Kleeer were formed in 1972 in New York and went through several names before signing to Atlantic Records as Kleeer in 1979. The group had previously backed up Joe Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes for touring duties in the early seventies and also took on the moniker of Universal Robot Band after production legends of the era Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael had released a purely studio based single under that name and needed a group to back up the project. However by 1978 the group had a change of heart as they no longer wanted to record and tour as the Universal Robot Band and instead be in charge of their own destiny which culminated in the deal with Atlantic and a final change of name.
Kleeer had a funky sound with a dance floor edge and were able to create success on both sides of the Atlantic in 1979 with solid grooves like ‘Keep Your Body Workin’’ (US R&B #60) and ‘Tonight’s The Night (Good Time)’ (US R&B #33) both taken from their debut album “I Love To Dance”.
WINNERS was the second album by Kleeer, also released in 1979, and looked to follow up quickly on the success of its predecessor. The title track, and opener on the album, was the first single to be released in early 1980 and trumped their previous success by peaking at #23 on the US R&B charts. ‘Winners’, continues with the dance floor sound of the
group’s previous singles and put them firmly on the Disco map. ‘I Still Love You’ and ‘Your Way’ immediately drop the tempo down and sound like quiet storm-esque jams before the remainder of the album picks up the pace again with mid-tempo dancers like ‘Rollin’ On’ and ‘Hunger For Your Love’. The album concludes with the second single ‘Open Your
Mind’ which was also an R&B hit in the summer of 1980.
BBR is very proud to present WINNERS, fully re-mastered with extensive
artwork and liner notes as well as an extra bonus track.
WINNERS is a must have for all R&B, Funk and Disco fans out there!
1. Winners 7:09
2. I Still Love You 4:11
3. Your Way 4:45
4. Close To You 5:27
5. Rollin'On 4:13
6. Nothin' Said 4:54
7. Hunger For Love 5:35
8. Open Your Mind 6:43
Bonus Tracks :
9. Winners (12” Disco Version) 7:58
10.Open Your Mind ( 7” version) 3:51
11. Winners ( 7” version) 3:37
Label : Big Break Records
Catnr. : CDBBR226
Ean : 5013929052635
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