January 27, 2014

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Simon & Garfunkel - The Concert In Central Park (1982)

Artist:   Simon & Garfunkel
Title:   The Concert In Central Park
Release:   1983
Format:   2 LP
Label:   Geffen Records
Catalog#   GEF 88575

“The Concert In Central Park” is a live album by Simon & Garfunkel. On September 19, 1981 the folk-rock duo reunited for a free concert on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park, attended by more than 500,000 people. They released a live album from the concert the following March 1982. It was arranged by Paul Simon and Dave Grusin, and produced by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Phil Ramone and Roy Halee.
 The concert was also shot on videotape, televised by HBO in 1982, and subsequently released on various home video formats. The VHS and DVD contain two songs that were omitted from the live album: “The Late Great Johnny Ace” and “Late in the Evening (Reprise)”. “Johnny Ace” was disrupted by a fan rushing the stage and coming close to Simon and saying, “I need to talk to you”. Coincidentally, the song is an elegy upon the murder of John Lennon nine months earlier. “The Late Great Johnny Ace” is not listed in the track listing, appearing between “A Heart in New York” and “Kodachrome”. In addition to hit songs they had recorded as a duo, they performed duet versions of several of Simon’s 1970s solo hits, including “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard”, “American Tune”, “Late In the Evening”, “Slip Sliding Away”, and “Kodachrome”, as well as Garfunkel’s solo version of “A Heart in New York”.

Side one
1.  Mrs. Robinson   (3:52)
2.  Homeward Bound   (4:22)
3.  America   (4:47)
4.  Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard   (3:22)
5.  Scarborough Fair   (3:52)

Side two
1.  April Come She Will   (2:37)
2.  Wake Up Little Susie   (2:19)
3.  Still Crazy After All These Years   (4:04)
4.  American Tune   (4:33)
5.  Late in the Evening   (4:09)

Side three
1.  Slip Slidin’ Away   (4:54)
2.  A Heart in New York   (2:49)
3.  Kodachrome/Maybellene   (5:51)
4.  Bridge over Troubled Water   (4:48)

Side four
1.  50 Ways to Leave Your Lover   (4:23)
2.  The Boxer   (6:02)
3.  Old Friends / Bookends Theme   (2:57)
4.  The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)   (2:01)
5.  The Sounds of Silence   (4:13)

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Narada Michael Walden - The Nature Of Things (1985)

Artist:  Narada Michael Walden
Title:  The Nature Of Things
Release:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Genre:  Soul
Catalog#  925176-1   (D/L)

For “The Nature of Things”, Narada Michael Walden went back to his musical roots when he lent a strong Motown vibe to “Gimme Gimme Gimme,”  his rousing duet with Patti Austin which recalls the romantic upbeat hits of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
 On “The Nature Of Things” Narada uses a similar musical approch but there are heavy elements of his own jazzier musical elan added into the mix. Many of these songs are message oriented and have a highly mystical bent. The brooding dance song “That’s The Way It Is” was one of the finer uptempo message songs of the period. One of the songs that I and everyone really enjoys on this album is the majestic dance tune “High Above The Clouds”, it’s an easy candidate for the best song here. “Live It Up” and “Suspicion” are both veddy mid 80's dance-funk tunes with enough of Narada’s nimble musicianship to make them work. The title track a hip-hop dance track with a lot of scratch breaks and the melody of a matrical! Narada rocks out on “Dancin’ On Main Street”,singing in a deep,gruff voice not normally associated with him. The album ends with the sing-a-long Caribbean number.

Side one
1.  That’s the Way It Is   (5:40)
2.  High Above the Clouds   (6:08)
3.  Gimme, Gimme, Gimme   (4:41)
4.  Live It Up   (4:14)

Side two
1.  The Nature of Things   (5:04)
2.  Suspicion   (4:53)
3.  Dancin’ on Main Street   (5:12)
4.  Wear Your Love   (5:54)

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Creedence Clearwater Revival - Pendulum (1970)

Artist:  Creedence Clearwater Revival
Title:  Pendulum
Release:  1970
Format:  LP
Label:  Liberty Records
Genre:  Country Rock
Catalog#  5C 062-92153

“Pendulum” is the sixth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records on December 15, 1970.
“Pendulum” was the only studio album by the group that did not contain any cover songs; all tracks were written by John Fogerty. It was the last album the band did with Tom Fogerty, who would leave the band to start a solo career. It was also the last album to feature John Fogerty as the record’s solo producer. “Pendulum” finds a first-class songwriter and craftsman pushing himself and his band to try new sounds, styles, and textures. His ambition results in a stumble “Rude Awakening 2? portentously teeters on the verge of prog-rock, something CCR just can’t pull off but the rest of the record is excellent, with such great numbers as the bluesy groove “Pagan Baby,” the soulful vamp “Chameleon,” the moody “It’s Just a Thought”, the raver “Molina”, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” and “Hey Tonight.
 Most bands would kill for this to be their best stuff, and the fact that it’s tucked away on an album that even some fans forget illustrates what a tremendous band Creedence Clearwater Revival was.

Side one
1.  Pagan Baby  (6:25)
2.  Sailor’s Lament  (3:47)
3.  Chameleon  (3:05)
4.  Have You Ever Seen the Rain?  (2:39)
5.  (Wish I Could) Hideaway  (3:53)

Side two
1.  Born to Move  (5:39)
2.  Hey Tonight  (2:43)
3.  It’s Just a Thought  (3:45)
4.  Molina  (2:41)
5.  Rude Awakening #2  (6:19)

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Brainbox - To You (1972)

Artist:  Brainbox
Title:  To You
Release:  1972
Format:  2 LP
Label:  Imperial Records
Genre:  Blues, Rock
Catalog#  5C 180-24568

Brainbox is a Dutch rock group from the late 1960s/early 1970s. The band was founded in Amsterdam by guitarist Jan Akkerman , drummer Pierre van der Linden and singer Kazimir Lux (Kaz). Their debut single was “Down Man”, which established their progressive blues sound. They had several hit singles in the Netherlands, including “Dark Rose, “Between Alpha and Omega”, “Doomsday Train”, Reason to Believe, “The Smile” and “Summertime”. Soon after they released their first album, Jan Akkerman and Pierre van der Linden left the group to join Focus.
 After Kaz Lux left the group in 1971, their popularity waned and they split up in 1972.

Side one
1.  Virgin (3:40)
2.  Amsterdam, The First Days  (3:30)
3.  Sinner’s Prayer  (2:19)
4.  Dark Rose  (5:24)
5.  Cruel Train  (2:21)

Side two
1.  Down Man  (2:44)
2.  Woman’s Gone  (3:57)
3.  To You  (3:16)
4.  Summertime  (4:02)
5.  Doomsday Train  (3:00)

Side three
1.  Between Alpha And Omega  (2:19)
2.  Baby, What You Want Me To Do  (2:22)
3.  Scarborough Fair  (5:55)
4.  The Flight  (3:13)
5.  So Helpless  (2:28)

Side four
1.  Smile  (2:55)
2.  Reason To Believe  (2:13)
3.  Sea Of Delight  (2:51)
4.  Mobilae  (5:55)
5.  Good Morning, Day  (2:40)

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Spandau Ballet - Diamond (1982)

Artist:  Spandau Ballet
Title:  Diamond
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Chrysalis Records
Genre:  New Wave, SynthPop
Catalog#  204514

“Diamond” is the second studio album by Spandau Ballet. It was released on 25 May 1982 by Chrysalis Records. The album was promoted with the single “Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)”, which was released in 1981, a full year before the album.
 With the new romantic movement they’d helped spearhead on the way out, futurist icons Spandau Ballet began thinking seriously about the future on their second album. The seeds of the group’s transition to a slick, MOR soul outfit can be heard in hits like “Chant No. 1,” the best song Spandau Ballet had come up with. More funk than rock, “Chant No. 1? got punctuation from the horn section of the British R&B act Beggar & Co., who were apparently a major inspiration for the track. “Diamond” features other tentative moves toward an authentically soulful sound; the tuneless single “Paint Me Down” is all chattering rhythm guitar and popping bass, while “She Loved Like Diamond” offers an inferior trial run at the approach that would produce the global mega-hit “True” (this version has an underdeveloped melody, which is OK, since still-improving vocalist Tony Hadley wasn’t ready yet for a better one). The rest of the album sounds like the group had been listening too long to the second side of David Bowie’s Heroes. “Pharoah” is off-kilter funk reminiscent of “The Secret Life of Arabia” a dubious choice for emulation and the gentle, oriental balladry of “Innocence and Science” segues into “Missionary,” a percussion-filled mood piece light on actual substance.

Side one
1.  Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)  (4:07)
2.  Instinction  (4:47)
3.  Paint Me Down  (3:45)
4.  Coffee Club  (5:32)

Side two
1.  She Loved Like Diamond  (2:56)
2.  Pharaoh  (6:37)
3.  Innocence and Science  (4:27)
4.  Missionary  (7:00)

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January 26, 2014

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10CC - How Dare You (1976) - Lp

10cc are an English art rock band founded in Stockport who achieved their greatest commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of four musicians Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme who had written and recorded together for some three years, before assuming the name "10cc" in 1972.
How Dare You! is the fourth album, released in 1976, it included UK hit singles "I'm Mandy Fly Me" and "Art for Art's Sake". It was also the last 10cc album to feature the original line-up of Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme, with the latter two departing to work on their own musical projects, and eventually becoming music video pioneers. The album was the band's third to feature cover artwork by the Hipgnosis creative team.
After scoring their commercial breakthrough with "I'm Not in Love" from 1975's The Original Soundtrack, 10cc continued to build on their good fortune with How Dare You. It didn't spawn another massive hit like "I'm Not in Love," but it is a well-crafted album that shows off 10cc's eccentric humor and pop smarts in equal measure.
The first tune is the fanciful tale of a plane crash victim saved from death by the stewardess of his dreams that plays out a poppy mock-exotica musical backdrop while the second is a tongue-in-cheek parody of commercial-minded artists set to a rocking, cowbell-driven beat. Elsewhere, How Dare You pursues a similar mix of zany humor and pop hooks: "Iceberg" brings its tale of a frigid romantic partner to life with an incredibly intricate and jazzy vocal melody, and "I Wanna Rule the World" is a witty tale of a dictator-in-training with enough catchy riffs and vocal harmonies for two or three songs. How Dare You loses a bit of steam on its second side when the songs' tempos start to slow down, but "Rock 'N' Roll Lullaby" and "Don't Hang Up" keep the listener involved through a combination of melodic songwriting and typically well-crafted arrangements. In the end, "How Dare You" never hits the giddy heights of The Original Soundtrack but it remains a solid album of witty pop songs that will satisfy anyone with a yen for 10cc.

Side A
A1.  How Dare You   (4:14)
A2.  Lazy Ways   (4:20)
A3.  I Wanna Rule The World   (3:57)
A4.  I’m Mandy Fly Me   (5:24)
A5.  Iceberg   (3:43)

Side B
B1.  Art for Arts Sake   (5:59)
B2.  Rock ‘n’ Roll Lullaby   (3:58)
B3.  Head Room   (4:21)
B4.  Don’t Hang Up   (6:16)

Released:   1976
Genre:  Art Rock
Format:   LP
Label:   Mercury Records
Catalog#   6310501

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Neil Young - Harvest (1972)

“Harvest” is the fourth album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on February 14, 1972 on Reprise Records. It featured the London Symphony Orchestra on two tracks, while noted guests David Crosby, Graham Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, and James Taylor contributed vocals.
After Neil Young left Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, he recruited a group of country session musicians (whom he christened The Stray Gators) and recorded a country rock record in “Harvest”. The record was a massive hit, producing a US number one single in "Heart of Gold". Other songs returned to some usual Young themes: "Alabama" was "an unblushing rehash of 'Southern Man'" and "The Needle and the Damage Done" was a lament for great artists who had died of heroin addiction. The album's success caught Young off guard and his first instinct was to back away from stardom. He would later write that the record put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there.
The album spawned two hit singles, "Old Man" and "Heart of Gold".

Side A
A1.  Out On The Weekend  (4:34)  
A2.  Harvest  (3:11)  
A3.  A Man Needs A Maid  (4:05)   
A4.  Heart Of Gold  (3:07)  
A5.  Are You Ready For The Country?  (3:23)  

Side B
B1.  Old Man  (3:24)  
B2.  There's A World  (2:59)   
B3.  Alabama  (4:02)  
B4.  The Needle And The Damage Done  (2:03)  
B5.  Words  (6:40)

Released:  1972
Label:  Reprise Records
Genre:  Country Rock
Format:  LP
Catalog#  44131

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Ike & Tina Turner - Live In Paris (1971)

Artist:  Ike & Tina Turner
Title:  Live In Paris
Released:  1971
Format:  2 LP
Label:  Liberty Records
Genre:  Funk, Soul, Live
Catalog#  LBS 83468

The Ike & Tina Turner: Live In Paris at the Olympia Theatre 1971 double album set captures, the excitement of the live concert of the duo as they roar through Paris. The Ikettes sound great as the opening act, and once Tina hits the stage she tears it up!
 The guitar is gritty, and Tina sings with her whole body, the sound is urgent, cathartic, and when she and the guitar start to talk to each other, something happens that is so graceful, so natural, yet so unpredictable, so fierce… you have to hear it to love it….

Side one
1.  Grumbling (performed by: Ike Turner)  (1:07)
2.  You Got Me Hummin’ (performed by: The Ikettes)  (4:00)
3.  Everyday People (performed by: The Ikettes)  (2:13)
4.  Shake A Tail Feather (performed by: The Ikettes)  (2:12)
5.  Medley: Gimme Some Loving / Sweet Soul Music  (3:39)
6.  Son Of A Preacher Man  (2:45)

Side two
1.  Come Together  (3:30)
2.  Proud Mary  (8:48)
3.  A Love Like Yours Don’t Come Knocking Everyday  (3:37)

Side three
1.  I Smell Trouble  (10:00)
2.  Respect  (3:55)
3.  Honky Tonk Women  (2:05)

Side four
1.  I’ve Been Loving You Too Long  (7:15)
2.  I Want To Take You Higher  (4:45)
3.  Land Of 1000 Dances  (4:57)

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January 25, 2014

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Quarterflash - Quarterflash (1981)

Artist:  Quarterflash
Title:  Quarterflash
Released:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Geffen
Catalog#  GEF 85438

Quarterflash’s debut album sported the fiery saxophone playing of lead singer Rindy Ross, helping it achieve platinum status, as well as posting two Top 20 hits. “Harden My Heart” reached the number three position in 1981, thanks to a complimentary blend of sax and expert bass riffs from Pilot’s Rick Gooch. The second single, “Find Another Fool,” was bolstered by Ross’ high-pitched vocal attack, gaining a respectable number 16 chart position. While the album’s novel appeal of having a sexy female saxophone player at the forefront was well worth the attention, it didn’t mean the rest of the album lacked in pop attractiveness. Marv Ross’ guitar playing is more than substantial throughout the nine tracks, making songs such as “Valerie,” a song about the then taboo subject of lesbianism, and “Right Kind of Love” stand out, and ballads like “Critical Times”and “Williams Avenue” are typical keyboard-aided love songs. After this album, Quarterflash’s allure began to fizzle, and the material on their next couple of releases lacked the contagious riffs or congenial radio formula that made this album a success.

Side one
1.  Harden My Heart   (3:51)
2.  Find Another Fool   (4:32)
3.  Critical Times   (5:06)
4.  Valerie   (4:20)
5.  Try To Make It True   (3:38)

Side two
1.  Right Kind Of Love   (3:49)
2.  Cruisin’ With The Deuce   (4:10)
3.  Love Should Be So Kind   (3:10)
4.  Williams Avenue   (7:57)

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January 21, 2014

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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - The Distance (1982)

Artist:  Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Title:  The Distance
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  1C 064-400150

“The Distance” is the 12th album by US-American rock singer Bob Seger. It was released in the final week of 1982.  The album's lead single, "Shame On The Moon", was Seger's biggest hit.
“The Distance” was hailed as a return to form upon the time of its release and, in many ways, might be a little stronger, a little more consistent than its predecessor, Against the Wind. Still, this album has the slickest production Bob Seger had yet granted, and the biggest hit single on “The Distance” wasn't written by him, it was a cover of Rodney Crowell's "Shame on the Moon." Now, this wasn't entirely unusual, since Seger had been an excellent interpreter of songs for years, but this, combined with the glossy sound, signaled that Seger may have been more concerned with his status as a popular, blue-collar rocker than his music. Not that there's much to fault with the music, since "Even Now" and "Roll Me Away" are easily two of his classics, and he turns out craftsmanlike rockers like "Makin' Thunderbirds" and "Boomtown Blues" with aplomb. For all its attributes, it feels like a mirror image of “Against The Wind”, an album where the rockers, on the whole, wind up being more convincing than the ballads. Now, that doesn't mean “The Distance” is a bad record, since it isn't it's filled with first-rate heartland rockers but Seger at his best could balance rockers with ballads, or if he concentrated on rockers, it would be more ferocious than this.

Side one
1. "Even Now"     4:31
2. "Makin' Thunderbirds"     2:58
3. "Boomtown Blues"     3:38
4. "Shame on the Moon"   Rodney Crowell 4:55
5. "Love's the Last to Know"     4:26

Side two
1. "Roll Me Away"     4:39
2. "House Behind a House"     4:00
3. "Comin' Home"     6:06
4. "Little Victories"  

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January 14, 2014

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Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Tropical Gangsters (1982)

Artist:  Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Title:  Tropical Gangsters
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  ZE Records
Genre:  Latin Disco
Catalog#  204669

“Tropical Gangsters” was the third album by Kid Creole & the Coconuts, released in the U.S. under the title Wise Guy, Kid Creole being the on-stage persona of August Darnell, the Latin Lothario dressed in a sharp suit and wide-brimmed hat backed by a troupe of female singers dressed for a Caribbean holiday, which included his wife, Adriana Kaegi. It was the thumping bassline and irresistible beat of the song “I’m a Wonderful Thing Baby” that finally broke him through to the big time, but even better was to come as Kid Creole released two of the better fun pop songs of 1982, “Stool Pigeon” and “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy,” totally irresistible, danceable, easy to sing along to, and guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of pop dominated at the time by synthesizers and good-looking young men who looked more like girls. Darnell brought a cool sense of style to the charts of 1982, hitting number three with the album “Tropical Gangsters”. Unfortunately, the Coconuts are given little to do, although the female sassiness came through on the track “Loving You Made a Fool Out of Me.

Side one
1.   Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy   (6:16)
2.   I’m a Wonderful Thing Baby   (5:15)
3.   Imitation   (4:11)
4.   I’m Corrupt   (4:11)

Side two
1.   Loving You Made a Fool Out of Me   (4:50)
2.   Stool Pigeon  (5:00)
3.   The Love We Have   (5:13)
4.   No Fish Today   (4:48)

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Heaven 17 - The Luxury Gap (1982)

Artist:  Heaven 17
Title:  The Luxury Gap
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  B.E.F. Records
Genre:  Synthpop
Catalog#  205337

After creating a marvelous electronic debut, Glenn Gregory, Ian Marsh, and Martyn Ware decided to tamper with their winning formula a bit on Heaven 17's 1983 follow-up to “Penthouse and Pavement”. The result, which added piano, strings, and Earth, Wind, & Fire’s horn section to the band’s cool synthesizer pulse, was even better, and “The Luxury Gap” became one of the seminal albums of the British new wave. The best-known track remains “Let Me Go,” a club hit that features Gregory’s moody, dramatic lead above a percolating vocal and synth arrangement. But even better is the mechanized Motown of “Temptation,” a deservedly huge British smash that got a shot of genuine soul from R&B singer Carol Kenyon. Nearly every song ends up a winner, though, as the album displays undreamed-of range. If beat-heavy techno anthems like “Crushed By the Wheels of Industry” were expected of Heaven 17, the melodic sophistication of “The Best Kept Secret” and “Lady Ice and Mr. Hex” — both of which sound almost like show tunes — wasn’t. If there’s a flaw, it’s that while the band’s leftist messages were more subtle and humorous than most of their time, they still seem rather naïve. But the music, which showed just how warm electro-pop’s usually chilly grooves could be, is another matter entirely.

Side one
1.   Crushed by the Wheels of Industry   (5:54)
2.   Who’ll Stop the Rain   (3:04)
3.   Let Me Go   (4:23)
4.   Key to the World   (3:42)

Side two
1.   Temptation   (3:34)
2.   Come Live With Me   (4:18)
3.   Lady Ice and Mr Hex   (3:46)
4.   We Live So Fast   (3:49)
5.   The Best Kept Secret   (5:09)

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Roxy Music - Flesh + Blood (1980)

Artist:  Roxy Music
Title:  Flesh + Blood
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  E.G. Records
Catalog#  2302099

“Flesh + Blood” is the seventh studio album by Roxy Music and was released in June 1980.
 An even slicker record than “Manifesto”, “Flesh + Blood” precariously balances between alluringly seductive, sophisticated soul-pop and cloying, radio-ready disco-pop. At its best, the album is effortlessly suave and charming. “Over You” is one of their greatest singles, and “Oh Yeah” is nearly as persuasive, but much of the record is devoted to ill-formed, stylish lounge-pop. In particular, the reliance on reworked covers of “In the Midnight Hour” and “Eight Miles High” is distressing, not only because it signals a lack of imagination, but also because it suggests that Flesh + Blood is simply a lesser solo effort from Bryan Ferry. And even the handful of undeniably strong moments can’t erase the feeling that Roxy Music were beginning to run out of ideas.

Side one
1.   In the Midnight Hour   (3:09)
2.   Oh Yeah   (4:51)
3.   Same Old Scene   (3:57)
4.   Flesh and Blood   (3:08)
5.   My Only Love   (5:16)

Side two
1.   Over You   (3:27)
2.   Eight Miles High   (4:55)
3.   Rain, Rain, Rain   (3:20)
4.   No Strange Delight   (4:44)
5.   Running Wild   (5:03)

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Fleetwood Mac - Mirage (1982)

Artist:  Fleetwood Mac
Title:  Mirage
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros.
Catalog#  WB 56952

“Mirage” is the 13th studio album by Fleetwood Mac, released in June 1982.
Following a hiatus of over a year after the completion of the worldwide Tusk tour, the band temporarily relocated to Château d’Hérouville in France to record this 12-track collection. By this time Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had each commenced a solo side-career, with 1981's “Bella Donna”, the latter faring not as well with his first outing “Law and Order”
“Mirage” found the band venturing further into radio-friendly soft rock than it had in any of its previous incarnations. It stood in stark contrast to its highly experimental predecessor, 1979's “Tusk”. “Mirage” yielded several hit singles: “Hold Me, “Love in Store”, “Oh Diane” , “Can’t Go Back” and the Stevie Nicks composition “Gypsy”.
Of the other two compositions from Stevie Nicks on the album, “That’s Alright” dated back to the Buckingham/Nicks days of 1974, whilst “Straight Back” was written in the winter of 1981 and referred to her separation from (then) lover, producer Jimmy Iovine.

Side one
1.   Love in Store  (3:14)
2.   Can’t Go Back   (2:42)
3.   That’s Alright  (3:09)
4.   Book of Love   (3:21)
5.   Gypsy  (4:24)
6.   Only Over You  (4:08)

Side two
1.   Empire State  (2:51)
2.   Straight Back  (4:17)
3.   Hold Me   (3:44)
4.   Oh Diane  (2:33)
5.   Eyes of the World  (3:44)
6.   Wish You Were Here  (4:45)

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Jeff Wayne - The War Of The Worlds (1978)

Artist:  Jeff Wayne
Title:  The War Of The Worlds
Release:  1978
Format:  2 LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  96000

Released 40 years after Orson Welles’ infamous radio version of the H.G. Wells tale, Jeff Wayne’s musical version of “War Of The Worlds” straddles old-style radio drama and contemporary orchestrated narratives by Rick Wakeman and David Bedford. And while it lacks the sophisticated arrangements of, say, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, it does boast an impressively odd cast — this may be the only time that a member of Thin Lizzy worked with Richard Burton, and the presence of Julie Covington and the Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward in very attractive singing roles attest to its pop/rock aspirations. It’s Burton’s sonorous tones that sustain this work; his frequent solo narrations are eminently listenable, whereas sections featuring dialogue with other characters often come off as a bit stilted. The music is competent studio rock, and “Horsell Common and the Heat Ray” does strike just the right balance between Burton’s narration and an accompaniment built around a buzzsaw guitar riff. Overall, it’s pleasant as a period piece, and still a fine way to introduce younger listeners to Wells’ classic tale. The album was actually appealing on too many fronts for its own good in many ways — the Justin Hayward-sung ballad “Forever Autumn,” extracted from a much longer piece on the double-LP.

Side one
1.   The Eve of the War   (9:06)
2.   Horsell Common and the Heat Ray   (11:36)

Side two
1.   The Artilleryman and the Fighting Machine   (10:36)
2.   Forever Autumn   (7:43)
3.   Thunder Child   (6:10)

Side three
1.   The Red Weed (Part 1)   (5:55)
2.   Parson Nathaniel   (1:45)
3.   The Spirit of Man   (9:52)
4.   The Red Weed (Part 2)   (6:51)

Side four
1.   Brave New World   (12:13)
2.   Dead London   (8:37)
3.   Wpilogue (Part 1)   (2:42)
4.   Epilogue (Part 2) (NASA)   (2:02)

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Stevie Wonder - Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (1979)

Release:  1979
Genre: Soul, Funk
Format:  2 LP
Label:  Motown Records
Catalog#  1A 158-62492
Prijs:  €20,00

Stevie Wonder broke a three-year silence, one that followed a series of six classic albums released within six years, with this double album, the score/soundtrack to a little-seen environmental documentary directed by Wild Bunch co-screenwriter Walon Green. From the release of “Songs In The Key Of Life” through the release of Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants”, Wonder had been active, actually, but only as a collaborator, working with Ramsey Lewis, the Pointer Sisters, Minnie Riperton, Syreeta, Ronnie Foster, and Michael Jackson.
Though it is dominated by synthesizer-heavy instrumental pieces with evocative titles, there is a handful of full-blown songs. The gorgeous, mostly acoustic ballad “Send One Your Love” was a Top Ten R&B single, while the joyous “Outside My Window” registered in the Top 60. Beyond that, there’s the deep classic “Come Back as a Flower,” a gently lapping, piano-led ballad featuring Syreeta on vocals. Otherwise, there are playfully oddball tracks like “Venus’ Flytrap and the Bug,” where Wonder chirps “Please don’t eat me!” through robotizing effects, and “A Seed’s a Star,” which incorporates crowd noise, a robotized monologue, and a shrieking Tata Vega over a funkier and faster version of Yellow Magic Orchestra.
The album is not for everyone, but it suited its purpose and allowed its maker an amount of creative wiggle room that few major-label artists experience.

Side one
1.   Earth’s Creation (Instrumental)   (4:06)
2.   The First Garden (Instrumental)   (4:48)
3.   Voyage to India (Instrumental)   (6:29)
4.   Same Old Story   (3:44)
5.   Venus’ Flytrap and the Bug   (2:25)
6.   Ai No, Sono   (2:06)

Side two
1.   Seasons (Instrumental)  (2:53)
2.   Power Flower (Lyrics by Michael Sembello)  (5:29)
3.   Send One Your Love (Instrumental)   (3:05)
4.   Race Babbling   (8:51)

Side three
1.   Send One Your Love   (4:01)
2.   Outside My Window   (5:29)
3.   Black Orchid (Lyrics by Yvonne Wright)   (3:47)
4.   Ecclesiastes   (3:42)
5.   Kesse Ye Lolo De Ye   (3:03)
6.   Come Back as a Flower (Lead vocals and lyrics by Syreeta Wright)   (4:59)

Side four
1.   A Seed’s a Star/Tree Medley   (5:53)
2.   The Secret Life of Plants   (4:16)
3.   Tree (Instrumental)  (5:47)
4.   Finale (Instrumental)   (7:01)

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Van Halen - Fair Warning (1981)

Artist:  Van Halen
Title:  Fair Warning
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 56899

Of all the early Van Halen records, “Fair Warning” often gets overlooked, partially because it’s a dark, strange beast, partially because it lacks any song as purely fun as the hits from the first three records. Because of that, there were no hits from “Fair Warning” that turned into radio anthems; only “Unchained” and, to a lesser extent, the grinding opener, “Mean Street,” rank among the group’s best-known songs, and they’re not as monumental as “And the Cradle Will Rock,” from the preceding album, “Women And Children First”. There’s a reason for that: this album ain’t a whole lotta fun. “Fair Warning” is the first Van Halen album that doesn’t feel like a party. This may be a reflection of the band’s relentless work schedule, it may be a reflection of the increasing tension between Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth. The cause isn’t important, because whatever the reason, “Fair Warning” winds up as a dark, dirty, nasty piece of work. Gloomy it may be, but dull it is not and “Fair Warning” contains some of the fiercest, hardest music that Van Halen ever made. There’s little question that Eddie Van Halen won whatever internal skirmishes they had, since his guitar dominates this record, even with the lack of a single dedicated instrumental showcase (the first time he lacked one on a VH album). Eddie sounds restless here, pushing and pulling the group toward different rhythms and textures, from the disco beat that pulsates on “Push Comes to Shove” to the swinging rhythms on “So This Is Love?” and, especially, the murky synths that comprise the instrumental “Sunday Afternoon in the Park” and the grimy, gunky closing rocker, “One Foot Out the Door.” Either inspired or spurred on by the gloomy rock Eddie cranked out, David Lee Roth casts his net far wider than his usual litany of girls and good times. He spits and swears, swaggering without his usual joie de vivre, with even his sex songs feeling weary and nasty.
Whatever spawned it, that nastiness is the defining characteristic of “Fair Warning”, which certainly doesn’t make it bunches of fun, but it showcases the coiled power of Van Halen better than any other album, which makes it worth visiting on occasion.

Side one
1.   Mean Street   (5:00)
2.   Dirty Movies   (4:08)
3.   Sinner’s Swing!   (3:09)
4.   Hear About It Later   (4:35)

Side two
1.   Unchained   (3:29)
2.   Push Comes to Shove   (3:49)
3.   So This Is Love?   (3:06)
4.   Sunday Afternoon in the Park (Instrumental)   (1:59)
5.   One Foot out the Door   (1:58)

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Soundtrack - Thank God It´s Friday (1978) - 2Lp

Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  Thank God It´s Friday
Release:  1978
Format:  2 LP
Label:  Casablanca Records
Catalog#  TGIF 100-1

The soundtrack album “Thank God It´s Friday” is originally issued as a 3 record set in 1978, of which the 3rd record was a single side, 12 inch single of the 15:47 minutes Donna Summer, “Je T’aime track”. Cameo’s “Find My Way” was originally issued as a 7? single in 1975. Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer’s cover version of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s 1969 hit single “Je t’aime… moi non plus” was also recorded a few years earlier, had its debut on the soundtrack and was subsequently issued as an edited 7? single in a few countries in 1978. “Too Hot Ta Trot” was from The Commodores’ 1977 album Commodores Live! – on certain editions of the Thank God It’s Friday album replaced by a studio recording. Other titles on the soundtrack, including “Last Dance”, were especially recorded for the film. Among the songs heard in the movie but not issued on the soundtrack album are Alec R. Costandinos’ “Romeo and Juliet”, Giorgio Moroder’s “From Here to Eternity”, The Originals’ “Down to Love Town”, D.C. LaRue’s “You Can Always Tell a Lady (By the Company She Keeps)” and The Commodores’ “Brick House”. Diana Ross’ “Lovin’ Livin’ and Givin’” was remixed after the release of the soundtrack and used as the opening track on her 1978 album Ross. It was also released as a single in certain territories and has since been remixed and re-edited a number of times for inclusion on various hits packages issued by Motown/Universal Music.
The final part of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” is later re-included as a separate track called ‘Reprise’ towards the end of the soundtrack album.

Side one
1.   Love And Kisses – Thank God It’s Friday   (4:16)
2.   Pattie Brooks – After Dark   (7:55)
3.   Donna Summer – With Your Love   (4:00)
4.   Donna Summer – Last Dance   (7:10)

Side two
1.   Paul Jabara – Disco Queen   (3:46)
2.   Cameo – Find My Way   (4:57)
3.   Commodores – Too Hot Ta Trot   (3:309
4.   Wright Bros. Flying Machine – Leatherman’s Theme   (3:25)
5.   Marathon – I Wanna Dance   (6:00)

Side Three
1.   Sunshine – Take It To The Zoo   (8:00)
2.   Santa Esmeralda – Sevilla Nights   (6:08)
3.   Love And Kisses – You’re The Most Precious Thing In My Life   (8:02)

Side four
1.   D. C. La Rue – Do You Want The Real Thing   (4:42)
2.   Paul Jabara – Trapped In A Stairway   (3:30)
3.   Natural Juices – Floyd’s Theme   (2:58)
4.   Diana Ross – Livin’, Lovin’, Givin’   (3:30)
5.   Thelma Houston – Love Masterpiece   (4:03)
6.   Donna Summer – Last Dance (Reprise)   (3:17)

Special Bonus 12inch Single
1.   Donna Summer – Je T’Aime (Moi Non Plus)   (15:51)

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Soundtrack - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) - 2Lp

Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Release:  1978
Format:  2 LP
Label:  RSO Records
Catalog#  RS 2-4100

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was a multi-platinum double album produced by George Martin, featuring covers of songs by The Beatles. It was released in July 1978, as the soundtrack to the film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which starred the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Steve Martin. The project was managed by The Robert Stigwood Organisation.
 Like the album itself, the soundtrack to the 1978 film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is a legend in its own right. Where the Beatles’ album was a groundbreaking moment in pop music, the Robert Stigwood film was an unmitigated disaster, an embarrassment not only to the Beatles, but to everyone involved in the production. Nevertheless, as the years passed and ’70s nostalgia grew, certain kitsch fanatics revealed an affection for the debacle. A few performers try to give their best, witness Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Got to Get You into My Life,” Aerosmith’s “Come Together,” and Billy Preston’s “Get Back”, but there’s no erasing the fact that this is an absolutely atrocious record, one that was simply beyond saving. There’s really no excuse for such mind-boggling mismatches as George Burns’ “Fixing a Hole,” Alice Cooper’s “Because,” Steve Martin’s “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” or all the endless, awkward numbers from the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, and Frankie Howard. It’s so bad that it’s not even camp, and only those with truly twisted senses of humor, or who need every ’70s artifact, will find it tolerable.

Side one
1.   Introducing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band   (4:42)
      Bee Gees and Paul Nicholas – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band   (1:56)
      Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees – With a Little Help from My Friends   (2:46)
2.   Sandy Farina – Here Comes The Sun   (3:45)
3.   Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees – Getting Better   (2:46)
4.   Dianne Steinberg and Stargard – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds   (3:41)
5.   George Martin, Peter Frampton, Donald Pleasence, Dianne Steinberg, Paul Nicholas, Bee Gees,
      Stargard – I Want You (She’s So Heavy)   (6:31)

Side two
1.   Paul Nicholas, Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees – Good Morning Good Morning   (1:58)
2.   Steven Tyler, The Bee Gees, Jay MacIntosh and John Wheeler – She’s Leaving Home   (2:41)
3.   Paul Nicholas and Dianne Steinberg – You Never Give Me Your Money   (3:07)
4.   Robin Gibb – Oh! Darling   (3:21)
5.   Steve Martin and The Vocal Chorus – Maxwell’s Silver Hammer   (4:31)
6.   Rise To Stardom Suite   (5:11)
      (a) Bee Gees – Polythene Pam   (0:38)
      (b) Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees – She Came in Through the Bathroom Window   (1:46)
      (c) Bee Gees – Nowhere Man (1:14)
      (d) Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)   (1:33)

Side three
1.   Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You Into My Life   (3:36)
2.   Sandy Farina – Strawberry Fields Forever   (3:31)
3.   Frankie Howerd and Sandy Farina – When I’m Sixty-Four   (2:40)
4.   Frankie Howerd, Steven Tyler, Bee Gees – Mean Mr. Mustard   (2:46)
5.   George Burns – Fixing A Hole   (2:25)
6.   Alice Cooper and The Bee Gees – Because   (2:45)
7.   The Death Of Strawberry   (3:24)
      (a) Peter Frampton – Golden Slumbers   (1:39)
      (b) Bee Gees – Carry That Weight   (1:45)

Side four
1.   Aerosmith – Come Together   (3:46)
2.   Maurice Gibb, Peter Frampton, Bee Gees, George Burns – Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!   
3.   Peter Frampton – The Long and Winding Road   (3:40)
4.   Barry Gibb and The Bee Gees – A Day in the Life   (5:11)
5.   Billy Preston – Get Back   (2:56)
6.   The Cast – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Finale]   (2:13)

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