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EP111: Tisa Bryant on The Emotions' "Rejoice" (1977)

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Heat Rocks
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Tisa Bryant

The Emotions started out singing gospel as The Hutchinson Sunbeams, but when they signed a deal with Stax/Volt, they changed their name and switched to soul/R&B. They enjoyed modest success during those years, charting on the Hot 100, but Stax was going bankrupt, and The Emotions were left stranded. 

The group moved to Columbia Records and met Maurice White, who helped produce the biggest hits in their careers. "The Best of My Love" rocketed up the charts and reached the top spot on Billboard Pop and R&B and their album Rejoice went Platinum. 

Critic and professor Tisa Bryant talks to Oliver and guest co-host Ernest Hardy about the change in sound between the Stax/Volt and Columbia Records years, the role Maurice and Charles Stepney played in the production of this album, and The Emotions' place in the vast world of girl groups.  

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from Rejoice unless indicated otherwise):

  • Best of My Love
  • The Emotions: Peace Be Still
  • The Emotions: Flowers
  • A Long Way to Go
  • Bebe and Cece Winans: Heaven
  • Blessed
  • Deniece Williams: Free
  • Blessed
  • Key to My Heart
  • Don't Ask My Neighbors
  • A Feeling Is
  • Best of My Love
  • Don't Ask My Neighbors
  • Best of My Love
  • Don't Ask My Neighbors
  • A Long Way to Go
  • Rejoice
  • The Emotions: Blind Alley
  • The Emotions: Show Me How
  • The Emotions: Peace Be Still (Live at Wattstax)
  • The Emotions: We Go Through Changes
  • Love Unlimited: If You Want Me, Say It

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there.

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EP109: Gabrielle Civil on Prince's "Parade" (1986)

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Heat Rocks
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Gabrielle Civil

No single artist has come up on this show more than The Purple One and it's not hard to see why. His enormous discography is filled to the brim with timeless records and undeniable fire. 

Parade came at an interesting time in Prince's career; it would be the last album he recorded with The Revolution and was, ostensibly, the soundtrack to Prince's film Under the Cherry Moon, a critical and commercial flop. Parade endured and became one of his best selling albums, garnering near universal praise and launched his already successful career into the stratosphere. 

Writer and artist Gabrielle Civil joins Oliver and guest co-host Ernest Hardy in the studio to discuss Under the Cherry Moon, the chances Prince took with the production of Parade, and the role of women in his world. 

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from Parade unless indicated otherwise)

  • Do U Lie
  • Life Can Be So Nice
  • Venus De Milo
  • Christopher Tracy's Parade
  • I Wonder U
  • Under the Cherry Moon
  • Girls & Boys
  • I Wonder U
  • Prince: Old Friends 4 Sale
  • Sometimes It Snows in April
  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Sometimes It Snows in April
  • Sometimes It Snows in April
  • Life Can Be So Nice
  • Anotherloverholenyohead
  • Kiss
  • Prince: When Doves Cry
  • I Wonder U
  • Under the Cherry Moon
  • Kiss 
  • Anotherloverholenyohead
  • Christopher Tracy's Parade
  • New Position
  • Sometimes It Snows in April
  • Stevie Wonder: Send One Your Love
  • Aretha Franklin: Something He Can Feel
  • Camille: 1,2,3

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there.

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