ODDS ‘N’ BODS
HERB ALPERT has had most of his horn replaced by an organ sound on a new Manic Mix of his hit, likely to be marketed here in conjunction with (rather than replacing) the original … Pete Tong is circulating a rather fast 128½bpm house instrumental with a Creative Source-ish bassline and other vaguely familiar ingredients, credited on moody white label as The Bootleg ‘The Rare Grooves‘ (or should that be the other way around?), which although pressed independently at Lyntone must surely be some cunning scam to help boost an upcoming commercial release — isn’t it? … RCA, rather long after it was a “jazz” club hit, next week 12 inch Elvis Presley’s 106⅔/213⅓-212⅔bpm ‘Bossa Nova Baby‘ from 1963 (RCA ARON T1), while for variety — although interestingly the exact same BPM — the original from a year earlier is also out, by Tippie & The Clovers (you may recall my mentioning it) on the excellent double album ‘The Red Bird Story‘ (Charly CDX 15) … Fourth & Broadway for the DJ Convention specially pressed a Sly & Robbie promo 12 inch seguing the 103⅓bpm ‘Fire’ and ‘Boops’ with an 104-103⅔-0bpm Chris Mackintosh scratch mix of them as flip … Virgin, unable to shift commercial offerings by their group Well Red, have circulated a white label as by Double-U-R containing what amount to break beats mixed by Spikey, the 112½bpm 8.08 Mix and 112bpm Bass Drum Head Mix of something called ‘Honey‘ … Debut already have Eleanore Mills here, Champion have Sybil … Lola’s US mixes will be out here too, soon … US LPs now on UK release include Millie Scott (Fourth & Broadway BRLP 511), Herb Alpert (A&M AMA 5125), The System (Atlantic 7816911) … UK Fresh would appear still to be on, at the NEC on August 12, according to Morgan Khan — who’s filling me in on his new label plans too, this week! … Disco Mix Club’s DJ convention, as many observed, was less well attended than usual by record industry people, maybe because they opted for just the Monday’s more “glittering” Albert Hall bash instead of eating into their weekend time off on Sunday? … Technics world mixing finalists will be weeded down in preliminary heats the previous afternoon so that next year just the best eight will be in the main final showdown … Randy Muller, no longer put off by terrorist bombs, has been back in London remixing Full Circle, and was at the incongruous Hippodrome setting for Maze’s après-gig party —where I found myself chatting to someone who turned out to be Dee Dee Bridgewater, currently playing Billie Holiday on the West End stage in ‘Lady Day’ (she knew that her number one fan Steve Davis had been to see it, but he was too shy to go backstage and she’s really upset as she longed to meet him and get some snooker tips!) … Dave Pearce sits in for six weeks on Susie Barnes’ weekday 2.30-4.30pm Radio London soul show from next Monday, with Damon Rochefort supplying scandal and gossip on Fridays at 3.30 … Dave Gregory’s soul shows on Essex Radio have now expanded to Fridays 9pm-2am and Saturdays 6-10pm, the station’s Soul Night Special heading for the first time to Clacton Pier’s Oscars this Friday (27) … Friday also sees the opening of Manchester’s upmarket Applejacks, funked two nights weekly by Franklin Sinclair, and at Hemel Hempstead’s Heath Park a soul room with Joe Field, Graham Gold, Dave Ealand and jazz with Chris Bangs, Bob Cosby … Saturday (28) Pete Tong, Nicky Holloway and Gilles Peterson funk ‘n’ jazz The Slammer at Gravesend’s Red Lion, while Martin Collins, Graham Gold, Bob Jones and more warm up for Caister at Cambridge Corn Exchange … Chris Kaye (0732-356061) is running a fashion show-cum-disco called ‘It’s The New Style’ on May 22 at Tonbridge’s Angel Centre, and wants offers of anything relevant like PAs, demonstrations … Pillar Promotions are not interested only in rock and rap DJs, all types can apply for their mailing list on 01-735 8171 (ext 118) … “Bam Boo”, in the continued absence of more complete label details, is being credited by some to Bam Boo also as artiste while we join the majority in listing it as being by its writers/producers Lenny D. & Tommy Musto, on the Northcott Prod. Ltd. Label, which from the evidence that does exist seems reasonable … Jimmy Jam’s partner Terry Lewis introduced Pete Waterman to Janet Jackson as “the world’s best producer”, the guys having a mutual admiration society … Curtis Hairston’s previously reported US single of ‘(You’re My) Shining Star‘ is an extended 87bpm remix of the lazily sinuous title-repeated smoochy soul soarer … Cheryl Lynn, if you didn’t know, was evidently first discovered when competing on US TV’s ‘Gong Show’, the amateur talent series briefly shown here a while back! … Charly had better hurry up with Anita Baker’s ‘Angel‘, as the Style Council have already covered it! … LAH DE DAH DE!
Hot producing/writing team (from right to left) MIKE STOCK, MATT AITKEN and PETE WATERMAN have been up to their remix tricks again! They’ve now, typically, put out MEL & KIM ‘Respectable’ in a much harder totally revamped semi-instrumental frantic scratched and freakily jack track-ed 0-122bpm Tabloid Mix (Supreme Records SUPETX 111), on for a full third of the record before anything recognisable from the hit version appears, while they’ve really excelled themselves by just about totally ignoring Bill Wyman’s little friend in turning MANDY SMITH ‘I Just Can’t Wait‘ into an aptly subtitled terrific breezily cantering 114bpm instrumental Cool & Breezy Jazz Version (PWL Records PWLTX 1), with jazz guitar by Matt Aitken. Well hard and credible!
CINDY VALENTINE ‘In Your Midnight Hour’ (US Polydor 885-657-1)
The sleeve shot just doesn’t do justice to lovely Cindy (already seen with Mike Sefton in rm, 15/11/86), who whispers then plaintively chants over a jittery percussive 102⅓bpm chugging rhythm that seems self-consciously similar to the same label’s Gwen Guthrie approach. Beware the abrupt vocal fade, although the dub ends (edit too, and more Madonna-ish 116¾bpm ‘Work It Out‘). Continue reading “March 28, 1987: Mandy Smith, Cindy Valentine, Luther Vandross, Living In A Box, Patrice Rushen”