Billy Ocean was one of the most popular and successful R&B singers living in the UK during the 70s and 80s. Born In Trinidad and Tobago in 1950, Ocean moved to England at the age of 8 where after learning his trade singing on the London club scene Billy Ocean released his first single in 1972. Four years later he recorded his first album and captured the #2 spot on the UK pop charts while scoring #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with single, Love Really Hurts Without You. Red Light Spells Danger returned him to the UK #2 spot a year later in 1977.
Bassist Nick Greenwood is best-known today for his fiery work with Arthur Brown in his own 1968-69 heyday. Moving on, in 1972, Greenwood chose to record a solo album, and to that end brought together a crack band of sessionmen. Even for its time the resulting Cold Cuts set was way out there, a mighty slab of psychedelia-laced prog rock that soared into musical recesses seldom explored. Besides showcasing Greenwood's superb bass skills, fans are also surprisingly treated to his vocals – surprising, because Greenwood was not previously known as a singer…
Another Taste was the sophomore album from the Disco-Funk group on Capitol Records in 1979.The album returned the group to the top thirty of the R&B album chart and featured the oft-sampled R&B #13 hit DO IT GOOD. Like their debut album, it was produced by Capitol Records’ Funk, Soul and Jazz legends Fonce Mizell & Larry Mizell. The album makes its international CD debut with this release. Liner notes include detailed interviews. Also featured are two bonus tracks. This long sought-after CD remaster is a must for all Capitol Soul, Dance and Funk fans. Released in deluxe super jewel cases.
A TASTE OF HONEY was the debut album from the Disco-Funk group on Capitol Records in 1978 The album features the international Disco smash hit BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE which is featured here in three different mixes. Produced by Capitol Records’ Funk, Soul and Jazz legends Fonce Mizell & Larry Mizell, the album made #2 on the R&B album chart and #6 on the US Pop album chart, achieving Platinum status in the process. The rare 12″ remixes of the hits Boogie Oogie Oogie and follow-up Disco Dancin’ are included as bonus cuts other single versions. BBR introduce the first ever expanded re-master of this album on CD.
Predating Metallica's self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest's British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It streamlined and simplified the progressive intricacies of a band fresh off of revolutionizing the entire heavy metal genre; it brought an aggressive, underground metal subgenre crashing into the mainstream (in Priest's case, the NWOBHM; in Metallica's, thrash); and it greatly expanded the possibilities for heavy metal's commercial viability as a whole. Of course, British Steel was nowhere near the sales juggernaut that Metallica was, but in catapulting Judas Priest to the status of stadium headliners…
"The Awakening" is a diverse album marked by romantic ballads, chunky dance tracks and even a fusion instrumental. The single, “Remote Control,” is a vibrant piece of dance music with Otis Jr. ‘s steady rhythm guitar, catchy ensemble vocals and Mark’s smooth tenor gliding over a powerful rhythm track. “Remote Control” sets the tone for The Reddings’ other strong party songs “Funkin’ On The One,” “It’s Friday Night,” and “Doin’ It.” On everyone of these songs Dexter’s energetic lead bass lines and the trio’s graceful harmonies again and again show the Reddings’ great innate musical talent in action.
With four successful albums behind them in nearly as many years, and despite the fact that they were in the beginning throes of the bitter end of the band, Heatwave brought their fifth album, Current, to bear in 1982 and scored another Top 30 U.S. hit to boot. With producer Barry Blue again at the helm and with another clutch of Rod Temperton-penned songs behind their substantial R&B chops, Heatwave was able to add one final feather to a cap that history continues to seriously underrate.
During their most commercially successful years, Heatwave were a band that crossed many borders, laying claim to such international hits as Boogie Nights, Too Hot To Handle, The Groove Line, Eyballin’, and Always And Forever, all having a huge impact on both sides of the Atlantic. Heatwave’s fourth album, Candles, saw Johnnie Wilder Jr take on the producers role alongside James Guthrie, best known for his work with Pink Floyd, returning to work with Heatwave since serving as an engineer on both Too Hot To Handle and Central Heating.
During their most commercially successful years, Heatwave were a band that crossed many borders, laying claim to such international hits as Boogie Nights , Gangsters Of The Groove, Too Hot To Handle, The Groove Line and Always And Forever, all having a huge impact on both sides of the Atlantic. The members of Heatwave hailed from all over the Globe, making this group a truly international act in every sense and contributing to their unique and highly influential sound.
Colonel Abrams is the self-titled debut album of Colonel Abrams, released in 1985. This album consists of garage house-influenced urban contemporary songs with lyrics and vocal performances provided by Abrams. Includes four Hot R&B singles chart hits: "The Truth," "Over and Over," "Trapped," and "I'm Not Gonna Let You" and the minor R&B chart hit "Table for Two." In addition, all the cuts of the album reached the top of the Hot Dance Singles chart.