Posts Tagged ‘Motown Records’

Blake & Hines (1986) Sherry 12″

Blake & Hines (1986) Sherry 12"

This promo 12″ release from Blake & Hines features 12″, 7″ and Dub versions of their track “Sherry” along with “Movie Queen” from their 1986 self-titled LP.

Rosie Gaines (1995) Are You Ready 12″

Rosie Gaines (1995) Are You Ready 12"

This 12″ promo release features remixes of “Are You Ready” by Rosie Gaines with Francis Jules. Rosie also co-wrote and produced the track.

Chico DeBarge (1987) I’ve Been Watching You 12″ Promo

Chico DeBarge (1987) I've Been Watching You 12" Promo

Brownmark wrote, produced and arranged “I’ve Been Watching You” for Chico Debarge in 1987. The 12″ release features extended and dub versions.

Chico DeBarge (1986) Talk To Me 12″ Promo

Chico DeBarge (1986) Talk To Me 12" Promo

This 12″ promo of “Talk To Me” from Chico Debarge features a 12″ version remixed by Skip Drinkwater and Paul Fox along with LP and edit versions.

Dazz Band (1984) Let It All Blow 12″

Dazz Band (1984) Let It All Blow 12"

In 1984, the Dazz Band hit the charts with a different sound in “Let It All Blow”. The Long Version and Instrumental found on this 12″ expands on the sonic goodness of the 5:50 album track.

Stevie Wonder (1984) Motown YesterYear Series 7″

Stevie Wonder (1984) Motown YesterYear Series 7"

This Motown YesterYear 7″ features Stevie Wonder’s #1 hit “I Just Called To Say I Love You” & Top 20 “Love Light In Flight”, his 40th & 41st Top 40 hits.

Chico DeBarge (1987) Kiss Serious 7″

Chico DeBarge (1987) Kiss Serious 7"

Chico Debarge’s “Kiss Serious” was the third single from his album of the same name. The single only charted at R&B reaching a peak of 53.

Lushus Daim & The Pretty Vain (1985) More Than You Can Handle 12″ Promo

Lushus Daim & The Pretty Vain (1985) More Than You Can Handle 12" Promo

Here’s a request that I am just getting around to filling. As I’ve said before, I work very slowly. Sadly, no picture sleeve for this one…

Vanity (1984) Pretty Mess GER 12″

Vanity (1984) Pretty Mess GER 12"

This 12″ vinyl rip of “Pretty Mess” by Vanity features extended & instrumental tracks that are vinyl-only. It was Vanity’s first solo Top 20 R&B hit.

Bobby Nunn (1982) She’s Just A Groupie 12″ Promo

Bobby Nunn (1982) She's Just A Groupie 12" Promo

Motown veteran Bobby Nunn enjoyed some chart success of his own in 1982 with the Top 20 R&B hit “She’s Just A Groupie”. Nunn had previously worked with Rick James on Rick’s early Motown albums. He wrote or co-wrote most of the songs for the 1979 ‘Splendor’ album which featured Bobby, his brother Billy and Phillip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire. Motown released two Bobby Nunn albums, ‘Second To Nunn’ in 1982 and ‘Private Party’ in 1983. The Jets 1987 Top 5 pop hit “Rocket 2 U” was written and produced by Nunn.

Mazarati (1989) The Woman Thang 12″ Promo

Mazarati (1989) The Woman Thang 12" Promo

Post-Mazarati… band members Tony Christian and Marv Gunn formed The Wild Pair. The Wild Pair dueted with Paula Abdul on “Opposites Attract” and were credited as MC Skat Kat in the music video. They also provided background vocals on “Forever Your Girl” and “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me.”

Brownmark (1989) Luv Touch 12″ Promo

Brownmark (1989) Luv Touch 12" Promo

Brownmark kept himself busy for several years after departing The Revolution. He completed and released two solo albums and produced numerous artists including Mazarati, Chico DeBarge, Teen Dream, Lakeside, Stacy Lattisaw and Troop. Today’s 12″ is the second of three singles released from his second solo LP ‘Good Feeling’.

Mazarati (1989) The Saga Of A Man 12″

Mazarati (1989) The Saga Of A Man 12"

The legend of Mazarati usually begins and ends with their “participation” in the development of Prince’s #1 smash hit “Kiss”. Prince gave producer Brownmark and the band a bluesy little demo that the band took and reworked into a hot, funky jam. After hearing what the band had done with the track, Prince took it back, added some guitar and vocals while keeping Mazarati’s background vocals intact. During the band’s time on Paisley Park Records, they released one LP and several singles. For the next LP they signed with Motown Records and brought Brownmark back in to produce along with Bernadette Cooper from Klymaxx. The result was, unfortunately, a very forgettable album that spawned 2 singles that didn’t chart on any major US singles charts. Today you have the opportunity to take a listen to the first single, “The Saga Of A Man”, in the 12″ format.

Brownmark (1989) Bang Bang UK 7″

Brownmark (1989) Bang Bang UK 7"

As with Wendy & Lisa’s “Lolly Lolly” last week, Brownmark, a former member of The Revolution, was able to get some support from Prince in 1989. “Bang Bang” is a single from Brownmark’s second solo effort ‘Good Feeling’. Prince contributed background vocals while Levi Seacer, Jr. wrote and produced the track.

Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson (1988) Get It EUR 12″

Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson (1988) Get It EUR 12"

But I’ve got the very thing that she needs, True love forever after, Then no more will she say.
That no one’s gonna get it, No one’s gonna get it, oh no, But someone’s gotta get it, And I feel that I will be the one who will.

Rick James / Mary Jane Girls (1983) U Bring The Freak Out / Boys 12″ Promo

Rick James (1983) U Bring The Freak Out 12'' Promo

Hey girl, before I met you I was so shy, I didn’t smoke, drink or like to party. But then you showed me how to get high, and release myself. Hey girl, you taught me how to rock and roll, now look at me I’m out of control. U brought the freak out in me baby. Now can’t you see? Baby baby, yo baby. U bring the freak out in me.

The Temptations Featuring Rick James (1982) Standing On The Top UK 12″

The Temptations Featuring Rick James (1982) Standing On The Top UK 12''

Standing on the top, top, On the top getting down, yeah, Standing on the top (Yeah), top, On the top getting down, Temptations sing

Standing on the top, top, Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, Standing on the top, top, Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Today (1988) Him Or Me 12″

Today (1988) Him Or Me 12"

The A Side: Him Or Me (12″ Version), 7:58. The B Side: Him Or Me (Radio Edit), 4:22. Him Or Me (Dub), 8:07. Him Or Me (Bonus Beats), 2:58.

Vanity (1984) Pretty Mess 12″

Vanity (1984) Pretty Mess 12"

This 12″ vinyl rip from Vanity features extended tracks of “Pretty Mess” and “Mechanical Emotion”. “Pretty Mess” was Vanity’s first solo Top 20 R&B hit.

Brownmark (1988) I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love 12″

Brownmark (1988) I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love 12"

I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love (Radio Mix), 3:30. I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love (Club Mix), 5:04. I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love (Instrumental), 4:12. Stakeout, 3:25.

Stevie Wonder (2005) So What The Fuss 12″

Stevie Wonder (2005) So What The Fuss 12"

Stevie Wonder’s “So What The Fuss” with Prince on guitar. The b-side remix “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” is from the ‘Motown Remixed’ compilation.

Lionel Richie (1986) Love Will Conquer All 12″

Lionel Richie (1986) Love Will Conquer All 12"

This 12″ vinyl rip of “Love Will Conquer All” by Lionel Richie features remixes by Shep Pettibone. The single was a #1 AC hit and a Top 10 Pop hit for Richie in 1986.

Commodores (1985) Nightshift 12″

Commodores (1985) Nightshift 12"

The single “Nightshift” came from the last album the group recorded on the Motown record label. It was the 2nd album the group did after the departure of Lionel Richie in 1982. The Commodores put this song on the top of the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart in early 1985 and stuck it there for 4 weeks. The performance also earned them their first Grammy.

Stacy Lattisaw – Nail It To The Wall 12″

Stacy Lattisaw - Nail It To The Wall 12"

Stacy Lattisaw’s 12″ release of “Nail It To The Wall” was produced & remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez. It was the 1st single from ‘Take Me All The Way”.

Brownmark – Next Time 12″ Promo

Brownmark - Next Time 12"

The A Side: Next Time (12″ Remix) 5:48 Next Time (7″ Remix) 4:10 Next Time (Instrumental) 3:32 The B Side: Next Time (Bass Player Mix) 6:56 Next Time (DJ Delight) 3:09 Next Time (Stakeout) 3:25 The Brief: Bassist Mark Brown, renamed Brownmark by Prince, joined The Revolution in 1982 after the departure of Andre Cymone. […]

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