August 31, 2015

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Diana Ross - Diana (1980)

Side A
A1.  Upside Down  (4:05)  
A2.  Tenderness  (3:50)  
A3.  Friend To Friend  (3:19)  
A4.  I'm Coming Out  (5:23) 

Side B
B1.  Have Fun (Again)  (5:57)  
B2.  My Old Piano  (3:57)  
B3.  Now That You're Gone  (3:58)  
B4.  Give Up  (3:45)

Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Motown Records
Catalog#  1A 062-63765

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Dexys Midnight Runners - Too Rye Ay (1982)

Side A
A1.  The Celtic Soul Brothers   (3:08) 
A2.  Let's Make This Precious   (4:01) 
A3.  All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)   (4:07)    
A4.  Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)   (3:05)   
A5.  Old   (5:32)

Side B
B1.  Plan B   (5:03) 
B2.  I'll Show You   (2:40)  
B3.  Liars A To E   (4:10)  
B4.  Until I Believe In My Soul  (6:59)   
B5.  Come On Eileen   (4:32)

Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  MERS 5

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Aretha Franklin - Jump To It (1982)

Side A
A1.  Jump To It  (6:40)  
A2.  Love Me Right  (4:10)  
A3.  If She Don't Want Your Lovin'  (5:36)  
A4.  This Is For Real  (4:45) 

Side B
B1.  (It's Just) Your Love  (4:10)  
B2.  I Wanna Make It Up To You  (6:00)  
B3.  It's Your Thing  (4:10)  
B4.  Just My Daydream  (5:55) 

Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Arista Records
Catalog#  204742

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Rick James - Cold Blooded (1983)

Side A
A1.  U Bring The Freak Out  (4:06)  
A2.  Cold Blooded  (5:57)  
A3.  Ebony Eyes  (5:06)  
A4.  1, 2, 3 (U, Her And Me)  (4:05) 

Side B
B1.  Doin' It  (5:04)  
B2.  New York Town  (4:06)  
B3.  P.I.M.P. The S.I.M.P.  (4:28)  
B4.  Tell Me (What You Want)  (5:03)  
B5.  Unity  (1:50) 
Release:  1983
Label:  Motown Records
Catalog#  542043

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Skyy - Skyylight (1983)

Side A
A1.  Bad Boy  (5:17)  
A2.  Married Man  (4:46)  
A3.  Questions No Answers  (5:40)  
A4.  Now That We've Found Love  (4:15) 

Side B
B1.  Hey Girl  (5:02)  
B2.  Show Me The Way  (5:14)  
B3.  She's Gone  (5:07)  
B4.  Swing It  (3:58)

Release:  1983
Label:  Rams Horn Records
Catalog#  RAMSH 5068

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Shalamar - The Look (1983)

Side A
A1.  Closer  (5:07)  
A2.  Dead Giveaway  (5:01)  
A3.  You Can Count On Me (3:47)  
A4.  Right Here  (4:16)  
A5.  No Limits (The Now Club)  (4:47) 

Side B
B1.  Disappearing Act  (5:25)  
B2.  Over And Over  (4:34)  
B3.  You're The One For Me  (5:00)  
B4.  You Won't Miss Love (Until It's Gone)  (4:06)  
B5.  The Look  (4:06)

Release: 1983
Label:  Solar Records
Catalog#  96-0239-1

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Pointer Sisters - Contact (1985)

Side A
A1.  Twist My Arm  (4:25)  
A2.  Hey You  (3:58)  
A3.  Pound, Pound, Pound  (4:04)  
A4.  Back In My Arms  (4:39)  
A5.  Burn Down The Night  (3:09) 

Side B
B1.  Bodies And Souls  (3:49)  
B2.  Contact  (4:21)  
B3.  Dare Me  (4:06)  
B4.  Freedom  (6:21)

Release: 1985
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  PL 85487

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Europe - The Final Countdown (1986)

Side A
A1.  The Final Countdown  (5:09)
A2.  Rock the Night  (4:03)
A3.  Carrie  (4:30)
A4.  Danger on the Track  (3:45)
A5.  Ninja  (3:46)

Side B
B1.  Cherokee  (4:13)
B2.  Time Has Come  (4:01)
B3.  Heart of Stone  (3:46)
B4.  On the Loose  (3:08)
B5.  Love Chaser  (3:27)

Release:  1986
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 26808

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UB40 - Rat In The Kitchen (1986)

Side A
A1.  All I Want To Do  (5:29)  
A2.  You Could Meet Somebody  (4:51)  
A3.  Tell It Like It Is  (3:34)  
A4.  The Elevator  (3:23)  
A5.  Watchdogs  (4:17) 

Side B
B1.  Rat In Mi Kitchen  (6:57)  
B2.  Looking Down At My Reflection  (3:24)  
B3.  Don't Blame Me  (3:34)  
B4.  Sing Our Own Song  (7:21)

Release:  1986
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  207841

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Chaka Khan - Destiny (1986)

Side A
A1.  Love Of A Lifetime  (4:20)  
A2.  Earth To Mickey  (5:37)  
A3.  Watching The World  (4:42)  
A4.  The Other Side Of The World  (3:39)  
A5.  My Destiny  (4:38)

Side B
B1.  I Can't Be Loved  (4:30)  
B2.  It's You  (4:17)  
B3.  So Close  (4:17)  
B4.  Tight Fit  (4:37)  
B5.  Who's It Gonna Be  (4:35)  
B6.  Coltrane Dreams  (1:38)

Release: 1986
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  925425-1

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August 30, 2015

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Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (1983) - LP

Side A
A1.  Easy Money  (4:00)  
A2.  An Innocent Man  (5:16)  
A3.  The Longest Time  (3:32)  
A4.  This Night  (4:12)  
A5.  Tell Her About It (3:45) 

Side B
B1.  Uptown Girl  (3:12)  
B2.  Careless Talk  (3:42)  
B3.  Christie Lee  (3:25)  
B4.  Leave A Tender Moment Alone  (3:49)  
B5.  Keeping The Faith  (4:35)

Release:  1983
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  25554

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August 25, 2015

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - In Concert (1979)

Side A
A1.  Introductory Fanfare  (0:51)  
A2.  Peter Gunn  (3:30)  
A3.  Tiger In A Spotlight  (3:58)  
A4.  C'Est La Vie  (4:06)  
A5.  The Enemy God (Dances With The Black Spirits)  (2:39)  
A6.  Knife Edge  (4:47) 

Side B
B1.  Piano Concerto No. 1 Third Movement: Toccata Con Fuoco  (6:26)  
B2.  Pictures At An Exhibition  (15:29)

Release: 1979
Label:  Ariola Record
Catalog#  200852

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BZN - Making A Name (1977)

Side A
A1.  A Bar-Room In The Night  (4:07)  
A2.  Sevilla  (3:00)  
A3.  In My Heart  (3:12)  
A4.  Monmartre  (4:02)  
A5.  Only To You  (3:58) 

Side B
B1.  Mon Amour  (4:05)  
B2.  Dreamin'  (3:59)  
B3.  My Illusion  (3:46)  
B4.  Reggae Reggae  (3:18)  
B5.  Don't Say Goodbye  (3:56)  
B6.  L'Adieu  (3:20)

Release: 1977
Label:  Negram Records
Catalog#  NN 2

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Deodato - Happy Hour (1982)

Side A
A1.  Keep On Movin'  (7:49)  
A2.  Happy Hour  (4:56)  
A3.  Just This One Night  (5:03) 

Side B
B1.  Tears Of A Clown  (4:35)  
B2.  Sweet Magic  (4:13)  
B3.  Keep It In The Family  (5:00)  
B4.  I Never Get Enough  (4:20)

Release:  1982
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 56983

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August 20, 2015

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The Michael Zager Band - Let´s All Chant (1978)

Side A
A1.  Let's All Chant  (3:07)  
A2.  Soul To Soul  (5:51)  
A3.  Love Express  (7:02) 

Side B
B1.  Music Fever  (6:37)  
B2.  Freak  (3:20)  
B3.  Dancin' Disney  (8:01) 
        3.1  Heigh Ho   
        3.2  Give A Little Whistle   
        3.3  Whistle While You Work   
        3.4  When You Wish Upon A Star

Release: 1978
Label:  Private Stock Records
Catalog#  PVLP 1042

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The Classics - Sunshine Baby And Other Sunny Songs (1976)

Side A
A1.  Sunshine Baby  (3:58)
A2.  Let Me Be Your Teacher  (3:02)
A3.  My Melody D`amour  (3:39)
A4.  Crying Time  (2:38)
A5.  Marlena  (3:12)
A6.  Be Carefull With Friendship  (3:12)

Side B
B1.  Little Yellow Pillow  (2:57)
B2.  Fools Like Me  (3:21)
B3.  Sitting On The Fence  (4:00)
B4.  Come Take My Hand  (2:20)
B5.  Sodom And Gomorra  (3:19)
B6.  Goodbye, Farewell  (3:33)

Release: 1976
Label:  Killroy Records
Catalog#  KR 14908 KL

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August 19, 2015

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The Cure - Seventeen Seconds (1980)

Side A
A1.  A Reflection  (2:12)  
A2.  Play For Today  (3:41)  
A3.  Secrets  (3:20)  
A4.  In Your House  (4:08)  
A5.  Three  (2:36) 

Side B
B1.  The Final Sound  (0:52)  
B2.  A Forest  (5:55)  
B3.  M  (3:04)  
B4.  At Night  (5:54)  
B5.  Seventeen Seconds  (4:00)

Release:  1980
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2442174

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August 11, 2015

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Don Henley - I Can´t Stand Still (1982)

Side A
A1.  I Can’t Stand Still  (3:33)
A2.  You Better Hang Up  (3:21)
A3.  Long Way Home  (5:28)
A4.  Nobody’s Business  (3:43)
A5.  Talking to the Moon  (4:39)

Side B
B1.  Dirty Laundry  (5:26)
B2.  Johnny Can’t Read  (3:22)
B3.  Them and Us  (4:01)
B4.  La Eile  (0:52)
B5.  Lilah  (4:09)
B6.  The Unclouded Day  (3:36)

Release:  1982
Label:  Asylum Records
Catalog#  AS 52365

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Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna (1981)

Side A
A1.   Bella Donna   (5:18)
A2.   Kind of Woman   (3:08)
A3.   Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (With Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)   (4:02)
A4.   Think About It   (3:33)
A5.   After the Glitter Fades   (3:27)

Side B
B1.   Edge of Seventeen   (5:28)
B2.   How Still My Love   (3:51)
B3.   Leather and Lace (With Don Henley)   (3:55)
B4.   Outside the Rain   (4:17)
B5.   The Highwayman   (4:49)

Release:   1981
Label:   WEA
Catalog#   99169

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High Fashion - Feelin´ Lucky (1982)

Side A
A1.  Feelin’ Lucky Lately  (5:46)
A2.  You’re The Winner  (5:02)
A3.  Hold On  (5:27)
A4.  Next To You  (4:20)

Side B
B1.  Have You Heard The News  (4:47)
B2.  When The Lover Strikes  (4:25)
B3.  I Want To Be Your Everything  (3:35)
B4.  Brainy Children  (3:32)

Release:  1982
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  1A 064-400097

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The Pretenders - II (1981)

Side A
A1.  The Adultress  (3:58)
A2.  Bad Boys Get Spanked  (4:07)
A3.  Message Of Love  (3:28)
A4. I Go To Sleep  (2:57)
A5.  Birds Of Paradise  (4:16)
A6.  Talk Of The Town  (2:45)

Side B
B1.  Pack It Up  (3:52)
B2.  Waste Not Want Not  (3:46)
B3.  Day After Day  (3:47)
B4.  Jealous Dogs  (5:38)
B5.  The English Roses  (4:31)
B6.  Louie Louie  (3:29)

Release:  1981
Label:  Real Records
Catalog#  SRK 3572

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Vandenberg - Vandenberg (1982)

Side A
A1.  Your Love Is In Vain  (4:10)
A2.  Back On My Feet  (3:48)
A3.  Wait  (5:05)
A4.  Burning Heart  (4:06)

Side B
B1.  Ready For You  (3:53)
B2.  Too Late  (4:13)
B3.  Nothing To Lose  (3:23)
B4.  Lost In A City  (3:56)
B5.  Out In The Streets  (4:04)

Release:  1982
Label:  ATCO Records
Catalog#  ATC 50904

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Golden Earring - Live (1977)

“Live” is an album by Dutch hard rock band Golden Earring, released in 1977.
This 1977 double-album opus represents Golden Earring’s entry into the series of live albums that were so popular in the late ’70s.
At this point in its career, the band’s live sound had a newfound sense of power, thanks to the addition of second guitarist Eelco Gelling. Indeed, classics like “Radar Love” and “She Flies on Strange Wings” benefit from a newfound complexity and energy that stems from the energetic guitar interplay between Gelling and George Kooymans.
Golden Earring’s new double-guitar sound also allows the group to overhaul some of its material in new and interesting ways. For instance, “To the Hilt” is transformed from the short country-flavored tune that appeared on its similarly titled studio album into a stomping, twin-guitar epic in the live arena.
The downside of Live is that the group sometimes gets carried away with its newly refurbished sound and allows some of the tunes to degenerate into pointless noodling: “Mad Love’s Coming” drives its hypnotic riff into the ground by overextending itself a few minutes too far and the group’s fire-breathing remake of the Byrds’ classic “Eight Miles High” undercuts its considerable energy by dragging the song out to ten self-indulgent minutes.

Side one
1.  Candy’s Going Bad  (5:00)
2.  She Flies On Strange Wings  (7:13)
3.  Mad Love’s Comin’  (9:45)

Side two
1.  Eight Miles High  (10:00)
2.  Vanilla Queen  (12:40)

Side three
1.  To The Hilt  (6:40)
2.  Fightin’ Windmills  (8:00)
3.  Con Man  (10:00)

Side four
1.  Radar Love  (12:00)
2.  Just Like Vince Taylor  (7:00)

Artist:  Golden Earring
Title:  Live
Release:  1977
Format:  2LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2335175
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Sniff ´N´ The Tears - The Game´s Up (1980)

Artist:  Sniff ´N´ The Tears
Title:  The Game´s Up
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Chiswick Records
Catalog#  CWK-3014

Paul Roberts (the singer and main writer for Sniff ‘n’ the Tears) writes some songs with nice solid stories to them, and then him and the band put some very good instrumental work around those lyrics. The music is kinda laid back, which fits the material. Paul’s voice comes through clearly, but music is not some simple guitar strumming in the background.
The first song on the album is (IMO) the weakest. It’s also probably the only song that has any connection at all to the cover art (the cover art is actually a painting that Paul had done, and the record company in Germany thought it was a really cool painting so they wanted it for the cover.
The album has several excellent songs, with “What Can Daddy Do” (about a rich father and the life of a daughter that he spoils a bit too much), “If I Knew Then”, “5 & Zero” (a gambler in action, gambling at love while gambling for money), “Poison Pen Mail” (a relationship which has gone painfully sour), and “Rodeo Drive” (lifestyles of the rich and conspicuous, as well as those who fall by the wayside).
The music has something of a country-rock feel to it, with a bit more emphasis on having a rock-edge to the music than country story-telling.

Side one
1.  The Game’s Up  (3:56)
2.  Moment of Weakness  (3:17)
3.  What Can Daddy Do  (3:19)
4.  Night Life  (4:02)
5.  If I Knew Then  (4:57)

Side two
1.  One Love  (3:28)
2.  5 and Zero  (4:42)
3.  Poison Pen Mail  (4:45)
4.  Rodeo Drive  (6:11)
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Dire Straits - Dire Straits (1978)

Artist:  Dire Straits
Title:  Dire Straits
Release:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Vertigo Records
Catalog#  6360162

“Dire Straits” is the debut album by British rock band Dire Straits, a musical collaboration between Mark and David Knopfler.
Dire Straits’ minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler’s spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. And while the bar band mentality of pub-rock is at the core of Dire Straits even the group’s breakthrough single, “Sultans of Swing,” offered a lament for a neglected pub rock band their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country. Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album. While a few of the songs fall flat, the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career.

Side one
1.  Down To The Waterline  (4:01)
2.  Water Of Love  (5:27)
3.  Setting Me Up  (3:20)
4.  Six Blade Knife  (4:12)
5.  Southbound Again  (2:59)

Side two
1.  Sultans Of Swing  (5:52)
2. In The Gallery  (6:19)
3.  Wild Wild West  (4:43)
4.  Lions  (5:07)
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The Brothers Johnson - Out Of Control (1984)

Artist:  The Brothers Johnson
Title:  Out Of Control
Release:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLH 64965

Although they were nearly a decade on from their ’70s heyday, the Brothers Johnson, with Leon Sylvers at the production helm, still managed to set a few grooves on fire among the heavy, heady crop of synthesized R&B that flooded the adult contemporary market. There’s an interesting interplay between the strong bass and vocals, supported by a smattering of guitar and a markedly slow tempo, which ensured that the single “You Keep Me Coming Back” would power into the R&B Top 20. Much of Out of Control follows through with much the same attitude, with nary a true funk-fueled jam to be found. Some of the duo’s original intent survives on “I Came Here to Party” and the title track, but such stompers are few and far between, merely filling space in between the ballads and soft soul numbers that dominate the set, leaving the smart “Dazed” to fall somewhere in between. Out of Control probably won’t thrill the socks off the brothers’ funk fans, but there are still moments that merit a closer listen. And despite the soft sonics that proliferate, the Brothers Johnson certainly proved they were worthy of their staying power, while so many of their peers fell soundly by the wayside.

Side one
1.  You Keep Me Coming Back  (5:14)
2.  Lovers Forever  (4:30)
3.  Do You  (3:20)
4.  Let’s Try Love Again  (3:26)
5.  I Came Here To Party  (4:01)

Side two
1.  Out Of Control  (4:18)
2.  Save Me  (4:07)
3.  Tokyo  (4:38)
4.  Dazed  (4:23)
5.  It’s All Over Now  (3:58)
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Aretha Franklin - Love All The Hurt Away (1981)

Artist:  Aretha Franklin
Title:  Love All The Hurt Away
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Arista Records
Catalog#  203913

The first track, the ballad “Love All The Hurt Away” is a nice duet between Franklin and George Benson, is sensitive and the two artists do well together. There are three covers (Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’, The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get Want You Want,” and Diana Ross’s “It’s My Turn”) which go to show that Aretha, like Luther Vandross, can take another’s song and make it uniquely hers. “Living the Streets” and “There’s a Star for Everyone” are also two noteworthy selections.

Side one
1.  Love All the Hurt Away (duet with George Benson)  (4:09)
2.  Hold On, I’m Comin’  (5:14)
3.  Living in the Streets  (3:53)
4.  There’s a Star for Everyone  (4:26)
5.  You Can’t Always Get What You Want  (5:18)

Side two
1.  It’s My Turn  (5:30)
2.  Truth and Honesty  (4:15)
3.  Search On  (4:47)
4.  Whole Lot of Me  (3:23)
5.  Kind of Man  (4:19)
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Asia - Alpha (1983)

Artist:  Asia
Title:  Alpha
Release:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Geffen Records
Catalog#  GEF 25508

Alpha is the second studio album by British rock band Asia, released in 1983.
The eagerly awaited follow-up to the supergroup’s debut, Alpha landed with a resounding thud a year later. The album still managed to be a platinum-selling Top Ten hit, as did the leadoff single “Don’t Cry,” but where Asia managed to make old sounds fresh, Alpha fails miserably. Nothing on Alpha packs the sheer sonic force of the band’s debut. Instead, much of the record is lightweight both lyrically and musically, leaning heavier on keyboard-laden ballads like “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes,” which managed to scrape into the Top 40, and “My Own Time (I’ll Do What I Want).” The only real meat on the record comes during the last cut, “Open Your Eyes” (and only at the end of the song). Rumored creative differences, the album’s lukewarm reception, and flagging ticket sales for the ensuing tour led to lead singer John Wetton leaving the band before the year was out.

Side one
1.  Don’t Cry  (3:41)
2.  The Smile Has Left Your Eyes  (3:13)
3.  Never in a Million Years  (3:46)
4.  My Own Time (I’ll Do What I Want)  (4:49)
5.  The Heat Goes On  (5:00)

Side two
1.  Eye to Eye  (3:14)
2.  The Last to Know  (4:40)
3.  True Colors  (3:56)
4.  Midnight Sun  (3:48)
5.  Open Your Eyes  (6:26)
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Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates (1981)

Artist:  Rickie Lee Jones
Title:  Pirates
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 56816

“Pirates” is the second album by Chicago-born singer, songwriter, and musician Rickie Lee Jones, released in July 1981, two years after her eponymous debut Rickie Lee Jones. The album is partially an account of her break-up with fellow musician Tom Waits after the success of her debut album.
From the opening track, “We Belong Together,” Jones served notice that she was willing to challenge herself and experiment with more unusual, complex song structures. Her unique phrasing and style reflect her interest in beat poets and the bohemian lifestyle, and on this album she relies on more obscure imagery than the direct, detailed observations on comrades used on her first album. There are a wide range of musical influences represented (rock, jazz, soul), but the acoustic arrangements are more piano-based than most of her other albums. While there is an undercurrent of reflection on failed romances, Jones also reveals her playful side with songs like “Woody and Dutch.” The musical and lyrical variety on the album is best represented in the album’s centerpiece, “Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue),” where she moves through mood and tempo changes with ease. Although the songs may not immediately grab the listener, the lyrical and musical complexities ultimately make this album more rewarding with every listen.

Side one
1.  We Belong Together  (4:59)
2.  Living In Up  (6:23)
3.  Skeletons  (3:37)
4.  Woody And Dutch On The Slow Train To Peking  (5:15)

Side two
1.  Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)  (3:50)
2.  A Lucky Guy  (4:14)
3.  Traces Of The Western Slopes  (8:00)
4.  The Returns  (2:20)
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Al Stewart - 24 Carrots (1980)

Artist:  Al Stewart
Title:  24 Carrots
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  PL-25306

“24 Carrots” is the ninth studio album by Al Stewart, released in 1980. This is Stewart’s first album with his new band Shot in the Dark. Tracks 1-4 are co-written with Peter White. The single “Midnight Rocks” reached the top 30 on the Billboard charts in 1980
The pun of the title of “24 Carrots” the first overt signal of humor Al Stewart has displayed in years, possibly ever illustrates that a lot has changed since 1978’s “Time Passages”. The loosening of his wit is perhaps the most evident, but the most significant is the departure of producer Alan Parsons, who collaborated with Stewart on his mid-’70s triptych of masterpieces. In truth, “24 Carrots” isn’t far removed from those high points, because he is indeed still writing at a remarkably consistent pace. No, this record isn’t quite at the high standard of the previous three albums, but it does have a number of brilliant moments, from the opening “Running Man” through the silly but effective “Mondo Sinistro” and the gorgeous “Midnight Rocks.” Though there are some songs that don’t quite click (something that did not happen on the aforementioned trio), overall the record coheres nicely, thanks not just to the uniform classiness of Stewart’s songs, but to his production with Chris Desmond. Although the production does hint at the antiseptic cleanliness that sank many of his latter-day recordings, here, it is just a perfect balance of audio precision and elegant studiocraft.

Side one
1.  Running Man  (5:10)
2.  Midnight Rocks  (4:00)
3.  Constantinople  (4:50)
4.  Merlin’s Time  (2:42)
5.  Mondo Sinistro  (3:04)

Side two
1.  Murmansk Run / Ellis Island  (7:17)
2.  Rocks In The Ocean  (5:15)
3.  Paint By Numbers  (5:30)
4.  Optical Illusion  (3:27)

August 04, 2015

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Peter Koelewijn - Het Beste In Mij Is Niet Goed Genoeg Voor Jou (1977)

Artist:  Peter Koelewijn
Title:  Het Beste In Mij Is Niet Goed Genoeg Voor Jou
Release: 1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Philips Records
Catalog#  6413100

Peter Cornelis Koelewijn (Eindhoven, 29 december 1940) is een Nederlands zanger, producent en radio-dj. Vanaf de jaren zestig heeft hij regelmatig hits gescoord, als uitvoerend artiest en als producent van het uitvoerend werk van andere artiesten.
In 1977 bracht hij zijn veelgeprezen solo-album “Het Beste In Mij Is Niet Goed Genoeg Voor Jou” uit, waarop hij voor het eerst sterk persoonlijke liedjes had gezet.
De hiervan getrokken eerste single “Je Wordt Ouder Papa” wordt een hit en de plaat ontvangt zowel een Edison als een Gouden Harp. Het ander bekende nummer is “KL204 (Als Ik God Was).

Side one
1.  Dan Een Mooie Huid Alleen  (7:05)  
2.  KL 204 (Als Ik God Was)  (5:04)  
3.  Zie Je  (4:24)  
4.  Je Wordt Ouder Pappa  (4:20)  
5.  Is Dit Alles (5:35) 

Side two
1.  Ik Kan Je Missen  (6:57)  
2.  Hotel Faro (De Eenzame Drinker En De Ijskoude Dame)  (4:25)  
3.  Ik Denk Dat Ik Niet Lang Meer Te Leven Heb  (6:28)  
4.  Het Beste In Mij, Is Niet Goed Genoeg Voor Jou   (7:35)
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Amanda Lear - Sweet Revenge (1978)

Artist:  Amanda Lear
Title:  Sweet Revenge
Release:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Ariola Records
Catalog#  25900 OT

“Sweet Revenge” is the second studio album by French singer Amanda Lear, released in 1978 by West German label Ariola Records. The album turned out a major commercial success, spawning European hit disco singles “Follow Me” and “Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)”.
After the major success of the debut album, Lear teamed up again with Anthony Monn to work on her second LP. “Sweet Revenge” was recorded between December 1977 and February 1978 between various studios in Munich, and consisted of mainstream disco material, with all lyrics written by Lear herself. The album incorporates elements of cabaret music in “Comics” and rock in “The Stud”. All songs from the side A of the original LP release are a lyrically linked non-stop medley, making “Sweet Revenge” a concept album. The songs tell the story of “a girl who sold her soul to the Devil and won”, as Amanda explained in the liner notes. The girl surrenders to the Devil’s temptation, who promises her fame and fortune, but eventually runs away and finds real love with a man, which is her “sweet revenge over the Devil’s offer”.

Side one
1.  Follow Me  (3:50)
2.  Gold  (3:45)
3.  Mother, Look What They’ve Done To Me  (4:32)
4.  Run Baby Run  (3:45)
5.  Follow Me (Reprise)  (3:40)

Side two
1.  Comics  (3:40)
2.  Enigma (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me)  (5:08)
3.  The Stud  (4:02)
4.  Hollywood Flashback  (4:31)
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Saga - In Transit (1982)

Artist:  Saga
Title:  In Transist
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2374200

“In Transit” is a live album by Canadian progressive rock band Saga. The album was recorded in Copenhagen and Munich in 1982. In Transit went platinum in Canada and gold in Germany
“In Transit” is one of this Canadian band’s best albums, which is not often said about a live release. Saga’s progressive edge is toned down by Michael Sadler’s serious vocal style, which is both highly energetic and pleasantly soft. Like Marillion, their songs involve short keyboard stints followed by gracious electric guitar work, with intricate themes being unraveled in the lyrics all the while. This album radiates with the band’s electrifying fervor, and by not being too progressive or pretentious, each song ends up being immensely entertaining. “Humble Stance,” with the precision of Ian Crichton’s guitar playing, is stunning, as is the drumming on “Wind Him Up.” The synthesizer is used wisely on “How Long,” faintly shimmering in and out amongst the clarity of Sadler’s voice. Ending with the spirited bombast of “On the Loose,” the album as a whole has no weak moments, and not a lot of crowd interference either, which can sometimes tarnish a live album. Saga produces a comfortable balance of progressive elements and straight-ahead rock, so that their music can be appreciated by fans of both styles. “In Transit” is solid evidence of this.

Side one
1.  Careful Where You Step  (4:20)
2.  Don’t Be Late  (6:52)
3.  Humble Stance  (5:50)
4.  Wind Him Up  (5:48)

Side two
1.  How Long  (3:52)
2.  No Regrets  (3:57)
3.  A Brief Case  (2:19)
4.  You’re Not Alone  (5:31)
5.  On The Loose  (4:19)
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The B.B. & Q Band - All Night Long (1982)

Artist:  The B.B. & Q Band
Title:  All Night Long
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  1A 064-400110

Heavily influenced by the sounds of Prince and Cameo, among others, the Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band jumped into, and foundered among, the large pool of early-’80s funky wave bands. They had the keyboards, they had that ubiquitous drum sound, and they’d already had a Top Ten R&B hit with “On the Beat” in 1981. With the band’s original lineup falling away, the question of how to proceed remained. By the beginning of 1982, they had two choices: drop off the face of the earth or claw their way back to the charts. They chose the latter but not without some difficulties. “All Night Long” (1982) featured a huge, new lineup, most evident to fans as departing vocalist Lucious Floyd was replaced by Kevin Robinson. The resulting ensemble, though, powered their way through a smooth set and a return to the charts with “Imagination” in July. Punchy guitars and polished production ensured the single was the perfect accompaniment to the bright-light, fast-car Saturday-night dramas that dominated the early part of the decade. “Hanging Out” and “Hard to Get Around,” meanwhile, saw the album follow in similar musical footsteps, only to be dampened by the mediocre ballad “(I Could Never Say) It’s Over” and a bland take on the Stylistics’ “Children of the Night.” Ultimately, there simply wasn’t enough punch to the long-player and the band quickly slid into a super-produced, overly slick quagmire that sucked them straight back into obscurity.

Side one
1.  All Night Long (She’s Got The Moves I Like)  (5:55)
2.  Imagination  (6:00)
3.  The Things We Do In Love  (4:58)
4.  Desire  (4:20)

Side two
1.  Hanging Out  (5:10)
2.  Hard To Get Around  (5:15)
3.  (I Could Never Say) It’s Over  (4:05)
4.  Children Of The Night  (5:54)
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Jermaine Jackson - Let Me Tickle Your Fancy (1982)

Artist:  Jermaine Jackson
Title:  Let Me Tickle Your Fancy
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Motown Records
Catalog#  542026

Like Michael, Jermaine began a solo career while still a member of The Jackson 5.
He released his ninth album “Let Me Tickle Your Fancy” in 1982. It was his final album for Motown Records. 10 songs; produced by Jermaine Jackson and Berry Gordy.

Side one
1.  Let Me Tickle Your Fancy  (3:50)
2.  Very Special Part  (6:32)
3.  Uh, Uh, I Didn’t Do It  (4:29)
4.  You Belong To Me  (4:02)
5.  You Moved A Mountain  (4:22)

Side two
1.  Running  (4:15)
2.  Messing Around  (4:27)
3.  This Time  (4:17)
4.  There’s A Better Way  (4:11)
5.  I Like Your Style  (4:59)
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Soundtrack - Moonraker (1979)

Artist:  Soundtrack (by John Barry)
Title:  Moonraker
Release:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  United Artist Records
Catalog#  5C 062-82696

“Moonraker” is the soundtrack for the 11th James Bond film of the same name.
It was also the third of the three Bond films for which the theme song was performed by Shirley Bassey. Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra were both considered for the vocals, before Johnny Mathis was approached and offered the opportunity. Mathis was unhappy about the song and withdrew from the project, leaving the producers to offer the song to Bassey within just weeks of the release date. As a result Bassey made the recordings with very short notice and as a result, she never regarded the song ‘as her own’ as she had never had the chance to perform it or promote it first. The film uses two versions of the title theme song, a ballad version heard over the main titles, and a disco version for the end titles. Confusingly, the United Artists single release labelled the tracks on the 7? single as “Moonraker (Main Title)” for the version used to close the film and “Moonraker (End Title)” for the track that opened the film. The song failed to make any real impact on the charts, which may partly be attributed to Bassey’s failure to promote the single, given the last minute decision and the way in which it was quickly recorded to meet the schedule.

Side one
1.  Shirley Bassey – Moonraker (Main Title)  (3:07)
2.  Space Lazer Battle  (2:43)
3.  Miss Goodhead Meets Bond  (2:44)
4.  Cable Car and Snake Fight  (3:04)
5.  Bond Lured to Pyramid  (2:02)

Side two
1.  Flight into Space  (6:26)
2.  Bond Arrives in Rio and Boat Chase  (2:34)
3.  Centrifuge and Corrine Put Down  (2:32)
4.  Bond Smells a Rat  (2:21)
5.  Shirley Bassey – Moonraker (End Title)  (2:28)