Saturday, September 29, 2007

ACTIVE FORCE - Active Force (1983)

Funk / Soul
Soul, Disco

Michael Stokes for Michael Stokes Productions
Additional Musicians:Piano: Robbie Buchanon and Patrice Rushen/Keyboards: Michael Stokes/Synthesizers: Michael Stokes, Robbie Buchanon and Dave Ervin/Guitars: Charles J. Fearing/Bass: Freddie Washington and Eddie Watkins/Drums: Mike Beard/Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa (DaCosta)


01 Keep on Rockin’
02 Cold Blooded Lover
03 I Never thought I’d Love Again
04 Coo Coo Kachu
05 Give me your love
06 Bottom Line
07 Rise Up
08 My Sunshine

Bonus Track:
08 Give me your love (Extended)

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"The 1981 self titled album by Active Force has been released on CD by Vinyl Masterpiece who has made a name for themselves amongst serious collectors by releasing rare and hard-to-find albums and tracks.Their newest compact disc reissue includes the original artwork, musician credits along with great sound. If you enjoy the likes of the B.B. & Q. Band or other early 80s urban, funk and soul then you'll want to order this one.Active Force is: Victor Adams, Gerald Mallory, Adrian Steele, Adriana Steele and Gerald Steele.(

"Great Soul/Funk reissue on the PTG label, Active Force’s self titled album Active Force. In 1983 released on A&M Records and still very much in demand for Soul/Funk Music lovers all over the world. Active Force’s album was produced by Michael Stokes, who had great successes with Smokey Robinson, Brass Construction, BT Express and many others. Patrice Rushen also participates on this album. In 1982 she scored a big hit with “Forget me nots”. Active Force is a typical early eighties disco/funk album with funky synth-bass lines, beautiful vocals and very well produced. Active Force had one big club hit “Give me your love”. The extended version, originally released on the 12 inch, has been included on this CD as a bonustrack!"

"A sweet 80s groover throughout -- the only album we've ever seen by this keyboard-heavy quintet, served up in a flurry of catchy catchy tunes! Keys on the set are handled by producer/arranger Michael Stokes -- who's very clearly in charge of the voices of the group -- giving them real focus on the album's mix of uptempo groovers and a few mellower cuts, sometimes even underscoring things with a groove that's verging on electro! Titles include the great midtempo stepper "Give Me Your Love", plus "Bottom Line", "Rise Up", "Keep On Rockin", "My Sunshine", "Coo Coo Kachu", and "I Never Thought I'd Love Again". CD also features a bonus extended mix of "Give Me Your Love". (

Michael Stokes is a highly talented producer and songwriter.Based in Los Angeles, Michael has worked consistently as a producer through the 70's and '80's with artists including Creative Source ('Creative Source', 1973, and 'Pass The Feeling On', 1975), Morning, Noon And Night ('Morning, Noon & Night', 1977), Shirley Caesar ('From The Heart', 1978), Keith Barrow ('Physical Attraction', 1978, including 'You Know You Want To Be Loved'), Ronn Matlock ('Love City', 1978), Nature's Divine ('In The Beginning', 1979), Booker T. Jones ('I Want You', 1981), Rose Royce ('Love Me Right Now', 1984), Gerald Mallory ('Lay It Down On Me', 1982), Active Force ('Give Me Your Love', 1983), Sherrick ('Just Call', 1987) and Smokey Robinson.
His wife is Linda Stokes, a member of the group Magic Lady for whom Michael has produced their three albums.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The female leads on Bottom Line, My Sunshine. Never Thought I'd Love again and the Hot Vocals on KEEP ON ROCK'IN ARE THE STRONG VOCALS OF The daughter of Solomon Burke and Delores Burke The writes of "Got ta Get You Off Of My Mind" {Melanie Honey Burke}. Melanie's father was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall OF fame 2001 along with the like of Michael Jackson. To learn more go to Goole; Melanie Honey Burke WAMMLLC

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