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Getting Next To You (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: KALITA 12004. Rel: 13 Jul 18
Disco/Reediciones
  1. Getting Next To You (5:30)
  2. Party Life (instrumental) (6:25)
  3. Party Life (6:25)
  4. Jazzman (3:32)
  5. Callin' Me (4:48)
Review: Kalita Records are proud and honoured to announce the first ever official reissue of the four choice tracks from Randolph Baker's privately pressed sought-after 1982 disco album 'Reaching For The Stars', plus an unreleased instrumental take of 'Party Life' sourced from the original 24-track analogue master tapes.

Originally recorded at Jim Morris and Rick Miller's Tampa-based Morrisound Studios, 'Getting Next To You' features both a mixture of both local Florida talent plus jazz superstar Nat Adderley and bassist John Lamb at their finest. Originally pressed in a limited run of just one-thousand copies, with no distribution and most copies being sold in the local city and on Randolph's own merchandise table at the back of live gigs, original copies have long been sought-after by both collectors and DJs alike, acknowledged as a true grail and masterpiece in the disco scene and deservedly demanding extortionate figures to those lucky enough to find their own.

Here, in collaboration with Randolph, Kalita Records have chosen to re-release the four choice tracks from the album: 'Getting Next To You', 'Jazzman', 'Callin' Me' and 'Party Life'. The former is an in-demand horn and chant-filled disco masterpiece, which, as Randolph explains, concerns unity and "everyone on the same level in other words, everyone just loving life". It is arguably the song that Randolph is most well-known for in the disco and funk scene and perfect for the modern discerning dance floor. 'Jazzman' is an instrumental track with prominent trumpet and saxophone solos working with funky basslines to produce a truly great jazz-funk groove. It was "a tribute to Nat Adderley and Duke Ellington's bass player, John Lamb, for being so generous and saying yes to the project". 'Callin' Me' is a soulful disco number featuring the lead vocals of Laurie Erickson and is "about being on the road and ensuring loved ones that you will always come back home no matter what. It was like a promise to ensure loved ones they didn't have to worry". Lastly, 'Party Life' is a joyous disco track with a strong funk bassline and horns. As Randolph recalls, it "was the joy like after an actor finishes a movie. There was nothing but joy. It's finished; let's celebrate big time. Where everyone in the studio yelled at the top of their lungs - The End!" Here, with access to the 24-track master tapes we have been able to include the original version plus an unreleased instrumental take, allowing us to focus on the infectious bassline and make it even more ready for the modern dance floor.

Accompanied by extensive interview-based liner notes and never-before-seen photos.
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This Ain't Really Love
Cat: KALITA 12005.
Disco/Reediciones
  1. This Ain't Really Love (2:00)
  2. Check It Out (The Mighty Zaf edit) (2:00)
Review: Kalita Records are proud and honoured to announce the first ever official reissue of the Sophisticated Ladies' sought-after 1980 New York disco single 'This Ain't Really Love', backed by a Mighty Zaf extended edit of their 1977 release 'Check It Out'. Accompanied by interview-based liner notes, here the single is available in its true 12" format, saving collectors and DJs alike from spending triple-digit figures on an original copy.

First formed in 1955, the Sophisticated Ladies started out as the R&B girl group The Bobbettes. The group were signed to Atlantic and were best known for their 1957 hit single 'Mr. Lee', which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Pop singles chart and remained #1 on the R&B chart for four weeks. They hold the claim to be the first girl group to score both a #1 R&B song and a top ten in the national singles chart.

By the mid-1970s and with the emergence of disco, the Bobbettes created an alter ego, the Sophisticated Ladies. Singer Emma Patron remembers that The Bobbettes' success with 'Mr. Lee' had been both a blessing and a curse - on the one hand it had provided them with international fame, yet by the 1970s it had become a constant weight and drag upon the group, typecasting their sound and inhibiting their development as artists. As the group's co-manager and co-producer Joe Webb recalls, "when we changed the name and gave the band a more soulful, disco sound, it made a huge difference".

The Sophisticated Ladies released two singles between 1977 and 1980, they toured the southern states of America (whilst also touring internationally as the Bobbettes) and received radio airtime throughout the country. Here we present their scarce, choice cut 'This Ain't Really Love' with Love Vinyl's The Mighty Zaf re-working their version of Bobby Womack's 'Check It Out' on the flip, two essential slices of high class disco.

The Sophisticated Ladies (by this time consisting of Emma, Laura and Reather) released two singles between 1977 and 1980. They toured the southern states of America (whilst also touring internationally as the Bobbettes) and received radio airtime throughout the country. Here we have chosen to highlight their scarce, choice cut 'This Ain't Really Love' and have invited The Mighty Zaf to re-work their version of Bobby Womack's 'Check It Out', making it perfect for modern disco dancing.
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