Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Best Of Angela Bofill Part 1 (The Seventies)

Angela Bofill, Raised in New York by a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother, Angela Bofill was a student of many styles of music, from the latin sounds played regularly by her family to the soul and jazz sounds of her neighborhood in the Bronx. She began singing professionally as a teenager as a member of New York's All City Voices and as featured lead soloist for the Dance Theater of Harlem.

After completing her studies in California, Bofill was introduced by her friend, jazz flutist Dave Valentin, to Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen of GRP records, and they signed her for her 1978 debut, Angie. The album was a breakout smash on contemporary jazz radio and the tastefully arranged jazz vocal disc showed a gifted young artist with a rich voice beyond her years. Featuring a number of great cuts, including most notably a cover of "This Time I'll Be Sweeter," Angie became one of the year's biggest jazz albums. She followed it in 1979 with the even better Angel of the Night, a more muscular album that showed she had the chops to handle upbeat material like the title cut and the fantastic "What I Wouldn't Do" as well as softer tracks such as "I Try" (later beautifully remade by Will Downing).

Sensing a star in the making, Clive Davis and Arista Records bought out Angela's GRP contract and teamed her with hot writer/producer Narada Michael Walden for Something About You, an attempt at a more straight-ahead pop/soul album. While some of Bofill's jazz fans balked at the new album, it was undoubtedly a critical success, providing her with some of the best material of her career, including the stepper "Holding Out For Love" and the wonderful ballads "Break It To Me Gently" and Earl Klugh's "You Should Know By Now." It was one of 1982's best albums and still sounds great today (it was reissued in expanded form in 2002). Unfortunately, Arista pulled a rare blunder in its choices of singles to be released from the album, and the disc never received the props it deserved.

She teamed up again with Walden in 1983 for Too Tough, which was even more directly aimed at the urban market, with a funk-laded title cut and very little resembling her earlier jazz stylings. And while it became her highest charting album on the R&B charts, it was at the expense of her loyal jazz following, which never really came back. She again teamed with Walden for Teaser, which featured the nice ballad, "I'm On Your Side."
Whether singing jazz, soul or funk, and regardless of the quality of material she worked with, Bofill always got the most out of her material and made even poorly produced work sound better than it should.

She recorded two more modestly successful albums for Arista (with the help of the System and George Duke) before moving to Capitol and producer extraordinaire Norman Connors for Intuition in 1988. It was her last notable chart success. She recorded three more albums over the next eight years of varying quality, and provided backing vocals on a number of other albums, most notably Connors' excellent Eternity in 2000, where she sounded as wonderful as ever.

She's appeared in a number of stage plays over the last few years, including "God Don't Like Ugly" and "What A Man Wants, What A Man Needs." She's also regularly toured the US and Europe in multi-artist jazz artist shows.

According to her manager, Rich Engel, Angela Bofill suffered a stroke on January 10, 2006 and was subsequently paralyzed on her left side. Bofill convalesced at Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA. She was released from intensive care on January 15 and required speech and physical therapy.

Because Ms. Bofill did not have health insurance, a benefit concert was organized to pay her hospital bills. The show, planned by Engel along with NY radio stations Kiss FM and CD 101.9, was held on March 11 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. Similar events were being planned for Detroit and Los Angeles, Engel said. Other aid was being sought from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

According to her website , Ms. Bofill suffered another massive stroke on July 10, 2007. Her condition at this time is stable. She currently resides in a convalescent home in the Bay Area. Aid from her fans, friends, and family is being solicited through her website.
To All Angela Bofill fans all over the world:
This is the first part of my tribute to her. I hope for her speedy recovery. God bless her!

I had this project in the planning stages since 2007 and my good friend and kababata Roxanne Shaw Dar Juan asked me if I can make a compilation of her hits, So I obliged and made Part 1 today. RX you request has been granted. Enjoy!

Please support her plight buy sending donations thru her website or by buying her music.

Mixed and recorded on the fly! 100 % Original Vinyl.


DBX Encoded Digitally Enhanced Stereo, 320 kbps, 44.1 khz, 104 mb, 00:45:50

01.Angel Of The Night
02.The Only Thing I Would Wish For
03.Summer Days
04.The Feelings Love
05.I Try
06.This Time I'll Be Sweeter
07.Baby I Need Your Love
08.Under The Moon And Over The Sky
09.What I Wouldn't Do (For The Love Of You)
10.People Make The World Go Round

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