The third quarter of 2019 just began, and therefore, it was time for me again to browse my vinyl collection and randomly picked three old records and a more recent one to introduce those to you. If you missed the vinyl selection of the 2019's Q1 or Q2, feel free to have a look at them first. Enjoy the following presentation of the next four records of my vinyl collection.
The Whispers - Imagination (1980)
"Imagination", the tenth studio album by the American R&B/Soul band, was released in 1980 on SOLAR Records. The songs "It's a Love Thing" and "I Can Make It Better" made it in the US Hot R&B charts that peaked at position #2 and #40 respectively. Both singles were produced by the label's in-house producer Leon F. Sylvers III. The song "Up on Soul Train" was the theme song of the dance television programme "Soul Train" between 1981 and 1983. The creator and host (1971-1993) of the show Don Cornelius also composed that song. In September 2016, "It's a Love Thing" was featured in an L'Oreal commercial.
My record's favourites are the title song "Imagination" (Track #1), "It's a Love Thing" (Track #2) and "I Can Make It Better" (Track #5). Remember, only the first eight tracks belong to the "Imagination" album on the below embedded Spotify playlist.
The Brothers Johnson - Blam! (1987)
The Los Angeles-based duo Brothers Johnson consisting of George Johnson (lead guitar and lead/backing vocals) and Louis Johnson (bass, guitar, piano, synthesizer and lead/background vocals) released their third studio album "Blam!" on A&M Records in 1987. In the year of release, the album topped the Billboard R&B album charts and additionally reached position #7 on the pop album charts. The album was produced by the legendary record producer and multi-instrumentalist Quincy Jones (Credits: Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Louis Amstrong, George Benson, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Donna Summer among others).
I recommend you to especially have a listen to the tracks "Ain't We Funkin' Now" (Track #1), "Mista' Cool" (Track #6) and "Street Wave" (Track #8).
The GAP Band - Gap Band 8 (1986)
You may know the American R&B and funk group The GAP Band because of one of the three Wilson brothers and the band's lead vocalist called Charlie who later ventured into a solo career in the early 90s and still successfully releases music and tours actively. The GAP band, however, officially retired after 43 years in 2010. "Gap Band 8" is the band's tenth studio album (contrary to its title) and was released in 1986 on Total Experience Records.
Charlie Wilson, nominated for 13 Grammy awards as solo artist until now, released eight solo albums and collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Quincy Jones, T-Pain, Jamie Foxx, T.I., Tyler The Creator, Rick Ross, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Khalid, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and many more.
Check out "Get Loose Get Funky" (Track #3), "Keep Holding On" (Track #6) and "Bop B Da B Da Da (How Music Came About)" (Track #8).
Tuxedo - Tuxedo III (2019)
Just this summer (July 2019), the R&B/funk duo of Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/producer/DJ Mayer Hawthorne and hip-hop producer/songwriter Jake One released their third studio album "Tuxedo III" on Funk on Site (the group's own label) that comes along with many artist features in contrast to the two previous albums (released on Stones Throw Records) that did not include a single feature. The original idea for "Toast 2 Us" (Track #10) arose in 2006, when Jake One created the beat to be used on a hip hop track but back then he could not figure out which artist would fit the style, therefore went to the archives first. During the album creation process, he ran across the beat again and sent it to Mayer Hawthorne who directly fell in love with it. Bit by bit, in collaboration with Dutch pop singer Benny Sings, "Toast 2 Us" came to life. Read the full story on Billboard here.
From my point of view, the hottest tracks of that outstanding funk/dance album are "The Tuxedo Way" (Track #1), "You & Me" (Track #2), "Dreaming in the Daytime" (Track #4) that features a great rap part performed by MF Doom, "If U Want It" (Track #8) and "On A Good One" (Track #9).
Another four vinyl records will be presented in Q4 of 2019. Stay tuned for the next randomly picked records from AP's vast vinyl collection!