Wings, also known as Paul McCartney and Wings, were an Anglo-American rock band formed in 1971 by former Beatle Paul McCartney with his wife Linda on keyboards, session drummer Denny Seiwell, and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine.
Title: Wings At The Speed Of Sound
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog# 5C 062-97581
If Venus and Mars had the façade of being an album by a band, At the Speed of Sound really is a full-band effort, where everybody gets a chance to sing, and even contribute a song. This, ironically, winds up as considerably less cohesive than its predecessor despite these efforts for community, not because Wings was not a band in the proper sense, but because nobody else in the band pulsed as much weight as McCartney, who was resting on his laurels here. Consider this: the two hits “Let ‘Em In” and “Silly Love Songs” are so lightweight that their lack of substance seems nearly defiant. They have sweet, nice melodies and are well crafted, but as songs they’re nonexistent, working primarily as effervescent popcraft of their time. And that’s the case for most of At the Speed of Sound, as tracks like “She’s My Baby” play like the hits, only without memorable hooks. There is a bit of charm to the record, arriving in Linda McCartney‘s awkwardly sung “Cook of the House,” the mellow “Must Do Something About It,” and especially “Beware My Love,” the best-written song here that effortlessly moves from sun-drenched harmonies to hard rock. Apart from the latter, these are modest pleasures buried on an album that may have been a chart-topping blockbuster, but now seems like one of McCartney‘s most transient works.
1. Let ‘Em In (5:10)
2. The Note You Never Wrote (lead vocal by Denny Laine) (4:19)
3. She’s My Baby (3:06)
4. Beware My Love (6:27)
5. Wino Junko” (lead vocal by Jimmy McCulloch) (5:19)
1. Silly Love Songs (5:53)
2. Cook of the House (lead vocal by Linda McCartney) (2:37)
3. Time to Hide (lead vocal by Denny Laine) (4:32)
4. Must Do Something About It (lead vocal by Joe English) (3:42)
5. San Ferry Anne (2:06)
6. Warm and Beautiful (3:12)
Jefferson Starship is an American rock band formed in the early 1970s by several members of the former Jefferson Airplane. The band has undergone several major changes in personnel and genres through the years while retaining the same Jefferson Starship name. It is not to be confused with Starship, a spin-off of the group, featuring former co-lead singer Mickey Thomas, that also periodically tours.
Artist: Jefferson Starship
Title: Modern Times
Label: Grunt Records
Modern Times is a 1981 album by Jefferson Starship. Grace Slick appeared on this album after a three-year absence. She returned near the end of the recording sessions, providing background vocals on some tracks as well as lead vocals on the single “Stranger” as a duet with lead singer Mickey Thomas. Although not appearing in the band picture on the gatefold cover, she is listed on the back cover of the LP with the credit “Introducing Grace Slick” and her picture is on the lyric sleeve with the note “Grace Slick courtesy of Grace Slick.” She joined the band officially for the 1981 tour. MTV debuted in 1981 and this was the first Jefferson Starship album to have promotional music videos. It was also the first album to feature a charting single on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, which had premiered earlier in the year. The single “Find Your Way Back” reached #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
The song “Stairway to Cleveland” was inspired by a harsh review that Rolling Stone had given the album Freedom at Point Zero, inspiring Paul to wrap lyrics around a phrase he had heard from Paul Warren: “Fuck you! We do what we want!”
1. Find Your Way Back (4:15)
2. Stranger (4:44)
3. Wild Eyes (Angel) (4:02)
4. Save Your Love (5:58)
1. Modern Times (2:36)
2. Mary (3:37)
3. Free (4:34)
4. Alien (4:42)
5. Stairway To Cleveland (We Do What We Want) (3:58)
Kennedy William Gordy (born May 15, 1964), better known by his stage name Rockwell, is an American singer, songwriter and recording artist who was signed to the Motown label.
Title: Somebody´s Watching Me
Label: Motown Records
Somebody’s Watching Me is singer/songwriter Rockwell‘s debut album, released in 1984 on Motown. It featured the song, “Somebody’s Watching Me” (with Michael Jackson on vocals in the chorus), as well as the minor hit “Obscene Phone Caller”. An uptempo version of “Knife” was released by another Motown artist, Monalisa Young. She also appears on this album as a background vocalist.
After being kicked out of the house by his father, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Kennedy Gordy moved in with Ray Singleton, Gordy’s ex-wife. While living there, the younger Gordy began working on some music. Seeing the youngster’s potential, Singleton successfully lobbied to get Kennedy a staff writing job at Jobete.
One night, Singleton overheard Kennedy working on the track, “Somebody’s Watching Me” and believed it was a song worthy of recording. When Motown staff producer Curtis Anthony Nolen took an interest in the song, he was hired as the producer on the project. While working on the song in the studio, Kennedy got the idea to get Michael Jackson to sing on the track. Without indicating his plans, Kennedy picked Jackson up and drove him into the studio. Once Jackson was in the studio, Kennedy asked him to record the chorus with him. Jackson agreed.
Once the track was mixed, Singleton couldn’t wait to play it for Berry Gordy, who thought one of the voices sounded familiar, but couldn’t identify it. When Gordy found out it was Michael Jackson, he was elated.
Not wanting the Gordy name to influence the outcome of the song (his half-brother Kerry Gordy, recorded under his own name five years earlier without success), Kennedy decided to use the name Rockwell on the record. The title cut was one of the biggest singles of 1984 and both the album and single were certified Gold. It was easily the most successful record by a Gordy as a recording artist. Rockwell now gained an exalted position among the Gordy offspring.
1. Somebody’s Watching Me (5:01)
2. Obscene Phone Caller (3:24)
3. Taxman (3:56)
4. Change Your Ways (4:49)
1. Runaway (4:24)
2. Wasting Away (3:55)
3. Knife (5:03)
4. Foreign Country (5:56)
Peter Tosh, OM (born Winston Hubert McIntosh; 19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987) was a Jamaican reggae musician. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, he was one of the core members of the band The Wailers (1963–1974).
Artist: Peter Tosh
Title: Mama Africa
Label: EMI Records
Catalog# 1A 064-07717
Peter Tosh’s most “accessible” solo album, Mama Africa would also be his best seller outside Jamaica, the only one of his albums to break into the U.K. Top 50 and even push into the bottom reaches of the U.S. chart. Toning down the rhetoric, Tosh concentrated on the music, self-producing an album that sounds fantastic from start to finish. Of course, he had help from a boatload of friends, with two separate aggregates of musicians providing backing; Carlton “Santa” Davis and Lebert “Gibby” Morrison fuel one grouping across most of the album, with Sly & Robbie firing the other. There’s a fabulous horn section, a clutch of superb backing singers (including the Tamlins, who accompany Tosh on three songs), and some superb guitar work from Donald Kinsey. The album itself revisits the past while also looking to the future. The updated songs are particularly creative, with the Wailers’ “Stop That Train” totally revitalized through an incredible mix of styles, brilliantly blending R&B, nods to Motown, a faux slide guitar, and a steady reggae beat. Even more astonishing is Tosh’s stunning take on “Johnny B. Goode,” a U.K. Top 50 hit that boasts an intricate rhythm, brass accents, sumptuous keyboards, and Kinsey’s soaring guitar on a song that builds and builds into an absolute crescendo of sound. There’s also a fine revisit of “Maga Dog,” one of Tosh’s nastier songs. But that has little on “Peace Treaty,” whose laid-back beat and chirpy melody can’t hide Tosh’s gloating. Yes, listeners remember his admonition that peace will only be found in the grave, and the cease-fire declared by the gangs would never last. But as gunfire echoes across the track, should the treaty’s collapse really be the cause for celebration? To judge by Tosh’s triumphant I told you so, apparently it is. On a more positive note is the urban meets Kingston sound of “Not Gonna Give It Up,” boasting the Tamlins at their best, and more great guitar licks. The title track is even more infectious, a rocker with a Caribbean flair and a light Afro-beat, as Tosh muses eloquently about his beloved continent. Every track on the album is just as memorable in its own way, as the artist combines styles, genres, moods, and atmospheres across songs old and new. Not Tosh at his most revolutionary, but an album filled with music that remains unforgettable.
1. Mama Africa (7:58)
2. Glasshouse (5:52)
3. Not Gonna Give It Up (5:48)
4. Stop That Train (3:59)
1. Johnny B. Goode (4:03)
2. Where You Gonna Run (4:07)
3. Peace Treaty (4:19)
4. Feel No Way (3:27)
5. Maga Dog (4:24)
Ryland Peter “Ry” Cooder (born March 15, 1947) is an American musician, songwriter, film score composer, and record producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United States, and his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.
Artist: Ry Cooder
Title: The Slight Area
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56976
This album opens with an outrageous and exceedingly funky “UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto,” and which seems so out of place with the other material. Yes, it is a rhythm & blues, bordering at times on funk album, and rap is one direction R&B took, but…. Listen to the groove on “Which Came First,” and try to keep your body from bobbing to the strong rhythm laid down by Jim Keltner, Tim Drummond, and the background vocalists. While we are on the subject of vocals, this is one of Ry Cooder‘s best efforts, and his backup vocalists are key here and deserve special recognition: Bobby King, John Hiatt, Willie Greene, and Herman Johnson for most of the album. The two gems on this are the phenomenal treatments of both “Blue Suede Shoes” and Bob Dylan‘s “I Need a Woman.” Two songs as different in the original forms as pigs and gerbils are converted to R&B hit status. Both contain some memorable slide guitar work, but isn’t that what we expect from this master of the guitar family. The album is very good but those two songs make it a gem.
1. UFO Has Landed In The Ghetto (5:00)
2. I Need A Woman (4:34)
3. Gypsy Woman (4:20)
4. Blue Suede Shoes (5:18)
1. Mama, Don’t Treat Your Daughter Mean (5:55)
2. I’m Drinking Again (4:34)
3. Which Came First (3:44)
4. That’s The Way Love Turned Out For Me (5:46)
Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva (born 23 September 1943), better known as Julio Iglesias is a Spanish singer and songwriter who has been awarded with the Guinness Record thrice.
Artist: Julio Iglesias
Title: A Mis 33 Años
Label: CBS Records
A Mis 33 Años (“To My 33 Years”) is a 1977 album by Julio Iglesias.
The height of his success was during the 1970s and 1980s. Among this album from 1977 “A Mis 33 Años”. Re-released in 1979 in the Netherlands, during the succes of his album “Emociones”. The following singles are taken from this album: “Soy Un Truhán, Soy Un Señor/33 Años” , “Sono Io” and “Por Un Poco De Tu Amor”.
1. Soy Un Truhán, Soy Un Señor (3:04)
2. Sono Io (4:19)
3. Si Me Dejas No Vale (Si Mi Lasci Non Vale) (2:18)
4. Por Un Poco De Tu Amor (2:59)
5. Un Gorrión Sentimental (3:40)
1. Seguiré Me Camino (3:20)
2. 33 Años (3:46)
3. Cada Día Más (3:10)
4. ¿Dónde Estarás? (2:54)
5. Good Bye Amore Mio (3:28)
The Power Station was a 1980s supergroup made up of singer Robert Palmer, former Chic drummer Tony Thompson, and Duran Duran members John Taylor (bass) and Andy Taylor (guitar). Bernard Edwards, also of Chic, was involved on the studio side as recording producer and for a short time also functioned as The Power Station’s manager.
Artist: The Power Station
Title: The Power Station
Label: Parlophone Records
The Power Station was a supergroup formed by Robert Palmer, Tony Thompson (of Chic) and Andy and John Taylor from Duran Duran. They came together in 1984 to record a one-off album, as a respite from the relentless global touring and promotion of Duran Duran.
The original plan for this one-album project was for the three musicians (Taylor, Taylor and Thompson) to provide musical continuity to an album full of material, with a different singer performing on each track. Those who were approached included Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Mars Williams (who eventually contributed brass to the album) and Richard Butler (of The Psychedelic Furs), and Mick Ronson.
The group then invited eclectic soul singer Robert Palmer to record vocals for the track “Communication“. When he heard that they had recorded demos for “Get It On (Bang a Gong)“, he asked to try out vocals on that one as well, and by the end of the day, the group knew that they had found that elusive chemistry which distinguishes successful bands. Before long, they had decided to record the entire album with Palmer.
However, the union was not to hold. By the time the band decided to take the 8-track set on the road, Palmer had left to record his solo album Riptide (which, likely because of the involvement of The Power Station participants Edwards, Thompson, and Andy Taylor, is very similar in sound to The Power Station album). He was replaced by Michael Des Barres (famed for co-writing Animotion‘s “Obsession”).
1. Some Like It Hot (5:05)
2. Murderess (4:17)
3. Lonely Tonight (4:00)
4. Communication (3:38)
1. Get It On (Bang A Gong) (5:29)
2. Go To Zero (4:58)
3. Harvest For The World (3:37)
4. Still In Your Heart (3:07)
Guys ‘n’ Dolls were a 1970s UK pop group, formed in November 1974, after Ammo Productions held auditions for three young men and three young women to perform as a vocal group. The six original members were: Paul Griggs, David Van Day, Dominic Grant, Thereza Bazar, Martine Howard, and Julie Forsyth (daughter of Sir Bruce Forsyth).
Artist: Guys ´N´ Dolls
Title: The Good Times
Label: Magnet Records
Catalog# MAG 5014
Guys ‘n’ Dolls released their first hit single, “There’s a Whole Lot of Loving” in January 1975. The song was originally recorded in September 1974 by a group of session singers (including Tony Burrows and Clare Torry) for a TV advertisement for McVitie’s Fruit Shortcake biscuits. Guys ‘n’ Dolls were put together to cash in upon the popularity of the jingle and to present it as a single. However the group was not ready in time to record an entirely new version for the single’s hasty release and so the voices of the session singers remained on the single, but Martine recorded the ladies front vocal in the Album
In the six years that followed, the group released several more hits, including “Here I Go Again” (1975) and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (1976). In 1977 the group had a record chart No.1 in both the Netherlands and Flanders with “You’re My World“, previously recorded by Cilla Black.
“The Good Times” produced 3 singles: “If Only For The Good Times”, “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” and “Stoney Ground”.
1. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (2:52)
2. I’ve Been Loving You (3:05)
3. Killing Me Softly With His Song (3:15)
4. (Last Night) I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All (3:00)
5. We’re Changing (3:05)
6. If Only For The Good Times (3:15)
1. Stoney Ground (2:43)
2. Love Ain’t Something You Get For Free (2:35)
3. Don’t Pull Your Love (2:40)
4. Bye Bye Rainy Days (3:05)
5. Lovely Lady (2:55)
6. Baby You’re A Heartbreaker (2:25)
7. Rescue Me (2:27)
Lee Mack Ritenour (born January 11, 1952) is an American jazz guitarist who has contributed to over 3000 sessions and has charted over 30 contemporary jazz hits since 1976.
Artist: Lee Ritenour
Label: Elektra Records
Catalog# ELK 52273
As the 1980s began, Ritenour began to add stronger elements of pop to his music, beginning with Rit in 1981. For this, he kept with his distorted sound, now using his Ibanez LR-10 signature model guitar.
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.
The song “Is It You”, with vocals by Eric Tagg reached No. 15 on the Billboard pop chart and No. 27 on the soul chart.
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)
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)
The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout its career. The band has been active for five decades, with their biggest success occurring in the 1970s. The band’s history can be roughly divided into three eras. From 1969 to 1975 they featured lead vocalist Tom Johnston and featured a mainstream rock and roll sound with elements of folk, country and R&B. Johnston quit the group in 1975, and was replaced with Michael McDonald whose interest in soul music changed the sound of the band until they broke up in 1982.
Artist: The Doobie Brothers
Title: Takin´ It To The Streets
Label: Warner Bros. Records
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.
The group’s first album with Michael McDonald marked a shift to a more mellow and self-consciously soulful sound for the Doobies, not all that different from what happened to Steely Dan — whence McDonald (and Jeff Baxter) had come — between, say, Can’t Buy a Thrill and Pretzel Logic. 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.
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)
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)