December 18, 2018

ABC - Beauty Stab (1983) - Lp

Release: 1983
Genre:  Synth-pop, Sophisti-pop
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  814661-1
Prijs:  €10,00

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

ABC are an English pop band that formed in Sheffield in 1980. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Martin Fry, guitarist and keyboardist Mark White, saxophonist Stephen Singleton and drummer David Palmer. Developed from an earlier band, Vice Versa.

Beauty Stab is the second studio album by English pop band ABC. It was originally released in November 1983, on the labels Neutron, Mercury and Vertigo.
The album was recorded over a period of three months between August and September 1983, in sessions that took place at Sarm Studios East and West, Townhouse Studios and Abbey Road Studios. It was a departure from the stylised production of the band's debut album, The Lexicon of Love and featured a more guitar-oriented sound.

The difference between Beauty Stab's chart statistics in the U.K. and in the U.S. is extremely contrasting. The album's only single, "That Was Then and This Is Now," reached number 18 in the U.K., while it stalled at number 89 in the United States. The album itself climbed to number 12 on ABC's side of the ocean, while it stalled at number 69 on the American charts. The reason that Beauty Stab made such a substantial impact in the U.K. was due mainly to the album's makeshift concept about the band's take on modern England, with Martin Fry and Mark White trying to push their opinions through the buzz of guitars rather than the shiny pop sparkle of synthesizers and drum machines. Every aspect that made Lexicon of Love a masterpiece is absent on Beauty Stab. Gone is the brilliant songwriting which involved Fry's clever wordplay and acute wit, the pre-fabricated hooks that are so addictive, and, above all, the squeaky-clean sound from both a production standpoint and an instrumental one is nowhere to be found.

ABC tried to implement a slightly hardened sound into their music, but the result came out thin and undistinguished. The single was the only redeeming factor, showing the most pizzazz of any of the other cuts. "Bite the Hand," "Unzip," and "S.O.S." contain small amounts of pop delight, while "Love's a Dangerous Language" and "Power of Persuasion" tried to recapture Lexicon's spirit, but they both came up short. Album sales for Beauty Stab faltered, since fans were expecting a Lexicon of Love part two, but were utterly disappointed. The change for ABC seemed to be rushed, and the band should have echoed the same characteristics into Beauty Stab since the high demand for their brand of lustrous was still alive and well. Only Fry and White remained for 1985's How to Be A...Zillionaire!, with a handful of session musicians hired to play on the album.

The album was produced by ABC with Gary Langan, who was the audio engineer on the band's first album. The band employed the rhythm section of Andy Newmark (drums) and Alan Spenner (bass guitar) both of whom had recently recorded and toured with Roxy Music at the time. The cover photography was by Gered Mankowitz.

Side A
A1. That Was Then But This Is Now  – 3:33
A2. Love’s A Dangerous Language  – 3:39
A3. If I Ever Thought You’d Be Lonely  – 3:55
A4. The Power Of Persuasion  – 3:31
A5. Beauty Stab  – 2:06
A6. By Default By Design  – 4:07

Side B
B1. Hey Citizen!  – 3:55
B2. King Money  – 4:02
B3. Bite The Hand  – 3:06
B4. Unzip  – 2:49
B5. S.O.S.  – 4:48
B6. United Kingdom  – 3:19

December 16, 2018

Vanity 6 - Vanity 6 (1982) - Lp

Release: 1982
Genre:  Dance-pop, Funk
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 57023
Prijs:  €10,00

Vanity 6 was an American female vocal trio assembled by American musician Prince in mid–1981.

In 1981, Prince, himself a rising musical star, suggested that his three female friends—his girlfriend Susan Moonsie, Boston native Brenda Bennett, and Jamie Shoop—form a girl group that would be called "The Hookers". Prince's vision was that the three women would perform in lingerie and sing sensual songs with lyrics about sex and fantasy.

Vanity 6 is the 1982 self-titled debut and only studio album by American R&B/Pop vocal girl group Vanity 6 released on Warner Bros. Records. The group had been created by Prince as an outlet for his prolific song writing. All three women in the group (Vanity, Brenda Bennett, Susan Moonsie) shared lead and background vocals.
As was typical for Prince's side projects, he obscured his virtually complete responsibility for the production, songwriting, and instrumental performances by arbitrarily attributing the credits to other members of his musical stable or the fictional "The Starr Company". "If a Girl Answers (Don't Hang Up)" was co-written with The Time member Terry Lewis and "Bite the Beat" was co-written with Jesse Johnson.

"He's So Dull" was written by Dez Dickerson and can be heard briefly in the 1983 film National Lampoon's Vacation. The "other woman" rap on the song "If a Girl Answers (Don't Hang Up)" is performed by Prince in an affected voice whose resemblance to that of The Time's lead singer Morris Day has sometimes led to Day being misidentified as the performer.

As it turned out, Vanity 6's first album was also its last. In 1984, Vanity went solo, and Brenda and Susan formed the very similar Apollonia 6 with singer Apollonia.

Side A
A1. Nasty Girl (5:10)
A2. Wet Dream (4:12)
A3. Drive Me Wild (2:31)
A4. He’s So Dull (2:32)

Side B
B1. If a Girl Answers (Don’t Hang Up) (5:34)
B2. Make-Up (2:40)
B3. Bite the Beat (3:12)
B4. 3 X 2 = 6 (5:24)

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

December 13, 2018

Prince - Controversy (1981) - Lp

Release:  1981
Genre:  Pop, Funk
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 56950
Prijs:  €10,00

Controversy is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released on October 14, 1981 by Warner Bros. Records. It was produced by Prince, written (with the exception of one track) by him, and he also performed most of the instruments on its recording.

Controversy continues in the same vein of new wave-tinged funk on Dirty Mind, emphasizing Prince's fascination with synthesizers and synthesizing disparate pop music genres. It is also more ambitious than its predecessor, attempting to tackle social protest ("Controversy," "Ronnie, Talk to Russia," "Annie Christian") along with sex songs ("Jack U Off," "Sexuality"), and it tries hard to bring funk to a rock audience and vice versa. Even with all of Prince's ambitions, the music on Controversy doesn't represent a significant breakthrough from Dirty Mind, and it is often considerably less catchy and memorable.

Controversy opens with the title track, which raises questions that were being asked about Prince at the time, including his race and sexuality. The song "flirts with blasphemy" by including a chant of The Lord's Prayer. "Do Me, Baby" is an "extended bump-n-grind" ballad with explicitly sexual lyrics, and "Ronnie, Talk to Russia" is a politically charged plea to President Ronald Reagan. "Private Joy" is a bouncy bubblegum pop-funk tune, "showing off Prince's lighter side", followed by "Annie Christian", which lists historical events such as the murder of African-American children in Atlanta and the death of John Lennon. The album's final song, "Jack U Off", is a synthesized rockabilly-style track.
This was the first of his albums to associate Prince with the color purple as well as the first to use sensational spelling in his song titles.

Side A
A1. Controversy - 7:15
A2. Sexuality - 4:21
A3. Do Me, Baby - 7:43

Side B
B1. Private Joy - 4:29
B2. Ronnie, Talk to Russia - 1:58
B3. Let’s Work - 3:54
B4. Annie Christian - 4:22
B5. Jack U Off - 3:09

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

Chic - Take It Off (1981) - Lp

Release:  1981
Genre:  Soul / Funk
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  19323
Prijs:  €10,00

Take It Off is the fifth studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in November 16, 1981. It includes the single "Stage Fright", which reached #35 on the US R&B chart, but was the first Chic single failing to enter the US Pop charts, and this album only proved to be moderately successful as well, stalling at #124 on the US albums chart and #36 on the R&B chart.

In 1981, a lot of rock & rollers were claiming that the disco era was officially over. Disco, of course, never really died -- a lot of the dance-pop, house music, Hi-NRG, and Latin freestyle that was recorded in the '80s and '90s was essentially disco -- but as far as many of the radio stations and record company A&R men of 1981 were concerned, disco was dead. And that was bad news for Chic, a group closely identified with the disco era. Even though a lot of Chic's work had as much to do with funk and soul as it did with the Euro-disco sound, Chic was unable to live down its reputation as a disco group.

But Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards gave it a try with 1981's Take It Off, an admirable, if uneven, project that finds the group downplaying the Euro-disco elements. With R&B and funk as the foundation, Chic tries to branch out by incorporating elements of pop-rock on "Your Love Is Canceled," and jazz on "Flash Back" and "So Fine" (which shouldn't be confused with the "So Fine" that Kashif produced for R&B singer Howard Johnson in 1982).
In fact, a few of Rogers' guitar solos give the impression that he'd been listening to a lot of Wes Montgomery. But as likable as the LP is, it didn't contain a major hit -- the single "Stage Fright" only made it to #34 on Billboard's R&B singles chart. And for a group that had enjoyed #1 pop and R&B smashes only two and three years earlier, that was certainly disappointing.

Side A       
A1. Stage Fright  - 3:55 
A2. Burn Hard  - 5:12 
A3. So Fine  - 4:10 
A4. Flash Back  - 4:28 
A5. Telling Lies  - 2:28 

Side B
B1. Your Love Is Cancelled  - 4:12 
B2. Would You Be My Baby  - 3:34 
B3. Take It Off  - 5:12 
B4. Just Out Of Reach  - 3:45 
B5. Baby Doll  - 3:10

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

December 11, 2018

Fleetwood Mac - Live (1980) - 2Lp

Release:  1980
Genre:  Pop, Rock
Format:  2LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 66097
Prijs:  €20,00

Live is a double live album released by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac in 1980. It was the first live album from the then-current line-up of the band, and the next would be The Dance from 1997. The album was certified gold (500,000 copies sold) by the RIAA in November 1981.

Live consists of recordings taken primarily from the 1979-1980 Tusk Tour, together with a few from the earlier Rumours Tour of 1977.
Two songs were recorded at a Paris soundcheck and three at a performance at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium "for an audience of friends and road crew."
Of particular note are three new songs - Christine McVie's "One More Night", Stevie Nicks' "Fireflies", and a well-harmonized backstage rendition of The Beach Boys' "The Farmer's Daughter".

The latter two were released as singles; "Fireflies" reached the top 60 in the US, while "The Farmer's Daughter" reached the top 10 in Austria. "Fireflies" was Nicks' rumination on the tumultuous recording of the "Tusk" album and her observance that the band stayed intact nevertheless.
Her lyrics referred to band members as the "five fireflies." "Don't Let Me Down Again" is a song from the Buckingham Nicks album.
Also notable are two Lindsey Buckingham guitar showcases.
The first, "I'm So Afraid", was popular as a concert finale during this period. The second was Buckingham's take on former Mac guitarist Peter Green's signature number, "Oh Well" (originally a 1969 single release).

Side A
A1.  Monday Morning - 3:55
A2.  Say You Love Me - 4:18
A3.  Dreams - 4:18
A4.  Oh Well - 3:44
A5.  Over & Over - 4:54

Side B
B1.  Sara - 7:23
B2.  Not That Funny - 9:04
B3.  Never Going Back Again - 4:13
B4.  Landslide - 4:55

Side C
C1.  Fireflies - 4:25
C2.  Over My Head - 3:37
C3.  Rhiannon - 7:43
C4.  Don’t Let Me Down Again - 3:57
C5.  One More Night - 3:43

Side D
D1.  Go Your Own Way - 5:44
D2.  Don’t Stop - 4:05
D3.  I’m So Afraid - 8:28
D4.  The Farmer’s Daughter - 2:25

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

December 09, 2018

Mike Oldfield - Incantations (1978) - 2Lp

Release: 1978
Genre:  Instrumental, Prog Rock
Format:  2LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  300191
Prijs:   €20,00

Incantations is the fourth record album by Mike Oldfield, released in late 1978 on Virgin Records.

Originally released as a double album, it is Oldfield's second longest album after Light + Shade. Despite the length, much of the album can be described as being compositionally minimalist, including melodic lines played by only a few instruments at a time.
The album as a whole is unusual in that it makes extensive use of the circle of fifths as an accompaniment to many of the musical ideas. Since this musical structure requires that each idea be modulated through twelve keys, before the next is introduced, more time is required to develop each idea, so that each section unfolds more slowly than is usual in Oldfield's work. A byproduct of this musical structure is that most of the album is not in any one key, but cycles continuously through them all.

Incantations was recorded at Througham, Mike Oldfield's home after he completed Ommadawn. It was during the creation of Incantations that Mike Oldfield underwent the assertiveness training course Exegesis, and almost immediately thereafter Oldfield went on his first solo live tour around Europe with Incantations.
Along with some other pieces of Oldfield's work, a different version of "Part Four" was used for the soundtrack of Tony Palmer's The Space Movie; the lyrics there are from Kathleen Raine's "A Spell for Creation".

The lyrics in "Part One" simply repeat the names of the goddesses Diana, Luna, and Lucina.

The lyrics in "Part Two" are taken from the beginnings of chapter XXII and XII (in that order) of Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha".

The lyrics in "Part Four" are Ben Jonson's "Ode to Cynthia" from Cynthia's Revels, but adjusted again to match the music.

The cover was once again done by Trevor Key. The beach in the cover photograph is Cala Pregonda, in Menorca.

Side A
A1.  Part 1 (19:08)

Side B
B1.  Part 2 (19:36)

Side C
C1.  Part 3 (16:58)

Side D
D1.  Part 4 (17:01)

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

December 06, 2018

Gino Vannelli - A Pauper In Paradise (1977) - Lp

Release:  1977
Genre:  Art rock, Progressive Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLH 64664
Prijs:  €10,00

A Pauper in Paradise is the fifth studio album by Italian-Canadian singer Gino Vannelli.

Gino Vannelli was surfing on a monster wave, he was one of the most creative heads in Pop music during the mid-seventies. By 1977, he felt the need to adapt his sound a bit to what was going on around him. Stylistically, this album stands between the two or three previous albums and the next album, one of his most acclaimed records, Brother To Brother, anticipating in a way that album's sound.

For instance, Gino has female background vocals now instead of dubbing his own voice; those background vocals make a bigger difference than you'd think. And Valleys Of Valhalla and One Night With You are already influenced by that L.A. studio sound brought to fame and fortune by folks like Jay Graydon, a sound which in itself was an derivation of Earth, Wind & Fire's epic sound.
And in retrospect, this move seems to be a first hint at impending doom, the path Gino would take after Brother To Brother - all on a high level, it should be understood. This and songs, which are not as inspired as similar compositions on the last albums, therefore only two and a half stars for Side One of A Pauper in Paradise.

Side Two is another story.
Hiring a symphony orchestra was one of the fads in Pop music in the seventies. Gino Vannelli jumped on that wagon rather late. His concept was more closely related to film soundtrack than to Rock music.
The opener, Black And Blue, is a fine ballad. The title track is an instrumental suite in four movements and Claus Ogermann comes to mind. That's not really far fetched: both Claus Ogermann and Gino Vannelli love rich and sweeping harmonies, in the way of the French Impressionists and of Hollywood during the fifties.
As the suite carries on, there's a busy part that fuses Vannelli with Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. Towards the end, the orchestra walks back in and Gino sings a few lines.

Side A
A1.  Mardi Gras - 3:26
A2.  Valleys of Valhalla - 4:23
A3.  The Surest Things Can Change - 4:35
A4.  One Night with You - 4:18
A5.  A Song and Dance - 3:37

Side B
B1.  Black and Blue - 4:21
B2.  A Pauper in Paradise (In Four Movements) - 15:14

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed

December 05, 2018

The Eagles - Hotel California (1976) - Lp

Release: 1976
Genre:  Country Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  Asylum Records
Catalog#  AS 53051
Prijs:  €10,00

Hotel California is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Eagles, and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Three singles were released from the album, each reaching high in the Billboard Hot 100: "New Kid in Town", "Hotel California", and "Life in the Fast Lane".

The Eagles took 18 months between their fourth and fifth albums, reportedly spending eight months in the studio recording Hotel California.
The album was also their first to be made without Bernie Leadon, who had given the band much of its country flavor, and with rock guitarist Joe Walsh. As a result, the album marks a major leap for the Eagles from their earlier work, as well as a stylistic shift toward mainstream rock. An even more important aspect, however, is the emergence of Don Henley as the band's dominant voice, both as a singer and a lyricist.

On the six songs to which he contributes, Henley sketches a thematic statement that begins by using California as a metaphor for a dark, surreal world of dissipation; comments on the ephemeral nature of success and the attraction of excess; branches out into romantic disappointment; and finally sketches a broad, pessimistic history of America that borders on nihilism.
Of course, the lyrics kick in some time after one has appreciated the album's music, which marks a peak in the Eagles' playing. Early on, the group couldn't rock convincingly, but the rhythm section of Henley and Meisner has finally solidified, and the electric guitar work of Don Felder and Joe Walsh has arena-rock heft.

In the early part of their career, the Eagles never seemed to get a sound big enough for their ambitions; after changes in producer and personnel, as well as a noticeable growth in creativity, Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band. It was a band that could be bombastic, but also one that made music worthy of the later tag of "classic rock," music appropriate for the arenas and stadiums the band was playing.
The result was the Eagles' biggest-selling regular album release, and one of the most successful rock albums ever.

Side A
A1. Hotel California - 6:30
A2. New Kid in Town - 5:03
A3. Life in the Fast Lane - 4:46
A4. Wasted Time - 4:55

Side B
B1. Wasted Time (Reprise)” (instrumental) - 1:22
B2. Victim of Love - 4:11
B3. Pretty Maids All in a Row - 3:58
B4. Try and Love Again - 5:10
B5. The Last Resort - 7:28

Album:  Goed
Cover:  zijkant licht beschadigd