Positive Force feat. Denise Vallin (1981)

“Monster R&B soul rarity, private press LP. This is Holy Grail type stuff here, only a handful produced.” Popsike

Not to be confused with the Positive Force of ‘We Got The Funk’ fame, but they do pedal a very pleasant style of Soul Funk that is well executed and catchy as a harpoon aimed at a barrel of fish. They remind me, a little bit, of Seawind with their funk music and Denise’s Pauline Wilsonesque vocals.

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Producer: Steve Russell

Musicians:

  • Steve Russell: Guitar
  • Larry Kester: Keyboards
  • Bill Liston: Saxophone & Flute
  • Denise Vallin: Vocals

Tracklist:

  1. Everything You Do
  2. Give Me A Sign
  3. I Think Of You
  4. Now Is Not The Time
  5. Put It In The Groove
  6. Take Some Time Out
  7. The One I Love
  8. Too Much Love
  9. Too Much Love (edit)
  10. You Told Me You Loved Me
  11. You Gotta Know

Breeze: Breeze (1974)

Nice album here from an aptly named band. The music is very very bright and breezy.

I don’t know a lot about this band and I’m not sure that they ever produced any other albums (at least Discogs don’t list any others). Still, the self written tracks are pleasant and the covers are well selected and well executed.

The album was rereleased in 2012.

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Producers: Buddy Scott & Herb Lovell

Musicians:

Ray Bardani: Drums

David Green: Keyboards

Lenny Guistino: Bass

Keith Hood: Electric Guitar & Vocals

Rick Amendola: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

Ralph MacDonald: Percussion

Artie Jenkins: Percussion

String Arrangements : Bert Keyes

Tracklist:

  1. Higher And Higher
  2. Make It With You
  3. Rosa
  4. For The Love Of A Lady
  5. We’ve Gotta Get You A Woman
  6. If I Never Saw Your Face
  7. You’ve Got My Love
  8. Jerusalem
  9. Morning At Daybreak
  10. Do You Believe In Magic

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Jim Scmidt: Somethin’ Right (1983)

I featured this album in my YouTube video “Artists Who Only Made One Album“. What makes this album extraordinary is the personnel featured on it, Paul Jackson Jr, Roby Duke, David Diggs, Richard Page & Steve George. Proper stuff and no half-hearted effort.

The inclusion of Roby Duke may given you a clue that this is a CCM album, if song titles like “Within His Joy” and  “Promised Land weren’t clue enough. It’s not too preachy though.

Listen and enjoy.

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Producer: Terry Winch

 

Musicians:
Drums: John Ferraro
Bass: Leon Gaer
Guitars: Paul Jackson Jr., Roby Duke, David Diggs
Keyboards: David Diggs
Percussion: David Diggs
Horns: Danny Ackerman, Charlie Davis, Terry Winch, Ernie Carlson, David Boruff
Background Vocals: Richard Page, Steve George

 

Tracks:
1. Love Has Taken It All Away
2. Somethin’ Right
3. Not Your Love Alone
4. Within His Joy
5. The Person That I Really Want To Be
6. Serious
7. The Eye Of The Storm
8. Promised Land
9. Surer Of Myself
10. Destiny

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Robert Byrne: Blame It On The Night (1979)

One of the most popular posts on this site was the Byrne & Barnes classic “An Eye For An Eye”. So, here is Robert Byrne’s equally delightful platter “Blame It On The Night”, his only solo effort and which came before that collaboration. This album features the singing efforts of Mac McAnally and Lenny LeBlanc, but more importantly a bunch of fantastic tracks, all of which are winners. All killer, no filler.

He went on to produce the likes of The Pointer Sisters and Patti Austen, but sadly he was found dead at his Nashville, Tennessee house on June 27, 2005, having died of unknown causes.

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Producers: Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford

Musicians:
Drums: Roger Clark
Keyboards: Clayton Ivey
Bass: Bob Wray
Guitars: Robert Byrne, Mac McAnally, Larry Byron, Bill Hines, Dennis Clifton, Tippy Armstrong
Percussion: Tom Roady
Synthesizer: Clayton Ivey, Robert Byrne
Woodwinds: Jim Horn
Background Vocals: Mac McAnally, Lenny LeBlanc, Eddie Struzick, Marie Tomlinson

Tracklist:
1. Baby Fat
2. Blame It On The Night
3. That Didn’t Hurt Too Bad
4. Pretend He’s Me
5. I Did It All For Love
6. No Love In The Morning
7. Tell Me It’s Over One More Time
8. Southern Gun
9. You And Me
10. She Put The Sad In All His Songs

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Boz Scaggs: Down Two Then Left (1977)

This album was always going to be a slightly tricky sell after the genius of ‘Silk Degrees’. For me this is not as good as that album or the one that followed it ‘Middle Man’, but it is still Boz Scaggs and it is still an excellent album.

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Producer: Joe Wissert

Musicians:
Drums: Jeff Porcaro
Guitars: Jay Graydon, Ray Parker Jr., Steve Lukather
Bass: Scott Edwards, David Hungate
Piano: Jai Winding
Keyboards: Michael Omartian
Percussion: Bobbye Hall
Horns: Chuck Findley, Steve Madaio, Ernie Watts, Fred Selden, Don Menza, David Duke
Background Vocals: Carolyn Willis, Jim Gilstrap, John Lehman, Venetta Fields, Phyllis St. James, Myrna Matthews, Julia Tillman

Tracklist:
1. Still Falling For You
2. Hard Times
3. A Clue
4. Whatcha Gonna Tell Your Man
5. We’re Waiting
6. Hollywood
7. Then She Walked Away
8. Gimme The Goods
9. 1993
10. Tomorrow Never Came

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Light Of The World (1980)

If you haven’t heard of this band before, then I can tell you that they, along with the likes of Level 42 and Freeez, were at the forefront of the UK Jazz Funk movement in the late seventies and early Eighties.

This the 1980 US version of the album with a slightly different track list to the original UK release. I include it here because it is so smooth. ‘Dreams’ is a particular favourite of mine.

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Producer: Vincent Castellano

Musicians:

  • Paul “Tubbs” Williams: Bass Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Peter Hinds: Clavinet, Synthesizer
  • Everton McCalla: Drums, Syn Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Nat Augustin: Guitar, Vocals
  • Neville McKrieth: Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
  • Gee Bello: Percussion, Vocals
  • David Baptiste: Saxophone, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Kenny Wellington: Trumpet, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Tracklist:

  1. Swingin’
  2. Dreams
  3. Who Are You (Who Do You Think You Are?)
  4. Emergency
  5. Aspects
  6. Mirror Of My Soul
  7. Liv Togevver (The Greater London Funkathon)
  8. I’ll Always Love You

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