Sunday, 20 July 2014

“Nice And Slow” by JESSE GREEN (2014 Big Break Records (BBR) 'Expanded Edition' CD Remaster with 5 Bonus Tracks) - A Review by Mark Barry…

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Despite the two big Disco singles from his debut album both hitting the UK charts in 1976 with respectable positions of 17 and 26 (“Nice And Slow” and “Flip”) – the album itself didn’t arrive into UK shops until early 1977 - by which time the momentum was gone and so had been a bit of a vinyl obscurity ever since. Not anymore.

In a typically superb-sounding CD reissue and remaster by BBR of the UK (Big Break Records) – this CD update also boasts those desirable American 12" Disco Versions as part of its extended bonuses. Here are the big-collared details…

UK released July 2014 – "Nice And Slow" by JESSE GREEN on Big Break Records CDBBR 0274 (Barcode 5013929057432) is an ‘Expanded Edition’ CD Remaster with Five Bonus Tracks and breaks down as follows (62:27 minutes):

1. Nice And Slow
2. You Came You Saw You Conquered
3. The Greatest Love
4. Don’t Knock My Love
5. You're A Miracle
6. Highwaves Of The Sea
7. Flip [Side 2]
8. You Are The Star
9. Let's Get It On
10. Easy
11. Don't Let Me Down
12. Nice And Slow (Instrumental)  
Tracks 1 to 12 are the album "Nice And Slow" – originally released in Canada on Red Bus Tempo Records LRBTS-1 in 1976 – subsequently released in the UK on EMI Records EMC 3164 in February 1977.

13. Flip (Alternate Version)
14. Don't Knock My Love (Alternate Version)
15. Don't Let Me Down (Alternate Version)
16. Nice And Slow (12" Disco Version)
17. Flip (12" Disco Version)

This release will allow fans to sequence the following 7”s:
Nice And Slow (Vocal) b/w Nice And Slow (Instrumental) – July 1976 USA 7” on Scepter SCE 12424 and UK 7” on EMI Records EMI 2492.
Flip b/w Highwaves Of The Sea – October 1976 Canada 7” single on Red Bus Tempo Records RBT 100 and December 1976 UK 7” single on EMI Records EMI 2564. It was released in early 1977 in the USA on United Artists UA-XW955-Y.

The 16-page booklet has photos of those rare Scepter, Red Bus Tempo and United Artists sevens as well as foreign picture sleeves and great liner notes by Stephen Schnee (a California music journalist). But the big news as ever is the great sound quality – another top remaster by Wayne A. Dickson of BBR.

Originally a Vocalist with the 60’s Jamaican band The Pioneers – Jesse Green toured with Jimmy Cliff as a Drummer in the early Seventies before he latched onto the Disco fever of 1975 and 1976 for his solo debut. Outside of the two hits are nice smoochers like “Highwaves Of The Sea” while “Let’s Get It On” could have been another seven-inch fast-paced stepper. And “Don’t Let Me Down” is the Disco hit that never was. But the album belongs to the title track. Personally I dig the ‘Instrumental’ more with its Shaft high-hat intro and shuffling brass – it’s surely gonna get more spins than its Vocal A. And it has spiffing Audio now.

Not all genius by any means - but the good stuff is great – and that top muscular sound quality will ensure that fans need to own this…

PS: Big Break Records (BBR) CD Remasters I’ve reviewed to 2015:

1. Is It Still Good To Ya – ASHFORD and SIMPSON (1978)
2. Stay Free – ASHFORD and SIMPSON (1979)
3. Central Heating – HEATWAVE (1977)
4. Hot Property - HEATWAVE (1979)
5. Candles - HEATWAVE (1980)
6. Turnin' On - HIGH INERGY (1977)
7. Harvest For The World - THE ISLEY BROTHERS (1976)
8. Go For Your Guns - THE ISLEY BROTHERS (1977)
9. In The Heart – KOOL & THE GANG (1983)
10. I Hope We Get To Love On Time - MARILYN McCOO & BILLY DAVIS (1976)
11.  I Miss You - HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (1972) [known as "Harold Melvin The Blue Notes" in the UK]
12. Black & Blue - HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (1973)
13. Love Is The Message - MFSB (1973)
14. Universal Love – MFSB (1975)
15. All The Faces Of... - BUDDY MILES (1974)
16. For The First Time – STEPHANIE MILLS (1975)
17. I Can See Clearly Now - JOHNNY NASH (1972)
18. In Philadelphia - O'JAYS (1969)
19. Back Stabbers - O'JAYS (1972)
20. Ship Ahoy - O'JAYS (1973)
21. Down To Love Town – THE ORIGINALS (1977)
22. Ebony Woman - BILLY PAUL (1970 and 1973)
23. 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul - BILLY PAUL (1972)
24. War Of The Gods - BILLY PAUL (1973)
25. Platinum Hook – PLATINUM HOOK (1978)
26. Love For What It Is - ANITA POINTER (of The Pointer Sisters) (1987)
27. Live: Stompin’ At The Savoy – RUFUS and CHAKA KHAN (1983)
28. Summernights – SILVER CONVENTION (1977)
29. Smoked Sugar - SMOKED SUGAR (1975)
30. Spinners – SPINNERS (1973)
31. Soul Master – EDWIN STARR (1968)
32. Involved - EDWIN STARR (1971)
33. Switch - SWITCH (1978)
34 Watercolors – THE WATERS (1980)
35. Just As I Am - BILL WITHERS (1971)
36. Heartbeats – YARBROUGH & PEOPLES (1983)

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