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Smoked Sugar Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Import

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this lost Soul classic. Released in 1975, Smoked Sugar features the production guidance of Hadley Murrell who became well known for his production and promotion of local acts within the Phoenix Soul scene of the 60s as well as drawing upon the technical expertise of world renowned engineer Angel Balestier. This album is a Soul aficionado's favorite with copies changing hands for large amounts. Notable tracks include the albums only commercial single release, 'Keeping Up My Front (Bumpity Bump)', which was featured in Billboard magazine's Top Single Picks in September of 1974 and was later sampled by The Alchemist on his 2009 track 'Smile'. BBR. 2012.


1. I've Found Someone of My Own
2. My Eyes Search a Lonely Room For You
3. Bump Me
4. I'm a Blues Singer, Guitar Banger
5. Don't Let the Feeling Hit Me Again
6. It's Funny til I Cry
7. Loving You Coming Out of a Brand New Bag
8. I Can't Get Enough
9. I'm a Winner
10. Keeping Up My Front (Bumpity Bump)
11. My Eyes Search a Lonely Room For You Single Version / Version

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: BBR
  • ASIN: B006TX26L8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By barry VINE VOICE on March 7, 2012
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The 70s was a great period in music, particularly in soul/r&b music. There was much talent from producers, writers, singers, musicians and many floated around on various projects. One person high in demand was producer Hadley Murrell and he found magic in four very talented men in 1974 and in a mere 4 days 10 tracks were done that have gone on to become cult classics . Released in 1975 on 20th Century Records SMOKED SUGAR was the first and last album recorded by this group but what was made was magic. The tracks jumped the gamut from true funk to inspired soul. The only single KEEPING UP MY FRONT is a tour de force of funk as are the jammin BUMP ME, I'M A BLUES SINGER, GUITAR BANGER and I CAN'T GET ENOUGH. The set opens with a remake of the classic I'VE FOUND SOMEONE OF MY OWN and it is a gem. It sets the stage for the high caliber of music to follow. The soul on MY EYES SEARCH A LONELY ROOM FOR YOU, IT'S FUNNY TILL I START CRYING and I'M A WINNER is pure and strong. It's truly from the heart. This entire set is magic and each song a winner. Sadly the group never recorded another album and Murrell moved on to other projects but this is what happened in the 70s. That is why a huge thanks must be given to BBR for bringing this gem to us. The remastered sound is amazing as expected and the liner notes are extensive.

I highly recommend this cd to soul/funk/r&b purists and also for fans of 70s music. This is yet another addition to the quality music BBR is reintroducing to eager music lovers. Enjoy!
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Okay, maybe you can't blame Barry White for killing off Smoked Sugar, but when this album was released on 20th Century Records in 1975, it got buried, mainly because selling records by Mr. White was THE priority for the label at that time. So much so, that this excellent debut album by Smoked Sugar didn't get the proper promotion it deserved and it indeed died on the charts --- or rather, didn't make the charts at all.

But that lack of sales and airplay was not indicative of the quality of the music. People are calling this a "lost soul classic" and I would agree. If you like the classic soul music of the early to mid 1970s, I think you'll be thrilled with this album. One reviewer mentioned the Chi-Lites as a comparison and I definitely hear that in some of these songs, but I also hear a resemblance to The Originals, another excellent but underrated 1970s soul group.

Lots of catchy soul tunes with soaring harmonies, a few funkier songs, all combine to create a very good album. This CD reissue comes with a detailed booklet with a history of the group (who played their own instruments) and this album project, with liner notes written by Rico Washington. Very nice packaging and some truly fine soul music that deserves some belated recognition.
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This is a fantastic reissue - an obscure Funk-Soul album from 1975 that few people outside of deep circles will have heard of (including me) - and typically it's a peach worth rediscovering.

Reissued February 2012 in the UK, Big Break Records CDBBR 099 breaks down as follows (38:02 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 10 are the album "Smoked Sugar" - originally released in the USA on 20th Century Records T-473 in early 1975

Track 11 is "My Eyes Search A Lonely Room For You (Promotional Single Version)". Track 2 is the album version at 4:09 minutes - this PROMO-ONLY single version is edited to 3:09 minutes

The jewel case is one of those new rounded corner deals and the 12-page booklet features detailed liner notes by RICO "Superbizzee" WASHINGTON - a New Yorker who has edited and contributed to American music publications like "Free" and "XLRBR" magazines. The remaster is by PETER DOELL at Universal and is superlative - incredibly clean, clear and present reflecting HADLEY MURELL'S superb production values back in the day. I can't emphasize enough how good BBR CDs sound - I've reviewed nearly 10 now (see list below) - and this is no different. A joy to listen too...

It opens with a lethal triple whammy - "I've Found Someone Like You", "My Eyes Search A Lonely Room For You" and "Bump Me". The first whacks into existence with a tremendous Al Green type vocal - while the sublime second track "My Eyes Search A Lonely Room For You" is 'the' tuneful masterpiece on here - no doubt. Imagine The Chi-Lites circa 1972 to 1974 with a grittier Al Green as the lead vocalist rather than Eugene Record. Gorgeous stuff (lyrics above). The funk of "Bump Me" is a great tune too.
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