During their most commercially successful years, Heatwave were a band that crossed many borders, laying claim to such international hits as Boogie Nights , Gangsters Of The Groove, Too Hot To Handle, The Groove Line and Always And Forever, all having a huge impact on both sides of the Atlantic. The members of Heatwave hailed from all over the Globe, making this group a truly international act in every sense and contributing to their unique and highly influential sound.
Few artists can fuse genres as effortlessly as Linda Lewis. Gifted with an incredible 5 octave vocal range, her unique sound contains elements of Folk, Soul, Pop and Rock and has won the admiration of artists from Stevie Wonder to Paul Weller, Jamiroquai and Noel Gallagher, who Linda recently recorded backing vocals for.
Born and raised in North Philadelphia, PA, Grammy Award Winner, BILLY PAUL began singing at the age of 12 and sometimes performed on local radio shows. Drawing inspiration from his family’s collection of 78’s, BILLY PAUL would incorporate Jazz, R&B and Pop into his style, resulting in a unique sound that became synonymous with Philadelphia International Records.
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the hugely influential Philadelphia International Records. To mark this, and following our reissue of some of the labels other acts such as the Three Degrees, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and the O’Jays, we are pleased to present an album from one of the most identifiable voices of the Philly Sound. Billy Paul is a Grammy Award winning soul singer, most noted for his R&B #1 "Me & Mrs Jones”. EBONY WOMAN is a delightful Gamble & Huff produced 1970 album, which was later re-released in 1973. This BBR reissue sees the original artwork being used for a CD release for the first time.
BBR are thrilled to present the 40th Anniversary Edition of Circle of Love in a deluxe super jewel case, expanded and remastered, featuring a new interview with Kathy Sledge and ten bonus tracks. The disco era’s most famous “family”, Sister Sledge went from promising success in Europe to phenomenal mainstream success in 1979 with the platinum-selling Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards-helmed (Chic) album WE ARE FAMILY. ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’, ‘Lost in Music’ and ‘We Are Family’ remain classic anthems in disco’s final years before sustaining respectable hits through to the mid-80s.
RARE GLORIA GAYNOR ATLANTIC ALBUM DEBUTS ON CD IN ORIGINAL FORM! Grammy Award winner and Hall of Famer, GLORIA GAYNOR was born on the 7th of September 1949 in Newark, N.J. and sang as a young girl in her school choir, mixed chorus and her school’s girl glee club. While she knew she one day wanted to have a career in music, GLORIA GAYNOR still went to school with the aim of having something to fall back on and studied beauty and business courses.
Shalamar’s Friends was one of the biggest and most celebrated classic soul albums of the 1980s. BBR is proud to present the first ever deluxe edition of the album. Shalamar was formed in 1977 by Dick Griffey, the booking agent for the legendary R&B TV show Soul Train, and British music producer, Simon Soussan. Initially they used faceless session musicians but when their first single, ‘Uptown Medley’ (R&B #10 / Pop #25) found chart success Griffey created a permanent group.
Maria del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza, professionally known by her stage name CHARO, is a Spanish-American actress, singer, comedienne and flamenco guitarist who was well known for her flamboyant style and her catchphrase "Cuchi-Cuchi.” Having married Latin superstar Xavier Cugat in 1966, who had taken Charo on as his protégé, this all round performer racked up a multitude of film and television appearances (alongside her musical career - she was voted Best Flamenco Guitarist twice in Guitar Player Magazine) throughout the 60's and 70's which helped to make her a household name in the U.S.A. Charo even had a spell headlining her own shows in Las Vegas.
In 1978 GLORIA GAYNOR released her 6th studio album, "LOVE TRACKS” on Polydor Records, now fully remastered and repackaged by BBR! "LOVE TRACKS” features some of the best musicians of the time including Paulinho Da Costa on percussion and Wah Wah Watson on guitar while production duties were left in the capable hands of Dino Fekaris. · "LOVE TRACKS” contains the million-unit selling chart topper, ‘I Will Survive’, originally a B-side to Gloria’s cover of ‘Substitute’.
The original Queen of Disco's first album makes it's international CD debut as the first release on new label Big Break Records. Never Can Say Goodbye features the genre-defining hits singles Honey Bee , Never Can Say Goodbye and Reach Out I'll Be There as well as additional UK hit All I Need Is Your Sweet Loving . The album made the top 40 in the USA, UK and Sweden upon it's original release. It was also the first to be remixed and segued by the legendary Tom Moulton, inventing the 12" remix along the way.