January 31, 2015

Original Cast - Rock Opera: Jesus Christ Superstar (1971)

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera, whose music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and whose book and lyrics were written by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept recording before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The musical is loosely based on the Gospels's accounts of the last week of Jesus's life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, struggles that are not in the Bible narratives. The resurrection is not included.
The work's depiction offers a free interpretation of the psychology of Jesus and the other characters. A large part of the plot focuses on the character of Judas, who is depicted as a tragic figure dissatisfied with the direction in which Jesus steers his disciples. Contemporary attitudes and sensibilities, as well as slang, pervade the lyrics, and ironic allusions to modern life are scattered throughout the depiction of political events. Stage and film productions accordingly feature many intentional anachronisms.
The musical was first produced as an album, before being staged on Broadway and later in London's West End. On the original album, the part of Jesus was sung by Ian Gillan, the lead singer of Deep Purple who later also worked with Black Sabbath and others, and that of Judas by Murray Head. The future Gary Glitter had a one-liner as a priest and Michael d'Abo appeared as King Herod. The title song, "Superstar", sung by Judas (Murray Head), and "I Don't Know How to Love Him", sung by Mary Magdalene (Yvonne Elliman) about her relationship with Jesus, were both big hits.

Act I
Side A

A1.  Overture - Orchestra  (3:59)
A2.  Heaven on Their Minds - Judas  (4:23)
A3.  What's the Buzz / Strange Thing Mystifying - Apostles, Jesus, Mary, Judas, Peter, Woman  (4:13)
A4.  Everything's Alright - Mary, Women, Judas, Jesus, Apostles  (5:15)
A5.  This Jesus Must Die - Annas, Caiaphas, Apostles, Priests  (3:36)

Side B
B1.  Hosanna - Apostles, Caiaphas, Jesus, Ensemble  (2:07)
B2.  Simon Zealotes / Poor Jerusalem - Apostles, Simon, Jesus, Ensemble  (4:49)
B3.  Pilate's Dream - Pilat e (1:28)
B4.  The Temple - Ensemble, Jesus  (4:43)
B5.  Everything's Alright (reprise) - Mary, Jesus  (0:34)
B6.  I Don't Know How to Love Him - Mary  (3:36)
B7.  Damned for All Time / Blood Money - Judas, Annas, Caiaphas, Chorus  (5:11)

Act II
Side C

C1.  The Last Supper - Apostles, Jesus, Judas  (7:10)
C2.  Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say) - Jesus  (5:33)
C3.  The Arrest - Judas, Jesus, Peter, Apostles, Ensemble, Annas, Caiaphas  (3:24)
C4.  Peter's Denial - Maid by the Fire, Peter, Soldier, Old Man, Mary  (1:27)
C5.  Pilate and Christ - Pilate, Annas, Jesus, Ensemble  (2:46)
C6.  King Herod's Song (Try it and See) - Herod, Dancers  (3:02)

Side D
D1.  Judas' Death - Judas, Annas, Caiaphas, Chorus  (4:17)
D2.  Trial Before Pilate (Including the Thirty-Nine Lashes) - Pilate, Caiaphas, Annas, Jesus, Ensemble  (5:13)
D3.  Superstar - Judas, Soul Sisters, Angels  (4:16)
D4.  The Crucifixion - Jesus, Ensemble  (4:04)
D5.  John Nineteen: Forty-One - Orchestra  (2:10)

Release:  1971
Genre:  Rock Opera
Label:  MCA Records
Format:  2LP Boxset
Catalog#  MAPS 2075/1

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January 30, 2015

Pretenders - Learning To Crawl (1984)

Artist:  Pretenders
Title:  Learning To Crawl
Release:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  WEA Records
Catalog#  923980-1

“Learning to Crawl” is the Pretenders' third album, released in 1984 after a two-year hiatus, during which time James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon both died of drug overdoses.
Chrissie Hynde took a long, hard road to rock & roll stardom, but when her band, the Pretenders, finally broke through in 1979, they wasted no time, growing from promising newcomers on the British music scene to major international stardom with a pair of smash albums to their credit in a mere three years. But the Pretenders' meteoric rise came to a crashing halt in 1982, when drug abuse claimed the life of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and forced Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers to dump bassist Pete Farndon, who would also succumb to an OD in April 1983. Hynde was forced by circumstance to reinvent the Pretenders for their third album, 1984's “Learning to Crawl”, but if the new edition of the group lacked some of the spark of the band that made the first two LPs, through sheer force of will Hynde created a masterpiece. While Hynde hardly held back in her emotionally potent songwriting in the Pretenders' early work, on “Learning to Crawl” there's a gravity to her lyrics that blended with her tough but wiry melodic sense and streetwise intelligence to create a set of truly remarkable tunes. "Back on the Chain Gang" is a touching tribute to her fallen comrades that still sounds bitterly rueful, "Middle of the Road" is a furious rocker that explores the emotional and physical toll of a musician's life, "Time the Avenger" is a taut, literate examination of a businessman's adulterous relationship, "My City Was Gone" deals with the economic and cultural decay of the Midwest in a manner both pithy and genuinely heartfelt, and "2000 Miles" is a Christmas number that demonstrates Hynde can be warm without getting sappy. As a guitarist, Robbie McIntosh brought a simpler and more elemental style to the Pretenders than James Honeyman-Scott, but his tough, muscular leads fit these songs well, and bassist Malcolm Foster's solid punch fits Chambers' drumming perfectly. Three albums into her recording career, Chrissie Hynde found herself having to put the past to bed and carve out a new beginning for herself with “Learning to Crawl”, but she pulled it off with a striking mixture of courage, strength, and great rock & roll; with the exception of the instant-classic debut album, it's the Pretenders' finest work.

Side one
1.  Middle Of The Road   (4:08)  
2.  Back On The Chain Gang   (3:44)  
3.  Time The Avenger   (4:47)  
4.  Watching The Clothes   (2:48)  
5.  Show Me   (4:00) 

Side two
1.  Thumbelina   (3:12)  
2.  My City Was Gone   (5:14)  
3.  Thin Line Between Love And Hate   (3:33)  
4.  I Hurt You   (4:27)  
5.  2000 Miles   (3:30)

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Philip Bailey - Chinese Wall (1985)

Artist:  Philip Bailey
Title:  Chinese Wall
Release:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  26161

At the time Philip Bailey persuaded Phil Collins to produce his second solo album, “Chinese Wall”, Collins was among the hottest pop stars in the world. The advantage to that, of course, is the exposure it affords, and after the merely modest success of his debut solo album, “Continuation”, Bailey needed the reflected glory. On the other band, it's hard to shine yourself in such a glare, and although Bailey's name was on the gold-selling hit single "Easy Lover," a duet with Collins that helped the album take off, it's Collins' singing and drumming that one remembers. Elsewhere, tunes like "Photogenic Memory" and "Walking On The Chinese Wall" better represent Bailey's ability to handle a variety of material from ballads to techno dance tracks with his elastic falsetto. Still, “Chinese Wall” was a gold-selling standoff that made Bailey a solo hitmaker without really establishing him on his own.

Side one
1.  Photogenic Memory   (5:26)  
2.  I Go Crazy   (4:48)  
3.  Walking On The Chinese Wall   (5:08)  
4.  For Every Heart That's Been Broken   (4:15)  
5 . Go   (4:30) 

Side two
1.  Easy Lover   (5:04)  
3.  Show You The Way To Love   (4:41)  
4.  Time Is A Woman   (4:31)  
5.  Woman   (5:04)  
6.  Children Of The Ghetto   (6:49)

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January 27, 2015

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (1982)

Artist:  Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Title:  The Message
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Sugar Hill Records
Catalog#  540040

“The Message” is the debut studio album of the American hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, released in 1982 on Sugar Hill Records. It is considered one of the most prominent records in the history of hip-hop music with its most notable single being “The Message”, which is often listed as one of the most influential hip-hop songs. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five merged the Afrocentric consciousness expressed by such early rappers as Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets with b-boy production to create “The Message,” an all-time rap anthem. It was the focal point of this LP, which also included “It’s Nasty” and “Scorpio,” two other strong cuts that might have been winners on their own. Unfortunately, rather than a starting point, this album proved to be their ultimate peak.
“She’s Fresh” contains samples from “It’s Just Begun” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch and “Lovomaniacs (Sex)” by Boobie Knight. “It’s Nasty” contains samples from “Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club. “It’s a Shame” contains samples from “Mt. Airy Groove” by Pieces Of A Dream.

Side one
1.  She’s Fresh  (5:59)
2.  It’s Nasty  (4:19)
3.  Scorpio  (4:55)
4.  It’s a Shame (Mt. Airy Groove)  (4:57)

Side two
1.  Dreamin’  (5:47)
2.  You Are  (4:51)
3.  The Message  (7:12)

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January 26, 2015

The Sugarhill Gang - 8th Wonder (1981)

Artist:  The Sugarhill Gang
Title:  8th Wonder
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Sugarhill Records
Catalog#  540017

The Sugarhill Gang are an American hip hop group, known mostly for its 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit.
The members, all from Englewood, New Jersey consisted of Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, and Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien. The three were assembled into a group by producer Sylvia Robinson, who founded Sugar Hill Records with her husband, record mogul Joe Robinson. The group and the record company are named after the Sugar Hill, Harlem neighborhood.
“8th Wonder” is their second album. The album was released in 1982 for Sugarhill Records and was once again produced by Sylvia Robinson and James Cullimore. Though not as successful as the group's previous album, the album did feature the minor hits "8th Wonder" and "Apache", as well as such slick funk burners as “Hot Hot Summer Day” and the incredible bit of uptown dance alchemy “Funk Box” (shades of Prince here). An appearance by another Sugar Hill Records rap group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

Side one
1.  Funk Box   (8:05)
2.  On the Money   (5:25)
3.  8th Wonder   (3:56)

Side two
1.  Apache   (6:09)
2.  Showdown (feat. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five)   (5:41)
3.  Giggalo   (3:51)
4.  Hot Hot Summer Day   (6:12)

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January 18, 2015

Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat (1976) - Lp

Steeleye Span are an English folk-rock band formed in 1969. Still active today, along with Fairport Convention, they are amongst the best known acts of the British folk revival, and were among the most commercially successful, thanks to their hit singles "Gaudete" and "All Around My Hat". They achieved a certified gold record with sales of "All Around My Hat".
All Around My Hat is a 1975 album by Steeleye Span, their eighth and highest-charting, reaching number 7 on the UK charts, and staying on the charts for 6 months. It briefly made the band a household name in the UK. In the United States it became the band's first album to chart, reaching number 143.
The title track was Steeleye Span's highest-charting single, reaching number 5 in the UK charts, with "Black Jack Davy" as a B-side.
The song "Dance with Me" is a version of a Scandinavian ballad Herr Olof och Älvorna.
The album cover and back was designed by John 'Connor, a friend of Hart's, using an anamorphic projection that distorted the facial features of the band members but which looks correct when viewed from the side through special pinholes in the lyric sheet.

Side A
A1.  Black Jack Davy  (4:15)
A2.  Hard Times of Old England  (5:10)
A3.  Cadgwith Anthem  (2:45)
A4.  Sum Waves (Tunes)  (4:00)
A5.  The Wife of Usher's Well  (4:32)

Side B
B1.  Gamble Gold/Robin Hood  (3:40)
B2.  All Around My Hat  (4:06)
B3.  Dance With Me  (3:51)
B4.  Bachelors Hall  (5:45)

Release:  1976
Genre:  Folk Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  Chrysalis Records
Catalog#   6307564

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January 17, 2015

Queen - Soundtrack "Flash Gordon" (1980)

Artist:  Queen
Title:  Flash Gordon (OST)
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  1A 062-64203

“Flash Gordon” is the ninth studio album, and first soundtrack album by British rock band Queen, and is one of the two film soundtracks they produced, along with “Highlander”. It is the album to the science fiction film “Flash Gordon”, and features lyrics on only two tracks. "Flash's Theme" was the only single to be released from the album, under the title "Flash".
There are two versions of the opening track. The album version ("Flash's Theme") is the start to the film, with part of the dialogue from the first scene. The single version ("Flash") features parts of the dialogue taken from various parts of the film. This version was also included on the Greatest Hits compilation from 1981.
All but two of the tracks on the album ("Flash's Theme" and "The Hero") are instrumentals, although most feature dialogue sampled from the film. The album makes extensive use of synthesisers, which Queen had employed for the first time on their previous album, The Game, although to a much lesser extent.
Side A of the album, except for the opening track and Freddie Mercury's "Football Fight" (also chosen as a B-side for the "Flash" single), contains mostly synthesiser, vocal, guitar and drum soundscapes (accompanied by the movie dialogues), written and performed by Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. Side B, while starting with similar compositions by Deacon and Taylor, develops for the most part around the full-band rockier themes, mainly "Flash's Theme" and "Battle Theme", composed and arranged by Brian May. The last track, "The Hero", while an individual song, reprises both motifs. Different takes of the song were used for the end credits in the film and for the album finale.
The album contains mostly the score performed by Queen, and only two short, uncredited fragments of Howard Blake's orchestral score (appearing in "The Kiss" and "The Hero").

Side one
01.  Flash's Theme   (3:22)
02.  In The Space Capsule (The Love Theme)   (2:21)
03.  Ming's Theme (In The Court Of Ming The Merciless)   (2:53)
04.  The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction Of Dale)   (1:15)
05.  Football Fight   (1:29)
06.  In The Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise)   (2:26)
07.  Execution Of Flash   (0:43)
08.  The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash)   (2:11)

Side two
01.  Arboria (Planet Of The Tree Men)   (1:41)
02.  Escape From The Swamp   (1:37)
03.  Flash To The Rescue   (2:47)
04.  Vultan's Theme (Attack Of The Hawk Men)   (1:15)
05.  Battle Theme   (2:20)
06.  The Wedding March   (0:56)
07.  Marriage Of Dale And Ming (And Flash Approaching)   (2:04)
08.  Crash Dive On Mingo City   (0:46)
09.  Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations)   (1:39)
10.  The Hero   (3:31)

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