First thing’s first. This is where I’m gonna be this weekend. Austin, TX beware:
I’m takin’ my camera and computer, and
leaving my work at home for the first vacation this year. There will be plenty of pictures, so watch for it. If you’re around this weekend, hit me up. I’m down with whatever.
On with the flow. I do believe that this mix will go down as one of my favorites. I bring to you:
01 – Cherrelle – I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On. FlyteTyme Productions is in the house as they light up this track complete with synth solos, percussion takes, and just an all around good time. Gotta love that video too.
02 – D Train – You’re The One For Me. Anything that James D-Train Williams and Hubert Eaves touched turned to gold in my opinion.
03 – Earth Wind & Fire – Fall In Love With Me. Side By Side made me realize just how much I liked the Powerlight CD. This was the leadoff single. The synth breakdown before the last chorus is classic.
04 – Fat Larry’s Band – Act Like You Know. This track is a party song with an absolutely funky bassline. Add a solid horn section and an infectious chant, and this is a song you won’t forget.
05 – George Benson – Inside Love. George Benson knocks it out of the box with this cut. (Name the producer, and you’ll understand why this cut is one of my favorites).
06 – Bernard Wright – Who Do You Love? (Extended). Remember this cut? Sure you do. Like Inside Love‘s arrangement, the female vocal is infectious.
07 – The Sylvers – New Horizons. Wayne and Moni got me hyped up mentioning The Sylvers some time ago. I had never heard this cut until they mentioned it, and now I completely understand why they both requested it. Props go out to both of them.
08 – 52nd Street – Tell Me How It Feels (Extended). From Children Of The Night. I’m a huge Loose Ends fan, so it stands to reason that I’m a fan of 52nd Street also. Produced by Nick Martinelli.
09 – Herbie Hancock – Stars In Your Eyes (Extended). Just last week, I received an email from Michael G. looking for a cut from 1980 with only one line from the chorus as a reference. A little investigation followed, and when I played this track I literally yelled, since I had not heard this cut in 25 years. An absolute, absolute classic. Shoutouts go to Michael G. and Michael A. for the love.
10 – Michael Franks & Brenda Russell – When I Give My Love To You. This cut was played constantly on the new age radio station WNUA in Chicago. From Skin Dive.
11 – Heatwave – All You Do is Dial. From Too Hot To Handle, smooth and mellow.
12 – Lenny White and Twennynine – Morning Sunrise. Yet another forgotten track from Lenny White.
13 – Rockie Robbins – You And Me. It’s all about CoachMVP, who reminded me about this track.
14 – Stacy Lattisaw – Let Me Be Your Angel. I had a conversation with no other than Todd Kelley, which brought up this track. I’ll let him elaborate.
Shoutouts go to Sharon T. and the Brooklyn Tech class of 1981. Enjoy.