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THE DRAMATICS: SHAKE IT WELL EXPANDED EDITION (CAROLINE INTL/SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
Track Listing:
1. Shake It Well
2. You Make The Music
3. My Ship Won't Sail Without You
4. Come Inside
5. Spaced Out Over You
6. That Heaven Kind Of Feeling
7. (I Like) Makin' You So Happy
8. Ocean Of Thoughts And Dreams
9. Music Is Forever
10. Shake It Well (US Single Edit) (Bonus Track)

Caroline International (in association with SoulMusic Records) is proud to present the 2015 reissue of SHAKE IT WELL, the 1977 ABC Records album by legendary soul music group, The Dramatics, an expanded edition including the single edit of the title track, a U.S. R&B top 10 hit and the slow jam classics “My Ship Won’t Sail Without You” and “Ocean Of Thoughts And Dreams” (also a U.S. R&B top 20 charted single). SHAKE IT WELL was fourth album The Dramatics recorded for ABC Records, following five years at Volt Records.

Formed in Detroit in 1966, The Dramatics enjoyed some local success with recordings for Wingate and Sport labels before producer/songwriter brought the group to Stax Records in 1969 where he had been working with Carla Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. While their initial single for the Stax imprint, Volt Records made little impact, a return to the label in 1971 yielded success with the now-classics “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” and “In The Rain,” both written and produced by one of Davis’ associates, Tony Hester.

In 1975, The Dramatics – original members Ron Banks and Willie Ford along with L.J. Reynolds, Larry “Squirrel” Demps and Lenny Mayes – signed with ABC Records: their first three albums for the label spawned R&B hits such as “Be My Girl” and a cover of Billy Paul’s “Me & Mrs. Jones”; for SHAKE IT WELL, the group continued working with producer Don Davis, reuniting with Tony Hester for two tracks, “Spaced Out Over You” and “Music Is Forever.”

For the SHAKE IT WELL sessions, producer Davis hired top session musicians including, Dennis Coffey, Ray Parker Jr., James Jamerson Sr. and Reginald Burke and the LP reached #10 on the R&B charts and #60 on the Top 200 Albums chart.

This reissue of SHAKE IT WELL marks its CD debut worldwide and was produced by David Nathan of SoulMusic.com, mastered by James Bragg of Chase The Ace, with artwork by Roger Williams and informative liner notes by renowned writer Matt Bauer featuring 2015 interviews with group members L.J. Reynolds and Willie Ford.


About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.
  
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