Legendary R&B Group Pleasure’s Out-Of-Print Album “Joyous” to be Released on Vinyl Jan. 6th, 2023

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

PLEASURE’S LONG OUT-OF-PRINT CLASSIC JOYOUS
RETURNS TO VINYL EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH JAZZ DISPENSARY’S COVETED TOP SHELF SERIES

Produced by soul-jazz legend Wayne Henderson (The Jazz Crusaders), the 1977 LP blends party-ready funk delicacies with soulful sonic voyages, including “Dance to the Music” and the frequently sampled Top 40 R&B hit “Joyous”

Out January 6th and available to pre-order beginning today
exclusively at JazzDispensary.com

Los Angeles, CA (December 1, 2022)─Jazz Dispensary proudly announces the latest release in its acclaimed Top Shelf series, Pleasure’s long out-of-print classic Joyous. Produced by Wayne Henderson (The Jazz Crusaders), the 1977 album delivers instant party vibes, thanks to a lively blend of soul, funk, disco, and jazz. As with every title in the album-centric Top Shelf series—which reissues the highest-quality, hand-picked rarities (all culled from Craft Recordings’ vaults)—Joyous has been cut from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on audiophile-quality 180-gram vinyl at RTI. The LP is housed in a tip-on jacket, featuring faithfully reproduced original designs. Returning to vinyl for the first time since its original release, Joyous is out January 6th and available to pre-order beginning today (12/1) exclusively at JazzDispensary.com.

Hailing from Portland, OR, Pleasure formed in 1972, blending the talents of two local acts: The Franchise (featuring drummer Bruce Carter, guitarist Marlon “The Magician” McClain, and bassist Nathaniel Phillips) and The Soul Masters (featuring keyboardists and brothers Donald and Michael Hepburn, saxophonist Dennis Springer, trombonist/guitarist Dan Brewster, vocalist Sherman Davis, and percussionist Bruce Smith). Soon, the nonet’s electric fusion of soul, jazz, and funk caught the ears of Jazz Crusaders co-founder and trombonist Wayne Henderson. Under Henderson’s wing, Pleasure signed to Fantasy Records (home to the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Vince Guaraldi), where the soul jazz star would produce four of the band’s albums, including their 1975 debut, Dust Yourself Off, 1976’s Accept No Substitutes and 1977’s Joyous.

After spending months on the road, opening for the era’s hottest R&B acts (including Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, War, Natalie Cole, Bill Withers and B.B. King), the members of Pleasure were primed to deliver their most confident album yet. The result was Joyous, which offered a perfect, genre-bending example of their self-declared “360 degrees of music.” Marking the band’s final album with its original line-up, Joyous allowed each member of the group to shine—particularly when it came to songwriting. Among the highlights is the McClain-penned party anthem “Dance to the Music,” Brewster’s pop-forward “Let Me Be the One” and Michael Hepburn’s enduring hit “Joyous.” The title track, which opens the album, offers a six-and-a-half-minute-long funk-fueled jam that feels right at home on a disco floor. The song became the group’s first Top 40 hit on the R&B charts, helping to propel Joyous to No.34 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums chart and No.113 on the overall album chart (Pleasure’s highest position at that point in their career). The album also featured a handful of chilled-out delights, including Donald Hepburn’s sultry “Sassafras Girl” and Nathaniel Phillips’ smooth-as-silk ballad “Tune In.” Dan Brewster’s “Only You,” meanwhile, delivers a soulful, socially conscious message.

Since its release, Joyous has only grown in its popularity and has become a sought-after favorite of DJs. Reflecting on the album, AllMusic called it “a classic that underscores Pleasure’s risk-taking nature.” The UK-based Soul and Jazz and Funk hailed it as “a must-own for jazz-funk enthusiasts,” while Soulstrut praised Joyous as “the apex of [Pleasure’s] sophisticated, matured sound.” Over the decades, several of the songs on Joyous have found new lives through samples—particularly the title track, which has appeared in releases by Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Eric B. & Rakim, Sugarhill Gang and Daft Punk, among many others. “Let Me Be the One,” meanwhile, was also sampled in tracks by the likes of Public Enemy and Ultramagnetic MCs.

Tracklist:

Side A

1. Joyous
2. Let Me Be The One
3. Only You
4. Can’t Turn You Loose

Side B

1. Sassafras Girl
2. Tune In
3. Dance To The Music
4. Selim

Chummy Press

MORE News on T.U.M.S.!

Music Legend Mary Wilson's Unreleased Single "Soul Defender" to be Released on March 3rd, 2023
Gospel Singer Marcus Jordan Releases New EP "My Life" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Singer Dante Bowe Releases New Single "Hide Me" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery to Release New Album "Like Minds" on April 14th, 2023
Reggae Singer Rad Dixon Releases Debut Album "Hard Times" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Vocalist Kurt Elling Releases New Rendition of Al Jarreau’s “Boogie Down” | LISTEN! New EP "Guilty P...
Soul-Jazz Saxophonist Shawn Raiford Releases New Single "Forever" | LISTEN!
Singer Carlos Budd Ford to Release New EP "Across The Pond" on Feb. 3rd, 2023 | LISTEN!
Blues Singer Donald Ray Johnson Releases New Single "Rocking In The Same Old Boat" | LISTEN!
Reggae Singer Annette Brissett Releases New Single "Mi Gungu Walk" feat. Marcia Griffiths | LISTEN!
Jazz Keyboardist Myron McKinley to Release Debut Album "Sound Alchemist" on Feb. 10th, 2023 | WATCH ...
Sir Spencer Releases New Single "Be About It" feat. Kendra Glenn | LISTEN!
Blue Note Records Releases 2nd Single "Eloquence" by Matters Unknown ft. Miryam Solomon; From Transm...
Canadian Soul Artist Queen M Releases New Single "Evolution Of Queen M." | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Rising Pianist Isaiah J. Thompson to Release New Album "The Power of the Spirit" on March 17th, 2023...
Songstress Keke Wyatt Signs with Shanachie Entertainment for New Album
Legendary Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson's LP Version of "On a Clear Day: The Oscar Peterson Trio - Liv...
Gospel Singer Cheryl Boggs Releases New Single "Get Up" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Soul Vocalist Sandra-Mae Lux Releases New Single "I'm Still Here" | LISTEN!
Soul-Jazz Singer Carmen Jackson Releases New Single "Where Do We Go From Here - The Remix" | LISTEN!
NEW VOICES! Up-and-Coming Singer Chenza Releases New Cover "Where Could I Go But To The Lord" | WATC...
Reggae Icons Morgan Heritage to Release New Single "Just A Number" on Jan. 27th, 2023 | WATCH NEW VI...
Drummer/Composer Kendrick Scott to Release New Trio Album "Corridors" on March 3rd, 2023 | LISTEN to...
R&B Artist Sir Spencer Releases New Maxi Single "Maybe" | LISTEN!
Pianist Melvin Johnson to Release New Project "Little Red Wagon" on Feb. 17th, 2023
The Walls Group Release Official Music Video for "Crazy" - WATCH! New Album "Four Walls" Coming Feb....
Documentary Film "Take Me To The River" to be Released Digitally Feb. 3rd, 2023
Funk Ensemble Brooklyn Funk Essentials Release New Single "How Happy" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Maski x Tubatsi Release New Single "Zibonakalise" | WATCH NEW VIDEO! Debut Album "Synthetic Hearts" ...
Husband & Wife Duo David and Tiffany Spencer Releases New Album "Compatible" | LISTEN!
Pianist Kevin Toney to Release New Concert Project "An Evening with Kevin Toney and Friends ~ Jazz L...
R&B/Jazz Flautist Jef Kearns to Release New Single/Cover "How Deep Is Your Love" feat Quisha Wint on...
Jazz Vocalist Jane Irving to Release New Album “Don't Quit Now” on March 31st, 2023
R&B Group Khemistry Releases New Slow Ballad "Don't Stay Mad" | LISTEN!
Legendary Artists CultJam Return w/New Project "CultJam Love" | LISTEN to New Single "What Love Can ...
R&B Singer Tanqueray Hayward to Release New Single "You Lied" on Jan. 20th, 2023 | LISTEN!
Gospel Singer Erica Campbell Releases New Single "Feel Alright (Blessed)" | LISTEN!
Actress Harriett D. Foy Releases New House Music EP "Project 1:11" | LISTEN!
The Best Video Game Music Ever
Bassist Christian McBride Releases Project "The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons...