DYNAMITE CUTS
artist:UNITY & THE DOWNBEATS
title:

LOVE DREAM / HIGH VOLTAGE (7inch) -pre-order-

label:FANTASY LOVE (UK)


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A1: Love Dream
B1: High Voltage



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 artists. Unity & The Downbeats would continue to tour the East Coast where they sold their single at shows & self-distributed at stores. Towards the end of the 70s, Jimmy & Maureen relocated to South Carolina and the group disbanded, leaving a legacy of this obscure single. Now available through Fantasy Love Records as a limited vinyl press.


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