FREEZ & JOHN ROCCA - Southern Freeez / Variations on a Theeem - 2LP - Limited Blue Marbled / Transparent

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FREEZ & JOHN ROCCA - Southern Freeez / Variations on a Theeem - 2LP - Limited Blue Marbled / Transparent

FREEZ & JOHN ROCCA - Southern Freeez / Variations on a Theeem - 2LP - Limited Blue Marbled / Transparent

€28.99

 

FREEZ & JOHN ROCCA – Southern Freeez / Variations on a Theeem – 2LP – Limited Blue Marbled / Transparent


Beggars Arkive reissue the classic Freeez debut album Southern Freeez. The second LP contains seven brand new tracks from the band’s leader John Rocca. Freeez were a legendary group from London, known as one of the UK’s main jazz-funk bands of the early 1980s…aka Brit funk. Led by John Rocca, Freeez consisted of various musicians, originally with Rocca and others including Andy Stennet (keyboards), Peter Maas (bass guitar) and Paul Morgan. Their debut album Southern Freeez was released in 1981 and contains the hit song Southern Freeez which included guest vocals by Ingrid Mansfield Allman. John Rocca initially released the album it on his own Pink Rythm label before being signed to Beggars Banquet.

 

A few years later, they had even more hits. Their biggest, IOU, was a #1 club single and was written and produced by renowned producer Arthur Baker with lyric contributions and lead vocals by John Rocca and remixed by Jellybean Benitez and Baker. It was a hit in the US in addition to the UK and was used in the legendary breakdancing movie Beat Street. Pop Goes My Love was another hit. Rocca also had a hit as a solo artist in 1984 with I Want It To Be Real. While they may not be a household name, if you know, you know. They have been sampled many times, by artists including Jamie xx, Coolio, Brandy, Madlib and more.

 

Nearly 40 years after the original release of Southern Freeez, after being contacted by Beggars Arkive about a reissue, John was inspired to go back to his roots. He pulled together some of the work that he had been experimenting with over the years and enlisted some musicians (including his nephews) to play on the tracks, saying that doing so “was a nice reflection of the past meeting the present”.

Tracklist

LP1/FREEEZ – SOUTHERN FREEEZ
A1 Mariposa
A2 Caribbean Winter
A3 Easy on the Onions
A4 Sunset
B1 Flying High
B2 Southern Freeez
B3 Roller Chase
B4 First Love
B5 Finale

LP2/John Rocca
A1 Southern Freeez 20+20
A2 Feeel the Music
A3 Simple Breeez
B1 My Name Is Love Part 1 + Part 2
B2 Slow Down (ordinary dawn)
B3 Rain

LABEL: Beggars Banquet

CAT NO: BBQ2166LP

BARCODE: 607618216610