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Shakatak weekend

Shakatak scored a number of chart entries, including two Top Ten hits in the UK Singles Chart, "Night Birds" (1982) and "Down on the Street" (1984).
From their first release in August 1980, (the Bill Sharpe composition "Steppin'" on the Polydor record label), and their first album, Drivin' Hard, the band's singles and albums have entered the charts fairly regularly.
Two more albums – Invitations and Out of This World – were recorded in 1982 and 1983, resulting in several more chart hits, and paving the way for the next major breakthrough in the band's career. With a subtle change in musical direction, yet still retaining the band's identity, Jill Saward (formerly of Fusion Orchestra, Brandy and Citizen Gang) became their lead singer to make Shakatak's fifth album, Down on the Street. The resulting single releases "Down on the Street" and "Watching You" had some success, and brought them attention in new parts of the world. The following year saw the release of the group's first live album, which was recorded in both Tokyo and London.

However, following this success the band felt it was time that they re-directed their efforts back to singles, and an album for release to the rest of the world. The result was Something Special, closely followed by the night club and chart hit "Mr Manic & Sister Cool" from their next LP, Manic and Cool. In the 1990s the band had great success in the U.S. when they had two albums that went to No 1 in the contemporary jazz charts and were also awarded the Japanese grammy for best international instrumental album six years running. Since 2000 the band has continued to record and tour the world.

[edit] Albums
1981: Drivin' Hard
1982: Night Birds
1982: Invitations
1983: Out of This World
1984: Down on the Street
1984: Shakatak Live in Japan(live)
1985: Live! (February 1985) (live)
1985: Day by Day/City Rhythm
1986: Into the Blue
1987: Golden Wings
1987: Never Stop Your Love
1988: Manic and Cool
1988: Da Makani
1988: Coolest Cuts
1988: The Very Best of Shakatak
1989: Nightflite
1989: Turn the Music Up
1990: Fiesta
1990: Greatest Grooves
1990: Perfect Smile
1990: Night Moves
1991: Bitter Sweet
1991: Utopia
1991: Open Your Eyes
1991: The Remix Best Album
1992: Night Moves
1992: Christmas Dreams
1993: Street Level
1993: On the Street
1993: Under the Sun
1995: Full Circle
1996: Shakatak The Collection
1997: Let The Piano Play
1998: Live at Ronnie Scott's
1998: Shinin On
1998: Christmas Album
1998: Collection Vol. 1
1999: Jazz In The Night
1999: Magic
2000: Shakatak The Collection Vol 2
2001: Under Your Spell
2002: Dinner Jazz
2003: Blue Savannah
2005: Easier Said Than Done (live)
2006: Beautiful Day
2007: Emotionally Blue
2009: " Afterglow"

highlighted albums you can find here!! for more albums vote here!!

and ofcourse some videos:

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COOL weekend

Cool Notes
The Cool Notes were a mid 1980s pop group who had a string of chart hits in the UK between 1984 and 1986. The band, who formed in South London, consisted of seven members of both vocal and instrumental talent. They are best known for their UK number 11 hit, "Spend The Night". But many other hits sounds pretty funky too!

here are some covers, so if you run into these maxis - don`t think twice - buy them!!

this is their complete Best of album, witch you can get here completely free at:

1 Look What You've Done To Me 4:24
2 My Love Is Hot 3:32
3 Why Not 3:57
4 Come On Back To Me 3:48
5 Have A Good Forever 4:10
6 Spend The Night 5:58
7 I Forgot 6:18
8 You're Never Too Young 6:28
9 I Don't Want To Stop 3:27
10 All I Wanna Do 4:29
11 I Love You 5:58
12 Natural Energy 5:07

here listen some other maxis and megamix too:

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FREEEZ weekend

Freeez was a UK dance music group from London, initially known for its emergence as one of the UK's leading jazz-funk bands of the early 1980s. Founded by John Rocca, Freeez consisted of various musicians, originally with Rocca and other members such as Andy Stennet (keyboards, Peter Maas (bass) and Paul Morgan or Everton Mcalla (drums).

Freeez's first single, "Keep in Touch" (1980), included guitarist Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick, the founder of Incognito. Freeez is perhaps best remembered for its UK Top 10 hit "Southern Freeez", which included guest vocals by Ingrid Mansfield Allman. Much of the band's early work, including "Southern Freeez" became part of the jazz-funk scene in the UK, in the early 1980s[1] In the UK, the band was signed to the record label Beggars Banquet Records.[2]

The song "I.O.U.", written, produced and mixed by Arthur Baker, (then known for his work with New Order and Afrika Bambaataa), was also used on the 1980s breakdance movie, Beat Street. It spent two weeks at number one in the Billboard Dance chart[3] sandwiched between the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson and David Bowie, and was number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1983. It was followed by other releases from the album such as "Pop Goes My Love" / "Scratch Goes My Dub", which hit the U.S. Top 5. In 1987 a remix of "I.O.U." climbed back up to number 18 on the U.S. dance chart, plus number 23 in the UK Singles Chart.

Freeez reformed in 1984 without Rocca, or any of the other original members, apart fom Peter Maas. With a new sound and almost a new group altogether, Maas worked with Louis Smith who took over the duties of keyboard player, co-writer and programmer with Billy Crichton as songwriter and guitarist. The new Freeez then went on to record an album, Idle Vice (1985)

here is "Best of" compilation contains all important songs!!

but first - some videos!!

Southern Freeez (Original 12-Inch Version) 5:41
Caribbean Winter 5:16
Flying High (Original 12-Inch Version) 5:30
One To One (Original 12-Inch Version) 5:35
Alone (Original 12-Inch Version) 6:07
Sunset 4:37
Anti-Freeez (Set Me Free) 3:59
Easy On The Onions 2:37
Mariposa 5:39
I.O.U. (Original 12-Inch Version) 8:42
Can't Keep My Love 5:04
Love's Gonna Get You (7-Inch Version) 3:53
Pop Goes My Love (Extended Single Version) 4:34
Freeezin' 6:07

at last but not least - great masterpiece from Ben Liebrand with just 107,9 BPMs!!!
Freeez - IOU (DMC remix)