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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Company B - I Know You Know (1989) & Love Is Not Fair (1990) DOUBLE POST!!

Everyone knows Company B for their huge freestyle hit "Fascinated" from 1986. They were formed in Miami by Ish Ledesma, a producer and solo artist formerly of disco band Foxy. He recruited Lori Livrano (who became his wife), Susan Johnson (now Gonzalez) and Charlotte McKinnon. The song was released on an indie label but interest rapidly spread and they were soon signed by Atlantic Records. The song was a huge hit and a self-titled album was quickly made to cash in. McKinnon, who did lead vocals on "Fascinated", left for a solo career and was replaced by Lori's sister Leslie (aka Lezlee). This incarnation of the group was the one on the album cover and in the videos for "Fascinated" and it's follow-up single "Perfect Lover". A string of dance hits followed and a second album, Gotta Dance, was released in 1989. Lezlee and Susan left before the album was recorded and were replaced by Donna Huntley and Julie Marie. The sound was much less freestyle and more diverse musically, including the housey first single "You Stole My Heart", and the second single, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", was a very retro remake of The Andrews Sisters hit from where Company B got their name. But neither single was a hit, and though a follow-up album was recorded, they were dropped. "I Know You Know" comes from Gotta Dance and to me is a beautiful uptempo ballad that features great production and vocals, and is very different from their other songs. The follow-up album, 3, did finally get released on Hot Productions in 1996. Though the vocals are credited to Lori, Lezlee and Susan, according to Julie Marie it was actually she, Donna Huntley and someone named Allison who recorded the vocals. She had no idea the album had been released and holds a grudge towards Ish for changing the names. "Love Is Not Fair" is taken from that album, and in my opinion is easily one of their best tracks, a haunting house/freestyle hybrid with an exotic vocal. Another album was released the same year on Hot Productions, Jam On Me, which has some remakes from the first album and outtakes. Apparently another album, Irresistible, was released in 1998, though I have never come across it. In 2006 the group reformed with original members Charlotte and Susan, as well as new member Arlene Coutee. They released the single "Soldier Boy" in 2008, and Rachel Leslie joined after Arlene left. They continue to tour and perform across America.

Download I Know You Know

Download Love Is Not Fair

2 comments:

  1. In all my years of searching no one knows anything about Irresistible...I even emailed ISH and he knew nothing about it! If anyone has any info about that album please step forward!

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  2. Any chance of a re-up?? Thanks.

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