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Eau de Vie [Import]
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Len Coley and Roddy Harris formed Delegation in Birmingham, during the mid-70's later adding Jamaican born Ricky Bailey whose voice was to give them added flair on lead helping them to compete in the competitive UK Soul Market. The Group worked with one of the UK's most prolific hit makers of the 70's and 80's, Ken Gold, responsible for masterminding The Real Thing as well as writing and producing for artists such as The Nolans, Liquid Gold and Billy Ocean who secured a deal with State Records after which the group released a few UK singles with moderate success. However, when 'Oh Honey' hit the US charts in 1979 it scored an incredibly impressive top 50 US Pop chart position and smoothly grooved all the way to #6 in the US R&B charts helping the album enter the Billboard Hot 200 and make #8 on the US R&B album chart. Delegation later moved to Ariola Records while changing their lineup with Len Coley being replaced with Bruce Dunbar, a Broadway Musical singer who starred in the musical "Hair" before joining the band, bringing with him his captivating falsetto, so well suited to Delegation's smooth funky sound. Once they had drafted in the arranging talents of keyboard virtuoso, Lynton Naismith, Delegation went to work on "Eau de Vie"' which would go on to become their highest selling album achieving a Gold Record status in 1980. Notable songs on this album include the groovy first single, 'Put A Little Love On Me', full of raw Funk bass lines and smooth Lynton Naismith organ paired with dazzling and driving yet subtle guitar licks giving it a slight Calypso groove. This winning formula was continued into the second single 'You And I', with the guitar coming forward and the group really showcasing their vocal chemistry from the opening. Delegation turned up the disco for 'Heartache No. 9' adding a powerful string and horn section to a track that is currently receiving an overdue renaissance on the UK club scene.


Title: Eau de Vie [Import]
Genre: Soul/R & B
Artist(s): Delegation
Label: Big Break
Attributes: Bonus Tracks
Release Date: 12/4/2012
Product Type: CD
UPC: 5013929046535
Item #: 452893X


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