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Kalita Records

Kalita Records

Sophisticated Ladies out now!
Kalita Records are proud and honoured to announce the first ever official reissue of the Sophisticated Ladies' sought-after 1980 New York disco single 'This Ain't Really Love', backed by a Mighty Zaf extended edit of their 1977 release 'Check It Out', and accompanied by interview-based liner notes. Here, the single will be available in its true 12” format, saving collectors and DJs alike from spending triple-digit figures on an original copy.

First formed in 1955, the Sophisticated Ladies started their recording life as the R&B girl group The Bobbettes, originally consisting of five female vocalists (Jannie Pought, Emma Pought, Reather Dixon, Laura Webb and Helen Gathers). The group were signed to the Atlantic record label and were most known for their 1957 hit single ‘Mr. Lee’, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Pop singles chart and remained #1 on the R&B chart for four weeks. They were in fact the first girl group to have a #1 R&B song which also was placed in the top ten of the singles chart.

However, by the mid-1970s and with the emergence of the disco era, the Bobbettes changed their name to the Sophisticated Ladies. As Emma Patron (nee Pought) recalled to me in the winter of 2017, The Bobbettes’ success with ‘Mr. Lee’ had been both a blessing and a curse – on the one hand it had provided them with international fame, yet by the 1970s it had become a constant weight and drag upon the group, type-casting and inhibiting their development as artists. Thus, upon the suggestion of their managers and producers Joe Webb and Frank Fair, the name The Bobbettes was lost, replaced now by the Sophisticated Ladies. Not only did this provide the opportunity for a clean sheet, but it also allowed them to have an image change from a girl group to a female disco outfit; as Joe recalls, ‘when we changed the name and gave the band a more soulful, disco sound, it made a huge differenc
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Cat: KALITA 12005. Rel: 06 Aug 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. This Ain't Really Love (4:19)
  2. Check It Out (The Mighty Zaf edit) (6:07)
out of stock $19.88
2
Fug (1 per customer)
Cat: MRB 7144. Rel: 06 Aug 18
Funk
  1. Fug (4:26)
  2. Brothers On The Slide (4:10)
 in stock $10.21
3
Cat: KALITA 12004. Rel: 16 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Getting Next To You (5:30)
  2. Party Life (instrumental) (6:25)
  3. Party Life (6:25)
  4. Jazzman (3:32)
  5. Callin' Me (4:48)
 in stock $27.40
4
Cat: AOTN 12005. Rel: 30 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Dirty Channels - "Watchin Out" (vs Danny Russel) (5:59)
  2. Frazelle - "Today Is the Day (Linkwood Chop)" (5:18)
out of stock $13.16
5
Cat: KALITA 7001. Rel: 07 May 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Love Africa Soul (3:52)
  2. Cameroun Airline (Nik Weston Mukatsuku edit) (4:14)
out of stock $10.74
6
Cat: AFR7 9. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Funk
  1. Black Debtors (4:48)
  2. Collaboration Of Doom (COD) (2:43)
out of stock $10.21
7
Where Will I Go (1 per customer)
Cat: ATH 070. Rel: 06 Aug 18
Soul
  1. Where Will I Go (4:09)
  2. Always (4:34)
out of stock $10.48
8
VARIOUS
Cat: EAS 018. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Donatella Viaggiano - "Napule Canta E More" (2:55)
  2. Giancarlo D'Auria - "Follia" (4:47)
  3. Tonica & Dominante - "Cicogna" (3:22)
  4. Oro - "Stop The War" (3:37)
  5. Antonio Sorrentino - "'E Prumesse" (3:51)
  6. Donn'Anna - "Nun Ce Sta Niente A Fa" (2:48)
  7. Mario D'Espiscopo - "I've Got The Music Of Your Love" (3:46)
  8. Oro - "Sasa" (3:44)
  9. Pino Amoroso - "Guagliu" (3:41)
 in stock $20.69
9
Cat: STRUT 154S. Rel: 19 Jun 17
International
  1. Agb'oju L'ogun (12" version) (11:45)
  2. Agb'oju L'ogun (LP version) (11:43)
out of stock $13.43
10
Cat: KALITALP 001. Rel: 11 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Sabi (Get Down)
  2. That's My Girl
 in stock $16.92
11
Cat: KALITA 12002. Rel: 04 Dec 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Reggae Down (5:29)
  2. Smile On Your Face (4:36)
out of stock $10.74
12
Cat: KALITA 12003. Rel: 19 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Holding On (6:23)
  2. Jesus Is The Light (3:36)
out of stock $10.74
13
Cat: KALITA 12001. Rel: 16 Oct 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Bian Kou
  2. E Clolo
  3. Mioukouna
out of stock $10.74
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