Tag Archives: Ashford and Simpson

ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-HIGH RISE.

ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-HIGH RISE. By 1983, Ashford and Simpson were about to release their eleventh album, High Rise. It was their second album for their new record label Capitol Records. High Rise was also the followup to their 1982 concept album Street Opera, which dealt with the problems couples face in economically tough times. Street Opera dealt …

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME 2-COMPILED BY PAUL PHILLIPS.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME 2-COMPILED BY PAUL PHILLIPS. It doesn’t seem like a year since Red Greg compiled the first installment in the Under The Influence series. Time it seems, does go far too quickly. During that time, I’ve reviewed many compilations, but Red Greg’s was one of my favorites of 2011. Given how good …

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CHAKA KHAN-NAUGHTY.

CHAKA KHAN-NAUGHTY. After Rufus released their sixth album Street Player in 1978, Chaka Khan decided the time was right to launch her solo career. Her peerless vocals played a huge part in the success of Rufus, resulting four of their albums being certified gold and 1977s Ask Rufus being certified platinum. Chaka’s solo career started …

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ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-SOLID.

ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-SOLID. Previously, I’ve written about two of Ashford and Simpson’s album 1982s Street Opera and 1983s High Rise. While both were commercially successful, the album that followed High Rise, would surpass both these albums and prove to be one of their most successful albums. This was 1984s Solid, which reached number twenty-nine in …

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JOHNNY D PRESENTS DISCO JAMMS VOLUME 1.

JOHNNY D PRESENTS DISCO JAMMS VOLUME 1. Nowadays, for anyone wanting to try to become a DJ, the equipment is very different to the equipment Johnny “D” DeMairo learnt his trade on. For the wannabe DJ, they can choose from CD decks, USB controllers with software like Traktor or if they’re traditional or old school …

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GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-ABOUT LOVE.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-ABOUT LOVE. By 1980 when Gladys Knight and The Pips released About Love, their career had stalled, with the group at a crossroads in their long and distinguished career. This run of hugely commercially successful albums began with their final album on Motown Neither One of Us and Lasted until 2nd Anniversary, …

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ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-HIGH RISE.

ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-HIGH RISE. Recently I wrote a review of Ashford and Simpson’s 1982 concept album Street Opera, which dealt with the problems couples face in economically tough times. They dealt with the problem how does a couple keep their love alive when money’s tight. The idea behind the album was the problems an ordinary …

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