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Eighties Ladies

Turned On To You / I Knew That Love

Eighties Ladies are vocal ensemble comprised of Denie Corbett, Marva Hicks, Susan Beaubian, Sylvia Striplin and Vivian Prince. The group are best known for "Turned On To You", one of the most iconic 'rare groove' tracks from the early 80s. It was sampled numerous times in the 90s, most notably by A Tribe Called Quest ("Buttter-Hip Hop Mix"), and more recently bu Nujabes featuring C.L. Smooth ("Sky Is Falling").

An exclusive edit was recently reissued by Expansion on 7” alongside the group’s 1980 album “Ladies Of The Eighties”, but the appetite remains for the full length version of “Turned On To You” on 12” single, so here we have it in all its irresistible glory.

Mark LaRoi Cummings

Lots Of Love / Struggling Together

    A modern soul double header 7" that has become increasingly in demand is this gem by Marc LaRoi Cummings. Original copies on the Setting Sun label have been exchanging hands for £60 - £80 where they have become available. The original label, song writing and production is courtesy of former Motown artist Ronnie McNeir, now a member of The Four Tops, and always of interest to the soul community through the quality of his work on his own releases and for others. It was his first album on Ronnie's own Setting Sun label from 1985 that became Expansions first artist album release, while his label engaged with other artists such as Marc who worked with Ronnie as a backing singer on work with David Raffin ("Gentleman Ruffin") and The Four Tops (he co-wrote "Strung Out For Your Love")

    Justo Almario comes from Colombia, plays sax and flute. The first of his dozen jazz albums was recorded for Uno Melodic, largely composed and all produced by Roy Ayers. Before this solo album he recorded with Mongo Santamaria, Jon Lucian, Dom Salvador and then on sax for the first time with Roy Ayers on the 1976 album “Vibrations” which included “Searchin’”. He also played with James Mason on the album “Rhythm of Life” which included “Sweet Power Your Embrace”, then again with Roy on the “Lifeline” album which included “Running Away”. Demand for this album has grown in recent years through the aforementioned associations and for the stunning title track. Sandwiching that, a tasteful smattering of funk-flecked jazz tracks; which politely restrain its feral instrumental solos with lashings of head-nodding grooves and lip curling hooks.

    "Behind The Mask” was originally to be the second Incognito album. Still floating on the high of the success of their debut album “Jazz Funk”, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick started work on new material recruiting friends and strangers from London’s buzzing music scene. Where “Jazz Funk” in 1981 had by name and nature been achieved from the influence of Jazz Funk and Soul music that we had been listening to in the 70’s, “Behind The Mask” from has a strong leaning towards the harder Fusion trend of that time. Innocence and earthy tones were replaced by a bright and bold flurry of cascading arpeggios and screaming solos. Brass arrangements that had been created by singing a man a line were now leaping out of reams of paper scored by the wizard that is Richard Niles. However, still present and leading the charge was the unmistakable, funky, pulsating and irresistible bass lines of the late Paul “Tubbs” Williams.

    David Ruffin

    I Can't Stop The Rain / Questions

      Motown soul artist David Ruffin had one of the finest voices of the 60s and 70s, primarily as lead singer of The Temptations. He also recorded as a solo artist across three decades, and while still at Motown in 1977 recorded an album “In My Stride” with writers/arrangers/producers Van McCoy and Charles Kipps. Both the sides on this 7” release come from the album and are among the most enduring recordings by David the solo artist. “I Can’t Stop The Rain” has become increasingly more collectable on 7”, while “Questions” has never previously been available on 45.

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