Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Shalamar “Disco Gardens”


Disco Gardens
( LP Solar Records, 1978 )
Catalog # BXL1 2895

A1 Tossing, Turning And Swinging (5:47)
Written-By – E. Sylvers, J. Sylvers, L. Sylvers, R. Sylvers
A2 Shalamar Disco Gardens (3:44)
Written-By – J. Daniels
A3 Take That To The Bank (6:14)
Written-By – K. Spencer, L. Sylvers
B1 Stay Close To Love (3:49)
Written-By – H. Brown, L. Sylvers
B2 Leave It All Up To Love (3:46)
Written-By – M. Anthony, M. Bell, W. Bell
B3 Lovely Lady (5:36)
Written-By – K. Gardner
B4 Cindy, Cindy (2:56)

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By [Rhythm] – Dick Griffey , Gene Page , Leon Sylvers
Arranged By [Strings, Horns] – Larry Farrow (tracks: A1, B2, B3),
Wizard, The (10) (tracks: A2 to B1, B4)
Engineer – Brian Levi , Don Blake
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Mixed By – Steve Hodge
Producer – Dick Griffey , Leon Sylvers

Recorded at Star Track and Studio Masters
Mixed at Westlake Audio
Mastered at Capitol Studios

Uptown Festival was Shalamar’s first album, but Disco Gardens was Shalamar’s first worthwhile album. To say that there was a world of difference between the two might be an understatement. Much of Uptown Festival had a robotic, impersonal quality, and it was obviously the work of a manufactured studio act. But when Shalamar introduced its Jody Watley/Jeffrey Daniels/Gerald Brown lineup on its second album, Disco Gardens, it started feeling like an honest-to-God group with a real identity. This decent-to-excellent album had a pearl of a hit single in “Take That to the Bank,” and almost as appealing are the irresistibly funky “Tossin’, Turnin’, Swingin’” (which should have been a hit single as well) and the catchy “Shalamar Disco Gardens.” Although Howard Hewett had yet to join the group, Shalamar had developed a recognizable soul-pop sound. Disco Gardens turned out to be Brown’s only album with Shalamar, and in 1978, the arrival of his replacement, Mr. Hewett, would be the icing on Shalamar’s cake.
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

By Celo

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