29/03/2015

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Doe Maar - 4Us (1983)














Artist:  Doe Maar
Title:  4Us
Release:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  SKY Records
Catalog#  SKY 24000 SL

“4us” is een album uit 1983 van de Nederlandse popgroep Doe Maar. Het was het vierde studioalbum van de groep en verscheen op het hoogtepunt van haar populariteit in 1983. De nummers werden in november en december 1982 opgenomen in de Telstar Studio van Johnny Hoes in Weert. De plaat werd uitgebracht in maart 1983 en was in de voorverkoop al dubbel platina. “4us” verscheen als elpee, maar tegelijkertijd als Compact cassette en ook als compact disc (cd). Dit laatste was een primeur: “4us” was het eerste album van Nederlandse bodem waarvan de muziek op cd verscheen. Wel zouden er enkele subtiele verschillen tussen de diverse persingen bestaan. Het album kwam 26 maart binnen in de Nederlandse albumlijsten en behaalde er de eerste plaats.
Ten tijde van de opnames van de muziek was Doe Maar al ongekend populair in Nederland geworden. De vier bandleden, en met name Henny Vrienten en Ernst Jansz, konden niet meer rustig over straat lopen zonder te worden aangeklampt door jeugdige vrouwelijke fans. Deze idolatie had van de groep een "bange" band gemaakt; de leden wisten niet goed met hun roem om te kunnen gaan. Dit kwam op “4us” met name terug in het nummer met de veelzeggende titel "1 Nacht Alleen".
“4us” is nog ingedrumd door René van Collem. In feite was hij ten tijde van de opnames de stand-in van Jan Pijnenburg, die nog immer herstellende was van zijn auto-ongeluk in april 1982. Na de opnames van “4us” nam Pijnenburg weer plaats achter het drumstel van Doe Maar.
Op 26 februari 1983 verscheen "Pa" als eerste single van 4us. Op 12 maart bereikte de single de nummer 1 positie in de Nederlandse Top 40.
Aanvankelijk verkocht “4us” zeer goed, maar na verloop van tijd kwamen sommige ouders de plaat toch terugbrengen naar de platenzaak. Dit kwam door een paar felle nummers met onverbloemde teksten, zoals "Je Loopt Je Lul Achterna" en "Heroïne", waarin voluit werd gevloekt. Zij vonden het ongepast dat hun kinderen naar deze nummers luisterden. In andere gezinnen zagen ouders een gelegenheid om zaken als relaties, seks en drugs bespreekbaar te maken. De thema's bouwden voort op de onderwerpen die aan bod kwamen op de voorgaande albums, zo ook de politiek in "Doe Maar Net Alsof" ("je neus bloedt"), waaruit bleek hoe de groep zich was blijven ontwikkelen. De benadering was nu duidelijk evenwichtiger, en zowel tekstueel als muzikaal meer volwassen.
De titel van het album is niet te herleiden tot een van de nummers, maar kan worden gezien als een verwijzing naar het gevierde kwartet van musicerende vrienden. Ook was de hysterie die Doe Maar in sommige kringen losmaakte wel eens uitgelegd als een besmettelijk virus.


Side one
1.  Doe Maar Net Alsof  (6:10)  
2.  Je Loopt Je Lul Achterna  (4:52)  
3.  Lajeninaja  (3:30)  
4.  Nooit Meer Slapen  (4:05)  
5.  Nachtzuster  (3:43) 

Side two
1.  Zoek Het Zelf Maar Uit  (3:03)  
2.  1 Nacht Alleen  (3:59)  
3.  Bang  (3:49)  
4.  Heroine  (2:57)  
5.  Pa  (3:41)  
6.  Alles Gaat Voorbij  (4:05)  
7.  Walska  (1:20)

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Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships (1983)














Artist:  Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark
Title:  Dazzle Ships
Release:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  205295

“Dazzle Ships” is the fourth album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), released in 1983. The title and cover art (designed by Peter Saville) alluded to a painting by Vorticist artist Edward Wadsworth based on dazzle camouflage. The painting, Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool, is in the collection of the National Art Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Canada.
The album is noted for its highly experimental content, particularly musique concrète sound collages, utilising shortwave radio recordings to explore Cold War and Eastern Bloc themes.
In contrast with its predecessor, “Dazzle Ships” met with a degree of critical and commercial hostility, but has gone on to be retrospectively hailed by critics as a "masterpiece" and a "lost classic" within popular music. The record has also been championed, and cited as an influence, by several modern artists.
What else can be said when hearing the album's lead single, the soaring "Genetic Engineering," with its Speak & Spell toy vocals and an opening sequence that also sounds like the inspiration for "Fitter, Happier," for instance? Why it wasn't a hit remains a mystery, but it and the equally enjoyable, energetic "Telegraph" and "Radio Waves" are definitely the poppiest moments on the album. Conceived around visions of cryptic Cold War tension, the rise of computers in everyday life, and European and global reference points -- time zone recordings and snippets of shortwave broadcasts “Dazzle Ships” beats Kraftwerk at their own game, science and the future turned into surprisingly warm, evocative songs or sudden stop-start instrumental fragments. "Dazzle Ships (Parts II, III, and VII)" itself captures the alien feeling of the album best, with its distanced, echoing noises and curious rhythms, sliding into the lovely "The Romance of the Telescope." "This Is Helena" works in everything from what sounds like heavily treated and flanged string arrangements to radio announcer samples, while "Silent Running" becomes another in the line of emotional, breathtaking OMD ballads, McCluskey's voice the gripping centerpiece.


Side one
1.  Radio Prague  (1:18)  
2.  Genetic Engineering  (3:42)  
3.  ABC Auto-Industry  (2:06)  
4.  Telegraph  (2:57)  
5.  This Is Helena  (1:58)  
6.  International  (4:26)

Side two
1.  Dazzle Ships (Parts II III & VII)  (2:21)  
2.  The Romance Of The Telescope  (3:26)  
3.  Silent Running  (3:33)
4.  Radio Waves  (3:44)  
5.  Time Zones   (3:23)
6.  Of All The Things We've Made  (3:23)

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Hennie Vrienten - Geen Ballade (1984)














Artist:  Hennie Vrienten
Title:  Geen Ballade
Release: 1984
Format:  LP
Label:  SKY
Catalog#  SKY 24004 SL

Henny Vrienten (Hilvarenbeek, 27 juli 1948) is een Nederlandse zanger, bassist en componist. Hij werd bij het grote publiek bekend als zanger van de band Doe Maar.
In 1980 trad Vrienten toe tot Doe Maar als vervanger van Piet Dekker. Kort voordat Doe Maar stopt, brengt Hennie zijn eerste solo album “Geen Ballade” uit.
Op het album staat o.a. een duet met Herman Brood “Als Je Wint” wat de Top-40 bereikt.


Side one
1.  Naar Verluidt  (4:58)  
2.  Geen Ballade  (4:04)  
3.  Nooit Meer, Ooit Weer  (3:20)  
4.  Voor Je Vallen  (1:36)  
5.  Dicht Bij  (5:34) 

Side two
1.  Bedmensen  (4:11)  
2.  Als Je Wint (duet met Herman Brood)  (3:38)  
3.  Ketchup  (4:07)  
4.  Misverstand  (3:56)  
5.  Amstel Hotel 13.00 Uur  (3:36)

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Talk Talk - The Colour Of Spring (1986)














Artist:  Talk Talk
Title:  The Colour Of Spring
Release:  1986
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  1A 062-240491-1

“The Colour of Spring” is Talk Talk's third album and was released in 1986.
With its international hit "Life's What You Make It", Talk Talk expanded their fan base, and it earned the band the third of their three American hits, along with 1984's "It's My Life" and "Such a Shame".
Musically, “The Colour of Spring” was a major step away from the synthesised pop of early Talk Talk, with the focus on such songs as "Life's What You Make It", "Living in Another World" and "Give It Up". It had a sound described by the band as much more "organic" than their earlier records, with the improvisation that was to dominate on their later works already apparent in the recording process.


Side one
1.  Happiness Is Easy  (6:29)  
2.  I Don't Believe In You  (5:00)  
3.  Life's What You Make It  (4:26)  
4.  April 5th  (5:49) 

Side two
1.  Living In Another World  (6:54)  
2.  Give It Up  (5:15)  
3.  Chameleon Day  (3:19)  
4.  Time It's Time  (8:07)

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Various - James Bond Grootste Hits (1981) - Lp














Artist:  Various
Title:  James Bond Grootste Hits
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Liberty Records
Catalog#  1A 064-83238

Een compilatie album van 13 james bond themes.
Allen zijn de originele versies, van themes van james bond films van de begin periode
tot 1981.


Side one
1.  John Barry - The James Bond Theme  (1:46)  
2.  Matt Monro - From Russia With Love  (2:32)  
3.  Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger  (2:47)  
4.  Tom Jones - Thunderball  (3:00)  
5.  Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice  (2:43)  
6.  Louis Armstrong - We Have All The Time In The World  (3:13)  
7.  Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever  (2:40)

Side two
1.  Paul McCartney & Wings  - Live And Let Die  (3:10)  
2.  Lulu   The Man With The Golden Gun  (2:33)  
3.  Carly Simon   Nobody Does It Better  (3:29)  
4.  Marvin Hamlisch  - Bond '77 (Instrumental)  (4:19)  
5.  Shirley Bassey  - Moonraker  (3:06)  
6.  Sheena Easton  - For Your Eyes Only  (2:58)

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28/03/2015

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Roxy Music - Manifesto (1979)














Artist:  Roxy Music
Title:  Manifesto
Release:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2310651

“Manifesto” is the sixth studio album by Roxy Music, and was released in 1979.
Returning to action after four years of solo projects, Roxy Music redefined its sound and agenda on “Manifesto”. More than ever, Roxy sounds like Bryan Ferry’s backing band, as the group strips away its art rock influences, edits out the instrumental interludes in favor of concise pop songs, and adds layers of stylish disco rhythms. Although the songwriting is distressingly inconsistent, there are a number of wonderful moments on the record, particularly in the sighing “Angel Eyes” and the heartbroken “Dance Away.” Still, trading sonic adventure for lush, accessible disco-pop isn’t entirely satisfactory, even if it is momentarily seductive.
The first single from “Manifesto” was “Trash”. The second single, the disco-tinged “Dance Away”, returned the band to the top, it became one of the band’s biggest hit. The song was also released as a 12? extended version (running at six and half minutes), a format that had started to become popular in the late 1970s. The third single from the album was a re-recorded version of “Angel Eyes”, which was far more electronic and “disco” in nature than the power-pop album version.


Side one
1.  Manifesto  (5:29)
2.  Trash  (2:14)
3.  Angel Eyes  (3:32)
4.  Still Falls the Rain  (4:13)
5.  Stronger Through the Years  (6:16)

Side two
1.  Ain’t That So  (5:39)
2.  My Little Girl  (3:17)
3.  Dance Away  (4:20)
4.  Cry, Cry, Cry  (2:55)
5.  Spin Me Round  (5:15)

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Rick Springfield - Working Class Dog (1981)














Artist:  Rick Springfield
Title:  Working Class Dog
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  AFL1-3697

Rick Springfield is an Australian-born singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a member of pop rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971 and then started his solo career with his début single “Speak to the Sky” reaching the top 10 in Australia. In mid-1972, he relocated to the United States. He had a No. 1 hit with the expertly crafted pop song “Jessie’s Girl” in 1981 in both Australia and the US.
“I’ve Done Everything for You”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody” are the other singles from “Working Class Dog”.


Side one
1.  Love Is Alright Tonite  (3:28)
2.  Jessie’s Girl  (3:14)
3.  Hole in My Heart  (3:12)
4.  Carry Me Away  (3:01)
5.  I’ve Done Everything for You  (3:17)

Side two
1.  The Light of Love  (2:43)
2.  Everybody’s Girl  (2:59)
3.  Daddy’s Pearl  (2:37)
4.  Red Hot & Blue Love  (2:57)
5.  Inside Silvia  (4:43)

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Alabama - Feels So Right (1981)














Artist:  Alabama
Title:  Feels So Right
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  AHL1-3930

“Feels So Right” is Alabama’s second studio album for RCA Nashville, released in 1981
This album is typical of the period in country music when smooth, slick production was beginning to take hold. A streamlined, pop inflected album, “Feels So Right” is full of hook laden, lyrically unswerving songs about love and heartache.
The three singles taken from the album were, “Feels so right” (perhaps the best love song they ever recorded), “Love in the first degree” and “Old flame”, all of them outstanding love songs, typical of most of the album. The one song that contrasts sharply with the love songs is “Ride the train”, an upbeat song reminiscing about a bygone age. Trains are not a common theme in Alabama’s songs, but this is a classic.


Side one
1.  Feels So Right  (3:32)
2.  Love In The First Degree  (3:16)
3.  Burn Georgia Burn  (3:26)
4.  Ride The Train  (3:38)
5.  Fantasy  (4:06)

Side two
1.  Hollywood  (3:45)
2.  Old Flame  (3:10)
3.  Woman Back Home  (2:23)
4.  See The Embers, Feel The Flame  (2:38)
5.  I’m Stoned  (5:05)

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The Who - Face Dances (1981)














Artist:  The Who
Title:  Face Dances
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2302106

“Face Dances” is the ninth studio album by English rock band The Who, released in 1981. It was one of two Who studio albums with drummer Kenney Jones, who had replaced Keith Moon after his death three years earlier.
Without Keith Moon, the Who may have lacked the restless firepower that distinguished their earlier albums, but “Face Dances” had some of Pete Townshend’s best, most incisive compositions since Quadrophenia. “Don’t Let Go the Coat” was one of his better odes to Meher Baba, “You Better You Bet” was a driving rocker, as was the rueful “Cache Cache,” while “How Can You Do It Alone” was a solid ballad. While Townshend’s songs were graceful and introspective, Roger Daltrey delivered them without any subtlety, rendering their power impotent.


Side one
1.  You Better You Bet  (5:36)
2.  Don’t Let Go The Coat  (3:439
3.  Cache Cache  (3:57)
4.  The Quiet One  (3:09)
5.  Did You Steal My Money  (4:13)

Side two
1.  How Can You Do It Alone  (5:26)
2.  Daily Records  (3:27)
3.  You  (4:32)
4.  Another Tricky Day  (4:55)

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Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior (1976)














Artist:  Return To Forever
Title:  Romantic Warrior
Release: 1976
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  81221

“Romantic Warrior” (1976) is the sixth studio album of fusion band Return to Forever.The most popular and successful lineup of Return to Forever, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Al Di Meola was coming off the Grammy-winning No Mystery when it recorded its third and final album, “Romantic Warrior”. It has been suggested that in employing a medieval album cover (drawn by Wilson McLean), using titles like “Medieval Overture” and “Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant,” and occasionally playing in a baroque style, particularly in Clarke’s “The Magician,” Corea was responding to Rick Wakeman’s successful string of albums on similar themes. Certainly, the music suggests that the musicians have been listening to Wakeman’s band, Yes, among other progressive rock groups. But they bring more of a traditional jazz approach to their sound, particularly in the opening statement of intent “Medieval Overture” and the original side one closer, “The Romantic Warrior,” both of which feature extensive acoustic piano soloing by Corea. The original side two Di Meola’s “Majestic Dance,” “The Magician,” and “Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant”, is much more in a jazz-rock style, with Di Meola particularly rocking out on extensive, fast-paced electric guitar solos. Meanwhile, the rhythm section of Clarke and White is always extremely busy, maintaining a funky, driving pulse and several cross rhythms no matter what’s going on above it. This is particularly noticeable, naturally, on White’s sole composition, “Sorceress,” but it continues to keep the music in the fusion camp even when Corea is sounding like a more traditional jazz pianist. “Romantic Warrior” is the sound of a mature band at the top of its game, which may help explain why it was Return to Forever’s most popular album, eventually certified as a gold record, and the last by this assemblage. Having expressed themselves this well, they decided it was time for them to move on.


Side one
1.  Medieval Overture  (5:14)
2.  Sorceress  (7:34)
3.  The Romantic Warrior  (10:52)

Side two
1.  Majestic Dance  (5:01)
2. The Magician  (5:29)
3.  Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant (Part I & Part II)  (11:26)

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27/03/2015

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Clint Eastwood & General Saint - Stop That Train (1983)














Artist:  Clint Eastwood & General Saint
Title:  Stop That Train
Release:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Greensleeves Records
Catalog#  GREL 53

Tag-team DJ duos (as opposed to the more common and popular singer-DJ duo format) were quite unusual when this pair emerged in the late '70s, and they remain so today. But Clint Eastwood (younger brother of the legendary DJ Trinity) and General Saint proved that it could work, and if “Stop That Train” didn't achieve quite the success that Two Bad D.J. had, it was nevertheless a solid effort with several excellent tracks and filler that stopped short of being killer but was nevertheless perfectly serviceable for most dancehall needs. This reissue adds three discomix versions to the original program, as well as some interesting liner notes. Highlights include the duo's version of the classic rocksteady title track (the song for which the pair is still remembered) and a dark, edgy original number titled "Monkey Man" (not to be confused with the classic Toots Hibbert ska anthem of the same name). Less memorable are the awkwardly swinging "Stop Jack" and a slightly less awkwardly skanking take on Leonard Dillon's "Everything Crash." The backing tracks are by Inity Rockers, and are rock-solid throughout.


Side one
1.  Stop That Train  (3:59)  
2.  Vote For Me  (3:26)  
3.  Nuclear Crisis  (4:29)  
4.  Rock With Me  (2:54)  
5.  Shame & Scandal  (2:46) 

Side two
1.  Stop Jack  (3:23)  
2.  True Vegetarian  (2:42)  
3.  Everything Crash  (3:51)  
4.  Monkey Man  (3:15)  
5.  H.A.P.P.Y.  (3:01)

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Richard ´Dimples` Fields - Mr. Look So Good (1982)














Artist:  Richard ´Dimples` Fields
Title:  Mr. Look So Good
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  The Boardwalk Records
Catalog#  518512

Sources differ as to whether he was born in New Orleans, Louisiana or San Francisco, California. However, he began singing professionally in the latter city in the early 1970s, purchasing a San Francisco cabaret, the Cold Duck Music Lounge, where he headlined. He took his nickname, "Dimples", from a female admirer who remarked that he was always smiling.
He began recording for his own DRK label, before signing to Boardwalk Records in 1981. His first minor hit was a cover of The Penguins' "Earth Angel" that year. His first album for Boardwalk also featured the track "She's Got Papers On Me", the lament of a married man wanting his mistress, which was interrupted by his wife, played by Betty Wright, setting out her view of the situation.
Fields' breakthrough single came in 1982 with "If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another", which reached number one for three weeks on the US Billboard R&B chart. He had first recorded and released the song for DRK in 1975, in which he lamented not only the world's problems, but also those of his own life (from an ugly pregnant girlfriend to the need to read the Bible). Fields was persuaded to re-record and update it by an old friend, including it on his album, “Mr. Look So Good!”, before it was issued as a single.


Side one
1. If It Ain't One Thing...It's Another   (6:50)  
2. After I Put My Lovin' On You   (3:45)  
3. Baby Work Out   (4:19)  
4. Mr. Look So Good   (3:49) 

Side two
1. Taking Applications   (5:30)  
2. (A Woman At Home And) A Freak On The Side   (5:05)  
3. Sincerely   (3:59)  
4. The Lady Is Bad   (5:20)

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Howard Jones - Dream Into Action (1985)














Artist:  Howard Jones
Title:  Dream Into Action
Release:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  WEA Records
Catalog#   240632-1

“Dream Into Action” is the second studio album by British pop musician Howard Jones. It was released in March 1985.
This album shows the synthesizer pop idol at the height of his creativity “Dream Into Action” is definitely the most interesting of Jones' albums. It contains some of his best songs. The hit singles "Things Can Only Get Better", "Look Mama, "Life in One Day" and "Like to Get to Know You Well". The version of "No One Is to Blame" that is featured on this album is not the hit single version; this song was entirely re-recorded in a substantially re-arranged version by Phil Collins for single release.


Side one
1.  Things Can Only Get Better  (3:56)  
2.  Life In One Day  (3:40)  
3.  Dream Into Action  (3:46)  
4.  No One Is To Blame  (3:29)  
5.  Look Mama  (4:03)  
6.  Assault And Battery  (4:52) 

Side two
1.  Automation  (4:04)  
2.  Is There A Difference?  (3:33)  
3.  Elegy  (4:22)  
4.  Specialty  (3:58)  
5.  Why Look For The Key?  (3:23)  
6.  Hunger For The Flesh  (3:59)

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War - Outlaw (1982)














Artist:  War
Title:  Outlaw
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  PL-14208

“Outlaw” is an album by War, released on RCA Victor Records in 1982.
This was War's first album for RCA. Between this and the previous album on MCA, War released a single on LA Records, a company owned by their producer Jerry Goldstein: "Cinco de Mayo", which also appears on “Outlaw”, backed with "Don't Let No One Get You Down", an older track from “Why Can't We Be Friends?” (1975).
Alice Tweed Smith (vocals) had left the band since their previous album, reducing the group to eight members, although the cover only shows seven. Pat Rizzo isn't on cover picture. Assuming that composer credits indicate the lineup of each track (excluding producer Jerry Goldstein); on some tracks, Ron Hammon (drums) and Pat Rizzo (saxophone) are not credited
Three more singles from the album were issued on RCA Victor: "You Got the Power" backed with "Cinco de Mayo", "Outlaw" backed with "I'm About Somebody", and "Just Because" backed with "The Jungle (medley)". Also, "Baby It's Cold Outside" (not the popular 1940s song by Frank Loesser) was issued as a promotional single for seasonal music radio programming. Therefore, every track on the album was also issued on a single, though some were probably edited.


Side one
1.  You Got The Power   (5:41)  
2.  Outlaw   (5:02)  
3.  The Jungle (Medley)  (8:06) 
     a.  Beware It's A Jungle Out There   
     b.  The Street Of Walls   
     c.  The Street Of Lights   
     d.  The Street Of Now  

Side two
1.  Just Because   (4:09)  
2.  Baby It's Cold Outside  (5:51)  
3.  I'm About Somebody   (5:34)  
4.  Cinco De Mayo   (3:59)

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James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work (1981)














Artist:  James Taylor
Title:  Dad Loves His Work
Release: 1981 
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  86131

“Dad Loves His Work” is singer-songwriter James Taylor's tenth studio album. Released in 1981, it is best remembered for the duet with J. D. Souther "Her Town Too", which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. "I Will Follow", "London Town", and the haunting "That Lonesome Road" are additional album tracks. This album was certified Platinum in the United States.
The album's title was, in part, drawn from the reasons for Taylor's divorce from Carly Simon. She gave him an ultimatum: cut back on his music and touring, and spend more time with her and their children, or the marriage was through. The album's title was his answer, and the divorce took place soon after.


Side one
1. Hard Times  (3:10)  
2. Her Town Too  (4:35)  
3. Hour That The Morning Comes  (2:57)  
4. I Will Follow  (4:16)  
5. Believe It Or Not  (3:50) 

Side two
1. Stand And Flight  (3:04)  
2. Only For Me  (4:53)  
3. Summer's Here  (2:42)  
4. Sugar Trade  (2:46)  
5. London Town  (3:53)  
6. That Lonesome Road  (2:18)

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26/03/2015

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Fischer Z - Red Skies Over Paradise (1981)














Artist:  Fischer Z
Title:  Red Skies Over Paradise
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Liberty Records
Catalog#  1A062-83100

“Red Skies Over Paradise” is a 1981 album by Fischer Z.
With keyboardist Skolnick gone, Fischer Z continued as a trio, recording this wonderfully dark album filled with political intrigue and emotional hang-ups (making personal feelings political and vice versa). Eschewing some of their earlier quirkiness, Watts and Co. were far more direct and serious. Whether he was portraying the crazed fan (“Marliese”), the guilty survivor of a suicide (“Wristcutter’s Lullabye”), or providing social and political commentary (“Berlin,” “Red Skies Over Paradise,” “Cruise Missiles”), Watts’ lyrics were biting, but the melodies didn’t hit home quite as often as the previous album. The overwhelming response that this album received in Europe paved the way for Watts to leave home and go solo. Thus endeth Fischer-Z’s original lineup.


Side one
1.  Berlin  (4:35)
2.  Marliese  (3:52)
3.  Red Skies over Paradise  (4:32)
4.  In England 2:43)
5.  You’ll Never Find Brian Here  (2:08)
6.  Battalions Of Strangers  (5:05)

Side two
1.  Song & Dance Brigade  (3:03)
2.  The Writer  (3:22)
3.  Bathroom Scenario  (3:50)
4.  Wristcutter’s Lullaby  (2:47)
5.  Cruise Missiles  (4:17)
6.  Luton to Lisbon  (1:56)
7.  Multinationals Bite  (5:38)

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Diana Ross - Diana Ross (1976)














Artist:  Diana Ross
Title:  Diana Ross
Release:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Tamla Motown Records
Catalog#  5C 062-97508

However Ross hadn’t had a major chart hit since 1973’s divine classic, ´Touch Me In The Morning´. Black music was steering into different directions with Soul music divulging into Disco and in some aspects Ross’ recording career had lost course.
That changed in 1975 when the classic ´Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)´ catapulted to the top of the charts. This epic ballad with its sweeping musical arrangements and an almost dreamy yet compelling performance from Ross was written and produced by the genius Michael Masser. The track really is a masterpiece and that classic interlude at the climax of the song is breathtaking. Theme From Mahogany rightfully remains one of Ross’ key classics and became the opening number on this excellent 1976 studio LP “Diana Ross” . ´Love Hangover´ and ´One Love In My Lifetime´ were the other singles taken from this album.


Side one
1.  Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)  (3:22)
2.  I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)  (3:19)
3.  Love Hangover  (7:49)
4.  Kiss Me Now  (2:42)

Side two
1.  You’re Good My Child  (3:35)
2.  One Love in My Lifetime  (3:37)
3.  Ain’t Nothin’ But a Maybe  (3:35)
4.  After You  (4:06)
5.  Smile  (2:55)

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The Four Seasons - The Four Seasons Story (1975)














Artist:  The Four Seasons
Title:  The Four Seasons Story
Release: 1975
Format:  2 LP
Label:  Private Stock Records
Catalog#  DAPS 1001

The Four Seasons are an American rock and pop band who became internationally successful in the mid-1960s. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has stated that the group was the most popular rock band before the Beatles. Since 1970, they have also been known at times as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In 1960, the group known as the Four Lovers evolved into the Four Seasons, with Frankie Valli as the lead singer, Bob Gaudio (formerly of the Royal Teens) on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on bass guitar and bass vocals.
The Four Seasons are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide.
While the hits for the Four Seasons had dried up in the first half of the 1970s, the group never lost its popularity as a performing act. Longtime member Joe Long stayed in the group until 1975. The new lineup boasted two new lead singers in Don Ciccone (formerly of the Critters) and Gerry Polci. Valli and Gaudio managed to get the Four Seasons signed with Warner Bros. Records as the disco era dawned. At the same time, Uttal was persuaded to release “The Four Seasons Story”, a two-record compilation of the group’s biggest hit singles from 1962 to 1970. It quickly became a gold record, selling over one million copies.


Side one
1.  Sherry  (2:30)
2.  Big Girls Don’t Cry  (2:25)
3.  Walk Like A Man  (2:21)
4.  Stay  (1:53)
5.  Marlena  (2:32)
6.  Don’t Think Twice  (2:59)
7.  Candy Girl  (2:40)

Side two
1.  Dawn  (2:11)
2.  C’mon Marianne  (2:23)
3.  Opus 17 (Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me)  (2:33)
4.  Workin’ My Way Back To You  (2:51)
5.  Let’s Hang On  (3:09)
6.  Ronnie  (2:25)
7.  Bye Bye Baby  (2:32)

Side three
1.  Rag Doll  (3:00)
2.  Beggin’  (3:48)
3.  Silence Is Golden  (3:03)
4.  I’ve Got You Under My Skin  (3:37)
5.  Save It For Me  (2:37)
6.  Big Man In Town  (2:46)
7.  Will You Still Love Me (Tomorrow)  (3:13)

Side four
1.  And That Reminds Me  (3:31)
2.  Electric Stories  (3:05)
3.  Watch The Flowers Grow  (3:33)
4.  Tell It To The Rain  (2:30)
6.  Ain’t That A Shame  (2:37)
7.  Toy Soldier  (2:37)
8.  Alone  (2:50)

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Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)














Artist:  Simon & Garfunkel
Title:  Bridge Over Troubles Water
Release: 1970
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  S 63699

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is the fifth and final studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released in January 1970 on Columbia Records. Paul Simon writing all tracks except one. With the help of producer Roy Halee, the album followed a similar musical pattern as their “Bookends”, partly abandoning their traditional style in favor of a more creative sound, combining rock, R&B, gospel, jazz, World music, pop and other genres. The duo recorded around 14 tracks, three of which were not featured in the album. The inclusion of a 12th track was long discussed but they eventually decided upon 11 songs. It was described as both their “most effortless record and their most ambitious.


Side one
1.  Bridge Over Troubled Water   (4:52)
2.  El Condor Pasa (If I Could)   (3:06)
3.  Cecilia  (2:55)
4.  Keep the Customer Satisfied   (2:33)
5.  So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright   (3:41)

Side two
1.  The Boxer   (5:08)
2.  Baby Driver   (3:14)
3.  The Only Living Boy in New York   (3:58)
4.  Why Don’t You Write Me   (2:45)
5.  Bye Bye Love  (live recording from Ames, Iowa)   (2:55)
6.  Song for the Asking   (1:39)

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10CC - The Original Soundtrack (1975)














Artist:  10CC
Title:  The Original Soundtrack
Release: 1975
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  6310500

“The Original Soundtrack” is the third studio album by the English art rock band 10cc. It includes the singles “Life Is a Minestrone” and “I’m Not in Love”, the latter of which is the band’s most popular song and walked a fine line between self-pity and self-parody with its weepy tale of a boy who isn’t in love (really!), and the marvelously lush production and breathy vocals allowed the tune to work beautifully either as a sly joke or at face value. The album’s opener, “Une Nuit a Paris,” was nearly as marvelous; a sly and often hilarious extended parody of both cinematic stereotypes of life and love in France and overblown European pop. And side one’s closer, “Blackmail,” was a witty tale of sex and extortion gone wrong, with a superb guitar solo embroidering the ride-out. That’s all on side one; side two, however, is a bit spottier, with two undistinguished tunes, “Brand New Day” and “Flying Junk,” nearly dragging the proceedings to a halt before the band rallied the troops for a happy ending with the hilarious “The Film of Our Love.” The Original Soundtrack’s best moments rank with the finest work 10cc ever released; however, at the same time it also displayed what was to become their Achilles’ heel the inability to make an entire album as strong and memorable as those moments.


Side one
1.  Une Nuit A Paris   (8:39)
     Part 1 – One Night In Paris
     Part 2 – Same Night In Paris
     Part 3 – Later The Same Night In Paris
2.  I’m Not In Love  (6:04)
3.  Blackmail   (4:55)

Side two
1.  The Second Sitting For The Last Supper  (4:23)
2.  Brand New Day  (4:03)
3.  Flying Junk  (4:10)
4.  Life Is A Minestrone  (4:30)
5.  The Film Of My Love  (5:03)

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24/03/2015

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Madonna - Madonna (1983)














Artist:  Madonna
Title:  Madonna
Release:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Sire Records
Catalog#  92-3867-1

Madonna began her career as a disco diva in an era that didn't have disco divas. It was an era where disco was anathema to the mainstream pop, and she had a huge role in popularizing dance music as a popular music again.  Certainly, her undeniable charisma, chutzpah, and sex appeal had a lot to do with that it always did, throughout her career but she wouldn't have broken through if the music wasn't so good. This is music where all of the elements may not particularly impressive on their own the arrangement, synth, and drum programming are fairly rudimentary; Madonna's singing isn't particularly strong; the songs, while hooky and memorable, couldn't necessarily hold up on their own without the production but taken together, it's utterly irresistible. And that's the hallmark of dance-pop: every element blends together into an intoxicating sound, where the hooks and rhythms are so hooky, the shallowness is something to celebrate. And there are some great songs here, whether it's the effervescent "Lucky Star," "Borderline," and "Holiday" or the darker, carnal urgency of "Burning Up" and "Physical Attraction."


Side one
1.  Lucky Star  (5:30)  
2.  Borderline  (5:18)  
3.  Burning Up  (4:48)  
4.  I Know It  (3:45) 

Side two
1.  Holiday  (6:08)  
2.  Think Of Me  (4:53)  
3.  Physical Attraction  (6:35)  
4.  Everybody  (4:57)

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Soundtrack - American Gigolo (1980)














Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  American Gigolo
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2391447

“American Gigolo” is the soundtrack album to the 1980 movie of the same name, starring Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton. The music was composed and performed by Giorgio Moroder and was released worldwide on the Polydor label.
While this soundtrack is arguably most notable for introducing Middle America to Blondie, there is also some interesting incidental music written by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder and performed by Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey.
The album’s pervading heavily manufactured and synthetically generated atmosphere is convincing in its aural depiction of the shallow decadence portrayed on the screen. The primary impetus for the release was the “extended version” of Blondie’s “Call Me,” which was unavailable on any Blondie album and was too long at over eight minutes to fit onto a single. The song was co-composed by Debbie Harry and Moroder specifically for this project, becoming the second chart-topper for the band, ultimately staying at number one for six weeks in March of 1980.
The film’s writer/director Paul Schrader is credited on the soundtrack as Moroder’s collaborator on the up-tempo “Love and Passion.” actress/vocalist Cheryl Barnes contributes vocals to the mostly forgettable track. The other six instrumentals blend a noir ambience with the utility of background music. The most notable is “Hello Mr. W.A.M” whose initials stand for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart which contains some interesting observations on his Concerto for Clarinet in A Major. Each work contains strong themes that take on lives of their own. This is not surprising given the heady talent behind the compositions and performances.


Side one
1.  Call Me (Theme From American Gigolo) (Vocals: Blondie)  (8:04)
2.  Love And Passion (Vocals: Cheryl Barnes)  (6:34)
3.  Night Drive  (3:52)

Side two
1.  Hello Mr. W.A.M. (Finale)  (4:30)
2.  The Apartment  (4:27)
3.  Palm Springs Drive  (3:22)
4.  Night Drive (Reprise)  (2:50)
5.  The Seduction (Love Theme)  (3:14)

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Van Morrison - Beautiful Vision (1982)














Artist:  Van Morrison
Title:  Beautiful Vision
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  6302122

“Beautiful Vision” shares much sonically with its predecessor, “Common One”, being heavy on long, winding song-poems, moderate tempos, dense lyricism, and dated production. Still, this winds up being a stronger articulation of what Morrison was attempting to do on Common One much like how “Wavelength” got A Period of Transition right. That doesn’t mean that this is a particularly easy album to warm to, since Morrison seems to be consciously creating an insular world here, only of interest to those willing to delve deeply into his own world, letting his elliptical melodies charm instead of frustrate, to let the leisurely pace seduce rather than lull. Once you do that, the record reveals such charming moments as “She Gives Me Religion,” “Beautiful Vision,” and “Cleaning Windows,” a skipping light R&B tune that became one of his latter-day standards. Too much of Beautiful Vision is the product of a willfully idiosyncratic yet oddly measured vision to make it essential for anyone other than diehards, but moments such as that make it worth a listen.


Side one
1.  Celtic Ray  (4:11)
2.  Northern Muse (Solid Ground)  (4:05)
3.  Dweller on the Threshold  (4:49)
4.  Beautiful Vision  (4:08)
5.  She Gives Me Religion  (4:33)

Side two
1.  Cleaning Windows  (4:43)
2.  Vanlose Stairway  (4:10)
3.  Aryan Mist  (4:00)
4.  Across the Bridge Where Angels Dwell  (4:31)
5.  Scandinavia  (6:41)

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John Lennon - Rock ´N` Roll (1975)














Artist:  John Lennon
Title:  Rock ´N´ Roll
Release: 1975
Format:  LP
Label:  Apple Records
Catalog#  1A 062-05834

“Rock ‘N’ Roll” is the sixth studio album by John Lennon. Released in 1975, it is an album of late 1950s and early 1960s songs as covered by Lennon. Recording the album was problematic and spanned an entire year: Phil Spector produced sessions in October 1973 at A&M Studios, and Lennon produced sessions in October 1974 at Record Plant Studios (East). Lennon was being sued by Morris Levy over copyright infringement of one line in his song “Come Together”. As part of an agreement, Lennon had to include three Levy-owned songs on “Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Spector ran away with the session recordings, later being involved in a motor accident, which left the album’s tracks unrecoverable until the beginning of the Walls and Bridges sessions. With Walls and Bridges coming out first, featuring one Levy-owned song, Levy sued Lennon expecting to see Lennon’s Rock ‘n’ Roll album. The album was supported by the single “Stand by Me”.


Side one
1.  Be-Bop-A-Lula  (2:36)
2.  Stand By Me  (3:29)
3.  Rip It Up/Ready Teddy  (1:39)
4.  You Can’t Catch Me  (4:51)
5.  Ain’t That A Shame  (2:31)
6.  Do You Want To Dance  (2:51)
7.  Sweet Little Sixteen  (3:00)

Side two
1.  Slippin’ And Slidin’  (2:16)
2.  Peggy Sue  (2:02)
3.  Bring It On Home/Send Me Some Lovin’  (3:40)
4.  Bony Moronie  (3:40)
5.  Ya Ya  (2:17)
6.  Just Because  (4:25)

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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Against The Wind (1980)














Artist:  Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Title:  Against The Wind
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  1A 062-86097

“Against The Wind” is the 11th album by American rock singer Bob Seger and his third with The Silver Bullet Band, released in 1980.
Though there are still some traces of the confessionals that underpinned “Beautiful Loser” through “Stranger in Town”, “Against the Wind” finds Bob Seger turning toward craft. Perhaps he had to, since “Against the Wind” arrived after three blockbuster albums and never-ending tours. Even so, this record winds up not feeling as immediate or soulful as its predecessors, especially since it begins with a tossed-off rocker called “The Horizontal Bop,” possibly his most careless tune since “Noah.” It’s fun, but once it’s done, the record really starts to kick into high gear with “You’ll Accomp’ny Me,” a ballad the equal of anything on its two predecessors. Throughout “Against the Wind”, Seger winds up performing better on the ballads than the rockers, which, while good, tend to sound a little formulaic. Still, Seger’s formula is good and if “Her Strut” and “Betty Lou’s Gettin’ out Tonight” would have been second stringers on “Stranger in Town”, they offer a nice balance here, and the rest of the record alternates between similarly well-constructed rockers and introspective ballads like “Against the Wind” and “Fire Lake.” Compared to its predecessors, this does feel a little weak, but compared with its peers, it’s a strong, varied heartland rock album that finds Seger at a near peak.


Side one
1.  The Horizontal Bop  (4:00)
2.  You’ll Accomp’ny Me  (3:58)
3.  Her Strut  (3:52)
4.  No Man’s Land  (3:41)
5.  Long Twin Silver Line  (4:15)

Side two
1.  Against The Wind  (5:32)
2.  Good For Me  (4:01)
3.  Betty Lou’s Gettin’ Out Tonight  (2:53)
4.  Fire Lake  (3:32)
5.  Shinin’ Brightly  (4:25)

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23/03/2015

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Gino Vannelli - Nightwalker (1981)














Artist:   Gino Vannelli
Title:  Nightwalker
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Arista Records
Catalog#  202849

“Nightwalker” is the seventh studio album by Canadian singer Gino Vannelli, released in 1981.
Gino Vannelli is one of the few artists to effortlessly navigate between pop and R&B. With the songs “Walking,” “The Surest Things Can Change,” and his 1978 classic “I Just Wanna Stop,” Vannelli’s work is always filled with both skill and passion. After six successful years at A&M he signed with Arista in 1981. “Nightwalker” is his label debut. During the three years between albums, not only did pop music come into vogue again, but he grew as a writer and singer. This album reflects the change. The dramatic title track has him singing overripe lyrics like “I can’t live in this world without love, without you.” The powerful “Put the Weight on My Shoulders” has him doing some good vocal riffs. Although most of his albums took a tumble when he decided to pick the pace, “Nightwalker” is actually better for its faster tracks. “Stay With Me” has him singing the horrible come on, “The only crime I see/is killing time with me.” The searing guitars and Vannelli’s sense of fun makes up for it. The album’s biggest hit, “Living Inside Myself,” with its haunting electric piano and Vannelli’s phrasing, is compelling drama yet not overdone. The last track is another expert ballad. “Sally (She Says the Sweetest Things)” has a strong chorus that he nailed every time out. Nightwalker, co-produced by Vannelli and his brothers Joe Vannelli and Ross Vannelli, is one of his best and most accessible efforts.


Side one
1.  Nightwalker  (5:06)
2.  Seek And You Will Find  (4:40)
3.  Put The Weight On My Shoulders  (4:45)
4.  I Believe  (4:09)

Side two
1.  Santa Rosa  (4:05)
2.  Living Inside Myself  (4:18)
3.  Stay With Me  (4:42)
4.  Sally (She Says The Sweetest Things)  (4:27)

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Uriah Heep - Firefly (1977)














Artist:  Uriah Heep
Title:  Firefly
Release:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Bronze Records
Catalog#  28520 XOT

After losing founding vocalist David Byron in 1976, many hard rock fans thought that the British rock band Uriah Heep had reached the end of the line. However, the group bounced back in 1977 with their tenth album “Firefly”, an album that pursued a stripped-down sound harking back to the group’s early-’70s successes. Bassist Trevor Bolder made his Uriah Heep debut on this album. They also boasted a new singer in John Lawton, a vocalist who had made his fame working with artsy German hard rockers Lucifer’s Friend. Although he lacked the multi-octave range of David Byron, Lawton boasted an impressive and emotionally rich hard rock voice that instantly jelled with the Uriah Heep sound. An ideal example of this new synergy was provided by the opening track, “The Hanging Tree,” which featured Lawton dramatically delivering a narrative about an outlaw on the run over a spooky musical track that blended echo-drenched synthesizers with some typically gutsy guitar riffs from Mick Box. Other memorable tracks on “Firefly” include “Who Needs Me,” a spirited slice of boogie rock with a rousing singalong chorus, and the title track, a miniature prog epic that deftly blends balladry, hard rock, and acoustic-styled folk into one cohesive outing. Nothing on Firefly hits the epic heights of “Gypsy” or “July Morning,” but it contains none of the failed experiments that weighed down “High and Mighty” and it further benefits from a nice sense of consistency that is built on tight songwriting and inspired performances. In the end, “Firefly” remains one of the most cohesive albums from Uriah Heep’s mid- to late-’70s period and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of the group’s fan base. The single from the album was “Wise Man” and “Sympathy” also became a hit.


Side one
1.  The Hanging Tree  (3:42)
2.  Been Away Too Long  (5:04)
3.  Who Needs Me  (3:39)
4.  Wise Man  (4:43)

Side two
1.  Do You Know  (3:15)
2.  Rollin’ On  (6:23)
3.  Sympathy  (4:49)
4.  Firefly  (6:17)

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Ellen Foley - Spirit Of St. Louis (1981)














Artist:  Ellen Foley
Title:  Spirit Of St. Louis
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 84809

Spirit of St. Louis is the second studio album by American singer and actress Ellen Foley, released in 1981. Foley is backed by The Clash on all songs. The album was recorded right after The Clash’s Sandinista! with the same musicians and engineers.
Ellen Foley evidently yearned to do something with more gristle than the rockist sturm und drang of her solo debut, “Night Out”. She got her wish, although titles like “The Death of the Psychoanalyst of Salvador Dali” surely puzzled fans who heard her breathless guest vocal on “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” Ironically, the press focused more on the assistance rendered by Foley’s steady, Clash guitarist Mick Jones (whose production is credited to “my boyfriend”). His other Clash-mates also appear, as do members of Ian Dury’s backing band, the Blockheads; this impressive array of talent gives the album a unity it might otherwise lack. Jones and fellow Clash-mate Joe Strummer co-wrote six songs. The standout is “Torchlight,” a duet with Foley on which Jones drops some characteristically glistening guitar. “The Shuttered Palace” and “Theatre of Cruelty” also work well, logically upholding the Sandinista! era’s dense, intricate wordplay. The other Strummer/Jones efforts are less distinctive. “Salvador Dali” is little more than an impenetrable grocery list of free associations, “In the Killing Hour” is a sketchy throwaway that needed a stronger arrangement, and “M.P.H.”‘s bumptious pub rock is fun listening, but hardly a classic. Strummer’s old busking mate, Tymon Dogg, contributes three killer tunes himself: his affectionate “Beautiful Waste of Time” is the best one, bolstered by an inspired Payne sax line. (The song originally appeared on Dogg’s 1976’s self-released Outlaw Number One album.) Foley is less convincing on a stiff remake of “My Legionnaire,” but fares better on her own propulsive original, “Phases of Travel.” The sound is lush and dreamy, although a little more consistent material and less artsiness would have gone a long way.


Side one
1.  The Shuttered Palace  (5:06)
2.  Torchlight  (3:00)
3.  Beautiful Waste Of Time  (3:00)
4.  The Death Of The Psychoanalyst Of Salvador Dali  (2:42)
5.  M.P.H.  (3:30)
6.  My Legionnaire  (4:32)

Side two
1.  Theatre Of Cruelty  (4:04)
2.  How Glad I Am  (3:35)
3.  Phases Of Travel  (4:13)
4.  Game Of Man  (3:55)
5.  Indrestructible  (3:47)
6.  In The Killig Hour  (2:39)

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Ultravox - Vienna (1980)














Artist:  Ultravox
Title:  Vienna
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Chrysalis Records
Catalog#  202701

“Vienna” is the fourth studio album by British new wave band Ultravox, released in1980.
With the departure of vocalist John Foxx and guitarist Robin Simon behind them, “Vienna” kicked off Ultravox’s second phase with former Rich Kids vocalist Midge Ure at the helm. Trading Foxx’s glam rock stance for Ure’s aristocratic delivery, “Vienna” recasts the band as a melodramatic synth pop chamber ensemble with most of the group doubling on traditional string quartet instruments and the synthesizers often serving to emulate an orchestra. It was a bold move that took awhile to pay off (the first two singles, “Sleepwalk” and “Passing Strangers,” went unnoticed), but when the monolithic title track was released, the Ure lineup became the band’s most identifiable one almost overnight. The simple and instantly recognizable drumbeat of “Vienna” proved infectious, taking the single to the top of the charts in the U.K. and making an impression in a new wave-apprehensive America. Drummer Warren Cann’s monotone narration on “Mr X” and the frantic ride that is “Western Promise” give the album just enough diversity and showcase the rest of the group on an Ure-heavy album. There are plenty of pretentious and pompous moments at which Foxx-era purists cringe, but taken as a snooty rebellion against the guitar-heavy climate of the late ’70s, they’re ignorable. Returning producer Conny Plank’s style adapted well to the new group, pitting the stark and the lush against one another. Add Anton Corbijn’s photography and Peter Saville’s smart cover design and all the ingredients for an early-’80s classic are there.


Side one
1.  Astradyne  (7:07)
2.  New Europeans  (4:00)
3.  Private Lives  (4:06)
4.  Passing Strangers  (3:49)
5.  Sleepwalk  (3:10)

Side two
1.  Mr. X  (6:33)
2.  Western Promise  (5:44)
3.  Vienna  (4:52)
4.  All Stood Still  (4:23)

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Stray Cats - Stray Cats (1981)














Artist:  Stray Cats
Title:  Stray Cats
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Ariola Records
Catalog#  203295

Stray Cats is the first album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. It was released in the UK and was very successful, with hits such as “Runaway Boys,” “Stray Cat Strut,” and “Rock This Town.”
Stray Cats debut album came hot on the heels of the two hit singles “Runaway Boys” and “Rock This Town,” both energy filled rockabilly songs that hearkened back to the 1950s era of pure rock & roll with an updated, clean ’80s sound highlighted by the prominent double bass playing of Lee Rocker and drumming of Slim Jim Phantom. The Stray Cats had more depth than pure rockabilly, as shown on the out and out rock & roll tracks “Fishnet Stockings,” “Double Talkin Baby,” and “Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie” (a facsimile of “Summertime Blues”), and the sleazy third single “Stray Cat Strut,” perfectly evocative of a night out on the tiles. “Storm the Embassy,” a song about the Iranian hostage situation than ran throughout 1980, would not have sounded out of place performed by the Clash, and “Ubangi Stomp” bore more than a passing resemblance to another musical craze of the early ’80s: ska as performed by Madness or any of the 2 Tone stable of acts.
This album has never been released in the United States. Six of the songs from it, including the hits “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town”, were issued on the band’s first American album “Built for Speed”.


Side one
1.  Runaway Boys  (2:59)
2.  Fishnet Stockings  (2:24)
3.  Ubangi Stomp  (3:10)
4.  Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie  (2:17)
5.  Storm The Embassy  (4:06)
6.  Rock This Town  (3:24)

Side two
1.  Rumble In Brighton  (3:11)
2.  Stray Cat Strut  (3:14)
3.  Crawl Up And Die  (3:11)
4.  Double Talkin’ Baby  (3:02)
5.  My One Desire  (2:55)
6.  Wild Saxaphone  (3:00)

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Vicky Leandros - V.L. (1977)














Artist:  Vicky Leandros
Title:  V.L.
Release:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  81877

Vassiliki, Baroness von Ruffin (born Vassiliki Papathanasiou known by her stage name Vicky Leandros (23 August 1949) is a Greek singer with a long international career. She is the daughter of singer, musician, and composer, Leandros Papathanasiou (also known as Leo Leandros as well as Mario Panas). In 1972, she achieved worldwide fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with the song, "Après Toi", while representing the country of Luxembourg. In 1975, she recorded the album entitled “Across the Water” in Nashville, Tennessee, and Miami, Florida. A departure from her previous works by combining country, rock, and soul, the release was well received by critics upon its release in the United States. In 1976, she signed a multi-million dollar contract with CBS Records for albums to be released in the US market and started working in Hollywood, California, with Kim Fowley; however, she soon returned to Europe after CBS' support faltered.
After returning to Europe, Leandros released albums of various genres which included German folk music and Christmas songs. So she released a German album “V.L.” in 1977, which brings her back in the Dutch Charts with the singles “Auf Dem Mond Da Blühen Keine Rosen” and “Kali Nichta”.


Side one
1.  Bambola  (3:19)  
2.  Ob Wir Uns Wiedersehn  (3:47)  
3.  Alle Freunde Meines Lebens  (4:38)  
4.  The Way We Were  (3:37)  
5.  Auf Dem Mond Da Blühen Keine Rosen  (3:43)  
6.  Kali Nichta (Gute Nacht)  (4:13) 

Side two
1.  Nimm Die Gitarre  (4:14)  
2.  Oh Ich Liebe Ihn  (4:15)  
3.  Du Bist Für Mich Da  (3:15)  
4.  Carnaval Do Brasil  (3:19)  
5.  Hier Ist Dein Haus  (3:27)  
6.  C'est La Vie, Papa  (4:13)

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Franke & The Knockouts - Franke & The Knockouts (1981)














Artist:  Franke & The Knockouts
Title:  Franke & The Knockouts
Released:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Millennium Records
Catalog#  BXL1-7755

New Jersey’s Franke & the Knockouts scored an AOR TKO with their 1981 self-titled debut. Best known for the smash hit “Sweetheart”, the melodic rock group also landed a minor hit with “You’re My Girl”. Other catchy standouts are “She’s a Runner”, “Don’t Stop”, and the Boston-esque “Tonight
Led by singer Franke Previte, the New Brunswick, NJ, band Franke & the Knockouts scored several pop hits in the early ’80s. Previte, who had played in local bands since his teens, formed the group with guitarist Billy Elworthy in 1981 and they were quickly signed to Millennium Records. Rounding out the original quintet were keyboardist Blake Levinsohn, bassist Leigh Foxx, and drummer Claude LeHenaff. Their self-titled debut, which showcased their light pop/rock leanings, was a surprise success. Personnel changes would occur when LeHenaff left in late 1981 (future Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres would appear on their next couple albums) and keyboard player Tommy Ayers joined early the following year.


Side one
1.  Come Back  (4:02)
2.  Sweetheart  (4:11)
3.  She’s A Runner  (4:07)
4.  You’re My Girl  (3:05)
5.  One For All  (3:11)

Side two
1.  Tonight  (3:46)
2.  Running Into The Night  (3:44)
3.  Tell Me Why  (3:47)
4.  Annie Goes To Hollywood  (4:09)
5.  Don’t Stop  (3:04)

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A Taste Of Honey - Twice As Sweet (1980)














Artist:   A Taste Of Honey
Title:  Twice As Sweet
Released:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  1A 062-86198

A Taste of Honey was the name of an American recording act, formed in 1971 by associates Perry Kibble and Donald Ray Johnson. The members of the band consisted of Janice Marie Johnson (vocals, co-writer, bass), Carlita Dorhan (vocals, guitar), Perry Kibble (keyboards, co-producer, co-writer) and Donald Ray Johnson (drums). Long time friends, Kibble and Janice-Marie Johnson (no relation to Donald) were the original members of the band. Each had left a band to join forces and, after going through several drummers, they settled on Johnson, as well as replacing lead singer with Gregory Walker, who left the band just prior to the successful release of “Boogie Oogie Oogie”. Carlita Dorhan left the group in early 1976, and Hazel Payne was added.
“Twice As Sweet” was their third album overall and was produced by Jazz legend George Duke. A Taste Of Honey were as well known for their hit “Sukiyaki”, which is on this record, as they were for being female musicians, playing guitar, bass and singing. At the heart of the group were Janice Marie Johnson and Hazel Payne. They were produced by George Duke and have that slick Modern Soul sound that Duke was playing at the same time. One of the favorite song is “Rescue Me” with its guitar line and sharp horn stabs before mellowing out during the singing.


Side one
1.  Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party  (4:54)
2.  Rescue Me   (3:50)
3.  Superstar Superman   (3:03)
4.  I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout You   (5:15)

Side two
1.  She’s A Dancer   (3:07)
2.  Don’t You Lead Me On  (3:19)
3.  Good-Bye Baby  (4:01)
4.  Say That You’ll Stay  (4:25)
5.  Sukiyaki   (3:19)

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George Duke - Dream On (1982)














Artist:  George Duke
Title:  Dream On
Released:  1982
Format:  LP
Length:  46:24
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  85215

On his R&B-oriented records of the late ’70s, George Duke often shared the lead vocals with such band members as Lynn Davis, Josie James, and Napoleon Brock, but none of them are employed on 1982's “Dream On”, which finds him handling most of the lead vocals himself. And that isn’t a bad thing, because Duke is a soulful and charismatic singer there is no reason why he shouldn’t hog the microphone on his own albums. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of first-rate material to work with on this competent, if uneven and unfocused, LP. “Dream On” isn’t a bad album; sleek R&B ballads like “I Will Always Be Your Friend,” “Let Your Love Shine,” and “You” are pleasant, but they aren’t remarkable, and while Dream On simmers, it never burns and never explodes. Even “Son of Reach for It (The Funky Dream)” a sequel to Duke’s 1977 smash “Reach for It” isn’t all that exciting. The best thing on the record is a remake of the mellow soul ballad “Someday,” which he had previously recorded for 1975's I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry.


Side one
1.  Shine On   (5:12)
2.  You   (4:37)
3.  Dream On   (4:01)
4.  I Will Always Be Your Friend   (3:27)
5.  Framed   (3:18)

Side two
1.  Ride on Love   (5:25)
2.  Son of Reach for It (The Funky Dream   (4:25)
3.  Someday   (3:51)
4.  Positive Energy   (3:33)
5.  Let Your Love Shine   (4:27)

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David Soul - David Soul (1976)














Artist:  David Soul
Title:  David Soul
Release: 1976
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  5C 062-98737

David Soul is an American actor and singer, best known for his role as Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the television program Starsky & Hutch (1975–1979).
During the mid- to late-1970s, Soul returned to his singing roots, released the selftitled album in 1976. Produced by Tony Macaulay, he recorded this album with the hit “Don’t Give Up on Us” (1976) which reached Number 1 in the US and the UK. On the album Taj Mahal (mandolin, acoustic bass) and Nicky Hopkins (piano) featured as guests appearances.


Side one
1.  Don´t Give Up On Us  (3:35)
2.  1927 Kansas City  (3:05)
3.  Bird On A Wire  (2:57)
4.  Hooray For Hollywood  (2:35)
5.  Landlord  (3:05)
6.  Seem To Miss So Much (Coalminer’s Song)  (3:46)

Side two
1.  One More Mountain To Climb  (3:02)
2.  Ex Lover  (4:18)
3.  Topanga  (4:06)
4.  Black Bean Soup  (2:33)
5.  Kristofer David  (4:16)

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Rosanne Cash - Seven Years Ache (1981)














Artist:  Rosanne Cash
Title:  Seven Year Ache
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Ariola Records
Catalog#  203469

“Seven Year Ache” is the third studio album by American country music singer Rosanne Cash. It was produced by her then-husband Rodney Crowell and reached number one on the Billboard country album chart. Three of its tracks were also number one in the U.S. country singles category: “Seven Year Ache” (which also crossed over to the U.S. pop top forty), “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train” and “Blue Moon with Heartache”.
The bottom line is that Rosanne Cash’s masterpiece “Seven Year Ache” paved the way for Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and then some. Proclaimed by Cash and her husband/producer/collaborator, Rodney Crowell, as “punktry,” the album adds an entirely new twist on the Nashville sound.
 Utilizing everything from synthesizers and rock arrangements to pop ballad-styled charts and plenty of attitude, Seven Year Ache yielded three number one singles and songs by rock musicians such as Tom Petty and singer/songwriters like Keith Sykes and Steve Forbert. Of the singles, Cash penned two; the title track, which is a sorrowful indictment of her husband’s philandering ways, and the shattering ballad “Blue Moon With Heartache.” The third, the smash “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train,” was written by Asleep at the Wheel’s Leroy Preston. Musically, the band included many of the same players from the Right or Wrong sessions, with the emerging vocal talent of former Pure Prairie League member Vince Gill. Forbert’s “What Kinda Girl” is almost rockabilly in its shuffling intensity and punk bravado. It dares the listener to define the protagonist just to shatter the preconception. There’s also a nod to tradition here in Cash’s beautifully updated read of the Merle Haggard/Red Simpson nugget “You Don’t Have Very Far to Go,” complete with whinnying pedal steels and a honky tonk backbeat. In “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train,” Cash and Crowell very consciously offer a new generation interpretation of dad Johnny’s sound. This rocks harder yet is smooth as silk and full of that desolate want Johnny offered in his delivery. But unlike her father’s, this isn’t a forlorn yearning want, it’s a pissed off anthemic want. For the ambulance chasers, this record with its songs of infidelity and broken promises may indeed be the first crack in a marriage and collaboration that ended a decade later. The tempo borrows the old Tennessee Three rhythm, but sped up into the stratosphere, with a shifting Western swing line near the refrain.


Side one
1.  Rainin’  (2:54)
2.  Seven Year Ache  (3:15)
3.  Blue Moon With Heartache  (4:28)
4.  What Kinda Girl?  (2:47)
5.  You Don’t Have Very Far To Go  (2:35)

Side two
1.  My Baby Thinks He’s A Train  (3:13)
2.  Only Human  (4:00)
3.  Where Will The Words Come From?  (2:45)
4.  Hometown Blues  (2:58)
5.  I Can’t Resist (3:25)

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