|By CORNBREAD (188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 08:50 am:|
I just read the liner notes for the vinyl album "Melody of life" by Gwen McCrae.
This album was produced by Betty Wright and arranged by Betty & Eternity.
Who is Eternity ?
Betty signed the liner note as Betty Wright-McCray. Is McCray a husband's surname ? I thought she was married to King Sporty (Noel Williams).
|By Tony Russi (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 09:03 am:|
Hey Cornbread, how old is this LP?What label?Thanks for the info.
|By Eva (220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 09:32 am:|
Gwen McRae's "Melody of Life" has been re-issued on CD, together with "Something So Right". If you scroll down the following site you'll find it:
Both are very good albums!
These albums were originally released by Cat, a sublabel to Henry Stone's family of record labels T.K., Miami, Florida.
All the best, Eva
|By Tony Russi (18.104.22.168) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 09:48 am:|
Thanks Eva, I have the old LP "Something So Right" so I'll get the CD.I always thought Gwen McCrae was/is a great artist.
|By Randy Russi (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 09:53 am:|
Perhaps at the time of the lp Betty was not married to King Sporty, but to someone else.
I think on one of her lps she wrote something
to her husband Jerome.
|By Phil (126.96.36.199) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 11:59 am:|
Hi Tony, "Melody of life" is her last LP on Cat, from 1979.I've bought it recently on vinyl from dustygroove, they sell all the reeditions (vinyl) for less than $ 10.00 !
|By Reese (188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 02:07 pm:|
I think Eternity was the name of Betty's band at one time.
|By Wonder B (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 03:12 pm:|
Yes it's better to buy that Melody of Life as a reedition because the original is one of the rarest soul LP's there is... I guess it came out at the same time CAT was closing, which must be the reason why only a few copies remained...
Another very rare CAT LP is by a Band called TRAMA let by one Donna Allen (who might be the same D.Allen who later did some solo albums in the 80's and a minor hit 'Serious')
|By CORNBREAD (220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 08:16 pm:|
Hey Everybody: I've had the "Melody of life" album since it was released. I was just going through some of my albums this morning with the aim of finding some interesting topics to start a new thread on SD.
I seldom play this album because the only track that moves me is the ballad "Ease the pain". I know the rare groovers go crazy for "All this love that I'm givin'".
I had another read of the liner notes and note under "Thanks" ... To Jerome, my music takes so much of your time. I'll make it up to you (you know I will). I guess this is probably Jerome McCray her then husband.
Gwen McCrae and Betty Wright deserve a lot more attention.
|By Spookey (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 02:01 am:|
Did anyone buy that 2-CD of TK that was out last year? The cd had a great soul song by a girl but I don't know the title or the singer; does anyone?
|By Tony Russi (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 09:27 am:|
My faves from Gwen McCrae are "Move Me Baby" and "Damn Right Its Good".From Betty Wright "Secretary" & "Where is The Love". Its too bad that TK had such spotty promotion as there was a lot of talent there.TK was one of the last great independent record companys and as a Native Floridian we were very proud of them.
|By CORNBREAD (126.96.36.199) on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 09:48 am:|
Gwen has a truck load of tasty cuts. Love her "Love without sex", "For your love", "Rocking chair", "Starting all over again", "Funky sensation", "Keep the fire burning".
|By Rodmann (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 07:52 pm:|
Eternity was Betty's backing band in the late 70's. If I'm not mistaken I think that they even made some recordings by themselves.
I'm with you Cornbread, the best song on the LP is Gwen's 'Ease The Pain'. That's a bad assed slow jam ain't it? Whew! 'All This Love I'm Giving' is also a great tune that's considered a classic in Rare Groove circles in Europe. Gwen had SO MANY good tunes! My favorites include:
FOR YOUR LOVE
LET THEM TALK
HE KEEPS SOMETHING GROOVY GOING ON
LOVE WITHOUT SEX
DAMN RIGHT IT'S GOOD
KEEP THE FIRE BURNING
HAVE A GOOD TIME
And the list goes on and on and on! I couldn't possibly name all of her good tunes. This woman is bad! I love Betty Wright to death but Gwen was the REAL QUEEN of TK if you ask me.
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