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Surface (Expanded Edition)
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First Ever Expanded CD release Of Surface's debut Self-Titled album
Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, at Battery Studios
Includes 7 Bonus Tracks
In 1987, the group released their self-titled debut album which featured 'Happy' which hit #2 on the R&B charts, and 'Lately' which hit #8.
Their follow-up album, 2nd Wave, was released in 1989 and packed some of the group's biggest hits. 'I Missed' reached #3 on the R&B charts, 'Closer Than Friends' was the group's first #1 hit, topping the R&B charts for two weeks, and 'Can We Spend Some Time' which reached #5 on the R&B charts. The album featured two other #1 R&B hits, 'You Are My Everything' which topped the charts for two weeks and the album's biggest hit, 'Shower Me With Your Love' which went gold, reached #1 on the R&B charts and #5 on the Hot 100. Thanks to the album's wealth of hits, it managed to go platinum.
In 1986, Jackson met with a friend Brian Simpson and recorded a demo tape of a track he had written, 'The First Time.' He believed it to be a hit and hired a recording studio to get the best professional conditions for the track. AS the first single for the group's third album, 3 Deep in 1991, Jackson was right. The song was a big hit, going gold and becoming the group's biggest hit to date. It topped both the R&B and pop charts. The album continued on with 'All I Want Is You' which reached #8 on the R&B charts and helped the album go gold.
Bernard Jackson moved from Stamford, Connecticut, to New York to pursue a music career. While in New York, his godfather said Jackson should contact his nephew David Townsend who had been a guitarist with The Isley Brothers. The Isleys produced their band Sunrize with David and drummer / writer Everett Collins and long time friend Tony Herbert (bass) from David's high school in Englewood, N.J. David Townsend was formerly in a L.A. 70s band, and met David Conley.
Conley, Townsend and Collins started writing back in New Jersey and when they met Jackson, they reformed "Surface" formerly Karen Copeland and Conley and this time Lead vocalist / writer Bernard Jackson would become the new Vocalist and frontman band.
They then became resident songwriters for EMI and wrote New Edition's "Let's Be Friends" and Sister Sledge's "You're So Fine." Encouraged by this success, the group called themselves Surface and began recording their own material, releasing several Post-disco/early-80s-style tracks under the name. They would find moderate success in the UK with their singles "Falling in Love" in 1983 and "When Your Ex Wants You Back" in 1984 (according to the Allmusic, "Falling in Love" also cracked the U.S. R&B chart, peaking at #84). With a sound more reminiscent of Kashif and related early 1980s soul groups, these early singles contrast significantly with the smoother, ballad-style material that would later make the group successful in the U.S.