Tag: Soul

Saturday, June 3, 2023 4pm ET: Time Machine 1973 Number One LP: War – World Is A Ghetto (1972)

The World Is a Ghetto is the fifth album by the band War, released November 1972 on United Artists Records. The album attained the number one spot on Billboard, and was Billboard magazine’s Album of the Year as the best-selling album of 1973. In addition to being Billboard’s #1 album of 1973, the album was ranked number 444 on Rolling Stone magazine’s original list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The title track became a gold record.

“The Cisco Kid” 4:35
“Where Was You At” 3:25
“City, Country, City” 13:18
“Four Cornered Room” 8:30
“The World Is a Ghetto” 10:10
“Beetles in the Bog” 3:51

“Freight Train Jam” 5:41
“58 Blues” 5:26
“War Is Coming – Blues version” 6:15
“The World Is a Ghetto” 8:06

Howard Scott – guitar, percussion, vocals
B.B. Dickerson – bass, percussion, vocals
Lonnie Jordan – organ, piano, timbales, percussion, vocals
Harold Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
Papa Dee Allen – conga, bongos, percussion, vocals
Charles Miller – clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, percussion, vocals
Lee Oskar – harmonica, percussion, vocals

Thursday, May 25, 2023 8pm ET: Feature LP: L.T.D. – Something To Love (1977)

Something to Love is the fourth studio album by Los Angeles, California -based band, L.T.D., released July 11, 1977 on the A&M label.

The album peaked at No. 1 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached No. 21 on the Billboard 200. The album features the singles “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again”, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and “Never Get Enough of Your Love”, which charted at No. 8 on the Hot Soul Singles chart and No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  1. “Age of the Showdown” 5:41
  2. “(Won’t Cha) Stay with Me” 3:59
  3. “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again” 4:44
  4. “You Come First at Last” 4:05
  5. “We Party Hearty” 5:15
  6. “If You’re in Need” 3:38
  7. “Never Get Enough of Your Love” 3:47
  8. “Make Someone Smile, Today!” 4:03
  9. “Material Things” 4:14

Jeffrey Osborne – Lead Vocals (tracks 1-3, 5-7, 9), Backing Vocals (All tracks), Drums (Tracks 4, 6), Percussion (All tracks)
Billy Osborne – Organ, Percussion (All tracks), Lead Vocals (tracks 4, 8), Backing Vocals (All tracks)
Jimmie Davis – Clavinet, Electric Piano, Piano, Backing Vocals
Henry Davis – Bass, Backing Vocals
Bernorce Blackman, John McGhee – Guitar
Carle Vickers – Flute, Flugelhorn, Soprano Saxophone, Trumpet
Abraham “Onion” Miller – Tenor Saxophone, Backing Vocals
Lorenzo Carnegie – Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jake Riley – Trombone
Melvin Webb – Drums (tracks 1-3, 5, 7-9)
Lorraine Johnson – Backing Vocals

In Memoriam: Floyd Newman (1931 – 2023)

Floyd Newman (August 17, 1931 – May 23, 2023) was an American saxophonist, session musician and bandleader. As a baritone sax player, he was long associated with Stax Records, and as a member of The Mar-Keys’ horn section and the Memphis Horns.

Born in Memphis, in the late 1940s he became a member of the B.B. King Review, with, among others, George Coleman and George Joyner. Newman later moved to Detroit and recorded with Jackie Brenston, and toured with Sam Cooke before returning to Memphis. Newman also led a band featuring Howard Grimes on drums, Joe Woods on guitar and Isaac Hayes on keyboards, and which performed at the Plantation Inn. This line-up also recorded a 45, “Frog Stomp”, co-written by Newman and Hayes. Newman and Hayes had previously coincided in Ben Branch’s house band at the Tropicana Club, with Hayes as a vocalist.

As a member of the House horn section at Stax, in 1965 he would go on to become a founding member of the Memphis Horns, with Wayne Jackson and Gene “Bowlegs” Miller on trumpets, Floyd Newman on baritone sax and Andrew Love on tenor.

Newman died on May 23, 2023, at the age of 91.

In Memoriam: Sheldon Reynolds (1959 – 2023)

Sheldon Maurice Reynolds (September 13, 1959 – May 23, 2023) was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He was a member of bands Sun, The Commodores and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Reynolds began playing the guitar when he was eight years old, and by the age of 12 was considered a prodigy. He went on to become an alumnus of The University of Cincinnati. Reynolds eventually embarked upon a professional musical career. At first he toured with singer Millie Jackson. Reynolds later joined R&B band Sun, with whom he recorded three albums. During 1983 he became a member of The Commodores. With the Commodores he sang on their 1985 LP Nightshift and then played on their 1986 album United. Altogether he featured with the band for four years.

Reynolds then joined Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) in the roles of lead guitarist and co-vocalist. He went on to play on EWF’s LPs Touch The World (1987), The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 2 (1988), Heritage (1990), Millennium (1993) and In The Name of Love (1997). With EWF he earned a Grammy nomination in 1994 in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song “Sunday Morning”. As a member of the band, Reynolds was inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame.

Reynolds died at the age of 63.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 11pm ET: Feature LP: Tina Turner – Private Dancer (1984)

Private Dancer is the fifth solo studio album by Tina Turner. It was released by Capitol Records in May 1984, and was her first album released through the label. Recording sessions for the album took place at several studios in England and was overseen by four different production teams, including Rupert Hine, and Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh of Heaven 17. A radical departure from the rhythm and blues sound Turner had performed with her former husband and performing partner Ike Turner, the tracks in the album are a mixture of up tempos and ballads, inspired by pop and rock genres; it also features elements of smooth jazz and R&B.

After several challenging years of going solo after divorcing Ike, Private Dancer propelled Turner into becoming a viable solo star, as well as one of the most marketable crossover singers in the recording industry. It became a worldwide commercial success, earning multi-platinum certifications in Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. To date, it remains her best-selling album in North America. Private Dancer produced seven singles, including “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “Better Be Good to Me”, “Private Dancer”, and “Let’s Stay Together”. Positively received by critics on release for Turner’s ability to give energy and raw emotion to slickly-produced professional pop/rock songs; its long term legacy is that the softening of her raw Southern soul style produced a “landmark” in the “evolution of pop-soul music”. The album was promoted throughout 1985 in a 177-date worldwide tour entitled the Private Dancer Tour.

In 2020, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

1. “I Might Have Been Queen” 4:10
2. “What’s Love Got to Do with It” 3:48
3. “Show Some Respect” 3:18
4. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” 3:41
5. “Private Dancer” 7:11
6. “Let’s Stay Together” 5:16
7. “Better Be Good to Me” 5:11
8. “Steel Claw” 3:48
9. “Help!” 4:30
10. “1984” 3:09

2015 30th Anniversary Edition bonus disc
1. “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today)” (with B.E.F.)
2. “I Wrote a Letter” (“Let’s Stay Together” B-side)
3. “Rock ‘n Roll Widow” (“Help” B-side)
4. “Don’t Rush the Good Things” (“What’s Love Got to Do with It” B-side)
5. “When I Was Young” (“Better Be Good to Me” B-side)
6. “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” (“Private Dancer” B-side)
7. “Tonight” (Live with David Bowie) (Live at The NEC, Birmingham)
8. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” (Live)
9. “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (Extended 12″ Remix)
10. “Better Be Good to Me” (Extended 12″ Remix) (edit)
11. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (Extended 12″ Remix)
12. “Show Some Respect” (Extended Mix)
13. “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” (Single Edit)
14. “One of the Living” (Single Remix)
15. “It’s Only Love” (with Bryan Adams)

Tina Turner – lead vocals (all tracks), background vocals (1, 7, 8)
Gary Barnacle – saxophone (6)
Jeff Beck – guitar (5, 8)
Terry Britten – guitar (2, 3, 4), background vocals (2, 3)
Graham Broad – drums (4)
Alex Brown – background vocals (9)
John Carter – percussion (5)
Leon “Ndugu” Chancler – drums (9)
Alan Clark – keyboards (5, 8), percussion (5)
Mel Collins – saxophone (5)
David Cullen – string arrangements (10)
Cy Curnin – background vocals (1, 7)
Jullian Diggle – percussion (5)
David Ervin – synthesizer, programming (9)
Gwen Evans – background vocals (9)
Charles Fearing – guitar (9)
Wilton Felder – bass guitar (9), saxophone (9)
Nick Glennie-Smith – keyboards (2, 3, 4)
Glenn Gregory – background vocals (6, 10)
Rupert Hine – bass guitar (1, 7), keyboards (1, 7), percussion, programming (1, 7), background vocals (1, 7)
Graham Jarvis – Oberheim DX (2, 3)
John Illsley – bass guitar (5, 8)
Hal Lindes – guitar (5, 8)
Billy Livsey – keyboards (2, 3)
Trevor Morais – drums (1, 7)
Simon Morton – percussion (2)
Tessa Niles – background vocals (2, 3)
Frank Ricotti – percussion (6)
Ray Russell – guitar (6)
Joe Sample – synthesizer (9), piano (9)
David T. Walker – guitar (9)
Martyn Ware – programming, electronic drums (6, 10), arrangements (6, 10), background vocals (6, 10)
Greg Walsh – programming (6, 10), arrangements (6, 10)
Jamie West-Oram – guitar (1, 7)
Jessica Williams – background vocals (9)
Terry Williams – drums (5, 8)
Nick Plytas – piano, synthesizer (6, 10)
Richie Zito – guitar (8)

In Memoriam: Tina Turner (1939 – 2023)

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939 – May 24, 2023) was an American-born and naturalized Swiss singer, dancer, actress and author. Widely referred to as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, she rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.

Turner began her career with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm in 1957. Under the name Little Ann, she appeared on her first record, “Boxtop”, in 1958. In 1960, she debuted as Tina Turner with the hit duet single “A Fool in Love”. The duo Ike & Tina Turner became “one of the most formidable live acts in history”. They released hits such as “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”, “River Deep – Mountain High”, “Proud Mary”, and “Nutbush City Limits” before disbanding in 1976.

In the 1980s, Turner launched “one of the greatest comebacks in music history”. Her 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. At age 44, she was the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100. Her chart success continued with “Better Be Good to Me”, “Private Dancer”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”, “Typical Male”, “The Best”, “I Don’t Wanna Fight”, and “GoldenEye”. During her Break Every Rule World Tour in 1988, she set a then-Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer.

Turner also acted in the films Tommy (1975), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), and Last Action Hero (1993). In 1993, What’s Love Got to Do with It, a biographical film adapted from her autobiography I, Tina: My Life Story, was released. In 2009, Turner retired after completing her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which is the 15th highest-grossing tour of the 2000s. In 2018, she became the subject of the jukebox musical Tina.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She has received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Turner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She was also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award. Tina died aged 83 after a long illness on May 24, 2023.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 8pm ET: Feature LP: Janet Jackson – Janet (1993)

Janet is the fifth studio album by American singer Janet Jackson, released on May 18, 1993, by Virgin Records America. Prior to its release, Jackson was at the center of a high-profile bidding war over her recording contract. In 1991, her original label A&M sought to renew her contract, while others, such as Atlantic, Capitol, and Virgin all vied to sign her. After meeting with Virgin owner Richard Branson, she signed with the label. The contract was worth an estimated $40 million, making her the world’s then-highest paid musical act.

Criticism that her success in the music industry was attributed to being a member of the Jackson family and a producer-dependent artist led her to write all lyrics for the album, in addition to co-producing every song and co-writing each of their arrangements with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Its title, read “Janet, period.”, is meant to disassociate her public image from her family, dropping her surname. A pop and R&B record, Janet incorporated hip hop, opera, house and jazz, eliminating the rigid, industrial sound of her previous records. Lyrically, the theme of Janet is sexual intimacy—an abrupt departure from her conservative image. Much of her lyrics emphasize a woman’s perspective on sexuality and the demand for practicing safe sex.

In the United States, Janet became the singer’s third consecutive album to top the Billboard 200 and her first to debut at number one. Selling 350,000 copies in its first week, it set a record for the highest first week sales for a female artist at that time. Certified sixfold platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it has sold over seven million copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan. Internationally, Janet topped the record charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and has sold an estimated 14 million copies worldwide.

Janet remains one of only seven albums in history to produce six top-ten hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the number-one singles “That’s the Way Love Goes” and “Again”. The MTV-sponsored Janet World Tour supporting the album received critical acclaim for Jackson’s elaborate stage performances, reinforcing her reputation as one of the preeminent artists of the MTV generation. Janet cemented her as an international icon and sex symbol, and is listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 200 Definitive Albums of All Time. Academics argued the erotic imagery in her music videos have contributed to a higher degree of sexual freedom among women.

  1. “Morning” 0:31
  2. “That’s the Way Love Goes” 4:24
  3. “You Know…” 0:12
  4. “You Want This” 5:05
  5. “Be a Good Boy…” 0:07
  6. “If” 4:31
  7. “Back” 0:04
  8. “This Time” 6:58
  9. “Go on Miss Janet” 0:05
  10. “Throb” 4:33
  11. “What’ll I Do” 4:05
  12. “The Lounge” 0:15
  13. “Funky Big Band” 5:22
  14. “Racism” 0:08
  15. “New Agenda” 4:00
  16. “Love Pt. 2” 0:11
  17. “Because of Love” 4:20
  18. “Wind” 0:11
  19. “Again” 3:46
  20. “Another Lover” 0:11
  21. “Where Are You Now” 5:47
  22. “Hold on Baby” 0:12
  23. “The Body That Loves You” 5:32
  24. “Rain” 0:18
  25. “Any Time, Any Place” 7:08
  26. “Are You Still Up” 1:36
  27. “Sweet Dreams” 0:14
  28. “Whoops Now” 4:59

(Ex) Cat Heads – rap
Alice Preves – viola
Ann Nesby – background vocals
Bernie Edstrom – horn arrangements, trumpet
Carolyn Daws – violin
Celine Leathead – violin
Chuck D – rap
Core Cotton – background vocals
Daria Tedeschi – violin
Dave Karr – flute
David Barry – guitar
David Bullock – violin
David Carr – flute
David Eiland – sax (alto)
David Rideau – mixing
Frank Stribbling – guitar
Gary Raynor – bass
Hanley Daws – violin
Jamecia Bennett – background vocals
Janet Jackson – main performer, record producer, vocals, background vocals
Jean Krikorian – design
Jeff Gottwig – clarinet, trumpet
Jeff Taylor – bass, vocals
Jellybean Johnson – producer
Jimmy Jam – keyboards, producer, vocals
James “Big Jim” Wright – keyboards, vocals
Jossie Harris – talking
Kathleen Battle – vocals
Ken Holman – clarinet, sax (tenor)
Kool & the Gang
Laura Preves – bassoon

Lawrence Waddell – organ (hammond)
Lee Blaskey – orchestration
Len Peltier – art direction, design
Marie Graham – background vocals
Mark Haynes – bass, drum programming, programming
Merilee Klemp – oboe
Mike Sobieski – violin
Patrick Demarchelier – photography
Robert Hallgrimson – sax (alto), trumpet
Steve Hodge – mixing
Steve Wright – trumpet
Steven Pikal – trombone
Stokley – drums
Tamas Strasser – viola
Terry Lewis – producer
The Average White Band
Tina Landon – talking
Tom Kornacker – violin

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 7pm ET: Feature LP: El DeBarge (1986)

El DeBarge is the debut album by El DeBarge. It was released July 14, 1986 on Gordy Records (a sub-label of Motown) and featured the three hit singles, “Who’s Johnny,” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Love Always,” which reached #43, and “Someone,” which was a Top 20 Billboard A/C hit and made it to #70 on the Hot 100. Singer/actress Vanity featured on backing vocals on the track, “Secrets Of The Night”. This album was certified by RIAA as gold in September, 1986, selling over 500,000 copies.

“Who’s Johnny” 4:11
“Secrets Of The Night” 4:20
“I Wanna Hear It From My Heart” 4:25
“Someone” 4:45
“When Love Has Gone Away” 3:08
“Private Line” 3:48
“Love Always” 5:32
“Lost Without Her Love” 4:35
“Thrill Of The Chase” 3:47
“Don’t Say It’s Over” 4:32

El DeBarge – lead vocals (all tracks), backing vocals (1, 3, 5–8, 10)
Peter Wolf – various instruments (1, 3, 10), arrangements (1, 3, 10)
Robbie Buchanan – keyboards (2), arrangements (2, 6), select instruments (6, 9), Fender Rhodes (7), Yamaha DX7 (7)
Laythan Armor – additional synthesizer programming (2)
David Boruff – additional synthesizer programming (2), saxophone (2, 6)
Jay Graydon – all instruments (4), arrangements (4, 5, 8, 9), select instruments [synthesizers, guitar] (5, 8, 9)
David Foster – select instruments (5), additional synthesizer (7)
Randy Goodrum – select instruments (5, 8)
Burt Bacharach – additional synthesizer (7), arrangements (7)
Michael Boddicker – select instruments (9)
Dann Huff – guitar (1–3, 6, 7, 10)
Marty Walsh – guitar (7)
Neil Stubenhaus – bass (7)
Mike Baird – select instruments [presumably drums] (5, 9)
John Robinson – drums (7)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (7)
Ernie Watts – alto sax solo (10)
Robbie Nevil – arrangements (4)
Carole Bayer Sager – arrangements (7)
Siedah Garrett – backing vocals (1, 3, 10)
Phillip Ingram – backing vocals (1, 3, 10)
Dennis Lambert – backing vocals (1, 3, 10)
Michael McDonald – backing vocals (1, 3, 10)
Phil Perry – backing vocals (1, 3, 10)
Julia Waters – backing vocals (1, 3, 10)
Oren Waters – backing vocals (1, 3, 10)
Ina Wolf – backing vocals (1, 3, 10)
Vanity – backing vocals (2)
Tommy Funderburk – backing vocals (6)
Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals (6)
Bunny Hull – backing vocals (6)
Tom Kelly – backing vocals (6)
Richard Page – backing vocals (8)

Thursday, May 18, 2023 9pm ET: Feature LP: Brothers Johnson – Look Out For #1 (1976)

Look Out for #1 is the debut album by the Los Angeles, California-based duo Brothers Johnson released March 21, 1976. The album reached number one on the R&B albums chart and number three on the jazz albums chart in the United States.

“I’ll Be Good to You” 4:44
“Thunder Thumbs And Lightnin’ Licks” 4:51
“Get The Funk Out Ma Face” 2:27
“Tomorrow 2:58
“Free and Single” 4:07
“Come Together” 4:12
“Land of Ladies” 4:30
“Dancin’ and Prancin'” 3:01
“The Devil” 3:40

“Get The Funk Out Ma Face” 6:07 (12″)

George Johnson – Lead Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals
Louis Johnson – Guitar, Bass, Lead Vocals and Backing Vocals
Dave Grusin – Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer
Don Lewis – Keyboards (Armand Pascettas Polyphonic Synthesized Keyboard System)
Harvey Mason – Drums, Percussion
Ian Underwood – Synthesizer
Toots Thielemans – Harmonica
Ralph MacDonald – Percussion
Billy Cobham – Timbales
Ernie Watts, Sahib Shihab, Terry Harrington – Saxophone, Flute
Bill Lamb, Chuck Findley – Trumpet
Glenn Ferris – Trombone
Jesse Kirkland, Jim Gilstrap, Pepper Swinson, Syreeta Wright – Background vocals
Lee Ritenour – Guitar on “Land of Ladies”
Paul Riser – Horn arrangements

Monday, May 15, 2023 7pm ET: Feature LP: Grayson Hugh – Blind To Reason (1988)

Blind to Reason Review by Andrew Hamilton (ALL Music)
Blue-eyed Southern soul singer Grayson Hugh deviates from his strident tenor a couple of times on this album. The material is solid. Name-brand musicians (bassist Fernando Saunders and guitarist Rick Derringer) and vocalists (including Audrey Wheeler and Will Downing) accompany Hugh on highlights such as “Talk It Over” and “Hard Life.”

Grayson Hugh / Blind to Reason
Released 1988

1 Romantic Heart
2 Tears of Love
3 Talk It Over
4 Bring It All Back
5 Two Hearts
6 How ‘Bout Us
7 Blind to Reason
8 Finally Found a Friend
9 Hard Life
10 That’s Cook
11 Empty as the Wind
12 Blind Return