Smooth Grooves: Steppin' Out

Smooth Grooves: Steppin' Out

     
 

Assembled from the vast catalog of steppers cuts, Smooth Grooves: Steppin' Out is a good primer for those unfamiliar with the Chicago-born steppers movement. Some of the records were huge hits (William DeVaughn's million-selling "Be Thankful for What You Got") while others were rescued from obscurity by becoming steppersSee more details below

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Assembled from the vast catalog of steppers cuts, Smooth Grooves: Steppin' Out is a good primer for those unfamiliar with the Chicago-born steppers movement. Some of the records were huge hits (William DeVaughn's million-selling "Be Thankful for What You Got") while others were rescued from obscurity by becoming steppers favorites. The CD shows the wide genre range that stepping emcompasses. It includes the 1988 remix of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" and the Ebonys' lush and lanquid "Life in the Country" to the driving "Staten Island Groove" by Down to the Bone and the jazzy/strings-laced "Soft and Easy" by the Blackbyrds. No doubt bootleggers are gritting their teeth over the inclusion of such long out of print, in-demand jams such as Dramatics lead singer L.J. Reynolds' "Key to the World" and his sister Jeannie Reynolds' "The Fruit Song." If there is a follow-up CD, it'd be nice to have more out of print tracks listed. Veteran radio personality Herb Kent offers a historical perspective on stepping in the liner notes. Though Jeffree Perry's "Love's Gonna Last" ("the steppers national anthem") is missed, Smooth Grooves: Steppin' Out stands on its own.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227670122
catalogNumber:
76701

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti Austin   Track Performer
Blue Magic   Track Performer
Peabo Bryson   Track Performer
Phil Collins   Track Performer
Jones Girls   Track Performer
Blackbyrds   Track Performer
Michael Franks   Track Performer
Ebonys   Track Performer
William DeVaughn   Track Performer
Ray Obiedo   Track Performer
Jeannie Reynolds   Track Performer
Down to the Bone   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Shawmel Garlington   Concept
Bill Inglot   Producer,Remastering
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Barry Benson   Liner Notes
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Shawn Amos   Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Gladys Sanchez   Licensing
Daniel Hersch   Remastering

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