Friday, August 20, 2004

Funky Friday - The Minneapolis Sound

Cherelle released her Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis helmed LP High Priority in 1985. Recorded in Minneapolis using the same crew that worked on Janet Jackson's breakthrough albums, it's a great record of party jams and slow burning ballads, all swathed in that unique Minneapolis sound that her producers (and Prince) can lay claim to. It never quite reached the heights of popularity that Ms. Jackson did, but it really is almost as good as that stuff. Saturday Love was one of the hits from the album and is a duet that features another Mpls. soul singer, the underrated Alexander O'Neal. The song made it to #2 on the R&B chart and #26 on the pop chart. It's a classic, nuff said! The album was remastered and reissued last year, so if you like what you hear go out and pick up a copy.


Anonymous said...

ooh ooh...thanks a bunch! i have a soft spot for cherelle and those great duets with alexander! glad
that 80's r & b has not been forgotten. greg

Anonymous said...

You should do a piece about the Shalamar song, "High On Life" from the UPTOWN FESTIVAL album, I think its simple, warm soulfulness has gone underappreciated.

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness, i'm so happy to have an mp3 of this song. thank you so much. i love all the 80s stuff you are posting, new wave, post-punk, r&b - it's all good. heather