From 1987 and this classic from The Cult on a Gatefold sleeve with a load of live favourites added, that were recorded in Holland back in 1986. So you get the Rick Rubin produced title track, “Zap City” from the famous Manor Sessions from 1986 the classic “She Sells..” , a great live rendition of “Phoenix” (my fave) and a knock about show finale of a couple of covers.
NEW LINK 2017
|B||She Sells Sanctuary (Live)|
|C||Wild Thing / Louie Louie (Live)|
This classic from the 1982 Rocky III film from American Rock band, Survivor. Very slightly extended but not so much as you’d notice. A rare record (for once!! – bought for £1 and found it’s £28 on discogs!!)
The B-side is more in your Classic Rock mode, with a quality air guitar solo! Thanks Frankie Sullivan!
NEW LINK 2018
Scotti Bros. Records – TA 2411
|A||Eye Of The Tiger (Special Extended European Version)||5:58|
|B||Take You On A Saturday||4:05|
More Rock Power Ballad’s from 1986 from a band called Zeno. Never heard of them before so after a bit of research uncovered that they were a German rock band led by guitarist Zeno Roth, brother of the legendary Ulrich Roth of the Scorpions and Electric Sun. Produced with Terry Manning and remixed by Tony Taverner it is your classic lighter in the air track. Weird but powerful vocals from Michael Flexig. More balladeering also on the B-side with the track “Far Away.”
The Darkness fans will love it!
EMI – 12 EMI 5566
|A1||Love Will Live (Extended Version)|
|B2||Love Will Live (7″ Version)|
Gnarly old-rocker from the 70’s returns (Exhibit C)
From 1984 and Roger Daltrey has a go for some chart success. Having the mandatory saxophone all over it, this is again an example of soft rock and reached the top 20 with some slick Mike Thorne production. The B-side was originally by the Eurythmics from their debut album. There are more synths and a meaty, synthpop cover of “Gimme Some Lovin'”….strangely good!
WEA – 259628-0
|A||Walking In My Sleep||3:20|
|B1||Somebody Told Me||3:10|
|B2||Gimme Some Lovin’|
Where the hell am I going with this ???
Soft 80’s Rock it is then with some Starship!! (the successor band to Jefferson Starship) Overdosing on the synclavier/Fairlight in the studio this sounded immense for 1985. It was sung by Mickey Thomas, Grace Slick providing backing vocals and was their second US number 1. This is what was known as a Power Ballad back in the day. Off the album “Knee Deep In The Hoopla” it contained the livelier album track, “Hearts Of the World….” with Grace Slick on lead and a bonus of the 1979 hit, “Jane”, when they were Jefferson Starship…..classic rock
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|B1||Hearts Of The World (Will Understand)||4:21|
Keeping the momentum going…. (and the video was shot in Amsterdam!!)
From 1981 and one of my favourite tracks by Genesis, that synth bass lead rocks big time (and those drum loops). The main message being Government that keep secrets they shouldn’t to subdue public fear (Kept In The Dark) Weird time signatures keep it in the Prog Rock genre. The b-side is more like their normal stuff, a jazzy/prog instrumental. Abacab is here in it’s album version – the song that got me into the band.
Charisma – CB 391/12
A – Keep It Dark – 4:33
B1 – Naminanu – 3:51
B2 – Abacab – 7:02
From 1986 and some Madonna sounding stuff from a new band for me, The Vels. From Philadelphia and then made up of the duo of Alice Desoto (vocals) and Charles Hanson (bass). They had been around since 1984 as a trio with late Chris Larkin (keyboards). This was off the album, “House Of Miracles” Helped by some great Steve Levine mixes (the Dub especially) with the esteemed team Ron St. Germain,Tony Prendatt-Carter, Matthew Kasha . This is catchy 80’s pop at it’s best.
Mercury – 888 132-1-DJ
|A||The Girl Most Likely To (12″ Club Mix)||8:05|
|B1||The Girl Most Likely To (Dub Version)||8:59|
|B2||The Girl Most Likely To (7″ Remix)||3:40|
From 1989 and London band that were bigger in American than over here and still going strong today. Heavier guitars with an R and B flavour, here with a slight nod to Hendrix. The guitar work by Kris Dollimore and Mike Gibson bridges punk with the grand scale of hard rock, and lead singer Peter Coyne brings a streetwise sneer to the young mod’s forgotten stories. From the album “More Songs About Love & Hate” this has Keith Le Blanc providing the remixes and generally electrifying it up for the dance floors.
Epic – 49 68818
|A||She Gives Me Love (Extended Mix)||5:28|
|B||She Gives Me Love (Dub Mix)||5:16|
From 1987 and another US only release by Canadian synthpop band, Men Without Hats. John Luongo adds to Zeus B Held’s production with a handful of remixes. They keep their quirky, nursery rhyme melodies over the distinct, brusk voice of Ivan Doroschuk.
Enjoy…….I’m off to Amsterdam for a few days. See you at the weekend!
Mercury – 870 153-1
|A1||Moonbeam, Beam Me Up (Extended Vocal Version)||7:40|
|A2||Moonbeam, Beam Me Up (Radio Edit)||5:49|
|B2||Home On The Beam (House Is A Home Mix)||5:55|
The last issues of the short-lived music magazine that came with it’s own album!! Featuring some well known and some more obscure artists from 1984 the quality ain’t great but you do get 16 different tracks and it was great fun reading the articles amongst the cigarette and Hi-fi adverts. It features early tracks by The Blow Monkeys, Animal Nightlife and a great little acoustic number by Strawberry Switchblade. Float Up C.P. features a very young Neneh Cherry on lead vocals!! So I imagine all the Nick Heyward fans falling over themselves for the “Warning Sign” track which does not actually include any vocals – OOOpps!
Highlight is the Goth-tinged “Resistance” by The Lucy Show…..very nice!
Btw I cocked up the ordering of the tracks – I did side 2 first. 😉 (And called it a Select magazine…my old, befuddled brain!)
Debut – LP MAG 8/9
|A1||Kim Wilde||Shangri-La (Special Re-Mix)||4:45|
|A2||The Higsons||Club A Go Go||3:15|
|A3||Floy Joy||Burn Down A Rhythm||3:32|
|A4||Clint Eastwood & General Saint||Here I Am||3:30|
|A5||Float Up C.P.||Desert Heat||2:52|
|A6||Afrika Bambaataa||Shango Message||4:01|
|A7||Blow Monkeys||Professor Supercool||3:27|
|B1||The Pooka Makes 3||Time After Time||4:18|
|B2||Animal Nightlife||Lazy Afternoon||3:25|
|B3||Strawberry Switchblade||Go Away||2:50|
|B4||Les Enfants||Take The Girl||3:11|
|B5||Feelabeelia||Just A Minute||4:18|
|B6||The Immaculate Fools||Tumbling Down||3:02|
|B7||The Lucy Show||Resistance||4:05|
|B8||Nick Heyward||Warning Sign (Special Mix)||3:47|