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SOULMUSIC RECORDS SPOTLIGHT: THE DYNAMIC SUPERIORS

Three albums reissued:

THE DYNAMIC SUPERIORS/PURE PLEASURE

Authorized reissue of original Motown albums, the first time ever on CD, the initial two albums by the soulful vocal group THE DYNAMIC SUPERIORS, produced by Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson!

This release marks the first time complete Motown albums are being released on a Cherry Red-associated label

Based in Washington DC, THE DYNAMIC SUPERIORS (Tony Washington, Maurice Washington, George Spann, George Peterbark and Michael Maccalphin) spent several years performing before being signed to Motown in 1974 by then-label president Ewart Abner.

The group's first two albums, The Dynamic Superiors and Pure Pleasure, both released in 1975 were produced by the hit-making husband-and-wife team of Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, best known for Motown classics such as Ain t No Mountain High Enough, You're All I Need To Get By and Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing and for their production work at Motown with Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell among others.

THE DYNAMIC SUPERIORS were no strangers to controversy: lead singer Tony Washington was openly gay and seemingly, the first openly gay black recording artist, predating Sylvester and Carl Bean by a number of years. Washington sometimes performed in drag onstage, drawing a positive response from audiences when the group toured with the likes of Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5 in the U.S.

The group s self-titled Motown debut included the now-classic Shoe Shoe Shine, a Top 20 US R&B hit and the follow-up, Leave It Alone which reached No. 13 on the US R&B charts as well as the Ashford & Simpson chestnut, Don't Send Nobody Else (also recorded by Millie Jackson and Ace Spectrum). The second LP, Pure Pleasure included the dance hit, Face The Music, a Top 10 disco hit in 1975.

Notes by Soul Music.com founder David Nathan include quotes from his first 1975 interview with the group for Blues & Soul and 2010 reflections from co-producer and co-writer Valerie Simpson

01 Shoe Shoe Shine
02 Soon
03 Leave It Alone
04 Don't Send Nobody Else
05 Romeo
06 Star Of My Life
07 Cry When You Want To
08 I Got Away
09 One-Nighter
10 Release Me
11 Deception
12 Pleasure
13 Nobody's Gonna Change Me
14 Feeling Mellow
15 Face The Music
16 Hit And Run Lovers
17 A Better Way
18 Don't Give Up On Me Baby
19 Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing


YOU NAME IT Expanded Edition

Working with an array of top producers - including Brian Holland (of Holland-Dozier-Holland), Hal Davis (known for his hits with Jackson 5, Thelma Houston and others) and the top songwriting team of Marilyn McLeod & Pam Sawyer among others - the group’s third album YOU NAME IT kept the Dynamic Superiors in the public spotlight as the group found themselves on shows with the likes of The Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder.

Highlight tracks include the dance-oriented “Stay Away” and “I Can’t Stay Away (From Someone I Love),” the ballad, “If I Could Meet You” and the infectious “I Can’t Afford To Be Poor.”

Motown fans will be happy to see YOU NAME IT (released in 1976) making its worldwide CD debut. With notes by longtime UK-based Motown authority Sharon Davis, this expanded edition includes the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of the album’s lone U.S. single.

1. Stay Away
2. Looking Away
3. Many Many Changes
4. Before The Street Lights Come On
5. I Can't Stay Away (From Someone I Love)
6. Supersensuousensation (Try Some Love)
7. If I Could Meet You
8. I Can't Afford To Be Poor
9. I Can't Stay Away (From Someone I Love) (US Single) (Bonus Track)
10. Supersensuousensation (Try Some Love) (US Single) (Bonus Track)

GIVE & TAKE Expanded Edition

Released in 1977, GIVE & TAKE benefited from the production skills of Brian Holland of the famous Holland-Dozier-Holland team who co-wrote three of the album’s eight tracks as well as being the composer with his renowned partners of the Martha & The Vandellas’ classic, “Nowhere To Run,” given a new lease of life by the Dynamic Superiors on the LP.

Running at over nine minutes long, the group’s remake of “Nowhere To Run” was received a positive reaction from dance clubs on both sides of the Atlantic. Aware of the pre-release buzz on the track, Motown’s U.K. office decided to rename the album after the cut which was also released as a single in the U.S.

Other highlights included a soulful version of Stevie Wonder’s “All In Love Is Fair,” showcasing the vocal skills of pioneering openly gay lead singer Tony Washington and the group’s tight harmonies; and the uptempo dance-flavoured tracks, “You’re What I Need” and “All You Can Do With Love.”

• Motown fans will be happy to see GIVE & TAKE (the group’s final album for the label) making its worldwide CD debut. With notes by longtime UK-based Motown authority Sharon Davis, this expanded edition includes the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of “Nowhere To Run” and the single edit of “You’re What I Need.”

1. Happy Song
2. Give It All Up
3. Nowhere To Run
4. You're What I Need
5. All In Love Is Fair
6. All You Can Do With Love
7. Here Comes That Feeling Again
8. Once Is Just Not Enough
9. Nowhere To Run, Pt 1 (US Single 'A' Side) (Bonus Track)
10. Nowhere To Run, Pt 2 (US Single 'B' Side) (Bonus Track)
11.You're What I Need (US Single) (Bonus Track)

About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.
  
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