Thanks for the understanding most of you have had for the loss of my partner. The situation was unexpected and has not been easy, but I am better. I have been very busy since, with the aftermath and work, so I really haven't had the time or desire to post here. But I do check occasionally and will try to update requested links when I get a chance. No idea when or if I'll get to new posts, but you never know. He did support this blog, so maybe I'll get back to it. Thanks for your patience.

If you wish to download an album off of this blog and the link is dead, please request it either in the comments or the Chat Box and I will reupload it as soon as possible. :)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Legacy Of Sound - Holy Groove (1993) & Tour De Force (1995) DOUBLE POST!!

While Legacy Of Sound was a collective of sorts, it nucleus was producer Anders 'Bag' Bagge. Bagge joined forces with the mysterious "Snowman" and Gerry DeVeaux (not an official member of the group, BTW) to create a soulful and upbeat house sound, similar to American counterparts like Steve 'Silk' Hurley. They were considered among the forefathers of the 'happy house' sound. Appropriately enough their first single was entitled "Happy", and it was an instant dance hit internationally. It featured the vocals of fellow Swede Meja. Their second single "I Can't Let You Go" also featured Meja but wasn't near as popular, yet still they managed to get an international album release on RCA/BMG in 1993. The album featured Meja and James Gicho alternating on vocals. Gicho took the lead on their third single "Feel So Good", but it went largely ignored. They lost their international deal and DeVeaux and Gicho in the process, but managed to release another album in Europe on BMG/Ariola a couple years later (I didn't even realize this until I found this CD used a few years back). This time vocals were shared by Meja and Lori Perry, who was once a member of soul sister quartet Perri, and the sound remained mostly the same, with some more downbeat and eurohouse touches. But even though five singles were released - "Livin' & Learnin'", "Woman In Me" and "I Wanna Give You My Lovin'," all featuring Meja, and "Boy Don't Miss The Train" and "Wait (For Our Love To Find Us)" featuring Perry - none made any impact outside of their native Sweden and the collective disbanded. Perry continued to record as a solo artist, as did Gicho, though under the moniker of St. James he also found much greater success with another house act, SoundFactory, who had a huge hit with "Understand This Groove". After dropping some weight, Meja would have the most success as a solo artist, with the remixes of her song "All About The Money" burning up international dancefloors, and her featured duet with Ricky Martin, "Private Emotion", appearing on his hugely successful English debut album. She has maintained a successful career in Europe and Japan ever since. Gerry DeVeaux would also go on to a solo singing career, but had greater success as a producer, working with acts such as Kylie, Ultra Nate and, most notably, old friend Angie Stone. A fashion plate, he was also a judge on both Scandinavia's and Britain's Next Top Model. And the mysterious Snowman is no longer a mystery thanks to Kevin, as he happens to be music industry success Peter Swartling, a renowned record producer and talent scout who was a judge on the first four seasons of Swedish Idol. Anders Bagge was likely the greatest success story of all, however, as alone and as part of BAG & Arnthor, he was at the forefront of the pop resurgence in the new millennium, having produced acts like Robyn, Gina G, Ace Of Base, J Lo, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson and Madonna. He also replaced Swartling as a judge on Swedish Idol in 2008, along with his ex-wife Laila, whose solo album will definitely be making an appearance on the Isle in the future. ;)

Video for Happy

Download Holy Groove

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Happy
2
I Can't Let You Go
3
Suddenly
4
When Is It Love
5
Feel So Good
6
Someone's Waitin'
7
Better Late Than Never
8
Where R U Now
9
Feel It In My Heart
10
Gimme Love
11
Takin' Me Higher
12
Feel So Good (Live Vibe)
13
Happy (Club Mix)

Video for Woman In Me

Video for Wait (For Our Love To Find Us)

Download Tour De Force

1
Interlude
2
Boy Don't Miss The Train
3
Wait (For Our Love To Find Us)
4
Woman In Me
5
If You Ever Turn Around
6
I Wanna Give You My Lovin'
7
I Got What You Need
8
Interlude - PT 2
9
Everybody
10
Black Rain
11
Am I Dreaming?
12
Keep Livin' & Learnin'
13
Bitchitude
14
Loving You

12 comments:

  1. Merry Xmas and have a great New Year, thanks for sharing some fantastic music over the last year, all the best Mikeyten

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  2. Thanks, and the same to you! Thanks for enjoying this blog!

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  3. many many many thanx! indeed, LoS albums are totally forgotten, its only singles that keep migrating from collection to compilation... never ever hoped to find the albums - but stumbled on your page just by chance! most links are dead but megaupload still works!! it really made my day, thanx again!!!!

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  4. Many Thanks! Happy to find L.O.S. & thrilled to find Lori Perry!

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  5. Thanks so much. I only had the cassette of 'Holy Groove'!

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  6. Great up, thanks a lot, blog bookmarked :)

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  7. Thanks so much. "Tour the force" is dead, please reupload...

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  8. The link for this excellent cd is out but can be found in this torrent: db0b9798e77c0c5b1800466d045b9036d8932215

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