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Friday, May 15, 2015

The Braxtons: Good Life (Promo CDS) (Arista, 1990)

This was Toni and Tamar's first ever recording with their three sisters in 1990. It wasn't a hit but Toni caught the attention of  L.A. Reid and Babyface and later went on to sign to their newly-formed label LaFace Records as a solo artist. The Braxtons (with Tamar) regrouped as a threesome in 1996 and inked a deal with Atlantic Records, releasing their one and only studio album to date So Many Ways. Neither this song or its b-side Family appeared on the album, however an acapella mix of the title track later appeared on The Essential Toni Braxton in 2007... 

After posting the 12" vinyl some years back, I am finally able to post the 2-trk promo CD. Special thanks to Martin from Peru for this rarity.

Does not include the b-side. 

Good Life (Single Version) 4:11
Good Life (Extended Version) 6:20

Before Dark: Love Story (Advance Music) (RCA, 1998)

Advance promo copy of Before Dark's debut album with an alternate title Love Story. The album was originally set to be released in 1999 but after the failure of their first two singles, it was pushed back to the following year. The original album featured 3 tracks later omitted from the final track-listing Secrets, Sweetie Pie and Ooh Boy! The later two tracks went unreleased but Secrets later appeared as a b-side cut to the single Baby in 1999. Unfortunately they are nothing special and it is plain to see why they replaced them in the end.The song Monica and the productions by Kevin 'She'kspere' Briggs were definitely better.

Jazzy-Interlude Going To The Movies 2:08
Back Around 3:35
Come Correct 4:20
Baby 3:48
Push-N-Shove 4:39
Always On My Mind 4:29
It's All About You 4:26
Interlude-To The Bathroom 1:40
Daydreamin 4:01
She 5:20
Sweetie Pie 3:54
Secrets 4:38
Ooh Boy 4:24
Outro-Leving The Movies 1:40