Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam With Full Force ‎– I Wonder If I Take You Home (Remixes) (12″)

More seriously groundbreaking stuff on the New Jack Swing tip from 1985. Here with the remixes by Shep Pettibone and original collaborators Full Force. The Pettibone mix is the pick of the two with some added weirdness. (Posted this from Phone and realised half the write up was missing!!)

CBS ‎– QTA 6057

A I Wonder If I Take You Home (Shep Pettibone Re-Mix) 6:22
B I Wonder If I Take You Home (Full Force Re-Mix) 6:42

Simon Harris ‎– Bass (How Low Can You Go) (Canada 12″)

From the main man Simon Harris who was at the time releasing a beats and break albums for DJs. This was a huge hit back in the day. All the mixes are gathered together on this Canadian twelve. A bit of a classic from 1988 ! The B-side “The Playback” swings along at a lower tempo, a funky alternative!

FFRR ‎– 886 266-1

A1 Bass (How Low Can You Go) (Extended Version) 5:44
A2 The Playback 6:10
A3 Bass (How Low Can You Go) (7″ Version) 3:20
B1 Bass (How Low Can You Go) (Ragamuffin Remix) 6:10
B2 The Playback (Edit) 3:30
B3 Bass (How Low Can You Go) (Below Zero Remix) 4:58

Imagination ‎– Changes (12″)

That very distinct synth/funk groove of Imagination from 1982. With that tight production from Tony Swain And Steve Jolley. I think these are the full, 12 inch versions. That trademark bass sound is there. The B- side, “So Good So Right” doesn’t half sound great pumped up on the stereo. Enjoy!

R & B Records ‎– RBL 213changesfrontcov

A Changes 5:46
B So Good So Right 7:00

Aretha & Whitney ‎– It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be (12″)

Diva 3 and 4 from two massive, world famous Diva’s, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston (Aretha’s Godmother) joining forces on this 1989 release. Mixes are provided by Teddy Riley with Gene Griffin giving it that late 80’s swing beat. It was off Franklin’s “Through The Storm” album that contained a number of duets with James Brown, Elton John and The Four Tops. Backed by a rerecording of “Think” with an almost synthpop backing.

Arista ‎– 612 545a&Wfrontcov

A Aretha Franklin & Whitney Houston It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be (Extended Remix) 6:12
B1 Aretha Franklin & Whitney Houston It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be (Hip Hop Remix) 4:47
B2 Aretha Franklin Think 3:39

Jaki Graham – Step Right Up + The Megamix (12″)

Diva Number 2 and the slightly rockier pop dance of Jaki Graham. Here at the height of her popular she teams up with Heatwaves, Derek Bramble on the funky, “The Closest One.”

The Megamix brings the two together with previous hit, “Set Me Free” and was done by Les “Mix Doctor” Adams in a typical “cut and paste” style but with nice, “extras” thrown in.  There is a definite feel of Level 42 here.

EMI ‎– 12JAKIX 9jakifrontcov

A Megamix 6:55
A.a Set Me Free
A.b The Closest One (Duet With Derek Bramble)
A.c Step Right Up
B1 Step Right Up 4:01
B2 The Closest One (Duet With Derek Bramble) 4:37

Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine ‎– 1-2-3 (12″)

Three Diva-led 80’s Cheese Anthems tonight.

Re-recorded early stuff was released in 1987 to fuel the renewed interest in the band, which had been around since the late 70’s. Utilizing the latest musical tech the founding members, Clay Ostwald,  Emilio Estefan, Jr (with wife Gloria) and Jorge Casas, teamed up with production trio, The Jerks. (Joe Galdo, Lawrence Dermer and Rafael Vigil) Lively Latin Dance with quite a lot of synth going on, all these special versions are on the best-selling album, “Let It Loose.”

Epic ‎– 652958 6gloriafrontcov

A 1-2-3 (Extended Version) 4:32
B1 1-2-3 (Instrumental) 3:36
B2 Surrender (Remix) 4:05