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29
Aug

Michael McDonald – If That´s What It Takes (1982)

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Artist:  Michael Mcdonald
Title:  If That´s What It Takes
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 57018

If That’s What It Takes is the name of Michael McDonald’s debut solo album, released in 1982.
West Coast feel-good soul, that’s what this is. Just listen to I Keep Forgettin’ – a song about love gone and the difficulties dealing with it. It’s so uplifting and powerful you realize you will make it through – no matter what.
Michael’s voice is smooth like silk yet at the same time its power knocks you off your feet. His trademark keyboard playing makes you want to get up and change the world for the better. And while I’m at it, just one thing on Louis Johnson, the bass God, on “I keep Forgettin’”. It’s bass/keys Heaven.
It had always been clear Michael would make his own way. He completely changed The Doobie Brothers when he joined them. His unique blend of R&B and West Coast Rock fitted the band perfectly. Sadly it lasted only for four albums.
Michael wrote and or co-wrote all songs and got some of his longtime friends to work with him: Ted Templeman – longtime Doobie Brothers producer, Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro drums, Dean Parks, Robben Ford and Steve Lukather guitars, Greg Phillinganes, Michael Boddicker, Michael Omartian and of course Michael McDonald himself keys, Willie Weeks, Louis Johnson and Mike Porcaro bass, Lenny Castro, Bobby LaKind and Paulinho da Costa percussion, Tom Scott and Edgar Winter sax.

 

Side one
1.  Playin’ by the Rules  (4:55)
2.  I Keep Forgettin’  (3:39)
3.  Love Lies  (3:21)
4.  I Gotta Try  (3:53)
5.  I Can Let Go Now  (2:54)

Side two
1.  That’s Why  (4:24)
2.  If That’s What It Takes  (4:17)
3.  No Such Luck  (3:44)
4.  Losin’ End  (4:11)
5.  Believe In It  (4:41)

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29
Aug

High Fashion – Feelin´ Lucky (1982)

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Artist:  High Fashion
Title:  Feelin´ Lucky
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  1A 064-400097

Founded by business man Jacques Fred Petrus, born in Guadaloupe, trio High Fashion was similar to Petrus’ other projects Change and The Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band in being a soul-funk-disco fusion. The 1982 debut album “Feelin’ Lucky” yielded a hit single with the quasi-title track “Feelin’ Lucky Lately”, co-written by bass player Davide Romani, piano player and musical conductor Mauro Malavasi and backing singer and vocal director Fonzi Thornton, also key members of Petrus’ other productions.
Brilliant ’80s R&B mastermind Kashif (Evelyn King, Melba Moore, Kenny G, George Benson) also makes an appearance on 3 songs, producing 2 of the tracks (most notably the silky-smooth dance gem “Hold On”).
“Feeling Lucky” is a dynamite album, a true studio conglomeration of international proportions that not only uncovered the stunning vocals of Meli’sa Morgan and the underrated stylings of Eric McClinton, but also featured future R&B big timers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on keyboards.

 

Side one
1.  Feelin’ Lucky Lately  (5:46)
2.  You’re The Winner  (5:02)
3.  Hold On  (5:27)
4.  Next To You  (4:20)

Side two
1.  Have You Heard The News  (4:47)
2.  When The Lover Strikes  (4:25)
3.  I Want To Be Your Everything  (3:35)
4.  Brainy Children  (3:32)

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29
Aug

Jermaine Jackson – Let Me Tickle Your Fancy (1982)

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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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29
Aug

Daryl Hall & John Oates – Voices (1980)

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Artist:  Daryl Hall & John Oates
Title:  Voices
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  PL-13646

“Voices” is the ninth studio album by Hall & Oates, released in 1980.
At the close of the ’70s, Hall & Oates began inching toward a sleek, modern sound, partially inspired by the thriving punk and new wave scene and partially inspired by Daryl Hall’s solo debut, “Sacred Songs”, a surprising and successful collaboration with art rock legend Robert Fripp. While 1979’s “X-Static” found the duo sketching out this pop/soul/new wave fusion, it didn’t come into fruition until 1980’s “Voices”, which was their creative and commercial breakthrough. Essentially, Voices unveils the version of Hall & Oates that made them the most successful duo in pop history, the version that ruled the charts for the first half of the ’80s. During the ’70s, Hall & Oates drifted from folky singer/songwriters to blue-eyed soulmen, with the emphasis shifting on each record. On “Voices”, they place their pop craftsmanship front and center, and their production (assisted by engineer/mixer Neil Kernon) is clean, spacious, sleek, and stylish, clearly inspired by new wave yet melodic and polished enough for the mainstream. Thanks to the singles “Kiss on My List” and “You Make My Dreams” (and, to a lesser extent, their remake of the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and the original version of the heartbreaking ballad “Everytime You Go Away,” later popularized by Paul Young), the mainstream enthusiastically embraced Hall & Oates, and the ubiquitousness of these hits obscures the odder, edgier elements of Voices, whether it’s the rushed, paranoid “United State,” tense “Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect),” the superb Elvis Costello-styled “Big Kids,” the postmodern doo wop tribute “Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices),” or even John Oates’ goofy “Africa.” Apart from the latter, these are the foundation of the album, the proof that the duo wasn’t merely a stellar singles act, but expert craftsmen as writers and record-makers.

 

Side one
1.  How Does It Feel to Be Back  (4:35)
2.  Big Kids  (3:40)
3.  United State  (3:08)
4.  Hard to Be in Love with You  (3:38)
5.  Kiss on My List  (4:25)
6.  Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)  (3:37)

Side two
1.  You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’  (4:37)
2.  You Make My Dreams  (3:11)
3.  Everytime You Go Away  (5:23)
4.  Africa  (3:39)
5.  Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)  (3:43)

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29
Aug

The Cure – Seventeen Seconds (1980)

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Artist:  The Cure
Title:  Seventeen Seconds
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2442174

“Seventeen Seconds” is the second studio album by English alternative rock band The Cure, recorded at Morgan Studio and released on 22 April 1980 by Fiction Records. “Seventeen Seconds” established the group’s gothic rock sound that would continue until 1982’s “Pornography”. It is the only Cure album to feature keyboardist Matthieu Hartley.
It’s hard to believe that the Cure could release an album even more sparse than “Three Imaginary Boys”, but here’s the proof. The lineup change that saw funkstery bassist Michael Dempsey squeezed out in favor of the more specific playing of (eventually the longest serving member outside Robert Smith) Simon Gallup, and the addition of keyboardist Mathieu Hartley resulted in the band becoming more rigid in sound, and more disciplined in attitude.
In a sense, “Seventeen Seconds” is the beginning of a trilogy of sorts, the emptiness that leads to the questioning and eventual madness of the subsequent work. Mostly forgotten outside of the unforgettable single “A Forest,” “Seventeen Seconds” is an even, subtle work that grows on the listener over time. Sure, the Cure did better work, but for a new lineup and a newfound sense of independence, Robert Smith already shows that he knows what he’s doing. From short instrumental pieces to robotic pop, “Seventeen Seconds” is where the Cure shed all the outside input and became their own band.

 

Side one
1.  A Reflection  (2:12)
2.  Play For Today  (3:41)
3.  Secrets  (3:20)
4.  In Your House  (4:08)
5.  Three  (2:36)

Side two
1.  The Final Sound  (0:52)
2.  A Forest  (5:55)
3.  M  (3:04)
4.  At Night  (5:54)
5.  Seventeen Seconds  (4:00)

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29
Aug

The Pretenders – II (1981)

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Artist:  The Pretenders
Title:  II
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Real Records
Catalog#  SRK 3572

“Pretenders II” is the second studio album by British rock band the Pretenders.
The success of the Pretenders’ debut album in 1980 created a great demand for more material from the fledgling band; however, a lack of songs precluded the quick release of a follow-up album. In the UK, the band released two hit singles in 1980 and early 1981: “Talk of the Town” and “Message of Love,” respectively. In the US, where standalone singles had become rare, these tracks were combined with three others for a stopgap EP release called Extended Play, in March 1981. Their second album, “Pretenders II”, was released a scant two months later, to mixed critical reception, partly because two of the better songs on the album had been previously released, and partly because many of the songs were viewed as overly-similar (though not quite as groundbreaking) to the band’s debut. Nevertheless, several of the album’s songs became hits and the album has increased in critical stature with time.
The album is notable for the inclusion of a cover of The Kinks’ “I Go to Sleep” (they had covered that band’s “Stop Your Sobbing” on their debut album, and band leader Chrissie Hynde would have a personal relationship with Kinks’ frontman Ray Davies), as well as the sexually-forward tunes “Bad Boys Get Spanked” and “The Adultress”. Perhaps the album’s most ambitious track, “Day After Day” spins a common second-album narrative of unaccustomed celebrity, with the band rushing from gig to gig, hotel to hotel, head-spun from the swiftness of it all. The song ends suddenly, mid-guitar-solo, with the sound of a crashing fighter plane. The song “Louie, Louie” is an original composition and not a version of identically titled and often covered song by Richard Berry.
The album would be the final release from the original line-up of the band, as shortly afterwards the band would be fractured by the drug abuse that would take the life of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon, leading to a long recording hiatus.

 

Side one
1.  The Adultress  (3:58)
2.  Bad Boys Get Spanked  (4:07)
3.  Message Of Love  (3:28)
4. I Go To Sleep  (2:57)
5.  Birds Of Paradise  (4:16)
6.  Talk Of The Town  (2:45)

Side two
1.  Pack It Up  (3:52)
2.  Waste Not Want Not  (3:46)
3.  Day After Day  (3:47)
4.  Jealous Dogs  (5:38)
5.  The English Roses  (4:31)
6.  Louie Louie  (3:29)

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20
Aug

Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band (1976)

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Artist:  Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band
Title:  Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band
Release:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  APL1 1504

Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band was a big band and swing influenced disco band, formed in the Bronx, New York. They are best known for their #1 US dance hit, “Cherchez La Femme/C’est si bon”, from their self-titled debut album.
The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard albums chart. The lead vocals were provided by Cory Daye.
The band was conceived by half-brothers Stony Browder and Thomas “August Darnell” Browder, with the former writing music and the latter writing lyrics. They started the band in 1974 with singer Cory Daye, drummer Mickey Sevilla, and percussionist Andy Hernandez (Coati Mundi). The band released three albums between 1976 and 1979. Its music blended disco beats with rhythms from genres including calypso, rumba, cha-cha-chá, and compas. The Browders, who were both multiracial, wrote songs embracing multiculturalism over instead of stories about tragic mulattos. They were frequent performers at Studio 54. Darnell and Hernandez went on to form Kid Creole and the Coconuts and Elbow Bones and the Racketeers. Daye also pursued a successful solo career.
Their 1976 song, “Sunshower”, has been sampled by a number of artists.

 

Side one
1.  I’ll Play The Fool  (4:47)
2.  Hard Times  (4:12)
3.  Whispering / Cherchez La Femme / Se Si Bon  (5:44)
4.  Sunshower  (4:04)

Side two
1.  We Got It Made  (3:46)
2.  You Got Somethin’ / Betcha’ The Love Bug Bitcha’  (5:40)
3.  Sour And Sweet / Lemon In The Honey  (6:03)

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20
Aug

Golden Earring – Live (1977)

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Artist:  Golden Earring
Title:  Live
Release:  1977
Format:  2LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2335175

“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)

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20
Aug

Paul Simon – One Trick Pony (1980)

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Artist:  Paul Simon
Title:  One Trick Pony
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 56846

“One-Trick Pony” is the fifth solo album by Paul Simon. It was released in 1980, his first album for Warner Bros. Records.
The album was released concurrently with the film of the same name, in which Simon also starred. Despite their similarities, the album and film are musically distinct: each features different versions of the same songs, as well as certain songs that appear exclusively on either the film or the album. The album is best known for the Grammy-nominated track “Late in the Evening” which was a hit for Simon in 1980. The two tracks “One Trick Pony and “Ace in the Hole” were recorded live at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio in September 1979. The rest are studio cuts.
The record features several top session musicians (who also appeared in the movie as the character Jonah’s backing band), including Eric Gale on lead guitar, Richard Tee on piano, Tony Levin on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums.

 

Side one
1.  Late In The Evening  (4:02)
2.  That’s The Way God Made The Movies  (3:38)
3.  One-Trick Pony  (3:54)
4.  How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns  (2:49)
5.  Oh, Marion  (4:00)

Side two
1.  Ace In The Hole  (5:43)
2.  Nobody  (3:33)
3.  Jonah  (3:30)
4.  God Bless The Absentee  (3:15)
5.  Long, Long Day  (3:48)

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20
Aug

Vandenberg – Vandenberg (1982)

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Artist:  Vandenberg
Title:  Vandenberg
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  ATCO Records
Catalog#  ATC 50904

“Vandenberg” is the first album by the Dutch hard rock band Vandenberg, released in 1982 on Atco Records, and produced by Adrian Vandenberg and Stuart Epps.
Legend has it after a failed audition with mega-group Thin Lizzy, Adrian Vandenberg went back to the drawing board and decided to start his own band. Poised with an axe to grind and several hard rock influences easily spotted from a mile away, Vandenberg and his band of gypsies were poised to take over the hard rock scene with their 1982 debut. Overall, Vandenberg is a fiery testament to Vandenberg’s skill as a guitarist. He shreds with the best of them, taking cues from Hendrix, Page, and a little bit of Tony Iommi. Of course there are the gratuitous moments of guitar acrobatics “Wait” and the obligatory power ballad and only single taken from the album “Burning Heart” but that really doesn’t detract too much from the band’s main focus: to deliver a solid hard rock record that is easily one of the most underrated debut metal albums of the ’80s.

 

Side one
1.  Your Love Is In Vain  (4:10)
2.  Back On My Feet  (3:48)
3.  Wait  (5:05)
4.  Burning Heart  (4:06)

Side two
1.  Ready For You  (3:53)
2.  Too Late  (4:13)
3.  Nothing To Lose  (3:23)
4.  Lost In A City  (3:56)
5.  Out In The Streets  (4:04)

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20
Aug

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Flaunt It (1986)

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Artist:  Sigue Sigue Sputnik
Title:  Flaunt It
Release:  1986
Format:  LP
Label:  Parlophone Records
Catalog#  1C 062-240581-1

“Flaunt It” is the debut album by British band Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The album featured a remix of “Love Missile F1-11″, as well as “21st Century Boy”. “Flaunt It” was unique in that the band sold off spots between songs for advertisements.
“Love Missile F1-11″ opens “Flaunt It”, with a harsh, attention grabbing synthesized symphonic crash, followed by a single, repeated phrase that explicates their true intentions: “I wanna be a star!” The subdued “Atari Baby,” the track that has the dubious distinction of following the cacophonous “Love Missile,” is a welcome comedown, but is disturbing nonetheless. An ominous love song for the virtual reality age, when sex with a human is replaced by sex with a video game. “Sex Bomb Boogie” sounds a lot like “Love Missile,” but does contain such amusing bubblegum glam couplets as “King Kong boogie/dance on, dance on,” and “Come one baby, love me like a rocket.” No band influenced Sputnik more than the New York City duo Suicide, and “Rockit Miss USA” is the most obvious example of this. On what is basically a straight rip of Suicide’s “Rocket USA,” Sputnik make their biggest statements. The song addresses not only the ascending vigilante justice in America, but the constant threat of the then two super powers destroying the world in a nuclear showdown. The Bolan influence comes to the forefront in “21st Century Boy” (“20th Century Boy” was one of T.Rex’s great singles). Degville keeps insisting he’s “a space cowboy,” while looped Cochran-like guitar samples keep the track bouncing. Random outbursts like “Sigue Sigue Sputnik — affordable fire power!” make the song their most hysterically funny number, but others eluding to the dehumanization of mankind (“I am the ultimate product!”) and that we love products rather than the people around us (“I love technology”), now ring a little too true for comfort. Flaunt It runs out of steam at the end, but only because the remaining three tracks are stuck with the near impossible task of measuring up to the most over of over-the-top rock & roll the world had heard yet. Sigue Sigue Sputnik succeeded in their attempt to create the ultimate rock & roll fantasy, one full of violent, futuristic imagery that was cartoonish, yet often if you listened close enough, had, surprisingly, something to say.

 

Side one
1. Love Missile F1-11 (Re-Recording Part II) (4:49)
2. Atari Baby (4:57)
3. Sex-Bomb-Boogie (4:48)
4. Rockit Miss U•S•A (6:08)

Side two
1. 21st Century Boy (5:10)
2. Massive Retaliation (5:02)
3. Teenage Thunder (5:17)
4. She’s My Man (5:37)

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20
Aug

Foreigner – 4 (1981)

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Artist:  Foreigner
Title:  4
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  ATL 50796

“4”, also known as Foreigner 4, is the fourth studio album by British-American rock band Foreigner, released in 1981 on Atlantic Records.
Over the course of their first three late-’70s albums, Foreigner had firmly established themselves (along with Journey and Styx) as one of the top AOR bands of the era. In producer Robert John “Mutt” and guitarist and all-around mastermind Mick Jones found both the catalyst to achieve this and his perfect musical soulmate. Lange’s legendary obsessive attention to detail and Jones’ highly disciplined guitar heroics (which he never allowed to get in the way of a great song) resulted in a collaboration of unprecedented, sparkling efficiency where not a single note is wasted. “Nightlife” is only the first in a series (“Woman in Black,” “Don’t Let Go,” the ’50s-tinged “Luanne”) of energetic, nearly flawless melodic rockers, and with “Juke Box Hero,” the band somehow managed to create both a mainstream hit single and a highly unique-sounding track, alternating heavy metal guitar riffing, chorused vocals, and one of the ultimate “wanna be a rock star” lyrics. As for the mandatory power ballad, the band also reached unparalleled heights with “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” One of the decade’s most successful cross-genre tearjerkers, it has since become a staple of soft rock radio and completely eclipsed the album’s other very lovely ballad, “Girl on the Moon,” in the process. And last but not least, the surprisingly funky “Urgent” proved to be one of the band’s most memorable and uncharacteristic smash hits, thanks to Junior Walker’s signature saxophone solo. Through it all, vocalist Lou Gramm does his part, delivering a dazzling performance that confirmed his status as one of the finest voices of his generation.
Several singles from the album were hugely successful, including “Urgent”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Juke Box Hero”.

 

Side one
1.  Night Life  (3:48)
2.  Juke Box Hero  (4:18)
3.  Break It Up  (4:11)
4.  Waiting For A Girl Like You  (4:49)
5.  Luanne  (3:25)

Side two
1.  Urgent  (4:29)
2.  I’m Gonna Win  (4:51)
3.  Woman In Black  (4:42)
4.  Girl On The Moon  (3:49)
5.  Don’t Let Go  (3:48)

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16
Aug

Original Broadway Cast – Dreamgirls (1982)

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Artist:  Original Broadway Cast
Title:  Dreamgirls
Release:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Geffen Records
Catalog#  GEF 85578

Dreamgirls: Original Broadway Cast Album is the cast album for the original Broadway production of the musical Dreamgirls, which debuted at the Imperial Theatre on December 20, 1981.
In addition to Bennett’s dazzling staging, Dreamgirls had some powerful performances going for it, starting with that of Jennifer Holliday, who, as Effie, sang the show-stopping “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” and also including Ben Harney, who played Curtis Taylor, Jr., the stand-in for Berry Gordy, Jr., and Cleavant Derricks, who played Early; all three won Tony Awards.
It made both the pop and the black charts and went gold as “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” topped the black singles chart and went Top 40 pop on its way to winning Holliday a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. (Two other songs, Holliday’s second-act showcase “I Am Changing” and “When I First Saw You,” by Harney and Sheryl Lee Ralph, who played Diana Ross clone Deena Jones, also made the black singles chart, and the recording as a whole won the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.) Listening to the Dreamgirls cast album is no substitute for seeing the show, but the songs do provide platforms for some outstanding performers, and they give a sense of the highlights of the plot.

 

Side one
1.  Move (You’re Steppin’ On My Heart)  (1:56)
2.  Fake Your Way To The Top  (2:27)
3.  Cadillac Car  (3:32)
4.  Steppin’ To The Bad Side  (3:44)
5.  Family  (3:19)
6.  Dream Girls  (3:14)
7.  Press Conference  (1:40)
8.  And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)  (4:05)

Side two
1.  Aint No Party  (2:08)
2.  When I First Saw You  (2:41)
3.  I Am Changing  (3:59)
4.  I Meant You No Harm  (1:05)
5.  The Rap  (2:52)
6.  Firing Of Jimmy  (1:39)
7.  I Miss You Old Friend  (1:33)
8.  One Night Only  (3:42)
9.  Hard To Say Goodbye My Love  (3:36)

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14
Aug

The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers Of The Road (1981)

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Artist:  The Allman Brothers Band
Title:  Brothers Of The Road
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Arista Records
Catalog#  203914

“Brothers of the Road” is the ninth studio album, and tenth album overall, by the rock group the Allman Brothers Band. Released in 1981, it is the band’s only album without drummer Jai Johanny Johanson.
By the time the 1980s rolled around, the Allman Brothers had endured such a tumultuous ride the decade prior, that almost all of the air was let out of their musical tires by the time Brothers of the Road hit the record stands. Many of the elements of the Allman Brothers’ sound remain intact here, but there are several things lacking that make this a less than essential album. The raw, rugged jams with climatic buildups and blistering guitar workouts have been substituted for a glossier, more pop-friendly sheen (thanks in no part to Clive Davis’ involvement with the group at the time). And while “Straight From the Heart” saw a reasonable campaign on the charts, the rest of the album is tepid at best. Shortly thereafter, the Allman Brothers decided to hang it up again. This is one only truly dedicated fans and collectors should seek to add to their collection.

 

Side one
1.  Brothers of the Road  (3:50)
2.  Leavin’  (3:46)
3.  Straight from the Heart  (3:48)
4.  The Heat is On  (4:13)
5.  Maybe We Can Go Back to Yesterday  (4:42)

Side two
1.  The Judgment  (3:39)
2.  Two Rights  (3:30)
3.  Never Knew How Much (I Needed You)  (4:45)
4.  Things You Used to Do  (3:42)
5.  I Beg of You  (3:22)

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14
Aug

The Manhattans – The Manhattans (1976)

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Artist:  The Manhattans
Title:  The Manhattans
Release:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  81513

“The Manhattans” is the self-titled album by R&B vocal group The Manhattans, released in 1976 on the Columbia label.
With seven of the ten tracks recorded at the famed Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, the album is, in terms of vocal style and production, very much in the elegant, slick and sophisticated tradition of the premier male Philadelphia soul vocal groups of the early to mid-1970s, such as The Delfonics and Blue Magic, although the influence of the then burgeoning disco sound is also evident on the more uptempo tracks such as “Searching for Love”. The album’s commercial success was driven by the release of the single “Kiss and Say Goodbye”, which took off immediately in all markets and became the group’s signature song. With its distinctive 60-second spoken introduction by Winfred “Blue” Lovett (also the writer of the song), the single (edited by almost a minute from the album version) topped the R&B chart for one week in May 1976, then crossed over into the pop market and also spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in July. Later in 1976, the single “Hurt” a cover of a song which had previously been a hit for Roy Hamilton and Timi Yuro in 1954 and 1961 respectively also rose the UK charts.
The album has maintained its critical reputation for consistently strong material, production values and vocal expertise. Allmusic’s Lindsay Planer states: “Under the direction of Philly groove master Bobby Martin, the group utilizes its streetwise doo-wop delivery on a mixed bag of sounds. These include uptempo numbers…as well as orchestrated sounds. Although the disco-era rhythms certainly add a bit of nostalgia, at the center of The Manhattans is the sextet’s deceptively complex…vocal blend.”

 

Side one
1.  Searching For Love  (4:38)
2.  We’ll Have Forever To Love  (3:09)
3.  Take It Or Leave It  (3:17)
4.  Reasons  (3:29)
5.  How Can Anything So Good Be So Bad For You?  (3:10)

Side two
1.  Hurt (3:03)
2.  Wonderful World Of Love  (2:47)
3.  If You’re Ever Gonna Love Me  (3:08)
4.  La La La Wish Upon A Star  (3:27)
5.  Kiss And Say Goodbye  (4:28)

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14
Aug

Elkie Brooks – Two Days Away (1977)

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Artist:  Elkie Brooks
Title:  Two Days Away
Release:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLH 68409

Elkie Brooks is an English singer, a vocalist with Vinegar Joe, and later a solo artist. She gained her biggest success in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Brooks’ breakthrough second album “Two Days Away” , released in 1977, propelled her into solo stardom in the UK and Europe. Including the top ten hits “Pearl’s a Singer” and “Sunshine After the Rain”, it had a distinct American sound largely due to the work of the legendary writers and produc ers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It remains one of Brooks’ finest albums.

 

Side one
1.  Love Potion No. 9  (3:42)
2.  Spiritland  (3:19)
3.  Honey, Can I Put On Your Clothes  (3:22)
4.  Sunshine After The Rai n (3:23)
5.  Pearl’s a Singer  (3:39)

Side two
1.  Mojo Hannah  (3:00)
2.  Do Right Woman, Do Right Man  (3:28)
3.  You Did Something For Me  (2:50)
4.  Nightbird  (3:06)
5.  Saved  (2:40)

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14
Aug

Saga – In Transit (1982)

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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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14
Aug

Aerosmith – Done With Mirrors (1985)

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Artist:  Aerosmith
Title:  Done With Mirrors
Release:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  Geffen Records
Catalog#  GHS 24091

“Done With Mirrors” is the eighth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released November 9, 1985. The release marked the return to the band of Joe Perry, who had left the group in 1979, and Brad Whitford, who had left the band in 1981. It was also the band’s first album released by Geffen Records. It was intended as their “comeback” album, but it didn’t live up to commercial expectations.
“Done With Mirrors” is powered by the same smart-assed lyrics and filthy guitars that formed the core of Aerosmith’s best songs. The title is a double entendre, referring both to illusions that are “done with mirrors”, as well as members of the band quitting their drug use (such as cocaine, which is traditionally snorted off of a mirror).

 

Side one
1. Let The Music Do The Talking (3:44)
2. My Fist Your Face (4:21)
3. Shame On You (3:38)
4. The Reason A Dog (4:11)

Side two
1. Shela (4:32)
2. Gypsy Boots (4:13)
3. She’s On Fire (3:44)
4. The Hop (3:39)

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9
Aug

Amamda Lear – Sweet Revenge (1978)

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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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9
Aug

The B.B. & Q Band – All Night Long (1982)

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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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9
Aug

Al Stewart – 24 Carrots (1980)

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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)

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5
Aug

Rickie Lee Jones – Pirates (1981)

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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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5
Aug

Grace Jones – Portfolio (1977)

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Artist:  Grace Jones
Title:  Portfolio
Release:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  25579 XOT

“Portfolio” is the debut album by Grace Jones, released in 1977 by Island Records. It spawned her first big hit, “La Vie en rose”.
Disco mix king Tom Moulton produced these tracks at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia using the same musicians Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff held hostage for their sessions. The results are quite different: though polished, these tracks don’t jump out at you. It’s really a producer’s album. Moulton probably had these tracks completed long before he knew who was going to sing them. Give Grace Jones credit though, she gives credence to old fuddies like “Send in the Clowns,” “La Vie en Rose” is lilting, and “I Need a Man,” displays a vulnerable Jones.

 

Side one
1.  Send in the Clowns  (7:33)
2.  What I Did for Love  (5:15)
3.  Tomorrow  (5:48)

Side two
1.  La Vie en rose  (7:27)
2.  Sorry  (3:58)
3.  That’s the Trouble  (3:36)
4.  I Need a Man  (3:23)

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5
Aug

Asia – Alpha (1983)

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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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5
Aug

Eddie Rabbitt – Step By Step (1981)

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Artist:  Eddie Rabbitt
Title:  Step By Step
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  6302152

“Step By Step” was the seventh studio album of American Country singer-songwriter and musician Eddie Rabbitt. It was originally released in 1981. The album continued the crossover success established in the singer’s two previous albums. Three singles were produced from this album, the title track “Step By Step”, which went to number one on country charts. “Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight” and “I Don’t Know Where to Start”.

 

Side one
1.  Early in the Mornin’  (2:17)
2.  Bring Back the Sunshine  (3:31)
3.  Skip a Beat  (3:13)
4.  Dim Dim the Lights  (2:47)
5.  Rivers  (2:44)

Side two
1.  Step by Step  (3:39)
2.  Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight  (3:26)
3.  I Don’t Know Where to Start  (3:25)
4.  Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby  (5:00)
5.  My Only Wish  (3:07)

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