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Singing Positive to the People

by Tim Ballard

A powerful, dynamic, vocal, harmonic, and hornline celebration of the best of 1970s Soul, Quiet Storm, R&B, Funk and Fusion in nine timeless and infectious tracks. Sure to delight lovers of groups such as Chicago, Tower of Power, Teddy Pendergrass & more
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Las Vegas Turnaround
2:38 $0.99
2. Let's Fall in Love (All Over Again)
4:33 $0.99
3. Young Girls Are My Weakness
3:07 $0.99
4. Stop, Look, Listen (to Your Heart)
3:36 $0.99
5. Need Your Love
5:29 $0.99
6. Sunday
2:36 $0.99
7. Love I Lost
4:34 $0.99
8. Since I Fell for You
5:47 $0.99
9. Get Da Funk Out Ma Face
4:03 $0.99
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Album Notes

Tim Ballard - Lead Vocals
Jim Hochanadel (aka Jim Hoke) - Alto Sax
Rich Gordon - Tenor Sax
Ken McKenna - Keyboards
James Moore - Guitar
Maurice Love - Bass
Bob Beasly - Baritone
Steve Chandler, Keith Edwards - Drums
Don Johnson, David Powell - Horn Arrangements
Don Johnson, Bob Cotton - Studio Producers, Engineers
Uncredited - Lead Trumpet!

Recorded at Associated Artists Recording Studios (Catalog: AAS 1885)
Oklahoma City, OK, USA (1978) (c) Tim Ballard
Re-released to CD and Digital Audio Download (2012) (c) TIMKAT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Liner Notes: Digital Release 2012
Retrospective: Tim Ballard's Singing Positive to the People
by Kathryn Ballard Shut

I don't envy the job of people that sit down and choose to write a memoir. The task is daunting and full objectivity is impossible. How does one objectively recall facts about what happened during his or her life, as though that person were an innocent bystander, and still put the subjective heart, soul, memory, and feeling of what it was like to have personally experienced the events in the memoir? That's exactly where I find myself in writing these liner notes, as not only the surviving press agent for Tim Ballard, but also as his daughter, in introducing you to Tim's timeless soul album, Singing Positive to the People.

In late 1978, I turned six years old and remember my father giving me the vinyl 33 1/3 LP album to play on my Soundesign turntable. I listened to the nine tracks again and again in my room, not quite understanding that it was a “covers” album - that the tunes I was hearing had already been made very famous by legendary groups such as Lou Rawls, The Commodores, Full Moon with Buzz Feiten, The Stylistics, Hall and Oates, the Brothers Johnson, and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. My friends and I happily roller skated to it in the basement, oblivious to its deep and musical excellence. To me, it was my dad's band doing the killer job as they always did – so killer, that when I finally heard the original artists' versions many years later, I marveled at how truly talented and tight the entire Oklahoma City-based ensemble really was.

In fact, I felt a little guilty in admitting that I was slightly disappointed with the original versions in some cases. For example, when I later heard Buzz Feiten and Full Moon's easy groove on “Need Your Love”, I missed arranger David Powell's amazing Tower-of-Power-like original horn interludes and relentless, driving funk on the Singing Positive version. And when I heard “The Love I Lost” -- as excellent as Teddy Pendergrass is – and one of my all-time favorite vocalists -- I had to admit that regardless of if my father sang it or not, as a professional, master musician, Tim had given Ted a great run for his money. It was only as an adult that I realized that I had owned a gem of a recording for years, but most of the world had never heard it, and wouldn't for many, many more years. In fact, I could not have known then that the only way that the world would hear it, would sadly be after Tim passed away, through my actions alone, and thanks to the endless reach of the Internet.

Almost thirty-five years later, Singing Positive has the opportunity to experience a rebirth in the digital age and a chance to gain a new following. The master tapes have long since been lost (… given away, gambled in a poker game, traded for something else, who knows? It's all typical musicians' lore …), but I didn't let that stop me. I enlisted the incredible studio talents of Mr. Colin Chapman of Satori Systems and his connections in Boulder, Colorado to perform the cleanest digitization of vinyl that I've ever heard, as well as the supremely gifted Ms. Lynne Menefee of Menefee Creative in Baltimore, Maryland to completely restyle all of the CD album art. And if there is an occasional pop of the vinyl, it's the perfect way to send us nostalgic listeners right back to our Soundesign (or Marantz!) turntables of 1978, bulky black headphones on, lying on the floor, eyes closed, volume cranked.

The saying goes that what is old is new again, and I hope that you will feel the same way when you hear Singing Positive to the People for yourself. A great mix of Quiet Storm, driving Funk, heartfelt Soul, and the best of 1970's R&B, this album puts Tim's unique touch on the tunes that inspired him to thrill audiences during his days at Oklahoma City venues such as the Onyx and the Razz-Ma-Tazz. It's a testament that truly good music never goes out of style, and all of the tunes on the album deliver on that promise, including such rarely-heard classics as Hall and Oates' “Las Vegas Turnaround”, Paul Williams' “Sunday”, Bell and Creed's “Stop, Look, and Listen (To Your Heart)”, and Buddy Johnson's “Since I Fell For You”, all styled as I've never heard anyone else do.

Singing Positive is here on CDBABY as of June 2012 (http://www.cdbaby.com/timballard) and will appear in late 2012 on all major media download sites, such as iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and a new service – Amazon CD On Demand -- where customers can still order a physical compact discs to play anywhere they choose. (Regrettably, the album will no longer be available on vinyl, cassette, or 8-Track tape. That's the downside to the Internet Age!)

For more information about Tim Ballard and TIMKAT Entertainment, write us at timkatent@gmail.com, 'Like' us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/timkatent) and follow us on Twitter @timkatent. May you enjoy this treasure every bit as much I have for the past 35 years.

Re-release Credits:

• Digitization / Master from Vinyl Courtesy of Colin Chapman - Satori Systems, Boulder, CO, USA ---http://www.reverbnation.com/colinechapmanakasatoric

• Album Art Courtesy of Lynne Menefee - Menefee Creative, Baltimore, MD, USA --- http://menefeecreative.com/

• Digital Download Licensing thanks to The Harry Fox Agency's “Songfile” at https://www.harryfox.com/public/songfile.jsp

(TIMKAT Catalogue #: TK0002)



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I must admit to never having heard of Tim Ballad before today! I can tell you one thing: Tim Ballad is not a name I am likely to forget in a hurry now! What a Voice! An incredible mix of smooth and rugged. A voice that mixes 1970s funk with timeless soul. Think Teddy Pendergrass indeed, but I also think if Tim were here today he could go head to head with Cee Lo Green, especially as he has an unbelievable range which encompasses the high notes so classic of Cee Lo. Yes the album is of covers but the arrangements are so unique as to make them almost stand alone hits without reference to their former glory. A true gem of an album which deserves to do extremely well.

Mary Swartz (via Tim Ballard Official Facebook)

Singing Positive to the People
Just received my CD and WOW awesome, what a voice. Thank you for sharing such talent with us.

Featured: WDGP Radio - Summer 2012

Singing Positive to the People
From http://wdgpradio.com/2012/07/tim-ballard/
We enjoyed chatting with Kathryn about her Dad’s history and her memories, and listening to beautiful music from Tim Ballard. Tim Ballard’s Vinyl LP, 'Singing Positive To The People', was converted to CD by Kathryn at her father’s request and is re-released in a 35 year Anniversary Edition. The music is available on CDBaby, and Amazon.com, as well as just about any other download sites on the Internet.


One More Time :)
One more time putting Tim Ballard works into my old school cd player was entering into america soul jazz and funk history, even into his deepest and soulest part of these genres history.
Not the one that everybody in the world is requesting and buying. Not the most visible part, not the part the Medias and fans highlights make bigger than they are.
After "Easy Does It" and its wonderful dive into easycool jazz and soul, listening Singing Positive to People is like to hear all this musicians/workers that made the american funky and jazzy soul music history living and being seeded through years and through the country.
Tim Ballard voice & music are "beating" the floor and the audience like our foot do the same everytime you will listen this album. Funk and soul standard fit so well to his mastered art learning during all these years working so hard as an independent artist on the road.
Thanks one more time to TimKat Entertainment making Tim Ballard's dream come true. His music is living.
English is not my native language, and I don't know if my thought are really well described and translated by myself. One thing is sure >>>>> You shouln't have to listen Tim Ballard... you have to listen him :)