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Paul Simon – Graceland (1986) – Lp

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon’s fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel.













Artist:  Paul Simon
Title:  Graceland
Year:  1986
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  915447-1

Graceland is the seventh solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Produced by Simon and Roy Halee, the album was released on August 25, 1986 by Warner Bros. Records. In the early 1980s, Simon’s career hit a low point. Following a very successful but contentious reunion with former partner Art Garfunkel, Simon’s marriage fell apart and his previous record, Hearts and Bones (1983), was a significant commercial disappointment. In 1984, after a period of depression, Simon became fascinated with a bootleg cassette of South African township music. He planned a trip to Johannesburg in the new year with Halee, where he spent two weeks recording with South African musicians.

Recorded between 1985–86, Graceland features an eclectic mixture of musical styles, including pop, rock, a cappella, zydeco, isicathamiya, and mbaqanga. Simon created new compositions inspired by the recordings made in Johannesburg, collaborating with both African and American artists. Simon faced controversy for seemingly breaking the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against South Africa because of its policy of apartheid. In addition, some critics viewed Graceland as an exploitive appropriation of their culture. Following its completion, Simon toured alongside South African musicians, combining the music of Graceland and their own music.

Despite the controversy, Graceland was a major commercial hit, becoming Simon’s most successful studio album. His highest-charting effort in over a decade, Simon’s return to the forefront of popular music was considered a remarkable comeback in a fickle music industry. It attracted excellent reviews from music critics, won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Graceland has frequently been called one of the best albums of the 1980s, and is present on lists of greatest albums created by numerous publications. It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2007, having been judged to meet the Registry’s admission criterion of being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”


Side one
1.  The Boy In The Bubble  (3:59)
2.  Graceland  (4:48)
3.  I Know What I Know  (3:13)
4.  Gumboots  (2:42)
5.  Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes  (5:34)

Side two
1.  You Can Call Me Al  (4:39)
2.  Under African Skies  (3:34)
3.  Homeless  (3:45)
4.  Crazy Love, Vol. II  (4:17)
5.  That Was Your Mother  (2:51)
6.  All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints  (3:15)


Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again (1983) – Lp

Depeche Mode are an English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group’s original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher and Vince Clarke.













Artist:  Depeche Mode
Title:  Construction Time Again
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Mute Records
Catalog#  540053

Construction Time Again is the third studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 22 August 1983 by Mute Records. This was the first Depeche Mode album with Alan Wilder as a full band member, who wrote the songs “Two Minute Warning” and “The Landscape Is Changing”, as well as the B-side “Fools”. The title comes from the second line of the first verse of the track “Pipeline”. It was supported by the Construction Time Again Tour.

The full addition of Alan Wilder to Depeche Mode‘s lineup created a perfect troika that would last another 11 years, as the combination of Martin Gore‘s songwriting, Wilder‘s arranging, and David Gahan‘s singing and live star power resulted in an ever more compelling series of albums and singles. Construction Time Again, the new lineup’s first full effort, is a bit hit and miss nonetheless, but when it does hit, it does so perfectly. Right from the album’s first song, “Love in Itself,” something is clearly up; Depeche never sounded quite so thick with its sound before, with synths arranged into a mini-orchestra/horn section and real piano and acoustic guitar spliced in at strategic points. Two tracks later, “Pipeline” offers the first clear hint of an increasing industrial influence (the bandmembers were early fans of Einstürzende Neubauten), with clattering metal samples and oddly chain gang-like lyrics and vocals. The album’s clear highlight has to be “Everything Counts,” a live staple for years, combining a deceptively simple, ironic lyric about the music business with a perfectly catchy but unusually arranged blending of more metallic scraping samples and melodica amid even more forceful funk/hip-hop beats. Elsewhere, on “Shame” and “Told You So,” Gore‘s lyrics start taking on more of the obsessive personal relationship studies that would soon dominate his writing. Wilder‘s own songwriting contributions are fine musically, but lyrically, “preachy” puts it mildly, especially the environment-friendly “The Landscape Is Changing.”

The album was recorded at John Foxx‘s Garden Studios in London, engineered by Gareth Jones and mixed at the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin.


Side one
1.  Love, In Itself   (4:29)
2.  More Than A Party  (4:45)
3.  Pipeline  (5:54)
4.  Everything Counts  (4:20)

Side two
1.  Two Minute Warning  (4:13)
2.  Shame  (3:51)
3.  The Landscape Is Changing  (4:49)
4.  Told You So  (4:26)
5.  And Then…  (4:35)
6.  Everything Counts  (0:59)


Boston – Don´t Look Back (1978) – Lp

Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists.













Artist:  Boston
Title:  Don´t Look Back
Year:  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.

The follow up to their amazingly successful debut album, “Don’t Look Back” picks up where the last album left off. With the glossy arena rock sound and radio friendly tracks, “Don’t Look Back” was sure to be a great follow up as well as another classic 70’s album. Although the guitarship would crash down after this album and the band would break apart and nothing would ever be the same, they still had ideas and it shows the most on this album. You can already see a more creative track list on this one compared to the debut album with songs being more stretched together for example, “Don’t Look Back” with the song “The Journey” being an instrumental bridge to “It’s Easy”. This also explains the reason why Tom Scholz was angry when he had to release the album before he wanted to. The record company didn’t give him the time he wanted to finish the project and that’s why it seems like there’s no reason why “The Journey” was put there when the album contains only eight songs just like the previous but the previous being a group of singles. But now that i’ve covered the main difference between this album and the first time to get into song details.

The song to start the album may be the most successful songs on the album, “Don’t Look Back” is a highly energized song filled with great licks and riffs. It also has some really motivational lyrics to go along with the music and in the end is one of Boston’s greatest songs. The second track “The Journey” is a minor instrumental filled with keyboards and guitars. “It’s Easy” follows that up and is another catchy song which is something Boston had already accomplished in their songs. “A Man I’ll Never Be” is the bands biggest ballad of the 70’s with layers of some of the bands most emotional guitar playing along with Brad Delp’s soft yet strong vocals. This song has a lot of tempo changes and almost ends on a loud note but really ends up with a nice paino piece. The next song “Feelin’ Satisfied”, carries a lot of sound from the previous album with its straight forward rock and roll sound. The chorus really rocks in this song and is sure to hook you at first listen. After this rock and roller comes another one with “Party”. Like the previous song it’s a pretty straight forward song about livin’ a rock and roll lifestyle. “Used to Bad News” is a really good song with a nice touch of great lyrics. You might enjoy the vocals the most on this one but the guitar riff is just as great. The final song to end the album “Don’t Be Afraid”, is another rocker with a hook for a chorus. The singing is energetic, backup vocals and all.

This album would mark the last time the original five members would make an album together. The band would break up and carry on with only Brad Delp and Tom Scholz into the 80’s, 90’s and even now. “Don’t Look Back” is just another great rock and roll album to enjoy just like their debut album. From the rock and roll of “Don’t Look Back” to the ballad “A Man I’ll Never Be”, Boston once again put out another great album.


Side one
1.   Don’t Look Back   (5:57)
2.   The Journey   (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)


The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (1981) – Lp

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The settled line-up consisted of Ronnie Wood (electric guitar, backing vocals, bass guitar), Mick Taylor  (electric guitar), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums).













Artist:  The Rolling Stones
Title:  Tattoo You
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Rolling Stones Records
Catalog#  1C 064-64533

Tattoo You is the 16th British and 18th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1981. The follow-up to Emotional Rescue (1980), the album is mostly composed of studio outtakes recorded during the 1970s, and contains one of the band’s most well-known songs, “Start Me Up“.

Tattoo You was comprised primarily of leftovers, but unlike its predecessor, it never sounds that way. Instead, Tattoo You captures the Stones at their best as a professional stadium-rock band. Divided into a rock & roll side and a ballad side, the album delivers its share of thrills on the tight, dynamic first side. “Start Me Up” became the record’s definitive Stonesy rocker, but the frenzied doo wop of “Hang Fire,” the reggae jam of “Slave,” the sleazy Chuck Berry rockers “Little T&A” and “Neighbours,” and the hard blues of “Black Limousine” are all terrific. The ballad side suffers in comparison, especially since “Heaven” and “No Use in Crying” are faceless. But “Worried About You” and “Tops” are effortless, excellent ballads, and “Waiting on a Friend,” with its Sonny Rollins sax solo, is an absolute masterpiece, with a moving lyric that captures Jagger in a shockingly reflective and affecting state of mind. “Waiting on a Friend” and the vigorous rock & roll of the first side make Tattoo You an essential latter-day Stones album.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 213 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Side one
1.  Start Me Up  (3:31)
2.  Hang Fire  (2:20)
3.  Slave  (6:34)
4.  Little T & A  (3:23)
5.  Black Limousine  (3:31)
6.  Neighbours  (3:30)

Side two
1.  Worried About You  (5:16)
2.  Tops  (3:45)
3.  Heaven  (4:21)
4.  No Use In Crying  (3:24)
5.  Waiting On A Friend  (4:34)


Matt Bianco – Whose Side Are You On? (1984) – Lp

Matt Bianco is a UK band that was formed in 1983. They are mainly known for their success in the mid-1980s and their jazz, Latin-flavoured music.













Artist:  Matt Bianco
Title:  Whose Side Are You On?
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  WEA Records
Catalog#  WX 7 240472-1

Whose Side Are You On? was the first album by Matt Bianco. Released in 1984. r this album, Matt Bianco was a trio of Basia Trzetrzelewska (vocals), Mark Reilly (vocals), and Danny White (keyboards). They were part of a contrary and artistically, almost quite interesting reaction against punk and, more accurately, post-punk. Of that, there is no doubt. The distinctly coffee-table vibe was pretty novel at the time. For that, they should be lauded, along with other first-footers like Sade and even Swing Out Sister. On the other hand, that very aesthetic lends their music a distinct wine bar vibe. Aspirational and, though the band themselves may not be, a rather pointed, almost Thatcherite reaction against the drudgery of the ’70s and early ’80s. Plus the end game for this particular movement was bands like Curiosity Killed the Cat, and that can never be excused.

It’s slick, jazz-inflected with jittery Latin rhythms, polished to within an inch of its life. It’s pleasant and there’s no doubt that the songwriting duo, Mark Reilly and Danny White know their way around a glistening pop hook. Some almost bossa nova rhythms drag tunes like ‘More Than I Can Bear‘ along with fellow band member Basia Trzetrzelewska also providing vocals. It’s considered and in many ways so terribly, terribly polite. It certainly reflects a feeling from the time which was beginning to look outwards. Outwards towards espadrilles, cheap foreign holidays and a rather tamer take on the new romantic look.

This album contains the band’s first five chart UK hits, including “Get Out of Your Lazy Bed“, “Sneaking Out the Back Door”, “Matt’s Mood“, “Half a Minute” and “More Than I Can Bear“. All are sung by Trzetrzelewska and Reilly, except “Matt’s Mood” which is an instrumental.


Side one
1.  Whose Side Are You On? 4:32
2. More Than I Can Bear 4:15
3. No No Never 3:43
4.  Half a Minute 3:49
5.  Matt’s Mood 5:19

Side two
1.  Get Out of Your Lazy Bed 3:28
2.  It’s Getting Late 3:29
3.  Sneaking Out the Back Door 3:46
4.  Riding With the Wind 3:22
5.  Matt’s Mood II 5:15


Kate Bush – Never For Ever (1980) – Lp

Catherine “Kate” Bush, CBE (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. She is known for her eclectic and experimental music as well as her idiosyncratic performances.













Artist:  Kate Bush
Title:  Never For Ever
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  1A 062-07339

Never for Ever is the third album by the English singer Kate Bush. Released in September 1980, it was Bush’s first no. 1 album.

Never for Ever has Kate Bush sounding vocally stable and more confident, taking what she had put into her debut single “Wuthering Heights” from 1978 and administering those facets into most of the album’s content. Never for Ever went to number one in the U.K., on the strength of three singles that made her country’s Top 20. Both “Breathing” and “Army Dreamers” went to number 16, while “Babooshka” was her first Top Five single since “Wuthering Heights.” Bush’s dramatics and theatrical approach to singing begin to solidify on Never for Ever, and her style brandishes avid seriousness without sounding flighty or absurd. “Breathing,” about the repercussions of nuclear war, conveys enough passion and vocal curvatures to make her concern sound convincing, while “Army Dreamers” bounces her voice up and down without getting out of hand. “Babooshka”‘s motherly charm and flexible chorus make it one of her best tracks, proving that she can make the simplest of lyrics work for her through her tailored vocal acrobatics. The rest of the album isn’t quite as firm as her singles, but they all sport a more appeasing and accustomed sound than some of her past works, and she does manage to keep her identity and characteristics intact.


Side one
1.  Babooshka  (3:20)
2.  Delius  (2:49)
3.  Blow Away  (3:31)
4.  All We Ever Look For  (3:43)
5.  Egypt  (4:09)

Side two
1.  The Wedding List  (4:13)
2.  Violin  (3:13)
3.  The Infant Kiss  (2:51)
4.  Night Scented Stock  (0:49)
5.  Army Dreamers  (2:529
6.  Breathing  (5:25)


Lucifer – Margriet (1977) – Lp

Lucifer was een Nederlandse popgroep uit de jaren 70, bestaande uit zangeres/organiste Margriet Eshuijs, bassist Dick Buijsman, drummer Henny Huisman en zanger/percussionist Julio Wilson.













Artist:  Lucifer
Title:  Margriet
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  5C 064-25655

Huisman vormt in 1972 samen met Dick Buysmans en Pinky (Brenda Barthelemy, ex-Names & Faces) Lucifer. De groep speelt naast eigen werk ook covers van The Beatles, The Peddler en Helen Reddy.
In 1975 scoorden ze een grote hit met House for sale. Later, toen de band minder succes had, ging Margriet Eshuijs verder met een solocarrière. In 1974 ontdekte Frank Jansen van EMI de groep.

Begin 1976 werden Huisman, Wilson en Netten vervangen door gitarist Fred Berger en drummer Jan Pijnenburg. De drie ex-leden vormden vervolgens de band Match (= Engels voor lucifer). Een jaar later werd Pijnenburg vervangen door Willem Jongbloed en werd André Versluijs bassist in plaats van Dick Buysman.

In 1977 verschijnt de door Eshuijs geschreven single “Self Pity”, die in juli een hit wordt. Hun tweede album “Margriet” wordt uitgebracht, maar gooit in commercieel en artistiek opzicht geen hoge ogen. Bassist Dick Buysman verlaat de groep en de band ondergaat een derde gedaanteverwisseling. Omdat de kosten om de band in stand te houden te hoog worden, kiest Margriet Eshuijs in 1978 voor een solo-carrière en ontbindt Lucifer.


Side one
1.  Sandra  (4:24)
2.  Ramses  (4:16)
3.  Someone Is Waiting  (4:58)
4.  Love (Amsterdam)  (6:17)

Side two
1.  A Phase In Life  (4:26)
2.  Take A Jive In Life  (3:53)
3.  Selfpity  (4:15)
4.  No More  (4:16)


Gerry Rafferty – Sleepwalking (1982) – Lp

Gerald “Gerry” Rafferty (16 April 1947 – 4 January 2011) was a Scottish singer-songwriter, and also known as a member with the band Stealers Wheel in the early 70´s.













Artist:  Gerry Rafferty
Title:  Sleepwalking
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Liberty Records
Catalog# 1C 064-83332

Sleepwalking is the fifth studio album by Gerry Rafferty, released in 1982. It is the follow-up to the 1980 album Snakes and Ladders. It would be Rafferty’s last album for Liberty/United Artists, and his last for six years.

Sleepwalking was co-produced by Rafferty and Christopher Neil who went on to become the producer for Mike + The Mechanics. Unlike the previous Rafferty albums such as City to City and Night Owl there is considerable use of synthesisers and drum programming, some of the latter done by Christopher Neil, along with contributions from British session musicians including Hugh Burns, Mo Foster, Liam Genockey, Kenny Craddock, Maurice Pert and Mel Collins.

“Change of Heart” is as good a song as anything Rafferty has ever released and should have been a major hit single. “Standing At The Gates” is a solid opening track with some great drumming and all round great playing. This leads me on to “The Right Moment”, which can bring a tear to the most hardened of rock metal fans, such an affecting song, it really is very beautiful. Raffetys ability to deliver a strong melody with the sweetest of singing voices remains intact here.


Side one
1.  Standing At The Gates  (6:51)
2.  Good Intentions  (4:15)
3.  A Change Of Heart  (4:10)
4.  On The Way  (4:24)

Side two
1.  Sleepwalking  (3:51)
2.  Cat And Mouse  (5:03)
3.  The Right Moment  (3:24)
4.  As Wise As A Serpent  (5:15)


Maurice White – Maurice White (1985) – Lp

Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 3, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He was the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.













Artist:  Maurice White
Title:  Maurice White
Year:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  26637

In 1985, White released a solo album entitled Maurice White that included a cover of Ben E. King‘s “Stand by Me,” featuring a guest appearance by jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright and the moderate hit “I Need You.”

Earth, Wind & Fire‘s mentor, Maurice White, gives an excellent account on this solo debut. His vocal ability, overshadowed by Philip Bailey in EWF, is out front here with a potpourri of songs that showcases his versatility. “Switch on Your Radio” has a happy Caribbean feel, similar to an EWF recording, but somehow different. The infectious “Jamboree” is not country but another hand-clapping, good times tune that toddlers try to sing. White‘s rendition of Ben E. King‘s “Stand By Me” has a herky, jerky beat; the backing vocals fill in spaces like horns. It charted but not very high, and gave people the wrong impression of this album; it’s the only remake, and Maurice‘s sole attempt at nostalgia. Everything else is fresh as a morning shower, like “I Need You,” a classy ballad tenderized by White‘s crafty read. Side two opens with “Believe in Magic,” an upbeat, banging jam that has EWF stamped on it. The only thing missing is Philip Bailey‘s sweet falsetto, but even without Bailey it sounds like a hit, yet it didn’t bust a grape. You get the feeling White tried to duplicate Lionel Richie‘s success, especially on “The Lady Is Love,” a lilting mid-tempo love declaration. The robotic “Invitation” reminds you of Midnight Star and similar strobe-light bands. White locks the vocal down so tight, you’d think he performed songs like this all the time. His kalimba playing accents “Children of Afrika,” a joyous tribute with an assembly of backing vocalists, including the Neighborhood Choir. White‘s limited range holds up well over the course of this album, and the razor-sharp productions never become boring.


Side one
1.  Switch On Your Radio  (4:17)
2.  Jamboree  (3:27)
3.  Stand By Me  (4:10)
4.  Sea Of Glass  (0:44)
5.  I Need You  (4:36)

Side two
1.  Believe In Magic  (4:35)
2.  Lady Is Love  (5:06)
3.  Invitation  (3:57)
4.  The Sleeping Flame  (2:02)
5.  Children Of Afrika  (4:40)
6.  Alpha Dance  (1:16)


Tammy Wynette – The Best Of Tammy Wynette (1975) – Lp

Tammy Wynette (born Virginia Wynette Pugh; May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of country music’s best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers. Wynette was called the “First Lady of Country Music”.













Artist:  Tammy Wynette
Title:  The Best Of
Year:  1975
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  63578

This collection of 12 songs contains a few of Tammy’s own songs, together with a selection of covers of other people’s songs, all delivered in Tammy’s distinctive style.
So here you get some of the classic songs that Tammy recorded in the sixties – “Apartment H9”, “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”, “I Don’t Wanna Play House” and “Stand By Your Man”. These were among the songs that made Tammy a major country star in America in the late sixties, though it was not until 1975 that Tammy had a UK hit. Somewhat belatedly, “Stand By Your Man” became a number one UK pop hit.

Of the other songs here, some of the remaining songs are covers include, “There Goes My Everything”, “Almost Persuaded”, Gentle On My Mind” and “Hey Good Looking”.


Side one
1.  Stand By Your Man
2.  Lonely Street
3.  D-I-V-O-R-C-E
4.  Gentle On My Mind
5.  Take Me To Your World
6.  Almost Persuaded

Side two
1.  Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad
2.  Apartment H9
3.  Hey Good Looking
4.  I Don’t Wanna Play House
5.  My Arms Stay Open Late
6.  There Goes My Everything

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