Shalamar – The 12″ Collection

ARTIST: Shalamar                         shalamar

TITLE: The 12 Inch Collection

YEAR RELEASED: 1995

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Top 10: Uptown Festival (#25 US, #10 R&B, #2 Dance, #30 UK), Take That to the Bank (#79 US, #11 R&B, #20 UK), The Second Time Around (#8 US, #1 R&B, #1 Dance, #45 UK), Right in the Socket (#22 R&B, #11 Dance, #44 UK), Make That Move (#60 US, #6 R&B, #30 UK), This Is for the Lover in You (#17 R&B), A Night To Remember (#44 US, #8 R&B, #15 Dance, #5 UK), I can Make You Feel Good (#102 US, #33 R&B, #7 UK), Dead Giveaway (#22 US, #10 R&B, #18 Dance, #8 UK), Dancing in the Sheets (#17 US, #18 R&B, #9 Dance, #41 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Deep disco fiends may know the rest

LINEUP: Jeffrey Daniel, Jody Watley, Howard Hewitt. Hewitt replaced Gerald Brown. Their last hit featured Micki Free and Delisa Davis instead of Watley and Hewitt. Gary Mumford was the original, original lead singer. Session players under the direction of Leon Sylvers played the tunes.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Disco, soul, funk vocal trio filled the dance floors for about six or seven years, and released some classics of the time.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Starting out as a Don Cornelius studio only joint, when Shalamar became popular, Cornelius and Agent Dick Griffey found a trio to go out and sing and record. Producer Leon Sylvers worked the magic, and the trio of Jeffrey Daniel, Jody Watley and Howard Hewitt became stars in their own right after the third record.

Mind you, the trio was hired more for their dance moves than anything, but they had vocal talent as well. Sylvers, along with others, were the main songwriters, but Shalamar was an efficient vehicle for his works.

This is a collection of their 12” singles, which sound great and give you a chance to enjoy Sylvers’ production more than anything. You’ll boogie on with this.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: After their big hit “Dead Giveaway”, most everyone jumped ship due to issues with management and their record company. “Dancing in the Sheets” was their last hit and without Sylvers the magic was gone.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No 

GRADE: A-: A good look at the disco / funk / R&B trend of the late 70’s and early 80’s..

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