Summer “remembering yesterday” by combining the electronic disco sound with sounds of the 1940s (“I Remember Yesterday“), 1950s (“Love’s Unkind“) and 1960s (“Back in Love Again“). Side Two consisted of two pop/disco tracks, a ballad and finished with a disco song supposedly representing “the future” that would become one of the most famous songs of that genre – “I Feel Love“.With the exception of the ballad “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)”, all the songs were written in collaboration by Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.
As with Summer’s last few albums, different record labels distributed her work in different nations. Some of the labels chose to release the ballad “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)” as the first single, with “I Feel Love” as the B-side. However, the impact of the song was so huge that it was soon released internationally as an A-side.
1. I Remember Yesterday (4:45)
2. Love’s Unkind (4:24)
3. Back In Love Again (3:54)
4. I Remember Yesterday (Reprise) (3:02)
1. Black Lady (3:47)
2. Take Me (5:03)
3. Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over) (4:25)
4. I Feel Love (5:53)
Stephanie Lynn “Stevie” Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac, and for her chart-topping solo career. She is known for her distinctive voice, mystical visual style, and symbolic lyrics.
Artist: Stevie Nicks
Title: Wild Heart
Label: WEA Records
The Wild Heart is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Recording began in late 1982, shortly after the end of Fleetwood Mac‘s Mirage Tour. After the death of her best friend, Robin Anderson, and with new appreciation for her life and career, the recording took only a few months and was released on June 10, 1983, a year after Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage. It peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts (for seven consecutive weeks).
The album is notable for its array of prominent guest musicians. Tom Petty made a return to write “I Will Run to You”, on which his bandmates from the Heartbreakers performed. Nicks’ Fleetwood Mac bandmate, drummer Mick Fleetwood, made an appearance on the track “Sable on Blonde”. Toto‘s Steve Lukather contributed some of the guitar work on what would become the album’s biggest hit single, “Stand Back“, which also features an uncredited contribution from Prince, who played the synthesizer track. Nicks also worked with friend Sandy Stewart, who wrote the music for three tracks on the album and performed on several (Stewart would go on to write the 1987 Fleetwood Mac hit “Seven Wonders”). The album’s final track, “Beauty And The Beast”, features a full string section performing a score arranged and conducted by Paul Buckmaster. Nicks had recorded various other tracks prior to the album’s release, including “Violet And Blue” which was featured on the movie soundtrack for Against All Odds.
1. Wild Heart (6:08)
2. If Anyone Falls (4:07)
3. Gate And Garden (4:05)
4. Enchanted (3:05)
5. Nightbird (4:59)
1. Stand Back (4:18)
2. I Will Run To You (With Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers) (3:21)
3. Nothing Ever Changes (4:09)
4. Sable On Blond (4:13)
5. Beauty And The Beast (6:02)
Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician and composer.
Artist: Rick James
Title: Throwin´ Down
Label: Motown Records
Rick James fans generally agree that 1981’s Street Songs is his finest album — in fact, Street Songs is essential listening for anyone with even a casual interest in hardcore funk. Unfortunately, James tried to recycle the album’s formula on many of his subsequent albums, and by the mid-’80s, he had become a very predictable and redundant caricature of himself. But in 1982, James was still exciting. That year’s Throwin’ Down, the album that followed Street Songs, falls short of essential but is still rewarding. Many of the songs are excellent, including the cynical “Money Talks” and the major hits “Standing on the Top” (which features the Temptations) and “Dance Wit’ Me.” Not surprisingly, hardcore funk dominates the record, although Throwin’ Down contains a few pleasing soul ballads as well. “Happy,” a duet with Teena Marie, and “Teardrops” point to the fact that James can be a very expressive ballad singer even though he is best known for his up-tempo material. This album does sound like recycled Street Songs at times, but in 1982, James had yet to run the formula into the ground. All things considered, Throwin’ Down was an enjoyable, if imperfect and slightly uneven, addition to the funkster’s catalog.
1. Dance Wit’ Me (7:12)
2. Money Talks (4:48)
3. Teardrops (4:47)
4. Throwdown (3:16)
1. Standing on the Top (with The Temptations) (3:48)
2. Hard to Get (4:05)
3. Happy (5:26)
4. 69 Times (4:08)
5. My Love (2:50)
Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter and musician.
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Title: Who´s Zoomin´ Who
Label: Arista Records
Who’s Zoomin’ Who? is the thirty-third studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, originally released in the summer of 1985, on Arista Records. Franklin said she wanted to do “a record with a younger sound to it. I’d been listening to the radio and I really liked what I heard. I figured to myself that it was time for me to do something serious.”
After an almost-two-year hiatus from the charts, the Queen of Soul returned in style with three Billboard R&B Top Ten singles, including the number one smash hit “Freeway of Love,” which featured a festive rhythm arrangement, an electric sax solo by Clarence Clemons, and Aretha Franklin‘s lively vocals. It held the number one spot for five straight weeks. The title track, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who,” has a sputtering bassline and chiming keyboards augmented by Franklin‘s soulful delivery, and her improvised ad libs are laudable, to say the least. The single peaked at number two for four consecutive weeks. She had another Top Ten hit with “Another Night,” a midtempo number with a light rock feel. It was a number nine hit. Her duet with the Eurythmics, “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves,” faltered at number 66. Narada Michael Walden is credited with the majority of the production on this sound outing.
1. Freeway of Love (5:52)
2. Another Night (4:31)
3. Sweet Bitter Love (5:11)
4. Who’s Zoomin’ Who (4:44)
1. Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves (with Eurythmics) (5:52)
2. Until You Say You Love Me (4:54)
3. Push (Duet with Peter Wolf) (4:35)
4. Ain’t Nobody Ever Loved You (5:35)
5. Integrity (5:36)
Big Country is a Scottish rock band formed in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1981. The height of the band’s popularity was in the early 1980s, although it retained a cult following for many years after. The band’s music was most recognisable for the sounds it infused with Scottish folk and martial music styles, as well as for playing and engineering their guitar driven sound to evoke the inspirational spirit of bagpipes, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments.
Artist: Big Country
Title: The Seer
Label: Mercury Records
The third proper album by Scottish quartet Big Country kicks off with the stellar “Look Away,” a rocking outlaw tale with very cool guitar work from Bruce Watson and lead singer Stuart Adamson. However, the simple, anthemic choruses and effects-laden guitars are beginning to wear a little thin four years after the band’s promising breakthrough. Big Country does little to expand on their sound or lyrical themes and The Seer is somewhat disappointing. There are a few solid tracks like the moody title song (with Kate Bush lending vocals) and the stirring “Eiledon,” but the band had done these songs better. It managed to chart three singles in the U.K., with “Look Away” going Top Ten, but the American audience had dwindled to hard-core fans. It’s the hardcore fans that The Seer is most likely to be of interest to.
1. Look Away (4:23)
2. The Seer (Vocals [Additional] Kate Bush) (5:26)
3. The Teacher (4:05)
4. I Walk The Hill (3:30)
5. Eiledon (Vocals [Additional] June Miles-Kingston) (5:35)
1. One Great Thing (4:00)
2. Hold The Heart (6:04)
3. Remembrance Day (Vocals [Additional] June Miles-Kingston) (4:28)
4. The Red Fox (4:09)
5. The Sailor (4:52)
Kashif Saleem, previously Michael Jones (December 26, 1956 – September 25, 2016), was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author, director and educator from New York City.
Title: Send Me Your Love
Label: Arista Records
Send Me Your Love is the second studio album from Kashif. The album was released in 1984 on Arista Records. The album includes the hit singles “Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart”, “Are You the Woman” and “Ooh Love”.
Kashif enjoyed another big hit album in the mid-’80s with this second Arista album that featured Al Jarreau on the cut “Edgartown Groove,” and landed him one Top 10 and another Top 30 R&B hit. It brought Kashif and Al Jarreau a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It was his best release from a performance standpoint; his vocals had more vigor and spirit than at any time before or since, and he toned down the production, varied the arrangements, and created a much more interesting and multi-faceted presentation than anticipated.
1. Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart (6:25)
2. Ooh Love (6:00)
3. Are You The Woman (5:26)
4. Love Has No End (2:00)
1. Call Me Tonight (Instrumental) (5:00)
2. Send Me Your Love (5:06)
3. I’ve Been Missin’ You (4:08)
4. Edgartown Groove (2:45)
5. That’s How It Goes (4:12)
Thank God It’s Friday is a 1978 American musical comedy film directed by Robert Klane and produced by Motown Productions and Casablanca FilmWorks for Columbia Pictures (whose torch-holding mascot, in a specially produced logo, dances to disco music before the opening credits).
Title: Thank God It´s Friday
Label: Casablanca Records
Catalog# TGIF 100-1
The film contains many popular disco songs, with many key performers featured, including Donna Summer, Pattie Brooks, Love & Kisses, The Commodores. A triple album containing many of the tracks heard in the film was a commercial success.
Several songs heard in the film were not included on the soundtrack album, including Alec R. Costandinos‘ “Romeo and Juliet“, Giorgio Moroder‘s “From Here to Eternity“, The Originals‘ “Down to Love Town”, D.C. LaRue‘s “You Can Always Tell a Lady (By the Company She Keeps)”, The Commodores‘ “Brick House“, The 5th Dimension‘s “You Are The Reason (I Feel Like Dancing)”, Meco‘s “Meco’s Theme” and the Village People tracks, “In Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star)” and “I Am What I Am.”
The biggest hit single on the album was Donna Summer’s “Last Dance“, which won an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and also made it to #3 on the US singles chart. The song was written by Paul Jabara, who the following year would go on to compose Summer’s duet with Barbra Streisand, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)“. Jabara himself performed two of the songs on the Thank God It’s Friday soundtrack, and appeared in the film as well.
The soundtrack album was originally issued as a 3 record set in 1978, of which the 3rd disc was a single side 12 inch single of the 15:45 minutes Donna Summer, “Je t’aime… moi non plus” track.
Cameo‘s “Find My Way” was originally issued as a 7″ single in 1975. Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer’s cover version of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin‘s 1969 hit single “Je t’aime… moi non plus” was also recorded a few years earlier, but had its debut on the soundtrack and was subsequently issued as an edited 7″ single in a few countries in 1978. “Too Hot ta Trot” was from The Commodores‘ 1977 album Commodores Live! – on certain editions of the Thank God It’s Friday album replaced by a studio recording. Other titles on the soundtrack, including “Last Dance“, were especially recorded for the film.
Diana Ross‘ “Lovin’ Livin’ and Givin'” was remixed after the release of the soundtrack and used as the opening track on her 1978 album Ross. It was also released as a single in certain territories and has since been remixed and re-edited a number of times for inclusion on various hits packages issued by Motown/Universal Music.
1. Love And Kisses – Thank God It’s Friday (4:16)
2. Pattie Brooks – After Dark (7:55)
3. Donna Summer – With Your Love (4:00)
4. Donna Summer – Last Dance (7:10)
1. Paul Jabara – Disco Queen (3:46)
2. Cameo – Find My Way (4:57)
3. Commodores – Too Hot Ta Trot (3:309
4. Wright Bros. Flying Machine – Leatherman’s Theme (3:25)
5. Marathon – I Wanna Dance (6:00)
1. Sunshine – Take It To The Zoo (8:00)
2. Santa Esmeralda – Sevilla Nights (6:08)
3. Love And Kisses – You’re The Most Precious Thing In My Life (8:02)
1. D. C. La Rue – Do You Want The Real Thing (4:42)
2. Paul Jabara – Trapped In A Stairway (3:30)
3. Natural Juices – Floyd’s Theme (2:58)
4. Diana Ross – Livin’, Lovin’, Givin’ (3:30)
5. Thelma Houston – Love Masterpiece (4:03)
6. Donna Summer – Last Dance (Reprise) (3:17)
Special Bonus Maxi-Single
1. Donna Summer – Je T’Aime (Moi Non Plus) (15:51)
The Alan Parsons Project was the collective reference to several lineups of a British progressive rock team, active between 1975 and 1990, whose rosters consisted of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, arranger Andrew Powell, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalist Lenny Zakatek.
Artist: The Alan Parsons Project
Title: Tales Of Mystery And Imagination
Label: Casablanca Records
Tales of Mystery and Imagination is the debut studio album by the British progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released on 1 May 1976 by 20th Century Fox Records in the United States and on 1 June 1976 by Charisma Records internationally. The lyrical and musical themes of the album, which are retellings of horror stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, attracted a cult audience. The title of the album is taken from the title of a collection of Poe’s macabre stories of the same name, Tales of Mystery & Imagination, first published in 1908 and reprinted many times since.
Musicians featured on the album include vocalists Arthur Brown of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown on “The Tell Tale Heart”, John Miles on “The Cask of Amontillado” and “(The System of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether”, and Terry Sylvester of The Hollies on “To One In Paradise”. The complete line-up of bands Ambrosia and Pilot play on the record, along with keyboardist Francis Monkman of Curved Air and Sky. Tales of Mystery and Imagination peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart, and the song “(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether” peaked at No. 37 on the Pop Singles chart.
“The Raven” features actor Leonard Whiting on lead vocals, with Alan Parsons performing vocals through an EMI vocoder. According to the album’s liner notes, “The Raven” was the first rock song to feature a digital vocoder. The prelude section of “The Fall of the House of Usher”, although uncredited, is inspired by the opera fragment “La chute de la maison Usher” by Claude Debussy which was composed between 1908 and 1917. “The Fall of the House of Usher” is an instrumental suite which runs 16 minutes plus and takes up most of Side 2 of the recording.
1. A Dream Within A Dream (3:42)
2. The Raven (3:58)
3. The Tell-Tale Heart (4:35)
4. The Cask Of Amontillado (4:29)
5. (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (4:12)
1. The Fall Of The House Of Usher (15:13)
2. To One In Paradise (4:21)
The Commodores are an American funk/soul band, which was at its peak in the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. The members of the group met as mostly freshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1968. The group’s most successful period was in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Lionel Richie was the co-lead singer
Label: Motown Records
From 1974 until the end of the ’70s, the Commodores enjoyed kicking out the hits. As the 1980s rolled in, the Commodores did not lose much steam as they scored their first Top Ten hit of the decade with the midtempo beauty “Old Fashion Love.” From the flattering lyric to the zestful groove, the splendid selection is complemented by Lionel Richie‘s colorful delivery. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard R&B charts.”Heroes” extols everyday people for their feats and courage and checked in at 27 after 11 weeks on the charts. The former Tuskegee collegians were not known to do gospel, but the self-contained sextet scored big with “Jesus Is Love.” Richie‘s prayerful message and pleading cries are solidified with a lyric and melody that complement one another. The song’s popularity is far greater than what the charts reflected (number 37). “Wake Up Children” and “Mighty Spirit” are two other inspirational selections.
1. Got To Be Together (5:44)
2. Celebrate (5:03)
3. Old-Fashion Love (4:56)
4. Heroes (5:24)
1. All The Way Down (3:35)
2. Sorry To Say (4:01)
3. Wake Up Children (4:33)
4. Mighty Spirit (4:06)
5. Jesus Is Love (6:04)