June 27, 1981: Carl Carlton, The Jacksons, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Carol Jiani, Sharon Redd


No column this week.


CARL CARLTON: ‘She’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked)’ (20th Century-Fox TCD 2488).
Leon Haywood-prod/penned hit-bound infectious jauntily trucking jittery 114bpm 12in strutter with Stevie Wonder-ful vocal sound and Kool-style “yahoo” yells, rushed out here ahead of US imports and flipped by his older lovely 36½/73-36/72bpm ‘This Feeling’s Rated X-tra‘, which is quite staggeringly similar to Tyrone Davis’s ‘In The Mood’ (try synching ’em and see!).

THE JACKSONS: ‘Walk Right Now’ (Epic EPC A13-1294).
Vibrant frenetically lively 133bpm 12in galloping strutter with gimmicky noise-filled final break will like their last one alienate the soul disco crowd but doubtless pull pop fans.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘No Woman, No Cry’ (Island 12WIP 6244).
1975’s London Lyceum-recorded classic 40/79-80-0bpm reggae-rock slowie now on full length 12in flipped by ‘Jamming‘ — but rather irritatingly its a Paris-recorded faster 65/130-131-0bpm live version from ’78. 

CHAKA KHAN: ‘What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me’ (Warner Bros LV 48).
US soul smash sleazily jogging melodic 106-108bpm swayer, title track of her current album now on 3-track 12in with a welcome reissue of the driving 115bpm ‘I’m Every Woman’ and untidy 111-113bpm ‘We Got The Love‘ duetted with George Benson, while on the rather over-wrought LP (K 56888) the set’s best is the largely overlooked attractive ‘Any Old Sunday‘ tripping 0-45/90bpm jogger, ‘We Can Work it Out‘ being an angry bass synth jolted 0-112bpm brassy Beatles treatment, ‘And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)‘ a jazzily starting mainly instrumental comes-and-goes 0-97bpm Dizzy Gillespie adaptation, and ‘I Know You I Live You‘ a tuneful pent-up 112-116bpm backbeat jitterer similar to the lurching mldtempo 115bpm ‘We Got Each Other‘, an earlier 12in (K 17793T) having coupled the subduedly rolling pleasant 106bpm ‘Heed The Warning’ and gentle 48/97bpm ‘Night Moods’. Her strident emoting can be a bit wearing over a whole album.

CANDIDO: ‘Jingo’ (Excaliber EXCL 102).
This throbbing 0-120-121-122bpm instrumental Olatunji-penned Santana Latin-rock classic has been popular with many types of crowd since ’79 and is now on ‘DJ Purposes Only’ 12in (for sale to anyone though!) flipped by the chlx-chanted cooler 115-117bpm ‘Dancin’ & Prancin‘.

SHAKATAK: ‘Brazilian Dawn’ (Polydor POSPX 282).
Frantically flying 138bpm 12in remixed Latin jazz leaper, smoothly performed with their customary skill.

MORRISSEY MULLEN: ‘Do Like You’ (LP ‘Badness’ Beggars Banquet BEGA 27).
Chris Palmer-produced musicianly British jazz-funk set on which this happily leaping 125-123-124-123-124bpm romper starts with the advantage of being a Stevie Wonder tune, the most interesting Jim Mullen compositions being the jazzily speeding 0-124-125-128bpm ‘Slipstream‘ and bluesy guitar played 114bpm title track.

TEE MAC: ‘Sound Of The Universe’ (Ensign ENYT 214).
Nigerian jazz-funk, with emphasis on the latter rather than any identifiable ethnic influence. This coolly tripping 104-107-108-109/110(fluctuating)-109bpm 12in specialist instrumental jogs pleasantly along through assorted solos from a flute start, with more flute on the nice quietly soulful chick-sung 48-51/103bpm ‘A Certain Way To Go’ flip.

SADANE: ‘One-Way Love Affair’ (Warner Bros K 17816T).
Mtume & Lucas-prod/penned lovely slinkily thrumming soulfully croaked 43-44½bpm smoocher, about which I raved last winter when it was on import 7in, now finally here on 12in flipped by the States’ current ‘Sit Up‘ single, a chunkily clomping 106bpm heavy funk bumper (good with Maze ‘Southern Girls’).

STIKKI STUFF: ‘School’ (Floppy Discs FLO 1, via Record Shack).
Rawly recorded violent bass jolted 0-127-129-127-128bpm 12in messy Britfunk jitterer with Hi-Tension-ish sibilant chaps chanting between better breaks, the jazzier ever-changing instrumental 126-127-126-127-126bpm ‘The Wiggle‘ flip being rather more accomplished and really quite interesting.

POTION: ‘Catch The Feeling (Showstopper)’ (Slapps & Sticks SAS 5).
LOTW’s ex-drummer Everton McCalla and chums on a disjointedly thundering and thudding 125-124-127-124-128-127bpm 12in Britfunk jitterer, with instrumental ‘Showstopper’ flip.

ROBERTA FLACK & PEABO BRYSON: ‘Back Together Again’ (Atlantic LV 45). Unusual one-sided 3-track 33 1/3 rpm 12in featuring their 107-108- 109bpm recreation of Roberta & Donny’s enduring classic, the similar though more straightforwardly thumping 0-104-106bpm ‘Love Is A Waiting Game‘ and lovely “live” 47/95-0bpm ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love‘ basically the most usefully danceable cream of their recent double LP.

BOB JAMES: ‘Feel Like Making Love’ (LP ‘One’ CBS 84820).
Gorgeous delicate slow 0-45/90bpm instrumental of Roberta’s smoocher, from Bob’s 1974 debut solo set now reissued at mid-price (as are the next three in the series too).

SARAH VAUGHAN: ‘And I Love Her’ (LP ‘Songs Of The Beatles’ Atlantic K 50792).
That so much talent (Lee Ritenour included) should be restricted by such an overworked and outdated concept seems a shame, but, that said, some of the more sympathetic material comes off quite well and none more so than this 41/82bpm standard on which Sassy works subtle wonders worthy of any sophisticated smooch set.

PATRICE RUSHEN: ‘Don’t Blame Me’ (Elektra K 12542T).
Pleasant subdued winsomely sung purposefully jittering though unhurried little 106bpm 12in jogger with a nice electric piano break, flipped by the jerky deceptively fast 134bpm ‘Time Will Tell‘.

KLEEER: ‘De Kleeer Ting’ (Atlantic K 11599T).
Rapping “welcome” countdown start to a funkily chugging 114(intro)-118-117-118-119bpm 12in monotonous going-nowhere “we want to” chant, flipped by the strangely empty tapping 0-123-125-128bpm ‘Running Back To You‘.

FATBACK: ‘Take It Any Way You Want It’ (Spring POSPX 283).
Disappointingly dull unhurriedly tripping steadily clopping 116-117-118-119-120(break on)bpm 12in lightweight chanter, flipped by the older equally uninteresting 105bpm ‘Lady Groove‘.

INGRID MANSFIELD-ALLMAN: ‘Stop Wasting Your Time’ (Polydor POSPX 277).
‘Southern Freeez’ singer solo on an Ian Dury / Chas Jankel-prod/penned deadpan hypnotically chugging 119bpm 12in thudder that’s very Dury-like and more futurist than soul.

KLYMAX: ‘Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman’ (Solar K 12541T).
Girlie group squawked convolutedly jiggling 100(intro)-106-103-106-103-106(incl claps)-109bpm 12in lurching judderer, a total stiff on import but nevertheless debuting Solar’s new deal with WEA.

LEN BOONE: ‘Love Won’t Be Denied’ (Chrysalis CHS 12-2227).
Lightly bubbling 129-132bpm 12in zingy “disco” romper from 1978, re-released at the instigation of Norwich jock Wally Williamson (long time no hear, Wall), and sounding now like Northern Soul.

BARNSLEY BILL: ‘Barnsley Rap’ (Mother-In-Law NAGX 121).
Yorkshire accented 112bpm 12in rappers delight for (possibly) Northern pop crowds, with a respectable backing track flip for amateur rappers to do their own over.

EARTH WIND & FIRE: ‘You’ (CBS A1204).
Typical ponderously building squeaky 0-33-36bpm 7in smoocher.

BARRY & GLODEAN WHITE: ‘I Want You’ (LP ‘Barry & Glodean’ (Unlimited Gold ULG 84870).
Although the rest of the set is as mushy as you’d expect, this jolting choppy jogging 100bpm thudder with beat emphasizing unison title line ain’t that bad and is their new US single.

BEN E. KING: ‘Street Tough’ LP (Atlantic K 50787).
Despite past glories the ex-Drifter always needed strong songs and these days his now sadly characterless voice is no longer able to transcend the weaker ones. Here the Willie Hutch-penned sombre 93bpm title track jogger lacks necessary menace while the pleasant enough pattering 102bpm ‘Made For Each Other‘ tries hard to be another ‘Back Together Again’, only the attractively arranged gentle 46/93bpm ‘Something To Be Loved‘ finding him on old form.

KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS: ‘Table Manners’ (LP ‘Fresh Fruit In Foreign Places’ ZE ILPS 7014).
Although August ‘Kid’ Darnell and his whole crew couldn’t be more fashionable at the moment, as a disco set his latest is a disappointment, possibly the most useable being this sleazily locomoting 108bpm bumper with a subdued ‘Que Pasa’ flavour and zany words, the similar 0-103bpm ‘I Am’ or less interesting 101-102bpm ‘Going Places‘ jolter, while exotica like the 149/74bpm ‘Latin Music‘ are more for happy individuals (I do NOT necessarily mean gay) with a taste for fun rather than set rhythm patterns . . . and not surprisingly early response has come from Scotland. Maybe 12in remixes will subsequently bring ’em out more.

POINTER SISTERS: ‘What A Surprise’ (LP ‘Black & White’ Planet K 52380).
Catchy little sleazily swaying 45/90-91-92bpm jogger with wailing sax break, probably the most obvious dancer on an excellent listening set, while the superb 55/111bpm ‘Slow Hand‘ swayer with great sensuous lyrics, already the US single and just made for radio despite the sexy subject matter, is rhythmically reminiscent of Mary Wells’s ‘Two Lovers’ — which producer Richard Perry recently revived with Marva King.

SISTER SLEDGE: ‘If You Really Want Me’ (Atlantic K 11591T).
Rather rushed busily cantering 122bpm 12in bassy boomer smacked in typical Narada Michael Walden style.

CHAMPAIGN: ‘Can You Find The Time?’ (LP ‘How ‘Bout Us’ CBS 84921).
Low-key jitteringly bumping attractive 113-114-115bpm swayer, ‘I’m On Fire‘ being a bass-pattered tender 39bpm soul smoocher and ‘Whiplash‘ a laid-back 116bpm jogger with Instant Funk-ish touches.

MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Bopp’ (Atlantic K 11598T).
Convolutedly jolting 114-111-110-111(trumpet on)bpm 12in instrumental with solo lines slotting into the choppy slow beat, officially flip of the unremarkable chick-led 43bpm ‘Diamond Chips’ smoocher, both extracted from the disappointing ‘Turn Up The Music’ album (Cotillion K 50784) on which the title track is a mundane 122bpm unison chant-along bumper and ‘I Got To Have Your Love’ a jerky 190bpm jolter.

JUNIOR ENGLISH: ‘Never Let Me Go’ (Exclusive EXC-60-11-09).
Rather nice soulfully sung falsetto 68bpm 12in reggae slowie, actually an oldie from the doo-wop era, complete with nostalgic ‘Nite Owl’-like background “oowip oowip” vocal group.

TREVOR WALTERS: ‘Give Love A Try’ (Nationwide SHA 1021, via Ital 01-249 5445).
Sweetly soulful aching 29(intro)-63/31-64/32bpm 12in reggae smoocher with a lovely dub flip, out for ages I’m afraid but so beautifully sung it’s still worth finding.

MANU DIBANGO: ‘Ambassador’ LP (Island ILPS 9658).
Likely to disappoint his afro-funk fans, the Cameroon-raised saxist’s latest is largely reggae biased and laid back with the most danceable track already out on 12in as official A-side to ‘Goro City’, the jauntily skipping 116-115bpm ‘Happy Feeling’ smacker with chanting chix and “trad” jazz break.

DELROY WASHINGTON: ‘For Your Love’ (Pinnacle Disco 12-PIN 506).
Slow starting Eddy Grant-type 0-130bpm 12in pop reggae picked up for wider distribution by Pinnacle’s reactivated own label – a pity they couldn’t have combined both parts into one longer A-side.

MOBSTER: ‘Trinidad’ (Ensign ENYT 209).
Happy steel drums and sax played 110bpm 12in instrumental calypso should be more useful at some venues than the 77bpm ‘Perfect Man’ vocal reggae plodder plugside.

LLOYD BAKER: ‘Bisi’ (Sun Burst SD-D-06, via Orbitone).
Happy specialist 0-117bpm 12in jump-up calypso with instrumental 0-120-121bpm ‘Version’ strangely as A-side.

THE FROGS: ‘Sugar Cane’ (Sun Burst SB-D-05).
Similar but less useful as organ-played 118bpm 12in instrumental calypso and likewise 127bpm ‘Juice’ flip.

PETER WRIGHT: ‘What Would You Say’ (Jams JA 0016).
Nice 72bpm 12in reggae smoocher with some Billy Stewart-ish tongue twisting (though he could be a better singer).

BLACK UHURU: ‘Sponji Reggae’ (LP ‘Red’ Island ILPS 9625).
Heavy going reggae (rather than lovers rock) set in red vinyl, least sombre being this 74bpm plodder, the 0-74bpm ‘Puff She Puff‘ having a Marley flavour while the 0-80bpm ‘Youth Of Eglington’ and 0-73bpm ‘Carbine’ preach dread messages.

OTTAWAN: ‘Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)’ (Carrere CAR 183T).
More mindlessly jolly 127bpm 12in phonetic singalong tootling, with instrumental flip and a see-through clear vinyl promo version, now being re-promoted.

STATCHIL: ‘Sing Children Sing’ (CBS A13-1275).
Boney M-ish appalling 100bpm 12in Europop-reggae plodder aimed at holidaymakers but too boring even for them, surely?

MAGAZINE 60: ‘Magazine 60’ (Barclay 200191).
French-pressed ‘Stars On 45’-inspired Europeans phonetically clodhopping through an ill-assorted 126bpm 12in medley of ’60s songs, to be avoided by all but masochists.

EDITH PIAF: ‘The Great Edith Piaf’ LP (CBS 85087).
Varying vintages with some sung in English rather than the more romantic French, two tracks being useful for hip MoR gigs, the enduringly evocative ‘La Vie En Rose’ rumblingly dubbed from disc, and thinly backed ‘Padem Padem’ waltz.


CAROL JIANI: ‘The Woman In Me’ (LP ‘Hit ‘N’ Run Lover’ Canadian Matra WLP-1030).
Starting off-puttingly with an intro rhythm that’s like a cross between Change ‘Searching’ and Eddy Grant (could a remix exclude it?), this then explodes into the most fantastically happy clapping joyful swinger since Barbara Acklin’s ‘Love Makes A Woman’ from all of thirteen years ago — younger listeners however will think it’s a Motown-style 122-121bpm good time romp, but either way it has a dynamite bluesy drive and sounds like a summertime smash! The album also includes the ‘Soul Limbo’-like cowbell clonked 121bpm remix of the title track hit, plus a squeaky strings backed cantering 116bpm ‘Can’t Get Enough‘ and two cymbal schlurping gallopers, the 125bpm ‘Mercy‘ and 128bpm ‘High Cost Of Loving‘.

SHARON REDD: ‘Can You Handle It (Remix)’ (US Prelude PRL D 611).
Terrific solidly smacking basically instrumental 110-112bpm,12in remix, Sharon merely scatting along with the great jazzy guitar before a short sexy rap halfway and then rapping again into a chorus towards the end, this faster version mixing like a bitch out of Roberta & Donny and on into Grace Jones (varied up) or Sylvester (12in promo), the actual A-side being a rhythmically emphasised 108-107-108-107-108bpm ‘You Got My Love‘ which is in her usual bag and not bad either.

MAZE FEATURING FRANKIE BEVERLY: ‘Live In New Orleans’ LP (US Capitol SKBK-12156).
I must confess that Maze had never done much for me until hearing this superb live double album, which has got me so excited about their sophisticated jazzy modern soul I want to shout its praises from the rooftops! The jittery chugging 105-106(guitar)-105bpm ‘Southern Girl’ is possibly the most direct dancer, while for sheer beauty try the sinuous long 97-98-100(aca)-101 99bpm ‘Feel That You’re Feelin‘ and 95-94-96-0bpm ‘The Look In Your Eyes‘, taut 54/108-53(aca)bpm ‘Joy And Pain‘, hustling 118½-119-120bpm ‘Changing Times‘, and smoochy 38½-0bpm ‘Happy Feelin’s’. One side of studio-recorded new material is less interesting, ‘Running Away’ being a lurching sparse 121-122-123bpm jolter, ‘Before I Let Go’ a 51/103-104-103-104bpm jogger, the 41½-41bpm ‘We Need Love To Live’ and 0-44bpm ‘Reason’ both slowies.

WOODS EMPIRE: ‘Sweet Delight’ (US Tabu 4Z8 02131).
Young & Co-inspired youthful sounding cooing chlx ‘n’ chaps-chanted steadily thudding 113-114-115-116-117-115bpm 12in bumper keeps on chugging along doing what it does, quite effectively.

SMOKEY ROBINSON: ‘Aqui Con Tigo’ (US Tamla T 54325F).
Guess what — Smokey’s chart-topper sung in Spanish on one side, and a mixture of English and Spanish on t’other of this 53/106-108-111bpm 7in!

EDWIN STARR: ‘Real Live No. 10’ (US 20th Century-Fox TCD-128).
Echoingly chanted title chorus behind an unhurried 109bpm 12in bass line finally finds a subdued Edwin growling on about that old Bo Derek movie, rather uninterestingly.

UK Disco Top 90 – June 27, 1981

01 02 Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots – RCA 12”
02 01 Thelma Houston – If You Feel It – RCA 12”
03 04 Smokey Robinson – Being With You – Motown/12” promo
04 03 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Ghetto Life / Fire And Desire / Mr Policeman / Super Freak – Motown/LP/US 12” promo remix
05 06 Starsound – Stars On 45 – CBS 12”/LP
06 05 Evasions – Wikka Rap – Groove Production 12”
07 07 Enigma – Ain’t No Stopping – Disco Mix 1981 – Creole 12”
08 12 Coati Mundi – Que Pasa/Me No Pop I – Ze 12”
09 09 Strikers – Body Music – Epic 12”/Dutch Rams Horn 12” remix
10 13 Champaign – How ‘Bout Us – CBS 12”
11 15 Whispers – I Can Make It Better / Say You – Solar 12”
12 10 Gino Soccio – Try It Out / Closer – Atlantic 12”
13 24 Third World – Dancing On The Floor – CBS 12”
14 23 Kool & The Gang – Take It To The Top / Celebremos – De-Lite 12”
15 22 Keni Burke – Let Somebody Love You – RCA 12”
16 19 Esther Williams – I’ll Be Your Pleasure – RCA 12”
17 08 Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida – A&M 12”
18 11 Aurra – Nasty Disposition / Are You Single – Salsoul 12”
19 18 Imagination – Body Talk – R&B 12”
20 17 Jacksons – Can You Feel It – Epic 12”
21 29 Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper – Island 12”
22 35 Quincy Jones – Razzamatazz – A&M 12”
23 14 Shalamar – Make That Move – Solar 12”
24 21 Human League – The Sound Of The Crowd – Virgin 12”
25 16 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers – Solar 12”
26 20 Carol Jiani – Hit ‘N’ Run Lover – Champagne 12”
27 25 The Quick – Zulu – Epic 12”
28 34 Linx – Throw Away The Key – Chrysalis 12”
29 36 Second Image – Pinpoint The Feeling – Polydor 12”
30 45 Michael Jackson – One Day In Your Life – Motown
31 52 Barry Biggs – Wide Awake In A Dream – Dynamic 12”
32 26 Eddy Grant – Can’t Get Enough Of You – Ensign 12”
33 47 Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots – Warner Bros 12”/LP
34 33 Harvey Mason – How’s It Feel – Arista 12”
35 59 Evelyn King – I’m In Love – RCA 12”
36 64 BB&Q Band – On The Beat – Capitol 12”
37 27 Mighty Fire – Love Fantasy / Love Attack / Love Fuzz – US Elektra LP
38 44 Barbara Roy – If You Want Me – US Roy B 12”
39 37 The Clash – The Magnificent Seven – CBS 12”
40 NE Stargard – You’re The One / High On The Boogie / Back To The Funk / It’s Your Love That I’m Missin’ – US Warner Bros LP
41 31 Linx – Intuition – Chrysalis 12”
42 49 Mystic Merlin – 60 Thrills A Minute – Capitol 12”
43 38 Atmosfear – Invasion / Interplay / Free Tonight – MCA LP/12” promo
44 62 Cameo – Freaky Dancin’ / The Sound Table / Don’t Be So Cool / Knight By Night – US Chocolate City LP/12” promo
45 58 Bobby Thurston – Very Last Drop – Epic 12”
46 71 Teena Marie – It Must Be Magic / Square Biz – US Gordy LP
47 57 Hi-Gloss – You’ll Never Know / I’m Totally Yours / I Want Your Love To Last – US Prelude LP
48 30 Stephanie Mills / Teddy Pendergrass – Two Hearts – 20th Century-Fox 12”
49 32 Debra Laws – On My Own – Elektra 12”
50 54 Gino Soccio – Hold Tight – Atlantic LP
51 39 Players Association – Get On Up Now – Vanguard 12”
52 79 Incognito – Incognito (Remix) / Shine On (Live) – Ensign 12”
53 42 Various – Bits & Pieces III – Canadian Special Disco Mixer 12”
54 41 Wanda Walden – Don’t You Want My Lovin’ / It’s Gone Now – Elektra 12”
55 69 Wish – Nice And Soft – US Perspective 12”
56 72 Quincy Jones – Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me / The Dude / Just Once – A&M LP
57 82 Was (Not Was) – Wheel Me Out – Ze LP/US Antilles 12”
58 56 Bunny Wailer – Dancing Shoes / Walk The Proud Land – Island 12”
59 89 Material – Bustin’ Out / Over And Over – Ze 12”
60 63 Eddy Grant – California Style / I Love You Yes I Love You / Give Yourself To Me / Time To Let Go – Ice LP
61 50 Freddie James – She’s A Lady / Music Takes Me Higher – Canadian Black Sun LP
62 RE Jermaine Jackson – You Like Me Don’t You – Motown 12”
63 86 Touchdown – Ease Your Mind – Record Shack 12”
64 43 Grover Washington Jr – Just The Two Of Us – Elektra 12”
65 NE Ramsey Lewis – Expansions / Lakeshore Cowboy / Romance Me – CBS LP
66 NE Proton Plus – Pay-Up – UK Champagne 12”
67 NE Cheryl Lynn – Shake It Up Tonight – US Columbia 12”
68 90 Heatwave – Posin’ ‘Til Closin’ – GTO 12”
69 NE Chaka Khan – What Cha Gonna Do For Me / I’m Every Woman – Warner Bros 12”
70 40 Eighties Ladies – Turned On To You – US Uno Melodic 12”
71 53 Heath Bros – Dreamin’ / Use It (Don’t Abuse It) – US Columbia LP
72 66 Randy Crawford – Rainy Night In Georgia – Warner Bros LP
73 55 L.A.X. – Possessed (Remix) – US Prelude 12”
74 NE Randy Crawford – You Might Need Somebody – Warner Bros 12”
75 NE France Joli – Gonna Get Over You – US Prelude 12”
76 70 Side Effect – It’s Got To Be Love / Make You Mine – US Elektra LP
77 65 Voggue – Dancin’ The Night Away – Canadian Celsius 12”
78 84 Keni Burke – You’re The Best / Night Riders /Love Is The Answer – US RCA LP
79 RE Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It – US Prelude 12”
80 NE Mastermind – Uncle Slam Wants You – US Half Moon 12”
81 61 Claudia Fontaine – Natural High – Decca 12”
82 RE Heaven & Earth – I Really Love You / Kick It Out / He Don’t Really Love You – US WMOT LP
83 NE Scandal / Lee Genesis: ‘l Wanna Do It’ / ‘Love Either Grows Or Goes’ – US SAM 12”
84 RE Times Square – You’re Hot – US New York City Records 12”
85 73 Starpoint – I Just Want To Be Your Lover – Casablanca 12”
86 NE Impressions – Fan The Fire – US 20th Century-Fox LP
87 NE Manhattan Transfer – Wanted (Dead Or Alive) / On The Boulevard / Spies In The Night – (The Word Of) Confirmation – Atlantic LP
88 77 Sharon Redd – Love Is Gonna Get Ya / It’s A Lie – Epic 12”
89 76 John Klemmer – Hummingbird Bay / Hush / Let’s Make Love – Elektra LP
90 NE Mona Raye – Do Me – US Park Place 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Greg Phillinganes: ‘Do It All For Love’ / ‘Maxxed Out’ / ‘Baby I Do Love You’ (US Planet LP)
War: ‘Cinco De Mayo’ (US LAX 12in)
Rafael Cameron: ‘Funtown USA’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Carl Carlton: ‘She’s A Bad Mama Jama’ (20th Century-Fox 12in)
Fatback: ‘Kool Whip’ (Spring LP)
EWF: ‘You’ (CBS)
Sylvester: ‘Give it Up’ (US Fantasy / Honey LP / 12in promo)
Tee Mac: ‘Sound Of the Universe’ (Ensign 12in)
Lee Ritenour: ‘Is It You?’ (Elektra 12in)
Potion: ‘Catch The Feelln’ / ‘Showstopper’ (Slapps & Sticks 12in)
Cayenne: ‘Roberto Who…?’ (Groove Prod LP)
Bob Marley: ‘Jamming’ / ‘No Woman No Cry’ (Island 12in)
Shakatak: ‘Brazilian Dawn’ (Polydor 12in)
Carol Jiani: ‘The Woman In Me’ (Canadian Matra LP)
Congress: ‘That’s Jazz’ / ‘Something That You Got’ (Congress Prods 12in)
MSO: ‘In The Jungle’ (Mainstream 12in)
Teruo Nakamura: ‘Route 80’ (Japanese Agharta LP)
Jacksons: ‘Walk Right Now’ (Epic 12in)
Smokey Robinson: ‘Can’t Fight Love’ / ‘If You Wanna Make Love’ / ‘Who’s Sad’ (Motown LP)
Mass Production: ‘Bopp’ / ‘Diamond Chips’ (Atlantic 12in)
Morrissey Mullen: ‘Dragonfly’ / ‘Pass The Music On’ (Beggars Banquet LP)
Maze: ‘Southern Girl’ / ‘Running Away’ (US Capitol LP)
Ben E King: ‘Street Tough’ (Atlantic LP)
Pig Bag: ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag’ (Y)
Juny Boom: ‘Rules Of The Game’ (US Snowflake 12in)
Graingers: ‘Shine Your Light’ (US BC 12in)
Compass Point All Stars: ‘Peanut Butter (Pull Up To The Bumper Dub)’ (Island 12in)
Boystown Gang: ‘Remember Me/Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Suite’ / ‘Cruisin’ The Streets’ (US Moby Dick 12in)
Stanley Clarke / George Duke: ‘I Just Want To Love You’ / ‘Let’s Get Started’ (Epic LP)
General Saint & Clint Eastwood: ‘Another One Bites The Dust (Oink)’ (Greensleeves 12in)

DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(1) Ultravox, 2(3) Adam, 3(4) Shakin’ Stevens, 4(5) Kim Wilde, 5(2) Kim Carnes, 6(7) Toyah, 7(6) UB40, 8(8) Duran Duran, 9(17) Hazel O’Connor, 10(14) Simple Minds, 11(-) Jam, 12(12) Nolans, 13(11) Tenpole Tudor, 14(-) Phil Collins, 15(-) Tom Tom Club, 16(21) Japan, 17(22) Siouxsie, 18(18) Stray Cats, 19(-) Gary ‘US’ Bonds, 20(13) Paul Shane, 21(-) Specials, 22(-) Bucks Fizz, 23(9) REO Speedwagon, 24(-) Kate Robbins, 25(15) Madness.

One thought on “June 27, 1981: Carl Carlton, The Jacksons, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Carol Jiani, Sharon Redd”

  1. Interesting to see James having a downer on Ben E. King’s ‘Street Tough’ – a track that would go on to become a big underground soul/rare groove favourite in London … just goes to show what five/six years can do for a song!


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