presents a mix of soul, funk, R&B, Jazzfunk and disco bands that are
rare in one sense or the other. The bands are described in a mini-bio
If you got
any new information about these groups that you think might add anything,
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(in alphabetic order)
bach that obviously liked Bach was a group under the wings of
Philip Baily and Maurice White from Earth wind & fire. Maurice
brother Verdine and Beloyd produced the set. The group included
the two brothers Michael Brookins on guitar and Robert Brookins
as a lead vocalist. Their selftitled debut album (see picture) on
Matinee from 81 included the albums best song "It's you"
a fast disco track with a intensive and sensitive repeating of the
title. Also "Wanna fill you up" is worth mentioning together
with a ballad. The group had strong backup from Philip Baily and
the Earth wind & fire family that obviously helped them a lot.
Robert Brookins released his solo debut in 1988.
Berg, a Swedish female singer that released only one song of
any importance on 7" in 1984. The title "The smørgasbord"
was a humorous tribute to the world known Swedish dish performed
in English. The 7", as well as 12" release, was a catchy
and easy listening pop funk track with a sensual song by Berg. Even
some imitations of the Swedish cock from the Muppet show. Both the
7" and 12" had a vocal as well as an instrumental version.
The ultra rare piece was written by Torkel Odéen, Dick Berglund
and Li Berg and produced by Torkel Odéen and Dick Berglund
for HannaH productions and was released on Polygram records, Solna,
Sweden. Li Berg later participated in the Swedish eurovision contest
in 85 with yet another track written by Dick Berglund. Berg ended
up on fifth place with the track "Jag vet hur det känns"
(I know how it feels). Torkel Odéen had earlier worked with
community radio in Stockholm on Radio SUS and Radio SBC under the
name of "Bagarn" (The baker) and is a well respected radio
DJ from the time. Odéen's HannaH productions are still active
today with three studios. Catch it if you can! The cover features
Li Berg on the 7".
Broom was inspired by George Benson and became like him a great
jazzguitar player. He released several albums in the USA during
the 1980:s but it's uncertain if they ever saw the light in Europe.
Only 20 years old Broom released his first album entitled "Clean
sweep" that was a mix of soul, funk and a lot of jazz. The
debut on Arista was an excellent example of Broom's maturded musical
language and is a must have for any jazz fusion lover! In 84 Bobby
Broom released, once again on Arista, the album, "Livin' for the
beat" on which he wrote the two noticable tracks, the clearly hip-hop
influenced "Let it go" and "Find yourself". The album
was more into funk and dance than jazz this time. In 85 "Beat
a freak" hit the market with similar style to the latter album
but now with just more hip hop rhythms than the before. After this
short era Brom was back the roots of Jazz and releassed several
albums during the 90s. Broom still going strong today devoted to
his beloved jazz more than ever. Time to buy a piece I think.
van Buren is certainly a shadowman in black music. Not very
much is known about him or his career. But one album should be mentioned
here,"What's your pleasure" from 82. With a voice similar
to Glenn Jones, intensive and passionate, Buren delivers a strong
self produced release that is much to unknown and overlooked. Among
the fast tracks two fantastic smokers exceeds the rest by a far
margin in "Enjoy yourself" and "Rock the house".
Two fantastic songs with so much joy presented in a outstanding
mix of soul and funk with the main weight laying on the latter.
Buren stretches his voice to the very limit of his ability but it
never get out of hand. Buren always keeps the harmony in place and
he does it in an excellent way. It's just sweet, tasty and indisputably
awesome dance music that will make anyone happy and filled with
an almost spiritual experience! The LP also includes some average
midtempo tracks as well as some interesting slow jams, but only
one of the latter exceeds the average. Buy the album because it's
a refreshing R&B album that wont disappoint you and it's a rare
addition to your collection. Read full bio here
Candela is according to one source a Canadian girl. But
according to Joel Whitburn's book "Hot Dance/Disco"
Candela was a studio group from New York including the following
members, Michelle Pratt, Lisa Dean, Fernando Luis and Isidro Ross.
Candela did probably released only two maxi singles though. The
first one in 82 included the outstanding knockout smash hit "Love
you madly", in my mind, one of the best tracks ever!! With a synth
going crazy in the background and a break in the middle of the
track that makes you wonder if the crew really survived the recording,
this song is sooo good!! Written by Earl Toon Jr (Kool and the
gang) and produced by Amir Bayyan (Kool and the gang) and Adil
Bayyan (Kool and the gang) in association with Toon the 12"
was released on Arista. Toon had joined Kool and the gang in 79
as a vocalist did co-write some tracks for them and produced Motivations
album in 83, but this is with out any doubt his masterpiece. In
83 she came with another 12" release, "She said"
once again on Arista but was not near the outstanding quality
of the first track. In fact the instrumental version is better
then the vocal here. But maybe it was because Bayyan and Toon
wasn't involved anymore as I. Ross, F. Luis and H. Harris wrote
the track this time. "She said" had much rock pop influences
and was clearly flirting with the influences of the time but without
any success. The producer was Reggie Andrew. After that mediocre
release Candela disappeared
rare five piece popjazz band with the main focuse on the horn section
in their music. Their one and only selftitled album was released
on Atlantic in 1984 featuring the minor hit "Your red hot love".
That track was filled with deep and energetic bass guitars and synths,
powerful horns and a catchy chorus. The rest of the material got
a much lighter and popjazz like tone with more transparency in its
arrangements. None of these tracks were sesantional but were all
well singed, played and produced. The short last track that also
was their only instrumental one, that amusingly was given the longest
name of "When the world is runnin' down (you make the best
of what's still around)" is a nice and very infectious jazz
session giving all the bands knowledge in playing different saxophones
and trumpets. Chops life after that is unknown.
is a group produced and under the power of Quincy Jones and includes
Philip Ingram, younger brother of James Ingram and Zane Giles.
The style of music they played was a mix of R&B interpreted
in a kind of freestyle way. The hit "Fresh idea" is
a direct dancetrack that tends to get better towards the second
half of the song. Also "Let this be your night" is well
worth looking for with it's rock influenced guitars that appears
on the track. The album, that was released in 1983 have recently
been reprinted on a Japanese label. Rumors has it though that
the original release was withdrawn before hitting the shells,
a fact yet to be confirmed. Deco split up after the release due
to bad sales figures.
on each albums cover for a full view
Out of control 1988
all know Dynasty as a really great group so I'm not gonna write
more about that. This story covers the confusing releases in 1986
and 1988 that the band did that is an unsolved and strange mystery
1986 the album Daydreamin' was released on Solar records (Alpha
records in Sweden). The set included the following tracks (* indicating
that the track appears on both albums):
- Dayreamin' 1986
Cherry red bikini *
2. Way out *
3. Freeway lover
7. Tuff love *
8. Lock of love
1988 Dynasty released another album "Out of control"
on Solar records once again that at least was printed in US. It
was based on the 1986 release with the exact same front cover
but otherwise with some substantial differences (see picture no
2). First of all the albums got two different titles, use of white
text on "Dynasty" in 1986 and pink in 1988, another
design on the back cover but foremost the different track choice.
One third of the tracks in 1986 are present on the album in 1988!
Why on earth release two different but still so similar albums?
Were Dynasty or Solar desperately after some money? The 1988 release
included the following tracks (* indicating that the track appears
on both albums):
- Out of control 1988
Don't waste my time
2. Out of control
3. Way out *
4. Give your love to me
5. Tell me (do u want my love)
6. One girl
7. Cherry red bikini *
8. Tuff love *
there anybody out there that can explain this and in addition
got inside information about the reason to the differences between
these two releases please feel free to write to: PSFS
is rare groove indeed. According to all available sources Freddie
James recorded the groovy disofunk track "Don't turn your back on
love" in 82. But this extremely rare 7" single printed in France
on Carrere records clearly indicates the opposite! On this single
from 1982 Jesse Franklin is the artist behind the track which he
also produced! This is definitely one of the biggest mysteries in
the music world as I know. But the reasons may have been that he
license the track for his own publication, but why did his name
occur as a songwriter and producer instead of James on the record?
Or was it just a miss print. But that sounds odd too as the artist
really does exist by his own with at least one single on his mind.
If you know anything interesting about this strange story, please
feel free to write to: PSFS
Picture: Jesse stands in front of a TGV train in France with a hot
funk band formed by Henry Horne and Leroy Roebuck in 83 and disbanded
soon after. The Horne section (T.H.S.) only released one track,
the mega hit "Lady shine (shine on)" from 1984 that was
released in US on 7" and 12". The songs lead singer was
Roger Garnett and it was written by Henry Horne and produced by
the same. Executive producer was Leroy Roebuck. The track was released
on their own label of Roebuck records in US and Fourth & Broadway,
licensed via Islands record, elsewhere. "Lady shine (shine
on)" is a mixture between soul and funk and got a bit in common
with another track that same year, Deodato's "S.O.S. fire in
the sky" and evan more with D-train. Their similar sound got
that a little bit harder approach then most soul funk tracks, but
T.H.S. is always easy listening to and the hardness never gets disturbing.
I haven't heard or seen anything else about this group, maybe they
disappeared after this, which is most likely. Henry Horne later
appeared on Veronica Underwood's album in 85 where he played Bass,
Guitar and Keyboards and on Pieces of a dream's album "Joyride"
in 86 where he played Keyboards. Henry Horne is right now in 2003
working with a Gospel album released under his own name, probably
late this year. Keep you eyes open folks! A special thanks to Henry
Horne for his great information. The exclusive PSFS interview with
Horne can be found here
Night force comes from Belgium and released their first
and only album in 83. Their style can be described as a mix between
French disco and R&B. On their likely debut from 83 entitled
"Hold the night" printed on Carrere records the titletrack
was a major hit with a really sensitive performance. It was written
by F. Degryse and M. Costa. The LP also included some other nice
fast as well as more slow tracks together with an exclusive remix
of "Hold the night" on face B. The rare album was produced
by Daniel Carrot for Daniel Carrot production. Big
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cover from the 2003 compilation
Cussion all stars' album "Don't stop" from 1983 is an ultra
rare Swedish rap record and the first of its kind to be presented
in Sweden. The Swedish percussionist Per Tjernberg left his old
band "Dag vag", a famous group in Sweden, and went for NYC several
times in the early 80s. There he discovered the breakdance and
the early rap culture and did get so inspired so he brought home
the idea to Sweden and put together some Swedish musicians. A
friend also brought him together with an obscure rapper Grandmaster
funk (later shortened to GM funk), originally from Brooklyn NYC,
which worked as a breakdancer and rapper in Stockholm. His real
last name was Michael White but he used to change his name all
the time, just to give the person an even more mystic aura around
him. To find GM funk was just perfect for Tjernberg though as
everything was set for the recording of the album except finding
a rapper for two of the tracks. The project was finally called
"Per Cussion all stars". Per was a common Swedish name so the
bands name was some kind of intern Swedish joke, that nobody else
of course didn't understands. They released their first 12" "Don't
stop" in 1983, which was the first rap ever recorded in Sweden.
The track, and a video of it, got huge attention in Sweden and
some attention outside as well. For example it was listed "recommended"
in the Dance/Disco column in Billboard. One especially flattering
story for Per Tjernberg was when Africa Bambaata, that he considered
the high priest of hip hop, asked him if he could spare some copies
of the 12" since he had worn his out when DJ-ing! It was released
on several obscure labels like Virgin greece and ultra rare Black
market. The latter reported the pretty impressive 15 000 copies
sold, before going out of business. The 12" was followed up by
the album with the same name in June that year. Both were released
on the small Swedish production company Silence and their own
label. The album was a well arranged and produced mix of funk
and rap, the ladder presented for the first time in Sweden on
this record. The set also included the ordinary "back-to-the roots"
theme. The 12" however, together with the great tune "The warning"
were definitely the two most interesting tracks but the rest of
the set did show some other nice tunes. A rather scary story was
when the American vocalist scared the Swedish audience during
a live concert of "42nd street heartbeat" by suddenly picking
up a gun (luckily fake!) on the stage to show the grim world of
NY streets: "Cause I don't give a fuck about you - BANG - or you
- BANG - or you - BANG! After the gig they decided to promptly
lift that part out from the show because it was simply too realistic.
GM funk was for sure a strange and mystical person that came and
disappeared in the same rapid way. Per Tjernberg himself didn't
know anything at all about his destiny until he happen to see
a MTV rap video recently including him. The rap presented by Grandmaster
funk is competent and tight album and got some resemblance with
Grandmaster flash, the great influence at the time, but even more
with Kurtis Blow. GM funk did four more rap sessions including
three on Per Cussion all stars second and last album "Beatwave"
in 84 that was entirely recorded at the Intergalactic studio in
NYC. The last one, the highly competitive and very good "Snowblind"
track, recording during the "Beatwave" sessions was released as
a seperate 12" by Grandmaster funk in 84. I strongly recommend
both Per Cussion all stars records if you're an old school rap
and funk fan, it's definitely a fine and for sure very rare catch
in your collection! And of course, do buy the 12" "Snowblind",
great music although with strange lyrics!! If you want to buy
the rare CD from 2003 containing the first album and 7 bonus tracks
of the best from the rest including "Snowblind" try www.cdon.com
where you can order it within the EU region. Here you can buy
both the "Don't stop" double CD and "Universal
riddim" as well. Note that the latter is world music and
very different from "Don't stop" but still interesting
if you have a broader musical wiev. If you live outside EU contact
me for some arrangements at: PSFS
or try www.gemm.com
for second hand records.
The CD booklet
an ultra rare Swedish soul funk group that probably only released
on 7" in 83 on the small Swedish record label Hawk records.
Their hit "Kool katt" (Cool cat) that was fully performed in Swedish
is a very groovy and well-produced mix of soul and funk. When listen
to it one might think it had Leon Haywood's track "I'm out to catch"
from 83 as a major influence. The thought is right, because the
similarities, especially on the break are obvious. Anyway it's a
great track from a group that died way to soon. Sample
Read more about Stop here
In 1984 Temper came up with their debut single on MCA including
the big hit "No favors". The music was a harder disco funk freestyle
inspired music with humorous lyrics and powerful direct feeling.
It's definitely one of the better songs you can hear. The track
that was released on the both 7" and 12" singles was
written by Cleveland Wright III and Anthony Malloy that also produced
the hit for Wright/Malloy production. On the 22th of September
1984 they reached the no one spot on Billboard's dance chart.
They also did get quit a lot club play in 84. That same year they
came with yet another release called "Fever (I sweat)".
Like the first single this one was also released on both 7"
and 12" on MCA once again. The track is more of a mid-tempo
one compared to "No favors" and not as catchy as the
first single but still a decent boogie track. Malloy that was
the lead singer on both tracks later became well-known as lead
singer in Anthony & the camp with hits like "'What I like".
What happen after that is not known. [Special thanks to Star-One
million, a studio group from New York that joined the club
of those short lived popfunk bands that most likely only released
two maxi singles. The first in 1983 was the funky "I've been
robbed" that did have a huge potential but was badly arranged
in my mind and way to long (9:38). The vocals were good but it
seemed that the producer/arranger didn't know what to do with
the track itself resulting in a too repetitive track that never
really took off. The track was written by I. Butler, M. King and
A. Jones (Allen Jones?). The producers Gene Lawson and Reuben
Cross however were more well known. Both were veterans way back
in time and Cross, the most know of the two, was the co-writer
together with John Fitch of the smash hit "Shame" by
Evelyn "Champagne" King in 1977. The two mix engineers
were no bad names either. The track was mixed by legendary John
Morales, the mix man behind such great acts like Inner life, Logg
(the Head/Burgess hemisphere), One way, Universal robot band,
Shalamar, Curtis Hairston and many many more, and his fellow man
since 1982 Sergio Munzibai. The maxi single, that featured a 5:55
long instrumental version as well, was released on Cotillion records.
The second, even more unknown track from Three million came one
year later in 1984. The track, "I've got the hots (for you)",
was released on the same label and this time written by the producer
Reuben Cross from the first maxi. The poporiented and poorly 7:08
long dance track was once again produced by Lawson and Cross and
mixed by Morales and Munzibai. The 12" also included a 6:00
long instrumental that in fact was more interesting than the vocal
one. Both tracks were mixed at the Blank tapes recording studios
in New York. After that the band disappeared like so many others
that tried their luck in the musical business.
This studiogroup came originally from New York with some good
session musicians. Their incredible 6:36 long smooker "What
I got is what you need" (no
27 on Billboards top 40 in 83) from
83 released on Prelude was a rocket on the charts. The song was
written by D. J. Smith, M. Norris and D. Henry, mixed by David
Todd and Nick Martinelli and produced by Deems J. Smith. Unique
maybe released an album, but more likely two 12", because
in 84 the came up with another track "I think I like it" which
is not as good as "What I got is what you need" but it's a fairly
good track in its own respect. What happen later is not known.
Cover: Michael V. Krogh