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Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Doppelganger (1983) – Lp

Kid Creole and the Coconuts is an American musical group created and led by August Darnell. Its music incorporates a variety of styles and influences, in particular a mix of disco and Latin American, South American, Caribbean, Trinidadian, and Calloway styles and conceptually inspired by the big band era. The Coconuts are a trio of female backing vocalists/dancers whose lineup has changed throughout the years.












Artist:  Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Title:  Doppelganger
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  ZE Records
Catalog# 205719
Price:  € 10,00

Doppelganger is the fourth studio album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts, released in 1983.

Armed with a fresh batch of tropical tales, August Darnell (aka Kid Creole) leads his band of eccentric vagabonds in another episode of the continuing saga of Mimi. Of course, it’s not necessary to read the esoteric liner notes, nor is a knowledge of previous chapters required to enjoy the installment entitled Doppelganger. As usual, the only prerequisite is an acquired taste for the bizarre, often comical travelogues set to exotic pop which represent the essence of Kid Creole & the Coconuts. Darnell‘s infatuation with international environments results in a soundtrack characterized by ubiquitous percussion and spirited brass and woodwinds, although electric guitar also figures prominently in several songs. Much like Paul Simon‘s efforts on Graceland, Darnell incorporates world music elements to add a foreign flavor to pop postcards like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “There’s Something Wrong in Paradise.” Yet Darnell is rarely as serious as Simon, and only Graceland‘s lighthearted “You Can Call Me Al” could blend inconspicuously with the material on Doppelganger. A Caribbean-styled remake of Jimmy Soul‘s “If You Wanna Be Happy” is indicative of the album’s affable nature. The song’s obsession with appearances also reveals the thematic influence behind previous Kid Creole favorites such as “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby,” both of which appear on their most popular album, Wise Guy. Nothing on Doppelganger can compare to those two British hits, yet nothing will fail to satisfy devoted fans either. For the uninitiated, Doppelganger‘s peculiar content presents a love-it or hate-it dilemma, but captivated listeners will probably enjoy discovering the rest of Kid Creole & the Coconuts‘ enchanting oeuvre.


Side one
1.  The Lifeboat Party  (2:38)
2.  Underachiever  (3:15)
3.  If You Wanna Be Happy  (2:29)
4.  Distractions  (2:56)
5.  Survivors  (3:32)
6.  Call Me The Entertainer  (3:23)

Side two
1.  There’s Something Wrong In Paradise  (3:22)
2.  It’s A Wonderful Life  (3:12)
3.  Bongo Eddie’s Lament  (3:02)
4.  Broadway Rhythm  (2:48)
5.  Back In The Field Again  (3:29)
6.  The Seven Year Itch  (4:26)


Randy Crawford – Now We May Begin (1980) – Lp

Veronica “Randy” Crawford (born February 18, 1952, Macon, Georgia) is an American jazz and R&B singer. She has been more successful in Europe than in the United States, where she has not entered the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist. She led R&B veterans the Crusaders on the transatlantic hit “Street Life” (1979).












Artist:  Randy Crawford
Title:  Now We May Begin
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56791

With her husky voice and special vibrato she captured the right feeling. One of the producers was keyboardist Joe Sample. The uptempo songs have gentle disco beats and jazzy harmonies. Smooth ballads interrupt this rhythm, including her greatest recording “One Day I’ll Fly Away”. It has a great sound with synthesizer, bass guitar and string orchestra, leading to a superb bridge. The subtle and intimate sound and her vocal quality make this a pleasant and relaxing experience.

So this is soft AM jazzy soul, very smooth and very inoffensive all around album. The Crusaders are the folks responsible for the music and production, and they seem to do a nice job (although it’s a bit bland and stringy).  Randy’s vocals are sweet and soulful, when she gets going she can really belt it out, but when she’s singing softly she sounds perfectly elegant.  It’s just that she seems so much better suited to some more interesting music, see it’s kind of like an easy listening album from an artist who deserves a little more oomph musically.  “Last Night At Danceland”, “Blue Flame”, and “Same Old Story Same Old Song)” were definitely the best songs on the album.  Parts of this are just too tender and jewel toned for me like “Tender Falls The Rain”, “Now We May Begin” and so on.  I think overall it’s a bit to neutered for me, but some parts definitely show promise and Randy is a really great singer, that much was obvious.


Side one
1. Last Night At Danceland  (4:53)
2. Tender Falls The Rain  (4:13)
3. My Heart Is Not As Young As It Used To Be  (3:51)
4. Now We May Begin  (4:52)

Side two
1. Blue Flame  (6:25)
2. One Day I’ll Fly Away  (5:00)
3. Same Old Story (Same Old Song)  (4:05)
4. When Your Life Was Low  (3:20)


Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge (1974) – Lp

Michael Gordon Oldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age music.












Artist:  Mike Oldfield
Title:  Hergest Ridge
Year:  1974
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog# VR 13109

Hergest Ridge is the second record album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1974 on Virgin Records.

Hergest Ridge, named for the hill near Kington, Herefordshire on the border between England and Wales, and near where he was living at the time.

Released as another lengthy composition, Hergest Ridge was the album that followed Mike Oldfield‘s momentous Tubular Bells release, with many of the same instrumental elements and methods employed throughout its two sections. Because of the time of its release, Hergest Ridge was overshadowed by the effects of Oldfield‘s first album for Virgin, but even so he manages to invoke some interesting patches of music by using instruments like the glockenspiel, sleigh bells, the Lowrey organ, oboes, and a variety of mandolins and guitars to maintain the same type of diversity as Tubular Bells. Symphonic throughout most of the album’s two parts, the highlight of Hergest Ridge is Oldfield‘s use of 90 multi-tracked guitars clustered together to create one of the most unique sounds ever to surface on his albums. Actually, Hergest Ridge entered the British charts in the number one spot in the fall of 1974, but Tubular Bells finally took its place only three weeks later. The album was highly regarded in the U.K. upon its release and it continued Oldfield‘s creative pace, proving that the genius put forth on his claim-to-fame album would indeed have some effect on works to come.

Hergest Ridge entered the UK album charts at number one, only to be displaced by its predecessor, Tubular Bells.


Side one
1. Hergest Ridge, Part 1  (21:29)

Side two
1. Hergest Ridge, Part 2  (18:45)


Manfred Mann´s Earth Band – The Roaring Silence (1976) – Lp

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band are an English rock band formed by South African musician Manfred Mann. Mann started in the 1960s with the self-titled British invasion band, and then moved on to jazz fusion-inspired Manfred Mann Chapter Three before forming the Earth Band in 1971.












Artist:  Manfred Mann´s Earth Band
Title:  The Roaring Silence
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Bronze Records
Catalog# 27870 XOT

The Roaring Silence is the seventh studio album by English rock band Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. It was released on 27 August 1976, by Bronze Records in the UK and by Warner Bros. Records in the US. Like other Earth Band albums, this includes material by other composers. “Blinded by the Light“, which reached number one the Billboard Hot 100, is a cover version of a song by Bruce Springsteen; “Questions” is based on the main theme of Franz Schubert‘s Impromptu in G flat Major; “Starbird” takes its theme from Igor Stravinsky‘s ballet The Firebird. This album marked the arrival of vocalist/guitarist Chris Hamlet Thompson, and Dave Flett who replaced longtime guitarist/vocalist/composer Mick Rogers. It is also the last album recorded with founding member Colin Pattenden.

The main riff of “Waiter, There’s a Yawn in My Ear” is taken from the Manfred Mann Chapter Three track “Fish” which was recorded for their abandoned third album.


Side one
1. Blinded By The Light  (7:06)
2. Singing The Dolphin Through  (8:16)
3. Waiter, There’s A Yawn In My Ear  (5:35)

Side two
1. The Road To Babylon  (6:49)
2. This Side Of Paradise  (4:45)
3. Starbird  (3:05)
4. Questions  (3:55)

Vinyl: Gebruikerssporen
Hoes: Goed


The Human League – Crash (1986) – Lp

The Human League are an English synth-pop band formed in Sheffield in 1977. The band began as an avant-garde all-male synthesizer group. The only constant band member since 1977 has been lead singer and songwriter Philip Oakey.












Artist:  The Human League
Title:  Crash
Year:  1986
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog# 207589

Crash is the fifth studio album by British synthpop band The Human League, released on 8 September 1986. Crash would provide the band with their second US number-one single, “Human“, the same year. It was produced by the American production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who also wrote several tracks

The Human League turned to American R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in the wake of their success with Janet Jackson‘s Control, and the combination brought the group its second number one hit with the JamLewis composition “Human,” which harked back to the earlier “Don’t You Want Me,” albeit with a gentler tone. The album’s second single, the Control-soundalike “I Need Your Loving,” was also a JamLewis song (as was the U.K.-only third single, “Love Is All That Matters”), but the bulk of the album was made up of group-written songs with appealing backing tracks that maintained their dance appeal while eschewing the overtly synthesized sound of previous albums. That made Crash an improvement over the lackluster Hysteria, but still not on a par with Dare.


Side one
1.  Money  (3:54)
2.  Swang  (4:37)
3.  Human  (4:24)
4.  Jam  (4:19)
5.  Are You Ever Coming Back?  (4:52)

Side two
1.  I Need Your Loving  (3:43)
2.  Party  (4:29)
3.  Love On The Run  (3:54)
4.  The Real Thing  (4:19)
5.  Love Is All That Matters  (6:07)


Val Young – Seduction (1985) – Lp

Val Young (born Valaria Marie Young; June 13, 1958) also known as “Lady V”, is an American recording artist from Detroit, Michigan, who achieved success during the 1980s. She is now based in Los Angeles.












Artist:  Val Young
Title:  Seduction
Year:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  Gordy Records
Catalog# ZL 72387

She was discovered by George Clinton, who hired her as a background vocalist in 1977 for The Brides of Funkenstein, one of the many acts in his Funkadelic stable. In 1980, she recorded and toured with Roy Ayers. Young became a background vocalist for The Gap Band the same year and was featured with the group on the funk classic hit “I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops Up Side Your Head)“. She recorded five albums with the group and also toured with them.

It wasn’t until she met Rick James that she became popular. James promoted her as the “Black Marilyn Monroe” and brought Young to Berry Gordy, who signed her to Motown Records on James’ recommendation. Rick James produced her debut album Seduction which was released in 1985, it included the singles “Mind Games” and the title track “Seduction”, as well as “Piece of My Heart” and “If You Should Ever Be Lonely”, which were successful follow-ups in 1986.

James‘ influence is strong on Young‘s first solo album, Seduction — he wrote and produced two of the songs (“Piece of My Heart” and the intoxicating title track), while the rest of the LP was produced by Fred Jenkins and Stone City Band keyboardist Levi Ruffin Jr. Some of the Mary Jane Girls contribute background vocals, and Young‘s accompaniment includes members of JamesStone City Band. But Young is certainly her own person — in fact, she wrote or co-wrote the lyrics for six of the nine songs. Though parts of Seduction are very James-influenced, “Let’s Fall in Love” and “Tellin’ Me Lies” are closer to the type of material that Kashif would have produced for Evelyn “Champagne” King in the 1980s. And while Young is an R&B singer first and foremost, she incorporates pop/rock elements with pleasing results on “Mind Games” and the playful, slightly new wave-ish “Come Hang Out.” This good to excellent album did moderately well, but not as well as it should have — and regrettably, Young never made it to the next level commercially.


Side one
1.  Mind Games  (4:01)
2.  If You Should Ever Be Lonely  (3:52)
3.  Let’s Fall In Love  (3:30)
4.  Tellin’ Me Lies  (3:36)
5.  Come Hang Out  (4:32)

Side two
1.  Seduction (Featuring Vocals: Rick James) (6:40)
2.  Piece Of My Heart  (4:45)
3.  Waiting For You  (3:48)
4.  Make Up Your Mind  (4:46)


The Alan Parsons Project – Eve (1979) – Lp

The Alan Parsons Project was the collective reference to several lineups of a British progressive rock team, active between 1975 and 1990, whose rosters consisted of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, arranger Andrew Powell, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalist Lenny Zakatek.












Artist:  The Alan Parsons Project
Title:  Eve
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label: Arista Records
Catalog# 1A 062-63063

Eve is the fourth studio album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project. It was released in 1979. Eve’s focus is on the strengths and characteristics of women, and the problems they face in the world of men. The album had originally been intended to focus on “great women in history”, but evolved into a wider concept. The album features several songs from a misogynist point of view, unusual for an Alan Parsons Project album.

Eve is The Alan Parsons Project’s first album with singer Chris Rainbow. The album’s opening instrumental “Lucifer” was a major hit in Europe, and “Damned If I Do” reached the US Top 30. “Lucifer” also is used as title track for the German political TV show Monitor.

For the most part, 1979’s Eve is somewhat overlooked as being one of the Alan Parsons Project‘s finest work, when in fact it involves some of this group’s most intricate songs. The album’s concept deals with the female’s overpowering effect on man. Each song touches on her ability to dissect the male ego, especially through sexual means, originating with Eve’s tempting Adam in the beginning of time. Not only does this idea gain strength as the album progresses, but a musical battle of the sexes begins to arise through each song. The gorgeous “You Won’t Be There” spotlights man’s insecurity. Sung by Dave Townsend, its melodramatic feel sets a perfect tone. The classically enhanced “Winding Me Up” follows suit, based on a woman’s ability to dominate her mate and opening up with sound of a wind-up doll being cranked. Other gems include the bitter but forceful “Damned If I Do” sung by Lenny Zakatek, and the dominating fury of “Lucifer,” a powerful instrumental. Even the loutish “You Lie Down with Dogs” bears wit with its gender inclined mud-slinging. The female vocalists, Lesley Duncan and Clare Torry do a splendid job of representing the females point of view throughout the album. Not only does Eve solidify its main idea, but the songs are highly entertaining with catchy rhythms and intelligent lyrics. Musically, the tempo appealingly switches back and forth from slow to quick, as does the temperament of the album. Somehow, Eve is dismissed as one of this band’s greatest efforts, when in fact it’s one of their finest marriages of both concept and music

All songs written and composed by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.


Side one
1.  Lucifer” (instrumental)  (5:06)
2.  You Lie Down with Dogs” (lead vocal: Lenny Zakatek)  (3:47)
3.  I’d Rather Be a Man” (lead vocal: David Paton)  (3:53)
4. You Won’t Be There” (lead vocal: Dave Townsend)  (3:34)
5.  Winding Me Up” (lead vocal: Chris Rainbow)  (4:04)

Side two
1.  Damned If I Do” (lead vocal: Lenny Zakatek)  (4:48)
2.  Don’t Hold Back” (lead vocal: Clare Torry)  (3:37)
3.  Secret Garden” (instrumental)  (4:41)
4.  If I Could Change Your Mind” (lead vocal: Lesley Duncan)  (5:43)


Ronnie Milsap – There´s No Getting Over Me (1981) – Lp

Ronnie Lee Milsap (born January 16, 1943) is an American country music singer and pianist. He was one of country music’s most popular and influential performers of the 1970s and 1980s. He became one of the most successful and versatile country “crossover” singers of his time, appealing to both country and pop music markets with hit songs that incorporated pop, R&B, and rock and roll elements.












Artist:  Ronnie Milsap
Title:   There´s No Getting Over Me
Year:   1981
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  AHL1-4060

By 1981, Ronnie Milsap had become a superstar and was still riding the crest of the wave that began in the early ’70s. But Milsap had taken his version of country music as close as he could get to the pop charts without quite crossing over. In many ways his sound is indicative of the times and the artists making hit records at the same time (Eddie Rabbitt, Ronnie McDowell, Johnny Lee, etc.), but Milsap possessed something that none of the aforementioned did: a direct link to the rock and doo wop sounds of the late ’50s and early ’60s. His urban country is evidenced in the title track, which was a Top Ten single, has a sweet alto saxophone solo in it, and has a chorus that reflects James Taylor‘s late-’70s attempts at crooning early rock. And there are Milsap‘s ballads, such as “It’s All I Can Do,” “Two Hearts Don’t Always Make a Pair,” and “Too Big for Words.” There’s the other single, “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” which is urban cowboy country music in its purest essence and was rewarded with the number one spot for a few weeks in late 1981. The sweeping backing vocals, a harp, a barely present pedal steel added for atmosphere, and enough acoustic guitars to supply an army of big-feathered hat-wearing drugstore cowpokes. It’s also an awesome pop song. The chorus alone is so infectious it could be heard being hummed and whistled on street corners and its words being sung in barrooms and dancehalls throughout the rest of 1981. It also, finally, crossed over. There’s No Gettin’ Over Me is a perfect example of what Milsap was about in his middle period. There’s humility in his confidence and a genuine empathy in his croon. Yeah, it’s slick, and even schlocky in places (“Jesus Is Your Ticket to Heaven”), but it’s also terrific.


Side one
1.  Everywhere I Turn (There’s Your Memory)  (3:14)
2.  (There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me  (3:15)
3.  It’s All I Can Do  (3:33)
4.  Two Hearts Don’t Always Make A Pair  (3:06)
5.  Jesus Is Your Ticket To Heaven  (3:11)

Side two
1.  I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World  (3:32)
2.  Too Big For Words  (3:25)
3.  It Happens Every Time (I Think Of You)  (2:49)
4.  It’s Written All Over Your Face  (3:44)
5.  I Live My Whole Life At Night  (3:57)


Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming (1979) – Lp

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, painter, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he became a reluctant “voice of a generation.












Artist:  Bob Dylan
Title:  Slow Train Coming
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog# 86095

Slow Train Coming is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on August 20, 1979 by Columbia Records. It was Dylan’s first effort since converting to Christianity, and all of the songs either express his strong personal faith, or stress the importance of Christian teachings and philosophy. The evangelical nature of the record alienated many of Dylan’s existing fans; at the same time, many Christians were drawn into his fan base. Slow Train Coming was listed at #16 in the 2001 book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

The album was generally well-reviewed in the secular press, and the single “Gotta Serve Somebody” became his first hit in three years, winning Dylan the Grammy for best rock vocal performance by a male in 1980.

Perhaps it was inevitable that Bob Dylan would change direction at the end of the ’70s, since he had dabbled in everything from full-on repudiation of his legacy to a quiet embrace of it, to dipping his toe into pure showmanship. Nobody really could have expected that he would turn to Christianity on Slow Train Coming, embracing a born-again philosophy with enthusiasm. He has no problem in believing in a vengeful god — you gotta serve somebody, after all — and this is pure brimstone and fire throughout the record, even on such lovely testimonials as “I Believe in You.” The unexpected side effect of his conversion is that it gave Dylan a focus he hadn’t had since Blood on the Tracks, and his concentration carries over to the music, which is lean and direct in a way that he hadn’t been since, well, Blood on the Tracks. Focus isn’t necessarily the same thing as consistency, and this does suffer from being a bit too dogmatic, not just in its religion, but in its musical approach. Still, it’s hard to deny Dylan‘s revitalized sound here, and the result is a modest success that at least works on its own terms.


Side one
1.  Gotta Serve Somebody  ( 5:22)
2.  Precious Angel   (6:27)
3.  I Believe in You   (5:02)
4.  Slow Train   (5:55)

Side two
1.  Gonna Change My Way of Thinking   (5:25)
2.  Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others)   (3:50)
3.  When You Gonna Wake Up   (5:25)
4.  Man Gave Names to All the Animals   (4:23)
5.  When He Returns   (4:30)


Earth & Fire – Andromeda Girl (1981) – Lp

Earth & Fire was een Nederlandse popgroep uit de jaren zeventig en tachtig van de 20e eeuw. De leden waren afkomstig uit Voorschoten, Voorburg en Leidschendam. De groep had als boegbeelden Jerney Kaagman (zang) en de tweelingbroers Gerard (keyboards) en Chris Koerts (gitaar).












Artist:  Earth & Fire
Title:  Andromeda Girl
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Vertigo Records
Catalog#  6399271

Met dit album sloeg Earth & Fire een totale andere richting in.
Hier zijn wel weer een aantal singles op te vinden zoals “Love Is An Ocean”, “Tell Me Why” en “Dream”. Maar die werden niet zulke grote hits. Erg goed album van Earth and Fire! Ook “Singer in the rain”, “What more could you desire” zijn prima songs, evenals de titelsong is meer verrassend dan echt heel erg goed, en is zeker de blikvanger van het album. “Andromeda girl” slaat alles. Het zit ontzettend goed in elkaar.

Side one
1. Dream (3:12)
2. Singer In The Rain (3:12)
3. Andromeda Girl (12:04)
4. What More Could You Desire (3:05)

Side two
1. Tell Me Why (3:11)
2. Love Is An Ocean (4:00)
3. You (4:35)
4. From Shore To Shore (3:24)
5. Just One Chance (4:20)

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