Unity & The Downbeats – Love Dream / High Voltage
- Fantasy Love
- UK - Reissue
Originally recorded in the spring of 1968, ‘Love Dream’ by ‘Little Jimmy Shaw & The Starlets’ would find itself as the first release on Queens imprint, ‘Sound of Selma’ a subsidiary of ‘Star-Take’ productions. Love Dream, written by James Shaw, was arranged & performed with the in-house backing band ‘Ray Brown & The Soultones’ with the ‘Starlets’, a female backing trio. The jazzier, smoother rendition was informed by a musical shift in the mid 70s, transforming what originally was recorded as an R&B track, to a sleek cut fronted by Jimmy's wife Maureen. Jimmy & Maureen, collectively known as Unity, were backed by the Downbeats, an 8-piece NYC funk group who aligned their name with the Jazz & Blues imprint, Down Beat. The new take on ‘Love Dream’ & ‘High Voltage’ were recorded at the same session in 1976, at Soul Sound Studios in Englewood, NJ. A studio owned by Joseph Robinson & his wife Sylvia of 'Mickey & Sylvia' who formed 'All Platinum Records' prior to establishing 'Sugar Hill' in late 90s, home to the Sugar Hill Gang. The tracks were mastered & pressed, in a run of less than 500, at ‘Trutone’, a production house that ran its own label as well as catering for independent... more.
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