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Upcoming Slate from Big Break Includes Edwin Starr, Patti LaBelle and More

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Cherry Red’s Big Break Records imprint has been the busiest arm of the U.K. reissue label group’s roster by far. Joe filled you in on the expanded edition of Melba Moore‘s first album for Epic in 1978, but there are 11, count ’em, 11! new reissues on the slate between now and March.

Of the artists covered in the latest batch, Patti LaBelle and Jon Lucien each have the most – two albums each – being reissued. For LaBelle, it’s her first and third solo albums originally released on Epic, 1977’s Patti LaBelle and 1979’s It’s Alright with Me. Each of them are augmented with single edits and instrumental tracks. For Lucien, the underrated jazz vocalist from the Virgin Islands, his first two albums for RCA, I Am Now (1970) and Rashida (1973) (the latter a two-time Grammy nominee), will be released. Bonus single edits will complement these discs as well.

Also on the horizon are releases by Edwin Starr, The Three Degrees, The Brothers Johnson, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Marlena Shaw and more. All of them have bonus tracks, including non-LP B-sides and alternate mixes. They all have different release dates, of course, with dates even varying between the label and Amazon. (The Edwin Starr set, for instance, is listed by BBR as having been released last week, but Amazon’s street date is tomorrow.) You can see BBR’s release dates in the link from the first paragraph, while Amazon pre-order links will be available along with the descriptions of each title after the jump.

Edwin Starr, Clean: Expanded Edition (20th Century Records T-559, 1978 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0027, 2011)

  1. I’m So Into You
  2. Jealous
  3. Contact
  4. Storm Clouds on the Way
  5. Don’t Waste Your Time
  6. Music Brings Out the Beast in Me
  7. Working Song
  8. I’m So Into You (Single Version) (single A-side – 20th Century Records TC-2389, 1978)
  9. Contact (Single Version) (single A-side – 20th Century Records TC-2396, 1978)

Linda Lewis, Not a Little Girl Anymore: Expanded Edition (Arista AL-4047, 1975 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0028, 2011)

  1. (Remember the Days of) The Old School Yard
  2. It’s in His Kiss
  3. This Time I’ll Be Sweeter
  4. Rock and Roller Coaster
  5. (I’m) Not a Little Girl Anymore
  6. Love Where You Are Now (That I Need You)
  7. My Grandaddy Could Reggae
  8. I Do My Best to Impress
  9. May You Never
  10. Love, Love, Love
  11. Cordon Blues (U.K. B-side to “(Remember the Days of) The Old School Yard” – Bell 1405, 1974)
  12. Walk About (B-side to “It’s in His Kiss” – Arista AS-0129, 1975)
  13. The Seaside Song (U.K. B-side to “Rock and Roller Coaster” – Arista 25, 1975)
  14. Baby I’m Yours (U.K. single A-side – Arista 43, 1976)
  15. The Other Side (U.K. single B-side – Arista 43, 1976)
  16. So Many Mysteries to Find (U.K. B-side – to “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter” – Arista 65, 1976)
  17. Winter Wonderland (U.K. promo single A-side – Arista 82, 1976)
  18. It All Comes Back to Love (U.K. promo single B-side – Arista 82, 1976)

Jon Lucien, I Am Now: Expanded Edition (RCA Victor LSP-4282, 197o – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0029, 2011)

  1. Dindi
  2. When I Look Into Your Eyes
  3. The Shadow of Your Smile
  4. Find Yourself a Lover
  5. Love for Sale
  6. My Cherie Amour
  7. I Am Now
  8. How Insensitive
  9. Who Will Buy?
  10. A Time for Us
  11. The Sound of Music
  12. Who Will Buy? (Single Version) (single A-side – RCA exact cat. # unknown, 1970)

Marlena Shaw, Sweet Beginnings: Expanded Edition (Columbia PC-34458, 1977 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0030, 2011)

  1. Pictures and Memories
  2. Yu-Ma
  3. Go Away Little Boy
  4. The Writing’s on the Wall
  5. Walk Softly
  6. Sweet Beginnings
  7. Look at Me, Look at You (We’re Flying)
  8. No Deposit, No Return
  9. Johnny
  10. I Think I’ll Tell Him
  11. Pictures and Memories (Single Version) (single A-side – Columbia 3-10589, 1977)

Tom Browne, Love Approach: Expanded Edition (GRP 5502, 1980 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR031, 2011)

  1. Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)
  2. Her Silent Smile
  3. Forever More
  4. Dreams of Lovin’ You
  5. Nocturne
  6. Martha
  7. Moon Rise
  8. Weak in the Knees
  9. Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.) (Single Version) (single A-side – GRP GS-2506, 1980)

Jon Lucien, Rashida: Expanded Edition (RCA Victor AFL1-0161, 1973 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0032, 2011)

  1. Kuenda
  2. Would You Believe Me
  3. Lady Love
  4. Luella
  5. Shana
  6. Satan
  7. Rashida
  8. The War Song
  9. Esperanza
  10. Love Everything
  11. Zenzile
  12. Lady Love (Single Version) (promotional single A-side – RCA APB0-0050, 1973)

Patti LaBelle, Patti LaBelle: Expanded Edition (Epic PE-34847, 1977 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0033, 2011)

  1. Joy to Have Your Love
  2. Funky Music (Sho Nuff Turns Me On)
  3. Since I Don’t Have You
  4. Dans Wit Me
  5. You Are My Friend
  6. You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover
  7. I Think About You
  8. Do I Stand a Chance
  9. Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine)
  10. Joy to Have Your Love (Single Version) (single A-side – Epic 8-50445, 1977)
  11. Dans Wit Me (Single Version) (single A-side – Epic 8-50510, 1977)

The Brothers Johnson, Winners: Expanded Edition (A&M SP-3724, 1981 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0035, 2011)

  1. The Real Thing
  2. Dancin’ Free
  3. Sunlight Teaser
  4. Caught Up
  5. In the Way
  6. I Want You
  7. Do It for Love
  8. Hot Mama
  9. Daydreamer Dream
  10. Welcome to the Club
  11. I’m Giving You All My Love
  12. The Great Awakening
  13. Funk It (Funkadelala)

Tracks 10-13 from Blast! (A&M SP-4927, 1982)

Evelyn “Champagne” King, I’m in Love: Expanded Edition (RCA Victor AFL1-3962, 1981 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0036, 2011)

  1. I’m in Love
  2. If You Want My Lovin’
  3. Don’t Hide Our Love
  4. What Are You Waiting For
  5. Spirit of the Dancer
  6. The Other Side of Love
  7. I Can’t Take It
  8. The Best is Yet to Come
  9. I’m in Love (Single Version) (single A-side – RCA PB-12243, 1981)
  10. If You Want My Lovin’ (U.K. Single Version) (single A-side – RCA 131, 1981)
  11. Don’t Hide Our Love (Single Version) (single A-side – RCA PB-12322, 1981)
  12. Spirit of the Dancer (Single Version) (single A-side – RCA PB-13017, 1981)
  13. I’m in Love (12″ Dance Mix) (12″ A-side – RCA PD-12244, 1981)

The Three Degrees, 3D: Expanded Edition (Ariola 3D-1 (U.K.), 1979/OL-1501 (U.S.), 1980 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0037, 2011)

  1. Jump the Gun
  2. Red Light
  3. Set Me Free
  4. Starlight
  5. My Simple Heart
  6. Without You
  7. Bodycheck
  8. Hot Summer Night (B-side to “My Simple Heart” – Ariola ARO-202 (U.K.), 1979)
  9. Jump the Gun (Single Version) (single A-side – Ariola ARO-183 (U.K.), 1979)
  10. My Simple Heart (Single Version) (single A-side – Ariola ARO-202 (U.K.), 1979)
  11. Without You (Single Version) (single A-side – Ariola ARO-208, (U.K.), 1979)
  12. Starlight (Single Version) (single A-side – Ariola ARO-228 (U.K.), 1980)
  13. Jump the Gun (12″ Long Version) (12″ A-side – Ariola AROC-183 (U.K.), 1979)
  14. My Simple Heart (12″ Long Version) (12″ A-side – Ariola AROD-202 (U.K.), 1979)
  15. Bodycheck (12″ Long Version) (12″ B-side – Ariola AROD-228 (U.K.), 1980)
  16. Set Me Free (12″ Long Version) (12″ B-side – Ariola AROD-228 (U.K.), 1980)

Patti LaBelle, It’s Alright with Me: Expanded Edition (Epic JE-35772, 1979 – reissued as Big Break Records CDBBR0038, 2011)

  1. It’s Alright with Me
  2. My Best Was Good Enough
  3. What Cha Doing to Me
  4. Love is Just a Touch Away
  5. Love and Learn
  6. Deliver the Funk
  7. Come What May
  8. You and Me
  9. Music is My Way of Life
  10. It’s Alright with Me (Single Version) (single B-side – Epic 8-50659, 1979)
  11. Music is My Way of Life (Single Version) (single A-side – Epic 8-50659, 1979)
  12. Music is My Way of Life (Instrumental) (12″ B-side – Epic 28-50664, 1979

Written by Mike Duquette

January 24, 2011 at 14:57

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