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What would we do without the sweet slow jams from back in the day?

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Come Dance With Me
  Sentimental recollections
like rainbows swirling
around big, fragile
floating bubbles
filled with our
dreams and ready to
~pop~

Kinetic, sultry

recommendations
like minds
wandering
and cozying up on
memories too hot
to
~stop~

Thoughts

dissipating into
'if onlys'
like surging
mirages
of what could
and should have been
permeating the
~air~


Remembering those
mornings
and wonderful
nights
of our
bodies melting
in utopian splendor
while we LOVED..


Frozen mentallic
fantasations
while I'm lingering
~here~

So...come dance with me.

© edie antoinette 2004

 

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Comment by Cherene Snow on April 18, 2011 at 4:36pm
Ok....................... All Bill Withers

Let me in your life
Stories
Can we pretend
I don't know
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 18, 2011 at 4:26pm
Bring em on!
Comment by Cherene Snow on April 18, 2011 at 4:20pm
Uh uh!!! I've been out of town working and haven't even gotten started!!! Sooooooo you are Doing GREAT!!!!! Thank you sooo much for the songs. I got more. Be back in a moment!!!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 18, 2011 at 3:44pm
Cherene, Per Your Request:

  1. play Terry Callier — Id Rather Be With Yo…
  2. play Rene & Angela — Imaginary Playmates
  3. play Rene & Angela — My First Love (2002 …
  4. play We're In Love - Patti Austin (1977)
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 18, 2011 at 3:09pm
I'm doing good Suggah--how bout' You??? One of the traditional last day doing taxes heathens--me. LOL! Can we say pitiful??? LOL!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 18, 2011 at 2:50pm
If it was #26--yep, that's Jonathan Butler.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 18, 2011 at 2:49pm
I have the playlist on Shuffle...so I am not sure what track # it is. Jonathan Butler is on here though...somewhere...LOL! Which one Cherene and thanks for the goodies you left---you know I'm on it! Plus, if there is anything you want off of here let me know besides the one you mentioned. and lastly...you best tah git tah writing! *rubbing hands together and waiting anxiously!!* you KNOW that's my thing!!! Woooo!!!
Comment by Cherene Snow on April 18, 2011 at 2:34pm
Ooooooooh!!!! Don't make me write a love poem and put it up in here!!!!! What is goin' on? Who is singing this song!! It sounds like Jonathan Butler!!!! Soooooooooo thought of a few more songs. Here we go!!!!

I'd rather be with you by Terry Callier
Imaginary Playmate and My First Love by Renee and Angela
We're in Love by Patti Austin!!!

They're all slow jams too!!!!
How you doin' Edie?
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 18, 2011 at 8:55am
Welcome Ravic!
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on November 17, 2009 at 10:09am
Sounding goooooood up in here....SMILE
 

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Spotlight | Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
  4. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  5. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  6. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  7. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  8. play Norman Brown — Still
  9. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
  12. play miles 4
  13. play miles 5
  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  15. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  16. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  17. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue



The history of the Butlers/Raw Soul is dense, but for all of us music nerds, that's normal. It is not totally clear what year the Butlers actually formed but they released their first single in 1963 on Liberty Records. That single was "She Tried To Kiss Me" and another single followed on Guyden entitled "Lovable Girl." After the Guyden single the Butlers took a break not recording another record until the single "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" was released on the Phila label in 1966. The group also backed Charles Earland and Jean Wells on one Phila single ("I Know She Loves Me"). 


As you might be noticing, the Butlers were doing a fair amount of recording but not achieving much success. The group's recordings sold regionally but never had the promotion to make an impact on the national scene. After the single with Phila, the Butlers moved to the Fairmount label (part of the Cameo-Parkway family) and released a handful of singles, some being reissued singles of the past. The Butlers were with Fairmount for 1966-67 and then moved to Sassy Records. Sassy released the group's greatest single (in my opinion) "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" b/w "If That's What You Wanted." A copy of that 45 sold for just under $500 last summer on eBay. Even though that isn't that much in the world of record collecting--it's still a hefty sum. The Butlers released another single on Sassy ("She's Gone" b/w "Love Is Good") that appears to be even 
harder to come by then the "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" single.

 

The true history become a bit blurred here as the AMG biography states that the Butlers last record was released on C.R.S. in 1974 (". However, between 1971 and that single, Frankie Beverly formed a group called Raw Soul and released a number of singles. Some of the songs recorded by Beverly during this period are "While I'm Alone," "Open Up Your Heart," (both on the Gregor label) and "Color Blind." "Color Blind" was released by the Eldorado label and rerecorded by Maze. Beverly's big break came when Marvin Gaye asked Raw Soul to back him on a tour. Gaye helped Beverly/Raw Soul get a contract at Capitol. Beverly decided to take the group in a different direction, a name change occurred, and Maze was created. 

The above isn't the most complete history of Beverly but hopefully someone will know a way to get in touch with the man or his management because a comprehensive pre-Maze history needs to be done on Frankie Beverly (his real name is Howard, by the way). Below you'll find every Frankie Beverly (pre-Maze) song available to me right now ("Color Blind" will be up soon). 

If you have a song that is not included below, shoot it over to funkinsoulman (at) yahoo.com and it will go up in the next Frankie Beverly post (later this week--highlighting Maze). Also, if you have any more information please share your knowledge. The Butlers material has been comp-ed sporadically (usually imports) but the entire Maze catalog has been reissued and is available. 

Enjoy.  "She Kissed Me" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967) 
 
 "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" (not sure which label or year) "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" (Phila, 1966) "Because Of My Heart" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967)
   
 "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" (Sassy, 1967)
   
 "If That's What You Wanted" (Sassy, 1967)
 



Frankie Beverly is one of those cats that has lasting power. He started in the music business doing a tour with doo wop group the Silhouettes and then formed his own group called the Blenders. The Blenders never recorded a single, Beverly wouldn't appear on wax until forming the Butlers a few years later. Along with Beverly, the Butlers included Jack "Sonny" Nicholson, Joe Collins, John Fitch, and Talmadge Conway.

Beverly would later enjoy great success fronting Maze and Conway would become a
well-known penning Double Exposure's
"Ten Percent" and the Intruders' "Memories Are Here To Stay." 
 While Maze is a phenomenal group, Beverly's work before that group will always stand out as his best (imo).

The Butlers produced tunes that most Northern Soul fans would kill for and Raw Soul gave the funksters something to pursue. If, by chance, you know of a way to get in touch with Frankie Beverly or his management, please drop me an e-mail. It would be absolutely great to do an interview with him about his pre-Maze work. He's still playing out, most recently doing a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

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