Electronic,Funk / Soul, Jazz
Weston Foster - Drums,Vocal
Lloyd Dwyer - Sax
Mark Fisher - Keyboard
Junior Bromfield - Bass
Simon Eyre - Guitar
George Bromfield - Vocals,Bass
Frank Burke - Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
SECOND IMAGE (1982)
Bass - Junior Bromfield
Drums, Vocals - Weston Foster
Electric Piano - Carol Isaacs (from Savage Progress) (tracks: 07 to 09)
Electric Piano [Rhodes, Grand Piano, Jupiter 8, Obxa, Moog Prodigy] - Mark Fisher (from Matt Bianco)
Engineer - Bad Brad
Flugelhorn, Trumpet, Vocals - Frank Burke
Guitar - Simon Eyre
Keyboards - Pete Wingfield (tracks: 01, 08, 09)
Mastered By - Geoff Pesche
Percussion, Vocals - George Bromfield
Producer - Pete Wingfield (tracks: 02-06,08,09) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Wingfield) , Roy Carter (tracks: 01, 07)
Saxophone [Alto, Soprano] - Lloyd Dwyer
01 Can't Keep Holding On ´83
02 Special Lady
03 It's All Been Said And Done
04 Life Is What You Make It
05 Is It Me?
06 Better Take Time
08 Love Turns Me Upside Down
09 What's Happening?
10 Can't Keep Holding On ´81
12 Star (U.S. Remix)
13 Fall In Love
Link to download:
STRANGE REFLECTIONS (1985)
Produced by: Christopher Heaton (from Landscape)
01 Starting Again
02 Only Lover
03 Strange Reflections
04 Satisfies Your Life
05 Sing And Shout
06 Ovo Mexico
07 Don't You (New Mix)
09 Lights Out
10 Searching But Not Finding
Link to download:
Their second album is much better than the first one and loaded with very good songs. Some of them are slightly similar to Imagination (also was a great band in the early '80's) and Incognito, so if you like these bands,you will also like Second Image! "Lights Out" was written by Rod Temperton (also wrote Michael Jackson's Thriller etc.)
01 Take A Trip (Dance Mix)(1982)
02 Fly Away (1982)
03 What's Happening (Instrumental) (1982)
04 Special Lady (Instrumental) (1983)
05 Don't You (The Big Version) (1983)
06 Special Lady (Vocal) (Extended Version)(1983)
07 Starting Again (Extended Version)
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This septet of musicians included drummer and vocalist Weston Foster, saxophonist Lloyd Dwyer, keyboardist Mark Fisher, bassist Junior Bromfield, guitarist Simon Eyre, percussionist George Bromfield, and trumpeter cum vocalist Frank Burke. Their name bore a striking resemblence, to a chain of clothing stores that were situated in the London area. As is the norm with most bands, for years they honed their craft through the gigs that they performed, and eventually issued a number of singles such as Fall In Love and Dance Dance Dance.
They entered the Freddie Starr Showcase talent competition, which like New Faces and Opportunity Knocks was one of the many predecessors to Fame Academy and X Factor to appear on British television. They surprised all concerned by reaching the show’s final, and eventually went on to win the contest in 1983. The pioneering radio DJ Robbie Vincent became their manager, and they joined Polydor's roster which at the time included Level 42. That same year saw the release of their Better Take Time LP, which included the singles Special Lady, Can’t Keep Holding On written by David Grant, What's Happening, the very vibrant Star, the truly sublime Love Turns Me Upside Down, and the titular track. They were produced by Roy Carter and then Pete Wingfield, both of whom were members of Olympic Runners.
Their next LP Strange Reflections came two years hence, after they moved onto the MCA record label, and featured Don’t You, Sing And Shout, and Lights Out a track written by former Heatwave member Rod Temperton, who also wrote hits for Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. Although their singles received good airplay especially on pirate stations, unfortunately the group did not attain the commercial success in the charts that they so readily deserved, and were unable to fulfil their potential. Their fragmentation was inevitable, and among the first signs was Mark Fisher’s departure to a solo deal with DJ Steve Walsh’s Total Control label, which was distributed through EMI. Fisher went on to join the latin influenced band Matt Bianco.
In recent years, Junior Bromfield has co-created a house and garage production team, under the studio moniker of Ruff & Tumble.
Second Image (1982)
Strange Reflections (1985)
"If you want to know about my influences you have to go way back to 1980 In North London England when as a starry eyed 17 year old singer/percussionist I started a Jazz Funk band called Second Image (with my brother Junior Bromfield and friend Frank Burke).Our influences were Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson’s, Tom Browne, The Ojays, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Cameo......Things progressed rapidly and before we knew it a seven piece band (with brass section) was in full swing gigging the London pubs/clubs. A demo was soon produced and we were picked up by Polydor records. After one album and several successful UK dance/R&B chart releases we then moved onto MCA records in 1983.
Things took of for us from there and we were guests on many UK TV shows such as Saturday Superstore, The Lenny Henry Show, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Rod Hull & Emu, Three of a Kind, The Freddie Star Showcase, The Malibu Disco dancing Championships not to mention the many many national radio interviews.
Our biggest R&B chart hit was “Don’t You” which stayed at No1 in the charts for many weeks. We also had the opportunity to visit and gig in Spain where our music was hitting the main stream charts in a big way. We stayed with MCA for three years and I suppose after six years of living in each others pockets we all wanted to try something new so we went our separate ways." (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bromfield )
"Well it's amazing how history can be changed! Just for the record My name is Hugh Samuel Bromfield (http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Junior-Bromfield/675969687
Back then my brother George Bromfield was the drummer and I had a friend who I used to skateboard with Called Frank Burk who knew a drummer called Weston Foster who joined and George went on to play percussion, sing BV and lead vocals! At this time we were still called the name rem and I started which was 'Stateside' later after sending some demos to a big R&B radio DJ Robbie Vincent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Vincent)he showed interest in working with us and we eventually change the bands name and 2nd Image.
The rest of the biog is true. Thank you for bringing back some fond memories and some good times. Ever since 2nd Image split, I have never stopped working from production to writing and remixing for people like Jamiroquai, Angie brown, Shut up and dance, Yazz and the plastic population, Shola Amar, Randy Crawford, Angie Brown many many more! I now run a club called Live on Delancey street at the Forge in Camden (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Live-On-Delancey-Street/112399365442828#!/pages/Live-On-Delancey-Street/112399365442828?v=info) where alongside another brit funker from the band(Central Line)Steve salvary we run one of the best live venues in town with the best in poetry,R&B and funk nights in the heart of London.
But I must say because of people like you Brit funk lives on.
With the upmost respect,
joined Liberty "one of the funkiest R&B bands in the UK.":
Did you know that a very young Frank Burke (Liberty's lead vocalist and frontman) was in Second Image, the London based jazz-funk band of the eighties. He played trumpet, flugelhorn and performed background vocals."
had worked with ABC,Robert Palmer,Style Council,Womack and Womac,The Christians,Matt Bianco etc.Currently working on follow up singles and album tracks for Friday Hill.
is a member of Matt Bianco (1985-2004,and again since 2007)
in 2007 Mark Fisher and Mark Reilly are back together, working on Matt Bianco’s next album.
International Singer toured with Heather Small (M.People) Mat Bianco (Half A Minute) and more :had played as a guest singer with Pet Shop Boys,Kamasutra,Taka Boom,The Groovelines,Morcheeba,Sunburst Band
also played with The Redskins in the early 80's (http://www.redskins.co.uk/)
More info for Second Image :
http://www.secondimage.org/ (offline now)