February 19, 2015

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Althia & Donna - Up Town Top Ranking b/w Mighty Two (1977) - single

Althea & Donna were the Jamaican reggae singing duo of Althea Rose Forrest and Donna Marie Reid. They are best known for their 1977 single "Uptown Top Ranking", which was a number one hit in the United Kingdom in 1978. Recorded when they were 17 and 18 years old respectively.

A - Althia & Donna - Up Town Top Ranking  (3:53)
Written-By – A .Forrest, D. Reid, E. Thompson / Producer, Arranged By – Joe Gibson
B - Mighty Two - Calico Suit  (3:42)
Written-By – E.T., Joe Gibbs / Producer, Arranged By – Joe Gibson

Label:  Lightning Records
Genre:  Reggae
Catalog#  LIG 506

(P) 1977
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A-ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V. b/w Driftwood (1985) - single

"The Sun Always Shines on T.V." is a song by Norwegian pop band A-ha. It was released as the third single from the band's debut album, “Hunting High and Low”. In many countries the single was not as successful as the band's previous, "Take on Me", which hit No. 1 in the US and several countries around the world. In the UK and Ireland, however, "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." actually improved upon the No. 2.

A - The Sun Always Shines On T.V.  (4:30)
Written-By – Pål Waaktaar / Producer – Alan Tarney
B - Driftwood  (3:04)
Written-By – Pål Waaktaar / Producer – a-ha

Release:  1985
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  928846-7

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February 14, 2015

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U2 - New Years Day b/w Treasure (Whatever Happened To Pete The Chop) (1982) - single

"New Year's Day" is a song by rock band U2. It is on their 1983 album "War" and it was released as the album's lead single in January 1983. Written about the Polish Solidarity movement, "New Year's Day" is driven by Adam Clayton's distinctive bassline and The Edge's keyboard playing. It was the band's first UK Top 10 hit single. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at #427 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The lyric had its origins in a love song from Bono to his wife, but was subsequently reshaped and inspired by the Polish Solidarity movement. The bass part stemmed from bassist Adam Clayton trying to figure out what the chords to the Visage song "Fade to Grey" were.
In 1983, Bono said of the song, "It would be stupid to start drawing up battle lines, but I think the fact that 'New Year's Day' made the Top Ten indicated a disillusionment among record buyers. I don't think 'New Year's Day' was a pop single, certainly not in the way that Mickie Most might define a pop single as something that lasts three minutes and three weeks in the chart. I don't think we could have written that kind of song." The B-side of "New Year's Day", "Treasure (Whatever Happened to Pete the Chop?)", was never performed live. However, an early version known simply as "Pete the Chop" was played at some concerts in 1980.

A - New Years Day (3:53)
writer(s):  U2 / produced by: Steve Lillywhite
B - Treasure (Whatever Happened To Pete The Chop) (3:20)
writer(s):  U2 / produced by: Steve Lillywhite

Label:  Island Records
Genre:  New Wave, Post-Punk
Catalog#  105000

(P) 1982

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UB40 - I´ve Got Mine b/w Dubmobile (1983) - single

UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has placed more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. The band has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984, were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group.One of the world's best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records. The single "I´ve Got Mine" was just a small project between the two albums "UB44" (1982) and "Labour Of Love" (1983) albums. The single did however end up on the album "1980-83" which was an introduction of UB40 to the American public. The song "I've Got Mine" was backed by "Dubmobile" which also is on the "1980-83" album.

A - I´ve Got Mine (3:11)
writer(s): UB40 / produced by: UB40 & Ray "Pablo" Falconer
B - Dubmobile (3:43)
writer(s): UB40 /  produced by: UB40 & Ray "Pablo" Falconer

Label:  Virgin Records
Genre:  Reggae
Catalog#  105082

(P) 1983
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Peter Allen - I Go To Rio b/w This Time Around (1976) - single

"I Go to Rio" is a popular song written by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson, and performed by Allen. It became a signature song of Allen, as well as being covered by Peggy Lee, Pablo Cruise, French singer Claude François, among others, in addition to being subject to multiple soundtrack inclusions. The song was first released in 1976, on Peter Allen's fourth studio album, "Taught by Experts". In 1977, it was successfully released as a single in Australia, where it was Number 1 for five weeks.
The melody of the opening piano riff of the song has been re-used by Chocolate in "Ritmo de la noche", well as Mystic/The Sacados and Safri Duo's cover versions, and Coldplay in "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall".

A - I Go To Rio  (3:17)
written by: P. Allen, A. Anderson / produced by: Brooks Arthur
B - This Time Around  (3:15)
written by: P. Allen / prosuced by: Brooks Arthur

Label:  A&M Records
Genre:  Pop
Catalog#  AMS 5460

(P) 1976
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Neil Sedaka - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (1975 Version) b/w Lonely Night (1975) - single

"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" is a song recorded by Neil Sedaka, and co-written by Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. Sedaka recorded this song twice, in 1962 and 1975, in two vastly different arrangements.
Originally an uptempo song from 1962, Sedaka re-recorded it as a ballad in 1975. The slower arrangement was originally debuted by David Cassidy in 1974 on his "Cassidy Live!" album. Sedaka's slow version peaked at #8 in February 1976 and went to number one on the Easy Listening chart. It was only the second time that an artist made the Billboard Top Ten with two different versions of the same song Building sound crafted by Sedaka and his various associates and that evolution is precisely documented from the rock & roll sixties sound of the original to the soul-searching re-invention that was the 1975/1976 ballad. In performance it really is two different songs with the same words and the same melody - the music transformed, the energy translated but just as powerful.  The slow version of "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" is taken from the album "Overnight Success" in 1975. It was released in the UK and throughout Europe and Australia on the Polydor label. Later that same year, in the US, most of this album was issued under the title "The Hungry Years", with two songs from the British album replaced on the American album.

A  - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
writer(s): Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield / Producer: Neil Sedaka, Robert Appere   
B  - Lonely Night   
writer(s) Neil Sedaka / producer: Neil Sedaka, Robert Appere  

Label:  Polydor Records
Genre:  Pop, Ballad
Catalog#  2058684

(P) 1975
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M - Moonlight And Muzak b/w Woman Make Man (1979) - single

M was English musician Robin Scott's brief but very successful new wave/synthpop project in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
After the huge, international success of "Pop Muzik" it was follow-up time for Robin Scott. Together with his girlfriend and later wife Brigit Novik they booked themselves into expensive studios in Montreux to record their debut album "New York, London, Paris, Munich".
"Moonlight & Muzak" was chosen as the next single. The title was of course inspired by the mysterious and obscure Muzak Corporation, which Scott visited while being in North-America. He described it as "a very weird experience. There were all these white collar workers conscientiously putting together music with the precision of chemists. Way before Eno was doing it, these guys were doing it for real. They were pre-occupied with the pace of workers in factories, and how to maximise their efficiency". "Moonlight & Muzak" is a very serene and souave composition, which is counterbalanced by an antiseptic, rhumba-esque beat that is totally drained of all emotions that are typically associated with latin music. It´s muzak! A Theremin melody and other exotic-sounds are drawn from mood-music of the past, while Scott speak-sings a story about being a secret agent who is brainwashed by all the muzak that is constantly playing around him in this "international motel fantasy". Of course there is also a sax-solo by Gary Barnacle, which almost sounds synthetic in its planned blandness.

A -  Moonlight And Muzak (3:48)
written by: Robin Scott / producer: Robin Scott
B - Woman Make Man (2:14)
written by: Robin Scott / producer: Robin Scott

Label:  MCA Records
Genre:  Synthpop
Catalog#  1A 006-63471 

(P) 1979

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The Jimmy Castor Bunch - King Kong (part I) b/w King Kong (part II) (1975) - single

Jimmy Castor was an American pop and funk musician. He is best known as a fun disco/funk saxophonist. In 1975 he released the album "Supersound" as The Jimmy Castor Bunch. Once again depicting Jimmy as a cartoon superhero on its cover. Keeping to the ever-popular jungle theme, the first single was the fabulous "King Kong" (although it refers to Kong by Tonto's nickname for the Lone Ranger, "Kemo Sabe," and kicks off with a Chinese gong!). It reached # 5 in the Dutch Top-40 in 1976.

A - King Kong (Part I)  (3:17)
Written-By:  J. Castor, J. Pruitt / Producer – Castor-Pruitt Productions
B - King Kong (Part II)  (2:45)
Written-By:  J. Castor, J. Pruitt / Producer – Castor-Pruitt Productions

Label:  Atlantic Records
Genre:  Funk, Soul
Catalog#  ATL 10675

(P) 1975
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S.B.B.L. - Purple Mix b/w Purple Rap (1985) - single

In 1985 Ben Liebrand, producer and mastermixer teamed up with Sander Bos, also mixer/producer under the name S.B.B.L. (Sander Bos, Ben Liebrand) and created a very nicely crafted Megamix of the legendary icon Prince. The mix also includes samples of Chaka Khan, Vanity 6, Apollonia 6 and Sheila E.

A - Purple Mix  (4:35)  
      1. Introduction  0:24  
      2. 1999  0:16  
      3. Sex Shooter  0:24  
      4. Controversy  0:36  
      5. I Feel For You  0:40  
      6. Erotic City  0:42  
      7. When Doves Cry  0:44  
      8. Glamorous Life  0:48  
Writer(s): Prince / Music and Directed by: Ben Liebrand, Sander Bos
B - Purple Rap  (3:15)
Writer(s): Prince / Music and Directed by: Ben Liebrand, Sander Bos

Label:  Ariola Benelux Records
Genre:  Disco, Soul, Funk Mix
Catalog#  107143

(P) 1985

February 13, 2015

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Tony Steward - Isn´t She Lovely b/w Come Closer (1977) - single

Tony Alberti, de broer van Willeke Alberti, heeft een zangcarrière in de jaren zestig en zeventig. In 1966 begint hij met zijn groep The Shrimps. In 1974 als Tony Alberti And Friends. In 1977 onder het pseudoniem Tony Steward covered hij “Isn´t She Lovely” van Stevie Wonder. Hij bereikte daarmee de Tipparade.

A - Isn´t She Lovely
Written By – Stevie Wonder / Producer – Martin Agterberg
B - Come Closer
Written By – McRonald, Claessen, McRonald / Producer – Martin Agterberg

Label:  CNR Records
Genre:  Disco Pop
Catalog#  141386

(P) 1977
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Barbara Markay - It´s All Rite (Uncensored Version) b/w It´s All Rite (Censored Version) (1980) - single

Barbara Markay is an American musician. She was born and raised in Long Island, New York, in Rockville Centre. She was educated in piano and violin at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from Juilliard with a bachelor's degree in composition. Moving from classical music to pop, she formed a five-part female singing group, The Girl Scouts, and later a musical theater troupe, Little Lulu & the Humpers, that performed in Miami Beach and New York City. With her own band she gained some commercial success in Europe with several singles in the Top 20 charts. Two of the singles, “It's All Rite to Fuck All Nite” and “Give Your Dick to Me”, were heavily censored before receiving airplay. These have since been mentioned in lists of the world's worst music. In the US she collaborated in various musical projects including Carly Simon's Coming Around Again album, Michael Jackson's Bad video and as a backup singer to Bruce Willis. Since 1994 she has been writing her own music in the world music and new age genres.

A - It´s All Rite (Uncensored Version)  (3:36)
Written-By – Barbara Markay / Producer – George Garrison
B - It´s All Rite (Censored Version)  (3:38)
Written-By – Barbara Markay / Producer – George Garrison

Label:  WEA Records
Genre:  Disco, Funk
Catalog#  18138

(P) 1980
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Brooklyn Express - (Spank) Sixty Nine b/w Change Position (88) (1982) - single

Studio disco assemblage, project led by producer and label owner Began Cekic.
Sixty Nine is a sampler taken from Jimmy Bo Horne´s song "Spank" from 1979.

A - (Spank) Sixty-Nine  (4:27)
Producer, Written-By – Began Cekic

B - Change Position (88)  (3:20)
Producer, Written-By – Began Cekic

Label:  Ariola Records
Genre:  Disco, Funk
Catalog#  103989

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Nick Nicely - D.C.T. Dreams b/w Treeline (1981) - single

Nick Nicely is a British musician making psychedelic rock and electronic music.
The A-side "D.C.T. Dreams" is a blend of equal parts 1980s electronics and 1960s psychedelia, whereas the B-side "Treeline" is more inclined towards psychedelia. The single was originally released on nicely's own Voxette label (which he set up using the proceeds from the sale of his studio equipment), but after receiving airplay and some favourable reviews, it was picked up by the Hansa label and reissued late in 1980.
The single became a minor hit in France and the Netherlands. "D.C.T. Dreams" was originally intended to be included on the Some Bizzare Album sampler of bands associated with the Some Bizzare record label's style, but was left off at the last minute when Some Bizzare's boss Stevo realised it had become a minor hit in Europe and was still readily available. However, by the time the single was re-released, interest and airplay support had fallen and the song failed to make the UK charts.

A - DCT Dreams  (3:24)
Written-By – Nick Nicely / Producer – Nick Nicely

B - Treeline  (3:32)
Written-By – Leach, Nicely / Producer – Nick Nicely

Release: 1981
Label:  Hansa Records
Catalog#  102928

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Nicolas Peyrac - So Far Away From L.A. b/w Quand On Aime Deux Filles A La Fois (1975) - single

Real Name: Jean-Jacques Tazartez, born : October 6, 1949 in Paris, France.
French musician, singer-songwriter and photographer who had several commercial hits in the 70's.  Just when he was about to lose his record deal with Pathé due to failure of success, Nicolas released the critically acclaimed 1975 song “So far away from L.A.”, which made him an overnight star. Dropping his medical studies almost near the end (in his sixth year), he concentrated on his musical career.

A - So Far Away From L.A.  (4:10)
Written-By – Nicolas Peyrac / Arranged By, Conductor – Jean Musy
B - Quand On Aime Deux Filles A La Fois  (2:15)
Written-By – Nicolas Peyrac / Arranged By, Conductor – Jean Musy

Label:  EMI Records
Genre:  Franstalig
Catalog#  5C 006-13084

(P) 1976

February 5, 2015

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People´s Choice - Here We Go Again b/w Mickey D´s (1976) - single

The People's Choice was an American funk band formed in 1971 in Philadelphia by Frank Brunson and David Thompson.
Vocalist/keyboardist Frank Brunson formed People's Choice in Philadelphia in the early '70s. Drummer/percussionist David Thompson, vocalists Valerie Brown and Marc Reed, guitarists Darnell Jordan and Johnnie Hightower, keyboardists Clifton Gamble and Bill Rodgers, and bassist/vocalist Stanley Thomas were in the original lineup. Despite the vocalists, the group's biggest hits were instrumentals. They were signed to Philadelphia International and worked with Leon Huff on the funk and disco gem "Do It Any Way You Wanna," among the great pieces of '70s Philly dance music. While they had several vocalists, their biggest hits were instrumentals. From their second album “We Got the Rhythm” in 1976 the single “Here We Go Again”.

A - Here We Go Again  (3:25)
Written-by: L. Huff / Produced-by: Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff / Arranged-by: Leon Huff
B - Mickey D´s  (3:35)
Written-by: H. Coombs, L. Huff, F. Brunson / Produced-by: Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff / Arranged-by: Leon Huff, Frank Brunson

Label:  Philadelphia International Records
Genre:  Phillysound, Soul
Catalog#  PIR 4410

(P) 1976
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Crack Of Dawn - It´s Alright (This Feeling) b/w I Can´t Move No Mountains (1976) - single

Crack Of Dawn were an R & B/funk outfit who were quite popular in the live dance clubs. The band was formed in Kingston, Jamaica by natives Grant Gabriel, Trevor Daley, Rupert Harvey, Mark Smith & Alvin Jones. Grant Gabriel’s sister, Jackie, originally sang for the group. They relocated from Jamaica to Toronto, Ontario in the mid-70's and rehearsed in Gabriel's basement. Glenn Ricketts and Carl Harvey came soon after as they began to make their way in the Toronto club scene. In 1975 the band attracted interest from Columbia Records and were the first Canadian black band to ever sign with a major label. Smith was replaced by Andre King a year into their recording contract with Columbia.
Columbia Records released one LP and four singles including the Chuck Jackson written "It's Alright" which went to No.42 nationally in the spring of 1976.

A - It´s Alright (This Feeling)  (2:38)
Written-by: C. Jackson, M. Yancy / Produced-by: Bob Gallo
B - I Can´t Move No Mountains  (2:29)
Written-by: Robert John, Michael Gately / Produced-by: Bob Gallo

Label:  CBS Records
Genre:  Soul, Disco
Catalog#  4395

(P) 1976
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The Les Humphries Singers - Sing Sang Song b/w Slow Down (1976) - single

The Les Humphries Singers was a 1970s musical group formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1969 by the English born Les Humphries (born John Lesley Humphreys, 10 August 1940, in Croydon, Surrey, England - died 26 December 2007, in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England), who had been inspired to do his own version of the Edwin Hawkins Singers.
In 1976 they represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest with the Ralph Siegel title "Sing Sang Song", reduced to only six singers (their usual line-ups consisted of 20 performers and up), and came in 15th place, which they regarded as their beginning of the end as a band. At the same time, they were the resident vocal band on the internationally syndicated TV series "The International Pop Proms", working with James Last and other renowned artists.
The Les Humphries Singers dissolved at the end of the 1970s, after Humphries had left due to tax liabilities to his English homeland, Alton, Hampshire.

A - Sing Sang Song  (3:00)
Written-by: R. Siegel, K. Hertha / Eine MGH-Produktion
B - Slow Down  (3:00)
Written-by: L. Humphries, Bilsbury / Eine MGH-Produktion

Label:  Decca Records
Genre:  Pop
Catalog#  6100911

(P) 1976