The Philadelphia Signature Soul Sound during the 1980s Pt 7
Featuring female solo artist
The album "Watch Out" containing the
Quiet Storm single "Fantasy"
A Quiet Storm Philly classic ballad “Fantasy”, stunningly
performed by Brandi Wells, is the highlight of her debut album “Watch Out”,
released by WMOT Records in 1984. The track was produced by Nick Martinelli and
arranged by Dexter Wansell at Alpha Recording Studio. They also produced and arranged
the title track which was a top twenty hit on the Billboard Hot Soul and
R&B Singles Chart.
The album "Just Like Dreamin'" featuring the Philly
classic remake "I'll Be Around"
Philly World Records released a solo album by Terri Wells in 1984. The entire
album was produced by Nick Martinelli with string arrangements by the late
Norman Harris (former staff member of Philadelphia International Records during
its golden era). The singles released from the album were “You Make It Heaven”,
“Just Like Dreamin’” and the dance remake of the Spinners’ classic hit “I’ll Be
Around”, a gold-certified single recorded originally during the 1970s at the
Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. “I’ll Be Around” was a big hit for Terri
Wells in the UK where both the single and albumhas acult following.
Joanna Gardner only solo
album of her career
The following year her label mate Joanna Gardner released a
studio solo album “Joanna Gardner”and
Veronica Underwood’s self-titled album “Veronica Underwood” also appeared. On both
albums music styles include electronic, funk and soul. All three albums were
recorded at Alpha Recording Studio, also known as Alpha International Recording
Studios. The legendary Bobby Eli (rhythm guitar player in MFSB studio band)
produced a track for Joanna Gardner called “I Could Never Love Another Like
You” featuring string performance and arrangements by Don Renaldo andhis group of string players, with synthesizer
performance by Donald R. Robinson. The
song has a 1980s sound with a 1970s Philly soul mix.
Featuring the Quiet Storm single
"We're Gonna Make It"
“Victim Of Desire” from Veronica Underwood’s self-titled
album is a definitive 1980s synthesizer sound, with a powerful vocal
performance by Veronica Underwood and a backing designed for the dance floor.
Another interesting track from the album is the sweet ballad “We’re Gonna Make
It” which fits the Quiet Storm format on radio using live instruments and
Kevin Tomlin has over 34 years of teaching experience in Jamaica, England and America, including 15 years teaching music history of black origin and visual art in South Florida, U.S.A., through Arts in Education.
Tomlin created special training programmes and workshops for music teachers in South Florida schools, using music history as the foundation, to build exciting programmes of study and support materials for education professionals.
Since 2000, he’s taught music history, geography, religious education, history, visual arts and performing arts at schools in Hertfordshire and Essex, at both primary and secondary levels.
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