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16
Dec

Journey – Escape (1981) – Lp

by Vinyl-Facts

 

 

Escape (stylized as E5C4P3 on the album cover) is the seventh studio album by American rock band Journey, released in 1981. It topped the American Billboard 200 chart and features four hit Billboard Hot 100 singles – “Don’t Stop Believin’” (#9), “Who’s Crying Now” (#4), “Still They Ride” (#19) and “Open Arms” (#2) – plus rock radio staple “Stone in Love.”
Escape was the band’s first album with keyboardist Jonathan Cain who replaced founding keyboardist Gregg Rolie after he left the band at the end of 1980. The album was co-produced by former Lynyrd Skynyrd sound technician Kevin Elson and one-time Queen engineer Mike Stone, who also engineered the album.
Escape flung Journey steadfastly into the AOR arena, combining Neal Schon‘s grand yet palatable guitar playing with Jonathan Cain‘s blatant keyboards. All this was topped off by the passionate, wide-ranged vocals of Steve Perry, who is the true lifeblood of this album, and this band.
The songs on Escape are more rock-flavored, with more hooks and a harder cadence compared to their former sound. “Who’s Crying Now” spotlights the sweeping fervor of Perry‘s voice, whose theme about the ups and downs of a relationship was plentiful in Journey‘s repertoire. With “Don’t Stop Believing,” the whisper of Perry‘s ardor is crept up to with Schon‘s searing electric guitar work, making for a perfect rock song. One of rock’s most beautiful ballads, “Open Arms,” gleams with an honesty and feel only Steve Perry could muster.
Outside of the singles, there is a certain electricity that circulates through the rest of the album. The songs are timeless, and as a whole, they have a way of rekindling the innocence of youthful romance and the rebelliousness of growing up, built from heartfelt songwriting and sturdy musicianship.

 

Side A
A1. Don’t Stop Believin’  (4:09)
A2. Stone In Love  (4:24)
A3. Who’s Crying Now  (5:00)
A4. Keep On Runnin’  (3:39)
A5. Still They Ride  (3:46)

Side B
B1. Escape  (5:15)
B2. Lay It Down  (4:12)
B3. Dead Or Alive  (3:20)
B4. Mother, Father  (5:27)
B5. Open Arms  (3:17)

 

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Notes
Released: July 31, 1981
Recorded: April–June 1981
Produced for Mike Stone Enterprises, Ltd./Elson Music Vision.
Recorded and mixed at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California.
Mastered at Masterdisk, Inc., New York.
Genre: Rock
Length: 42:46
Label – CBS ‎460185 1

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U-89Va1I-LJhSW7bP_7kZfzIWcik1GFo/view?usp=sharing

16
Dec

Ph.D. – Ph.D. (1981) – Lp

by Vinyl-Facts

 

 

PhD were a British group best known for their UK Top 10 hitI Won’t Let You Down” in April 1982, although the song had been a hit the previous year throughout Europe. The band took its name from the initial letters of its three founding members’ surnames; Phillips, Hymas and Diamond. The name was written so as to be a visual pun on the letters denoting a degree of the same name.
Singer Jim Diamond formed the group with former Jeff Beck Group members Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips in the early 1980s. Their self-titled début album, originally released in 1981, spawned a hit with their ballad “I Won’t Let You Down” which peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart in 1982.
“Little Suzi’s on the Up” had a video that looks like a parody of “Strictly Come Dancing”, and was covered in 1986 by hair metal band Tesla (They played it when I saw them at the State Fair last year). Some songs like “War Years” and “Poor City” seem more relevant now than in the early ’80s. It’s almost as if a real Ph.D. wrote the lyrics!
There’s little guitar and no bass. What separates this from most of the synth-pop of the day was the use of real drums instead of a Linn or Fairlight. Here, they’re mainly from Simon Phillips, a seasoned veteran session player with hundreds of credits. He was in Jeff Beck’s band with Hymas and later in Toto.

 

Side A
A1. Little Suzi’s On The Up  (2:56)
A2. War Years  (3:19)
A3. Oh Maria (2:48)
       Drums – Mark Craney
A4. Oo Sha Sha  (3:29)
A5. I Won’t Let You Down  (4:21)

Side B
B1. There’s No Answer To It  (3:15)
B2. Poor City (3:33)
        Acoustic Guitar – Phil Palmer
        Drums – Mark Craney 
B3. Up Down  (4:07)
B4. Hollywood Signs  (3:23)
B5. Radio To On (3:32)
        Saxophone [Tenor] – Stan Sulzmann
        Soprano Vocals – Jane Manning 

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Credits

Notes
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Length: 34:25
Label – WEA ‎Records

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S43d_CDX8Z4_x1nQBqmfsLGyNLIfVq1h/view?usp=sharing

16
Dec

Normaal – Oerend Hard (1977) – Lp

by Vinyl Facts

 

 

Normaal was een Nederlandse rockgroep die als de grondlegger van de boerenrock wordt gezien. De groep werd begin 1973 door Bennie Jolink (Buizen Beernd) en Jan Manschot (Brekken Jan Schampschot) opgericht en brak in 1977 door met de hit Oerend Hard. Het zingen in het lokale dialect (het Achterhoeks) werd het handelsmerk van de groep.
Eind 1973 richtten drummer Jan Manschot en zanger-gitarist Bennie Jolink een band op. Gitarist Ferdi Joly, die net als Jan en Bennie ook in Enschede gestudeerd had, en de latere bassist Willem Terhorst werden, na vele wisselingen, de andere leden van de band. De band begon overigens pas begin 1974 te repeteren. Na een brainstormsessie onder de muzikanten werd besloten de groep Normaal te noemen. Eind 1974 hadden ze hun eerste optreden als “Amusementsorkest Normaal”.
Het eerste grote optreden was tijdens het Lochem Popfestival (De Popmeeting, 1975), dat traditioneel op Hemelvaartsdag gehouden werd. Het zingen in de Achterhoekse streektaal werd een handelsmerk. Kort daarop volgde de hit Oerend hard (1977). Normaal wordt daarmee wel als grondlegger van de dialectpop beschouwd.
Door middel van stunts, veelal bedacht door manager Joost Carlier, en een geslaagde videoclip van Oerend Hard weet Normaal veel aandacht te genereren. Oerend Hard is in de lente de eerste grote hit van de Achterhoekers. Vele zullen volgen. In augustus hebben de Normaal-muzikanten de beroepsstatus. Kop uit een krantenartikel: ‘Normaal is geen groep, maar een levenshouding’. Subkop: ‘Wij zijn boerenhufters uit de Achterhoek en geen gladde stoepenboys uit de grote stad’. Het album Oerend Hard, in één keer opgenomen, schopt het bijna tot de album top 10. De nummers “Oerend Hard” en “Alie” worden op single uitgebracht en worden hits.

 

Side A
A1. Oerend Hard  (4:03)
A2. Doar Baal Ik Van  (4:19)
A3. Oh Dearne (Written-By – C. Berry)  (2:36)
A4. Ik Zag Niks Want …  (2:47)
A5. Hie Hef Geliek  (3:21)
A6. Noar ‘T Café (Written-By – W. Terhorst)  (3:14)

Side B
B1. Alie  (2:46)
B2. Ik Bun Een Rocker  (3:09)
B3. A-a-auw  (2:59)
B4. Deerntjen  (4:23)
B5. Wat Mot ‘N Mens Dan Anders Doen  (3:12)
B6. Zieuwentse Karmis  (3:15)

 

Credits

 

Notes
Released: 1977
Genre: Nederrock
Tijdsduur: 40:04
Label: Killroy ‎Records

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vl3jlDS7ccaF3b9WfRXHgiJ_YHzWgJpz/view?usp=sharing

15
Dec

Jesus Culture – Awakening: Live From Chicago (2011)

by Record facts

Jesus Culture is an American international Christian revivalist youth outreach ministry that was formed at the Bethel Church of Redding, California. Jesus Culture Ministry hosts conferences and operates a record label, Jesus Culture Music, to share its message and spread worship. In 2013, Jesus Culture moved to plant a church in Sacramento. Meetings started on September 14, 2014.

Jesus Culture Music is the music label for the Jesus Culture Ministry. Its albums feature the worship of the Jesus Culture band, performing a mix of original and cover songs.

Youth worship leaders Kim Walker-Smith, Melissa How and Chris Quilala, long active with the youth group at Bethel Church in Redding, became the core of the Jesus Culture band.Jesus Culture states the purpose of music in their movement is to “ignite revival in the nations of the earth; to compel the Body of Christ to radically abandon itself to a lifestyle of worship; to encounter His extravagant love and raw power.”

Recorded live over three days in Chicago at Jesus Culture’s Awakening 2011 conference, this is Jesus Culture’s 6th full-length album. This recording features worship songs by the Jesus Culture Band as well as songs from Jake Hamilton, Kristene DiMarco, and Byran & Katie Torwalt.

“Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago” reveals the significance that took place at Jesus Culture’s first arena gathering. A generation was marked by the power and presence of God during this 3-day event as believers joined together to passionately worship Jesus. As a ministry, Jesus Culture wanted to capture the sound of a generation giving themselves wholeheartedly to Jesus.This 2-disc Jesus Culture album features Jesus Culture Music artists Jake Hamilton, Kristene DiMarco, and Bryan & Katie Torwalt. With 16 powerful worship tracks, including originals like “Awaken Me” and “Father of Lights” and re-visited favorites such as “We Are Hungry”, “Dance” and “The Anthem”, this live album gives you a chance to be a part of what took place at this monumental event.

“I believe God is awakening a generation whose hearts are burning to see Jesus exalted in the nations. For three days in Chicago we gathered to lift up the name of Jesus. I was encouraged to see not only the hunger for God so evident in a generation but their passion to not only worship God wholeheartedly for three days but to give their lives fully in worship. I believe hope is alive and well in the nations because there is a generation whose passion and focus is to love Jesus with all of their heart and make Him known in earth.”

 

Tracklist

1. Awaken Me – 8:52
    Alto Vocals – Chris Quilala

2. Father Of Lights – 6:50
    Alto Vocals – Kim Walker-Smith

3. Perfect Love (Father Of Lights Reprise) – 4:36
    Alto Vocals – Kim Walker-Smith 

4. Break Every Chain – 8:07
    Alto Vocals – Kristene DiMarco

5. Glorious – 4:31
    Alto Vocals – Katie Torwalt 

6. My Everything – 9:07
    Alto Vocals – Chris Quilala

7. Nothing But The Blood – 4:02
    Alto Vocals – Chris Quilala 

8. Dance – 5:18
    Alto Vocals – Kim Walker-Smith

9. He Is Faithful – 7:51
    Alto Vocals – Bryan Torwalt

10. Burning Ones – 8:00
      Alto Vocals – Chris Quilala

11. Holy Are You (Burning Ones Reprise) – 4:26
     Alto Vocals – Chris Quilala 

12. I Surrender – 7:36
     Alto Vocals – Kim Walker-Smith

13. We Are Hungry – 7:02
     Alto Vocals – Chris Quilala

14. Fill Me Up – 7:01
     Alto Vocals – Kim Walker-Smith

15. Holding Nothing Back – 4:14
     Alto Vocals – Chris Quilala

16. The Anthem – 6:04
     Alto Vocals – Jake Hamilton

 

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Credits

 

Notes

Release date: November 29, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Christian, Soft Rock
Length: 1:44:28

Label – Jesus Culture Music

15
Dec

The Independents – Discs Of Gold (1974)

by Record Facts

The Chicago-based R&B/Soul vocal group The Independents (Charles “Chuck” Jackson – half-brother of civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson – Maurice Jackson (no relation), Helen Curry and Eric Thomas) had what can only be described as a strange recording career when you look at the chart results. Recording for Florence Greenberg’s Wand Records, they only had 8 singles released from 1972 to 1974 and 7 of the 8 made the R&B Top 20, with the other one making the Top 40.

They scored several hits on the U.S. Pop and R&B charts. Their 1973 song “Leaving Me” reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained on the chart for 14 weeks. Sales of over a million copies led to a gold record being awarded by the R.I.A.A. on May 23, 1973.

A good history of Independents recordings. Calling them Discs of Gold, however, is a stretch; most of these cuts didn’t go gold. The members were Chuck Jackson (younger brother of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson), Maurice Jackson, Eric Thomas, and sole female Helen Curry. Chuck handles the leads in a smooth baritone, sometimes adding a meandering slow rap to some of the songs, while the group harmonizes like a mini-choir. “Understated” best describes this LP; neither Chuck nor the group ever break loose and let it all hang. Wilson Pickett would have been screaming all over these tracks.

After the group broke up and recording the solo albums, “Passionate Breezes” and “Gonna Getcha Love”, Chuck Jackson, along with fellow group member Marvin Yancy, achieved success as the producers and writers for most of Natalie Cole‘s early chart releases and also had success with Phyllis Hyman and Ronnie Dyson. Jackson is the half-brother of the Reverend Jesse Jackson and is not related to singer Chuck Jackson.

 

Tracklist

1.  Leaving Me  (C. Jackson, M. Yancy) – 3:20 
2.  It’s All Over  (C. Jackson, M. Yancy) – 3:35 
3.  I Love You, Yes I Do  (J. Jiles, M. Barge) – 2:50 
4.  In The Valley Of My World (C. Jackson, M. Yancy)  -4:25 
5.  Just As Long As You Need Me  (C. Jackson, J. Butler, M. Yancy) – 6:08 
6.  Baby I’ve Been Missing You  (C. Jackson, M. Yancy) – 3:48 
7.  The First Time We Met (C. Jackson, M. Yancy)  – 4:08 
8.  Arise And Shine (Let’s Get It On)  (C. Jackson, M. Yancy) – 3:19 
9.  I Just Want To Be There  (J. Jiles, M. Barge) – 3:23 
10.  Let This Be A Lesson To You  (C. Jackson, M. Yancy) – 5:01

 

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Credits

 

Notes

Released 1974
Genre: Funk/Soul
Length: 43:32

Label – Wand Records

15
Dec

Peter Green – In The Skies (1979)

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In the Skies is an album by British blues rock musician Peter Green, who was the founder of Fleetwood Mac and a member from 1967–70. Released in 1979, this was his second solo album and the first after eight years of obscurity.

Accompanying Green on this album were several experienced session musicians, including Snowy White, who went on to work with Pink Floyd before joining Thin Lizzy. White contributed some of the lead guitar work on the album since Green was not yet fully comfortable with his return to recording after his long break. Also present was Green’s colleague and friend from his earliest bands, Peter Bardens.

All tracks were written by Peter Green, with some of the lyrics written by Green’s then wife Jane.

After almost a decade of personal, drug-addled hell since his 1970 debut The End of the Game, Peter Green begins his comeback with In the Skies, and a title tune that sounds downright hopeful compared to where he left off. Although Green shares lead guitar work with Snowy White, it’s clear from his fluid technique and haunting tone that he can still play.
“A Fool No More” is the kind of slow blues Green excels at. Robin Trower drummer Reg Isidore gives way on one track to Godfrey McLean, who played on The End of the Game. Green dips even farther back into his past, courtesy of keyboards by Pete Bardens, who gave him his first professional music job in 1966 in a band with Mick Fleetwood. Green‘s singing, never a particular strength, is not a weakness here.
Five of the nine songs are instrumentals, continuing a longtime Green tradition. It’s an unambitious but solid and welcome return by a guitarist who in his prime rivaled Eric Clapton.
If that seems far-fetched, listen to A Hard Road by John Mayall’s Bluebreakers or Then Play On by Fleetwood Mac.

 

Track listing

  1. “In the Skies” (Peter Green, Jane Green) – 3:52
  2. “Slabo Day” (Peter Green, Snowy White, Reg Isidore, Lennox Langton, Peter Bardens, Kuma Harada) – 5:12
  3. “A Fool No More” (Peter Green) – 7:46
  4. “Tribal Dance” (Peter Green, White, Isidore, Langton) – 4:29
  5. “Seven Stars” (Peter Green, Jane Green) – 3:10
  6. “Funky Chunk” (Peter Green, White, Isidore, Langton, Bardens, Harada) – 4:16
  7. “Just for You” (Peter Green, Jane Green, White, Isidore) – 4:39
  8. “Proud Pinto” (Peter Green) – 3:42
  9. “Apostle” (Peter Green) – 3:12

 

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Personnel

Production

  • Produced by Peter Vernon-Kell

Notes

Release date: May 1979
Recorded: Autumn 1977 in England at Lansdowne, Morgan, Vineyard, Ramport & Advision Studios.
Genre: Blues rock
Length: 40:18

Label – PVK/EMI

14
Dec

It´s A Beautiful Day – Choice Quality Stuff/Anytime (1971)

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It’s a Beautiful Day is an American band formed in San Francisco, California, in 1967, featuring vocalist Pattie Santos along with violinist David LaFlamme and his wife, Linda LaFlamme, on keyboards.

David LaFlamme, who as a youth had formerly once performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, had previously been in the group Orkustra playing five-string violin. The other members of It’s a Beautiful Day in its early years were Hal Wagenet (guitar), Mitchell Holman (bass) and Val Fuentes (drums). Although they were one of the earliest and most important San Francisco bands to emerge from 1967’s social phenomenon Summer of Love, the band never quite achieved the success of contemporaries such as Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana, with whom they had connections. The band created a unique blend of rock, jazz, folk, classical, and world-beat styles during the initial seven years it was officially together.

Choice Quality Stuff/Anytime is not only the third long-player from It’s a Beautiful Day, it also includes a personnel unique from either of its predecessors. This revolving-door musical cast ultimately resulted in decades of litigation. Perhaps most importantly, it also accounts for the disparate musical styles accompanying all three of the band’s albums.
Further, it was during the creation of this disc that lineup number two was replaced by lineup number three — netting a separate band for the “Choice Quality Stuff” side and the “Anytime” side. It’s a Beautiful Day, in essence, was becoming somewhat of a loose aggregate of Bay Area “all stars” by 1972.

When the dust eventually settled, listeners were treated to notable contributions from Santana members Jose Chepitó Areas (percussion), Coke Escovedo (percussion), and Gregg Rolie (keyboards), as well as Bill Atwood (trumpet) — who had already begun making a name for himself with contributions to MaloCold Blood, and the Grateful Dead. The album also includes licks from Bruce Steinberg (mouth harp), who was better known for his LP cover artwork than musical abilities.
A pleasant surprise is that this incarnation is as interesting in the grooves — on tracks such as “Words” or “Bitter Wine” — as they might seem on paper. However, any enthusiasts of the progressive rock leanings on their first release or even the decidedly pastoral work of Marrying Maiden would have been, quite frankly, at a loss for a majority of Choice Quality Stuff/Anytime.
There is a distinct blues-based rock & roll attitude on “Creed of Love” and “Bye Bye Baby,” which are more similar to Brit bluesmen John Mayall and Jeff Beck than any previous It’s a Beautiful Day outing. This album is far from a washout. It is likewise remote in its musical representation of the band’s previous sound.

 

Tracklist

1.  Creed of Love (3:38)
2.  Bye Bye Baby (3:20)
3.  The Grand Camel Suite (2:47)
4.  No Word for Glad (3:03)
5.  Lady Love (2:46)
6.  Words (2:56)
7.  Place of Dreams (3:01)
8.  Oranges and Apples (2:24)
9.  Anytime (3:35)
10.  Bitter Wine (3:01)
11.  Misery Loves Company (2:51)

 

Line-up / Musicians

– David LaFlamme / violin, vocals
– Val Fuentes / drums, vocals
– Pattie Santos / percussion, vocals
– Hal Wagenet / guitar, vocals
– Michael Holman / bass
– Fred Webb / keyboards, vocals
– Bill Gregory / guitar
– Tom Fowler / bass

Guests possibly include:
– José Chepitó Areas / percussion
– Bill Atwood / trumpet
– Coke Escovedo / percussion
– Bob Ferreira / saxophone
– Van Hughes / trombone
– Sid Page / violin
– Charles Peterson / saxophone
– Gregg Rolie / keyboards
– Bruce Steinberg / harmonica
– Rolf Stuart / flute

 

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Credits

 

Notes

Release Date: 1971
Recorded at: Columbia Studios, San Francisco.
Genre: Rock Blues
Styles: Psychedelic/Garage
Length: 33:25

Label – CBS Records

14
Dec

Gino Vannelli – Brother To Brother (1978)

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Brother to Brother is the sixth studio album by Canadian singer Gino Vannelli and it was also his last for A&M Records. The album was released in 1978 and featured “I Just Wanna Stop“, Vannelli’s highest-charting single to date in both the US and Canada,.

By this point, Vannelli has pared away the often-bizarre edges of his sound and became more mainstream. That’s not a bad thing. This album’s predecessor, A Pauper in Paradise, seemed to blow up his pretensions to skyscraper size with only the melodic and gorgeous “The Surest Things Can Change” coming out unscathed.
The good news is that Brother to Brother seems to pick up from that point. The big hit here, the sexy and confident “I Just Want to Stop,” gets a great vocal from Vannelli and the backing vocalists.

Throughout, this one gets the sense that Vannelli finally got what made him special vocally and lyrically. “Love and Emotion” and “Feel Like Flying” have a maturity that he couldn’t have pulled off two albums before.
That is also true of the pensive “Wheels of Life,” a song that’s so melodically rich and thought-provoking, it’s surprising that Peabo Bryson didn’t cover it on one of his albums. Gino Vannelli’s often more personal than more artists, and the final track proves it. The sleek and well-arranged “People I Belong To” has Vannelli examining the lives of his parents and brothers in a way that can’t help but be affecting.
After a few years of successful albums for A&M, Brother to Brother coalesced the sound and is recommended to fans of pop and R&B.

 

Tracklist

  1. “Appaloosa” (4:44)
  2. “The River Must Flow” (3:48)
  3. I Just Wanna Stop” (3:37)
  4. “Love and Emotion” (3:49)
  5. “Feel Like Flying” (5:17)
  6. “Brother to Brother” (7:16)
  7. “Wheels of Life” (4:14)
  8. “The Evil Eye” (4:14)
  9. “People I Belong To” (4:01)

All songs written by Gino Vannelli except tracks 3 and 4 written by Ross Vannelli

 

Personnel

 

Companies, etc.

 

Credits

 

Notes

Release date: September 1978
Recorded: 1977 Studio Davlen Recording Studio, North Hollywood, California
Genre: Jazz-fusion, Funk pop
Length: 41:00

Label – A&M Records

10
Dec

Charles & Eddy – Duophonic (1992)

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Charles & Eddie were an American soul music duo composed of Charles Pettigrew and Eddie Chacon. They are primarily known for their singleWould I Lie to You?“, taken from their 1992 debut album, Duophonic.
The song won Ivor Novello Awards in 1993 in the Best Contemporary Song, Best Selling Song and International Hit of the Year categories.

Duophonic is the debut album by American vocal duo Charles & Eddie, released in 1992.
The album has influences of “classic Northern soul of the ’60s and ’70s”, and includes the worldwide smash hit “Would I Lie to You?” along with two further singles: “NYC (Can You Believe This City?)” and “House Is Not a Home”.

At a time when urban radio was obsessed with the hip-hop-minded new jack swing of Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown, and Guy (among others), Charles & Eddie turned to pre-1980 African-American music for inspiration. The male vocal duo’s first album, Duophonic, owes a major debt to the classic Northern soul of the ’60s and ’70s.
This CD came out in 1992, but Duophonic is quite mindful of the days when Curtis Mayfield, the Spinners, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye soared to the top of the R&B charts.
Duophonic, however, isn’t hardcore soul, and no one will mistake this release for a Temptations album from 1970.

Rather, Charles & Eddie show their appreciation of classic soul in a very pop-friendly way, and the obvious comparisons include Simply Red, Terence Trent d’Arby, and Culture Club.
Charles & Eddie aren’t R&B purists, which isn’t to say that they aren’t expressive — only that soul and pop considerations are both a part of what they do.

Duophonic is a solid debut, and the duo shows a great deal of promise on smooth pop-soul offerings such as “Love Is a Beautiful Thing” and the hit single “Would I Lie to You.”
Most of the songs deal with romantic matters, although Duophonic detours into sociopolitical territory on “Father to Son” and “Unconditional.”
Both of these songs indicate that Charles & Eddie are well aware of the sociopolitical soul classics of the early ’70s — one gets the impression that both of them have spent a lot of time listening to Mayfield‘s Superfly soundtrack and Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On album.

Anyone who is a big fan of Simply Red, d’Arby, or Culture Club is advised to give Duophonic a close listen.

 

Tracklist

1. “House Is Not a Home”  (Eddie Chacon, J. Freed)  – 4:46
2. “NYC (Can You Believe This City?)”  (Chacon, Freed)  – 5:45
3. “Would I Lie to You?”  (Mick Leeson, Peter Vale)  – 4:38
4. “Hurt No More”  (Chacon, Freed)  – 4:33
5. “I Understand”  (Charles Pettigrew)  – 1:10
6. “Unconditional”  (Chacon, Andy Dean, Ben Wolff)  – 4:40
7. “Love Is a Beautiful Thing”  (Seth Swirsky)  – 4:45
8. “Father to Son”  (Chacon, Dean, Wolff)  – 5:40
9. “December 2”  (Chacon)  – 1:53
10. “Be a Little Easy on Me”  (Diane Warren)  – 5:07
11. “Vowel Song”  (Chacon, Dean, Wolff)  – 4:15
12. “Where Do We Go from Here?”  (Chacon)  – 4:13
13. “Shine” (includes untitled hidden track starting from 5:50)   (Chacon, Freed, Rafeal Hernandez)  – 7:00

 

Personnel

  • Charles Pettigrew – vocals, backing vocals
  • Eddie Chacon – percussion, vocals, backing vocals
  • Jeff Anderson – bass
  • Jean-Paul Bourelly – guitar
  • Chris Bruce – guitar
  • Berry Carl – backing vocals
  • Michael Davis – trombone, horn
  • Josh Deutsch – guitar, programming, loops
  • Amp Fiddler – organ, piano, clavinet, Fender Rhodes, wurlitzer
  • Yossi Fine – bass
  • David Fiuczynski – guitar
  • Paul Gordon – organ, piano, keyboards
  • Paul Griffin – organ, keyboards
  • Lani Groves – backing vocals
  • Lonnie Hillyer – bass, guitar
  • Garry Hughes – percussion, strings, keyboards, programming, clavinet, sampling, loops, fender rhodes, keyboard programming
  • Gene Lake – drums
  • Daniel Sadownick – percussion
  • Greg Smith – programming
  • Kent Smith – trumpet, horn
  • Andy Snitzer – horn, saxophone
  • Laneese Thomas – backing vocals
  • Vaneese Thomas – backing vocals
  • Ed Tuton – programming, loops
  • Andrew Wyatt – backing vocals
  • Carla Azar – drums

 

Production

  • Janice Prendergast – project coordinator
  • Andy Dean, Ben Wolff, Josh Deutsch – producers
  • Art Smith – assistant producer
  • Engineers: Michael Christopher, Bradshaw Leigh, Ed Tuton
  • Assistant Engineers: Shannon Carr, Suzanne Dyer, Phil Klum, Joe Warda
  • Mixing: Femi Jiya, Ed Tuton
  • Mastering: Howie Weinberg
  • Richard Lohr – photograph

 

Notes

Release Date: August 31, 1992
Recorded: 1991–1992
Genre: R&B
Styles: Neo-Soul
Duration: 58:04

Label – Capitol Records

8
Dec

Don Felder – Airborne (1983)

by Record Facts

Donald William Felder (born September 21, 1947) is an American musician and songwriter, best known for his work as a lead guitarist for the Eagles from 1974 until his dismissal in 2001.

Don Felder was born in Gainesville, Florida, on September 21, 1947. He was raised in a Southern Baptist family.
Felder was first attracted to music after watching Elvis Presley live on The Ed Sullivan Show. He acquired his first guitar when he was about ten years old, which he has stated he exchanged with a friend at the five-and-dime for a handful of cherry bombs. A self-taught musician, he was heavily influenced by rock and roll. At the age of fifteen he started his first band, the Continentals. Around that time, he met Bernie Leadon who later became one of the founding members of the Eagles.

Following the 1980 breakup of the Eagles, Felder focused more on his family but also embarked on a solo career, concentrating on film composition and session work.

Airborne is the first solo album by former Eagles guitarist Don Felder recorded during the period that the band was broken up. It was his only solo album until 2012’s Road to Forever.

Felder’s surname on the album cover stylized similar to the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation logo, showing the similarity of spelling and Don Felder’s affinity for electric guitars manufactured by Fender.

For a member of such a phenomenally successful and visible group to release something so nondescript is really food for thought. Felder produced this effort, and he has friends galore pack the proceedings with lots of musicianship, the late Carlos Vega is on drums, as are Joe Vitale, Russ Kunkel, and Tris Imboden; fellow latter-day Eagle Timothy B. Schmit provides backing vocals, and there are appearances by Jeff Lorber, Joe Lala, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, and Albhy Galuten, but those talents aren’t enough to pull this one out of the bargain bins. With a mega-producer like Galuten contributing, one would think it prudent to invite him onboard to co-produce: His magic is part of what is missing here. The record sounds like “The Heat Is On,” Glenn Frey‘s very ’80s-sounding 1984 hit from Beverly Hills Cop, and years later that sound does not hold these songs up to the test of time. For the guy who co-wrote only one major Eagles title of note, “Hotel California,” this album of Felder originals just goes right through the listener. Kenny Loggins co-writes “Never Surrender” with the guitarist, but it just isn’t enough, melodies like the ones on “Who Tonight” show little creativity, and the transparent production gives those black-and-white numbers very little sparkle. “Who Tonight” has some of the feel of Danny Kirwan and Bob Welch‘s post-Fleetwood Mac solo work, and had they guest starred on lead vocals, it would have made a world of difference. Also, some outside material or even a long instrumental version of “Hotel California” would have given this collection something to hold onto. “Never Surrender” could be “Life in the Fast Lane” redux with none of its memorable qualities. As a vocalist, he doesn’t have dynamic range and seems to emulate Joe Walsh without the charm. The vocals on “Winners” are downright annoying, while “Haywire”‘s decent hook gets lost in the translation; it might have been a better track for another artist. Airborne plays like an album that was given to the artist out of respect for his work in the trenches rather than because he had something worthwhile to say.

 

Tracklist

1. “Bad Girls” – 4:48
2. “Winners” – 4:39
3. “Haywire” – 5:09
4. “Who Tonight” – 4:57
5. “Never Surrender” (Felder, Kenny Loggins) – 4:17
6. “Asphalt Jungle” – 4:11
7. “Night Owl” (Felder, George “Chocolate” Perry, Joe Vitale) – 4:33
8. “Still Alive” – 4:48

All tracks by Don Felder unless otherwise noted:

 

Personnel

 

Notes

Released:  1983
Recorded:  1983 at Radical Studios, Malibu; Rumbo Recorders, Los Angeles and Devonshire Sound Studios, North Hollywood
Genre:  Rock
Length: 37:22

Label – Asylum Records

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