December 31, 2020

Queen - Live Magic (1986) - €10,00



Live Magic is a live album by British rock band Queen. It was recorded at various live shows during The Magic Tour and was released on 1 December 1986.

As Queen's second live album, Live Magic might appear to be a bit unnecessary, but a closer look reveals that it's a better record than the previous Live Killers. Culled from a variety of dates from the 1986 Kind of Magic tour but concentrating on the final show at Knebworth, Live Magic captures Queen, and Freddie Mercury in particular, at the height of their powers. While the set list might rely a bit too heavily on mediocre mid-'80s material for some tastes, the band is tight and professional, and Mercury has an undeniable hold over the crowd. It's to Queen's credit that the energy rarely dips over the course of the record. Live Magic may be designed for hardcore fans, but for those listeners, it will provide a number of highlights, proving that the band's remarkable performance at Live Aid was no fluke

Most of the performances were recorded at Knebworth Park on 9 August 1986, which marks the band's final ever concert with its original line-up.


Side A
A1.  One Vision  (5:09)
A2.  Tie Your Mother Down  (2:59)
A3.  Seven Seas of Rhye  (1:21)
A4.  A Kind of Magic  (4:47)
A5.  Under Pressure  (3:49)
A6.  Another One Bites the Dust  (5:16)

Side B
B1.  I Want to Break Free  (2:40)
B2.  Is This the World We Created…?  (1:30)
B3.  Bohemian Rhapsody  (4:42)
B4.  Hammer to Fall  (4:22)
B5.  Radio Ga Ga  (4:27)
B6.  We Will Rock You  (1:33)
B7.  Friends Will Be Friends  (1:09)
B8.  We Are the Champions  (2:01)
B9.  God Save the Queen  (1:19)


Notes
Release:  1986
Format:  LP (Gatefold)
Genre:  Rock
Label:   EMI Records
Catalog#  1A062-2406751

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  VG

Prijs: €10,00

December 30, 2020

Simply Red - Picture Book (1985) - €10,00



Picture Book is the debut album by British pop and soul group Simply Red, released in October 1985. It contains the U.S. #1 single "Holding Back the Years", the band's most successful single, and a cover of The Valentine Brothers' "Money's Too Tight (to Mention)". Three other singles were released from the album: "Come to My Aid", "Jericho", and "Open Up the Red Box". 

Simply Red's debut was probably pretty fresh in the mid-eighties, among all that overwhelming synth. This record, while it definitely sounds like 1985, isn't all that clearly a "product of its time". Their jazzy soul and soulful jazz has aged well. 
The orange-headed leading man Mick Hucknall, with his impressive vocal delivery is clearly the star of this record. But instead of just putting on a show of vocal acrobatics, the group plays together damn well and provide an ejoyable and consistent listen with nine solid, good songs.

They proved that synthpop can be soulful and funky. Mick Hucknall easily switches from brest to falsetto voice. Come to My Aid is an energetic, funky opener with heavy bass and percussion. Sad Old Red is jazzy with saxophones and a relaxed swing rhythm. Jericho has weird lyrics spoken by a rich person to a young protege, with obsessive repetition. Money's Too Tight (To Mention), a cover from the Valentine Brothers, is about the recession in the eighties, a time of growing unemployment and Reaganomics. Holding Back the Years is a painful ballad about regret and disappointment. This is a pop album without any fillers.


Side A
A1. Come to My Aid - 4:03
A2. Sad Old Red - 4:33
A3. Look at You Now - 3:02
A4. Heaven - 4:32
A5. Jericho - 6:03

Side B
B1. Money’s Too Tight (to Mention) - 4:13
B2. Holding Back The Years - 4:30
B3. (Open Up the) Red Box - 3:56
B4. No Direction - 3:41
B5. Picture Book - 5:49


Notes
Release:  1985
Format:  LP
Genre:  Blue-Eyed Soul, Sophisti-pop
Label:  Elektra Records
Catalog#  EKT 27
Prijs:  €10,00

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  VG

December 29, 2020

Bruce Baxter - Excerpts From The Rock Opera Tommy (1973) - €10,00



Side A
A1. You Disn´t Hear It - 2:40
A2. Amazing Journey - 3:30
A3. Christmas - 4:16
A4. The Acid Queen - 3:35

Side B
B1. Pinball Wizard - 3:24
B2. Smash The Mirror - 2:15
B3. I´m Free
B4. We´re Not Gonna Take It - 4:37


Notes
Release:  1973
Format:  LP
Genre:  Rock Opera
Label:  Pickwick Records
Catalog#  SPC-3339

Vinyl:  VG
Hoes:  G

Prijs: €10,00

December 27, 2020

Terence Trent D´Arby - Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby (1987) - €7,99



Sananda Francesco Maitreya (born Terence Trent Howard, March 15, 1962), better known by his former stage name Terence Trent D'Arby, is an American singer and songwriter who came to fame with his debut studio album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby (1987). 
The album included the singles "If You Let Me Stay", "Sign Your Name", "Dance Little Sister", and the number one hit "Wishing Well". 

The best album since Sgt. Pepper is how Terence Trent D'Arby would describe his 1987 retro-soul arrival on the music scene. His arrogance would ultimately overshadow his accomplishments, but truth be told, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby's only flaw is the ego of its composer. While his declaration may have been an overstatement that would play a major part in his undoing – TTD's debut is a near bullet-proof arrival, so strong, the arrogance of its creator need not be taken into consideration when appraising its merit. This album is air tight. (DIG!)

With his feet still firmly on the ground, D'Arby put together one of the greatest soul albums since the peak of classic Motown – Perhaps even stronger than the majority of albums released upon the single-focused Motown catalog. Eleven tracks in length, TTD doesn't miss a beat in accomplishing a milestone of the soul genre. From the opening, gospel-tinged, “If You All Get To Heaven”, through the closing cover of the legendary Smokey & The Miracles' “Who's Lovin' You”, D'Arby composed a record strong enough to warrant comparisons to the all time soul legends. Top-notch songwriting, complimented by a voice with enough grit to cut glass, TTD accomplishes an album worthy of the praise that he is so eager to heap upon it. (HA!)

Opening up with a spoken word statement from TTD in which he pleads with his lover not to pack those bags and to give him just one more chance, “If You Let Me Stay” found early success in the northern soul-loving United Kingdom. The single shot up the charts, landing in the top 10, and ultimately led to a million copies of Introducing sold within three days of its release. His refined vocal soars over the background singers promises of change. “If you let me stay – I'll say what I should have said ... I should have said that I love you... And I should have said it from the heart.” D'Arby's gravely voice is unleashed during intermittent verse sections, which are peppered with spoken support statements between lyrical breaks. (GOOD GOD!)

Eight and a half minutes in, with two tracks knocked out of the park, D'Arby could justifiably take a step back and allow other records to catch up. Instead he sends one into the upper-deck with the hugely successful pop hit, “Wishing Well” (Billboard Hot 100 #1, 5/88). With an infectious dance beat, whistling hook and one of the most playful soul grooves since Smokey & The Miracles “Tears Of A Clown”, TTD backed up his boasts of grandeur with his biggest hit single. (PUT IT IN THE BANK, BOYS!)

“I'll Never Turn My Back On You (Father's Words)” opens up with the album's most memorable guitar riff, evocative of The Root's infectious 2002 single, “The Seed 2.0”. D'Arby drops in with a vocal smooth as melted butter. So soft, Smokey himself would be impressed with TTD's melodic flow. “This isn't living now – I think my father said to me. And get a haircut boy, if you want a chance in respectable society.” “Father's Words” is a track strong enough to be a single – but amongst the multitude of quality offerings, it's just another song on the heaping pile of quality compositions featured on D'Arby's extraordinary debut. (GET UP NOW!)

The album reaches a peak amongst peaks in the 1988 radio hit, “Sign Your Name” (#2 UK, #4 US). With a synth-line dripping with seduction and a minimalist soulful percussion, “Sign Your Name” is an alluring, poetic dedication to D'Arby's female object of desire. “We started out as friends but the thought of you just caves me in.” This is Terrence Trent D'Arby's greatest composition. Soulful, romantic and poetic – this track will forever be a staple of easy listening radio. An answer to the power of “Careless Whisper”, minus the Wham! and saxophone. The song reaches an apex in the balladry of it's post-chorus bridge, where D'Arby raises the intensity of his longing, complete with doo-wop inspired shoo-doo-op bops. With each lyric delivered like a self-contained poem of love, TTD holds nothing back to win the object of his affection. “All alone with you makes the butterflies in me arise.” D'Arby guarantees himself a lifetime supply of female admirers with this track alone. A hauntingly seductive single – 80's pop radio doesn't get much better than this.

Before closing the book on his glittering gem of a debut record, D'Arby treats us to a cover of Smokey & The Miracles “Who's Lovin' You.” Sang with all the grit and fervor you can squeeze into a four and a half minute ballad, TTD's interpretation, dare I say, trumps the original. And he knew it; which is why he saved it for last.

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby would ultimately win him the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, in March of 1988. The album would be his creative and commercial peak, never again to be matched by his later efforts. Marred by the inevitable backlash over his controversial statements of self-praise, D'Arby's work, post Introducing, would be met with only marginal success. His pretentious tendencies becoming more transparent with each subsequent record, TTD's next offerings would never live up to the promise of his stellar debut – But for one glorious year in the late 1980's, Terence Trent D'Arby's potential had no ceiling. The stage was set for D'Arby to carry the soul flag into the 90's alongside his new peers: Stevie, Michael and Prince. Unfortunately, lighting would not be bottled a second time. TTD could only maintain his greatness for one flawless, timeless record of introduction.


Side A
A1.  If You All Get To Heaven - 5:17  
A2.  If You Let Me Stay - 3:13  
A3.  Wishing Well - 3:29  
A4.  I'll Never Turn My Back On You (Father's Words) - 3:36  
A5.  Dance Little Sister - 3:53  
A6.  Seven More Days - 4:33  

Side B
B1.  Let's Go Forward - 5:31  
B2.  Rain - 2:58  
B3.  Sign Your Name - 4:35  
B4.  As Yet Untitled - 5:33  
B5.  Who's Lovin' You - 4:33 


Notes
Release:  1987
Format:  LP
Genre:  Soul
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  CBS 450911 1

Vinyl:  G
Cover:  VG

Prijs:  €7,99

Al Stewart - Live Indian Summer (2LP) (1981) - €14,99



Live/Indian Summer is the first live album by Al Stewart, released in 1981. It was originally released as a double LP, with sides 2, 3 & 4 featuring live material while side 1 featured five new studio recordings. 
The side 1 tracks were recorded at Evergreen Studios, Los Angeles between June–August 1981, while the three live sides were recorded at The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles in April 1981.

Although all musicians were credited, the band itself Shot in the Dark were uncredited on the album sleeve and label, which was the second and last album Stewart performed with them as his backing band. They are however introduced with Stewart before the first song of the live-set. 

There is excellent variety on this album and the fact it all very well executed shows the competence of the musicians: they are top notch players. For example, a number of slower tracks feature really outstanding acoustic guitar work from Peter White. Elsewhere, the up tempo tracks are perfectly executed: the rhythm section chuggs along nicely right through this concert.

Some of the highlights are “Here in Angola,” “Pandora,” and “Princess Olivia.” Those three tracks are the best of the studio releases. They are traditional Stewart compilations and are done quite well. 

The live set begins with “Running Man.” Again here the quality of the mix is very good, as is the sound. “Time Passages,” which is not one of Stewart’s favorites, is much better than the version on Rhymes in Rooms. “Merlin’s Time” is a pleasant tune. 

They kick it up with “If it Doesn’t Come Naturally,” and some of the sax part is what makes it work. “Roads to Moscow” is performed with power, and the Russian theme flowing throughout gives it its atmosphere. “Nostradamus” is also much more dynamic than on the Rhymes in Rooms album and comes across really well. The remaining tracks all live up to a quality live recording as well. 

Al Stewart wrote a lot of excellent, diverse, material in this era. Some were huge hits, others just good album material. Indian Summer brings it all together and it will make a great addition to your collection.


Side A
A1. Here In Angola - 4:37  
A2. Pandora - 4:33  
A3. Indian Summer  (Backing Vocals – Flo & Eddie) - 3:33  
A4. Delia's Gone - 2:47  
A5. Princess Olivia  - 3:21  

Side B
B1. Running Man - 4:43  
B2. Time Passages - 6:26  
B3. Merlin's Time - 2:56  
B4. If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It - 4:27  

Side C
C1. Roads To Moscow - 8:13  
C2. Nostradamus - 13:01  
      (a) Nostradamus - Part One   
      (b) World Goes To Riyadh   
      (c) Nostradamus - Part Two   

Side D
D1. Soho (Needless To Say) - 3:43  
D2. On The Border - 4:46  
D3. Valentina Way - 4:17  
D4. Clarence Frogman Henry - 1:43  
D5. Year Of The Cat - 7:07 


Notes
Release:  1981
Format:  2LP (Gatefold)
Genre:  Soft Rock
Label:  Arista Records
Catalog#  A2L 8607

Vinyl:  VG
Cover  G

Prijs:  €14,99

December 26, 2020

Paul Young - The Secret Of Association (1985) - €10,00


 
The Secret of Association is the second studio album by the English singer Paul Young. Released in 1985, it reached number one on the UK album charts and the Top 20 in the US. The album spawned the hit singles "Every Time You Go Away" (a #1 hit in the US and #4 in the UK), "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" (#9 UK, #13 US), "Everything Must Change" (#9 UK, #56 US), and "Tomb of Memories" (UK #16). 

In 1984, Paul Young scored a couple of medium-sized U.S. hits with "Come Back and Stay" and "Love of the Common People" from his album No Parlez. In 1985, however, with his stellar album The Secret of Association, the British singer gained his highest level of commercial success with several hit singles, most notably his chart-topping cover of Daryl Hall's "Every Time You Go Away," which was miles better than the original. Featuring lush orchestration and Young's signature, soulful vocals, this album remains the singer's best, and one of the better albums of the 1980s. Other notable tracks include his wicked take on "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down," the gorgeous "Everything Must Change" (which almost sounds like a country song), and the popular album tracks "Soldier's Things" and "Tomb of Memories." Note, however, that the radio versions of all three singles released from this album are not the versions included here. 

No matter how Young may be perceived (mainly as a producer's puppet that couldn't write his own songs and ergo had to rely on a substantial amount of cover versions to keep his career afloat), he's always had a fantastic set of pipes and seems to be singing from the heart, and in the case of the slightly sappy yet self-penned "Everything Must Change", managed to come up with a bona-fide classic. Augmented by Pino Palladino's flashy yet imaginative basslines and Laurie Latham's kitchen sink production, this is a record that was fully deserving of its no. 1 status.

Though the second half is less exciting than the first and Young isn't much of a songwriter (much of side two was co-written by him), this is still a very enjoyable, emotional rollercoaster ride of an album. Variety abounds, every song is different, meticulously arranged, overproduced to the extreme, but certainly never boring. "Secrets" updates "No Parlez"'s winning formula with some grit and menace, which pays off particularly well on the opening track and "Playhouse".  


Side A
A1. Bite The Hand That Feeds - 4:31  
A2. Every Time You Go Away - 5:23  
A3. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down - 5:05  
A4. Standing On The Edge - 4:38  
A5. Soldier's Things - 6:21  

Side B
B1. Everything Must Change - 5:35  
B2. Tomb Of Memories - 3:53  
B3. One Step Forward - 3:42  
B4. Hot Fun - 4:26  
B5. This Means Anything - 3:13  
B6. I Was In Chains - 5:42 


Notes
Release: 1985
Format: LP
Genre: Blue-Eyed Pop
Label: CBS Records
Catalog# CBS 26234

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  VG

Prijs: €10,00

December 25, 2020

Village People - Soundtrack "Can't Stop The Music" (1980) - €4,99


Can't Stop the Music is the sixth studio album and first soundtrack by Village People, for their movie Can't Stop the Music, released in 1980. Though the movie was a commercial failure, the album was more well received, reaching #9 on the UK Albums Chart, #47 on the Billboard 200 in the US, and #1 in Australia (on the Kent Music Report). 

In addition to songs by Village People, the album also contains songs by David London and The Ritchie Family. The album also features a re-make of "Y.M.C.A.", which was actually the original 1978 recording with lead singer Victor Willis' voice removed and replaced by lead vocals from new singer Ray Simpson. Simpson's version was not released as a single and, hence, never charted.

The film CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC is a fun romp a la HARD DAY'S NIGHT that traces the Village People's rise to fame. The macho, hyper-dynamic vocal deliveries by this vocal group bring smiles to the faces of even those who otherwise might bemoan disco.


Side A
A1. Village People - Can't Stop The Music - 3:35  
A2. David London - Samantha - 3:15  
A3. The Ritchie Family - Give Me A Break - 3:30  
A4. Village People - Liberation - 3:33  
A5. Village People - Magic Night - 3:22  

Side B
B1. David London - The Sound Of The City - 4:31  
B2. Village People - Milkshake - 2:54  
B3. Village People - Y.M.C.A. - 3:21  
B4. Village People - I Love You To Death - 3:03  
B5. The Ritchie Family - Sophistication - 3:52  


Notes
Release:  1980
Format:  LP (Gatefold
Genre:  Disco
Label:  Arrival Records
Catalog#  AN 8001

Vinyl:  G
Cover:  VG 

Prijs: €4,99

December 24, 2020

Quincy Jones - You've Got It Bad Girl (1973) - €10,00


You've Got It Bad Girl is a 1973 album by the American jazz musician/producer Quincy Jones.

The title track is a song written by Yvonne Wright and was originally released on Stevie Wonder's 1972 album Talking Book. Here Jones himself is performing the lead vocals. The album features another Stevie Wonder song: "Superstition", featuring vocals from Bill Withers, Billy Preston and Wonder himself, billed as 'Three Beautiful Brothers'

Also included are an instrumental interpretation of the Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City"; and "Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)", which was used for the opening and closing credits themes for the NBC situation comedy Sanford and Son.

The final track on the album, "Chump Change", was first used as the main theme to 1972's The New Bill Cosby Show on CBS, where Jones's orchestra provided music. The CBS game show Now You See It used "Chump Change" as its main theme as well, both in 1974 and on its revival in 1989. It is also used as the main theme to the Dutch radio programme Langs de lijn, as well as the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation´s programme Ukeslutt.


Side A
A1. Summer In The City - 4:05  
A2. Eyes Of Love - 3:28  
A3. Tribute To A.F. - RO - 7:11  
       (a) Daydreaming - 3:36  
       (b) First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 3:35  
A4. Love Theme From "The Getaway" - 2:35  
A5. You've Got It Bad Girl - 5:45  

Side B
B1. Superstition - 4:40  
B2. Manteca - 8:40  
B3. "Sanford & Son Theme" -NBC-TV (The Streetbeater) - 3:05  
B4. Chump Change - 3:19 


Notes
Release: 1973
Format: LP
Genre: Soul / Jazz-Funk
Label: A&M Records
Catalog# SP-3041

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  VG

Prijs: €10,00

December 23, 2020

Het Goede Doel - Tempo Doeloe (1983) - €10,00


Het Goede Doel is een Nederlandstalige popgroep. De groep was aanvankelijk actief van 1979 tot begin jaren negentig. Enkele hits waren "Vriendschap" en "België". In april 2008 verscheen een nieuw - gratis en legaal - downloadbaar album (Gekkenwerk) en sindsdien treedt Het Goede Doel weer op. De bezetting is buiten de bekende gezichten van Henk Westbroek en Henk Temming totaal vernieuwd.

Alle nummers van Het Goede Doel werden geschreven door Temming en Westbroek, met uitzondering van "The Sonic ranger rides again" (Temming - Van Herk). Alle nummers werden geproduceerd door Temming en Van Herk, met uitzondering van het album "België", dat geproduceerd is door Robin Freeman en het album Tempo Doeloe, dat geproduceerd is door Okkie Huijsdens en Het Goede Doel (Temming en Van Herk). 

Tempo doeloe is het tweede album van de Nederlandse muziekgroep Het Goede Doel. Het album verscheen op elpee bij CNR Records in een tijdperk dat de compact disc in opkomst was (toen circa 40 Nederlandse guldens kostend). 
Dat medium zag CNR Records, net als andere platenlabels niet direct zitten. De band verliet echter CNR Records en verhuisde naar Polydor, gelieerd aan Philips, de mede-ontwerper van cd. 
Het album werd destijds aanbeden en verguisd; fans van de band vonden het album beter dan het vorige; de critici vonden het minder; de teksten zijn soms wat al te verbogen om de rijmen. Het album haalde nog wel goud, maar zou het succes van België niet evenaren.

In december 1983 bereikt de single "Eenvoud" de hitparade, als voorloper van het album Tempo Doeloe. De single "Geboren Voor Het Geluk" brengt het niet verder dan een tipnotering.


Side A
A1.  Eenvoud - 3:30  
A2.  Brood En Spelen - 4:05  
A3.  Tolerantie - 4:07  
A4.  Ergens Ben Ik Nergens - 4:07  
A5.  Geboren Voor Het Geluk - 5:30  

Side B
B1.  Tempo Doeloe - 5:15  
B2.  Blij Dat Ik Je Weer Zie - 6:20  
B3.  Babies - 4:02  
B4.  De Plaat Sloeg Af En Het Gesprek Viel Stil - 6:07 


Notes
Release: 1983
Format:  LP
Genre:  Nederpop
Label:  CNR Records
Catalog#  671010

Vinyl:  VG
Hoes:  VG

Prijs:  €10,00

December 22, 2020

Rick Wakeman - Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (1974) - €10,00



Journey to the Centre of the Earth is the third album by English keyboardist Rick Wakeman, released on 3 May 1974 by A&M Records
It is a live recording of the second of his two concerts at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 January 1974, the premiere of his 40-minute orchestral rock piece based on Jules Verne's 1864 science fiction novel of the same name
It tells the story of Professor Lidinbrook, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans, who follow a passage to the Earth's centre originally discovered by Arne Saknussemm, an Icelandic alchemist
Wakeman performs with the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Choir, and a group of hand-picked musicians for his rock band, which later became the English Rock Ensemble. Actor David Hemmings narrates the story.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is one of progressive rock's crowning achievements. With the help of the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Choir, Rick Wakeman turns this classic Jules Verne tale into an exciting and suspenseful instrumental narrative. The story is told by David Hemmings in between the use of Wakeman's keyboards, especially the powerful Hammond organ and the innovative Moog synthesizer, and when coupled with the prestigious sound of the orchestra, creates the album's fairy tale-like climate. Recorded at London's Royal Festival Hall, the tale of a group of explorers who wander into the fantastic living world that exists in the Earth's core is told musically through Wakeman's synthesized theatrics and enriched by the haunting vocals of a chamber choir. Broken into four parts, the album's most riveting segment, entitled "The Battle," involves Wakeman's most furious synthesized attack, churning and swirling the keyboards into a mass instrumental hysteria. With both "The Journey" and "The Forest," it's the effective use of the strings and percussion section of the London Symphony Orchestra that causes the elements of fantasy and myth to emerge from the album's depths. The gorgeous voice of Ashley Holt is effectively prominent, and some interesting guitar work via Mike Egan arises occasionally but meritoriously amidst the keyboard fervor. The whole of Journey to the Centre of the Earth still stands as one of the most interesting conglomerations of orchestral and synthesized music, and it is truly one of Wakeman's most flamboyant projects

The 40-minute piece is in four distinct sections: "The Journey", "Recollection", "The Battle", and "The Forest". Wakeman wrote all the lyrics and narration. Wakeman was not confident with his lyric writing, and admitted that his first set of lyrics were "really bad" which prompted a rewrite. His band nicknamed him "Longfellow". "The Forest" includes an excerpt of In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth was overall well received by music critics. It reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart, the first album from A&M to do so, and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. 


Side A
A1. The Journey / Recollection - 21:12  

Side B
B1. The Battle / The Forest - 18:59 


Notes
Release:  1974
Format:  LP (Gatefold)
Genre:  Progressive Rock
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLH 63621

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  VG

Prijs: €10,00

December 20, 2020

Billy Joel - 52nd Street (1978) - €10,00


52nd Street is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on October 11, 1978. The follow-up to his breakthrough success album, The Stranger, Joel tried to give the album a fresh sound, hiring various jazz musicians to differentiate it from his previous albums.
It was the first of four Joel albums to top the Billboard charts, and it earned him two Grammys
Three songs reached the Top 40 in the United States, contributing to the album's success: "My Life" (number 3), "Big Shot" (number 14), and "Honesty" (number 24). 
It was similarly well received by critics, earning the 1980 Grammy for Album of the Year
The title is a reference to 52nd Street, one of New York City's jazz centers in the middle of the century. Joel's label was headquartered on 52nd Street (in the CBS Building) at the time of the album's release. The studio where recording took place was also on 52nd Street, one block away from the CBS Building.

Once The Stranger became a hit, Billy Joel quickly re-entered the studio with producer Phil Ramone to record the follow-up, 52nd Street. Instead of breaking from the sound of The Stranger, Joel chose to expand it, making it more sophisticated and somewhat jazzy. 
Often, his moves sounded as if they were responses to Steely Dan -- indeed, his phrasing and melody for "Zanzibar" is a direct homage to Donald Fagen circa The Royal Scam, and it also boasts a solo from jazz great Freddie Hubbard à la Steely Dan -- but since Joel is a working-class populist, not an elitist college boy, he never shies away from big gestures and melodies. Consequently, 52nd Street unintentionally embellishes the Broadway overtones of its predecessor, not only on a centerpiece like "Stiletto," but when he's rocking out on "Big Shot." 
That isn't necessarily bad, since Joel's strong suit turns out to be showmanship -- he dazzles with his melodic skills and his enthusiastic performances. 
He also knows how to make a record. Song for song, 52nd Street might not be as strong as The Stranger, but there are no weak songs -- indeed, "Honesty," "My Life," "Until the Night," and the three mentioned above are among his best -- and they all flow together smoothly, thanks to Ramone's seamless production and Joel's melodic craftsmanship. 
It's remarkable to think that in a matter of three records, Joel had hit upon a workable, marketable formula -- one that not only made him one of the biggest-selling artists of his era, but one of the most enjoyable mainstream hitmakers. 52nd Street is a testament to that achievement. 

In 2003, 52nd Street was ranked number 352 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and at 354 on a 2012 revised list.


Side A
A1. Big Shot - 4:01  
A2. Honesty - 3:50  
A3. My Life  (Backing Vocals – Donnie Dacus, Peter Cetera) - 4:43  
A4. Zanzibar - 5:10  

Side B
B1. Stiletto - 4:39  
B2. Rosalinda's Eyes - 4:40  
B3. Half A Mile Away  (Backing Vocals – Babi Floyd, Frank Floyd, Milt Grayson, Ray Simpson, Zack Sanders) - 4:06  
B4. Until The Night - 6:35  
B5. 52nd Street - 2:27  


Notes
Release:  1978
Format:  LP
Genre:  Pop, Rock
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  CBS 83181

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  VG

Prijs: €10,00

December 19, 2020

Musical - Chess (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Tim Rice (2LP) (1984) - €20,00



Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Ulvaeus and Tim Rice, and a book by Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War–era chess tournament between two grandmasters, one American and the other Soviet Russian, and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any real individuals, the character of the American grandmaster (named Freddie Trumper in the stage version) was loosely based on Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov.

Chess allegorically reflected the Cold War tensions present in the 1980s. The musical has been referred to as a metaphor for the whole Cold War, with the insinuation being made that the Cold War is itself a manipulative game. Released and staged at the height of the strong anti-communist agenda that came to be known as the "Reagan Doctrine", Chess addressed and satirized the hostility of the international political atmosphere of the 1980s.

The double LP, often referred to as a concept album or album musical, was released worldwide in the autumn of 1984. Liner notes included with the album featured a basic synopsis of the story in multiple languages along with song lyrics and numerous photos. The music on the album was described by The New York Times as "a sumptuously recorded... grandiose pastiche that touches half a dozen bases, from Gilbert and Sullivan to late Rodgers and Hammerstein, from Italian opera to trendy synthesizer-based pop, all of it lavishly arranged for the London Symphony Orchestra with splashy electronic embellishments". 
The album featured Murray Head, Tommy Körberg, Elaine Paige, and noted actor Denis Quilley in the role of Molokov. A single from the album, "One Night in Bangkok", with verses performed by Murray Head and choruses performed by Anders Glenmark, became a worldwide smash, reaching #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The duet "I Know Him So Well" by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson held the #1 spot on the UK singles charts for four weeks, winning the Ivor Novello Award in the process as the Best Selling Single ('A' Side).


Side A
A1. Merano - 6:59  
A2. The Russian And Molokov/Where I Want To Be - 6:19  
A3. Opening Ceremony - 9:18  
A4. Quartet (A Model Of Decorum And Tranquility) - 2:17  

Side B
B1. The American And Florence/Nobody's Side - 5:25  
B2. Chess - 5:44  
B3. Mountain Duet - 4:42  
B4. Florence Quits - 2:52  
B5. Embassy Lament (Vocals – Alan Byers, Leslie Fyson, Peter Bambo, Vernon Midgley) - 4:31  
B6 Anthem - 3:05

Side C
C1. Bangkok/One Night In Bangkok (Vocals [Chorus, One Night In Bangkok] – Anders Glenmark) - 5:00  
C2. Heaven Help My Heart - 3:29  
C3. Argument - 6:02  
C4. I Know Him So Well - 4:15 
C5. The Deal (No Deal) - 9:21  
C6. Pity The Child - 5:31

Side D
D1. Endgame - 10:46  
D2. Epilogue: You And I/The Story Of Chess - 10:24  


Notes
Release:  1984
Format:  2LP (Gatefold)
Genre:  Musical
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  PL70500(2)

Vinyl : VG
Cover:  VG

Prijs: €20,00

Eurythmics - 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) (1984) - €10,00



1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) is a soundtrack album by Eurythmics, their fourth studio album overall, containing music recorded by the duo for director Michael Radford's 1984 film Nineteen Eighty-Four, based on George Orwell's dystopian novel of the same name. Virgin Films produced the film for release in its namesake year, and commissioned Eurythmics to write a soundtrack.
While it is not billed as an Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, this album does contain, as a jacket note indicates, "music derived from Eurythmics."
 The original score of the motion picture 1984, it was treated as a side project for marketing purposes, not as Eurythmics' full-fledged fourth new studio album. Fair enough. Much of the album is instrumental, and the closest thing to a pop song, "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)" (which was a Top Ten hit in the U.K.), like the other vocal numbers, relates to the movie's future fiction theme.
As such, the album is substandard if judged as an independent Eurythmics album, adequate if judged as a soundtrack.
Lennox and Stewart worked as a duo for these recordings, with no contribution from other musicians. The music, while containing many electronic elements, was far from being synthpop; Stewart described some tracks as being like "Kraftwerk meets African tribal meets Booker T and the MGs."
Most of the tracks are instrumental, with song titles and lyrics of two songs on the album being derived from Orwell's text.
For instance, "I Did It Just The Same" is taken from a passage in the book where the protagonist, Winston Smith, relates how he committed "sexcrime" with a prostitute—initially deceived by her makeup, when he got close to her, he realised she was "about fifty—but I did it just the same". "Julia" was the name of Winston's lover. "Sexcrime" and "Doubleplusgood" are examples of Newspeak, the revised version of the English language spoken in Orwell's story. The track "Doubleplusgood" features a female announcer—the voice of the omnipresent Telescreen in the movie—reading out various memos which Winston had received at his job in the Ministry of Truth, where his role was to amend past and present newspaper articles so that they conformed to current Party dogma.
The "Ministry of Love" was the government police and torture department, and included "Room 101", a room which contained "the worst thing in the world"—i.e. where each torture victim would be confronted with their own worst nightmare.


Side A
A1.   I Did It Just the Same  (3:28)
A2.   Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)  (3:58)
A3.   For the Love of Big Brother  (5:05)
A4.   Winston’s Diary (1:22)
A5.   Greetings from a Dead Man  (6:13)

Side B
B1.   Julia  (6:40)
B2.   Doubleplusgood  (4:40)
B3.   Ministry of Love  (3:47)
B4.   Room 101  (3:50)


Notes
Release:  1984
Format: LP
Genre:  Synth-pop 
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  206680

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  VG

Prijs: €10,00

December 18, 2020

Barry White - Greatest Hits Volume Two (1977) - €4,99


Barry White´s Greatest Hits Volume Two is a English album released in 1977. The album has 10 songs.
7 songs are sung by Barry White and 3 songs by Love Unlimited (Orchestra).
This second set of Barry White hits isn't quite as impressive or essential as its predecessor. 
White's arrangements and compositions grew stale as the 1970s wore on, and he recycled the romantic dialogue and exploited the robust baritone until he became a caricature of himself.


Side A
A1. Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme   
A2. Barry White - You See The Trouble With Me   
A3. Barry White - I'll Do For You Anything You Want Me To   
A4. Love Unlimited - Under The Influence Of Love   
A5. Barry White - Don't Make Me Wait Too Long   

Side B
B1. Barry White - Let The Music Play   
B2. Barry White - Baby We Better Try & Get It Together   
B3. Love Unlimited - It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart Its Spring)   
B4. Barry White - Bring Back My Yesterday   
B5. Barry White - I'm Qualified To Satisfy You 


Notes
Release:  1977
Format:  LP
Genre:  Soul
Label:  20th Century Records
Catalog#  BTH 8001

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  G

Prijs: 4,99

December 17, 2020

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977) - €14,99


 
Rumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. Largely recorded in California in 1976, it was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut. The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of their eponymous 1975 album, but struggled with relationship breakups before recording started. The Rumours studio sessions were marked by hedonism and strife among band members that shaped the album's lyrics.

Recorded with the intention of making "a pop album", the album's music featured a pop rock and soft rock sound characterized by accented rhythms and electric keyboards such as the Fender Rhodes or Hammond B3 organ. The members partied and used cocaine for much of the recording sessions, and its completion was delayed by its mixing process, but was finished by the end of 1976. Following the album's release, Fleetwood Mac undertook worldwide promotional tours. Rumours became the band's first number one album on the UK Albums Chart and also topped the US Billboard 200. The songs "Go Your Own Way", "Dreams", "Don't Stop", and "You Make Loving Fun" were released as singles, all of which reached the US top 10. 

Featuring a soft rock and pop rock sound, Rumours is built around a mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation. Buckingham's guitar work and Christine McVie's use of Fender Rhodes piano or Hammond B-3 organ are present on all but two tracks. The record often includes stressed drum sounds and distinctive percussion such as congas and maracas

Side one opens with "Second Hand News", originally an acoustic demo titled "Strummer". After hearing Bee Gees' "Jive Talkin'", Buckingham and co-producer Dashut built up the song with four audio tracks of electric guitar and the use of chair percussion to evoke Celtic rock. "Dreams" includes "ethereal spaces" and a recurring two note pattern on the bass guitar. Nicks wrote the song in an afternoon and led the vocals, while the band played around her. The third track on Rumours, "Never Going Back Again", began as "Brushes", a simple acoustic guitar tune played by Buckingham, with snare rolls by Fleetwood using brushes; the band added vocals and further instrumental audio tracks to make it more layered. Inspired by triple step dancing patterns, "Don't Stop" includes both conventional acoustic and tack piano. In the latter instrument, nails are placed on the points where the hammers hit the strings, producing a more percussive sound. "Go Your Own Way" is more guitar-oriented and has a four-to-the-floor dance beat influenced by The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man". The album's pace slows down with "Songbird", conceived solely by Christine McVie using a nine-foot Steinway piano.

Side two of Rumours begins with "The Chain", one of the record's most complicated compositions. A Christine McVie demo, "Keep Me There", and a Nicks song were re-cut in the studio and were heavily edited to form parts of the track. The whole of the band crafted the rest using an approach akin to creating a film score; John McVie provided a prominent solo using a fretless bass guitar, which marked a speeding up in tempo and the start of the song's final third. Inspired by R&B, "You Make Loving Fun" has a simpler composition and features a clavinet, a special type of keyboard instrument, while the rhythm section plays interlocking notes and beats. The ninth track on Rumours, "I Don't Want to Know", makes use of a twelve string guitar and harmonising vocals. Influenced by the music of Buddy Holly, Buckingham and Nicks created it in 1974 before they were in Fleetwood Mac. "Oh Daddy" was crafted spontaneously and includes improvised bass guitar patterns from John McVie and keyboard blips from Christine McVie. The album ends with "Gold Dust Woman", a song inspired by free jazz, which has music from a harpsichord, a Fender Stratocaster guitar, and a dobro, an acoustic guitar whose sound is produced by one or more metal cones.


Side A
A1. Second Hand News - 4:43  
A2. Dreams - 4:14  
A3. Never Going Back Again - 2:02  
A4. Don't Stop - 3:11  
A5. Go Your Own Way - 3:38  
A6. Songbird - 3:20  

Side B
B1. The Chain - 4:28  
B2. You Make Loving Fun - 3:31  
B3. I Don't Want To Know - 3:11  
B4. Oh Daddy - 3:54  
B5. Gold Dust Woman - 4:51  


Notes
Release:  1977
Format:  LP
Genre:  Pop, Rock
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56344

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  VG

Prijs: €14,99

December 16, 2020

ABC - Beauty Stab (1983) - Lp



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


Notes
Release:  1983
Format:  LP
Genre:   Synth-pop, Sophisti-pop
Label:   Mercury Records
Catalog#  814661-1


Vinyl:   VG
Cover:   VG

Prijs:  €10,00