Monday, May 22, 2017

I.D.: Alien Records Fall & Winter Releases (Promo CD) (Alien Records, 1996)

As stated in my previous post Alien Records (also known as Y? Entertainment) was a joint venture between veteran producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy (En Vogue, Tony! Toni! Tone!) It was active between 1996-1997 and briefly boasted four R&B and hip hop acts, rapper To Be Continued, Filipina R&B trio Premiere, funky sextuplet Eklipse (later Sol Eklypse) and the above smooth male R&B group whose promotional single I posted previously. Most - if not all - were produced by Foster & McElroy themselves which resulted in a very commercial, radio-friendly sound but only one act, Premiere, ever actually made it anywhere (released one single, a full-length album and even went as far as Germany.) Rapper To Be Continued was the next semi-successful act, releasing one single in 1996 but her album For Dirty Minds Only was shelved shortly after. The two remaining groups appeared to never make it past promotion although the above one fared slightly better than the sextuplet; they at least got a promotional 12" (see previous post.) Included on the above sampler are three additional tracks by them, presumably recorded for their album Required which was not released.

Premiere - Somethin' About You 3:30
Premiere - On My Mind 4:14
Premiere - Somethin' Just Ain't Right 4:37
I.D. - Lost Without Your Love 4:12
I.D. - In The Mood 3:48
I.D. - So Real 4:53
Eklipse - Eye To Eye 4:05
Eklipse - Last Night 4:39
Eklipse - Let It Flow 3:59
To Be Continued - Rythmatic Whiplash 3:43
To Be Continued - Can You Feel Me 3:26
To Be Continued - Chronic Sex 3:35

Tracks 1,2,3 later included on the album Premier (1996)
Track 7, 9 later included on the shelved Warner Bros. album Ghetto Sol (2000) (please see next post for more information.)

Many thanks once again to Stuaaart