In The Basement
SALSOUL ORCH.-Runaway (feat. LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY); Take Some Time Out For Love/ DONNA McGHEE-Mr Blindman/LOVE COMMITTEE-Just As Long As I Have You/JEAN CARN-Was That All It Was/SKYY-First Time Around/NOBLES-Jealousy/SKIP MAHONEY-Janice (Don’t Be So Blind To Love)/LOGG-I Know You Will/RAINBOW BROWN-Till You Surrender/FONDA RAE-Over Like A Fat Rat/INNER LIFE-Moment Of My Life/BARBARA MASON-Another Man/LEROY BURGESS-Heartbreaker/LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY-Love Sensation/CASHMERE-Do It Anyway You Wanna/ HAROLD MELVIN & the BLUE NOTES-Don’t Give Me Up/SWITCH-Keeping Secrets/YARBROUGH & PEOPLES-Don’t Waste Your Time; Today’s Your Lucky Day (feat. NIKKO)/TERRI WELLS-I’ll Be Around/SIMPLICIOUS-Let Her Feel It/PENNY FORD-Dangerous/GAP BAND-Big Fun
‘Jumpin’’, volumes one and two, were released in 1997 and ’98 and here Harmless revive the series to coincide with the label’s fifteenth anniversary. Two cds of what are described as ‘Original full-length classics from the disco underground’, the list of (mainly) Philly fun speaks for itself just from the titles above. Although this is essentially music for the feet, there’s plenty to enjoy from the comfort of one’s armchair and regular
readers are probably sick to death by now with reading my opinion of how much easier it is to appreciate this stuff away from the dance floor now, set against spartan, computerised productions and non songs, than it seemed to be back then. Self-indulgence forces me to spotlight personal favourites so, from cd one I’m going pick up on Love Committee’s ‘Just As Long As I Have You’, a 1978 Gold Mind recording; Skip Mahoney & the Casuals’ ‘Janice’, cut for Salsoul in 1980; the lady from Don Armando’s Second Avenue Rhumba Band, Fonda Rae and her Vanguard label stepper, ‘Over Like A Fat Rat’ - #22 on the ‘Billboard’ Hot Dance/ Disco chart in 1982; the similarly-slanted Jocelyn Brown-led ‘Moment Of My Life’ from Inner Life (#15 ‘Dance/Disco’, also 1982) and, of course, who couldn’t delight in Jean Carn’s ‘Was That All It Was’? Now that is a veritable classic! The second cd couldn’t open in better fashion than by way of Barbara Mason’s ‘Another Man’, with its twist on infidelity, written and produced by Butch Ingram. Add into the mix, ex-City Limits’ songstress, Terri Wells and her version of the Spinners’ ‘I’ll Be Around’ (#46 ‘Dance/Disco’, 1984), (Cavin) Yarbrough & (Alisa) People’s highly infectious ‘Don’t Waste Your Time’ - a #1 r&b hit - and Loleatta Holloway’s monumental ‘Love Sensation’, another #1, this time on the ‘Billboard’ Dance/Disco chart. Here’s to the next fifteen, Harmless!