Published Sunday, October 14, 2018 by with 0 comment

Saxon - Denim And Leather (1981) - Lp

Release:  1981
Genre:  Heavy Metal
Format:  LP
Label:  Carrere Records
Catalog#  67811
Prijs:  €10,00

Denim and Leather is the fourth studio album by English heavy metal band Saxon released in 1981. The album was certified Gold status in the U.K. This was the last album with the classic line up of Saxon, as drummer Pete Gill would leave the band due to a hand injury, later joining Motörhead; this was also seen as the last of their triptych of classic albums (the previous two being Wheels of Steel and Strong Arm of the Law).

Saxon's third straight and ultimately last (mostly) universally acclaimed studio album, 1981's Denim and Leather capped off a stunningly prolific 18-month stretch for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal stars. If only Saxon had managed to stagger the amazing triumvirate of Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law, and Denim and Leather over a longer stretch of years, we might still be talking about the group today in the same hallowed tones reserved for fellow N.W.O.B.H.M. standouts Def Leppard and Iron Maiden.

But perhaps the band's run at the top was simply fated to be short and sweet, and if that's the case, Saxon never concocted a more perfect pair of album bookends than Denim and Leather's infectiously anthemic opening statement, "Princess of the Night" (one of Saxon's biggest American "hits" and arguably the only love song ever written for a train!) and the title track's ode to heavy metal culture (featuring the core metallic philosophy: "Denim and leather; brought us all together; it was you that set the spirit free").

Bridging the distance between these two unqualified classics was another consistently strong to spectacular body of work, including memorable cuts like "Out of Control" and "Rough and Ready" (the strong), as well as (here come the spectacular) the speed metal workout "Fire in the Sky", the Allman Brothers-referencing road tale "Midnight Rider," and the fan favorite "And the Bands Played On," which used a guitar solo lick -- not a riff -- as its main theme and famously immortalized Saxon's appearance at the Donington Monsters of Rock Festival the previous year. In retrospect, neither "Never Surrender" nor "Play It Loud" quite measure up to the rest, but they are far from crap, and they hardly gave notice that Saxon's incredible run was in fact coming to an end.

Side A
A1. Princess of the Night  - 4:01
A2. Never Surrender  - 3:15
A3. Out of Control  - 4:07
A4. Rough and Ready  - 4:51
A5. Play It Loud  - 4:11

Side B
B1. And the Bands Played On  - 2:48
B2. Midnight Rider  - 5:45
B3. Fire in the Sky  - 3:37
B4. Denim and Leather  - 5:25

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Published Thursday, October 11, 2018 by with 0 comment

Bruce Springsteen - The River (1980) - Lp

Release: 1980
Genre:  Heartland Rock
Format:  2LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  88510
Prijs:  €20,00

The River is the fifth studio album by Bruce Springsteen. It was released on October 17, 1980, by Columbia Records. Springsteen's only double album, The River was produced by Jon Landau, Springsteen, and bandmate Steven Van Zandt.

The sources of The River go back into earlier parts of Springsteen's recording career. "Independence Day", "Point Blank", "The Ties That Bind", "Ramrod", and "Sherry Darling" were leftovers from his previous album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and had been featured on the 1978 tour, as had parts of "Drive All Night" as a long interpolation within "Backstreets." "The River" had premiered at the September 1979 Musicians United for Safe Energy concerts, gaining a featured spot in the subsequent documentary No Nukes.

After taking his early urban folk tales of cars and girls as far as he could on Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen took a long, hard look at the lives of those same Jersey street kids a few years down the line, now saddled with adult responsibilities and realizing that the American Dream was increasingly out of their grasp, on 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town, an album that dramatically broadened Springsteen's musical range and lyrical scope. With 1980's The River, Springsteen sought to expand on those themes while also offering more of the tough, bar-band rock that was his trademark (and often conspicuous in its absence on Darkness), and by the time it was released it had swelled into Springsteen's first two-LP set.

The River was Springsteen's most ambitious work to date, even as the music sounded leaner and more strongly rooted in rock & roll tradition than anything on Darkness or Born to Run, and though the album wasn't the least bit short on good times, the fun in songs like "Two Hearts," "Out in the Street," and "Cadillac Ranch" is rarely without some weightier subtext. As the romantic rush of "Two Hearts" fades into the final break with family on "Independence Day" and the sentimentality of "I Wanna Marry You" is followed by the grim truths of the title tune, nothing is easy or without consequence in Springsteen's world, and the album's themes of youthful ideals buckling under the weight of crushing reality are neatly summed up as Springsteen asks the essential question of his career, "Is a dream a lie if it don't come true?"

Like many double albums, The River doesn't always balance well, and while the first half is consistently strong, part two is full of songs that work individually but don't cohere into a satisfying whole (and "Wreck on the Highway" is beautiful but fails to resolve the album's essential themes). But if the sequencing is somewhat flawed, Springsteen rises to his own challenges as a songwriter, penning a set of tunes that are heartfelt and literate but unpretentious while rocking hard, and the E Street Band were never used to better advantage, capturing the taut, swaggering force of their live shows in the studio with superb accuracy (and if the very '80s snare crack dates this album, Neil Dorfsman's engineering makes this one of Springsteen's best-sounding works). The River wasn't Springsteen's first attempt to make a truly adult rock & roll album, but it's certainly a major step forward from Darkness on the Edge of Town, and he rarely made an album as compelling as this, or one that rewards repeat listening as well.

It was a record where I first started to tackle men and women and families and marriage.
There were certain songs on it that led to complete records later on: 'The River' sort of went to the writing on Nebraska, 'Stolen Car' went to the writing on Tunnel of Love. Originally it was a single record. I handed it in with just one record and I took it back because I didn't feel it was big enough. I wanted to capture the themes I had been writing about on Darkness.
I wanted to keep those characters with me and at the same time added music that made our live shows so much fun and joy for our audience. So in the end, we're gonna take you down to The River tonight."

Side A
A1. The Ties That Bind – 3:34
A2. Sherry Darling – 4:03
A3. Jackson Cage – 3:04
A4. Two Hearts – 2:45
A5. Independence Day – 4:50

Side B
B1. Hungry Heart – 3:19
B2. Out in the Street – 4:17
B3. Crush on You – 3:10
B4. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) – 2:37
B5. I Wanna Marry You – 3:30
B6. The River – 5:01

Side C
C1. Point Blank – 6:06
C2. Cadillac Ranch – 3:03
C3. I’m a Rocker – 3:36
C4. Fade Away – 4:46
C5. Stolen Car – 3:54

Side D
D1. Ramrod – 4:05
D2. The Price You Pay – 5:29
D3. Drive All Night – 8:33
D4. Wreck on the Highway – 3:54

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Published Thursday, October 11, 2018 by with 0 comment

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (1979) - Lp

Release: 1979
Genre:  Soul
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 83468
Prijs:  €10,00

Off the Wall is the fifth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on August 10, 1979 in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. It was his nineteenth album in total since Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (1969), as well as his first album released through Epic Records, the label he would record on until his death roughly 30 years later. It was released following Jackson's critically well-received film performance in The Wiz. While working on that project, Jackson and Quincy Jones had become friends, and Jones agreed to work with Jackson on his next studio album.

This is certainly due to Jackson's emergence as a blindingly gifted vocalist, equally skilled with overwrought ballads as "She's Out of My Life" as driving dancefloor shakers as "Working Day and Night" and "Get on the Floor," where his asides are as gripping as his delivery on the verses. It's also due to the brilliant songwriting, an intoxicating blend of strong melodies, rhythmic hooks, and indelible construction. Most of all, its success is due to the sound constructed by Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, a dazzling array of disco beats, funk guitars, clean mainstream pop, and unashamed (and therefore affecting) schmaltz that is utterly thrilling in its utter joy.

Recording sessions took place between December 1978 and June 1979 at Allen Zentz Recording, Westlake Recording Studios, and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California. Jackson collaborated with a number of writers and performers, such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Rod Temperton. Five singles were released from the album; three of the singles had music videos released. Jackson wrote three of the songs himself, including the number-one Grammy Award-winning single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".

The record was a departure from Jackson's previous work for Motown Records. Its lyrical themes on the record relate to escapism, liberation, loneliness, hedonism and romance. Several critics observed that Off the Wall was crafted from funk, disco, soft rock, Broadway and pop ballads. Jackson received positive reviews for his vocal performance on the record. The record gained critical acclaim and recognition, and won the singer his first Grammy Award.

With Off the Wall, Jackson became the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album peak inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album was an enormous commercial success; as of 2018, it is certified eight times platinum in the United States and has reportedly sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.

Side A
A1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough - 6:02 
A2. Rock With You - 3:38 
A3. Working Day And Night - 5:12 
A4. Get On The Floor - 4:44 

Side B
B1. Off The Wall - 4:04 
B2. Girlfriend - 3:04 
B3. She’s Out Of My Life - 3:36 
B4. I Can’t Help It - 4:27 
B5. It’s The Falling In Love - 3:46 
B6. Burn This Disco Out - 3:38

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Published Sunday, October 07, 2018 by with 0 comment

Neil Young - Comes A Time (1978) - Lp

Release:  1978
Genre:  Country Rock, Folk Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  Reprise Records
Catalog#  REP 54099
Prijs:  €10,00

The album originally started out as a solo record, but when Young played it for Reprise executives they asked him if he would consider adding rhythm tracks to what he already had. Young agreed, and the end product was Comes a Time. Two songs ("Look Out For My Love" and "Lotta Love") were backed by Crazy Horse.

"Human Highway" was written several years prior to the album's release, and originally presented to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1974 for a proposed studio album by the group which never came to be. Much of the album features harmony vocals from Nicolette Larson. She also shares lead vocals with Young on "Motorcycle Mama".

Six and a half years later, Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest, an acoustic-based record with country overtones and romantic, autobiographical lyrics, and many of those fans returned to the fold, enough to make Comes a Time Young's first Top Ten album since Harvest.

He signaled the album's direction with the leadoff track, "Goin' Back," and its retrospective theme augmented with an orchestral backup and the deliberate beat familiar from his number one hit "Heart of Gold." Of course, Young remained sly about this retrenchment. "I feel like goin' back," he sang, but added, "back where there's nowhere to stay."

Doubtless he had no intention of staying with this style, but for the length of the album, melodies, love lyrics, lush arrangements, and steel guitar solos dominated, and Young's vocals were made more accessible by being paired with Nicolette Larson's harmonies. Larson's own version of Young's "Lotta Love," released shortly after the one heard here, became a Top Ten hit single.

Other highlights included the reflective "Already One," which treats the unusual subject of the nature of a divorced family, the ironic "Field of Opportunity," and a cover of Ian Tyson's folk standard "Four Strong Winds" (a country Top Ten hit for Bobby Bare in 1965).

Side A
A1.  Goin’ Back - 4:43 
A2.  Comes A Time - 3:05 
A3.  Look Out For My Love - 4:06 
A4.  Lotta Love - 2:40 
A5.  Peace Of Mind - 4:06 

Side B
B1.  Human Highway - 3:09 
B2.  Already One - 4:53 
B3.  Field Of Opportunity - 3:10 
B4.  Motorcycle Mama - 3:08 
B5.  Four Strong Winds - 4:07

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed


Published Saturday, October 06, 2018 by with 0 comment

The Rolling Stones - Love You Live (1977) - 2LP

Release:  1977
Genre:   Rock
Format:  2LP
Label:  Rolling Stones Records
Catalog#  COC 89101
Prijs:  €20,00

Love You Live is a double live album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1977. It is drawn from Tour of the Americas shows in the US in the summer of 1975, Tour of Europe shows in 1976 and performances from the El Mocambo nightclub concert venue in Toronto in 1977. 
It is the band's third official full-length live release and is dedicated to the memory of audio engineer Keith Harwood, who died in a drug-induced car accident shortly before the album's release.

Love You Live was overdubbed and mixed from late May to mid-June 1977. Released in September 1977, the album was well received and managed to reach No. 3 in the UK and No. 5 in the US, where it went gold.
The album artwork was prepared by Andy Warhol. The pencil smears seen across the front were added by Mick Jagger, to Warhol's dismay.
Love You Live was The Rolling Stones' final album whereby Rolling Stones Records would be internationally distributed by Warner Music. The band's next several albums would be distributed through EMI worldwide, while they remained with Warner in North America only.
In addition to the songs recorded during the 1975-1976 tour, the Stones decided to add four tracks taken from performances at Toronto's El Mocambo Club on March 4 and 5, 1977. The intention had been to play a set of the sort of classic blues and R&B covers that sealed the band's reputation when they performed regularly at the Crawdaddy Club in 1963. However, Keith Richards arrived late for scheduled rehearsals as he and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, had been arrested for possession and trafficking of illicit drugs in Richards' Toronto hotel room.

Despite these legal troubles, the shows themselves went well enough, though the versions that appear on album are heavily overdubbed with new guitar tracks and backing vocals by Richards and/or Ronnie Wood. Jagger overdubbed the harmonica of "Mannish Boy" as well. Only "Around and Around" is untouched. April Wine opened for the Stones, who appeared on the bill under the name "The Cockroaches," so the majority in attendance thought they were attending an April Wine concert. April Wine also recorded their live album Live at the El Mocambo at these same concerts.

Jagger and Richards sharply disagreed on the selection of tracks to include on the album. In his autobiography Richards recalled: "Collaboration was giving way to struggle and disagreement. It's a two-disc album, and the result is that one disc is Mick's and the other was mine."

Side A
A1.  Intro: Excerpt From “Fanfare From The Common Man” - 1:23
A2.  Honky Tonk Women - 3:21
A3.  If You Can’t Rock Me / Get Off Of My Cloud - 5:00
A4.  Happy - 2:54
A5.  Hot Stuff - 4:33
A6.  Star Star - 4:09

Side B
B1.  Tumbling Dice - 3:58
B2.  Fingerprint File - 5:20
B3.  You Gotta Move - 4:15
B4.  You Can’t Always Get What You Want - 7:40

Side C
C1.  Mannish Boy - 6:24
C2.  Crackin’ Up - 5:44
C3.  Little Red Rooster - 4:33
C4.  Around And Around - 3:52

Side D
D1.  It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll - 4:29
D2.  Brown Sugar - 3:28
D3.  Jumping Jack Flash - 3:48
D4.  Sympathy For The Devil - 7:47

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed


Published Friday, October 05, 2018 by with 0 comment

The Ritchie Family - Arabian Nights (1976) - Lp

Release:  1976
Genre:   Disco
Format:  LP
Label:  Philips Records
Catalog#  6412902
Prijs:  €10,00

The Ritchie Family, an American vocal group based in Philadelphia that achieved several hits during the disco era.

The three original members were not related; the group was a creation of Jacques Morali who also formed the Village People. The group took its name from record producer Richie Rome, who added a T to the name; it originally consisted of three singers: Cassandra Ann Wooten and Gwendolyn Oliver (who eventually married musician Fred Wesley) of the girl group Honey & the Bees, and Cheryl Mason Jacks.
Their manager was Jimmy Bishop, a successful Philadelphia radio personality who also managed Barbara Mason. Morali remembered Wooten and Oliver had done some session work for him, and he called them a few years later when he wanted to form a group and the Ritchie Family was born.

Arabian Nights is the second studio album recorded by American female vocal trio The Ritchie Family, released in 1976 on the Marlin label.
The album features the track, "The Best Disco in Town", which peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Disco chart.

Side A
A1.  The Best Disco In Town - 6:39 
A2.  Baby I’m On Fire - 5:05 
A3.  Romantic Love - 5:53 

Side B
B1. Arabian Nights (Medley) - 14:26 
      (a)  Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - 4:22 
      (b)  Lawrence Of Arabia (More Than Yesterday, Less Than Tomorrow) - 3:57 
      (c)  In A Persian Market (Show Me How You Dance) - 6:07

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed


Published Monday, October 01, 2018 by with 0 comment

Rosie Vela - Zazu (1986) - Lp

Release:  1986
Genre:  Pop, Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  395016-1
Prijs:  €10,00

Roseanne "Rosie" Vela (born December 18, 1952) is an American model and singer-songwriter.

Turning her attention to music, Vela built a home recording studio for herself and signed a recording contract with A&M Records. She released her debut album, Zazu, in 1986. The entire album was written or co-written by Vela, and was produced by Gary Katz. It is also notable for the fact that it included contributions from both Donald Fagen and Walter Becker (two of Vela's musical heroes) - almost 10 years after they had disbanded their group Steely Dan.

Though the album was critically acclaimed it went largely unnoticed in the U.S., it fared better in Europe, and a single from the album, "Magic Smile", was a Top 30 hit in the UK Singles Chart. The album itself peaked at #20 in the UK Albums Chart, and was certified silver by the BPI in March 1987. Further singles, "Interlude" and "Fool's Paradise" met with less success.

When fashion model Rosie Vela branched out into singing and songwriting with her debut album Zazu, skeptics suspected that she was just another pretty face who was trying to get by on her looks. But truth be told, Zazu is a solid pop/rock effort that could be described as an interesting combination of Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan. Vela doesn't have a great voice -- her voice is small and thin, but like jazz great Chet Baker, she demonstrates that you don't have to have a fantastic vocal range to be expressive and deliver a meaningful album.
Favoring a relaxed, cool-toned style of singing, Vela also demonstrates that she's a talented songwriter -- in fact, she wrote most of the songs herself.

Mitchell and Steely Dan are obviously major influences, and the strong Steely Dan influence isn't surprising when you consider that Zazu was produced by Gary Katz (who is best known for his work with that group) and that former Dan members Donald Fagen (keyboards) and Walter Becker (guitar) play on many of the songs. Vela showed a lot of promise on this album, which wasn't the big seller it should have been.

Side A
A1. Fool’s Paradise - 4:00 
A2. Magic Smile - 4:24 
A3. Interlude - 3:55 
A4. Tonto - 5:38 

Side B
B1. Sunday - 4:31 
B2. Taxi - 3:25 
B3. 2nd Emotion - 4:46 
B4. Boxs - 3:52 
B5. Zazu - 4:46

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed


Published Sunday, September 30, 2018 by with 0 comment

Jennifer Holiday - Say You Love Me (1985) - Lp

Release:  1985
Genre:  Soul
Format:  LP
Label:  Geffen Records
Catalog#  GEF 26564
Prijs:  €10,00

Jennifer Yvette Holliday (born October 19, 1960) is an American singer and actress. She started her career on Broadway in musicals such as Dreamgirls (1981–83), Your Arms Too Short to Box with God (1980–81) and later became a successful recording artist.
 She is best known for her debut single, the Dreamgirls number and rhythm-and-blues/pop hit, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", for which she won a Grammy in 1983. She also won a 1982 Tony Award for Dreamgirls.

In 1985, Jennifer appeared in the touring company of "Sing Mahalia Sing" and was a featured vocalist on Foreigner's #1 hit song, "I Want to Know What Love Is."
During that same year,  Jennifer released her sophomore album, "Say You Love Me" which peaked at #110 on the Billboard 200 and #34 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

Two singles were released from the album. The singles were "Hard Time for Lovers" and "No Frills Love". Michael Jackson co-wrote and produced the album's opener "You're The One."

Side A
A1.  You’re The One - 4:35 
A2.  What Kind Of Love Is This - 4:25 
A3.  No Frills Love - 3:56 
A4.  Hard Times For Lovers - 5:05 
A5.  Say You Love Me - 5:53 

Side B
B1.  I Rest My Case - 3:58 
B2.  Dreams Never Die - 4:04 
B3.  Just A Matter Of Time - 4:39 
B4.  He’s A Pretender - 4:06 
B5.  Come Sunday - 5:45

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Published Saturday, September 29, 2018 by with 0 comment

Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Doppelganger (1983) - Lp

Release:  1983
Genre:  Latin Discopop
Format:  LP
Label:  ZE Records/Island
Catalog#  205719
Prijs:  €10,00

Doppelganger is the fourth studio album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts, released in 1983.

Armed with a fresh batch of tropical tales, August Darnell (aka Kid Creole) leads his band of eccentric vagabonds in another episode of the continuing saga of Mimi. Of course, it's not necessary to read the esoteric liner notes, nor is a knowledge of previous chapters required to enjoy the installment entitled Doppelganger.
As usual, the only prerequisite is an acquired taste for the bizarre, often comical travelogues set to exotic pop which represent the essence of Kid Creole & the Coconuts. Darnell's infatuation with international environments results in a soundtrack characterized by ubiquitous percussion and spirited brass and woodwinds, although electric guitar also figures prominently in several songs.

Much like Paul Simon's efforts on Graceland, Darnell incorporates world music elements to add a foreign flavor to pop postcards like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "There's Something Wrong in Paradise." Yet Darnell is rarely as serious as Simon, and only Graceland's lighthearted "You Can Call Me Al" could blend inconspicuously with the material on Doppelganger.

A Caribbean-styled remake of Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy" is indicative of the album's affable nature. The song's obsession with appearances also reveals the thematic influence behind previous Kid Creole favorites such as "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy" and "I'm a Wonderful Thing, Baby," both of which appear on their most popular album, Wise Guy. Nothing on Doppelganger can compare to those two British hits, yet nothing will fail to satisfy devoted fans either.
For the uninitiated, Doppelganger's peculiar content presents a love-it or hate-it dilemma, but captivated listeners will probably enjoy discovering the rest of Kid Creole & the Coconuts' enchanting oeuvre.

Side A
A1.  The Lifeboat Party  - 2:38 
A2.  Underachiever - 3:15 
A3.  If You Wanna Be Happy - 2:29 
A4.  Distractions - 2:56 
A5.  Survivors - 3:32 
A6.  Call Me The Entertainer - 3:23 

Side B
B1.  There’s Something Wrong In Paradise - 3:22 
B2.  It’s A Wonderful Life - 3:12 
B3.  Bongo Eddie’s Lament - 3:02 
B4.  Broadway Rhythm - 2:48 
B5.  Back In The Field Again - 3:29 
B6.  The Seven Year Itch - 4:26

Vinyl:  Goed
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Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by with 0 comment

The League Unlimited Orchestra - Love And Dancing (1982) - Lp

Release:  1982
Genre:  Synth-pop
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  204696
Prijs:  €15,00

Love and Dancing is a remix album released by British synthpop band The Human League in 1982 by Virgin Records. It was released under the band name "The League Unlimited Orchestra" as a nod to Barry White's disco-era Love Unlimited Orchestra.

The album was principally the idea and work of producer Martin Rushent and contains dub-style, largely instrumental remixes of songs from the band's multi-platinum selling album Dare (1981), along with a version of the track "Hard Times", which had originally been the B-side of the single "Love Action (I Believe in Love)".
Rushent was inspired by hip hop artist and turntablist Grandmaster Flash and created Love and Dancing on a mixing board. He created vocal effects by cutting up portions of the Dare tape and manually gluing them together. In total, over 2,600 edits feature on the album.

Upon release, Love and Dancing was able to take advantage of the unexpected huge success of Dare and also work as a stopgap while the Human League worked on new material.
The album received both mixed and positive reviews from music critics and, a surprise commercial success, reached number three in the UK Albums Chart and was later certified Platinum by the BPI.

Side A
A1.  Hard Times - 5:40 
A2.  Love Action (I Believe In You)  - 5:12 
A3.  Don’t You Want Me  - 7:18 

Side B
B1.  Things That Dreams Are Made Of - 5:10 
B2.  Do Or Die  - 4:36 
B3.  Seconds  - 2:25 
B4.  Open Your Heart  - 2:35 
B5.  The Sound Of The Crowd  - 2:55

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Published Monday, September 24, 2018 by with 0 comment

Golden Earring - Cut (1982) - Lp

Release:  1982
Genre:  Pop, Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  21 Records
Catalog#  210001
Prijs:  €10,00

Cut is an album by Dutch hard rock band Golden Earring, released in 1982.
The album spawned the hit song "Twilight Zone," which reached #1 in the Netherlands and #1 in the United States on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.)

After spending much of the late '70s and the early '80s as a cult band, Golden Earring returned to an international level of popularity in 1982 with the hit single (and popular MTV attraction) "Twilight Zone." This song and seven others are featured on Cut, a solid album that found Golden Earring starting to deviate from the pop/rock formula they perfect on No Promises...No Debts and Prisoner of the Night.

Like those albums, Cut works its way through a series of guitar-based rock songs built on strong hooks. However, the band allows themselves to instrumentally stretch out a bit on some of the songs this time out. The most notable example is the midsection of "Twilight Zone," where George Kooymans lays out an exploratory series of guitar solos that build to crescendo over the taut bassline provided by Rinus Gerritsen.
The other songs on Cut aren't as tightly crafted and hook-laden as those on the last few albums, but there are still plenty of strong tracks: "Baby Dynamite" is a power ballad about a fame-seeking girl that is built on a nicely harmonized chorus and "Lost and Found" is a strong mid-tempo rumination on the end of a relationship that boasts an impassioned yet subtle vocal performance from Barry Hay.

However, the best non-"Twilight Zone" track on the album is the least typical: "The Devil Made Me Do It" is a witty, fast-paced pop-rocker about love gone bad built on an eccentric but effective combination of mock-gospel call and response vocals and an energetic horn section. Some of the tracks fall short of the mark ("Future" runs a decent riff into the ground by failing to develop it in an interesting way), but the album contains enough strong tracks to make it worth a listen for the Golden Earring fan.

The album's cover image is the 1964 photo Cutting the Card Quickly taken by M.I.T. Professor "Doc" Edgerton showing the jack of diamonds playing card being shredded by a bullet. The image is used in the music video of "Twilight Zone" in which the card represents the life of the rogue espionage agent.

Side A
A1.  The Devil Made Me Do It - 3:20 
A2.  Future - 5:20 
A3.  Baby Dynamite - 5:10 
A4.  Last Of The Mohicans - 4:40 

Side B
B1.  Lost And Found - 3:55 
B2.  Twilight Zone - 7:55 
B3.  Chargin’ Up My Batteries - 4:15 
B4.  Secrets - 4:00

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed


Published Sunday, September 23, 2018 by with 0 comment

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Nine Tonight (1981) - 2Lp

Release:  1981
Genre:  Southern Rock
Format:  2LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  400046
Prijs:  €20,00

Nine Tonight is a live album by American rock band Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, released in 1981.
The album was recorded at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, in June 1980 and at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts in October 1980.

The album is comprised of versions of songs from Seger's previous three best-sellers: 1976's Night Moves, 1978's Stranger in Town, and 1980's Against the Wind. While Seger and his Silver Bullet Band can stretch out in a concert setting, the live versions here stick pretty close to their original studio versions. The cut of "Old Time Rock & Roll" included here proves to be even better than the original, while such Seger standards as "Against the Wind," "Night Moves," and "Rock & Roll Never Forgets" also prove to be highlights.

With the exception of three tracks - "Nine Tonight", "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You" and "Let It Rock" - the album is composed entirely of songs drawn from Seger's three previous studio albums. Only "Let It Rock" was repeated from the previous live album Live Bullet. "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You" was a U.S. top 5 pop hit, peaking at #5.
The album's title track was originally recorded for the Urban Cowboy soundtrack album.

Side A
A1.   Nine Tonight   (5:14)
A2.   Tryin’ To Live My Life Without You   (4:03)
A3.   You’ll Accomp’ny Me   (4:12)
A4.   Hollywood Nights   (4:49)

Side B
B1.   Old Time Rock & Roll   (5:17)
B2.   Mainstreet   (4:12)
B3.   Against the Wind   (5:27)
B4.   The Fire Down Below   (4:47)

Side C
C1.   Her Strut   (3:57)
C2.   Feel Like a Number   (4:10)
C3.   Fire Lake   (3:51)
C4.   Betty Lou’s Gettin’ Out Tonight   (2:59)
C5.   We’ve Got Tonight   (4:55)

Side D
D1.   Night Moves   (5:44)
D2.   Rock and Roll Never Forgets   (3:35)
D3.   Let It Rock   (10:36)

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Published Saturday, September 22, 2018 by with 0 comment

Meat Loaf - Dead Ringer (1981) - Lp

Release:  1981
Genre:  Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#   EPC 83645
Prijs:  €10,00

Dead Ringer is a 1981 album by Meat Loaf and is the second of his four albums written entirely by Jim Steinman. The album cover was designed by comic book artist and horror illustrator Bernie Wrightson.

Steinman started to work on Bad for Good, the album that was supposed to be the follow-up to 1977's Bat Out of Hell, in 1978. During that time, a combination of touring, drugs and exhaustion had caused Meat Loaf to lose his voice. Without a singer, and pressured by the record company, Steinman decided that he should sing on Bad for Good himself, and write a new album for Meat Loaf. This album was Dead Ringer, which was later released in 1981, after the release of Bad for Good.

After playing the role of Travis Redfish in the movie Roadie (which had cameos by Debbie Harry, Roy Orbison and Hank Williams, Jr., but was still a box office flop), Meat Loaf got his voice back, got off drugs, played softball, and started to work on his new album in 1980. Steinman had written five new songs which, in addition to the track "More Than You Deserve" (which Meat Loaf had sung in the musical with the same name) and a reworked monologue, formed the album Dead Ringer. The album was produced by Meat Loaf and Stephan Galfas, with backing tracks produced by Jimmy Iovine and Steinman.

Four singles were released from Dead Ringer: "Dead Ringer for Love" (featuring Cher), "I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us", "Read 'Em and Weep" and "Peel Out". The album reached number 1 in the UK.

Side A
A1.  Peel Out - 6:30 
A2.  I’m Gonna Love Her For Both Of Us - 7:09 
A3.  More Than You Deserve - 7:02 

Side B
B1.  I’ll Kill You If You Don’t Come Back - 6:24 
B2.  Read ‘Em And Weep - 5:25 
B3.  Nocturnal Pleasure - 0:38 
B4.  Dead Ringer For Love - 4:21 
B5.  Everything Is Permitted - 4:41

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Published Friday, September 21, 2018 by with 0 comment

Kate Bush - Never Forever (1980) - Lp

Release:  1980
Genre:  Avant-pop, Baroque Pop
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  1A 062-07339
Prijs:  €10,00

Never for Ever is the third studio album by English singer Kate Bush. Released in September 1980, it was Bush's first number 1 album and was also the first ever album by a British female solo artist to top the UK album chart, as well as being the first album by any female solo artist to enter the chart at number 1.
Bush co-produced the album with Jon Kelly.

"Never for Ever" has Kate Bush sounding vocally stable and more confident, taking what she had put into her debut single "Wuthering Heights" from 1978 and administering those facets into most of the album's content. Never for Ever went to number one in the U.K., on the strength of three singles that made her country's Top 20. Both "Breathing" and "Army Dreamers" went to number 16, while "Babooshka" was her first Top Five single since "Wuthering Heights." Bush's dramatics and theatrical approach to singing begin to solidify on Never for Ever, and her style brandishes avid seriousness without sounding flighty or absurd.

"Breathing," about the repercussions of nuclear war, conveys enough passion and vocal curvatures to make her concern sound convincing, while "Army Dreamers" bounces her voice up and down without getting out of hand. "Babooshka"'s motherly charm and flexible chorus make it one of her best tracks, proving that she can make the simplest of lyrics work for her through her tailored vocal acrobatics.

The rest of the album isn't quite as firm as her singles, but they all sport a more appeasing and accustomed sound than some of her past works, and she does manage to keep her identity and characteristics intact.

Side A
A1.  Babooshka  (3:20) 
A2.  Delius  (2:49) 
A3.  Blow Away  (3:31) 
A4.  All We Ever Look For  (3:43) 
A5.  Egypt  (4:09) 

Side B
B1.  The Wedding List  (4:13) 
B2.  Violin  (3:13) 
B3.  The Infant Kiss  (2:51) 
B4.  Night Scented Stock  (0:49) 
B5.  Army Dreamers  (2:52) 
B6.  Breathing  (5:25)

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Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by with 0 comment

Ellen Foley - Night Out (1979) - Lp

Release: 1979
Genre: Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 83718
Prijs:  €10,00

Night Out is the 1979 debut studio album by Ellen Foley, a long-time backup vocalist for Meat Loaf. Seven of the nine tracks were cover versions of Foley's favorite songs, while two were co-written by Foley.

The grand opener "We Belong to the Night" is breathtaking and bombastic bliss; a creamy confection of debonair dreams that could only come from the late '70s and the glitter-gutter combo of Mick Ronson and Ian Hunter. The princely poppers provide the perfect atmosphere for Foley's powerful theatrics on her inaugural flight.

The second single, "What's a Matter Baby," soars just as high in the stratosphere: a little bit '50s, but a whole lot cosmic. It's a crime music which hides in the recesses of the past, because this gem is priceless, if only for the first two tracks.
Ronson's axe is exemplary throughout: shooting over Mars and then swooping back through nocturnal cityscapes. He twists "Heartful of Soul" into "Young Lust" and makes a break for it in "Hide Away." Obviously haunted by midnight Spectors, kindred spirit Hunter supplies the perfect keyboard counterpart: mission control for Ronson's rockets.

The swirling storm whipping through Gram Parker's "Thunder and Rain" builds to an almost unbearable compression of intensity. In the eye of this celestial storm, Foley scats, scolds, swoons, croons, pouts, pleads, and purrs in a rich tone that few femme fatales possess, scaling a towering wall of sonic seduction.
The sublime proceedings finally slow down to a crawl for fallout "Don't Let Go," but it's just the mourning after an unforgettable Night Out.
One of which was "We Belong to the Night", which, as a single, hit #1 in the Netherlands.

The musicians were mostly from Ian Hunter's touring band which promoted his 1979 album You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic with the addition of the Australian musician Kerryn Tolhurst on slide guitar.

Side A
A1. We Belong to the Night   (5:24)
A2. What’s a Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)   (3:47)
A3. Stupid Girl   (4:09)
A4. Night Out  (5:21)

Side B
B1. Thunder and Rain  (3:04)
B2. Sad Song  (3:31)
B3. Young Lust  (5:34)
B4. Hideaway  (3:50)
B5. Don’t Let Go  (3:56)

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