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8
Sep

The Alan Parsons Project – Eve (1979)

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Artist:  The Alan Parsons Project
Title:  Eve
Release:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  Arista Records
Catalog#  5C 062-63063

“Eve” is the fourth album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project. It was released in 1979 .
For the most part, 1979’s “Eve” is somewhat overlooked as being one of the Alan Parsons Project’s finest work, when in fact it involves some of this group’s most intricate songs. The album’s concept deals with the female’s overpowering effect on man. Each song touches on her ability to dissect the male ego, especially through sexual means, originating with Eve’s tempting Adam in the beginning of time. Not only does this idea gain strength as the album progresses, but a musical battle of the sexes begins to arise through each song. The gorgeous “You Won’t Be There” spotlights man’s insecurity. Sung by Dave Townsend, its melodramatic feel sets a perfect tone. The classically enhanced “Winding Me Up” follows suit, based on a woman’s ability to dominate her mate and opening up with sound of a wind-up doll being cranked. Other gems include the bitter but forceful “Damned If I Do” sung by Lenny Zakatek, and the dominating fury of “Lucifer,” a powerful instrumental. Even the loutish “You Lie Down with Dogs” bears wit with its gender inclined mud-slinging. The female vocalists, Lesley Duncan and Clare Torry do a splendid job of representing the females point of view throughout the album. Not only does “Eve” solidify its main idea, but the songs are highly entertaining with catchy rhythms and intelligent lyrics. Musically, the tempo appealingly switches back and forth from slow to quick, as does the temperament of the album.

 

Side one
1.  Lucifer (instrumental)  (5:09)
2.  You Lie Down with Dogs (lead vocal: Lenny Zakatek)  (3:47)
3.  I’d Rather Be a Man (lead vocal: David Paton)  (3:53)
4.  You Won’t Be There (lead vocal: Dave Townsend)  (3:34)
5.  Winding Me Up (lead vocal: Chris Rainbow)  (4:04)

Side two
1.  Damned If I Do (lead vocal: Lenny Zakatek)  (4:50)
2.  Don’t Hold Back (lead vocal: Clare Torry)  (3:37)
3.  Secret Garden (instrumental)  (4:41)
4.  If I Could Change Your Mind (lead vocal: Lesley Duncan)  (5:49)

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8
Sep

Santa Esmeralda – Don´t Let Me Be Miss Understood (1977)

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Artist:  Santa Esmeralda
Title:  Don´t Let Me Be Miss Understood
Release:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Philips Records
Catalog#  9101149

As disco became an important part of the international music business, European producers began working in exotic flavors into the disco beat to create unique and competitive recordings. A good example of this trend is Santa Esmeralda, a Spanish-themed studio group that wove elements of flamenco, salsa, and other Latin musical styles into its Euro-disco sound. Although the group’s sound was about as genuinely Spanish as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (Santa Esmeralda was the brainchild of French record producers), the result was a crossover success that spawned several club-favorite albums and a notable pop hit in the band’s Latinized cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”
Originally written in 1964 for Nina Simone, her understated version had failed to chart and the song was picked up by rock group The Animals the following year.

 

Side one
1.  Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood + Esmeralda Suite  (16:05)

Side two
1.  Gloria  (3:36)
2.  You’re My Everything  (5:40)
3.  Black Pot  (7:12)

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8
Sep

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Nine Tonight (1981)

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Artist:  Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Title:  Nine Tonight
Year:  1981
Format:  2LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  400046

“Nine Tonight” is a live album by American rock band Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, released in 1981. The album was recorded at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, in June 1980 and at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts in October 1980.
A live album, 1976’s exceptional “Live Bullet”, had launched Bob Seger’s career, and Seger returned to the format a second time five years later with 1981’s “Nine Tonight”. The album is comprised of versions of songs from Seger’s previous three best-sellers: 1976’s “Night Moves”, 1978’s “Stranger in Town”, and 1980’s “Against the Wind”. While Seger and his Silver Bullet Band can stretch out in a concert setting, the live versions here stick pretty close to their original studio versions. The cut of “Old Time Rock & Roll” included here proves to be even better than the original, while such Seger standards as “Against the Wind,” “Night Moves,” and “Rock & Roll Never Forgets” also prove to be highlights.

 

Side one
1.  Nine Tonight  (5:14)
2.  Tryin’ To Live My Life Without You  (4:03)
3.  You’ll Accomp’ny Me  (4:12)
4.  Hollywood Nights  (4:49)

Side two
1.  Old Time Rock & Roll  (5:17)
2.  Mainstreet  (4:12)
3.  Against the Wind  (5:27)
4.  The Fire Down Below  (4:47)

Side three
1.  Her Strut  (3:57)
2.  Feel Like a Number  (4:10)
3.  Fire Lake  (3:51)
4.  Betty Lou’s Gettin’ Out Tonight  (2:59)
5.  We’ve Got Tonight  (4:55)

Side four
1.  Night Moves  (5:44)
2.  Rock and Roll Never Forgets  (3:35)
3.  Let It Rock  (10:36)

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8
Sep

Supertramp – Paris (1980)

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Artist:  Supertramp
Title:  Paris
Release:  1980
Label:  A&M Records
Format:  2LP
Catalog#  AMLM 66702

“Paris” is a live album by progressive rock band Supertramp, released in 1980. The album was recorded on Supertramp’s Breakfast in America tour in November 1979 in Paris, France at the Pavillon de Paris, a venue which was once a slaughterhouse. The Paris album was originally going to be called “Roadworks” and to be recorded in Quebec City, Canada, but A&M wanted them to record in a “mainstream city
The album’s setlist contains almost all of Crime of the Century (except for “If Everyone Was Listening”), three songs from Crisis? What Crisis?, two from Even in the Quietest Moments, three from Breakfast in America plus one new track “You Started Laughing” (originally the B-side to the track “Lady” from Crisis? What Crisis?).

 

Side one
1.  School (Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson with Rick Davies)  (5:41)
2.  Ain’t Nobody But Me (Lead vocals: Rick Davies)  (5:24)
3.  The Logical Song (Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson)  (3:56)
4.  Bloody Well Right (Lead vocals: Rick Davies)  (7:23)

Side two
1.  Breakfast In America (Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson)  (3:57)
2.  You Started Laughing (Lead vocals: Rick Davies)  (4:02)
3.  Hide In Your Shell (Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson)  (6:54)
4.  From Now On (Lead vocals: Rick Davies with Roger Hodgson)  (7:05)

Side three
1.  Dreamer (Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson with Rick Davies ) (3:44)
2.  Rudy (Lead vocals: Rick Davies plus Roger Hodgson)  (7:08)
3.  A Soapbox Opera (Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson)  (4:51)
4.  Asylum (Lead vocals: Rick Davies plus Roger Hodgson)  (6:51)

Side four
1.  Take the Long Way Home (Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson)  (4:57)
2.  Fool’s Overture (Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson)  (10:57)
3.  Two of Us (Lead vocals: Roger Hodgson)  (1:25)
4.  Crime Of The Century (Lead vocals: Rick Davies)  (6:31)

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8
Sep

Val Young – Seduction (1985)

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Artist:  Val Young
Title:  Seduction
Release:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  Gordy Records
Catalog#  ZL 72387

Val Young (also known as “Lady V”), is an urban/dance-pop artist from Detroit, Michigan, who achieved success during the 1980s.
She was discovered by George Clinton, who hired her as a background vocalist in 1977 for The Brides of Funkenstein, one of the many acts in his Funkadelic stable. In 1980, she recorded and toured with Roy Ayers, and became a background vocalist for The Gap Band.
It wasn’t until she met Rick James that she became popular. James promoted her as the “Black Marilyn Monroe” and brought Young to Berry Gordy, who signed her to Motown Records on James’ recommendation. Rick James produced her debut album “Seduction” which was released in 1985, it included the singles “Mind Games” and the title track “Seduction”, as well as “Piece of My Heart” and “If You Should Ever Be Lonely”, which were successful follow-ups in 1986.

 

Side one
1.  Mind Games  (4:01)
2.  If You Should Ever Be Lonely  (3:52)
3.  Let’s Fall In Love  (3:30)
4.  Tellin’ Me Lies  (3:36)
5.  Come Hang Out  (4:32)

Side two
1.  Seduction (Vocals: Rick James)  (6:40)
2.  Piece Of My Heart  (4:45)
3.  Waiting For You  (3:48)
4.  Make Up Your Mind  (4:46)

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8
Sep

Al Stewart – Time Passages (1978)

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Artist:  Al Stewart
Title:  Time Passages
Release:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  PL-25173

“Time Passages” is the eighth studio album by Al Stewart, released in 1978. It is the follow-up to his 1976 album “Year of the Cat”. The album, like its predecessor, was produced by Alan Parsons.
“Year of the Cat” brought Al Stewart a genuine worldwide smash with its title track, and for its successor, he did make a few concessions. These, however, were slight — just a slight increase of soft rock productions, an enhancement of the lushness that marked not only “Year of the Cat” but also “Modern Times”. These happened to be welcome adjustments to Stewart’s sound, since they increased the dreamy continental elegance at the core of his work. And that’s why “Time Passages” is the equal of “Year of the Cat” — it may be more streamlined, but the adjustments to his sound and the concessions to the mainstream just increase the soft grace of his eloquent historical pop epics. It’s possible to view this as too precious, because it is pitched at an audience who believes the common-day concerns of pop are piffle, but this is exceptionally well-crafted, from Stewart’s songs, where even three-minute songs seem like epics, to Alan Parsons’ cinematic arrangements and productions. This added concentration on the texture of the recording, ensuring that it was clean, spacious, and gentle, with a welcoming surface. Of course, this means that “Time Passages” can work very well as background music, but it also reveals much upon concentrated listening.

 

Side one
1.  Time Passages  (6:41)
2.  Valentina Way  (4:04)
3.  Life in Dark Water  (5:49)
4.  A Man for All Seasons  (5:50)

Side two
1.  Almost Lucy  (3:43)
2.  The Palace of Versailles  (5:20)
3.  Timeless Skies  (3:34)
4.  Song on the Radio  (6:22)
5.  End of the Day  (3:11)

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8
Sep

Atlanta Rhythm Section – Quinella (1981)

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Artist:  Atlanta Rhythm Section
Title:  Quinella
Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  85320

The group’s only release for Columbia is a superb piece of Southern rock, timeless in its lyrical sensibilities, which are all voiced in a smoothly raspy manner by lead singer Ronnie Hammond (backed by his own overdubs and Buddy Buie). Barry Bailey’s and J.R. Cobb’s guitars grind and crunch along, and Paul Goddard and Roy Yeager’s bass and drums provide a rock-hard foundation to this celebration of Southern manhood. The songs are just about perfectly crafted, never outstaying their welcome or lasting longer than they can sustain interest. A few of the more lyrical numbers, like the harmony-driven “Alien,” offer considerable melodic charm, almost venturing into CSN territory on their choruses (featuring Steve McRay as guest back-up singer) coupled with the first-rate playing, they’re the surprising highlights of this hard rocking classic.

 

Side one
1.  Homesick  (4:16)
2.  Quinella  (5:28)
3.  Alien  (4:55)
4.  Higher  (4:12)

Side two
1.  You’re So Strong  (5:02)
2.  Outlaw Music  (5:03)
3.  Pretty Girl  (3:31)
4.  Southern Exposure  (2:53)
5.  Going to Shangri-La  (3:44)

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8
Sep

Little River Band – Time Exposure (1981)

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Artist:  Little River Band
Title:  Time Exposure
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  1C 064-400042

“Time Exposure” is the sixth studio album by the Little River Band.
It was the last album recorded with lead singer Glenn Shorrock before he was replaced with John Farnham. Incidentally, Shorrock would later return and record a few more albums with Little River Band. But “Time Exposure” marks the end of an era.
The album opens with the Wayne Nelson sung “Night Owls” and follows with two more hit singles “Man On Your Mind”, and “Take It Easy On Me”. And while none of the other songs on the album were released as singles, many of them including “Full Circle and “Just Say That You Love Me” easily could have been released as singles. In addition to Shorrock’s lead vocals the vocal tandem of David Briggs, Beeb Birtles, and Graham Goble provide harmonies so tight they sing as one. Where the Eagles were likely better musicians, I’d argue that Little River Band’s vocal harmonies were superior to those of the Eagles. There was a tightness, a cohesiveness that was pure vocal magic.

 

Side one
1.  The Night Owls  (5:16)
2.  Man on Your Mind  (4:14)
3.  Take It Easy on Me  (3:45)
4.  Ballerina  (4:02)
5.  Love Will Survive  (4:38)

Side two
1.  Full Circle  (1:54)
2.  Just Say That You Love Me  (3:59)
3.  Suicide Boulevard  (3:23)
4.  Orbit Zero  (4:27)
5.  Don’t Let the Needle Win  (3:57)
6.  Guiding Light  (3:36)

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8
Sep

Yes – Drama (1980)

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Artist:  Yes
Title:  Drama
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  ATL 50736

“Drama” is the tenth studio album by British progressive rock group Yes. It is the first of two Yes albums without vocalist Jon Anderson. In early 1980, after rehearsing music for the follow-up to the tepidly-received “Tormato”, both Anderson and Rick Wakeman departed the band over creative and financial differences.
For this one album, ex-Buggles Geoffrey Downes and Trevor Horn were drafted in to replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. It rocks harder than other Yes albums, and for classically inclined fans, it was a jarring departure; but it was a harbinger of Yes and Asia albums to come. A newly emboldened Chris Squire lays down aggressive rhythms with Alan White, and Steve Howe eschews his usual acoustic rags and flamenco licks for a more metallic approach, opting for sheets of electric sound. Prime cuts include the doom-laden “Machine Messiah” and the manic ska inflections of “Tempus Fugit.” Despite the promise of this new material, the band soon fell apart; Horn went into production, Howe and Downes joined Asia, and Squire and White toyed and then gave up on a pair-up with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, which was to be titled XYZ (i.e., Ex-Yes and Zeppelin).

 

Side one
1.  Machine Messiah  (10:27)
2.  White Car  (1:21)
3.  Does It Really Happen?  (6:35)

Side two
1.  Into the Lens  (8:33)
2.  Run Through the Light  (4:43)
3.  Tempus Fugit  (5:15)

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8
Sep

Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming (1979)

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Artist:  Bob Dylan
Title:  Slow Train Coming
Release:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  86095

“Slow Train Coming” is singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s 19th studio album, released by Columbia Records in August 1979. Mark Knopfler and Pick Withers from Dire Straits are also contributed to this album.
“Slow Train Coming” was exactly that-this album was more inevitable than most people realized, and a turning point in the career of Bob Dylan, not just commercially but, obviously, spiritually.
“Slow Train Coming” is a joy to listen to because it finds Dylan finally at some form of peace. The last time he’d sounded this satisfied was probably on the laid-back country of 1969’s “Nashville Skyline.”
He had been singing about the elements found in this album for years. Only now, Dylan knew that it was God who gave him the gift to do so.. Dylan is more focused and diligent on “Slow Train Coming” than anything he had ever recorded before, and this clear-headed motivation would even carry into his albums of the 80s and 90s, whether they were Christian or secular. Songs like ‘When You Gonna Wake Up’ and the subtle-but-anthemic ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ are no more “judgemental” than the lyrics of ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’ As a matter of fact, none of his work was judgemental, they are simply Dylan describing the kinds of characters and truths life is full of. Tracks like ‘Precious Angel’ and ‘Slow Train’ meanwhile are the peaks of Bob Dylan’s goal on this album.

 

Side one
1.  Gotta Serve Somebody  ( 5:22)
2.  Precious Angel  (6:27)
3.  I Believe in You  (5:02)
4.  Slow Train  (5:55)

Side two
1.  Gonna Change My Way of Thinking  (5:25)
2.  Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others)  (3:50)
3.  When You Gonna Wake Up  (5:25)
4.  Man Gave Names to All the Animals  (4:23)
5.  When He Returns  (4:30)

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7
Sep

The Philadelphia International All-Stars – Let´s Clean Up The Ghetto (1977)

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Artist:  The Philadelphia International All-Stars
Title:  Let´s Clean Up The Ghetto
Release:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  PIR Records
Catalog#  PIR 82198

Issued in July 1977 as “Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto” by the Philadelphia International All-Stars, this is one of Philly soul’s most socially aware efforts. The album’s title track was a coming together of artists signed to Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records: Lou Rawls, Billy Paul, Archie Bell, Teddy Pendergrass, Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, and Eddie Levert and Walter Williams of the O’Jays. The profits were allotted to a charity program. Even though the rest of the LP consists of various unreleased tracks, the result is consistent. The brassy “The Big Gangster” by the O’Jays got airplay as an album track. Other highlights are the fervent “Now Is the Time to Do It” by Teddy Pendergrass; the buoyant, optimistic “New World Comin’” by Billy Paul’ and Archie Bell & the Drells’ celebration of seniors, “Old People,” produced by Bunny Sigler.

 

Side one
1.  Lou Rawls – Trade Winds  (3:48)
2.  The Philadelphia International All-Stars – Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto  (8:42)
3.  Dee Dee Sharp Gamble – Ooh Child  (3:32)
4.  Teddy Pendergrass – Now Is The Time  (3:42)
5.  The Three Degrees – Year Of Decision  (2:34)

Side two
1.  The O’Jays – The Big Gangster  (3:50)
2.  Billy Paul – New Day, New World Comin’  (4:30)
3.  Archie Bell & The Drells – Old People  (3:45)
4.  Intruders – Save The Children  (4:12)
5.  Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes – Everybody’s Talkin’  (3:51)

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7
Sep

Soundtrack – The Sting (1974)

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Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  The Sting
Release:  1974
Format:  LP
Label:  MCA Records
Catalog#  5C 062-95096

The soundtrack to the Paul Newman-Robert Redford blockbuster “The Sting” popularized Scott Joplin’s classic ragtimes for a new generation, thanks to Marvin Hamlisch’s ingenious arrangements and orchestrations. Joplin’s brilliance takes the forefront, which is the way it should be, but it’s easy to underestimate what Hamlisch achieved with his orchestrations. His incidental music fit the period and Joplin’s ragtimes perfectly, and the arrangements of Joplin’s works are faithful to the originals while opening them up for new audiences. And that’s why the soundtrack feels at once timeless and fresh, which is quite a compliment indeed.

 

Side one
1.  Solace (orchestral version)  (3:35)
2.  The Entertainer (orchestral version)  (3:03)
3.  Easy Winners  (2:44)
4.  Hooker’s Hooker  (2:48)
5.  Luther  (3:08)
6.  Pine Apple Rag / Gladiolus Rag medley  (2:32)

Side two
1.  The Entertainer (piano version)  (2:32)
2.  The Glove  (1:46)
3.  Little Girl (Violin Solo Bobby Bruce)  (2:20)
4.  Pine Apple Rag  (2:35)
5.  Merry-Go-Round Music medley: (a) Listen To The Mockingbird, (b) Darling Nellie Gray, (c) Turkey In The Straw  (2:35)
6.  Solace (piano version)  (3:35)
7.  The Entertainer” / The Ragtime Dance medley  (3:45)

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7
Sep

Boston – Don´t Look Back (1978)

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Artist:  Boston
Title:  Don´t Look Back
Release:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 86057

“Don’t Look Back” is the second studio album by American rock band Boston, released in 1978.
It took two years to complete, and it’s hard to figure out why because it’s almost exactly the same as their debut. The guitars still sound like they are being fed through computers and stacked into great walls of sound by robots, lead singer Brad Delp still sounds like he is ripping his throat out, and the harmony vocals still sound like a choir of androids warbling angelically. Most importantly, the songs are overflowing with hooks, there are plenty of riffs to air guitar to, and the songs stick in your head like dirt on a dog. The main difference lies in the semi-melancholy tone of the record. Boston was a nonstop party of a record but one look at the song titles lets you know that Don’t Look Back is a little different: “A Man I’ll Never Be,” “Used to Bad News,” “Don’t Be Afraid.” These songs reveal a reflective side that was nowhere to be found on Boston. Not to say the record doesn’t rock because it does mightily. “Don’t Look Back” has a killer riff that’s very similar to the timeless riff in “More Than a Feeling,” “Party” is a storming rocker much like “Smokin’” and “It’s Easy” is mellow 70’s AOR at its absolute best. Don’t Look Back is basically Boston, Pt. 2, but don’t let that put you off because even though the band was treading water they were treading it like Esther Williams.

 

Side one
1.  Don’t Look Back  (5:57)
2.  The Journe y (1:46)
3.  It’s Easy  (4:26)
4.  A Man I’ll Never Be  (6:37)

Side two
1.  Feelin’ Satisfied  (4:11)
2.  Party  (4:07)
3.  Used to Bad News  (2:56)
4.  Don’t Be Afraid  (3:48)

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7
Sep

Soundtrack – The Wiz (1978)

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Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  The Wiz
Release:  1978
Format:  2LP
Label:  MCA Records
Catalog#  0082.064-2

“The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” is the soundtrack album for the 1978 film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Wiz. Although the film was produced for Universal Pictures by Motown Records’ film division, the soundtrack album was issued on MCA Records as a two-LP collection. Chiefly produced by Quincy Jones, “The Wiz soundtrack” features cast performances by the stars of the film, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, and Lena Horne.
The track selection is made up of both songs from the original 1975 Broadway musical by Charlie Smalls and Luther Vandross, as well as new songs written for the film by Quincy Jones, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Anthony Jackson.
Jones organized a studio band of New York jazz veterans, including Toots Thielemans, Eric Gale, Michael Brecker, and Richard Tee, and of course the cast provides spectacular vocal firepower in the persons of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The result was a Top 40, gold-selling album paced by the singles “A Brand New Day”, “Ease On Down The Road” by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson (outperforming the 1975 version by Consumer Rapport), as well the chart single “You Can’t Win,” by Michael Jackson. Much comparison was made between the vocal (not to mention the facial) resemblance between Ross and Jackson; here’s the only place to hear them together.

 

Side one
1.  Main Title (Overture, Part One)  (2:34)
2.  Overture (Part Two)  (2:03)
3.  The Feeling That We Have  (3:30)
4.  Can I Go On?  (1:56)
5.  Glinda’s Theme  (1:09)
6.  He’s The Wizard  (2:52)
7.  Soon As I Get Home/Home  (4:01)

Side two
1.  You Can’t Win  (3:14)
2.  Ease On Down The Road  (3:19)
3.  What Would I Do If I Could Feel?  (2:18)
4.  Slide Some Oil To Me  (2:19)
5.  Ease On Down The Road  (1:30)
6.  (I’m A) Mean One Lion  (2:23)
7.  Ease On Down The Road  (1:24)
8.  Poppy Girls  (3:27)

Side three
1.  Be A Lion  (4:04)
2.  End Of The Yellow Brick Road  (1:01)
3.  Emerald City Sequence (6:41)
4.  So You Wanted To See The Wizard  (2:48)
5.  Is This What Feeling Gets (Dorothy’s Theme)  (3:13)

Side four
1.  Don’t Nobody Bring Me Bad News  (3:01)
2.  A Brand New Day  (7:51)
(a) Liberation Agitato  (0:54)
(b) A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)(Part One)  (2:29)
(c) Liberation Ballet / A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice) (Part Two)  (4:23)
3.  Believe In Yourself (Dorothy)  (2:54)
4.  The Good Witch Glinda  (1:10)
5.  Believe In Yourself (Reprise)  (2:13)
6.  Home  (3:27)

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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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