OSW: non-purple minneapolis
This Old School Wednesday was a lot of fun for me, I gotta say. The emphasis this week is the Minneapolis vibe, with a twist: there’s no purple here, only the ones who grooved around him and vibed through Prince. May I present:
Old School Wednesday: The Non-Purple Minneapolis.
Many of these tracks were unreleased, and almost all but forgotten. Check it:
01 – TaMara and the Seen – Everybody Dance. The only single significantly played; there were really no hits after this single. Produced by Jesse Johnson.
02 – Mazarati – Suzy. Remember Mark Brown from Purple Rain?
03 – Jesse Johnson – Be Your Man.
04 – TaMara and the Seen – Affecttion [sic]. Guitar by Jesse. An absolute classic.
05 – Morris Day and the Time – Jungle Love.
06 – Mazarati – 100 MPH.
07 – Janet Jackson – You Can Be Mine. Guitar and production by Jellybean Johnson, the drummer from The Time. You gotta love it.
08 – Lisa Keith – I’m In Love. Lisa Keith was the premiere background vocalist back in the day for Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Think Alexander O’Neal’s Criticize. She had her own solo album, Walkin’ In The Sun.
09 – Lo-Key – More Ways Than One. Produced by Lance Alexander and Tony Tolbert, Flytetyme personnel.
10 – Lisa Keith – Love Isn’t Body, It’s Soul.
11 – Angel Grant – Hey You. From Perspective Records, Jam and Lewis’ first record label.
12 – Lo-Key – I Got A Thang For Ya. Also from Perspective Records.
13 – Lisa Keith/Janet Jackson – Making Love In The Rain. The principal vocalist on this track is Lisa Keith, but wasn’t really labeled as such on the single’s release.
14 – Janet Jackson – He Doesn’t Even Know That I’m Alive. Background vocals? You guessed it…Lisa Keith.
15 – Lo-Key – Hey There Pretty Lady. This track was on their album, “Where Dey At?”; however, the one you’re listening to was taken from a Flytetyme compilation and had a wonderful muted trumpet solo at the end. I can’t be quoted on this, but I believe it’s Herb Alpert.