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Friday, June 12, 2009

Paul Simpson, Barbara Roy, and the sound of the Paradise Garage

The 1982 12" release on on StreetWise Records by the Paul Simpson Connection, Use Me, Lose Me is a Garage classic. So is the Paul Simpson remix of Barbara Roy's Gotta See You Tonight from 1985.

Barbara Roy was a prominent vocalist in the 70's R&B group Ecstasy, Passion and Pain who had a string of hits including Ask Me and the Garage classic Touch and Go.

Paul Simpson had a fruitful career including working with the legendary Vince Montana on a Goody Goody record, "Let Me Work on You," R&B groups Deja and Surface, and even Rick James. Later he went on to produce and mix house music too. A couple noteworthy releases were collaborations with Adeva (Patricia Daniels). Musical Freedom (Free at Last) by Paul Simpson featuring Adeva and Adeva's house anthem Respect from 1988 which were highpoints in her dance output. Adeva later worked most often with Frankie Knuckles quite often but she never really broke big other then in the club scene.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

When is the Luther Vandross version not the best one? Georgy Porgy perhaps.


zip o Georgy

In 1978 Cheryl Lynn dropped from the heavens onto the stage of the Gong Show. She won and was soon in the studio with the brothers from Toto, David and Marty Paich who produced, arranged and played on her debut album. Which incidentally is one of the most impressive debuts in disco history.

They also brought Cheryl in to record the vocals for Georgy Porgy which David Paich incidentally wrote and included on their own debut l.p. This version remains the definitive version. An out and out disco classic. The mesh of the smooth vocals and the vocal supremacy of Cheryl Lynn is disco history on the jazz tip.

The next version by Charme with uncredited vocals by Luther Vandross was released in 1979 on RCA Records. Luther's voice is as always a rich cup of hot chocolate and the accompaniment of Deborah McDuffie is under-stated. But the package simply sounds flat and tame when held up against the Toto and Cheryl Lynn original. But this didn't stop the label from re-releasing it in 1982 with a Jonathan Fearing mix. At this point Luther Vandross had become a bona fide star in his own right.

A year later in 1980 Side Effect, best known for their own 1976 seminal disco classic, Always There, recorded their own version. It was produced by Wayne Henderson, another name for Roy Ayers. This solid version was released on Elektra and so therefore is not included on their Fantasy records greatest hits release. It too features over the top screaming female vocals but is a bit more R and B then Toto's disco version.