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Emerald, Sapphire & Gold
An art-funk ensemble from the South Bronx, ESG (Emerald Sapphire & Gold) was formed by sisters Renee, Valerie, and Marie Scroggins, all of whom handle vocals and percussion, and friends David Miles (guitar) and Leroy Glover (bass). ESG's music is centered around the sisters' complex polyrhythms with atmosphere supplied by bass and pop-flavored guitar. During their first incarnation, the group signed with 99 Records and issued a debut self-titled EP in 1981 that featured three live and three studio songs, the latter produced by the legendary Martin Hannett (Joy Division, etc.). 1982's ESG Says Dance to the Beat of Moody EP continued in a similar vein, as did their first full-length album, 1983's Come Away With ESG. ESG disbanded shortly thereafter, but unexpectedly re-formed in the early '90s, heralding their comeback with a self-titled 1991 compilation of previously released material. The group's work had become popular among hip-hop artists searching for samples, with such acts as TLC, the Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, and indie rockers Unrest all making use of ESG beats; the group addressed this issue on the 1992 12" EP Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills. ESG Live! appeared in 1995, featuring both old and new material. The group continued to record during the late '90s, and even added Scroggins' daughters Chistelle and Nicole.
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ESG Discography


99-03LP ESG Come Away With ESG (Album) 99 Records (2) 99-03LP US 1983 Sell This Version
PRO 7419 ESG ESG (Album) Pow Wow Records PRO 7419 US 1991 Sell This Version
NEGA 719 ESG ESG Live!(CD, Album) Nega Fulô Records NEGA 719 US 1995 Sell This Version
SJR CD64 ESG Step Off (Album) Soul Jazz Records SJR CD64 UK 2002 Sell This Version
SJR LP138 ESG Keep On Moving (Album) Soul Jazz Records SJR LP138 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none ESG Closure(CDr, Album) Not On Label (ESG Self-released) none US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

99-04 EP, FAC 34 ESG ESG (EP) 99 Records (2), 99 Records (2) 99-04 EP, FAC 34 US 1981 Sell This Version
FAC 34 E*S*G* You're No Good(7") Factory FAC 34 UK 1981 Sell This Version
99-10EP ESG ESG Says Dance To The Beat Of Moody (EP) 99 Records (2) 99-10EP US 1982 Sell This Version
ESG-300 ESG II* Bam-Bam Jam(12") Emerald Sapphire & Gold Records ESG-300 US 1987 Sell This Version
POP19 E.S.G.* Party Music / Moody (A New Mood) Popular Records POP19 US 1988 Sell This Version
PW 461 ESG Erase You / Standing In Line(12") Pow Wow Records PW 461 US 1991 Sell This Version
NEGA 789, NUX 104 ESG Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills EP(12", EP, Ltd) Nega Fulô Records, Nuphonic NEGA 789, NUX 104 US 1992 Sell This Version
US LP 9-12 ESG Moody C.T. Records US LP 9-12 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SJR 064-07 ESG My Street (Single) Soul Jazz Records SJR 064-07 UK 2002 Sell This Version
TSR 011, TSR011 E.S.G.* / Freddie Mas E.S.G.* / Freddie Mas - More G.D.M. Vol. 5(12") Tigersushi, Tigersushi TSR 011, TSR011 France 2003 Sell This Version
SJR 109-12 ESG Dance(12", S/Sided, Promo) Soul Jazz Records SJR 109-12 UK 2005 Sell This Version
SJR 138-12 ESG Insane Soul Jazz Records SJR 138-12 UK 2006 Sell This Version
BLAZE 184 ESG Dance / Tiny Sticks(7") Fire Records BLAZE 184 UK 2010 Sell This Version
BLAZE 45193 ESG / Las Kellies ESG / Las Kellies - Erase You(7", Single, Ltd) Fire Records BLAZE 45193 UK 2012 Sell This Version
BLAZE221 ESG The Moody EP(12", Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Gre) Fire Records BLAZE221 UK 2015 Sell This Version


US CD10 ESG A South Bronx Story (Comp) Universal Sound US CD10 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SJR CD 167 ESG A South Bronx Story 2 - Collector's Edition: Rarities (Comp) Soul Jazz Records SJR CD 167 UK 2007 Sell This Version
FIRECD156 ESG Dance To The Best Of ESG (Comp) Fire Records FIRECD156 UK 2010 Sell This Version