PHILLIP BALLOU Pittsburgh-born Phillip Ballou’s earliest years were spent in the gospel field; after he moved to New York City in the ‘70s, he teamed up with Bennie Diggs and Arthur Freeman, founding members of The New York Community Choir and singer Arnold McCuller to form the group Revelation. The quartet recorded for RSO Records, scoring some R&B success in the US with tracks like “Get Ready For This” and “You To Me Are Everything,” touring the Bee Gees among others.
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“Ain’t Nothing Like The Love” (Nefer) 7′
Pittsburgh-born Phillip Ballou’s earliest years were spent in the gospel field; after he moved to New York City in the ‘70s, he teamed up with Bennie Diggs and Arthur Freeman, founding members of The New York Community Choir and singer Arnold McCuller to form the group Revelation. The quartet recorded for RSO Records, scoring some R&B success in the US with tracks like “Get Ready For This” and “You To Me Are Everything,” touring the Bee Gees among others. Phillip also sang on albums by NYCC recorded for RCA Records and continued with Revelation until 1982. Continue reading PHILLIP BALLOU
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“Safe” (Nefer) 7′
Although best known in the global music world for his four years (1984-1988) as the music director and bandleader for Whitney Houston, John’s tenure in the soul music field began when he was a member (with his brother Edmund ‘Butch’ Simmons) of The Reflections, a New York City-based quartet who toured from 1972-1975 as the backing group for the legendary Melba Moore. In 1975, The Reflections had a Top 10 R&B hit with “Three Steps From True Love”.
“Keep Shining” / Put love back” (7th Galaxy) 7′
In 1980, during her run on Broadway in the musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and before being cast in Dreamgirls, singer/actress and Detroit native ROZ RYAN teamed up with the legendary team of DENNIS COFFEY and MIKE THEODORE on a six song album that wound up being unreleased. Continue reading Roz Ryan
“Try your love” / Close to you” (Time Capsule) 7′
Well how do you follow up Young and Companys smash hits on Brunswick records. Pretty hard I hear you say. After the best seller “I like what you are doing to me” the group carried on talks with the heads at Brunswick.
“Sailing (Kinsman) 7′
Cleveland Ohio was a hot spot for soul music in the very early 1970’s. One group who found themselves mixing the melting pot of musical styles were Mother Braintree. They seemed to be mixing sounds from Funkadelic, Sly and the family stone, and Hendrix. Whilst still keeping it soulful. They chose their band name whilst on the road touring they travelled through the town of Braintree. Joining them in the van was one of the members mother, who was also their manager! And so Mother Braintree was formed.
“Love vibrations” Kingman (Promo)
Back around the early 1970’s Bell Telephunk was formed around the New Jersey area. Some members moved to Clevleand Ohio where the group performed in these early days at bars and clubs. The band disbanded early on and the name lie dormant for a few years.
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“Red light Green light ” (Soulnival Promo) 7′
New jersey connection are pretty much set in stone in the disco hall of fame. There 1981 smash “love don’t come easy” on carnival records became a hit all around the globe. Move on a few years and band leader Eddie Saunders had many other musical groups and acts going on. Here in the late 1980’s he teamed up with Cynthia Wilson to record this lovely modern disco cut. For some reason the project got shelved and they returned to it only last year. With a few tweaks here and there they deliver another beautiful slice of New York Soul. So grab yourself a very limited demo copy 6 weeks or more before the issue comes out!
“Love on the shelf ” / “Bring your love closer”
The last and final instalment of the brilliant mighty fire unissued reels. And again two beautiful sides straight from the pen of Melton Bolton. These tracks were sitting around before they cut a deal with Elektra records.
Melton Boltons Mighty Fire”Love”/”I wanna talk to you about loving me” (BOL-TON)
Wow, stuck on the reels from 1979. Here is Mighty Fire before they recorded material for Elektra in 1982. Two brilliant tracks. A side is a lovely feel good modern dancer, worthy of any dancefloor called “Love” But wait until you flip the 45, for an amazing 2 step song that’s making waves with the jocks at the moment. And you can tell why, has all the right ingredients. Melton Boltons writing credentials go back as early as the 1970’s. Writing for Motown and penning songs for Marvin Gaye and the Four Tops amongst a host of others. He even recorded for Motown subsidiary Mowest under the group name of Nu Page. And his playing credentials on guitar are a who’s who of soul artists. A man of incredible talent. So now you can grab his work on these previously un-issued songs Coming out on the newly created label BOL-TON label.