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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Eternal: Just A Step From Heaven (Promo CDM) (EMI, 1994)


Just A Step From Heaven was Eternal's third single from their debut album  Always & Forever and was issued promotionally in the US in 1994. The more urban remixes on this disc are entirely exclusive to this set and were never issued anywhere else, including in their native UK. These remixes have a more 90s New Jack Swing sound than the original remix by Nigel Lowis on the UK single.

1. Just A Step From Heaven (single version)
2. Just A Step From Heaven (single version with rap)
3. Just A Step From Heaven (single remix)

Listen: Just A Step From Heaven (single version with rap)

In Concert featuring Eternal (BBC Transcription, 1994)


This CD was transcribed from a live concert that Eternal did at Labatt's Apollo in London, 1994. All of the live versions here are entirely exclusive to this CD and cannot be found anywhere else. What makes this CD even more unique, is that it features a rare live cover of Brian McKnight's One Last Cry by band member Vernie Bennett that can only be found here. 

1. 57" Applause/Intro Music Faded In
2. Save Our Love
3. Crazy
4. So Good
5. Sweet Funky Thing
6. Oh Baby I
7. One Last Cry
8. (Something Inside) So Strong
9. Just A Step From Heaven
10. Amazing Grace
11. Stay

Listen: One Last Cry

Eternal: Don't You Love Me (UK Promo CDM) (EMI, 1997)

Don't You Love Me was the second single from Eternal's third album Before The Rain. On this UK promo are additional remixes that weren't available on the commercial CD single, including a hip hop remix by Blacksmith Eternal's Rap and a dub and bass remix by UK drum and bass producer Ronnie Size. 

1. Don't You Love Me - Eternal's Rap
2. Don't You Love Me - Brixton Club Mix
3. Don't You Love Me - Ronnie Size Mix
4. Don't You Love Me - Ronnie Size Dub & Bass Mix

Listen: Eternal's Rap

Eternal feat. BeBe Winans: I Wanna Be The Only One (UK Promo CDM) (EMI, 1997)

This CD was only ever issued promotionally in the UK only and features additional R&B remixes by Blacksmith and somebody called "Boskat." Aside from Eternal's Mix Tape, none of the other remixes were ever made commercially available.

1. I Wanna Be The Only One (Blacksmith "Eternal's Mix Tape)
2. I Wanna Be The Only One (Blacksmith R&B Rub Mix)
3. I Wanna Be The Only One (Boskat Main Mix)
4. I Wanna Be The Only One (Boskat Beatless Mix)

Listen: Blacksmith R&B Rub Mix

Listen: Boskat Main Mix

Eternal feat. BeBe Winans: I Wanna Be The Only One (The Mixes) (UK CDM) (EMI, 1997)

I Wanna Be The Only One was the final single from British band Eternal's third album Before The Rain, and became their first UK number one. This set of remixes had limited release in Europe and featured mainly house remixes by European producers. In amongst all this, there is an R&B remix by British production team Blacksmith. 

1. I Wanna Be The Only One
2. I Wanna Be The Only One (Black Box Lelewel 'Til The End Mix)
3. I Wanna Be The Only One (Paul Gotel Dark Skies Mix)
4. I Wanna Be The Only One (SPS Cained Mix)
5. I Wanna Be The Only One (Blacksmith "Eternal's Mix Tape")

Listen: I Wanna Be The Only One (Paul Gotel Dark Skies Mix)

Listen: I Wanna Be The Only One (Blacksmith "Eternal's Mix Tape")

Eternal: Dreams (Promo CDM) (EMI, 1997)

Dreams was to be Eternal's first US single, but after their deal fell through, it was only ever issued promotionally. It was never issued in the UK, though some remixes of the track later appeared on future CD singles. As well as the original radio version, on this promo CD are R&B remixes by Mike Dean, Tony Nicholas and Frankie Cutlass.

1. Mike Dean Radio Remix
2. Tony Nicholas Smooth Radio Remix
3. Frankie Cutlass Remix f/Grand Puba & Sadat X
4. Frankie Cutlass Remix No Rap
5. Original Radio Version

Listen: Tony Nicholas Smooth Radio Remix

Listen: Frankie Cutlass Remix f/Grand Puba & Sadat X

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Jaki Graham & David Grant: Mated (UK LIMITED EDITION VLS) (EMI, 1985)


Mated was the first single from British soul singer Jaki Graham's second album Breaking Away and her second duet with fellow British soul singer David Grant. This limited edition pack includes a bonus record with a reggae cover of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (featuring both Jaki and David on vocals) and the full-length instrumental of Mated.


1. Mated
2. The Facts Of Love*
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. Mated (Instrumental)

*Jaki Graham solo song from her debut album Heaven Knows

Listen: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Jaki Graham: No More Tears (UK CDM) (EMI, 1988)


No More Tears was a single by Jaki Graham released in 1988. It was issued prior to the release of her third album From Now On, though neither the song or its b-side Have You Seen Him? appeared on the final track-listing.


1. No More Tears (7" Version)
2. Set Me Free*
3. Have You Seen Him?
4. No More Tears (12" Version)

*Taken from Jaki's Breaking Away LP & released in 1986

Listen: No More Tears (7" Version)

Listen: Have You Seen Him?

Jaki Graham: The Better Part Of Me (UK CDM) (EMI, 1989)


 The Better Part Of Me was Graham's final single from her third album From Now On, and was released in 1989. It was the last single that the artist released on EMI Records (or indeed, any major label) for the foreseeable future. Also included on this CD, is the Shep Pettibone 7" remix of her previous single From Now On (which-I don't know if it's me-sounds almost identical to the album version), and a b-side track No Mercy.


1. The Better Part Of Me
2. From Now On (7" Remix)
3. No Mercy

Listen: No Mercy

Jaki Graham: Touch Me (When We're Dancing) (UK CDM) (Essential, 1990)

Touch Me (When We're Dancing) is a non-album single by Jaki Graham released in 1990. It was released on a low-budget label and had little or no promotion at all, making it one of her hardest singles to find. The song itself is yet to be included on any of her "Best-of" compilations either. Also on this CD is an extended  dance version with a different intro and outro ("Scallywag Mix") and an even rarer b-side track Take A Number.

1.Touch Me (When We're Dancing) (Scallywag Mix)
2.Touch Me (When We're Dancing)
3.Take A Number

Listen: Touch Me (When We're Dancing)

Listen: Take A Number

Jaki Graham: Band Of Gold (UK CDM) (Essential, 1992)


 Band Of Gold is the second and last single that Graham released on low-budget label Essential in 1992. Again, it had little or no promotion at all and is one of her hardest singles to find. As with her previous single Touch Me (When We're Dancing) it is yet to be included on any of her "Best-of" compilations. Also on this CD are two even rarer b-side tracks Hypocritical and Like A River.


1. Band Of Gold
2. Hypocrical
3. Like A River

Listen: Band Of Gold

Listen: Like A River

Jaki Graham: Ain't Nobody (US CDM) (Critique, 1994)

 Ain't Nobody was the lead single from Jaki's debut album on Japanese label Avex Trax and was released in 1994. It was released in the US on Critique records and reached number one on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart, which remains, to this date, her only major success in the US. There are additional remixes on this CD that weren't released in the UK or anywhere else, including urban remixes by Dave Way and the rather retro-sounding Nobody But You/Continuum Mix, wherein the production is drastically different and the original vocals slowed down.

1. Radio Edit
2. Dave Way Radio Remix
3. Love To Infinity Classic Paradise Mix
4. Love To Infinity Aphrodisiac Dub
5. Nobody But You/Continuum Mix
6. Development Corporation Bentley Vocal Mix
7. Development Corporation Capri Dub
8. Dave Way Extended Remix

Listen: Dave Way Radio Remix

Listen: Nobody But You/Continuum Mix

Jaki Graham: You Can Count On Me (UK CDM) (Avex (UK), 1995)


You Can Count On Me was the second single from Jaki's debut album on Avex Trax and was released in 1995. This CD includes dance remixes by Loveland and Dancin' Danny D, and even a b-side track Spend The Night, which later appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese version of her album. The original album version of You Can Count On Me is not featured on this CD; instead Cutfather & Joe's Nu School Radio Edit takes its place.


1. You Can Count On Me (Cutfather & Joe Nu School Radio Edit)
2. You Can Count On Me (Loveland Full On Vocal 12")
3. You Can Count On Me (Danny's D's Monster Club Mix)
4. Spend The Night (Album Mix)

Listen: Loveland Full On Vocal 12"

Listen: Danny D's Monster Club Mix

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Jaki Graham: You Can Count On Me For Love (Japanese CDM) (Cutting Edge, 1995)

You Can Count On Me was also released in Japan in 1995 with a slightly different title You Can Count On Me For Love. It was issued on Japanese label Cutting Edge, a subsidiary of the Avex Group label primarily focused on releasing foreign artists' material in Japan. This single in particular is actually a double A-side with the singer's previous hit Ain't Nobody and features remixes of both tracks, many from import CD singles and UK 12"s. Two tracks You Can Count On Me For Love (Cutfather & Joe 12" Club Mix) and Ain't Nobody (Reggae Mix) are entirely unique to this CD and cannot be found anywhere else.

1. You Can Count On Me For Love (Album Version)
2. You Can Count On Me For Love (Cutfather & Joe Nu School 7" Mix)
3. You Can Count On Me For Love (Cutfather & Joe Nu School 12" Mix)
4. You Can Count On Me For Love (Cutfather & Joe 12" Club Mix)
5. You Can Count On Me For Love (Danny D's Monster Mix)
6. Ain't Nobody (Album Version)
7. Ain't Nobody (Reggae Mix)
8. Ain't Nobody (Dave Way Radio Remix)
9. Ain't Nobody (Love To Infinity Classic Paradise Mix)
10. Ain't Nobody (Dave Way Extended Remix)

Listen: You Can Count On Me (Cutfather & Joe 12" Club Mix)

Listen: Ain't Nobody (Reggae Mix)

Jaki Graham: Christmas Song (Scandinavian CDM) (Scandinanvian Records, 1995)

This was Jaki's first of two singles from her Scandinavian-only release Hold On in 1995. This song is unique as the actual album it is from is virtually impossible to find. A similar mini-album released in Japan at around the same time did not feature it. It is backed by two b-sides, the Real Life album track Shivers and a hip hop remix of her 1994 single Ain't Nobody. 

1. Christmas Song
2. Shivers
3. Ain't Nobody - The Hip Hop Radio Mix

Listen: Christmas Song

Listen: Ain't Nobody - The Hip Hop Radio Mix

Jaki Graham: Absolute E-Sensual (US CDM) (Critique, 1995)


This was Jaki's final single from her 1994 album Real Life and was was released in both the UK and the US in 1995. It didn't make to top forty in UK, but managed to reach number three on the US dance chart. There are six different versions on this CD, including the original version and five different mixes by Mark Picchiotti. These R&B and house mixes feature slightly different production and additional backing vocals.

1. Original Mix
2. Old Skool Radio Mix
3. R &B Radio Mix
4. Jak-D-House Radio Mix
5. Old Skool Club Mix
6. Jak-D-House Club Mix

Listen: R & B Radio Mix
Listen: Jak-D-House Club Mix

Jaki Graham: Style (Japanese CDM) (Cutting Edge, 1995)


This was the first single to be taken from Jaki's Japanese-only album Hold On. It was issued as a double A-side along with a cover of Save The Best For Last on the Cutting Edge label in 1995. Save The Best For Last did not appear on the album, but did appear on a similar album issued in Scandinavia at around the same time. On this CD, there's  the album version and instrumental of Style, and two different mixes of Save The Best For Last for both the UK and the US market (though this single was not issued in either country.) The two mixes of the latter track are essentially the same but for slight differences in the beat.

1. Style
2. Style (Instrumental)
3. Save The Best For Last (U.K. Mix)
4. Save The Best For Last (U.S. Mix)

Listen: Save The Best For Last (U.K. Mix)

Jaki Graham: Hold On (Japanese Digipak Mini Album) (Cutting Edge, 1995)

 This mini LP was released exclusively in Japan via the Cutting Edge label in 1995, and contained eight new tracks and a hidden bonus remix of Graham's previous single Absolute E-Sensual. The set was also issued in Scandinavia via Scandinavian Records at around the same time, but had a markedly different track-listing (this particular release contained 13 tracks instead of 8.) Some missing tracks from the Japanese set can be found HERE, HERE and HERE. Some of Graham's Japanese-only albums were made available to her UK fans via iTunes in 2009, but this particular album was not.

1. Hold On
2. Don't Keep Me Waiting
3. Heaven
4. Style
5. Saving It Up
6. Seek & You Will Find
7. Birthday
8. Lay With Me
9. Absolute E-Sensual (Jak-D House Mix)*

Listen: Heaven

Listen: Birthday


*Unlisted on both jacket and disc

Jaki Graham: The Only Love (Japanese Mini CDS) (Cutting Edge, 1996)

This song was released in Japan in 1996 and was Jaki's fifth single for the Cutting Edge label. It was released on 3" CD single format, which was a popular format for CD singles in the country at the time. The radio version later appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of her 1996 album Rhythm Of Life, but it is not really known where the actual song originated from. The additional male vocals are by somebody called Danny Campbell. There are four different edits on this CD, including an instrumental and an acoustic version.

1. Radio Version
2. Original Version
3. Acoustic Version
4. Instrumental

Listen: Radio Version

Listen: Acoustic Version

Jaki Graham: You're One Desire (Japanese Mini CDS) (Cutting Edge, 1996)

This was Jaki's first of three singles from her 1996 album Rhythm Of Life and was released in Japan only on 3" CD format. It was the only single from the album to be released there, the other two being exclusive to Scandinavia only. On this CD, there's a Single Mix and an Extended Soul Mix; the Single Mix features a slightly different intro, and the Extended Soul Mix features different instrumentation and production altogether and is more upbeat than the album version.  

There is actually a grammatical error in the way the song's title is written on both the snap-pack and the disc. The correct way should be "Your One Desire," not "You're One Desire."

1. Single Mix
2. Extended Soul Mix ["Disco Revival"]

Listen: Extended Soul Mix ["Disco Revival"]

Jaki Graham: You And I (Danish CDS) (Wise Recordings, 1997)

This was Jaki's second single from her 1996 album Rhythm Of Life and was released in Denmark in 1997. It was the first of two singles that she released on the Wise Recordings record label, the second being Walking On Water (also from Rhythm Of Life.) On this CD is the original album version and a dub remix by somebody called Gozzle that completely replaces the original adult contemporary production for skittery synths and a fast-paced dance beat.

1. Original
2. Remix (The Gozzle Dub Flavour)

Listen: Remix (The Gozzle Dub Flavour)

Jaki Graham: Don't Keep Me Waiting - The Remixes (US CDM) (Lightyear Entertainment, 1997)

This was the first and only single to be taken from Jaki's North American-only release of the same name. The album (released on Lightyear Entertainment) combined tracks from several of Jaki's Avex Trax albums, including Rhythm Of Life. The cover looks cheap, but the dance remixes are some of the best that I've heard by her, particularly the futuristic mixes by the Drama Queens and the RH Factor Dub Mix that incorporates just ad-libs over a melodic background.

Listen: RH Factor Dub Mix

Listen: Drama Queens Vocal Mix

Jaki Graham: Superstition (UK CDM) (CVI, 2004)

Superstition was slated as the lead single from Jaki's up and coming "20th Anniversary" album in 2004. The song never got a wide-release and was distributed exclusively through HMV Stores in the UK only. Though Graham was said to be working with big-name artists for her forthcoming new album, it was eventually shelved. This is the singer's last single to date. The b-side is a re-recorded and re-worked version of her 1985 single Could It Be I'm Falling In Love. The original 1985 version was a duet with fellow British singer David Grant, but here she is singing solo.

1. Superstition
2. Superstition (Extended Mix)
3. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

Listen: Superstition

Listen: Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

Kiss The Sky: Voodoo Chile (Japanese Mini-Album) (Victor Musical Industries, 1991)

Kiss The Sky was formed in 1991, and consisted of Jaki Graham and British synth player Paul Hardcastle. The music was primarily computer-generated dance-pop, but with elements of jazz and house music. Graham served as the main vocalist from 1991-1993, and then she left to pursue other projects. A vocalist called Imani took over from Graham's role for the band's second album Millennium Skyway. This mini album was exclusive to Japan in 1991 and included rare remixes from 12"s and promos, and even two unreleased tracks.

1. Voodoo Chile (Rap Attack Mix)
2. Crazy (Dance Mix)
3. What Does It Take (Atmospheric Mix)
4. Two Wrongs
5. Livin' For You (Original Mix)
6. It's You (Dance Mix)
7. Voodoo Chile

Listen: Voodoo Chile (Rap Attack Mix)

Listen: Crazy

Kiss The Sky: It's You (Remix) (Promo CDM) (Motown, 1992)

Kiss The Sky's third single It's You was released on 12" maxi format in the US in 1992. This CD was only ever issued promotionally and features breakbeat and club mixes by DGMP and Vibe Squad. The DGMP mixes are very dark, while the Vibe Squad mixes are very jazzy.You can still hear elements of the original song through the remixes, including the beat and some instrumentation.

1. Single Radio Edit
2. LP Version
3. DGMP Radio Edit
4. DGMP Mix
5. Vibe Squad Radio Edit
6. Vibe Squad Club Radio Edit
7. Vibe Suad 12" Mix
8. Vibe Squad Kitchen Sink Mix

Listen: DGMP Radio Edit

Listen: Vibe Squad Club Radio Edit