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  • Audio CD (May 18, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Funkytowngrooves US
  • ASIN: B003BI76X2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One and only record by this soul band released in 1985, featuring the hit Dreams. Fronted by a male/female singing duo which was rather unique, especially at the time.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Starr on April 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Smoke City was an octet which first presented in 1985. They sounded like no one else out there at the time and had a Top 20 R&B hit with this album's second single entitled "Dreams," which was a lush, gorgeous ballad. Before "Dreams," the first single was the title cut, which didn't generate any real heat with the American record-buying public. Although it was very romantic and sexy, it wasn't geared toward the "sound" of the day. There was also an attempt made at straight up Funk with the Minneapolis-inspired "Time to Jam," the album's closer

The vocals contained within Smoke City were interesting too; Bee Starr, the female lead, had a "Nell Carter meets Shirley Murdock" vocal tone while the male lead, Daveon Overton offered a strong, gritty and energized delivery a la Tom Jones meets Teddy Pendergrass. It really IS an unusual combination, however, it worked with great results.

Smoke City never appeared again after this record and it's sad. They might have been around/acquired a broader fanbase had they gotten with a higher caliber of production (Jam & Lewis come to mind.) and had there not been such incredible tensions amongst bandmembers as detailed in the CD booklet.

Check it out for yourself and if anything, "Dreams" remains indicative of the route they might have taken had they been granted the opportunity to release a sophomore album. It's also nice to actually "see" a picture of the band inside the CD insert, where the vinyl failed to provide one and sadly only offered the creepy and detached front cover photography, reminiscent of a bad 80's Rock album more so than an R&B album.
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