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19
Apr

REO Speedwagon – Hi-Infidelity (1980)

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Artist:  REO Speedwagon
Title:  Hi-Infidelity
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 84700

“Hi Infidelity” is the ninth studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1980. It went on to become the biggest selling rock LP of 1981. Six songs from this album hit Billboard charts, including “Keep on Loving You” which was the band’s first Number 1 hit. In a way, the group deserved this kind of success. They had been slogging it out in the arenas of the U.S., building up a sizeable audience because they could deliver live. And then, in 1980, they delivered a record that not just summarized their strengths, but captured everything that was good about arena rock. This is the sound of the stadiums in that netherworld between giants like Zeppelin and MTV’s slick, video-ready anthems. This is unabashedly mainstream rock, but there’s a real urgency to the songs and the performances that gives it a real emotional core, even if the production keeps it tied to the early, previsual ’80s. And so what if it does, because this is great arena rock, filled with hooks as expansive as Three Rivers Stadium and as catchy as the flu. That, of course, applies to the record’s two biggest hits the power ballad “Keep on Loving You” and the surging “Take It on the Run” which define their era, but what gives the album real staying power is that the rest of the record works equally well. That’s most apparent on the Bo Diddley-inspired opener, “Don’t Let Him Go,” whose insistent beat sent it to the album rock charts, but also such great album tracks as “Follow My Heart,” the sun-kissed ’60s homage “In Your Letter,” and “Tough Guys.” What’s really great about these songs is not just the sheen of professionalism that makes them addictive to listen to, but there’s a real strain of pathos that runs through these songs — the album’s title isn’t just a clever pun, but a description of the tortured romantic relationships that populate this record’s songs. This is really arena rock’s Blood on the Tracks, albeit by a group of guys instead of a singular vision, but that makes it more affecting, as well as a killer slice of ear candy. It’s easy to dismiss REO Speedwagon, since they weren’t hip at the time, and no amount of historical revisionism will make them cool kitsch.

 

Side one
1.  Don’t Let Him Go  (3:47)
2.  Keep On Loving You  (3:22)
3.  Follow My Heart  (3:50)
4.  In Your Letter  (3:17)
5.  Take It on the Run  (3:59)

Side two
1.  Tough Guys  (3:50)
2.  Out of Season  (3:07)
3.  Shakin’ It Loose  (2:25)
4.  Someone Tonight  (2:40)
5.  I Wish You Were There  (4:28)

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19
Apr

Gruppo Sportivo – 10 Mistakes (1977)

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Artist:  Gruppo Sportivo
Title:  10 Mistakes
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Ariola Records
Catalog#  25464 XOT

Gruppo Sportivo is een Haagse popband, opgericht in 1976. Eind jaren zeventig behaalde de band op de eerste golven van de new wave een nationale populariteit. Creatieve kracht is Hans Vandenburg (gitaar en zang). Naast hem bestond de oerbezetting uit Max Mollinger (drums), Peter Calicher (toetsen), Eric Wehrmeyer (bas) en de gruppettes Josée van Iersel en Meike Touw (zang). De vaste formule van de band bestond uit popsongs, met veel aandacht voor relativering van personen en situaties, humor (knipogen naar), muziek-citaten en slapstick in de performance; vaak gingen de songs over een ‘antiheld’.
Wat opvalt is de invloed van bands als de B-52′s, maar vooral dat Gruppo Sportivo op momenten misschien nog wel leuker was. De nummers op “10 Mistakes” zitten goed in elkaar, met soms verrassende tempowisselingen, de dames zingen meer dan voortreffelijk en de humor is nog steeds leuk. En de nummers zing je nog steeds met gemak mee. Kortom: een aangename hernieuwde kennismaking met een band die weliswaar niet de faam heeft van de Golden Earring of Herman Brood, maar die met haar pretentieloze frisse en opgewekte rock beroemder verdient te zijn. Meer dus dan alleen maar een mooi tijdsdocument – gewoon een heerlijke popplaat.    http://www.bing.com/translator

 

Side one
1.  Beep Beep Love  (2:54)
2.  Superman  (6:24)
3.  Lasting Forever  (4:11)
4.  Girls Never Know  (3:18)
5.  I Shot My Manager  (2:48)

Side two
1.  Mission A Paris  (4:17)
2.  Dreamin’  (4:19)
3.  Henri  (4:22)
4.  Armee Monika  (4:57)
5.  Rubber Gun  (3:11)

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19
Apr

Van Halen – Women And Children First (1980)

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Artist:  Van Halen
Title:  Women And Children First
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Genre:  Hard Rock
Catalog#  WB 56793

“Women and Children First” is the third studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released on March 26, 1980 on Warner Bros. Produced by Ted Templeman. The album is the first to feature compositions written solely by the band, and the record where the group started to get heavier, both sonically and, to a lesser extent, thematically.
The opening track, “And the Cradle Will Rock…”, begins with what sounds like a guitar, but is, in fact, a phase shifter-effected Wurlitzer electric piano played through Van Halen’s 1960′s model 100-watt Marshall Plexi amplifier.
The album is somewhat different to their first two albums in the way that it features more studio overdubs. “Could This Be Magic” contains the only female backing vocal ever recorded for a Van Halen song; Nicolette Larson sings during some of the choruses. The rain sound in the background is not an effect. It was raining outside, and they decided to record the sound in stereo using two Neuman KM84 microphones, and add it to the track.
Only one single was released from the album, the keyboard driven “And the Cradle Will Rock…” Although the single was not a success like previous singles, the album itself was well received and further entrenched the band as a popular concert draw. The song “Everybody Wants Some!!” was also a concert staple through the 1984 tour, and continued to be played by David Lee Roth after he left Van Halen.

 

Side one
1.  And the Cradle Will Rock  (3:31)
2.  Everybody Wants Some  (5:05)
3.  Fools  (5:55)
4.  Romeo Delight  (4:19)

Side two
1.  Tora! Tora!  (0:57)
2.  Loss of Control  (2:36)
3.  Take Your Whiskey Home  (3:09)
4.  Could This Be Magic?  (3:08)
5.  In a Simple Rhyme  (4:33)

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19
Apr

Prince – Sign “O” the Times (1986)

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Artist:  Prince
Title:  Sign “O” the Times
Year:  1986
Format:  LP
Label:  Paisley Park Records
Catalog#  925577-1

Sign “O” the Times, is the ninth studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was Prince’s first “solo” album following his departure from The Revolution; the symbol between the quotes is a peace sign. The album’s music draws on funk, soul, psychedelic pop, and rock music. “Sign o’ the Times” features lyrical themes such as the depressing state of the world in the title track, gender identity/androgyny in “If I Was Your Girlfriend”, party funk in “Housequake”, sexual lust in “It”, replacing a loved one in “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”, and spiritual enlightenment in “The Cross”. The album also had an accompanying concert film of the same name. Two of the album’s songs were first recorded in 1982: “Strange Relationship” and “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”. Prince did additional work on both for their placement on the Dream Factory project and involved the “Wendy & Lisa” partnership of Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman on the former. When the project was canceled, “Strange Relationship” was further updated for Camille. The remaining tracks were recorded between March and December 1986. The surviving Camille tracks feature a playful sped-up vocal. “U Got the Look” was also recorded in this manner, though it was not intended for the Camille album.
The double album was Prince’s most diverse album to date, featuring a wide array of musical styles rock, pop, soul and funk with various cues taken from dance, electronic, and jazz styles as well. The album marked a return to Prince’s self-contained recording process, with the artist performing and arranging nearly all the album’s music single-handedly. As a result, many of the tracks have a sparer, more funk-oriented, and at times, more electronic feel than Prince’s previous few records recorded with The Revolution. In addition to the album’s eclecticism, many critics have identified the record as one of Prince’s most adventurous, with radically minimalist, experimental arrangements on songs like “Housequake”, “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”, and “Forever in My Life”.

 

Side one
1.  Sign o’ the Times  (4:57)
2.  Play in the Sunshine  (5:05)
3.  Housequake  (4:42)
4.  The Ballad of Dorothy Parker  (4:01)

Side two
1.  It  (5:09)
2.  Starfish and Coffee  (2:50)
3.  Slow Love  (4:22)
4.  Hot Thing  (5:39)
5.  Forever in My Life  (3:30)

Side three
1.  U Got the Look”  (featuring Sheena Easton)  (3:47)
2.  If I Was Your Girlfriend  (5:01)
3.  Strange Relationship  (4:01)
4.  I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man  (6:29)

Side four
1.  The Cross  (4:48)
2.  It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night  (9:01)
3.  Adore  (6:30)

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19
Apr

The Dirt Band – An American Dream (1979)

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Artist:  The Dirt Band
Title:  An American Dream
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  United Artists Records
Catalog#  1A 062-82747

Any Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fan who thought the smooth soft rock of 1978′s The Dirt Band was a fluke was proven wrong by the following year’s “American Dream”, which took the template of its predecessor and improved it with a streamlined production and some very strong material. Chief among these, of course, was the title song, a winningly polished take on Rodney Crowell’s clever “American Dream” that became a hit, climbing all the way to 13 on the pop charts and thereby establishing the band in the public’s eyes as the soft rock act they’d become. It’s a brilliant single, one of the best Californian soft rock songs of its era, and American Dream the album delivers at least on the level of sound sonically, it’s a sleek and appealing collection of mid-tempo pop songs, ballads, and lazy jams. It’s the latter that hurt the momentum of the album; although the instrumental “Jas’moon” works better than “White Russian” on The Dirt Band, there are some really silly good-time numbers “New Orleans,” “Happy Feet” that deflate the mellow vibe of the record (as does the reggae-fied cover of “Wolverton Mountain” that closes the LP on a sour note). Though these are stumbles, they don’t hurt the record, since the rest of American Dream glides by on its smooth surfaces all electric pianos, slick guitars, saxophones, and glistening polish and songs as light but appealing as “In Her Eyes,” “Take Me Back,” “Dance the Night Away,” “Do You Feel the Way That I Do,” and “What’s on Your Mind.” This won’t win over the fans lost on The Dirt Band — it would be some time before they returned to the progressive country that made their reputation but this is another small late-’70s soft rock gem.

 

Side one
1.  An American Dream (Jamaica in the Moonlight ) (3:53)
2.  In Her Eyes  (4:16)
3.  Take Me Back  (3:03)
4.  Jas’moon  (3:27)
5.  Dance the Night Away  (4:21)

Side two
1.  New Orléans  (3:59)
2.  Happy Feet  (3:59)
3.  Do You Feel the Way I Do  (3:58)
4.  What’s On Your Mind  (3:44)
5.  Wolverton Mountain’  (3:16)

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17
Apr

Lee Ritenour – Rit (1981)

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Artist:  Lee Ritenour
Title:  Rit
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Elektra Records
Catalog#  ELK 52273

Session ace Lee Ritenour once more employs the cream of L.A.’s studio crop to come up with a drab, utterly unimaginative slab of nondescript pop. With guest vocalists like Eric Tagg and Bill Champlin (who also contribute as composers), Ritenour and his cohorts among them Jeff Porcaro, Harvey Mason, David Foster, Alex Acuña, and Richard Tee craft a pristine sonic foray into early-’80s production styles without a memorable song in ten. This is especially exasperating considering that Ritenour had the audacity to cover Sly Stone’s “(You Caught Me) Smilin’” and murder it. Simply lifeless and dreadful.
This album features a combination of fine guitar work, vocals and production values. Mr. Briefcase is a finely crafted piece of jazz-pop with lyrics that matter. There are many great songs on this record. It may be out of print and hard to find, but do yourself the favor of acquiring this album in some form. Ritenour’s work before and after “Rit” was decidedly jazzier, which might cause some to say this record is not representative. Whatever. This is a great collection of songs.

 

Side one
1.  Mr. Briefcase  (3:20)
2.  (Just) Tell Me Pretty Lies  (4:13)
3.  No Sympathy  (4:43)
4.  Is It You?  (4:25)
5.  Dreamwalk  (1:43)

Side two
1.  Countdown (Captain Fingers)  (4:21)
2.  Good Question  (3:41)
3.  (You Caught Me) Smilin´  (4:08)
4 . On The Slow Glide  (4:10)
5.  No Sympathy (Reprise)  (1:56)

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17
Apr

New Music – From A To B (1980)

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Artist:  New Musik
Title:  From A To B
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  GTO Records
Catalog#  GTLP 041

New Musik’s debut album, “From A to B”, is one of the best and most influential electronic LPs of the ’80s. Its keyboards may sound dated, but there’s a freshness to these charming, unpretentious songs that hasn’t been spoiled by technological advances in computerized instrumentation. Many new wave revivalists have attempted to capture the nerdy vocals and quirky synthesized bleeps of “From A to B” and failed. This record is a product of its time, recorded when keyboards were viewed as eventually replacing guitar and bass as rock & roll tools. While many synth pop groups became mired in existential woe to show that they had emotions underneath the layers of Casio hiccups, New Musik is having a blast on “From A to B”. “With robot precision/We’re gonna be doin’ just fine,” sings Tony Mansfield (guitars, keyboards, vocals) with geek sincerity on the exhilarating “Straight Lines.” Like Kraftwerk, New Musik uses keyboards to create moods and not just to make feet move. The tracks on the LP are structured like traditional pop songs. There are no love ditties, but tracks like the soaring “On Islands” generate warmth and the group often utilizes acoustic strumming to prevent everything from seeming too mechanical. “Science” is nerdy sci-fi dance music years before Thomas Dolby.

 

Side one
1.  Straight Lines  (5:12)
2.  Sanctuary  (4:12)
3.  A Map Of You  (3:50)
4.  Science  (3:20)
5.  On Islands  (4:24)

Side two
1.  This World Of Water  (3:37)
2.  Living By Numbers  (3:28)
3.  Dead Fish (Don’t Swim Home)  (5:24)
4.  Adventures  (3:52)
5.  The Safe Side  (3:09)

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17
Apr

Robert Palmer – Pride (1983)

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Artist:  Robert Palmer
Title:  Pride
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  205240

“Pride” (Robert Palmer’s eighth solo album) certainly isn’t Robert Palmer’s finest hour due to a number of uncharacteristically weak tracks, but it’s interesting enough in spurts, thanks to Palmer’s eclectic nature. More than anything, the album works as an uneven middle ground between the crisp lo-fi electronics of Clues and the moody rock of Riptide. Perhaps here more than on his previous albums, the strong songs are forced to carry the weight of some lesser efforts. But the standout tracks are quite good: the invigorating and thoroughly catchy “Pride” shows an obvious Bahamian influence with its steel drums and unusual syncopation; “Deadline,” a clear sequel to “Looking for Clues,” is just as catchy and fun; “It’s Not Difficult” and “Say You Will” mine Gary Numan and Thomas Dolby territory, and both are fitted with addictive vocal passages. Palmer stumbles somewhat as producer, too often offering up cheesy synth horns and failing to end songs in a satisfying way. Too many of the songs simply stop on a dime, and others fade out randomly, giving the impression they’ve been edited for the airwaves or that they’re demos. Unlike most Palmer albums, “Pride” features some true stinkers: “Dance for Me” struggles awkwardly to be sexy; “The Silver Gun” makes no sense with its film score lite effects and Palmer singing in Urdu. Elsewhere, songs straddle brilliance and mediocrity. An example is the Kool & the Gang cover, “You Can Have It (Take My Heart),” which fails despite Palmer’s wonderfully droll delivery, because it’s desperately underproduced and lacking punch. “What You Waiting For” is a near-classic, with a great off-kilter chorus.

 

Side one
1.  Pride  (3:27)
2.  Deadline  (3:53)
3. Want You More  (3:26)
4.  Dance for Me  (3:42)
5.  You Are in My System  (4:20)

Side two
1.  It’s Not Difficult  (3:41)
2.  Say You Will  (3:46)
3.  You Can Have It (Take My Heart)  (3:07)
4.  What You Waiting For  (3:44)
5.  The Silver Gun  (5:33)

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17
Apr

Mark Knopfler – Local Hero (1983)

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Artist:  Mark Knopfler
Title:  Local Hero (Soundtrack)
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Vertigo Records
Catalog#  811038-1

“Local Hero” is Mark Knopfler’s soundtrack album for the 1983 film Local Hero, produced by David Puttnam, written and directed by Bill Forsyth.
Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler’s intricate, introspective fingerpicked guitar stylings make a perfect musical complement to the wistful tone of Bill Forsyth’s comedy film, Local Hero. This album was billed as a Knopfler solo album rather than an original soundtrack album, with the notation “music…for the film.” Knopfler brings along Dire Straits associates Alan Clark (keyboards) and John Illsley (bass), plus session aces like saxophonist Mike Brecker, vibes player Mike Mainieri, and drummers Steve Jordan and Terry Williams. The low-key music picks up traces of Scottish music, but most of it just sounds like Dire Straits doing instrumentals, especially the recurring theme, one of Knopfler’s more memorable melodies. Gerry Rafferty sings the one vocal selection, “That’s the Way It Always Starts.”

 

Side one
1.  The Rocks and the Water  (3:30)
2.  Wild Theme  (3:40)
3.  Freeway Flyer  (1:50)
4.  Boomtown (Variation Louis’ Favourite)  (4:10)
5.  The Way It Always Starts  (vocals: Gerry Rafferty)  (4:08)
6.  The Rocks and the Thunder  (0:40)
7.  The Ceilidh and the Northern Lights  (4:07)

Side two
1.  The Mist Covered Mountains  (5:13)
2.  The Ceilidh: Louis’ Favourite/Billy’s Tune  (3:42)
3.  Whistle Theme  (0:51)
4.  Smooching  (5:05)
5.  Stargazer  (1:31)
6.  The Rocks and the Thunder  (0:40)
7.  Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero  (4:55)

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17
Apr

Bette Midler – The Rose (Soundtrack) (1980)

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Artist:  Bette Midler
Title:  The Rose (Soundtrack)
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  ATL 50681

“The Rose” is the soundtrack to the feature film of the same name starring Bette Midler which was released in 1980. Midler performs all the songs on the album, with the exception of the instrumental “Camellia”. The soundtrack was apart from the title track entirely recorded live and also features concert monologues, with Midler portraying the character “The Rose”, loosely based on legendary blues singer Janis Joplin. The soundtrack was produced by Paul A. Rothchild, who in fact also had worked with Joplin on what was to become her final album before her death in 1970, entitled “Pearl” and released posthumously. Midler’s portrayal of “The Rose”, which was her acting debut, earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 1980 and became the start of her career in movies.
The first single to be lifted off the soundtrack was Midler’s rendition of Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” which became a moderate chart hit.
“The Rose” soundtrack also included one song that since its original release has become a mainstay in Midler’s live repertoire, Jerry Ragovoy’s despairing blues ballad “Stay With Me”.

 

Side one
1.  Whose Side Are You On?  (4:30)
2.  Midnight In Memphis  (3:44)
3.  Concert Monologue  (2:22)
4.  When a Man Loves a Woman  (5:20)
5.  Sold My Soul To Rock ‘N’ Roll  (3:42)
6.  Keep On Rockin’  (4:03)

Side two
1.  Love Me With A Feeling  (3:54)
2.  Camelia  (3:25)
3.  Homecoming Monologue  (1:23)
4.  Stay with Me  (5:42)
5.  Let Me Call You Sweetheart  (1:35)
6.  The Rose (Studio recording)  (3:42)

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17
Apr

Styx – Equinox (1975)

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Artist:  Styx
Title:  Equinox
Year:  1975
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLH-64559

“Equinox” is the fifth album by Styx, released in December 1975, and produced Styx’s first single with A&M, the highly spirited “Lorelei,”. Although it was the only song to chart from “Equinox”, the album itself is a benchmark in the band’s career since it includes an instrumental nature reminiscent of their early progressive years, yet hints toward a more commercial-sounding future in its lyrics. “Light Up” is a brilliant display of keyboard bubbliness, with De Young’s vocals in full bloom, while “Lonely Child” and “Suite Madame Blue” show tighter songwriting and a slight drift toward radio amicability. Still harboring their synthesizer-led dramatics alongside Dennis De Young’s exaggerated vocal approach, the material on Equinox was a firm precursor of what was to come . After “Equinox”, guitarist John Curulewski parted ways with the band, replaced by Tommy Shaw.

 

Side one
1.  Light Up  (4:17)
2.  Lorelei  (3:19)
3.  Mother Dear  (5:25)
4.  Lonely Child  (3:47)

Side two
1.  Midnight Ride  (4:17)
2.  Born for Adventure  (5:12)
3.  Prelude 12 (Instrumental)  (1:21)
4.  Suite Madame Blue  (6:30)

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17
Apr

Sneaker – Sneaker (1981)

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Artist:  Sneaker
Title:  Sneaker
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Handshake Records
Genre:  Soft Rock
Catalog#  204361

The band Sneaker was formed in Los Angeles in 1973 and would probably not be remembered at all aside from their status as one-hit wonders and their association with Doobie Brother/Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. Featuring dual lead vocalists Mitch Crane and Michael Carey Schneider, guitarist Tim Torrance, keyboardist Jim King, bass player Michael Cottage, and drummer Mike Hughes, they were signed to Handshake Records, releasing a self-titled album of soft pop in 1981. In addition to Baxter’s involvement, David Foster and noted session player Paulinho da Costa also contributed. Their one shot at glory came in the form of the airy ballad “More Than Just the Two of Us.
Their first hit “Don’t Let Me In?” was a Steely Dan song, which Becker and Fagen never recorded it themselves.

 

Side one
1.  Don’t Let Me In  (3:45)
2.  More Than Just The Two Of Us  (4:20)
3.  One By One  (2:45)
4.  Jaymes  (3:42)
5.  In Time  (4:40)

Side two
1.  Get Up, Get Out  (3:33)
2.  Looking For Someone Like You  (4:08)
3.  Millionaire  (4:20)
4.  No More Lonely Days  (5:05)

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17
Apr

Xavier – Point Of Pleasure (1982)

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Artist:  Xavier
Title:  Point Of Pleasure
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Liberty Records
Catalog#  1A 064-400075

Xavier are an uptempo modern funk group, with a solid 80′s groove. Xavier Smith leads the group on vocals and guitar, and Ayanna little also sings lead vocals. Cuts include “What Goes Around”, “Truly Devoted”, “Work That Sucker To Death”, and “Love Is On The One”.
“Point Of Pleasure” is a disco/funk LP by the group Xavier released in 1982. Bootsy Collins and George Clinton both contributed to two tracks on this P-funk influenced record, the tracks “Work That Sucker To Death” and “Do It To The Max”. The last tune “love Is On The One” is probably the most favorite track. The bass line reminds a lot of M.J.’s “Off The Wall”.

 

Side one
1.  Work That Sucker To Death  (feat. Bootsy Collins, George Clinton)  (6:56)
2.  Rock Me, Sock Me  (5:25)
3.  Dial The Love Man  (5:22)

Side two
1.  Do It To The Max  (feat. Bootsy Collins, George Clinton)  (5:56)
2.  What Goes Around  (4:39)
3.  Truly Devoted  (4:28)
4.  Love Is On The One  (4:42)

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17
Apr

The Band – The Last Waltz (1978)

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Artist:  The Band
Title:  The Last Waltz
Year:  1978
Format:  3 LP Boxset
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Genre:  Country Rock, Roots Rock, Folk Rock
Catalog#  WB 66076

“The Last Waltz”, a farewell concert on Thanksgiving 1976 promoted by Bill Graham and turned into a timeless documentary by Scorsese, was released as a triple-album set in 1978.
It was the last concert by The Band with its classic line up. Many artists invited to participate in the Band’s farewell concert: Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Neil Young, The Staple Singers, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan.
Among the tracks added are a version of Louis Jordan’s “Caldonia” featuring Muddy Waters and Pinetop Perkins trading off the vocal, a radically reworked version of the live favorite “Rag Mama Rag”, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell joining The Band on “Acadian Driftwood”, a blistering take on the Stage Fright classic “W. S. Walcott Medicine Show”, excerpts from a pair of instrumental jams involving several of the concert’s guest performers, and the concert closer, “Don’t Do It”.

 

Side one
1.  Theme from The Last Waltz  (feat. The Orchestra)  (3:28)
2. Up On Cripple Creek  (4:44)
3.  Who Do You Love  (feat. Ronie Hawkins)  (4:16)
4. Helpless  (feat. Neil Young)  (5:47)
5.  Stage Fright  (4:25)

Side two
1.  Coyote  (feat. Joni Mitchell)  (5:50)
2.  Dry Your Eyes  (feat. Neil Diamond)  (3:57)
3.  It Makes No Difference  (6:48)
4.  Such A Night  (feat. David Bromberg, Dr. John)  (4:00)

Side three
1.  The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  (4:34)
2.  Mystery Train  (4:59)
3.  Mannish Boy  (feat. Muddy Waters)  (6:54)
4.  Further On Up the Road  (feat. Eric Clapton)  (5:08)

Side four
1.  The Shape I’m In  (4:06)
2.  Down South in New Orléans  (3:06)
3.  Ophelia  (3:53)
4. Tura Lura Lural (That’s An Irish Lullaby)  (feat. Van Morrison)  (4:15)
5.  Caravan  (feat. Van Morrison)  (6:02)

Side five
1.  Life Is A Carnival  (4:32)
2.  Baby, Let Me Follow You Down  (3:00)
3.  I Don’t Believe You  (feat. Bob Dylan)  (3:23)
4.  Forever Young  (feat. Bob Dylan)  (4:42)
5.  Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (reprise)  (feat. Bob Dylan)  (2:46)
6.  I Shall Be Released  (6:22)

Side six
1.  The Well  (3:27)
2.  Evangeline  (feat. Emmylou Harris)  (3:17)
3.  Out of the Blue  (3:03)
4.  The Weight  (feat. The Staples)  (4:38)
5.  The Last Waltz Refrain  (1:28)
6.  Theme from The Last Waltz  (3:22)

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17
Apr

Genesis – And Then There Were Three (1978)

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Artist:  Genesis
Title:  …And Then There Were Three…
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Charisma Records
Genre:  Progressive Rock
Catalog#  9124023

“…And Then There Were Three…” is the ninth studio album by the British band Genesis and was released in 1978. It is the band’s first album as a trio.
The title “…And Then There Were Three…” is a reference to the recent departure of Steve Hackett, reducing Genesis to a trio. The song “Scenes From a Night’s Dream” is based on the adventures of comic strip character Little Nemo, and is the first Genesis song whose lyrics were written entirely by Phil Collins. “Say It’s Alright Joe” is a torch song about a drunk who goes into a drunken stupor.
The album produced the song “Follow You Follow Me”, which also became Genesis’ first hit US single.
While many of the songs were still progressive in terms of instrumentation and lyrics, the arrangements went from the more classical, movement-style composition of previous albums to the more standard verse/chorus/bridge format of popular songwriting. This was the final Genesis album to use a Mellotron.

 

Side one
1.  Down and Out  (5:26)
2.  Undertow  (4:46)
3.  Ballad of Big  (4:50)
4.  Snowbound  (4:31)
5.  Burning Rope  (7:10)

Side two
1.  Deep in the Motherlode  (5:15)
2.  Many Too Many  (3:31)
3.  Scenes from a Night’s Dream  (3:30)
4.  Say It’s Alright Joe  (4:21)
5.  The Lady Lies  (6:08)
6.  Follow You Follow Me  (4:02)

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9
Apr

The Call – Reconciled (1986)

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Artist:  The Call
Title:  Reconciled
Year:  1986
Format:  LP
Label:  Elektra Records
Genre:  Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Catalog#  960440-1

The Call formed in Santa Cruz in 1980 by vocalist/guitarist Michael Been, Scott Musick, and Tom Ferrier. Been and Musick were originally from Oklahoma. Been was previously a member of Chicago band Aorta, and then, between 1969 and 1971, of Lovecraft, the successor band to the psychedelic rock group H.P. Lovecraft.
“Reconciled” was recorded during the summer of 1985. At this point, the band had not had a recording contract for two years, due to what Been described as “legal bickering” between The Call’s former record label and their management company. However, once the deal was signed with Elektra Records, the band resumed playing and produced their most commercially successful album to date. Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr, and Hudson and former Band mate Robbie Robertson all guested the album which was released in 1986. Several tracks from the album became hits on the Mainstream Rock Chart, and one of these tracks, “I Still Believe”, appears on the soundtrack of the 1986 film The Whoopee Boys. The following year, “I Still Believe” was covered by both singer/multi-instrumentalist Tim Cappello for the movie The Lost Boys and by contemporary Christian musician Russ Taff on his 1987 self-titled album. Though none of the singles from The Call’s Reconciled made a dent on the pop charts, the anthemic march “I Still Believe” and the galloping “Everywhere I Go” (with backup vocals by Jim Kerr and Peter Gabriel) both received significant AOR and college radio airplay. It significantly raised the profile of the quartet and their earnest, U2-like brand of rock. It is easy to apply spiritual overtones to the socially conscious lyrics, but the words are malleable enough to be mainstream and only on occasion become heavy handed (“Blood Red (America)”). Robbie Robertson plays guitar on the thundering stomp “The Morning” and the song itself has the same vibe as the band’s later hit “Let the Day Begin.” Some of the keyboards sound a bit dated, but, overall, Reconciled is enjoyable and established the band as one of the better purveyors of ’80s “big music.”

 

Side one
1.  Everywhere I Go  (4:18)
2.  I Still Believe (Great Design)  (5:30)
3.  Blood Red (America)  (3:42)
4.  The Morning  (4:40)

Side two
1.  Oklahoma  (4:18)
2.  With or Without Reason  (4:02)
3.  Sanctuary  (3:57)
4.  Tore the Old Place Down  (4:12)
5.  Even Now  (4:37)

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9
Apr

Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson – A Star Is Born (1976)

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Artist:  Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson
Title:  A Star Is Born
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Genre:  Pop, Rock
Catalog#  86021

Though it is credited to Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, A Star Is Born is in effect the soundtrack album to the motion picture of the same name, a rock-oriented retelling of the story that had been filmed three times before. That it is not billed as a soundtrack only indicates that the album contains the songs featured in the film, but not the score. Of course, the main drawing card here is “Love Theme From ‘A Star Is Born’ (Evergreen),” the number one hit. But the rest of the album is slight. Streisand isn’t much of a rock singer and these aren’t much as rock songs (the songwriters include Paul Williams and Rupert Holmes). For his part, Kristofferson sounds even more gravelly than usual, and he isn’t even growling his own compositions, which doubtless would have been superior to what he’s been given to sing. Nevertheless, spurred by the hit single and the box office success of the film, A Star Is Born was the best-selling album of Barbra Streisand’s career up to this point. (“Evergreen,” co-written by Streisand and Williams, won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal.)

 

Side one
1.  Watch Closely Now  (3:49)
2.  Queen Bee  (3:55)
3.  Everything  (3:50)
4.  Lost Inside of You  (2:54)
5.  Hellacious Acres  (2:58)
6.  Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen)  (3:04)

Side two
1.  The Woman in the Moon  (4:49)
2.  I Believe in Love  (3:13)
3.  Crippled Crow  (3:30)
4.  Finale: With One More Look at You/Watch Closely Now  (7:43)
5.  Reprise: Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen)  1:46

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9
Apr

Supertramp – Even In The Quietest Moments (1977)

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Artist:  Supertramp
Title:  Even In The Quietest Moments
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Genre:  Progressive Rock
Catalog#  28600 XOT

“Even in the Quietest Moments” is the fifth album by progressive rock band Supertramp, released in April 1977. The album was recorded mainly at Caribou Ranch Studios in Colorado with overdubs, vocals and mixing completed at The Record Plant in Los Angeles and was Supertramp’s first album to use engineer Peter Henderson, who would work with the band for their next three albums as well.
The title of Even in the Quietest Moments… isn’t much of an exaggeration this 1977 album finds Supertramp indulging in some of their quietest moments, spending almost the album in a subdued mood. Actually, the cover photo picture of a snow-covered piano sitting on a mountain gives a good indication of what the album sounds like: it’s elegant yet mildly absurd, witty but kind of obscure. It also feels more pop than it actually is, despite the opening single, “Give a Little Bit,” their poppiest song to date, as well as their biggest hit. If the rest of the album doesn’t boast another song as tight or concise as this “Downstream” comes close but it doesn’t have the same hook, while “Babaji,” a pseudo-spiritual moment that falls from the pop mark; the other four tracks clock in well over six minutes, with the closer, “Fool’s Overture,” reaching nearly 11 minutes it nevertheless places a greater emphasis on melody and gentle textures than any previous Supertramp release. So, it’s a transitional album, bridging the gap between “Crime of the Century” and the forthcoming “Breakfast in America”, and even if it’s not as full formed as either, it nevertheless has plenty of fine moments aside from “Give a Little Bit,” including the music hall shuffle of “Loverboy,” the Euro-artiness of “From Now On,” and the “Fool on a Hill” allusions on “Fool’s Overture.”

 

Side one
1.  Give a Little Bit  (4:13)
2.  Lover Boy  (6:49)
3.  Even in the Quietest Moments  (6:31)
4.  Downstream  (4:04)

Side two
1.  Babaji  (4:51)
2.  From Now On  (6:21)
3.  Fool’s Overture  (10:52)

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9
Apr

Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees (1976)

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Artist:  Boz Scaggs
Title:  Silk Degrees
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Genre:  Soft Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul
Catalog#  81193

“Silk Degrees” is the seventh album by Boz Scaggs, released on Columbia Records in 1976. The album peaked at #2 and spent 115 weeks on the Billboard 200. It has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA and remains Scaggs’ best selling album. The album was recorded at Davlen Sound Studios and Hollywood Sound Studios, Los Angeles. Among the accompanying musicians, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, and David Hungate would go on to become band members in Toto.
The laid-back singer hit the R&B charts in a big way with the addictive, sly “Lowdown” (which has been sampled by more than a few rappers and remains a favorite among baby-boomer soul fans) and expressed his love of smooth soul music almost as well on the appealing “What Can I Say.” But Scaggs was essentially a pop/rocker, and in that area he has a considerable amount of fun on “Lido Shuffle” (another major hit single), “What Do You Want the Girl to Do,” and “Jump Street.” Meanwhile, “We’re All Alone” (the latter was later a hit for Rita Coolidge.) and “Harbor Lights” became staples on adult contemporary radio. Though not remarkable, the ballads have more heart than most of the bland material dominating that format.

Side one
1.  What Can I Say  (2:59)
2.  Georgia  (3:54)
3.  Jump Street  (5:10)
4.  What Do You Want The Girl To Do  (3:49)
5.  Harbor Lights  (5:55)

Side two
1.  Lowdown  (5:15)
2.  It’s Over  (2:48)
3.  Love Me Tomorrow  (3:14)
4.  Lido Shuffle  (3:40)
5.  We’re All Alone  (4:10)

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9
Apr

Dana – Love Songs & Fairytales (1976)

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Artist:  Dana
Title:  Love Songs & Fairytales
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  GTO Records
Genre:  Pop, Disco
Catalog#  2321116

Dana Rosemary Scallon (born Rosemary Brown on 30 August 1951), known in her singing career as Dana, is an Irish singer and former Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
She won the Eurovision Song Contest 1970 with “All Kinds of Everything”, a worldwide million-seller. She subsequently released over 30 singles and 30 albums as a songwriter and performer of Christian music.
In 1976 she released the album “Love Songs & Fairytales” with songs as: “I Love How You Love Me”, Fairytale”, Never Gonna Fall In Love Again” (cover from Eric Carmen), “All My Lovin´” (cover from The Beatles), “I´m Not In Love” (cover from 10CC), “If” (cover from David Gates) and “Rose Garden” (cover from Lynn Anderson).

 

Side one
1.  I Love How You Love Me
2.  I’m Not In Love
3.  There’s A Kind Of Hush
4.  All My Loving
5.  Never Gonna Fall In Love Again

Side two
1.  Fairytale
2.  Rose Garden
3.  If
4.  I Get A Little Sentimental Over You
5.  Over The Rainbow

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9
Apr

Wings – Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1976)

wings - at the speed of sound

Artist:  Wings
Title:  Wings At The Speed Of Sound
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI-Bovema Records
Genre:  Rock
Catalog#  5C 062-97581

“Wings at the Speed of Sound” is the fifth album by Wings and was recorded and issued in 1976. It displays a McCartney who is experimenting with new sounds as he always had; in this case, one of the new sounds is disco. The fact that there is virtually no hard rock pretense on this album rubbed a lot of narrow minded rock critics the wrong way.
Wings band member Denny Laine covered “Time to Hide” and “The Note You Never Wrote”
The Album was released the same month as the start of Paul McCartney’s first post-Beatles tour of the U.S., this album stayed at number one seven weeks and featured the number one single “Silly Love Songs” and the Top Ten “Let ‘Em In.” Without the hoopla, it’s actually a mediocre effort not helped by having other members of Wings contribute songs, although it contains one of those lost McCartney gems, the rocker “Beware My Love.”

 

Side one
1.  Let ‘Em In  (5:10)
2.  The Note You Never Wrote  (4:19)
3.  She’s My Baby  (3:06)
4.  Beware My Love  (6:27)
5.  Wino Junko  (5:19)

Side two
1.  Silly Love Songs  (5:53)
2.  Cook of the House  (2:37)
3.  Time to Hide  (4:32)
4.  Must Do Something About It  (3:42)
5.  San Ferry Anne  (2:06)
6.  Warm and Beautiful  (3:12)

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9
Apr

The Doobie Brothers – Takin´ It To The Streets (1976)

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Artist:  The Doobie Brothers
Title:  Takin´ It To The Streets
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Genre:  Rock
Catalog#  WB 56196

“Takin’ It to the Streets” is the sixth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1976. It was the first to feature Michael McDonald on lead vocals.
They showed an ability to expand on the lyricism of Patrick Simmons and Baxter’s writing on “Wheels of Fortune,” while the title track introduced McDonald’s white funk sound cold to their output, successfully. Simmons’ “8th Avenue Shuffle” vaguely recalled “Black Water,” only with an urban theme and a more self-consciously soul sound (with extraordinarily beautiful choruses and a thick, rippling guitar break). “Rio” and “It Keeps You Runnin’” both manage to sound like Steely Dan tracks and that’s a compliment while Tiran Porter’s hauntingly beautiful “For Someone Special” was a pure soul classic right in the midst of all of these higher-energy pieces. Tom Johnston’s “Turn It Loose” is a last look back to their earlier sound, while Simmons’ “Carry Me Away” shows off the new interplay and sounds that were to carry the group into the 1980s, with gorgeous playing and singing all around.

 

Side one
1.  Wheels of Fortune  (4:54)
2.  Takin’ It to the Streets  (3:56)
3.  8th Avenue Shuffle  (4:39)
4.  Losin’ End  (3:39)

Side two
1.  Rio  (3:49)
2.  For Someone Special  (5:04)
3.  It Keeps You Runnin’  (4:20)
4.  Turn It Loose  (3:53)
5.  Carry Me Away  (4:09)

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9
Apr

Pussycat – First Of All (1976)

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Artist:  Pussycat
Title:  First Of All
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Genre:  Country, Pop
Catalog#  5C 064-25419

Pussycat emerged during the 1970s thanks to the musical aspirations of the Kowalczyk sisters Tonny Willé, Betty Drastra, and Marianne Hensen. Growing up in Limburg, Netherlands, the girls first came to the public’s attention as Zingende Zusjes (the Singing Sisters), with a well-received repertoire of German-language songs. Adding a female drummer to the brew, the group completely revamped its sound and changed its name, becoming the BG’s from Holland a direct nod to the burgeoning big beat movement sweeping the country, and the youthful assumption that they would break out of their local scene.
With the sisters still the core members of the group, by early 1975 they had recruited drummer Theo Coumans, bassist Theo Wetzels, and guitarist John Theunissen, and updated their image once again, now finally emerging as Pussycat. Signing to the EMI label, they recorded the album “First Of All” in 1976 with their first single, “Mississippi.” The song became a massive seller for Pussycat, pushing them into the charts across Europe and England, where it reached number one in August 1976.

Side one
1.  Georgie  (2:27)
2.  Pasadena  (3:57)
3.  Boulevard De La Madeleine  (2:55)
4.  What Did They Do To The People  (3:03)
5.  Mexicali Lane  (3:10)
6.  Take Me  (2:40)

Side two
1.  Missisisippi  (4:33)
2.  Delany  (3:18)
3.  Do It  (2:17)
4.  Help Me Living On  (3:49)
5.  Just A Woman  (3:40)
6.  Bad Boy  (3:41)

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9
Apr

Jack Jersey – Sings Country (1976)

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Artist:  Jack Jersey
Title:  Sings Country
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Genre:  Country, Pop
Catalog#  5C 064-25416

Jack Jersey, born op 18 juli 1941 as Jack de Nijs in Tjimahi op Java.
De Nijs family moves in 1951 to the Netherlands, Roosendaal, Noord-Brabant.
In the sixties Jack de Nijs plays in many band. In 1973 Jack de Nijs changes his artists name to Jack Jersey and releases his first single “I´m Calling” with a reference sound and style like Elvis Presley. Even The Jordanaires (Elvis Presley’s backing group), regulary giving their appearances to songs, like on the album “I Wonder”, which also reached the albums charts in the United States.
On the album “Jack Jersey Sings Country” Jersey also sings country songs, with some covers from Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Conway Twitty.

 

Side one
1.  Me and Bobby McGee  (2:46)
2.  After sweet memories  (2:45)
3.  No other love  (2:44)
4.  Gone girl  (4:00)
5.  Sing me back home  (2:39)
6.  The reasons why  (2:04)

Side two
1.  Help me make it through the night  (3:06)
2.  Love lovin lover  (2:14)
3.  Let it be me  (2:50)
4.  How many  (3:04)
5.  Hello darling  (2:28)
6.  Mary-Jane  (2:25)

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9
Apr

George Baker Selection – Paloma Blanca (1975)

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Artist:  George Baker Selection
Title:  Paloma Blanca
Year:  1975
Format:  LP
Label:  Negram Records
Genre:  Pop
Catalog#  NR 106

George Baker (born Johannes Bouwens, 8 December 1944, Hoorn, North Holland) is a Dutch singer and songwriter best known for his global hit Paloma Blanca. He was the lead singer of the pop musical ensemble, George Baker Selection.
Their fifth album “Paloma Blanca” was released in 1975, and the single “Paloma Blanca” reached #1 in the charts in several countries.
“Paloma Blanca” is frothy, anonymous European pop, marrying chipper romp-in-the-country melodies with beats that borrow from disco, polka, mariachi, and pseudo-Eastern European gypsy music. Echoes of faux country music are heard sometimes as well, in tunes like “As Long as the Sun Will Shine.” It ends up sounding like those hack bands you see grinning away in the “it’s a small world after all” corners of amusement theme parks, the commercial success of this stuff being the most notable difference.
After the George Baker Selection split up in 1978, Baker performed as a solo artist until 1985, when he briefly returned with a new George Baker Selection. Since 1989 he has once again worked solo. In 2005 he released a remix of the song “Una Paloma Blanca” for the film Too Fat Too Furious.

 

Side one
1.  Dreamboat  (4:32)
2.  Rose Marie  (3:00)
3.  I’ve Been Away Too Long  (4:33)
4.  Sing A Song Of Love  (3:25)
5.  Don’t Break This Heart (Of Mine)  (2:45)
6.  Jane (3:48)

Side two
1.  Darling  (4:03)
2.  Love Me Like I Love You  (3:49)
3.  Alone  (3:25)
4.  Padre  (3:13)
5.  Paloma Blanca  (3:49)
6.  Some Words  (3:25)

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