CD WANT LIST [Updated 02.01.2017]
[If you know that any of theses titles have be reissued on CD, ]


Soul
Philly Soul
Salsoul
Funk
Jazz/Funk
Blue-Eyed Soul
Chill Out Electronica
West Coast Soft Rock

About this list...

Since the release of the Compact Disc in the mid 80's, I've been replacing my most interesting vinyl albums by CDs. The vinyl collection is long gone except for some LPs that means a lot to me, - and I want them on CD!

Despite countless online searches - including some pretty obscure online stores, - the albums on the right seems to never have been re-issued on CD... anywhere!

One could of course argue that some of these titles are not among the respective artists overall best work, but they all bring back good funky memories to me, - and are therefore all classics... in my book anyway :-)

So, - if you by any chance have come across some of these titles on CD, I would greatly appreciate any info on where to obtain them.

What's in it for me? -- I hear you ask. Well, - other than bringing much happiness and musical joy into my life - you will certainly be credited on this page. Thanks!

The Delfonics

A big round of applause for...

Philippe Wynne: Wynne Jammin'Hans Georg Maier in Germany for providing me with Philippe Wynne's 1980 release Wynne Jammin'. Thanks a lot!

B.T. Express: 1980Thanks to Mathias in Stockholm, I've finally got the hard-to-get Jap. CD reissue of 1980 by B.T. Express in my collection. Kashif: Kashif IHe also provided me with Kashif's excellent 1983 debut album.

Michael in the US has provided me with what the doctor ordered; two mp3 injections of the 12" remix versions of "Always There" by Willie Bobo and "Pick Me Up, I'll Dance" by Melba Moore.

Dee Dee Sharp: Happy 'Bout the Whole ThingGeorge in the US has sent me a CD-R of the now deleted Jap. CD reissue of Happy 'Bout The Whole Thing by Dee Dee Sharp. Incl. her excellent cover of Stan Vincent's "O-o-h Child".

Tavares: Madame Butterfly Thanks to Rolf in Switzerland for the tip that EMI/Capitol Germany have reissued Tavares/Madam Butterfly on CD Aug. 04. Cold Fire: Cold Fire - 1981In the same series are Cold Fire/Too Cold and Mystic Merlin/Full Moon, together with several titles by Dayton, Sun and Brass Construction.

Thanks a lot to Francis in Belgium for sending me some much sought-after titles. Among them, Sisters Sledge hard-to-find CD Love Somebody Today.

Norma Jean: Norma Jean 1978Thanks to Andrew in Scotland for providing a CD-R of Norma Jean Wright's 1978 album Norma Jean. Classic Chic production and hard to find on CD. Passage: PassageAlso Lois Johnson's (Brothers Johnson)  gospel/funk solo effort Passage. Been looking for these two for ages.

Heatwave: Hot PropertyThanks to Gadzy in the US for providing me with mp3s made from CD of this long lost Heatwave album Hot Property.

Thanks to Dominique in France for providing me with a copy of the hard-to-find Jap. CD of For Those Who Love by Perry & Sanlin.

Reflections: Love On DeliveryThanks to Sönke in Germany for the Jap. CD reissues Love On Delivery by The  Reflections and Hot Property by Heatwave. Also a pretty good vinyl rip to CD of Revelation's Feel It.

Digital download from Amazon.comAtlantic/Rhino have finally gotten around to offer digital downloads of The Trammps' III, The Whole World's Dancing and Slipping Away. Also I Love To Dance and Taste The Music by Kleeer.

Digital download from Amazon.comAt The Top by Four Tops is finally available as Digital Download. Great Salsoul sound produced by the "The Harris Machine" in Sigma Sound Studios in Philly.

...And last but not least, thanks a lot to my good friends Valdas Bytautas in Lithuania and Costantino Amici in Italy for continuously providing me with some ultra cool and rare grooves... 

 

21st Creation: Break Thru (Gordy 1978)
Produced by: Willie Hutch, Mark Davis, Hal Davis, Brenda & Michael Sutton
A nice little soul/disco gem from one-album only 21st Creation. Break Thru contains arrangements by Gene Page and the minor hit "Tailback". I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but I still would like a CD, preferably from original master.

  Break Thru (Gordy 1978)  
Rance Allan Group: Smile (Stax 1979)
Produced by: Henry Cosby
Family vocal and instrumental soul/gospel group from Monroe, Michigan consisting of brothers Rance Allen (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Tom Allen (vocals, drums) and Steve Allen (vocals, guitar). Arguably not their best effort, but Smile contains the excellent "Where Have All Your Friends Gone" and "My Recipe For Love". which brings back good memories from my vinyl days :-) I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in quite good quality, but I still would like a CD, preferably from original master.

  Smile (Stax 1979)  
Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers: Funk Express (Source 1980)
Produced by: Chuck Brown
Early innovators of the Washington D.C. Go-Go Funk sound going all the way to the top of the R&B chart in 1979 with "Bustin' Loose" from the album of the same name. Their next album, Funk Express from 1980, is maybe slightly weaker than its predecessor, but still contains some great heavy Washington Go-Go Funk. I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in quite good quality, but I still would like a CD, preferably from original master.

  Funk Express (Source 1980)  
Dramatics: Do What You Wanna Do (ABC 1978)
Produced by: Various
Most of the Dramatics' back catalogue have been reissued on CD, but Do What You Wanna Do is still missing. It's maybe not among The Dramatics' greatest releases, but it contains a fantastic 7:30 version of Daryl Hall & John Oates' "Do What You Want, Be What You Are". For a great overview of The Dramatics' work, check out the two CD compilations Be My Girl - Greatest Hits Vol.1 and Say The Word - Greatest Hits Vol.2 (Hip-O 1999). Also, If you like their mid 70s ABC period, check out the 1995 CD release Mellow Drama (Groovesville Records), which was actually recorded in the mid 70s and shelved by ABC. Great stuff!
In 1978, ABC was sold to MCA and a lot of ABC releases from around that time have never been reissued on CD, possibly due to copyright issues or simply missing mastertapes. The ABC R&B and Rock catalog is today mostly owned by Geffen / Universal Music Group.

  Do What You Wanna Do (ABC 1978)  
Galaxy: Hot, Wet and Sticky (Arista 1978)
Produced by: Wayne Douglas Jr.
Don't know much about this one-album-only release by Galaxy, but I used to have it on vinyl back in the day and I would now like to add the album to my mp3 collection. Anyone?

  Hot, Wet and Sticky (Arista 1978)  
Hitchhikers: Hitchhikers (ABC 1976)
Produced by: Ralph Calabrese
Another forgotten/lost release from ABC Records. Don't know anything about this very nice harmony soul one-album-only effort by the Hitchhikers, but I've got it converted from vinyl to mp3 in quite good quality, and I would like a CD, preferably from original master.

  Hitchhikers (ABC 1976)  
Jac Holzman: Authentic Sound Effects Vol. 3 (Elektra 1976)
Produced by: Jac Holzman
Here's an obscure one; Jac Holzman -- founder of Elektra Records in 1950 --  released a bunch of sound effects vinyl albums back in the mid 60s. (Some of them were rereleased in the late 70s.) I want volume 3! As far as I know none of the volumes has been reissued on CD, so mp3 from vinyl would be fine.

  Authentic Sound Effects Vol. 3 (Elektra 1976)  
Al Hudson & The Soul Partners: Cherish (ABC 1977)
Al Hudson & The Soul Partners: Spreading Love (ABC 1978)

Produced by: Al Hudson
Another two releases lost in the MCA takeover of ABC in 1978. Before Hudson's success with his group One Way in the early 80s, he recorded 4 albums between 1977 and 1979 as Al Hudson & The Soul Partners/The Partners. Their 1979 and last album Happy Feet have been reissued on CD, but I want more! I've got both albums converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but I still would like a CD, preferably from original master.

  Cherish (ABC 1977)Spreading Love (ABC 1978)  
Imperials: Who's Gonna Love Me (Power Exchange 1978)
Produced by: Tony Silvester
A lost but absolutely great soul gem! The Imperials was the late 70s incarnation of Little Anthony & The Imperials and Who's Gonna Love Me is their only release as The Imperials. It's produced by Tony Silvester of Main Ingredient and contains the great "You Better Take Time For Love", "Do What I Gotta Do", plus the excellent title track. Somebody dig up the mastertape and reissue this on CD!

  Who's Gonna Love Me (Power Exchange 1978)  
Intruders: Energy Of Love (Philadelphia International 1974)
Produced by: Gamble & Huff
As the first group to score hits with the songwriting/production team of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, the Intruders played a major role in the rise of Philadelphia soul, but are sometimes lost in the shuffle amid better-known acts like the O'Jays or Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Energy Of Love is their last effort for the PIR label, but nevertheless a great effort of classy Philly Soul. I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but I still would like a CD, preferably from original master. It has actually been reissued on CD by Sony Japan, but I haven't been able to get my hands on it. A CD-R anyone?

  Energy Of Love (Philadelphia International 1974)  
Chuck Jackson: I Wanna Give You Some Love (EMI America 1980)
Produced by: Luther Dixon / Benjamin Wright
A lost soul gem by veteran Chuck Jackson, one of the first to successfully record Bacharach & David material in the 60s. I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but I still would like a CD, preferably from original master.

  I Wanna Give You Some Love (EMI America 1980)  
Jermain Jackson: Do Unto Others (Unreleased Motown 1975)
Produced by: Bobby Harris & Ron Tyson
In 1975 Jermaine Jackson recorded several songs with producers Norman Harris & Ron Tyson in Sigma Studios in Philadelphia  for an album to be entitled Do Unto Others. The album was never released, but I have 4 tracks which are all great stuff. Especially "Good for the Gander" which definitely sounds like a hit! ...to me anyway.

   
Teena Marie: Passion Play (Sarai 1994)
Produced by: Teena Marie
Released on Teena Maries's own independent label Sarai, the album is now deleted and quite hard to find for a reasonable price. I've got it converted from CD to mp3, but the quality is not that good. Anyone can provide me with a CD-R?

  Passion Play (Sarai 1994)  
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Now Is The Time (ABC 1977)
Produced by: Harold Melvin
After 4 successful albums on Gamble & Huff's PIR label, their lead vocalist Teddy Pendergrass left and Harold Melvin moved to ABC Records. Now Is The Time was their second for the label and sounds like Part 2 of their classic album Wake Up Everybody (PIR 1975). I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in pretty good quality, but I still would like a CD, preferably from original master.
In 1978, ABC was sold to MCA and a lot of ABC releases from around that time have never been reissued on CD, possibly due to copyright issues or simply missing mastertapes. The ABC R&B and Rock catalog is today mostly owned by Geffen / Universal Music Group.

  Now Is The Time (ABC 1977)  
Masqueraders: Love Anonymous (HBS/ABC 1976)
Masqueraders: Masqueraders (Bang 1980)

Produced by: Isaac Hayes
The Masqueraders origins dates back to the late 50s, but it wasn't until 1974 when they signed with Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul label (distributed by ABC), that they released their first album Everybody Wanna Live On which was reissued on CD in 2014. Their second album Love Anonymous came out in 1977 before they resigned with Bang Records in 1980 and released their final album The Masqueraders. I've got both albums converted from vinyl to mp3, but the quality is not that great.

  Love Anonymous (HBS/ABC 1976)
Masqueraders (Bang 1980)
 
Morning, Noon And Night (Roadshow 1977)
Produced by: Michael Stokes
Don't know much about this other than they were a six man band with one-album-only release on the United Artists subsiduary Roadshow label in 1977. Includes the minor UK club hit "Bite Your Granny". I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in pretty good quality, but I still would like a CD, preferably from original master.

  Morning , Noon And Night (Roadshow 1977)  
Mystique: Mystique (Curtom 1977)
Produced by: Bunny Sigler / Jerry Butler
The lone release from Mystique, featuring '70s-era Impressions lead singer Ralph Johnson, was reissued by Sequel Records UK in 2000 with 10 added bonus tracks. The album was recorded in both Philadelphia (by Bunny Sigler and his backup band Instant Funk) and Chicago (by Jerry Butler). I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but can anyone provide me with a CD-R of the expanded 2000 CD reissue?

  Mystique (Curtom 1977)  
Danny Pearson: Barry White Presents Mr. Danny Pearson (Unlimited Gold 1978)
Produced by: Barry White
Barry White produced teenager Danny Pearson's 1978 debut album, which has become a soft soul classic. White utilized the same studio band he used on his own million-selling hits as well as the talents of his friend, arranger Gene Page. Someone reissue this on CD, please!

  Barry White Presents Mr. Danny Pearson (Unlimited Gold 1978)  
Private Lives: Prejudice And Pride (EMI 1984)
Produced by: Pete Schwier
Maybe a bit dated and lost in the 80s, but I still find it quite nice. A bit of jazz and funk wrapped in a synthesized new wave package. Not unlike Spandau Ballet or ABC. Mid 80s blue eyed soul if you will. Including the minor hit "Living in a World (Turned Upside Down)" in addition to the excellent title track. I've got it converted from vinyl to mp3 in quite good quality, but I would still like a CD, preferably from original master.

  Prejudice And Pride (EMI 1984)  
People's Choice: Turn Me Loose (PIR 1978)
Produced by: Roland Chambers
People's Choice was formed in 1971 in Philadelphia by Frank Brunson and David Thompson. They released 6 albums between 1975 and 1984. The first 3 and most interesting ones was on Gamble & Huff's PIR label. Their biggest hit was the instrumental "Do It Any Way You Wanna" from the excellent debut album Boogie Down USA which has been reissued on CD. I've got it converted from vinyl to mp3 in quite good quality, but I would still like a CD, preferably from original master.

  Turn Me Loose (PIR 1978)
 
Revelation: Revelation (RSO 1975)
Produced by: Norman Harris
Revelation: Revelation (Handshake 1980)
Produced by: Jimmy Simpson
Originally from N.Y., most of their stuff was recorded in Philly. Their self titled 1976 debut was produced by Norman Harris and his team and includes the classic mellow groover "We've Gotta Survive". Their 1980 effort --  also self titled -- is a bit more uptempo feel-good disco/soul. A bit like early 80's Tavares with some Delegation thrown in. It has been reissued on CD (titled Feel It), but obviously from vinyl since vinyl clicks and hiss has not been removed properly from some of the tracks. So, I'm still looking for CD from original master for both albums.

  Revelation (RSO 1975)Revelation (Handshake 1980)  
Rufus: Numbers (ABC 1978)
Produced by: Rufus
Arguably not Rufus best effort, but it contains the great ballad "Keep It Together (Declaration Of Love)" and some other nice memories from the late 70s. I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in quite good quality, but I would still like to have a CD, preferably from original master.
In 1978, ABC was sold to MCA and a lot of ABC releases from around that time have never been reissued on CD, possibly due to copyright issues or simply missing mastertapes. The ABC R&B and Rock catalog is today mostly owned by Geffen / Universal Music Group.

  Numbers (ABC 1978)  
Saborian & The Los: Saborian & The Los (Karma 1975)
Produced by: ?
A very rare and obscure release of delicious sweet (Chicago?) soul harmony ballads by Saborian & The Los on the tiny independent Karma label in 1975. Anyone knows more about this release? I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, and I doubt that this will ever be reissued on CD.

  Saborian & The Los (Karma 1975)  
Side Effect: Rainbow Visions (Fantasy 1978)
Produced by: Wayne Henderson
Arguably not Side Effect's best effort, but it contains a couple of favourites; the ballads "She's A Lady" and "I LIke Dreaming" in addition to the superbly Wayne Henderson arranged/produced mellow jazz/funk track "Illee, Illee, Oh I Know". I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in quite good quality, but I would still like to have a CD, preferably from original master.

  Rainbow Visions (Fantasy 1978)  
Street People: Street People (Vigor 1976)
Produced by: Ray Dahrouge
One-album male soul quintet led by Ray Dahrouge and consisted of brothers Roy and Milton Daniels, Thomas Williams, Joe Gardner and Rick Johnson. An overlooked great little soul gem from the Vigor label -- a De-Lite sub label. I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but I would still like to have a CD, preferably from original master.

  Street People (Vigor 1976)  
The Tymes: Turning Point (RCA 1976)
Produced by: Billy Jackson
Formed in Philadelphia in 1956 as The Latineers, they changed their name to The Tymes in 1960. In the 70s their long time producer, Billy Jackson, financed some sessions at Gamble & Huff's Sigma Sound studios in an attempt to get them on the PIR label. Gamble & Huff passed, but RCA signed them and 4 albums were released between 74-77. Their first single, "You Little Trustmaker", was an instant hit. Their third RCA album Turning Point (1976) is superb Philly sound and incl. the excellent ballads "Youth Is Wasted On the Young" and "Savannah Sunny Sunday". I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in pretty good quality, but I would still like to have a CD, preferably from original master.

  Turning Point (RCA 1976)  
The Voltage Brothers: Voltage Bros. (Lifesong 1978)
Produced by: Eugene McDaniels
The first of just two albums released by the Voltage Brothers is really a lost gem. Excellent funk with a bit of jazz thrown in. Think Blackbyrds or Pleasure. I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in pretty good quality, but I would still like to have a CD, preferably from original master.

  The Voltage Bros. (Lifesong 1978)  
Water & Power: Water & Power (Fantasy 1975)
Produced by: Earle Sutton/Harvey Fuqua
A nice little soul gem. Water & Power was founded in 1972 by songwriters Warren Sams Jr. and William Peele Jr. who had individually or collectively written songs for Natalie Cole, Whispers, Younghearts and Jackson Sisters among others prior to Water & Powers first and only release. The album feat. Feat. James Jamerson and Ray Parker Jr. and the name came from (Warren & Peele) first letters of their names. I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but I would still like to have a CD, preferably from original master.

  Water & Power (Fantasy 1975)  
West Wing: West Wing (20th Century 1975)
Produced by: Barry White / Vance Wilson
An obscure and only LP release by this 4 piece L.A. outfit co-produced by Barry White. I've got the album converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but I would still like to have a CD, preferably from original master.

  West Wing (20th Century 1975)  
Wild Cherry:  I Love My Music (Epic 1978)
Wild Cherry:  Only the Wild Survive (Epic 1979)

Starting out as a rock band in the beginning of the disco era, Wild Cherry (from a box of cough drops) was constantly asked to play dance music when they performed live in their native Pittsburgh area. One night at the local 2001 Club, some black fans kept teasing saying "Are you white boys gonna play some funky music?", which immediately inspired lead singer Rob Parissi to write a song around the phrase. "Play That Funky Music" was written on a drink order pad in about 5 minutes and became a huge hit going all the way to #1 in both the Billboard R&B and pop charts. Both the single and the self-titled debut album went platinum. They were named Best Pop Group of the Year by Billboard, and received an American Music Award for Top R&B Single of the Year, as well as a pair of Grammy nominations for Best New Vocal Group and Best R&B Performance by a Group or Duo that year.
Wild Cherry released 4 albums on Epic; Wild Cherry (1974) has been avail. on CD for years, Electrified Funk (1977) is quite weak, but I Love My Music (1978) and Only The Wild Survive (1979) are both great stuff and on my CD want list! I've got both converted from vinyl to mp3 in pretty good quality, but I would still like to have CDs, preferably from original master.

  I Love My Music (Epic 1978)Only the Wild Survive (Epic 1979)  
Lenny Williams: Love Current (MCA 1979)
Lenny Williams: Let's Do It Today (MCA 1980)
Lenny Williams: Taking Chances (MCA 1981)

Produced by: Frank Wilson
After 3 albums between 1972 and 1974 as lead singer for Tower Of Power, Lenny Williams pursued a solo career on both Warner Bros. and Motown, before signing with ABC in 1977. Choosing You (1977) and Spark Of Love (1978) have both been reissued on CD, but the next 3 --  all released on MCA after they bought ABC in 1978 -- the excellent Love Current (1979), Let's Do It Today (1980) and Taking Chances (1981) have yet not resurfaced on CD. I've got them all converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but I would still like to have a CD, preferably from original master.

  Love Current (MCA 1979)Taking Chances (MCA 1981)  
Zulema: Zulema (Sussex 1972)
Singer and songwriter Zulema Cusseaux from Tampa, Florida, started out as a member of the Van McCoy produced group Faith, Hope & Charity. She also released several solo albums between 1972 and 1978, and her first two releases Zulema (1972) and Ms. Z (1973) -- both on Sussex Records -- are excellent stuff! Both have been reissued on CD, but are now very hard to find. A CD-R anyone?
  Zulema (Sussex 1972)  
 
Captain Sky (AVI and TEC)
Daryl Lonnie Cameron, better known as Captain Sky, assembled a large group of Chicago-based musicians and released 4 albums between 1978 and 1981; Pop Goes The Captain (AVI 1978) , The Adventures Of Captain Sky (AVI 1979), Concerned Party No.1 (TEC 1980) and finally The Return Of Captain Sky (AVI 1981). They are all quite heavy funk -- almost P-Funk-ish -- yet with a slight disco sound. Funky disco if you will. He definitely deserves a best of CD. Again, I've got all albums converted from vinyl to mp3 in very good quality, but I still would like a CD, preferably from original master.

  Captain Sky
Captain Sky
 
The Choice Four (RCA Victor)
Mid 70s soul vocal group from Washington D.C. formed by artist, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer Van McCoy from members of The Love Tones and The Stridels. The Choice Four released 3 albums on RCA Victor; The Finger Pointers (1974), The Choice (1975) and On Top Of Clear (1976), all produced by Van McCoy.

   
Wayne Henderson (ABC and Polydor)
When trombone player Wayne Henderson quit The Crusaders in 1975, they lost a great deal of their originality. In 1977, Henderson released 'Big Daddy's Place', which contained the much sought after 'I'm Saying Forever' and 'Daddy Bug'. 1978 bought 'Living On A Dream' containing 'Hot Stuff' followed in 1979 by 'Emphasized' which contained the popular vocal track 'Dancing Love Affair'. He also launched his At Home Productions label and went on to feature the artists L.A. Boppers, David Oliver, Ronnie Laws, Bobby Lyle, Side Effect, Pleasure, Gabor Szabo, Arthur Adams, Michael White, Hilary, Smoke, Chico Hamilton, Ramsey Lewis, Allspice and Narada Michael Walden. Wayne Henderson passed away in 2014.
A "Best Of" double CD set containing tracks from Big Daddy's Place, Living On a Dream, Emphasized would be great! His two albums with Roy Ayers, Step In To Our Life and Prime Time are now available on a two-disc set from Cherry Red Records UK.

   
Shotgun (MCA and Montage)
Sounding a bit like Cameo of that time, Detroit funk outfit Shotgun released 6 albums between 1977 and 1982. Their 5th - Kingdom Come - is in my opinion their overall best and the main reason why I'm looking for Shotgun. A compilation would be much appreciated though. (Not to be confused with Rockabilly band by the same name :-)
Albums: Shotgun (MCA 1977), Good, Bad and Funky (MCA 1978), Shotgun III (MCA 1979), Shotgun IV (MCA 1980), Kingdom Come (MCA 1981). Their last effort, Ladies Choice (Montage 1982) is available on Amazon.

 
Shotgun: Kingdom Come
 
The Impressions