Tuesday, January 29, 2013

R&B CD Reissue of the Month - "Juicy: It Takes Two"

R&B CD Reissue of the Month
Juicy: "It Takes Two" (Private I/Funkytown Grooves) 1985/2012

Produced by Eumir Deodato for Kenya Music
Engineered by Mallory Earl @ Duplex Sound Studios (Tribeca, NY)
Featuring: Jerry Barnes & Katreese Barnes (all instruments)

This first CD reissue in the U.S. of "It Takes Two" -- Juicy's second album for Joe Isgro's Private I label, then distributed by Columbia and now owned by Sony Music -- comes out by the independent company Funkytown Grooves, under license from Sony.

It's a terrific expanded edition which includes, besides the eight tracks from the original LP version, five remixes previously available only on EPs. They are: "Sugar Free" (Deo/Super Dance Mix), "Nobody But You" (Deo-Remix), "Bad Boy" (Dub-Mix), "Sugar Free" (Deo/Radio Remix) and "Nobody But You" (Deo-Dub). The latter was remixed by Eumir Deodato's longtime collaborator (and a former member of the Platinum Hook group) Kevin Jasper, using the nickname DJ KJ.

"Sugar Free" peaked at #13 on the Billboard "Black Singles" chart and #45 on the UK Pop chart, while "Nobody But You" reached #59 on the "R&B" chart.

"Spread The Love," the "It Takes Two" follow-up album, is also being reissued by Funkytown Grooves.

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