Atlantic Starr - Always: The Warner-reprise Recordings (1987-1991) (CD)

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Release Date: 06/04/21

Disc 1 is an expanded edition of ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE, a US-certified gold LP that includes the now-timeless classic 'Always', a No. 1 pop and R&B single for the group, their biggest crossover hit and an international best-seller which reached No. 3 on the UK charts. Other standout tracks include the upbeat 'One Lover At A Time', a US Top 10 R&B single; the album's title track, a soulful ballad penned by famed songwriter Sam Dees; and, included on an international version of the 1987 CD, 'Armed And Dangerous', produced by Maurice White (of EW&F fame) and recorded by Atlantic Starr for the film of the same name. Bonus tracks consist of extended versions of 'One Lover At A Time' (remixed by Arthur Baker), 'Let The Sun In' (remixed by Bruce Forrester) and single edits of 'All In The Name Of Love' and 'Always'.

Disc 2 consists of an expanded edition of WE'RE MOVIN' UP, with Porscha Martin replacing Barbara Weathers as lead female vocalist, boasted another Atlantic Starr classic, 'My First Love' which topped the US R&B charts in 1989. While the album did not achieve the same level of sales success as its predecessor, notable cuts include 'My Sugar' (a US Top 30 R&B single) and the uptempo 'Bring It Back Home Again', represented here with the original LP version and two extended mixes, courtesy of Chicago DJ Joe Smooth. In addition to the single edit and an extended mix of 'My First Love', two tracks that were only issued on the CD version of the LP in 1989, 'Love Ain't Fair' and 'Woman's Touch' are also included.

Disc 3 showcases LOVE CRAZY, Atlantic Starr's sole album for Reprise. By 1991, the group consisted of the three Lewis brothers with female vocalist Rachel Oliver replacing Porscha Martin. The team scored their biggest pop/R&B crossover hit with the certified gold single, 'Masterpiece', penned by pop tunesmith Kenny Nolan (known for hits with Labelle, Frankie Valli and Tavares among others). With ever-changing trends in R&B in particular, the album didn't achieve the kind of recognition its content deserved with cuts like 'Unconditional Love', with an emotive vocal performance by Rachel Oliver and the ballad 'Lookin' For Love Again', co-written by Wayne Lewis and Sam Dees.

Label: Soulmusic Records
Genre: R & B
Run Time: 120 mins

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