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01 – Brainstorm – We’re On Our Way Home
02 – High Fashion – Hold On
03 – Jermaine Stewart – Jody
04 – Shalamar – My Girl Loves Me
05 – Vesta Williams – Once Bitten Twice Shy
06 – Gladys Knight & The Pips – Save The Overtime (For Me)
07 – Norma Jean Wright – Saturday
08 – Sting – If You Love Somebody (Set Them Free)
09 – Naked Eyes – Promises, Promises
10 – Steve Arrington – Last Nite/Nite Before
11 – Mica Paris – I Can’t Stop Loving You
12 – Madonna – Love Tried to Welcome Me
13 – Evelyn "Champagne" King – The Show Is Over (Feat. Dexter Wansel)
14 – Commodores – Sail On
Brainstorm got me grooving this week with We’re On Our Way Home, and I particularly like this groove because of its intensity that starts you nodding your head and has you energized by the end of the cut. Hold On is from another
Jacques Fred-Petrus creation, High Fashion (think Change and BBQ Band). High Fashion was a trio that consisted of a male vocalist Eric McClinton (who you may not be familiar with) and female vocalists Me’lisa Morgan and Alyson Williams (who you should definitely be familiar with).
Everyone should know about Jermaine Stewart. This cut, Jody, was written with no other than Jody Watley in mind. My Girl Loves Me by Shalamar is arguably one of the few great cuts released by Shalamar after the
departure of Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels.
Vesta’s Once Bitten Twice Shy is off of her debut album. Gladys’ wonderful Save The Overtime For Me segues nicely into Norma Jean Wright’s Saturday. If the name Norma Jean rings a bell to you, she should, as she was one of the lead singers of Chic. And yes, the cut was also produced by Nile Rodgers.
We then flip the script and drop some well known cuts, If You Need Somebody (Set Them Free) and Promises, Promises. Steve then drops Last Nite/Nite Before, a wonderful cut. Mica’s cut from the CD Contribution is followed by Madonna’s cut from Bedtime Stories, Love Tried To Welcome Me, produced by Dave Hall. Evelyn’s smooth cut The Show Is Over is followed by one of those cuts that make you sway back and forth, Commodores’ Sail On.