Hed Kandi presents the Back To Love Anniversary Edition - a celebration of the music that gave birth to a whole generation of clubbing, indeed to Hed Kandi itself!
Love. Angel. Music. Baby. is the debut solo album by American singer Gwen Stefani. It was released on November 12, 2004, by Interscope Records. Stefani, who had previously released five albums as rock band No Doubt's lead singer, began recording solo material in early 2003. She began working on Love. Angel. Music. Baby. as a side project that would become a full album after No Doubt went on hiatus. Stefani co-wrote every song on the album, collaborating with various songwriters and producers including André 3000, Dallas Austin, Dr. Dre, the Neptunes and Linda Perry.
Whatever the reason that Betty Davis' Is It Love or Desire – also known as Crashin' from Passion – remained unreleased until 2009 no longer matters. Davis remembers a personal rift with Island's Chris Blackwell. Studio In the Country manager Jim Bateman (in Bogalusa, LA) claims the studio was never paid and therefore refused to release the masters to Island, etc. It makes no difference, because hearing this album, a ten-song set that was to be.
Back To Love celebrates the finest club classics that paved the way for a whole generation of music lovers. With a 90s revival in full swing and the sounds of the 80s still influencing new music, it's always time to wipe the dust off the 80s and 90s records we once loved. This album will bring back memories of legendary soul-infused house and hip hop anthems. Including vocally dominated anthems from Incognito & Jocelyn Brown, Degrees of Motion and Donna Summer as well as house classics from Nightcrawlers and Ultra Naté, Back To Love represents hip hop and house with the likes of Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and DJ EZ Rock.
A diverse and sparse series of songs, most of which revolve around falling out of love and disillusionment with the world in general. Although these themes could lead to Carnival Love being one of the most depressing albums ever, Amy Correia's fragile, singsong voice carries each track gently along, leaving the listener with an unshakable feeling of hope. Reminiscent of Mary Lou Lord or Victoria Williams, her little girl voice belies a worldly brashness and wry knowledge that lends itself well to her sparse poetry. A good first album which will surely lead to even more successful efforts in the future.
Two iconic 80s soul albums from the late, great CARL ANDERSON finally debut on CD. Both albums represent pure quality from the era with Absence With Out Love featuring one of soul musics signature tracks from the era, Buttercup, written by STEVIE WONDER. The title track also features a rare cameo appearance by another soul superstar, TEENA MARIE. Musicians on both these albums are a who's who from the period's top players including Freddy Washington on bass, Paul Jackson on guitar, the Seawind horns, Sonny Burke on keys and the John Barnes among the provider of lavish strings. The songwritinjg is exceptional and these two albums feature much of Carl's best work, including his duet with Vaneese Thomas (On An On), and the 80s boogie dance classic Don't Make Me Wait.