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Bryan Ferry – Boys And Girls (1985) – Lp

Bryan Ferry CBE (born 26 September 1945) is an English singer and songwriter. His voice has been described as an “elegant, seductive croon“. Ferry came to prominence as the lead vocalist and principal songwriter with the glam art rock band Roxy Music.












Artist:   Bryan Ferry
Title:   Boys And Girls
Year:   1985
Format:   LP
Label:   E.G. Records
Catalog#   825659-4

Boys and Girls is the sixth solo studio album by the English singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry, released in June 1985 by E.G. Records. The album was Ferry’s first solo album in seven years and the first since he had disbanded his group Roxy Music in 1983. The album was Ferry’s first and only number one solo album in the UK. It was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and contains two UK top 40 hit singles. It is also Ferry’s most successful solo album in the US, having been certified Gold for sales in excess of half a million copies there.

The album contained the track “Slave to Love,” which became one of Ferry’s most popular solo hits. The single was released on 29 April 1985 and spent nine weeks in the UK charts in 1985, peaking at number 10, along with the other (modestly successful) singles “Don’t Stop the Dance” and “Windswept“.

The guitar solo at the end of “Slave to Love” featured Neil Hubbard and the album featured other famous guitarists such as the Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, Pink Floyd‘s guitarist David Gilmour, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and Bryan Adams‘ guitarist Keith Scott.


Side one
1.  Sensation   (5:07)
2.  Slave to Love   (4:26)
3.  Don’t Stop the Dance   (4:19)
4.  A Waste Land   (1:02)
5.  Windswept  (4:31)

Side two
1.  The Chosen One   (4:51)
2.  Valentine   (3:47)
3.  Stone Woman   (4:56)
4.  Boys and Girls   (5:25)


Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed “The Boss”, Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performances—with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running at up to four hours in length.












Artist:  Bruce Springsteen
Title:  Born In The U.S.A.
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  CBS 86304

Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It was released on June 4, 1984, by Columbia Records. It was written by Springsteen and recorded with his E Street Band and producers Chuck Plotkin and Jon Landau at The Power Station and The Hit Factory in New York City.

Born in the U.S.A. showed Springsteen embracing a livelier mainstream sound than on his previous records but continued to express progressive themes and values in his lyrics. It´s a “defiantly rock ‘n’ roll” album,  incorporated “electronic textures” with music he “kept as its heart all of the American rock & roll from the early Sixties”. Although Springsteen’s previous record Nebraska had darker songs, he said Born in the U.S.A. was not entirely different: “If you look at the material, particularly on the first side, it’s actually written very much like Nebraska – the characters and the stories, the style of writing – except it’s just in the rock-band setting.” Springsteen considered leaving “No Surrender” off of the album, explaining that “you don’t hold out and triumph all the time in life. … You compromise, you suffer defeat; you slip into life’s gray areas.” E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt convinced Springsteen otherwise: “He argued that the portrait of friendship and the song’s expression of the inspirational power of rock music was an important part of the picture.”

The title track of the album inspired the Annie Leibovitz photo of Springsteen’s backside against the backdrop of an American flag, which was used as the album cover. Springsteen commented on the origin of the concept: “We had the flag on the cover because the first song was called “Born in the U.S.A.”, and the theme of the record kind of follows from the themes I’ve been writing about for at least the last six or seven years. But the flag is a powerful image, and when you set that stuff loose, you don’t know what’s gonna be done with it.” Some people thought that the cover depicted Springsteen urinating on the flag. He denied it: “That was unintentional. We took a lot of different types of pictures, and in the end, the picture of my ass looked better than the picture of my face, that’s what went on the cover. I didn’t have any secret message. I don’t do that very much.” According to political writer Peter Dreier, the music’s “pop-oriented” sound and the marketing of Springsteen as “a heavily muscled rocker with an album cover featuring a giant US flag, may have overshadowed the album’s radical politics.


Side one
1.  Born in the U.S.A. (4:39)
2.  Cover Me (3:27)
3.  Darlington County (4:48)
4.  Working on the Highway (3:11)
5.  Downbound Train (3:35)
6.  I’m on Fire (2:37)

Side two
1.  No Surrender (4:00)
2.  Bobby Jean (3:46)
3.  I’m Goin’ Down (3:29)
4.  Glory Days (4:15)
5.  Dancing in the Dark (4:00)
6.  My Hometown (4:34)


Dan Fogelberg – Nether Lands (1977) – Lp

Daniel Grayling “Dan” Fogelberg (August 13, 1951 – December 16, 2007) was an American musician, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose music was inspired by sources as diverse as folk, pop, rock, classical, jazz, and bluegrass.












Artist:  Dan Fogelberg
Title:  Nether Lands
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 81574

Nether Lands is the fourth album by American singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg, released in 1977. The album title is a play on Nederland, Colorado, the location of one of the studios used to record the album. Nederland is the Dutch name for the country known in English as the Netherlands.

While continuing to grow as an artist, Dan Fogelberg extended himself even further on his fourth album, Nether Lands. Somewhat of a concept album, replete with orchestration and following an underlying theme throughout, it had the feel of a long, unified musical suite. Powerful, moving, and emotionally charged, it firmly established Fogelberg as a major artist whose creative reach seemed boundless. Arriving at the height of the California rock explosion, the album brought together rock, pop, country, folk, and classical musical ideas in a fully cohesive effort. Though some of the songs could stand on their own, the album begs to be listened to as a complete work. Fogelberg was stretching himself to ambitious heights, not only through his songwriting, singing, and turns on various instruments, but also by producing the album himself. Nether Lands both reflected and surpassed the ’70s music sound and, most importantly, still resonates many years later.


Side one
1.  Nether Lands  (5:32)
2.  Once Upon A Time  (3:38)
3.  Dancing Shoes  (3:28)
4.  Lessons Learned  (4:52)
5.  Loose Ends  (5:23)

Side two
1.  Love Gone By  (3:04)
2.  Promises Made  (3:18)
3.  Give Me Some Time  (3:20)
4.  Scarecrow’s Dream  (4:10)
5.  Sketches  (3:32)
6.  False Faces  (4:52)


Narada Michael Walden – Confidence (1982) – Lp

Narada Michael Walden; born Michael Walden, April 23, 1952 born to Peggy and Harold Walden in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is an American producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. He was given the name Narada by guru Sri Chinmoy in the early 1970s and his musical career spans three decades.












Artist:  Narada Michael Walden
Title:  Confidence
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  50883

Confidence is the sixth full-length studio recording from singer/songwriter/drummer/producer Narada Michael Walden.

Narada Michael Walden’s 1982 date ‘Confidence’ did okay on the R&B side of things but is barely acknowledged in the pop world-his pop productions during this time for Stacy Lattisaw and later Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin are. This album begins with the hefty funk jam “Your #1”-one of the best slices of funk Narada ever threw down! “Summer Lady” has yet more of that heavy 80’s funk throb to it before again returning to the breezy and inspiring urban soul sound of “I’m Ready”. The title track goes to the same place with great verve and style! The presense of jazz and fusion icons Randy Brecker,David Sanborn and the immortal Wayne Shorter really showcase Narada as the successor to Norman Connors;drummer and great assembler of talent. Another truely impressive track to be found here is the the closer “Blue Side Of Midnight”,a moody romantic smooth groove with some creamy sax from Sanborn and a great otherworldy guitar solo from Corrado Rustici! ‘Confidance’ is absolutely no misnomer;Narada delivers everything here with sincerity,conviction and so many hard-driving grooves to make you bug!


Side one
1.  You’re # 1  (5:43)
2.  Summer Lady  (5:18)
3.  I’m Ready  (4:20)
4.  Safe In My Arms  (4:14)

Side two
1.  Confidence  (4:01)
2.  Holiday  (4:27)
3.  You Ought To Love Me  (5:10)
4.  Blue Side Of Midnight  (6:57)


Patti LaBelle – Winner In You (1986) – Lp

Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards (born May 24, 1944), better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Following the group’s name change to Labelle in the early 1970s. After the group split in 1976, LaBelle began a successful solo career.












Artist:  Patti Labelle
Title:  Winner In You
Release:  1986
Format:  LP
Label:  MCA Records
Catalog#  253025-1

Winner in You is the eighth studio album by American R&B singer Patti LaBelle, released April 28, 1986, on MCA Records. Recording sessions took place during 1985–1986. Production was handled by several record producers, including Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Nickolas Ashford, among others.

Ballads are the weakness of her new pop-soul album, her first for MCA Records. Though she is guilty of vocal overkill, even a subdued LaBelle couldn’t have salvaged hopelessly schmaltzy ballads like “Kiss Away the Pain,” “Finally We’re Back Together” and “Sleep With Me Tonight.” The real loser is “There’s a Winner in You,” another of those hokey inspirational ballads. Aimed at her middle-of-the-road fans, this Ashford & Simpson composition is meant to be uplifting, but it’s just bogus melodrama.

But LaBelle does exercise restraint most of the way on “On My Own,” her hit duet with Michael McDonald. This gritty, melancholy song–the finest pop duet ballad in years–features McDonald’s best singing since his Doobie Brothers days.

LaBelle has always been better on up-tempo songs–which make up half this album. Her singing is more relaxed and less frilly, probably because, with the emphasis on the musical tracks, she doesn’t feel the need to do all that vocal posturing. The up-tempo material–especially two danceable techno-funk tunes, “Beat My Heart Like a Drum” and “You’re Mine Tonight”–is all first-rate.

Of the many producers who contributed to the album, Richard Perry should be singled out for praise, since he produced those two cuts. The Pointer Sisters, who are also produced by Perry, should be miffed. Both songs would have been ideal for them.


Side one
1.  Oh, People  (5:19)
2.  On My Own  (feat. Michael Mcdonald)  (4:50)
3.  Something Special (Is Gonna Happen Tonight)  (4:58)
4.  Kiss Away The Pain  (4:28)
5.  Twisted  (3:54)

Side two
1.  You’re Mine Tonight  (3:38)
2.  Finally We’re Back Together  (5:49)
3.  Beat My Heart Like A Drum  (3:50)
4.  Sleep With Me Tonight  (3:44)
5.  There’s A Winner In You  (4:18)


Neil Young – American Star ´N Bars (1977) – Lp

Neil Percival Young, (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career.












Artist:  Neil Young
Title:  American Star ´N Bars
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Reprise Records
Catalog#  REP 54088

American Stars ‘n Bars is the eighth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on Reprise Records in 1977. Compiled from recording sessions scattered over a 29-month.

Neil Young made a point of listing the recording dates of the songs on American Stars ‘n Bars; the dates even appeared on the LP labels. They revealed that the songs had been cut at four different sessions dating back to 1974. But even without such documentation, it would have been easy to tell that the album was a stylistic hodgepodge, its first side consisting of country-tinged material featuring steel guitar and fiddle, plus backup vocals from Linda Ronstadt and the then-unknown Nicolette Larson, while the four songs on the second side varied from acoustic solo numbers like “Will to Love” to raging rockers such as “Like a Hurricane.” Just as apparent was the album’s unevenness: side one consisted of lightweight compositions, while side two had more ambitious ones, with “Will to Love,” for example, extending the romantic metaphor of a salmon swimming upstream across seven minutes. The album’s saving grace was “Like a Hurricane,” one of Young‘s classic hard rock songs and guitar workouts, and a perennial concert favorite. Without it, American Stars ‘n Bars would have been one of Young‘s least memorable albums, and since it turned up the following year on the compilation Decade, the LP was rendered inessential.


Side one
1.  The Old Country Waltz  (2:58)
2.  Saddle Up the Palomino  (3:00)
3.  Hey Babe  (3:35)
4.  Hold Back the Tears  (4:18)
5.  Bite the Bullet  (3:30)

Side two
1.  Star of Bethlehem  (2:42)
2.  Will to Love  (7:11)
3.  Like a Hurricane  (8:20)
4.  Homegrown  (2:20)


Mud – Mudrock Vol. II (1975) – Lp

Mud are an English glam rock band, formed in February 1966. Their earlier success came in a pop and then glam rock style, while later hits were influenced by 1950s rock and roll.












Artist:  Mud
Title:  Mudrock Vol.II
Year:  1975
Format:  LP
Label:  RAK Records
Catalog#  5C 062-96485

Mud Rock, Vol. 2 was cut precisely in the same mould as its predecessor, a “live in the studio”-style party knees up, with the band powering through a string of favorite oldies, catchy classics, and of course, a hit 45 or two, and probably not breaking a sweat throughout. A primo singles band, Mud really weren’t stretched on LP until a change of labels in 1976 finally allowed them to start making records that spoke for their own musical tastes and abilities; by comparison, Mud Rock, Vol. 2, despite some red hot fun performances, is simply the sound of a band on cruise control. There are some magnificent moments here, however. All summer sun and swaying palm trees, the Hawaiian guitar-powered “Hula Love” is irresistibly corny, while “Let’s Have a Party” and “One Night” are balls-out rockers that prove just how far ahead of the revivalist pack Mud could have been, had their producers only permitted them to take that step. An oddly lugubrious “Living Doll” is more a showcase for its producers than its players, but the hits “Oh Boy” and “The Secrets That You Keep” bring Mud back into brilliant focus, and no matter how functional this album is, there’s no doubting its entertainment value.


Side one
1.  The Secrets That You Keep  (3:07)
2.  Living Doll  (2:55)
3.  One Night  (2:53)
4.  Tallahassee Lassie  (3:16)
5.  Let’s Have A Party  (1:40)

Side two
1.  Tobacco Road  (3:20)
2.  Oh Boy  (2:50)
3.  I Love How You Love Me  (3:03)
4.  Hula Love  (4:00)
5.  Diana  (3:56)

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Jeffrey Osborne – Jeffrey Osborne (1982) – Lp

Jeffrey Linton Osborne (born March 9, 1948) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist and lead singer of the band, LTD.












Artist:  Jeffrey Osborne
Title:  Jeffrey Osborne
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog# AMHL 64896

Jeffrey Osborne is the self-titled debut album from Jeffrey Osborne, released in 1982 on A&M after leaving L.T.D. for a solo career.

As vocalist for the group L.T.D., Osborne‘s booming voice led hits like “Love Ballad,” “Where Did We Go Wrong,” and “Shine On.” The group enjoyed constant success and offered a catalog of well-executed and classic albums including 1977’s Something to Love and Togetherness from 1978. In 1982 it came as a complete shock when Osborne made his solo bid. Unlike countless other acts who did the same thing, his self-titled release proves that it was a great decision. Producer George Duke offered Osborne an up-to-the-minute sound with a collection of great studio players ranging from drummer Steve Ferrone to bassist Louis Johnson. That being said, a few of the tracks here don’t play to Osborne‘s strengths as a committed and slightly quirky vocalist. “New Love” and “Eeenie Meenie” are so proficient yet by the numbers anyone could have sung them. The best tracks on this album give him the needed challenges that make him soar. The first single, the moody and rhythmic “Really Don’t Need No Light,” co-written by Osborne and David “Hawk” Wolinski, benefits from a string arrangement from George Del Barrio. The ballad “You Were Made to Love” not only perfectly captures Duke‘s uncluttered and precise production style, it also plays to Osborne‘s emotionality. The last track, “Congratulations,” is a great tearjerker that has Osborne‘s reserve and intellect making it that much better. This is an impressive solo debut from one of R&B and pop’s best vocalists.


Side one
1. New Love  (4:10)
2. Eenie Meenie  (4:23)
3. I Really Don’t Need No Light  (3:40)
4. On The Wings Of Love  (4:00)
5. Ready For Your Love  (3:59)

Side two
1. Who You Talkin’ To  (3:51)
2. You Were Made To Love  (3:11)
3. Ain’t Nothin’ Missin’  (4:09)
4. Baby  (4:18)
5. Congratulations  (2:56)


Rod Stewart – Body Wishes (1983) – Lp

Sir Roderick David “Rod” Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.












Artist:  Rod Stewart
Title:  Body Wishes
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  92-3877-1

Body Wishes is a studio album released by Rod Stewart on 10 June 1983. It was Stewart’s 12th studio album and was released on Warner Bros. Records (WEA 92-3877-1). The tracks were recorded and mixed at The Record Plant, Los Angeles. It produced three singles, “Baby Jane“, “What Am I Gonna Do (I’m So in Love with You)”, and “Sweet Surrender”.

After listening to Body Wishes, Rod Stewart’s latest and surely one of his least, you get the feeling that this singer is sorely in need of what comedian Henny Youngman calls “a charisma bypass.” Except for the album’s opener, “Dancin’ Alone,” a Chuck Berry-style rock & roller that’s both lively and witty, there’s nothing here — singing, playing, melodies, lyrics, production, arrangements — that you’ll remember thirty seconds after you’ve heard it. Not much energy either. Just by-rote dance tunes, lachrymose (and unbelievable) love songs, a silly revenge ditty and the world’s most unconvincing protest number (“Ghetto Blaster”).

Sadly, Stewart, for a long time a genuine great one, seems to have passed over into that gaudy, rather meaningless land occupied by such people as Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds — people whose main occupation is Stardom, and precious little else. When this esteemed position is reached, it doesn’t matter what one does anymore — a minimum of competence and a maximum of product are the rules — as long as one just shows up. And shows up. And shows up.

Even Stewart appears to realize that Body Wishes isn’t exactly hot stuff. In the liner notes, the singer offers “special thanks and admiration to [coproducer] Tom Dowd

The cover is a parody of Elvis Presley‘s 1959 album 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong.


Side one
1.  Dancin’ Alone (4:03)
2.  Baby Jane (4:44)
3.  Move Me (3:36)
4.  Body Wishes (4:41)
5.  Sweet Surrender (4:57)

Side two
1.  What Am I Gonna Do (I’m So in Love with You) (4:19)
2.  Ghetto Blaster (4:07)
3.  Ready Now (3:34)
4.  Strangers Again (4:10)
5.  Satisfied (4:08)


The Cure – Pornography (1982) – Lp

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.












Artist:  The Cure
Title:  Pornography
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Fiction Records
Catalog#  2383639

Pornography is the fourth studio album by British alternative rock band the Cure, released on 4 May 1982 by the record label Fiction. Preceded by the non-album single “Charlotte Sometimes” late the previous year, Pornography was the band’s first album with a new producer, Phil Thornalley, and was recorded at RAK Studios from January to April. The sessions saw the group on the brink of collapse, with heavy drug use, band in-fighting and group leader Robert Smith‘s depression fuelling the album’s musical and lyrical content. Pornography represents the conclusion of the group’s early dark, gloomy musical phase which began with Seventeen Seconds in 1980. Following its release, bass guitarist Simon Gallup left the band and the Cure switched to a much brighter and more radio-friendly new wave sound.

Later hailed as one of the key goth rock albums of the ’80s and considered by many hardcore Cure fans to be the band’s best album, Pornography was largely dismissed upon its 1982 release, witheringly reviewed as a leaden slab of whining and moping. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in between: Pornography is much better than most mainstream critics of the time thought, but in retrospect, it’s not the masterpiece some fans have claimed it to be. The overall sound is thick and murky, but too muddy to be effectively atmospheric in the way that the more dynamic Disintegration managed a few years later. For every powerful track like the doomy opener “One Hundred Years” and the clattering, desolate single “The Hanging Garden,” there’s a sound-over-substance piece of filler like “The Figurehead,” which sounds suitably bleak but doesn’t have the musical or emotional heft this sort of music requires. Pornography is an often intriguing listen, but it’s just a bit too uneven to be considered a classic.


Side one
1.  One Hundred Years  (6:42)
2.  A Short Term Effect  (4:25)
3.  The Hanging Garden  (4:32)
4.  Siamese Twins  (5:35)

Side two
1.  The Figurehead  (6:15)
2.  A Strange Day  (5:06)
3.  Cold  (4:26)
4.  Pornography  (6:28)

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