Centaura featuring Jewel Bass
“I Need Love” / “Just Don’t Love You”
Label: Creative Soul Records
Catalogue Number: CS-1003
Release Date: January 2023
This time we’re shining a light on the very talented and rarely heard Jewel Bass, pulling the incredible ‘I Need Love’ out of the shadow of ‘Just Don’t Love You’, both recorded as Centaura on the near mythical Spiral LP from 1979.
Whilst we know and love Jewel Bass and her recordings as a solo artist, within groups such as Centaura / Carbon Copies and as a featured (but often uncredited) vocalist in her work with Natural High, Sho-Nuff, and Freedom, very little is known about Centaura.
Aside from the Spiral LP from 1979, the group seem to have little other recording output. A 45 was released by them in 1981 ‘Centauraland’ / ‘Why Can’t We Love’. Recorded at Lockett’s Recording Studio in Birmingham ALA, produced and arranged by Centaura and released on their own Centaura label.
They also participated in the Budweiser Showdown from which ‘Your Love Is All I Need’ was released as a Budweiser Showdown 12” in 1983, before joining that long list of talented artists that were failed by poor management, marketing, or distribution and consigned to obscurity.
Cliff and Tats
P.s the sound quality on the test pressing is not up to our standard and will be remastered for the production release.