ODDS ‘N’ BODS
Now it can more or less be told, although it’s still pretty garbled: 2 Puerto Ricans are Robert Clivilis and David Morales, a Blackman is David Cole and a Dominican is Chep Nunez, who certainly assembled the current ‘Do It Properly’ and had a part to play in the originally available version too, although it was DJ Bruce Forest at New York’s Better Days who evidently first mixed up Adonis ‘No Way Back’ live in the club, using his keyboards and other jack tracks to create a mix (which either inspired or was inspired by an original demo cassette of ‘Do It Properly’ by the 2PRABAAD), Bruce’s mix then being recreated by some unnamed parties and bootlegged on Fierce Records under the name we know — and as the bootleg uses so many tracks already licensed by London, it can co-exist now to Adonis (featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican) alongside the totally original vocal recording which Cooltempo has rush released (see its review for more details) … I’m afraid gathering the threads of this story has taken so long that, although many BPMs are done, I haven’t time to complete the reviews this week of such currently hot albums as (on import) Regina Belle, The O’Jays, Nancy Wilson (the latter mainly for a great swinging version of Robert Brookins’ ‘If You Only Knew’), and (out here) Whitney Houston, LL Cool J, Schoolly-D, the Isley Brothers, and the latest ‘Rob Olson’s Chicago Jackbeat Vol Two‘ – check the chart as usual for Beats Per Minute of those that hit … ‘Hey Love’ by King Sun-D Moet (which turns out to be the name of two separate blokes, King Sun and D-Moet) has now been reacquired here by Flame Records for, in a one-off deal, full distribution by Priority/RCA to maximise its hit potential … MCA Records has reissued last autumn’s very soulfully sung mesmerically rolling 104pbm One Way ‘Don’t Think About It‘ (MCAT 1097), never as big as it should have been … Syncopate snapped up Lanier & Co ‘Dancing In The Night’ … Morgan Khan, undaunted by previous experiences, is preparing to launch a fortnightly hip hop newsletter called Rumors on subscription only to purchasers of the StreetSounds Hip Hop/Electro LP series, plus he’s mulling over renewed plans for a UK Fresh 87 show after all — while Morgan’s brother Henry Khan has formed his own Intouch label … Mike Rice’s previously mentioned local Bucks and Berks mixing competition at Downley’s Masters has had such a large number of cassettes entered since we published it that the date of the final has been put right back until September! … Les Adams and Pascal Gabriel have created an ‘election special’ 122bpm house record, The House Of Commons ‘Join The Party’, using samples of all the leading politicos plus various news readers and a vocal by Sharon Dee Clarke. Although played off tape on radio it was too late even for rush release, so will be updated and made more general with the inclusion of international figures like Ronald Reagan for commercial release … MCA’s compilation LP of oldies by the Whispers, Shalamar, Collage and Midnight Star, ‘The Solar System‘ (Solar MCG 3338) includes a bonus 12 inch with two Les Adams megamixes, as neat as ever … Lillo Thomas ‘I’m In Love’ is now in yet another snickety snapping 114¼bpm remix (Capitol 12CLX 450) with ‘Sexy Girl’ added to the flip, while other remixes include the 121¾bpm Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason ‘Can U Dance’ (Champion CHAMPX 1241), impact lessening 111½bpm Black Britain ‘Funky Nassau’ (10 Records TENR 171), and the now wickedly Mel & Kim-sampling far more useful 120bpm Rick and Lisa ‘When You Gonna (The Borough Anarchy Mix)‘ (RCA RICK MEL 1) — the Borough in South London being where Pete Waterman’s studio is … Rose Royce did a live ‘playback’ gig at Swansea’s Martha’s Vineyard last week during Jeff Thomas’s Monday soul night, and to say the place was packed would be an understatement — had there been rafters they’d have been swinging from them, and in fact I saw the queue before I saw the club! — the soul policy now being extended to Fridays as well and Jeff being joined both nights by The Bean … Thomas & Taylor are in Swansea this coming Monday (15), and a bit further east the following night at Bridgend’s Astons for James Lewis’s Tuesday night —this new club, with a wine bar below (in which Gerald Holley spins listening soul) is reminiscent of Walkers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, being owned by some business-minded local soul fans … Gerald Holley is also taking soul through the valleys on Wednesdays at Merthyr Tydfil’s Charbonniers and Saturdays at Aberdare’s Deckers … Alan Christo is now DJ/promotions manager and looking for PAs at Cardiff’s Jacksons (on 0443-740557) … lain Bruce’s Saturday soul show on Cardiff’s Red Dragon Radio since he took it over last July has increased its audience by 450 per cent to be double the weekly evening figures, and has extended as a consequence to three hours, 6-9pm — some minority interest programme, huh? … Martin Collins on the other hand, due to some misreading of the recent audience figures at Chiltern Radio, was in danger of having his weekday evening soul show replaced by pop until public outcry prompted a re-examination of the figures, which actually showed he had a massive 90 per cent of the available audience at that time! … Dave Treharne’s more esoteric That’s Why They Call It The Blues R&B show on DevonAir picked up figures and for the summer now runs 7-9pm on Thursdays … Nottingham’s def dude Graeme Park in fact is involved with a new black music label that’s about to be launched called Submission Records, and is building a mailing list at 22 Birkin Avenue, Nottingham NG7 5AF — he’s also back (with coach party details on 0602-476888) at Streatham’s Project at Zigis this Friday (June 12), and has started weekly on Mondays in Derby at the new 20th Century Club … Aurra have become Deja, produced by Monte Moir … Saché, whose groin-grinding ‘Help Me To Get Over The Hurt‘ (US Atlantic) sold quite well without hitting any DJs’ charts, turns out to be an actual group, a trio of rather attractive girls in the Expose-cum-Stacy Lattisaw mould … The Cover Girls ‘Show Me‘ has generated some interest as it was used in his mix at the Albert Hall by US champ Joe Rodriguez … Kid ‘N’ Play and Heavy D and the Boyz’ newies both namecheck BMW, obviously the B Boys’ favourite wheels (me myself, I’ve just bought a Nissan Silvia 1.8 Turbo — real acceleration at last!) … LAH DEE DAH DEE!
SERIOUS RECORDS’ head Mahesh Bajaj is on the lookout for homegrown black female singers to record (on 01-487 3008). The label has picked up not only First Choice ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ but also Pleasure Pump ‘Fantasize Me’, and an upcoming ‘Best Of House Volume 1‘ LP will include such recent hits as Master C&J ‘Face It’, the House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House ‘House Nation’, T-Coy ‘Carino’.
JACKSON SISTERS ‘I Believe In Miracles’ (Urban URBX 4)
Other than that somebody chose to bootleg it along with Maceo & The Macks, quite why this ‘Shaft’-influenced vocally Latin-flavoured spirited brassy jiggler from 1973 should now be considered a ‘rare groove’ is a mystery as it’s no better than many other forgotten tracks of similar vintage — which suddenly conjures up the vision of sharp London operators scouring American record stores and warehouses for all the oldies that their Northern Soul predecessors ignored! Horrors! Anyway, it’s certainly good, and probably fresher sounding now than it was then, Simon Harris having brilliantly re-edited a brand new 107⅓-107⅔-107-108-107⅓-107-108bpm Extended Mix which emphasises the previously rushed rhythm elements to bring out their soulful qualities (and a hidden James Brown flavour), for fascination comparison with the included 108-108⅔-109-108⅔bpm original 7” Version (the equally dated pleasant 72bpm ‘Why Can’t We Be More Than Just Friends‘ and Jackson 5/Honey Cone-type 99-97½-98bpm ‘Boy, You’re Dynamite‘ complete this package).
FIRST CHOICE ‘Let No Man Put Asunder (Special Dutch Mix)’ (Dutch Rams Horn RHR 3609)
Due here coupled with the Salsoul original on June 22 and already white-labelled by Serious Records, this Philadelphia-recorded disco oldie was a big influence on Chicago’s house music (compare the bass line with ‘Jack Your Body’!) although even in this disjointedly rambling 0-122-117½-118½-118- 121½-122½-122-119-121-0bpm new remix by Rutger ‘Rutti’ Kroese it’s still not exactly ‘house’ as we here know it. Gay jocks flirted with the new mix some months back, but the soul boys only just seem to have caught up with it! In the photo above, lead singer Roshelle Fleming (centre) will be visiting the UK this coming week.
THE BEGINNING OF THE END ‘Funky Nassau’ (Atlantic K10021T)
Promoed by WEA’s Fred Dove several years ago although only now out in logical competition with Black Britain’s remake, this 119-120⅔-121½-122-123bpm extended version of the classic brassy Bahamian soul kicker from 1971 has Wes Montgomery-ish guitar in the last half, and the original seven incher’s Parts 1 and 2 as flip. Always a party pleaser!
BOBBY CALDWELL ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ (Magnetic Dance MAGDT 5)
From 1979, hoping for ‘rare groove’ status although lovely for all to appreciate again, the blue-eyed soulster’s gorgeous subtle lazily swaying 85- 83½bpm smoocher with delicate brass and jazzy bluesiness is flipped by the equally popular and even more memorable ‘Down For The Third Time’, a George Benson-ish guitar prodded undulating 90½- 89⅔bpm jogger of stunning beauty. Essential vinyl if you’re too young to have them already, pure class.
ERIC B. AND RAKIM ‘I Know You Got Soul’ (Cooltempo COOLX 146)
Huge on import on rare groove and rap crazy London, this casually though insistently chatted jiggly 103⅚bpm rap ‘n’ scratch combines both by cutting in Bobby Byrd’s 1971 soul hit of the same name (in three mixes).
2 PUERTO RICANS A BLACKMAN AND A DOMINICAN ‘Do It Properly (Fierce Club Mix)’ (Cooltempo COOLX 147)
The group who actually are 2 Puerto Ricans, etc (see Odds ‘n’ Bods for more details), based around musicians Robert CliviIis and David Cole, evidently circulated a cassette of the basic track of this house bounder to various New York DJs to create interest, and then — overdubbed with more exciting keyboards and ‘Jack Your Body’ samples — the track and their name ended up being bootlegged, and is an import smash! The bootleg to my mind remains much better as it’s actually very different in concept and more jack track-ish with all its terrific overdubs, and is the version now out on London co-credited as being by Adonis (whose bassline is featured), while this the group’s official version is vocal now and a frantic 124½-0bpm house record (in three mixes) that is perfectly good of its type but pales in comparison.
KOOL CHIP featuring Toni Smith ‘Jazz It Up’ (Fourth & Broadway 12BRW 62)
The New York rapper, with soul vocal refrains from ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ singer Toni, creates an excellent melodically backed lazily swaying though jittery mellow 100bpm rap reminiscent of the World Famous Supreme Team (dub flip), not due fully until June 22 but already hot on white label.
MANTRONIX ‘Scream (Primal Scream)’ (10 Records TENT 169)
Now spikily remixed by Mantronik with tricky edits by Chep Nunez, this tightly jittering 101⅓bpm go go-tempo sparse rap always was the hottest cut on their last LP (dub flip), and while not the most innovative thing they’ve done will obviously be big with their fans.
KID ‘N’ PLAY ‘Last Night’ (US Select FMS62289)
Slotting nicely into the rare groove/rap bag, this drily rapping duo ride over a brilliant 98½bpm mix-up of familiar oldies in Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince style (instrumental flip), produced by Hurby Lovebug with scratching by Quicksilver. Fresh!
MINI CURRY ‘I Think I’m Over You’ (US Total Experience 2709-1-TD)
Sultrily soulful Minnie (?) achingly weaves though a sophisticated bitter-sweet 100bpm swayer in bluesy late night style, her calm high vocal pitch creating unusual impact, well worth finding whenever it arrives here (inst flip).
LITTLE SHAWN ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ (US Select FMS62286)
Howie Tee and Chubb Rock-produced good smooth Lovebug Starski-style 0-97bpm rap based very commercially on the Jacksons’ slinky oldie of the same name, recreated by the title-singing girls in fact (dub too, plus the more routine 99bpm ‘My Girl’s Mother‘).
GEORGE MICHAEL ‘I Want Your Sex (Monogamy Mix)’ (Epic LUSTI 1)
This controversial sinuously tapping weaver segues through three differently emphasised 97⅚bpm parts on the 12 inch A-side, only the widely banned Prince-inspired Rhythm 1: Lust being aggressively suggestive, Rhythm 2: Brass In Love being soulfully brassy and Rhythm 3: A Last Request sensually gentle in ‘Sexual Healing’ meets ‘Careless Whisper’ style — while the flip’s (0-)93⅚-0bpm ‘Hard Day‘ is a totally separate strong soulful tugging jiggly jogger with dated TK beats and a duetting climax. You can’t accuse this superstar of taking the easy route to success, good on him!
PRINCE ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ (Paisley Park W8334T)
His typically strange sinuous spine-tingling (0-)96⅔bpm quietly pent-up rolling gentle jogger has terrific words and a slightly risqué muttering finale, all about human relationships and how they can be seen to advantage in a different light if you give them some thought, with the weirdly accented 109⅔-0bpm ‘Shockadelica‘ as more normally purple flip.
BOBBY WOMACK ‘How Could You Break My Heart’ (Arista RIST 17)
Latest in the Arista Masters reissue series and hot already on radio again is this telephone-started lovely 0-85bpm swayer from 1979, strangulatedly throaty and soulful In typical style, flipped by the similar vintage swaying 0-95¼bpm ‘Give It Up‘ and philosophical slow 36bpm ‘The Roots In Me’.
PRIVATE JOY ‘Coolin Out’ (Champion CHAMP 12-49)
Leon Haywood-produced pleasantly timeless jittery slick staccato 118½bpm male soul vocal group wriggler, something of a sales sleeper while on import (instrumental flip, not previously included).
HEAVY D. AND THE BOYZ ‘Chunky But Funky’ (MS MCA Records MCA-23733)
Go Go-tempoed routine but bright (0-)97⅔bpm rap, flipped (although uncredited on the sleeve) by the possibly now more current sounding James Brown-ish 102⅔bpm ‘On The Dance Floor‘ (both in three versions).
UK DISCO TOP 100 – June 13, 1987
01 02 CROSS THE TRACK (EXTENDED VERSION)/SOUL POWER 74/PARRTY Maceo & The Macks, Urban 12in
02 04 LIFETIME LOVE (JAZZY BEAT/DEF BEAT) Joyce Sims, London 12in
03 01 LET YOURSELF GO (CLUB/PARADISE MIXES) Sybil, Champion 12in
04 10 DO IT PROPERLY (NO WAY BACK) Adonis (featuring 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican)/NO WAY BACK Adonis, London 12in
05 03 BACK AND FORTH (EXTENDED REMIX/DUB VERSION) Cameo, Club 12in
06 11 ROCK STEADY The Whispers, MCA Records 12in
07 07 SERIOUS/BAD LOVE Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
08 12 FAKE Alexander O’Neal, Tabu 12in
09 06 I’M IN LOVE (LONGER LOVE MIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
10 05 HOUSE NATION The House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, Magnetic Dance 12in
11 15 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B and Rakim, Cooltempo 12in
12 13 FUNKY NASSAU Black Britain, 10 Records 12in
13 08 DOUBLE-X-POSURE (CHRIS PAUL REMIX)/POUR IT ON Mason, Elektra 12in
14 16 A TOUCH OF JAZZ (COLLAPSED IN THE STREET/EXTENDED RE-TOUCH) Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Champion 12in
15 20 LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley, MCA Records 12in
16 28 CAN U DANCE/CAN U JACK Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason with ‘Fast’ Eddie Smith, Champion 12in
17 09 BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
18 14 MIRACLE WORKER (EXTENDED MIX) First Circle, EMI America 12in
19 17 OUTLAW (THE BANDIT MIX)/DUB Strafe, Breakout 12in
20 27 DIAMONDS (DANCE MIX) Herb Alpert, Breakout 12in
21 19 THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘N’ Chill, 10 Records 12in
22 18 HARD CORE (ON THE ONE) (AT THE ORGAN/JB IN HEAT/LOWDOWN ‘N’ FUNKY/JB TRAXX II) Duane & Co, US Dance Mania Records 12in
23 29 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) (REMIX) Whitney Houston, Arista 12in
24 36 I AIN’T INTO THAT The Rappin’ Reverend (C Dexter Wise III), Cooltempo 12in
25 34 ROCK THIS HOUSE/DUB MIX Hotline, Rhythm King 12in
26 26 THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX/DUB) Janet Jackson, Breakout 12in
27 23 EVERYTHING BAMBOO (“BAM BOO”) Lenny D & Tommy Musto, Magnetic Dance 12in
28 37 THIS IS THE NIGHT (PROGRESSIVE MIX) Sweet Heat, Champion 12in
29 39 MAKOSSA ’87 (BIG BLOW) Manu Dibango, Urban 12in
30 35 CHICAGO SONG (REMIX) David Sanborn, Warner Brothers 12in
31 21 MR RIGHT (CLUB MIX/THE RIGHT MIX) Eleanore Mills, Debut 12in
32 25 SOUTHERN FREEEZ ’87 Freeez, Total Control Records 12in
33 42 I’M BAD/GET DOWN LL Cool J, Def Jam 12in
34 44 I’LL RETURN 52nd Street, 10 Records 12in
35 22 LIVING IN A BOX (ARTHUR BAKER MIX)/(THE PENTHOUSE MIX) Living In A Box, Chrysalis 12in
36 38 JUNGLE FEVER (MEGAMIX)/SKRATCH FEVER Kinkina, Champion 12in
37 62 I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (EXTENDED MIX) Jackson Sisters, Urban 12in
38 40 NEW GENERATION The Classical Two, US Rooftop Records 12in
39 24 WHY SHOULD I CRY? Nona Hendryx, EMI America 12in
40 33 BOOPS (CJ SCRATCH REMIX) Sly & Robbie, Fourth & Broadway 12in
41 59 ALWAYS (LP VERSION) Atlantic Starr, Warner Brothers 12in
42 32 MAGIC/DUB VERSION The Movement featuring Lee Genesis, Debut 12in
43 61 LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (DUTCH HOUSE MIX) First Choice, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
44 60 LATELY/FOLLOW YOUR HEART/SUMMERTIME MEDLEY Ronnie McNeir, Expansion Records LP
45 — LAST NIGHT Kid ‘N Play, US Select 12in
46 49 SO FINE/FEEDBACK OF THE MIND Feedback, Production House 12in
47 45 IT’S NOT UNUSUAL/EXTENDED VERSION/LIVE MEDLEY Tom Jones, Decca 12in
48 76 NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN/BRASS MONKEY Beastie Boys, Def Jam 12in
49 31 LOW RIDER (SIMON HARRIS/ARTHUR BAKER REMIXES)/SLIPPIN’ INTO DARKNESS War, LAX 12in
50 47 SHY GIRL (DUB/VOCAL) Lachandra, Syncopate 12in
51 — SHOW ME THE WAY/PLEASE BE MINE/SO MANY TEARS/INTIMATE RELATIONS/TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY/HOW COULD YOU DO IT TO ME Regina Belle, US Columbia LP
52 71 ROCK THE BEAT Derek B, Music Of Life 12in
53 — GO CUT CREATOR GO/THE DO WOP/THE BREAKTHROUGH/KANDAY/THE BRISTOL HOTEL/AHH, LET’S GET ILL/MY RHYME AIN’T DONE/BREAK IT ON DOWN LL Cool J, Def Jam LP
54 87 LET’S BEGIN/STEPHEN’S OVERTURE Turntable Terror Trax Vol 2, Bluebird 12in
55 56 DANCING IN THE NIGHT Lanier & Co, US Waylo 12in
56 51 JACK MIX III Mirage, Debut 12in
57 65 SWEETHEART (MIAMI MIX) Lee Prentiss, Funkin’ Marvellous Records 12in
58 57 LET THE SUN IN/ONE LOVER AT A TIME/DON’T TAKE ME FOR GRANTED/ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE/THANKFUL Atlantic Starr, Warner Bros LP
59 88 CARINO T-Coy, deConstruction Records 12in
60 — JAZZ IT UP Kool Chip featuring Toni Smith, Fourth & Broadway 12in
61 — FOR THE LOVE OF YOU/JUST THE LONELY TALKING AGAIN/LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY/SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston, Arista LP
62 46 IT FEELS SO GOOD (TO BE BACK HOME) Bobby McClure, Debut 12in
63 54 FASCINATED (CLUB MIX) Company B, Bluebird Records 12in
64 58 (FEEL THE) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT/NAUGHTY DANCER Fatback Band, US Vista Sounds International 12in
65 100= TAKE SOME TIME OUT (CLUB/DUB) Arnold Jarvis, US Fourth Floor Records 12in
66 re TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME/TENDER MOMENTS/ONCE HAD YOUR LOVE Peggi Blu, Capitol LP
67 43 WET MY WHISTLE Midnight Star, MCA Records 12in
68 81 IT’S TRICKY (SHEP PETTIBONE CLUB MIX) Run-DMC, London 12in
69 86 HOUSEQUAKE/IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Prince, Paisley Park LP
70 79 ROCK THE HOUSE (MEDLEY) (PTS I & II) Mr K Mix by Special K, US TD Records Inc 12in
71 67 IF YOU ONLY KNEW Robert Brookins, MCA Records 12in
72 55 YOU BETTER QUIT (REMIX) One Way, MCA Records 12in
73 53 SURPRISE, SURPRISE (ROCHEFORT & SELLARS REMIX) Zushii, Debut 12in
74 100= U AIN’T REALLY HOUSE Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk & The Shy Boyz, US House Records 12in
75 — WOMAN IN YOU Maxi Priest, 10 Records 12in
76 — SUCKER FOR CANDY (THE HOT CANDY KISS MIX) Rozlyn Sorrell, US Atlantic 12in
77 73 FEATURES OF LOVE (LP VERSION/CLUB MIX) Mike Francis, Club 12in
78 94 COME ON OVER Alex Charles, New York Records 12in
79 92 DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE (REMIX) The System, US Atlantic 12in
80 93 KEEP IT WARM (REMIX) Voices In The Dark, Champion 12in
81 63 IMAGINATION Miki Howard, Atlantic 12in
82 50 SPECIAL FX/IN THE MOOD/I WANT YOU/GIVE IT TO ME The Whispers, Solar LP
83 — I’M IN LOVE (REMIX) Lillo Thomas, Capitol 12in
84 — ELAWEASER JUST A SKEEZER Hardrock Soul Movement, Serious Records 12in
85 72 MUTUAL ATTRACTION (COME TOGETHER MIX)/SOMEONE LIKE YOU (5.46 REMIX) Sylvester, Warner Brothers 12in
86 52 CAN’T BE YOUR PART-TIME LOVER Nanette Frank, Total Control Records 12in
87 68 LET YOURSELF GO (CHAMPION MIX) Sybil, Champion 12in
88 — I WANT YOUR SEX (MONOGAMY MIXES)/HARD DAY George Michael, Epic 12in
89 re DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett, Gordy 12in
90 re WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE/DOWN FOR THE THIRD TIME Bobby Caldwell, Magnetic Dance 12in
91 — TELL JACK (JACK THE HOUSE) Denise Motto, Rhythm King 12in
92 70 PICKS ME UP (YOUR LOVE) Point 3 FM, Hardcore 12in
93 — CHUNKY BUT FUNKY/ON THE DANCE FLOOR Heavy D and the Boyz, US MCA Records 12in
94 — DO IT PROPERLY (FIERCE CLUB MIX) 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican, Cooltempo 12in
95 — HOW COULD YOU BREAK MY HEART Bobby Womack, Arista 12in white label
96 91 POWER (CLUB VIBE) Cultural Vibe featuring Glenn ‘Sweety G’ Toby, Hardcore 12in
97 — FASCINATED (MASTERMIND HERBIE REMIX) Company B, Bluebird 12in
98 re FANTASIZE ME Pleasure Pump, US State Street Records 12in
99 — HAVE YOU SEEN DAVY/GET BUSY (WE AIN’T NEW TO THIS)/KEEP YOUR DISTANCE Davy D, Def Jam 12in
100= re TRAVELING AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT Ultra Magnetic MC’s, CityBeat 12in
100= — HE CUTS SO FRESH Marley Marl featuring MC Shan, MCA Records 12in
100= — MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (M.I.P. HOUSE MIX) Liaz, Kool Kat 12in
01 01 ELECTRICA SALSA/REMIX Off, Sonet 12in
02 05 LOVE CHILD Jamie Dean, Uptown Records 12in
03 04 ARMED ROBBERY Seventh Avenue, Nightmare 12in
04 03 FASCINATED Company B, Bluebird 12in
05 05 I NEED A MAN/ENERGY IS EUROBEAT Man To Man, Bolts 12in
06 06 HEARTBEAT Vivien Vee, Italian X-Energy 12in
07 08 CALL ME Spagna, CBS 12in
08 15 DON’T GET MAD, GET EVEN Mary Wilson, Nightmare 12in
09 13 IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry, Chrysalis 12in
10 14 PAPER MONEY Helena, Arista 12in
11 11 GET READY (EXTENDED REMIX) Carol Hitchcock, A&M 12in
12 10 PUT MY LOVE ON THE LINE Darryl Pandy, Nightmare 12in
13 — RAINSTORM (REMIX) Eastbound Expressway, US Vinylmania 12in
14 09 I GOT YOU COVERED Earlene Bentley, Nightmare 12in
15 19 PANINARO (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys, Italian Parlophone 12in
16 17 PERFECT OPPORTUNITY Rob Keane, Nightmare 12in
17 — VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure, Mute 12in
18 20 UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF John Kydd (The Supreme Event Of The Year), US Altair 12in
19 07 LESS THAN LOVERS, MORE THAN FRIENDS Scott Stryker, Nightmare 12in
20 — STEP BY STEP Off, German ZYX 12in
21 — RECONCILIATE Le Page, US Prism 12in
22 18 NIGHT CITY Secret Service, German Teldec 12in
23 23 THIRD FINGER LEFT HAND/LANDSLIDE Angie Gold, Passion 12in
24 22 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING Jessica Williams and Man 2 Man, Mexican Maxi/Mastered 12in
25 16 I’M A MAN Damian Davey, Passion 12in
26 — THE BIG BANG Fantasy Ten, German ZYX 12in
27 — SERIOUS Donna Allen, Portrait 12in
28 — IN THE DARK Tiffany, US Unidisc USA 12in
29 25 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Steve Allen, WEA 12in
30 12 LAY IT ON THE LINE Elaine Charles, Canadian Sizzle 12in
2 thoughts on “June 13, 1987: Jackson Sisters, First Choice, The Beginning Of The End, Bobby Caldwell, Eric B. and Rakim”
1987’s retromania is now in full swing. For the first and only time, an oldie has reached Number One in the Disco chart, and if we look at the reviews, the first four are all of old records.
Furthermore, of the first nine records reviewed, only Mantronix’s fantastic “Scream (Primal Scream)” is entirely comprised of brand new sonic elements, as the remainder contain samples, providing more evidence of one of the year’s biggest-growing trends (and it’s a trend which is nowhere near reaching its peak).
James’s detective work on 2 Puerto Ricans (and there are more findings to come) reveals that three of the quartet are future major players: Clivilles (misspelled here) and Cole of C&C Music Factory, and David Morales, all getting their first mentions this week – and yet, weirdly, they’ve scored big with a bootleg remake of their track, on which they did not directly contribute! (NB The fourth member, Chep Nuñez, had his career tragically cut short in 1990.)
I would love to hear The House Of Commons “Join The Party”, but sadly it never saw the light of day, and I’ve searched in vain on YouTube and Discogs.
That Cooltempo release of Do It Properly sounds awful in comparison to the version on the Fierce label.