a 5-disc deluxe box set of six stellar albums, spanning nine years (1987-1996) by legendary saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., justifiably considered an influential pioneer in fusing jazz, soul, R&B and pop and bringing his distinctive sound to mainstream audiences globally. Releasedate: 19-7-2019
“Got To Be Real: The Columbia Anthology,” a 31-track 2-CD retrospective drawn from the six albums recorded by much-loved singer/songwriter Cheryl Lynn between 1978-1985 along with three recordings featuring her soulful distinctive vocals as a special guest.Release: June 14
GQ, one of the most stylish and talented groups to emerge from the disco movement in the late 1970’s, enjoyed success during the period of their 3 albums recorded for Arista Records. Disco Nights (R&B #2), GQ Two (R&B #2) and Face To Face (R&B #18) produced 7 R&B and 4 pop hits as well as substantial club play between 1979 and 1981. This compilation encompasses the group’s recordings for Arista Records as well as several tracks recorded for Vigor Records under their original moniker THE RHYTHM MAKERS where they released the album Soul On Your Side in 1976. Tracks included from Soul On Your Side are ZONE (R&B #92), MONTEREY and SOUL ON YOUR SIDE as well as non-album singles from their RHYTHM MAKERS period YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD (TO GET ON DOWN) and PRIME CUT.The remainder of this 2CD collection covers the groups successful Arista period and includes the classic DISCO NIGHTS (ROCK FREAK) (R&B #1) and follow up singles I DO LOVE YOU (R&B #5) and MAKE MY DREAMS A REALITY (R&B #8) from Disco Nights, STANDING OVATION, (R&B #12) and SITTING IN THE PARK (R&B #9) from Two, and SHAKE (R&B #23) and SAD GIRL (R&B #39) from Face To Face. Also included is the 1982 non-album single TRY SMURFIN’ as well as 12” long versions of several tracks.
If The Pointer Sisters shaped themselves to be a successful all-female black crossover pop band of the 80s then Kool & the Gang certainly proved to be the most enduring all-male counterpart to this. Originally formed as a jazz band in the early 60s (then adopting the Jazziacs moniker), they would reinvent themselves via funk in the 70s and once again in the 80s with relentlessly feel-good pop-soul. Continuing on from a decade-long reign on the charts, Kool & the Gang released their sixteenth studio LP, 1984’s EMERGENCY (R&B #3/Pop #13/UK #47), and continued their trend of unashamedly feel-good soulful pop music, resulting in a double-platinum album which would turn out to be the biggest international seller of their career. EMERGENCY gave the band some of their biggest hit with ‘Misled’ (R&B #3/Pop #10/UK #28), ‘Fresh’ (R&B #1/Pop #9/UK #11), the gold certified ballad ‘Cherish’ (R&B #1/Pop #2/UK #4) and ‘Emergency’ (R&B #7/Pop #18/UK #50). On this new 2CD deluxe edition, all of the alternative 7” and 12” dance remixes are included. BBR are thrilled to present this 2CD deluxe edition of EMERGENCY in a newly remastered and repackaged digipak edition with added bonus content and brand new interviews.*Release-date: 29th of April 2016