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Imperial Brothers – Live It Up

Cutting Records (US) [CR-204] 1985

This was the follow-up to the hugely successful ‘We Come To Rock’ and was the final release on Cutting for the group. It was produced by Hashim with percussion from Soul Supreme Mean Gene and chorus vocals courtesy of Joyce Simpson. Joyce also lent her vocal and writing skills to two further Hashim produced tracks and then to Motown R&B artist India Arie.

There are a couple of label variations for this release. Quite simply one is beige and the other is grey.

Following this release the group sadly split. El Don and Mr. Ice had a falling out over a deal with Def Jam which they never signed and OG Rock just left the business completely. The group continued with just El Don and Chedda but there was no further success.

El Don made a return in 2008 featuring on various mixtapes and videos before doing a mixtape with DJ Envy. Then in 2011 the group was recruited by Morgan Khan to record a single for his ‘Nu Electro Vol.4’ compilation. They’re ‘comeback’ single was ‘Breathe’ and gained the group a lot of attention, especially in Europe.

Nesto Banks was a long time affiliate of the Imperial Brothers. He was at every show they performed and even occasionally rocked the mic but was never an official member until 2011. OG Rock eventually returned to the group and at this moment the foursome are currently working on an album.

Side A

Live It Up [5:17]

Side B

Dub It Up [5:35]

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