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This 1988 Motown Special Products 12″ features Rick James’ #1 Dance and R&B hit “Give It To Me Baby” backed with the Mary Jane Girls’ “Candy Man”.
The 12″ release of “In My House” from the Mary Jane Girls features a 5:00 12″ version and a 7:16 instrumental. Written, arranged & produced by Rick James.
This German 12″ features Rutger “Rutti” Kroese’s 12″ edit of “Spend The Night With Me” backed with an instrumental. It comes from the 1985 album “Glow”.
“Candy Man” by the Mary Jane Girls is featured on this 12″ in extended, edit and instrumental versions. It was written, arranged & produced by Rick James.
In 1983, Rick James topped the R&B singles chart for 6 weeks with “Cold Blooded”. This 12″ release features the album version and instrumental.
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.
This 12″ promo release features remixes of “Are You Ready” by Rosie Gaines with Francis Jules. Rosie also co-wrote and produced the track.
Brownmark wrote, produced and arranged “I’ve Been Watching You” for Chico Debarge in 1987. The 12″ release features extended and dub versions.
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.
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.
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’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.
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…
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.
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.
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 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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.