Some proper Metal , not much on here but I know someone who will lap it up!
Chugging with some great solo’s this was from a Dutch band so long lost Fred is to thank.
The Quintet of ; Drums, Vocals – Ernst Van Ee, Guitar, Vocals – Arjan Boogerds and Ben Blaauw, Bass – Marchell Remeeus and Vocals – Stan Verbraak must have studied the UK Metal scene with hints of Maiden throughout.
“Ready For The Night” boogies along but with some great duelling guitars. Shake Your Head.
The final release from Canadian New Wave The Arrows. Drum machine (it’s a 12″ mix) over a light rock arrangement produced by fellow Canadian David Tyson and band leader Dean McTaggart.
The other involved were ; Backing Vocals – Al Van Wart, Eddie Schwartz, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Earl Seymour (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Bass Guitar – Howard Ayee (Rough Trade), Peter Bleakney (Take your pick!) Drums – Gary Craig, Michael Sloski (mmm take your pick) Guitar – Doug Macaskill, Keyboards – Rob Gusevs, Percussion – Matt Zimbel (Manteca) and Keyboards, Backing Vocals – David Tyson
It’s the 80’s so there is a large dose of sax as well as being quite funky. The Dub is very electronic and has suitably strong bass.
The B-side is an album cut , a bit AOR with a more than average dose of synths. Plenty of guitar solo’s
From ’85 and the now wizard looking, Robert Plant, with 4 tracker desperately showcasing his versatility as a vocalist. Opening and closing with 2 studio tracks, drenched in synths (as was his preferred sound in the mid 80’s). The ex-Led Zeppelin frontman is here trying to find some relevance
Working with producer Tim Palmer and Benji Lefevre it produced a highly polished sound. “Little By Little” was a quite a big international hit.
“Sixes and Sevens” was also from the “Shaken ‘n’ Stirred” with guest musicians ; Guitar, Guitar synth – Robbie Blunt, Keyboards – Jezz Woodroffe, Bass, Guitar – Paul Martinez. Drums – Ritchie Hayward. Interestingly Toni Halliday adds some backing vocals.
The 2 live tracks (from Dallas on 24th June 1985) features a Honeydrippers boogie woogie, big band track as well as another LP cut.
Back to ’85 and some Pop Rock with added computers and the debut release from Middleborough’s Flaming Mussolinis with some Phil Thornalley studio wizardly. There is sax, singalong chorus and twelve inch tricks.
The line-up was ; Saxophone, Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Jeff Fogarty, Vocals, Guitar – Alan Savage, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Kit Haigh, Bass, Backing Vocals – Doug Maloney and Drums, Backing Vocals – Craig McLune
A bit like The Alarm and certainly a nod to Simple Minds on the B-side. Synths and guitar
Who ? I like getting that response. Bonavide 80’s in style.
Written and produced by Liverpool duo, Two People, with help from Chris Porter.
The Two People (Mark Stevenson and Noel Ram) were joined by ; Bass – Brad Lang, Drums – Steve Creese (The Lotus Eaters) and Keyboards – Ian Penman.
For fans of China Crisis and Lotus Eaters. Uplifting pop and 3 quality tracks. “Sister Sister” has a bit of a rock guitar, reminds me of The Comsat Angels. There is the suitably dramatic “This Is The Day” over 2 parts, the second one being a slightly dubbier version, I love them both!
From Mike B (like a lot of the stuff this week) and to tickle the fancy of the Belouis Some fans out there. Back in 1985 I hated it with it’s banal lyrics. It is synthpop but I hated the vocals and with the backing vocals it made it sound like Russ Abbot’s “Atmosphere” or something by Ottowan.
Remixed by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero and edited by Bruce Forest it had all the latest sounds but I still have a trouble with vocals. Adding some psychedelic backward guitar loops was unexpected but it is far too shiny pop for me.
From November ’85 and a debut on this blog from Welsh legend and Velvet Underground member, John Cale.
A three tracker
The line-up was ; Backing Vocals – Gill O’Donovan and Suzie O’List (both from The Croquettes) Guitar – David Young, Keyboards – James Young (Nico and Faction), Percussion – Graham Dowdall (Nico and Faction) and Keyboards and vocals – John Cale.
Carl Beaty provided the remix on this Roxy Music-ish bit of funk. With plenty of Byrne-ism’s
“Dying On The Vine” has layers of percussion and Cale’s deep but fragile vocal linked with a sinewy bass.
The last track is suitably experimental. A suitable drone and piano chords for the instrumental “Crash Course In Harmonics”