Nona (Expanded Edition)

Nona HendryxMarch 1, 1983
R&B/Soul℗ This compilation ℗ 2014 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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Songs
1
B-Boys5:30
2
Living on the Border5:34
3
Keep It Confidential5:52
4
Design for Living5:23
5
Transformation5:32
6
Run for Cover4:33
7
Steady Action5:16
8
Dummy Up4:30
9
B-Boys (12" Version)6:34
10
B-Boys (Instrumental)6:53
11
B-Boys (Single Version)4:04
12
Keep It Confidential (Special Extended Club Version)5:53
13
Keep It Confidential (Single Version)3:49
14
Steady Action (Single Version)3:54
15
Transformation (Single Version)4:00
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Additional Information

Genres
Total length
1:17:05
Tracks
15
Released
March 1, 1983
Label
℗ This compilation ℗ 2014 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
After Labelle's breakup in early 1977, Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash took very different paths as solo artists. LaBelle became a middle of the road urban/adult contemporary superstar, Dash recorded the occasional R&B album with little commercial success, and Hendryx favored rock-minded albums that came the closest to Labelle's free-spirited wildness. Hendryx's solo career started out on a hard rock note with her self-titled debut album of 1977, but she took a more new wave-influenced turn in the '80s, and 1985's The Heat brings together rock and synth funk with memorable results. The Heat is quite a contrast to the solo albums that Patti LaBelle was offering in the mid-'80s; LaBelle and Hendryx both had crossover appeal, but while LaBelle was going after a combination of urban and adult contemporary fans, Hendryx was going after a combination of pop/rock, new wave/ and urban fans. The Heat, for all its funkiness, proved to be too rock-minded for R&B stations; regardless, Hendryx has a lot of fun on infectious offerings such as "A Girl Like That," "Rock This House," "I Need Love," and "Revolutionary Dance." Hendryx wrote or co-wrote everything on this album, including "If Looks Could Kill (D.O.A.)," which should not be confused with the song that both Heart and dance-pop singer Pamala Stanley recorded in the mid-'80s. The producers on The Heat include Hendryx, Arthur Baker, and the late Bernard Edwards, who co-led Chic with Nile Rodgers in the late '70s and early '80s. Edwards, like Rodgers, broadened his horizons considerably as a producer in the '80s; many of the albums Edwards worked on after Chic's breakup didn't sound anything like Chic, and that is certainly true of The Heat (which is a long way from Chic's influential disco-funk). Originally released on LP by RCA, The Heat was reissued as a 67-minute CD by Funky Town Grooves in 2011. And the Brooklyn-based label added three bonus tracks, including an extended version of "I Need Love" and a club mix of "If Looks Could Kill (D.O.A.)." The Heat is an exciting document of Hendryx in the mid-'80s.
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