Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

Rare Pleasure – Let Me Down Easy

Most Wanted! Rare Pleasure – Let Me Down Easy (Cheri)

Rare Pleasure… Quite a premonitory name for this studio band, responsible for the ultra sought after ‘Let Me Down Easy’. A cut which would be their only (commercial) release back in 1976. This in addition to an obscure acetate – ‘Superfine Feeling’ – the year after.

That said, pretending this jam engendered a big following would be nothing but fantasy! Its release on some indie label most likely explaining this. And therefore the fact that it only reached the status of an Underground NYC Disco classic at the time.

This unsung jewel in the vein of the Tom Moulton mixed productions, which featured an uncredited Sandy Barber on lead vocals would get some retroactive recognition more than 20 years after its release. With David Morales sampling it on the 1998 ‘Needin’ U’ by The Face. But also Joey Negro including it on the seminal ‘Disco Spectrum’ compilation for BBE the year after.

NYC-born Sandra Barber knew from an early age she had singing in her skin. Therefore, with the encouragements of her family she would sing everywhere she could. No wonder then why, in her then teens, she wanted to be a singing star. An appearence on Talent Night at Harlem’s the Apollo Theatre where she won the second place standing as one of most cherished moments.
There she met the attention of Chris Curry who hooked her up with producer David Jordan who was looking for a female singer for a project of his. This being Sandy got to sing the lead along with Rare Pleasure on the heavily sought after ‘Let Me Down Easy’.

Singing with a group wasn’t really her thing though. Hopefully, she would get soon after introduced to Clyde Otis who signed her on the spot and produced her debut-album – ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ – 2 years later. An album out of which came the memorable ‘I Think I’ll Do Steppin’ (On My Own)’ which Opolopo reworked in absolute fine style on BBE back in 1995.

Sandy Barber also made a name for herself as Sandy B in the House scene back in the 90’s. She topped the Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart with ‘Make The World Go Round’ and ‘Ain’t No Need To Hide’ both produced by Deep Dish. Most likely her biggest classics from the period. These along with ‘Feel Like Singin’ produced by B.O.P. on Nervous (1992). And ‘Back Together’ produced by Roland Clark on King Street (1994).

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