Monday, September 10, 2018
T2he W2iz (o2ri2gi2n2al c2ast rec2or2d2in
Sorry for no recent posts- jus so busy atm... ill try and post more reg..... has just passed 12 yr anniv of my MOM passing so not in good head space atm
THE WIZ is an endlessly-delightful soul/R&B musical reworking of "The Wizard of Oz", with both music and lyrics written by Charlie Smalls. Never has it been more perfectly performed than on the original 1975 Broadway cast album.
Stephanie Mills adds lots of lush, glossy vocals to her role of Dorothy; especially in the moving finale "Home" (which became Mills' theme song during the ensuing years). Mills also scores with "Soon As I Get Home", and "Be a Lion".
Playing Dorothy's misfit band of friends down the Yellow Brick Road are the superbly talented Hinton Battle as the Scarecrow, Ted Ross as the Cowardly Lion, and Tiger Haynes as the Tin Man.
Dee Dee Bridgewater plays the good witch Glinda, and her "If You Believe" is truly inspirational. Mabel King plays Evillene, the wicked witch, and she brings a soulful and sassy edge to her big number "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News". Andre de Shields plays The Wiz himself.
This crisp recording is a great reminder of this truly classic Broadway production, which won seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical), and went on to run for over 700 performances.
Great album. Best Song is *Home** sung by Mills.. It was my Moms fav song from this album. It is simply one of the best songs ever written
Monday, August 27, 2018
Godspell (also known as Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew) is the 1973 musical film of the Off-Broadway musical Godspell created by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
Godspell - The 40th Anniversary Celebration, is a special 2-CD package containing both the Original Cast Recording (Cherry Lane Theatre production of Godspell) and the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. :) :) :)
It produced a radio hit in the summer of 1972 with "Day By Day" with Robin Lamont on the lead vocal.
The image of the face on the album cover was designed by David Byrd The Original Cast edition, has two songs, Learn Your Lessons Well and We Beseech Thee which the Godspell Movie Cast CD doesn't have, but also it dropped Beautiful City, which the Movie Cast does have and it has a "Day by Day" reprise.
My Mom used to play the soundtrack to the movie endlessly. funny how you go back to music from decades ago... and still remember every song and every lyric. - never seen the movie thou
Both recordings, beloved since their vinyl releases in 1971 and 1973, have been remastered for the very first time.
BOTH recordings have def stood the test of time.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Weekend was a band formed by Alison Statton following the split of Young Marble Giants in 1981. The band was actually a merger between two projects.
Statton began writing with Spike of Z Block Records and Reptile Ranch in Cardiff, Wales in the summer of 1981 before moving to London where she teamed up with Simon Emmerson of Methodishca Tune.
The band signed to Rough Trade Records in December 1981, but recorded only one studio album, La Variete.in 1982
La Variete was released in 1982 on the Rough Trade label and made it to no. 4 in the independent charts staying there for 15 weeks. It was revered by critics on release as a bold new departure from the prevailing post-punk ethos and served as a major influence on Saint Etienne, the Sundays, Belle and Sebastian and many others.
In 2006 the album was remastered with bonus tracks by Cherry Red. yay
According to Cherry Red, La Variete is: "A beautifully realised and delicate collection of songs set against a jazz backdrop, it switches across myriad musical settings including samba, cabaret, Afrobeat and highly personal, confessional pop."
After splitting up in 1983, members Simon Booth and Larry Stabbins formed the more jazz orientated Working Week.
This is a personal fav of mine since its release. great album to play @ anytime of the day or year...
Monday, August 13, 2018
IT ARRIVED and I AM LOVING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my orders from Cherry red arrived woohoooo
Shop Assistants were an indie pop band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1984, initially as Buba & The Shop Assistants.
After achieving success with independent releases they signed to Chrysalis Records sublabel Blue Guitar, releasing their only album in 1986.
After splitting in 1987, with singer Alex Taylor moving on to The Motorcycle Boy, they reformed for two further singles in 1990
Shop Assistants (aka Will Anything Happen) is the only album released by Shop Assistants. It was released in November 1986 on the Chrysalis Records 'indie' offshoot Blue Guitar. The album was critically acclaimed by Sounds staff that made 'Shop Assistants' in the list of top 50 best albums of 1986
The album was reissued in 1997 by Overground Records, and again on CD by Cherry Red in 2008 with two bonus tracks.
Both of these had originally appeared on the B-side of the single "I Don't Want To Be Friends With You".
The album was described by Allmusic's Jason Ankeny as "an essential artifact of its times"
Will Anything Happen is a superb retrospective combining the group's self-titled 1986 debut LP with tracks from their earlier EPs, and although a little of the Shop Assistants' primitive charms can go a long way, the spirit and sheer exuberance of their music is never less than infectious.
An essential artifact of its times.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
This is the first-ever retrospective of TV21, an acclaimed Scottish post-punk band at the dawn of the 1980s.
The band recorded a string of singles including the near-hit, Snakes & Ladders as well as appearing on the Old Grey Whistle Test and supporting the Rolling Stones in 1982. Their album, A Thin Red Line, is a must for any fan of Orange Juice, Scars or even The Jam, whom TV21 supported.
new wave, post punk, dark wave--compare them to who you want--The Chameleons, Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen--the truth is, they are just a band with a perfectly early 80s sound that will appeal to those who were there on the alternative scene. Their music is guitar oriented with occasional synths (very occasional), and it's driving, melodic, and strong on pop sensibilities so it's totally accessible, meaning you don't have to be in a certain `mood' to get into it
A major gem for new wave collectors is the final track, All Join Hands.(and yep, its 1 of my favs lol)
I wasn't surprised to read in the extensive liner notes that the band was not fond of this recording, because it's produced by Mike Howlett, responsible for some of the best new wave tracks by artists like OMD, A Flock of Seagulls and Berlin.
The band may feel it wasn't who they were with its synths and drum machines, but this mellow new wave track is a lost treasure for fans of the new wave scene of the time
2010 compilation which is now deleted. Thought I'd share it to bring to you some long forgotten top bands that never quite **made it**
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Love Is in the Air" is a 1977 disco song sung by John Paul Young.
The song was written by George Young and Harry Vanda and it became a worldwide hit in 1978, peaking at No. 3 on the Australian charts and No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart.
In the United States, the song peaked at No. 7 on the pop chart and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, his only US top 40 hit.
The song was released as the lead single from Young's fourth studio album, Love Is in the Air (1978).
A Spanish version has been recorded under the name, "El Amor Está En El Aire"
In 2017, the song was selected for preservation in the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia collection
Love Is in the Air" was the theme song to the 1992 debut feature film Strictly Ballroom.
Young performed the song at the Closing Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
The song is regularly sung at football matches by supporters of Dundee United.
In 2006, the song was played during the 2006 Winter Olympic opening ceremony's parade of the athletes.
Friday, July 27, 2018
Ascension is the sixth studio album by the band A Flock of Seagulls, and was released on 6 July 2018.
It is the first album since 1984's The Story of a Young Heart that features all four original members.
It contains twelve songs (eleven from the first three albums and one new song) rerecorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
In 2017, Mike Score was approached by John Bryan of August Day Records regarding the creation of an orchestral album. Intrigued, Mike agreed to the possibility. Upon hearing the offer, the rest of the original band–consisting of Frank Maudsley, Paul Reynolds, and Ali Score–jumped on board as well.
On 3 May 2018, Ascension was officially announced.
Although the album was recorded in separate studios, Mike, Frank, and Paul reunited in Liverpool for a day to record the music video for the orchestral version of "Space Age Love Song". Video involving Ali was added into the finished version, which premiered on YouTube 6 June
I like this alot.. Manmade is just epic
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