Tue. Aug. 03, 2021

Vivienne McKone – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Lost but not least! Vivienne McKone – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Single Remix) (Rude Note Records)

“Everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna be just fine…” Damn it! Such a long time we hadn’t heard from Vivienne McKone. Bringin’ me back to the souvenir of the boiling days of the Brit-Soul era as a matter of fact. A period when there was nothing like jammin’ in London with luminaries such as Omar, Mica Paris, the McKoy Family and countless others. Not to mention the ‘Vivienne McKone’ album which FFRR sent me back in 1992. Iteself featuring the swinging ‘Sing’. But also the mellow ‘Beware’ with remix by the likes of long time friend Ray Hayden of Opaz Productions.

“Everything’s gonna be alright…” Sure thing, man! With this track of the likes which saw the light back in 2009 as a part of the Döme Records compilation, ‘Soul Lounge – Sixth Edition’, given some new remixes.

“Everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna be just fine…” The lady says it all. With Mike Collins and Gary Barnacle givin’ the smooth and uplifting ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ new arrangements. And, by that bringin’ it a jazzy/funk Summerish tip built on a delicate wah wah-ish guitar part. This in addition to a captivating muted trumpet solo by the likes of Arden Hart over a typical Brit-Soul rhythm pattern…

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A native of London, Vivienne McKone comes from a family of artists. With her brother, Ernie being remembered as the bassist of Galliano and also the founder of Boogie Back Records along with Oisin Little.
She started dancing at the early age of two. And, six years later, she had her first theatrical West End role! The first traces of her bringin’ us back to 1976. This while appearing as ‘Velma’ (the solo dancer) in Alan Parker‘s ‘Bugsy Malone’ film. Then adding her contributions to various TV series such as ‘The Boy Who Won The Pools‘ and ‘Casualty’. Not to mention ‘That’s Love’ among others.

Most oftenly writing her own music with the help of her keyboards, she dropped her first single – ‘Nobody’s Fool’ – back in 1983. This as a part of ‘The Boy Who Won The Pools’ OST. Then nothing else until 1991 and the release of ‘Self Control’ which marked her debut on FFRR. Itself the home of artists such as Fatman feat. Stella Mae (‘Release Me’), Martine Girault (‘The Revival’), Electra (‘Jibaro’) and Arthur Miles (‘Helping Hand’) among others.
The year after seeing her comin’ up with her eponymous debut-album along with American producer Stewart Levine. And scoring what would become her two biggest classics by the likes of ‘Sing’ and ‘Beware’.

Strangely enough her venture with FFRR came to an end soon after. And in 1994, she eventually dropped a one-off – the mellow ‘Come Into My Life’ – on Boogie Back Records. Then nothing more until 2002 and the release of ‘Raw Sweet Lovin” on Rebop Music. The whole before another 10 years + hiatus and the arrival of ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ on Rude Note Records. This in addition to her contribution to ‘Trust Me’ on Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band‘s ‘The Secret Life Of Us’ 2012 album.

More recently, in 2015, ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ resurfaced with remixes courtesy of Nigel Lowis on DSG Music.

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