Artists United Against Apartheid was a 1985 protest group founded by activist and performer Steven Van Zandt and record producer Arthur Baker to protest apartheid in South Africa. The group produced the song “Sun City” and the album Sun City that year.
Artist: Artists United Against Apartheid
Title: Sun City
Label: Manhattan Records
Catalog# 1C 064-2404671
Van Zandt became interested in writing a song about Sun City to make parallels with the plight of Native Americans. Danny Schechter, a journalist who was then working with ABC News‘ 20/20, suggested turning the song into a different kind of “We Are the World“, or as Schechter explains, “a song about change not charity, freedom not famine.”
When Van Zandt was finished writing “Sun City“, he, Schechter and producer Arthur Baker spent the next several months searching for artists to participate in the project. Van Zandt initially declined to invite Springsteen, not wanting to take advantage of their friendship, but Schechter had no problem asking and Springsteen accepted the invitation. Van Zandt was also shy about calling legendary jazz artist Miles Davis. Schechter initiated the contact and Davis also accepted. Eventually, Van Zandt, Baker and Schechter would gather an array of artists, described by rock critic Dave Marsh as “the most diverse line up of popular musicians ever assembled for a single session.”including Kool DJ Herc, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Ruben Blades, Bob Dylan, Pat Benatar, Herbie Hancock, Ringo Starr and his son Zak Starkey, Lou Reed, Run–D.M.C., Peter Gabriel, Bob Geldof, Clarence Clemons, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Darlene Love, Bobby Womack, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, Jackson Browne, Daryl Hannah, Peter Wolf, Bono, George Clinton, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bonnie Raitt, Hall & Oates, Jimmy Cliff, Big Youth, Michael Monroe, Stiv Bators, Peter Garrett, Ron Carter, Ray Barretto, Gil Scott-Heron, Nona Hendryx, Lotti Golden, Lakshminarayana Shankar and Joey Ramone.
These artists also vowed never to perform at Sun City, because to do so would in their minds seem to be an acceptance of apartheid.
1. Artists United Against Apartheid (feat. Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr) – Sun City (7:26)
2. Peter Gabriel and L. Shankar – No More Apartheid (7:07)
3. Rap Artists From Artists United Against Apartheid – Revolutionary Situation (6:07)
1. Artists United Against Apartheid – Sun City (Version II) (5:42)
2. Rap and Jazz Artists From Artists United Against Apartheid (feat. Gil Scott-Heron, Miles Davis,
Grandmaster Melle Mel, Peter Wolf, Sonny Okosuns, Malopoets, Duke Bootee, Ray Baretto,
Peter Garrett) – Let Me See Your I.D. (7:29)
3. Jazz Artists From Artists United Against Apartheid (feat. Miles Davis, Stanley Jordan, Herbie
Hancock, Sonny Okosuns, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Richard Scher) – The Struggle Continues (7:01)
4. Bono with Keith Richards and Ron Wood – Silver and Gold (4:41)
Artist: Patricia Paay
Title: The Lady Is A Champ
Label: EMI Records
Catalog# 5C 064-25737
Al op jonge leeftijd volgde Paay piano-, trombone– en balletlessen en in 1965 debuteerde ze als zangeres in een nachtclub in het jazz-orkest van haar vader met de naam The Evergreens. Samen met Anita Meyer en haar zus Yvonne Keeley vormde ze haar eigen backinggroep.
Paay werd pas echt populair vanaf 1974, toen ze opnieuw aan een solocarrière begon, ditmaal met haar volledige naam op de labels en hoezen. Haar eerste solo-elpee Beam Of Light was nog niet echt succesvol, maar de in 1976 verschenen discosingles Someday My Prince Will Come (een Disney-klassieker) en Now (Is The Moment), een Dave Berry-cover, werden hits. Paay deed ook veel studiowerk zoals achtergrondzang. Zo was zij (net als de latere Luv’-zangeres José) duidelijk te horen op de hit Standing On The Inside van Full House uit 1976. Een jaar ervoor, in 1975, verschijnt op het album ‘Royal Bed Bouncer’ van de Nederlandse symfonische rockgroep Kayak een nummer dat haar naam draagt: Patricia Anglaia. Het nummer wordt geschreven door Pim Koopman en is een instrumentaal nummer maar met neuriënde achtergrondzang van Paay. In januari 1977 scoorde Paay haar grootste hit: Who’s That Lady With My Man, een nummer van Kelly Marie dat Jaap Eggermont had gehoord op de Franse radio en in samenwerking met de jongens van Catapult bewerkte voor Patricia. Ook de opvolger Livin’ Without You deed het goed in de hitparades. Beide zijn Jaap Eggermont producties.
Na deze successen nam ze eind jaren zeventig enkele albums op, waaronder de succesvolle lp “The Lady Is A Champ” met de singles: Someday My Prince Will Come, Now (Is The Moment), Who’s That Lady With My Man, Livin’ Without You en Everlasting Love.
1. Livin’ Without You (2:56)
2. The Love Of A Woman (3:35)
3. Everlasting Love (3:10)
4. The World I Threw Away (2:55)
5. Now (Is The Moment) (3:49)
6. Love Takes Up My Mind (3:40)
1. Who’s That Lady With My Man (3:20)
2. Poor Jeremy (2:30)
3. Sebastian (4:25)
4. Jolene (2:50)
5. Someday My Prince Will Come (3:54)
Sailor are a British pop group, best known in the 1970s for their hit singles “A Glass of Champagne” and “Girls, Girls, Girls”, written by the group’s lead singer and 12-string guitar player, Georg Kajanus.
Label: Epic Records
Catalog# EPC 69192
The group’s leader, Georg Kajanus, had previously written “Flying Machine” for Cliff Richard in 1971, although it was Richard’s first British single that failed to reach the Top 30. Sailor was formed out of the earlier incarnation of singer-songwriter duo, ‘Kajanus Pickett’, after Phil Pickett and Kajanus met in 1970 at E H Morris, a music publisher where Pickett briefly worked. They later recorded the album Hi Ho Silver for Signpost Records. Sailor first came together in 1973 with the addition of musicians Henry Marsh (ex-Gringo) and Grant Serpell (ex-Affinity).
The groups’ work included Kajanus’ invention, the Nickelodeon, made of pianos, synthesisers, and glockenspiels that allowed the four piece band to reproduce on stage the acoustic arrangements that they had done in the recording studio.
“Trouble” contained the bands two biggest hits (mainly in the UK, Europe and Australia) the Roxyesque “A Glass Of Champagne” and “Girls, Girls, Girls”- and was a good hyper commercial album.
1. Girl, Girls, Girls (3:02)
2. Trouble In Hong Kong (3:07)
3. People In Love (3:29)
4. Coconut (2:24)
5. Jacaranda (2:15)
1. A Glass Of Champagne (2:41)
2. My Kind Of Girl (3:01)
3. Panama (3:25)
4. Stop That Man (3:05)
5. The Old Nickelodeon Sound (2:56)
The Four Seasons is an American rock and pop band that became internationally successful in the 1960s and 1970s. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has stated that the group was the most popular rock band before the Beatles. Since 1970, they have also been known at times as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Artist: The Four Seasons
Title: Who Loves You
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56179
The record introduced the new Four Seasons lineup: John Paiva (guitar), Don Ciccone (bass), Lee Shapiro (keyboards) and Gerry Polci (drums). Polci and Ciccone shared lead vocals with Frankie Valli, backed by producer Bob Gaudio and former Seasons bassist Joe Long.
After mounting a comeback as a solo artist with the hits “My Eyes Adored You” and “Swearin’ to God” in 1974-1975, Frankie Valli, along with longtime partner Bob Gaudio, turned to their group, the Four Seasons, to work the same magic. The band had not charted since 1970 and had not released a record since 1973. Noting the success of the Bee Gees‘ “Jive Talkin’,” a disco-oriented hit that most listeners did not recognize at first as a Bee Gees track, Gaudio fashioned “Who Loves You,” set to a disco beat and emphasizing a harmonized chorus over Valli‘s solo singing, its title borrowed from the popular catch phrase “Who loves ya, baby?,” frequently spoken by actor Telly Savalas on his hit TV series, Kojak. As a single, it peaked at number three in the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1975, the group’s best showing in ten years. Naturally, this Who Loves You album quickly followed, and it found Gaudio, who had long been the Four Seasons‘ Svengali as singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer (but who had long since retired from their stage act), composing all the music and co-writing the lyrics with his wife, Judy Parker. It also found Valli backing off of his usual lead singing duties, often in favor of the smooth tenor of drummer Gerry Polci. (Significantly, the LP did not display a picture of the group on the cover, opting instead for an illustrated image of a miniature, silver-suited woman dancing on the palm of shadowed man.) It was Polci who took the lead on “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” a song that neatly straddled an evocation of the Four Seasons‘ past with their dance-styled present and which, when released as a single, gave them their first number one hit since 1964. “Silver Star,” a Walter Mitty-esque fantasy with even less involvement from Valli, penetrated the Top 40 as the album’s third hit single. Valli did take the reins for the ballads “Storybook Lovers” and “Harmony Perfect Harmony,” but those songs sounded like throwbacks. It is notable that as an LP, Who Loves You never got higher than number 38 in Billboard, even with those three hit singles, which suggested that the new fans the Four Seasons had acquired were a fickle singles audience who did not have much allegiance to them beyond the next dancefloor success. That fickleness would be demonstrated by the failure of their next album, Helicon, which attempted to push Valli (who had announced his imminent departure from the group) even further into the background.
1. Silver Star (6:05)
2. Storybook Lovers (3:43)
3. Harmony, Perfect Harmony (4:46)
4. Who Loves You? (4:22)
1. Mystic Mister Sam (4:23)
2. December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) (3:36)
3. Slip Away (3:04)
4. Emily’s (Salle De Danse) (6:40)
Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. The band’s musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers.
Title: The Exit…Stage Left
Label: Mercury Records
Rush was planning on releasing a live album after the Permanent Waves tour, but manager Cliff Burnstein convinced the group that they were peaking musically, and should go straight back into the recording studio — resulting in their finest album, 1981’s Moving Pictures. So after the tour wound down, their postponed live album was finally assembled and released as Exit…Stage Left the same year. The album turned out to be the polar opposite of its predecessor, 1976’s raw and direct All the World’s a Stage; in fact, the performances often sound identical to the recently released studio versions. The contagious energy that helped make All the World’s a Stage such a success is muted, replaced by workmanlike renditions that border on the uninspired.
The first, third, and fourth sides of the original vinyl issue were recorded in Canada during the Moving Pictures tour, while the second side was recorded in the UK during the Permanent Waves tour.
There’s no denying the high quality of the songs selected — “Spirit of Radio,” “Tom Sawyer,” “Xanadu,” “The Trees,” “Closer to the Heart,” “Jacob’s Ladder” — it’s just that the performances rarely catch fire.
1. The Spirit of Radio (5:11)
2. Red Barchetta (6:46)
3. YYZ (7:43)
1. A Passage to Bangkok (3:45)
2. Closer to the Heart (3:08)
3. Beneath, Between & Behind (2:34)
4. Jacob’s Ladder (8:46)
1. Broon’s Bane (1:37)
2. The Trees (4:50)
3. Xanadu (12:09)
1. Freewill (5:31)
2. Tom Sawyer (4:59)
3. La Villa Strangiato (9:37)
The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current moniker in January 1984, the band performed under the names Southern Death Cult and Death Cult. They gained a dedicated following in the UK in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band.
Artist: The Cult
Label: Beggars Banquet Records
Catalog# BEG A85
Love is the second album by British rock band The Cult, released in 1985 on Beggars Banquet Records. The album was the band’s commercial breakthrough.
Love displayed a marked improvement over the Cult‘s early material, and though it remains underappreciated in America. Equal parts psychedelic hard rock and new wave goth, the songs on Love emanate a bright guitar sheen, tight arrangements, crisp drumming, and a command performance from vocalist Ian Astbury, who as usual says a lot more with less than most singers. Overall, the album benefits from a wonderful sense of space, thanks in large part to guitarist Billy Duffy (who is much more subdued here than on future releases), whose restraint is especially notable on “Revolution” and the remarkably uncluttered title track. Duffy also provides compelling melodies (“Hollow Man,” “Revolution”), driving riffs (“Nirvana,” “The Phoenix”), and even a U2-like intro to “Big Neon Glitter.” Also on offer is the near-perfect “She Sells Sanctuary” and the smash hit “Rain,” quite possibly the band’s most appealing single ever. Considering the musical schizophrenia that would plague each subsequent Cult release, Love just may be the band’s purest moment.
1. Nirvana (5:24)
2. Big Neon Glitter (4:56)
3. Love (5:31)
4. Brother Wolf, Sister Moon (6:47)
5. Rain (3:55)
1. The Phoenix (5:04)
2. Hollow Man (4:45)
3. Revolution (5:25)
4. She Sells Sanctuary (4:21)
5. Black Angel (5:25)
Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Title: Chicago X
Label: CBS Records
Chicago X is the eighth studio album, and tenth album overall, (hence the title) by the American band Chicago and was released on June 14, 1976. The album is notable for its soulfulness, and Chicago’s first number one hit, If You Leave Me Now. The album art depicts a partially unwrapped chocolate bar with the band’s logo on it.
Although it was their tenth release Chicago X (1976) was actually the band’s eighth studio effort — as Chicago IV (1972) had been a live set from Carnegie Hall and Chicago IX (1975), which precedes this disc, was their first best-of collection. Musically, the combo had effectively abandoned their extended free-form jazz leanings for more succinct pop songs. That is not to say that the band couldn’t rock, because they could as evidenced by the Terry Kath (guitar/vocals) full-tilt rave-up “Once or Twice,” which commences the album. The hot brass section bows deeply and respectfully to their Muscle Shoals counterparts as Kath does his best funky Otis Redding vocal. Showing his tremendous depth of field, Kath bookends the LP with the empowering and positive “Hope for Love.” In between those two extremes are some of Chicago‘s best-known works — such as Peter Cetera‘s (bass/vocals) chart-topping light rock epic “If You Leave Me Now” and Robert Lamm‘s (keyboards/vocals) “Another Rainy Night in New York City.” The latter side also reveals a minor motif, as it is a Latin-based song about the Big Apple. It follows in the footsteps of the improv-heavy “Italian from New York” from their previous studio effort, the fusion-filled Chicago VII (1974). Lamm contributes a few other tucked-away classics to Chicago X as well — such as the aggressive and sexy “You Get It Up.” There are also a pair from James Pankow(trombone/vocals) in the form of the syncopated “You Are on My Mind” — which crossed over onto both the adult contemporary as well as pop music charts. His other composition is the classy brass of “Skin Tight.” The upfront horn interjections and overall augmentation are akin to the sound made famous by their West Coast Tower of Power contemporaries. As a majority of their previous efforts had done — all sans their debut — Chicago X was a Top Ten album and “If You Leave Me Now” became a double Grammy winner, for both Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo Group or Chorus and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The latter award was actually not given to the band, but rather to noted string arranger Jimmie Haskell and the group’s longtime producer, James William Guercio. Another well-deserved Grammy was given to John Berg for his visually enticing cover art — depicting Chicago‘s logo on the wrapper of what otherwise appears to be a Hershey chocolate bar. As the disc was released in the summer of the U.S. bicentennial (1976), the all-American image was undoubtedly and duly noted.
1. Once or Twice (3:01)
2. You Are on My Mind (3:24)
3. Skin Tight (3:20)
4. If You Leave Me Now (3:58)
5. Together Again (3:53)
6. Another Rainy Day in New York City (3:03)
1. Mama Mama (3:31)
2. Scrapbook (3:28)
3. Gently I’ll Wake You (3:36)
4. You Get It Up (3:34)
5. Hope for Love (3:04)
Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet (born 18 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter and performer noted for her bluesy contralto voice. She came to prominence as half of the duo Yazoo, but has since mainly worked as a solo artist.
Artist: Alison Moyet
Label: CBS Records
Alf is the debut solo studio album of British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, her first since leaving early 1980s synthpop duo Yazoo (also known as Yaz). Released on 9 November 1984, the album, which took its title from the singer’s nickname.
Alison Moyet‘s solo debut moves away from the all-electronic backing of her two-album partnership with Vince Clarke in Yaz, but ironically, those two albums sound much less dated in retrospect than Alf itself. Hooking up with Bananarama‘s producers, Tony Swain and Steve Jolley, Moyet delivers an enormous, walloping mid-’80s pop sound that constantly threatens to overwhelm both the songs, which are a mixed bag, and occasionally even the formidably voiced singer herself. Several tracks make it through the production mill unscathed, notably the singles “All Cried Out” and “Love Resurrection,” but the album’s pinnacle is the remarkable “Invisible,” a soulful shouter penned by Motown great Lamont Dozier that’s among the great R&B pop singles of the ’80s. Moyet tears into the song’s emotional chorus with more ferocity than on the rest of the album, and the song is as melodically sturdy as any of Dozier‘s previous hits. Some of the other tracks would benefit from less-overbearing production, most notably the chilling “Where Hides Sleep,” making Alf one of those albums that sounds better once the listener has mentally undressed the songs a bit.
1. Love Resurrection (3:47)
2. Honey For The Bees (4:04)
3. For You Only (3:56)
4. Invisible (3:55)
5. Steal Me Blind (3:14)
1. All Cried Out (6:44)
2. Money Mile (3:40)
3. Twisting The Knife (3:27)
4. Where Hides Sleep (4:17)
Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2016, the band currently consists of Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), and Tom Petersson (bass).
Artist: Cheap Trick
Title: All Shook Up
Label: Epic Records
All Shook Up is a 1980 album by Cheap Trick. It was their fifth studio album and sixth release overall. It was produced by former Beatles producer George Martin. As such, this was the first album since their debut to be produced by someone other than Tom Werman.
All Shook Up was even quirkier than its predecessor, the platinum-selling Dream Police. Many of its songs were less radio friendly and more experimental, and the cover art, influenced by Magritte’s Time Transfixed, led many to question what the band was trying to accomplish. However, at the time, Cheap Trick had severed ties with long-time producer Tom Werman and took the opportunity to take their sound in a different direction. With the assistance of producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, many of the songs have a dimension not found on any other Cheap Trick album. “Stop This Game” was the only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but “Just Got Back” and “World’s Greatest Lover” continue to be fan favorites. “I Love You Honey But I Hate Your Friends” contains a lyrical reference to “Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School”, a song, released on the band’s 1977 debut album.
The band performed the songs “Baby Loves to Rock” and “Can’t Stop It But I’m Gonna Try” on the January 17, 1981 episode of Saturday Night Live.
There were several homages to The Beatles on this album. “Stop This Game” opens and closes with a droning guitar note similar to the piano chord that ends “A Day in the Life.” The bridge to “Baby Loves to Rock” features the line “Not in Russia!” with the sound of an airplane in the background, a subtle reference to “Back in the U.S.S.R.” “World’s Greatest Lover” has vocals reminiscent of John Lennon.
“World’s Greatest Lover” also cops the intro to “Big Balls“; Rick Nielsen wrote “Love Comes A-Tumblin’ Down” for the recently deceased Bon Scott.
“Go For the Throat (Use Your Own Imagination)” references “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)” by The Stranglers.
1. Stop This Game (3:54)
2. Just Got Back (2:04)
3. Baby Loves To Rock (3:17)
4. Can’t Stop It But I’m Gonna Try (3:30)
5. World’s Greatest Lover (4:50)
1. High Priest Of Rhythmic Noise (4:10)
2. Love Comes A-Tumblin’ Down (3:06)
3. I Love You Honey But I Hate Your Friends (3:49)
4. Go For The Throat (Use Your Own Imagination) (3:01)
5. Who D’ King 2:16
Label: Salsoul Records
Catalog# SA 8548
Skyy Line is the fourth album by New York City based group Skyy released in 1981 on Salsoul Records.
In its early iterations, the New York-based band Skyy visually took it’s cues from the Earth, Wind, & Fire look–the funky, shiny one-piece jumpsuits, etc. But the Brass Construction’s Randy Mueller–who was the producer for Skyy–had them follow a different sound, using their guitars and the three voices of the Dunning sisters–Denise, Dolores, and Bonny. As a result, they were a quieter version of Mueller’s band; but had a more driven and funkier sound.
The sound of Skyy reached a full maturity with Skyyline, and may have best been represented by the cover, in which the band dropped the EWF look for suits and skirts.
Skyy Line included the tune “When You Touch Me,” the top twenty R&B single “Let’s Celebrate,” and the big hit, “Call Me.” (True fans of 1980s R&B will remember the infamous line “here’s my number and a dime, call me anytime.”) “Call Me” shot to the top of the R&B chart, number three on the Dance chart and number twenty-six on the Pop chart, making it the band’s first and only Top 40 pop hit. Thanks to the success of “Call Me,” Skyy Line went gold, making it to number one on the U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs chart and the Top 20 on the album chart.
1. Let’s Celebrate (5:32)
2. Call Me (6:21)
3. Girl In Blue (4:24)
1. Jam The Box (4:54)
2. When You Touch Me (3:38)
3. Gonna Get It On (4:13)
4. Get Into The Beat (4:28)