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Boney M – Love For Sale (1977) – Lp

Boney M. is a vocal group created by German record producer Frank Farian. Originally based in West Germany, the four original members of the group’s official line-up were Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett from Jamaica, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and Bobby Farrell from Aruba. The group was formed in 1976 and achieved popularity during the disco era of the late 1970s. Since the 1980s, various line-ups of the band have performed with different personnel.












Artist:  Boney M
Title:  Love For Sale
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Hansa Records
Catalog#  OT 28888

Love for Sale is the second studio album by EuroCaribbean group Boney M.

Boney M.‘s follow-up to their 1976 success Take the Heat Off Me closely adheres to the formula established by that album: a combination of original songs and offbeat cover versions done in a style that marries bubblegum pop hooks to a disco beat. Like its predecessor, Love for Sale also scored some notable international hits: “Ma Baker” is a colorful gangster story that boasts a stuttered vocal hook guaranteed to stick in the listener’s head, and “Belfast” is an up-tempo dancefloor stormer that works some surprisingly heavy sounding power chords into the group’s slick dancefloor sound. Frank Farian‘s slick, lush production ensures that the album is a slick piece of ear candy from start to finish. However, the album tracks are not as consistent this time out: the cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” benefits from an effective rhythm guitar hook but the up-tempo arrangement robs the song of its emotional power, and “Gloria Can You Waddle,” while catchy, is little more than a rewrite of the group’s early European hit “Baby Do You Wanna Bump.” With these criticisms in mind, the album still offers enough strong tracks to please Boney M.‘s fan base. The most interesting of these is a ballad style cover of the Yardbirds‘ “Still I’m Sad,” which transforms this rock song into an effective mood piece dominated by the group’s Gregorian chant-like humming. In short, Love for Sale is a solid listen for Boney M. fans, but casual listeners who just want the hits should probably opt for one of the group’s compilations.


Side one
1.  Ma Baker  (4:10)
2.  Love For Sale  (5:10)
3.  Belfast  (3:40)
4.  Have You Ever Seen The Rain  (3:35)
5.  Gloria, Can You Waddle  (4:00)

Side two
1.  Plantation Boy  (4:58)
2.  Motherless Child  (5:00)
3.  Silent Lover  (4:30)
4.  A Woman Can Change A Man  (3:34)
5.  Still I’m Sad  (3:42)


The Cats – Homerun (1976) – Lp

The Cats waren een popgroep uit Volendam. Ze bestonden van 1964 tot 1985, zij het met enkele onderbrekingen, en waren van 1968 tot 1975 een van de meest succesvolle bands van Nederland. De bezetting bestond uit Cees Veerman, Piet Veerman, Arnold Mühren, Jaap Schilder, Theo Klouwer en (van 1972 tot 1975) Piet Keizer. Jan Buijs was vanaf de oprichting de manager.












Artist:  The Cats
Title:  Homerun
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  5C 064-25435

Ze ontwikkelden een oorspronkelijk muziekgeluid dat de naam palingsound meekreeg. Het kenmerkt zich door de dramatiek in de stem van Piet Veerman, de achtergrondzang van de andere leden, de composities van Arnold Mühren en het studiowerk van Klaas Leyen en Wim Jongbloed. De stijl vond navolging bij veel andere Volendamse artiesten, zoals Maddog, Left Side, Next One en vanaf 1977 BZN.

Homerun is een muziekalbum van The Cats uit 1976. Het album kwam na de comeback van The Cats in 1976, met de toepasselijke single We should be together die ook op deze elpee staat en het enige nummer wat op single uitkwam. Een groot aantal nummers op de elpee is van eigen hand, vaak in samenwerking met Nederlandse songwriters. Het album stond drie weken in de Album Top 100 en behaalde plaats 13 als hoogste positie.


Side one
1.  We Should Be Together (3:21)
2.  Town’s Fair (3:25)
3.  Tell Me Is It True (3:59)
4.  Summer Evening Lady (4:55)
5.  You’re the Girl for Me (3:45)
6.  Annabell (4:13)
7.  I Wanna Be a Country Singer (3:19)

Side two
1.  The Shelter of Your Eyes (3:06)
2.  Sunday Mornings (4:14)
3.  Nobody Cares (3:46)
4.  Karin (3:50)
5.  Lookin’ Back over My Yesterday (3:17)
6.  Girl, Why Did You Do That (3:08)
7.  Eleanor (4:54)


Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra (1982) – Lp

The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California. The band is led by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals. It is best known today for a string of (mainly) mid-1970s hit singles that are staples of classic rock radio, as well as several earlier acid rock albums.












Artist:  Steve Miller Band
Title:  Abracadabra
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  6302204

Abracadabra is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Steve Miller Band, released in June 1982

Steve Miller was always catchy and tuneful, but he never turned out an unabashed pop album until 1982’s Abracadabra. This isn’t just pop in construction, it’s pop in attitude, filled with effervescent melodies and deeply silly lyrics, perhaps none more noteworthy than the immortal couplet “Abra-Abracadabra/I wanna reach out and grab ya.” Those words graced the title track, which turned out to be one of his biggest hits, and if nothing else is quite as irresistibly goofy as that song, there still is a surplus of engagingly tuneful material, all dressed up in the psuedo-new wave production so favored by AOR veterans in the early ’80s. All of that may not make this one of Miller‘s definitive albums, especially in the view of hardcore space blues heads, but it’s pretty damn irresistible for listeners who find “Abracadabra” one of the highlights of faux-new wave AOR.


Side one
1.  Keeps Me Wondering Why (3:43)
2.  Abracadabra (5:10)
3.  Something Special (3:35)
4.  Give It Up (3:35)
5.  Never Say No (3:37)

Side two
1.  Things I Told You (3:15)
2.  Young Girl’s Heart  (3:33)
3.  Goodbye Love (2:53)
4.  Cool Magic (4:23)
5.  While I’m Waiting (3:26)


Sister Sledge – When The Boys Meet The Girls (1985) – Lp

Sister Sledge is an American musical vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1971, the group consisted of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge. Symbolizing strong family values, the siblings achieved international success at the height of the disco era.












Artist:  Sister Sledge
Title:  When The Boys Meet The Girls
Year:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  781255-1

When the Boys Meet the Girls is the eighth studio album by the American R&B vocal group Sister Sledge, released on June 7, 1985 by Atlantic Records. It was the group’s first release on the Atlantic label.

When the Boys Meet the Girls found Sister Sledge attempting to return to past form as they brought Chic‘s Nile Rodgers back onboard to produce and perform. And although the move would ultimately prove ineffective, as the album appeared and hovered just out of the Top 50, this easy pairing returned the sisters to an earlier edge. With the title track backed by an eclectic arrangement, those classic punchy Sister Sledge vocals were pushed well into the front of the action. The album birthed two further standouts, as both “Frankie,” which is spun to become reggae-lite, and the heavily Rodgers-influenced club hit “Dancing on the Jagged Edge” rippled off the grooves. The latter, just barely limping to a paltry number 73 R&B, would prove the band’s last hit until their comeback in the early ’90s. Elsewhere, the Kathy Sledge-led ballad “You Need Me” emerges the best of the bunch, while the snappy “Peer Pressure” wades into wave territory, leaving the frenetic and not-quite-pleasing “Hold out Poppy” well out of the loop. When the Boys Meet the Girls is a fine effort, but this late in the day it just doesn’t pull enough tricks out of the hat to make it worthwhile. And even through it’s a major step up from their last effort, Sister Sledge is far better sampled across their earlier R&B heyday.


Side one
1.  When The Boys Meet The Girls  (5:28)
2.  Dancing On The Jagged Edge  (5:44)
3.  Frankie  (4:16)
4.  You’re Fine  (5:23)

Side two
1.  Hold Out Poppy  (3:57)
2.  The Boy Most Likely  (4:12)
3.  You Need Me  (4:43)
4.  Following The Leader  (5:06)
5.  Peer Pressure  (3:20)


Jimmy Cliff – Special (1983) – Lp

Jimmy Cliff, OM (born James Chambers; 1 April 1948) is a Jamaican ska and reggae musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and actor. He is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences.












Artist:  Jimmy Cliff
Title:  Special
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  CBS CX 85878

Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff was one of the first performers to take the music beyond his native Jamaica. His voice is higher and sweeter-sounding than Bob Marley’s, yet like Marley, Cliff has that fervent, declarative style, righteous but never overbearing. SPECIAL is from 1982, and is a fine sampling of Cliff’s brand of easy-going, pop-tinged reggae. “Treat the Youths Right” and “Roots Radical” are both groove-oriented and topical–the former is a plea for understanding for young people, the latter a declaration of pride in Jamaican roots and culture. “Keep on Dancing” and “Rub-a-Dub Partner” are bright, summery exhortations to good times and romance. This is not an album for those seeking the darkly intense “culture” style of reggae–for that, check out Burning Spear and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Cliff takes the reggae form and adds a chorus of soothing yet soulful chorus, flute, fuzzy guitars and electronic keyboards, making for a fine album for those who prefer their reggae light, bouncy, and instantly catchy.


Side one
1.  Special  (3:51)
2.  Love Is All  (4:19)
3.  Peace Officer  (4:12)
4.  Treat The Youths Right  (3:40)
5.  Keep On Dancing  (3:25)
6.  Rub-A-Dub Partner  (2:58)

Side two
1.  Roots Is Radical  (4:25)
2.  Love Heights  (3:35)
3.  Originator  (4:56)
4.  Rock Children  (4:00)
5.  Where There Is Love  (4:15)


Earth, Wind & Fire – I Am (1979) – Lp

Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African. They are one of the most successful bands of all time. Rolling Stone Magazine described them as “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing” and declared that the band “changed the sound of black pop”.












Artist:  Earth, Wind & Fire
Title:  I Am
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  86084

I Am is the ninth studio album by the R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, released on June 9, 1979 on CBS Records.

Disco was at the height of its popularity in 1979, when Earth, Wind & Fire responded with its most disco-influenced single ever, the glossy and infectious “Boogie Wonderland.” Up to that point, EWF had pretty much ignored disco, and when the band finally acknowledged the style, the soulsters weren’t about to inundate listeners with it. “Boogie Wonderland” (which features the Emotions, a female group for whom Maurice White had been producing major hits) isn’t representative of I Am on the whole. From the hit ballad “After the Love Has Gone” to the exuberant “Let My Feelings Flow,” I Am isn’t a radical departure from its predecessor, All ‘n All.


Side one
1.  In The Stone  (4:48)
2.  Can’t Let Go  (3:29)
3.  After The Love Is Gone  (4:31)
4.  Let Your Feelings Show  (5:22)

Side two
1.  Boogie Wonderland (with The Emotions  (4:49)
2.  Star  (4:36)
3.  Wait  (3:39)
4.  Rock That  (3:07)
5.  You And I  (2:58)


Mother´s Finest – Another Mother Further (1978) – Lp

Mother’s Finest is an American funk rock band founded in Atlanta, Georgia, by the vocal duo of Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy and Glenn “Doc” Murdock in 1970 when the pair met up with guitarist Gary “Moses Mo” Moore and bassist Jerry “Wyzard” Seay. Their music is a blend of funky rhythms, heavy rock guitars and expressive soul/R&B-style vocals.












Artist:  Mother´s Finest
Title:  Another Mother Further
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 82037

Back in the ’70s, when your band’s first album was a commercial stiff and your second started off with a cover instead of an original composition, chances were your parent record company had just about lost faith in your ability to crank out a hit. And as easy as it is to make such generalized assumptions a few decades after the fact, this certainly felt like the dilemma facing Southern funk-rockers Mother’s Finest upon the release of their sophomore album, Another Mother Further, in 1977. Along with the aforesaid righteously rock-ified cover of the Miracles‘ Motown standard “Mickey’s Monkey” and a faithful “Burning Love” in tribute to the King on this, the year of his passing, Another Mother Further featured a tellingly restrained production that suggested marketing gremlins had by then set up shop inside the studio, bent on commercializing Mother’s Finest‘s sound. Not even they could forestall the band from ripping up the joint with several inspired numbers, however, and even though Glenn Murdock‘s feisty “Piece of the Rock” didn’t fare all that well as the album’s first single, mad-funky mid-paced groovers like “Baby Love” (which had a better showing at number 58) and, to a lesser degree, “Truth’ll Set You Free” saw his co-lead vocalist and wife, Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy, almost burning down the vocal booth. Sadly, the soft rock swing of “Thank You for Your Love” was more suited to the nearest Holiday Inn lounge than the concert stage; the sugary proto-disco of “Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way” was an obvious, inferior copy of the Commodores‘ “Machine Gun”; and the totally forgettable “Hard Rock Lover” was hardly the sort of end piece to send listeners home with at the album’s conclusion.


Side one
1.  Mickey’s Monkey  (4:42)
2.  Baby Love  (4:25)
3.  Thank You For The Love  (5:05)
4.  Piece Of The Rock  (3:25)

Side two
1.  Truth’ll Set You Free  (4:26)
2.  Burning Love  (4:13)
3.  Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way  (4:16)
4.  Hard Rock Lover  (2:43)


Elton John – The Fox (1981) – Lp

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947 is an English singer, pianist, and composer.












Artist:  Elton John
Title:  The Fox
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  The Rocket Record Company
Catalog#  6302106

The early ’80s were not a particularly focused time in Elton John‘s career. The Fox (1981) is a reflection of the tentative regrouping that began on his previous effort, 21 at 33 (1979). In fact, a third of the material was left over from the same August 1979 sessions. This results in dithering musical styles and ultimately yields an uneven and at times somewhat dated sound. The reunion with Bernie Taupin (lyrics) that commenced on 21 at 33 is once again sparsely tapped. He contributes the tepid “Heels of the Wind” as well as “Just Like Belgium,” which foreshadows the pair’s future lightweight efforts such as “Nikita.” Slightly more promising, however, is the midtempo rocker “Fascist Faces” — which may well be a nod to David Bowie‘s infamous “Britain could benefit from a fascist leader” statement. The album’s introspective title track instantly recalls the slightly bittersweet “Curtains” coda from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboys (1975). Gary Osborne and Elton John‘s collaborations were beginning to yield some impressive results, including “Heart in the Right Place” — which could easily have been a follow-up to the slinky Caribou (1974) track “Stinker.” The tender “Chloe” conclusion to the “Carla/Etude/Fanfare” medley became one of two tracks extracted as singles. The other, “Nobody Wins,” sports a Euro-beat flavor and was adapted from a French techno-pop hit by Osborne and Jean-Paul Dreau. According to John, the dark and noir “Elton’s Song” remains a favorite, and he very occasionally revives it for live performances.


Side one
1. Breaking Down Barriers  (4:41)
2. Heart In The Right Place  (5:15)
3. Just Like Belgium  (4:09)
4. Nobody Wins  (3:40)
5. Facist Faces  (5:12)

Side two
1. Carla Etude / Fanfare / Chloe  (10:53)
2. Heels Of The Wind  (3:53)
3. Elton’s Song  (3:00)
4. The Fox  (5:13)


Genesis – Three Sides Live (1982) – 2Lp

Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and longest-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins. Other important members were the original lead singer Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett. The band underwent many changes in musical style over its career, from folk music to progressive rock in the 1970s, before moving towards pop at the end of the decade.












Artist:  Genesis
Title:  Three Sides Live
Year:  1982
Format:  2LP
Label:  Vertigo Records
Catalog#  6650008

Three Sides Live is the third live album by the English rock band Genesis, released as a double album in June 1982 on Charisma Records in the United Kingdom and Atlantic Records in the United States. The album is compiled of recordings from their 1980 and 1981 tours in promotion of Duke (1980) and Abacab (1981), with side four of the UK edition containing live tracks from their 1976, 1978 and 1980 tours, and studio tracks from the Duke sessions and their 3×3 (1982) EP on the North American edition.

The resulting album offered lean, crisp, and generally bracing accounts of the group’s then-current sound — a mix of pop/rock highlighted by some prodigious musicianship — and a four-minute glimpse of its progressive rock past in the guise of the “In the Cage Medley,” containing “Cinema Show” from Selling England by the Pound. Phil Collins is in good voice throughout and the playing is often impressive, achieving some excitement and intimacy despite the arena-sized audiences to which the group was now playing.


Side one
1.  Turn It On Again  (4:55)
2.  Dodo  (7:18)
3.  Abacab  (8:35)

Side two
1.  Behind The Lines  (5:20)
2.  Duchess  (6:25)
3.  Me & Sarah Jane  (5:45)
4.  Follow You, Follow Me  (4:50)

Side three
1.  Misunderstanding  (4:50)
2.  In The Cage (Medly-Cinema Show-Slippermen)  (11:45)
3.  Afterglow  (4:18)

Side four
1.  Paperplate  (3:12)
2.  You Might Recall  (5:25)
3.  Me And Virgil  (6:15)
4.  Evidence Of Autumn  (4:43)
5.  Open Door  (4:03)


Roxy Music – Flesh + Blood (1980) – Lp

Roxy Music were an English rock band formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the band’s lead vocalist and chief songwriter, Graham Simpson. Alongside Ferry, the other longtime members were Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay  and Paul Thompson and other former members include Brian Eno Eddie Jobson and John Gustafson. Although the band took a break from group activities in 1976 and again in 1983.












Artist:  Roxy Music
Title:  Flesh + Blood
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  E.G. Records
Catalog#  2302099

Flesh and Blood (stylized as Flesh + Blood) is the seventh studio album by the English rock band Roxy Music. Released in late May 1980.

An even slicker record than Manifesto, Flesh + Blood precariously balances between alluringly seductive, sophisticated soul-pop and cloying, radio-ready disco-pop. At its best, the album is effortlessly suave and charming — “Over You” is one of their greatest singles, and “Oh Yeah” is nearly as persuasive — but much of the record is devoted to ill-formed, stylish lounge-pop. In particular, the reliance on reworked covers of “In the Midnight Hour” and “Eight Miles High” is distressing, not only because it signals a lack of imagination, but also because it suggests that Flesh + Blood is simply a lesser solo effort from Bryan Ferry. And even the handful of undeniably strong moments can’t erase the feeling that Roxy Music were beginning to run out of ideas.


Side one
1.  In the Midnight Hour   (3:09)
2.  Oh Yeah   (4:51)
3.  Same Old Scene   (3:57)
4.  Flesh and Blood   (3:08)
5.  My Only Love   (5:16)

Side two
1.  Over You   (3:27)
2.  Eight Miles High   (4:55)
3.  Rain, Rain, Rain   (3:20)
4.  No Strange Delight   (4:44)
5.  Running Wild   (5:03)

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