November 29, 2018

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Liverpool (1986) - Lp

















Release: 1986
Genre:  Synth-pop, New Wave
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  207896
Prijs:  €10,00


Liverpool is Frankie Goes to Hollywood's second and last studio album, released in October 1986. It would be the band's final album of all-new material, and lead singer Holly Johnson would leave the band following the corresponding world tour, followed by a flurry of lawsuits from ZTT.
The album's production was handled by Trevor Horn's engineer Stephen Lipson, who urged the band to play their own instruments on this album (Horn having replaced many of the band's performances and arrangements with his session musicians or his own performances on Welcome to the Pleasuredome.)
Liverpool therefore features a heavier rock sound than its predecessor.

Their second album offering met with some success, although it is not as well remembered. And yet, on many accounts, Liverpool can be considered as an improvement over its predecessor.
For one thing, the album is shorter, more conventional. While Welcome to the Pleasuredome had some strong material, the length weakened the whole in many places. Here, the band focused on eight tracks and the result is somewhat more convincing.

"Warriors of the Wasteland," "Rage Hard," and "Watching the Wildlife" were all minor hits back in 1986, and the other tracks are, for the most part, of the same quality, with perhaps "For Heaven's Sake" standing out as a favorite. Again, Trevor Horn was involved in the production (the band was signed to his famous Zang Tuum Tumb label, so it's no big surprise) -- thus the production is impeccable, as one would expect from a Horn-produced album.
Worth a listen if you like the band or have an interest for '80s music.


Side A
A1.  Warriors Of The Wasteland - 4:53 
A2.  Rage Hard - 5:01 
A3.  Kill The Pain - 6:38 
A4.  Maximum Joy - 5:54 

Side B
B1.  Watching The Wildlife - 4:05 
B2.  Lunar Bay - 5:45 
B3.  For Heaven’s Sake - 4:37 
B4.  Is Anybody Out There? - 7:36

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

November 19, 2018

Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love (1982) - Lp

















Release:  1982
Genre:  Soul
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog# 85977
Prijs:   €10,00


Midnight Love is the seventeenth and final studio album (that is not a posthumous one) by Marvin Gaye. He signed with the label Columbia in March 1982 following his exit from Motown. The final album to be released before his death, it ultimately became the most successful album of Gaye's entire career.

Larkin Arnold, former CBS Records (Sony Music) senior executive VP, convinced Marvin Gaye to leave his flat in Belgium and sign with Columbia Records; the result would become the soul singer's last album before his untimely death. Of all his number one songs, this album's first release, "Sexual Healing," became his longest running number one single on the Billboard R&B charts (ten straight weeks).
With the exception of the guitar, the Washington, D.C. native performed every instrument on this classic hit. Gaye concocted a pioneering percussive sound that was balladic in taste but stimulating in feel. As this project may not be an absolute erotic expression or a socially challenging plea from Gaye like on some of his previous albums, nonetheless, Midnight Love is a classic Marvin Gaye effort.
In addition to this project thriving with Gaye's enthusiastic spirit, it has his harmonious background vocals, his stunning vocal arrangements and his creative penmanship, as he wrote all the selections.

Midnight Love contained elements of funk, boogie, Caribbean music, reggae, new wave and synthpop, as well as older genres such as soul, R&B and doo-wop. The reason for these many genres was because, according to Banks, Gaye's music was "progressing" and that it was "changing and it had to change because he didn't want any more ties to Motown". As Larkin Arnold later explained, "Marvin had been living in Europe, and was influenced by both reggae and the synthesizer work of groups like Kraftwerk" and that he "took the rhythm of reggae, the new technology and American soul and came up with something fresh and unique".

"Midnight Lady" started off with assorted percussion, provided by Gaye and other musicians, before having its beat delivered by a drum machine and overdubbed handclaps provided by the singer, before keyboard riffs (also played by Gaye), guitar lines by Banks and a horn section joined in. It was almost two minutes before Gaye began singing the song's first lines.
Musically the song had elements of funk, new wave and synthpop; Gaye's vocals also was influenced by the vocal styling in new wave records.

The demo of this recording was listed as "Clique Games/Rick James", indicating the song might've been influenced by the music of James'. "Sexual Healing" was influenced by Caribbean music and reggae while also including funk elements musically; vocally the song recalled Gaye's gospel background while his background harmonies (which included Fuqua and Banks as co-backing vocalists) took influence from doo-wop. "Rockin' After Midnight" was also influenced by funk as well as boogie music while "'Til Tomorrow", the sole ballad in the album, was strongly influenced by doo-wop.

The original version of "Turn On Some Music", titled as "I've Got My Music", included some spiritual and autobiographical lyrics, that changed to sexually erotic ones. In addition to the original demo, another alternate version mixed both versions. The reggae-inspired "Third World Girl" was a tribute to Bob Marley, though Gaye refused to mention Marley by name on the track, explaining, "I won't exploit a leader to make a commercial song". The gospel-influenced "Joy" was a tribute to his father's ministry and his own religious background.The song also included a rock-influenced guitar solo from Banks. "My Love is Waiting" had elements of funk, synthpop and gospel music, as evident to Gaye's final words in his thank you calls, "we like to thank our Heavenly Father, Jesus!" The entire album's length was under just 40 minutes.


Side A
A1.  Midnight Lady   (5:17)
A2.  Sexual Healing   (3:59)
A3.  Rockin’ After Midnight   (6:04)
A4.  ‘Til Tomorrow   (4:57)

Side B
B1.  Turn On Some Music   (5:08)
B2.  Third World Girl   (4:36)
B3.  Joy   (4:22)
B4.  My Love Is Waiting   (5:07)

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

November 14, 2018

Donald Fagen - The Nightfly (1982) - Lp

















Release:  1982
Genre:  Jazz Pop, Fusion
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  923696-1
Prijs:   €10,00


The Nightfly is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Donald Fagen.
Produced by Gary Katz, it was released October 1, 1982 by Warner Bros. Records. Fagen was previously best known for his work in the group Steely Dan, with whom he enjoyed a successful career in the 1970s. The band separated in 1981, leading Fagen to pursue a solo career.
Although The Nightfly includes a number of production staff and musicians who had played on Steely Dan records, it was Fagen's first release without longtime collaborator Walter Becker.

Unlike most of Fagen's previous work, The Nightfly is almost blatantly autobiographical. Many of the songs relate to the cautiously optimistic mood of his suburban childhood in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and incorporate such topics as late-night jazz disc jockeys, fallout shelters, and tropical vacations.

A portrait of the artist as a young man, The Nightfly is a wonderfully evocative reminiscence of Kennedy-era American life; in the liner notes, Donald Fagen describes the songs as representative of the kinds of fantasies he entertained as an adolescent during the late '50s/early '60s, and he conveys the tenor of the times with some of his most personal and least obtuse material to date.

Continuing in the smooth pop-jazz mode favored on the final Steely Dan records, The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes (the hit "I.G.Y.") and Cold War fears (the wonderful "The New Frontier," a memoir of fallout-shelter love) crafted with impeccable style and sophistication.

Recorded over eight months at various studios between New York City and Los Angeles, the album is an early example of a fully digital recording in popular music. The nascent technology, as well as the perfectionist nature of its engineers and musicians, made the album difficult to record.


Side A
A1. I.G.Y. – 6:03
A2. Green Flower Street – 3:42
A3. Ruby Baby  – 5:39
A4. Maxine – 3:49

Side B
B1. New Frontier – 6:21
B2. The Nightfly – 5:47
B3. The Goodbye Look – 4:50
B4. Walk Between Raindrops – 2:38

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

November 07, 2018

The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn Of A Friendly Card (1980) - Lp

















Release:  1980
Genre:  Progressive Pop
Format:  LP
Label:   Arista Records
Catalog#   203000
Prijs:  €10,00


The Turn of a Friendly Card is the fifth studio album by the British progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1980 by Arista Records. The title piece, which appears on side 2 of the LP, is a 16-minute suite broken up into five tracks, with the five tracks listed as sub-sections.

With two of the Alan Parsons Project's best songs, the lovely ballad "Time" and the wavy-sounding "Games People Play," The Turn of a Friendly Card remains one of this group's most enjoyable albums. Parsons' idea, the subject of the album's six tracks, centers around the age-old temptation of gambling and its stranglehold on the human psyche. On "Games People Play," vocalist Lenny Zakatek sounds compelling and focused, giving the song a seriousness that aids in realization of the album's concept.

With "Time," it is Eric Woolfson who carries this luxurious-sounding ode to life's passing to a place above and beyond any of this band's other slower material. The breakdown of human willpower and our greedy tendencies are highlighted in the last track, entitled "The Turn of a Friendly Card," which is broken into five separate parts. "Snake Eyes," sung by Chris Rainbow, is the most compelling of the five pieces, and ties together the whole of the recording. As in every Parsons album, an instrumental is included, in this case an interesting number aptly titled "The Gold Bug."

Like most of the band's instrumentals, its flow and rhythm simulate the overall tempo and concept of the album, acting as a welcome interlude. Although short, The Turn of a Friendly Card is to the point and doesn't let down when it comes to carrying out its idea.

The Turn of a Friendly Card spawned the hits "Games People Play" and "Time", the latter of which was Eric Woolfson's first lead vocal appearance.


Side A
A1.  May Be a Price to Pay  (lead vocal Elmer Gantry)   (4:58)
A2.  Games People Play  (lead vocal Lenny Zakatek)   (4:22)
A3.  Time  (lead vocal Eric Woolfson backing vocal Alan Parsons)   (5:04)
A4.  I Don’t Wanna Go Home  (lead vocal Lenny Zakatek)   (5:03)

Side B
B1.  The Gold Bug (Instrumental)   (4:34)
B2.  The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part One)  (lead vocal Chris Rainbow)   (2:44)
B3.  Snake Eyes  (lead vocal Chris Rainbow)   (3:14)
B4.  The Ace of Swords  (Instrumental)   (2:57)
B5.  Nothing Left to Lose  (lead vocal Eric Woolfson)   (4:07)
B6.  The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part Two)  (lead vocal Chris Rainbow)   (3:22)

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Rose Royce - Strikes Again (1978) - Lp

















Release:  1978
Genre:  Soul, Funk
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 56527
Prijs:  €10,00


Rose Royce III: Strikes Again! is the third album released by the Funk band Rose Royce on the Whitfield label in August 1978. It was produced by Norman Whitfield.

Rose Royce's third album contains two killer ballads: "I'm in Love (And I Love the Feeling)," and the much recorded "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" which Gwen Dickey works like Mary J. Blige wishes she could. Norman Whitfield's productions often included doses of classical elements and this album is no exception, the sampling and borrowing occur frequently. "Angel in Disguise," another sweet ballad, sounds a bit contrived. As effective on upbeat tunes "That's What's Wrong with Me," "Do It, Do It," and "First Come, First Serve," are first-class movers and shakers. A carnival barker on the intro mars the opening cut "Get Up Off Your Fat."


Side A
A1.  Get Up Off Your Fat - 4:35
A2.  Do It, Do It - 4:09
A3.  I’m In Love (And I Love The Feeling) - 3:41
A4.  First Come, First Serve - 3:19
A5.  Love Don’t Live Here Anymore - 3:55

Side B
B1.  Angel In The Sky --4:56
B2.  Help - 3:53
B3.  Let Me Be The First To Know - 3:52
B4.  That’s What’s Wrong With Me - 6:37

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover: Goed

November 04, 2018

Eric Clapton - Slowhand (1977) - €10,00














Side A
A1. Cocaine - 3:41
A2. Wonderful Tonight - 3:44
A3. Lay Down Sally - 3:56
A4. Next Time You See Her - 4:01
A5. We’re All the Way - 2:32

Side B
B1. The Core - 8:45
B2. May You Never - 3:01
B3. Mean Old Frisco - 4:42
B4. Peaches and Diesel - 4:46

Release:  1977
Genre:   Pop Rock
Format:   LP
Label:  RSO Records
Catalog#  2 394196

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Prijs:   €10,00

November 03, 2018

Elton John - Blue Moves (1976) - €20,00














Side A
A1.  Your Starter for…   (1:23)
A2.  Tonight   (7:52)
A3.  One Horse Town   (5:56)
A4.  Chameleon   (5:27)

Side B
B1.  Boogie Pilgrim   (6:05)
B2.  Cage the Songbird   (3:25)
B3.  Crazy Water   (5:42)
B4.  Shoulder Holster   (5:10)

Side C
C1.  Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word   (3:48)
C2.  Out of the Blue   (6:14)
C3.  Between Seventeen and Twenty   (5:17)
C4.  The Wide-Eyed and Laughing   (3:27)
C5.  Someone’s Final Song   (4:10)

Side D
D1.  Where’s the Shoorah?   (4:09)
D2.  If There’s a God in Heaven (What’s He Waiting For?)   (4:25)
D3.  Idol   (4:08)
D4.  Theme from a Non-Existent TV Series   (1:19)
D5.  Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)   (6:43)

Release: 1976
Genre:  Pop rock
Format:  2LP
Label:  The Rocket Record Company
Catalog#  5C 152-98293

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Prijs: €20,00

November 01, 2018

KC & The Sunshine Band - KC & The Sunshine Band (1975) - Lp














Side A
A1. Let It Go (Part One) - 2:56 
A2. That’s The Way (I Like It) - 5:07 
A3. Get Down Tonight - 5:14 
A4. Boogie Shoes - 2:15

Side B
B1. Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong - 3:07 
B2. I’m So Crazy (‘Bout You) - 3:04 
B3. What Makes You Happy - 2:49 
B4. I Get Lifted - 3:04 
B5. Let It Go (Part Two) - 2:01

Release:  1975
Format:  LP
Genre:  Disco
Label:  President Records
Catalog#  JSL 9

Vinyl:   Goed
Cover:   Goed

Prijs:  €10,00