Okay I’m off on a trip to Prague till Wednesday. No updates or re-ups till Thursday. (24/8/17)
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I’m still bringing out the Big Guns!!
A Student Union favourite back in the Day, it brought all the different genres and fashionistas together onto the dancefloor, the Daisy Age you see! Released in 1989 and their breakthrough hit. It samples the bass and vocals from Steely Dan’s “Peg” and Otis Redding’s whistle from “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay” amongst others on the 7 minute long “Know It All Mix” Produced by Prince Paul and remixed by C.J. Mackintosh and David Dorrell this was on the UK 12″ and is seen by many as the definitive version.
On the flipside is the slightly naughtier “Kiss Mix” by the same duo, quicker with added “porno” samples!!! Quite different from the original. The bonus track features young rapper Jeff (Chi-Ali, who was part of the Hip-Hop collective Native Tongues) on the short and snappy hip-hop track, “The Mack Daddy On The Left.”
Big Life – BLR 13T
|A||Eye Know (The Know It All Mix)|
|B1||Eye Know (The Kiss Mix)|
|B2||The Mack Daddy On The Left|
Hailing from New Jersey the late Gwen Guthrie became a world wide success with this club hit from 1986. The Club Mix was by legendary DJ and producer, Larry Levan. There is an even more awesome “Dub Mix” by Mark Berry and Tony Prendatt, deepening the bass and cutting around with the vocals.
B-side is an electronic ballad produced by Harvey Goldberg, celebrating Guthrie’s fab voice.
“Ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the rent… you gotta have a J.O.B. if you wanna be with me.
No romance without finance!”
Boiling Point – POSPX 807
|A||Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent (12″ Club Mix)||5:50|
|B1||Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent (Dub Mix)||7:04|
Sade was a group and not just a solo artist. Comprising of Sade Adu (vocals ), Paul S. Denman (bass), Andrew Hale (keyboards) and Stuart Matthewman (sax) From the mid-80’s they became the darling of the Middle Classes (Yuppies especially)
This was released in 1988 from the album “Stronger Than Pride” and continues their partnership with producer and engineer Ben Rogan and Mike Pela. Another understated slab of coolness with Leroy Osbourne adding some soulful backing vocals.
The B-side is an extended Jazz Funk, instrumental track called “Super Bien Total”
Epic – SADE T1
|A||Love Is Stronger Than Pride||4:16|
|B||Super Bien Total (Extended Mix)||6:52|
No extended versions or mixes here just 3 classic songs from Sting brought to you by the medium of 12″ vinyl. From his debut album from 1985, “The Dream Of The Blue Turtles”, Sting went all classical jazzy on this, obviously putting distance between the notion that he was just the blonde bassist and singer from The Police. Hence the versatile collection of songs. I have got to admit that I was a bit unfamiliar with the song but it’s quality and arrangement are ace.
Next up is a slightly odd cover of “Mack The Knife” with a slightly quirky arrangement by Dominic Muldowney. (who did the OST for “Nineteen Eighty Four”) this originally appeared in the “3 penny Opera” by Kurt Weil.
Finally, I’d forgotten about this little gem, “Fortress Around Your Heart” gets an airing with it’s haunting lyrics and rockier elements, a superb song.
A&M Records – AMY 305
|A||Moon Over Bourbon Street||3:59|
|B1||The Ballad Of Mack The Knife||2:43|
|B2||Fortress Around Your Heart||4:48|
So some more mainstream stuff starting with this great cover from Freddie. Camping it up as if he was doing Karaoke in a posh bar in Marrakesh. This was originally done by The Platters in the 1950’s and written by the mightily monocled Buck Ram (their producer and manager). Very autobiographical the definite Extended Version is pleasant alternative listen to the 7″. All synthesized backing and as bombast as Mr. Mercury. Backed by the shorter, but just as weird, semi-instrumental “Exercises..” where he used his voice as an instrument over a sparse piano and orchestrated backing. The story goes that when Freddie first met opera singer Montserrat Caballé on March 1987, he brought in this piece he and Mike Moran, to which Caballé added lyrics and became “Ensueno” later on.
Parlophone – K 060 20 1646 6
|A||The Great Pretender (Extended Version)||5:50|
|B1||The Great Pretender (7″ Version)||3:25|
|B2||Exercises In Free Love (7″ Version)||3:58|
This is on here because of the rare mix of Visage’s “Pleasure Boys”. The other stuff is also quite interesting; a different version of Level 42’s “Starchild” (I think it is the US Extended Mix) gently sung by Mike Lindup and as cool as you’d come to expect.
Second Image were a 7-piece UK soul/funk band. David Grant wrote this for them and it bounces along nicely.
Peter Godwin has an instrumental of his single “Emotional Disguise” included, spot that Linn Drum and the Cha-Cha-Cha synths…great synthy stuff.
On to the main event is a dub version of the groundbreaking “Pleasure Boys” by Visage , edited by New York DJ, Danny Krivit. It is what you get on the tin, just the breaks and those bass bits and a very brief snippet of Strange singing the title. Ah well 😦
So a weird 4 tracker used for club promotion although most of the tracks were released at least 4 years previously!? (most being released as far back as 1981!)
Polydor – 442 885 004-1 Y-1
|A2||Second Image||Can’t Keep Holding On||4:30|
|B1||Visage||Pleasure Boys (Bonus Beats)||6:03|
|B2||Peter Godwin||Emotional Disguise (Instrumental)||4:14|
The follow up to their massive hit, Living In A Box. The trio released “Love Is The Art”, an even quicker track. Produced by Richard James Burgess (Landscape) and mixed by Dancing Danny D (D-Mob) it is almost Proto House for 1987, especially here on these longer mixes. Groundbreaking stuff with Darbyshire’s vocals growling away.
Chrysalis – LIBX 4
|A||Love Is The Art (Love)|
|B||Love Is The Art (Art)|
Where the Moody Blues go all synth rock on us!!!!
From 1988 and proving they can still knock out a good tune. This was produced by Tony Visconti and was a remix from the album “Sur La Mer” (where it was the lead track!) Justin Hayward distinctive voice is in full throttle, there are lots of swirling synths and it has a magical feel to it, very uplifting. The B-side “Miracle” was written by Hayward and John Lodge and shows an even more electronic side with loads of sampled horns. Lodge also wrote “Rock And Roll Over You” and a frantic live version, ooch those lyrics. I think this appeared in the film Karate Kid 2!!
Polydor – PDSX 2315
|A||I Know You’re Out There Somewhere (Remix)||6:37|
|B2||Rock And Roll Over You (Live)||5:10|
The Escape Club – Call It Poison (12″) (For Floren)
SPK – Flesh & Steel (12″) (All the rest of the re-ups on here for Richard)
SPK – Machine Age Voodoo (12″)
SPK – Metal Dance (12″)
Bomb The Bass – The Air That We Breathe (12″)