Louisiana Red & The City Blues Connection – World On Fire (1985)

FrontCover1Taken from the original liner notes:

“The themes of the album “World On Fire” came out of Louisiana Red’s own life. The title song is almost gospel-like although rocking along aggressively, and give warning against the nuclear fire, sung by Red with wild emotion. “When I Was A Boy” is a country honk song about the times on the cotton fields.

“Mississippi Girl” and “Voodoo Woman” are love songs, but with the typical Red excitement. “For My Friend” is dedicated to Bo Diddley, played in the hand jive style, while “Soul Food” shows Red’s old love for soul music. And besides all the “babies of the Blues” (Red) as Rhythm & Blues, Rock and Soul the authentic stuff itself – listen to “Suffering”. The last song of the album is an adaption of an old gospel, “On My Way To The Kingdom Land”. Most of the songs were recorded some kind of live, Red often refused to play a title twice or do overdubs. The spontaneous expression was more important to him. A difficult way to work, but the “City Blues Connection” was the right partner. After the sessions in Volkspark Studio, Hamburg, Red commented: “They are better than any band I had before, even in Chicago”.

“The themes of the album “World On Fire” came out of Louisiana Red’s own life. The title song is almost gospel-like although rocking along aggressively, and give warning against the nuclear fire, sung by Red with wild emotion. “When I Was A Boy” is a country honk song about the times on the cotton fields. (by itrockandroll.com)

In other words:This is a killer album … If you like blues, blues-rock … than you have to listen ! Unbelieveable !

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Personnel:
Rev. Josh Blackwell (keyboards)
Norbert Egger (guitar)
Heiko Petcke (harmonica)
Louisiana Red (vocals, guitar)
Mick Schreiber (drums, percussion)
Uwe Seemann (bass)
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Ben Ahrens (drums on 10.)
Ulrich Maske (guitar on 01. 09 – 10.)
Audrey Motaung (background vocals)
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The Nite Riders (horns)

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Tracklist:
01. World On Fire 3.23
02. Mississippi Girl 2.56
03. Mini Skirt 1.58
04. When I Was A Boy 2.21
05. Voodoo Woman 3.54
06. Suffering 5.16
07. Pittsburgh 2.45
08. Special Medicine 3.57
09. For My Friend 4.43
10. Soul Food 4.27
11. On My Way To The Kingdom Land 4.24

All songs were written by Louisiana Red, except 11. (Traditional)

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Viktor Lazlo – She (1985)

frontcover1Viktor Lazlo (real name: Sonia Dronier, born 7 October 1960 in Lorient, France) is a French-Belgian singer of Grenadian and Martiniquan descent. She studied in Belgium, where she is primarily known. Her biggest hit was “Breathless” in 1987. That year she also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1987 held in Brussels.

Dronier took her stage name from Paul Henreid’s character Victor Laszlo in the 1942 film Casablanca. She sings in French, English, Spanish and German.

She is the first studio album by French-Belgian singer Viktor Lazlo.

The album consists of several original jazz pop compositions and includes two cover versions, the first one being Rita Hayworth’s Put the Blame on Mame and a French version of the Julie London song Cry Me a River, entitled Pleurer Des Rivieres. The song was successful on the French single charts peaking at No. 27.

viktorlazlo02Seven songs were eventually released as a single off the album: Backdoorman, Last Call For An Angel, Loser and Sweet, Soft’N’Lazy, which although it never charted anywhere became quite successful.

Another single, Canoë Rose, however was successful in Belgium, peaking at No. 33 on the single charts, and in France, peaking at No. 14.[1] The song Slow Motion was later added to the CD version of the album and released as a single too, but was not included on the original album.

The album became an overnight success, and fell just short of platinum in Belgium, where it was released as a Mini LP. It went on to sell over 100,000 copies in Germany and 60,000 in Japan.

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Lazlo presented songs off this album on various TV shows, such as the single Loser on the Michael Schanze Show in September 1986.(by wikipedia)
I first became aware of this incredible performer in the late 80s when I was spending a considerable amount of time in Brussels. I speak both English and French so her songs in either language had a lot of meaning for me. Over the years I had lost this CD. I was so happy to find it here. It brings back many good memories of Bruxelles and my friends there. A great jazz sound. (dcbart)

I first heard this belgium band while in Switzerland, in the 1980s. The vocalist here is in some ways easier on the ears than even the great Sade Adu. I loved this collection- and will recommend it as all time winner for those enjoying romantic lounge jazz. (Mark Hollenstein)

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Personnel:
C. Bofane (saxophone)
G. Cadiere (saxophone)
Michel Delory (guitar)
P. van den Driesche (saxophone)
Genael (keyboards)
Steve Houben (saxophone)
Pietro Lacirignola (saxophone)
Viktor Lazlo (vocals)
Jean Pierre Onraedt (drums, percussion)
F. Philipot (bass)
Danny Willems (violine)

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Tracklist:
01. She (Cadiere) 1.36
02. Sweet, Soft N’ Lazy (Bofane/Cadiere/Lazlo) 5.20
03. Ain’t Gonna Come (Vandormaele/Lazlo) 4.00
04. Stories (Wady/Walravens/Lazlo) 4.40
05. Put The Blame On Mame  (Alan) 2.:47
06. I Don’t Wanna Love Again (Antioco/Philipo) 4.17
07. Pleurer Des Rivieres (Hamilton/Bergman) 3.42
08. Last Call For An Angel (Bergman/Roger) 3.36
09. Backdoorman (Chamfort/Bergman) 3.25
10. Loser (Roger/Lazlo) 3.30
11. Canoë Rose (french version of Stories) (Bergman/Walravens) 4.40
12. Slow Motion (Verheyen/Vandenheuvel) 4.22

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Marillion – Misplaced Childhood (1985)

FrontCover1Misplaced Childhood is the third studio album by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion, released in 1985.

Recorded during the spring of 1985 at Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin and produced by Chris Kimsey, who had previously worked with the Rolling Stones, Misplaced Childhood has been the group’s most successful album to date, peaking immediately at number one in the UK charts, spending a total of 41 weeks on the chart, and ultimately gaining the Platinum status. It features Marillion’s two most successful singles, the guitar-led rock ballad “Kayleigh”, which reached number two in the UK, and piano-led “Lavender” which peaked at number five.

The album’s positive reception included its selection as one of the best of 1985 by rock publications Sounds and Kerrang!. It was later named one of the best concept albums of all time by Classic Rock. According to John Franck from AllMusic, the album was the band’s “most accomplished” and “streamlined” work to date, while Ultimate Classic Rock has called it “the cornerstone of the entire ‘neo-prog’ movement”.

Misplaced Childhood was Marillion’s first full concept album consisting of two continuous pieces of music on the two sides of the vinyl record. In live performances preceding the album Fish had originally claimed as a teaser that the next album would consist of only two tracks, “Side 1” and “Side 2”. Then, during the Misplaced Childhood tour Fish would announce, “Now there is time for one more track… the name of the track is ‘Misplaced Childhood'”, and the band performed the entire album in sequence.

“I was in ‘Padres Bay’ when suddenly I felt a child standing behind me on the stairs. I knew he was dressed as a soldier and vanished as soon as he entered the corner or my eye. Perhaps it was my muse; perhaps it was the drug. It was enough to propel me into reaming off a large scrawl of prose.” (Fish)

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The story has thematic elements of lost love, sudden success, acceptance, and lost childhood, along with an upbeat ending. As Fish explains, he conceived the concept during a 10-hour acid trip.

Several of the songs and titles contain notable autobiographical references, for example, “Kayleigh” references breakdown of relationships as a whole but is centered around a Fish’s past girlfriend named Kay Lee. The name Kayleigh was thought of by Fish to slightly obscure the original name due to the song being too personal. Another example is “Heart of Lothian” (“I was born with the heart of Lothian”) which is a reference to a traditional region of Scotland – Fish himself being from Midlothian – and a reference to the Heart of Marillion01Midlothian (Royal Mile) – a mosaic heart in the pavement of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

The theme of childhood is developed in “Lavender” which is partly based on the traditional folk song “Lavender Blue”. Like “Kayleigh” it is a love song, but whereas “Kayleigh” was about the failure of an adult relationship, “Lavender” recalls the innocence of childhood.

Like Script for a Jester’s Tear and Fugazi, the original vinyl edition of Misplaced Childhood was released in a gatefold sleeve. The album design was created by Mark Wilkinson who was commissioned to the role on all Marillion albums and 12″ singles of the Fish-era.

The front cover features a soldier drummer portrayed by Robert Mead, a then ten-year-old boy who lived next door to Wilkinson. Mead also appeared on the artwork of the album’s three hit singles, “Kayleigh”, “Lavender”, and “Heart of Lothian”, and can be seen in the music video for “Kayleigh”. The Jester from the two previous studio albums is imagined escaping through the window on the back cover.

Misplaced Childhood was released in the United Kingdom on 17 June 1985 by EMI Records on LP, 12″ picture disc and cassette and went on to be the band’s biggest selling album. It topped the UK Albums Chart, becoming the first and the only Marillion album to do so. It stayed on the charts for 41 weeks, the longest chart residency of any of the band’s albums.[11] Misplaced Childhood was certified Platinum by the BPI for sales in excess of 300.000 copies on 26 November 1985 just 5 months after the release. It was the 20th best selling album in the United Kingdom for 1985.

The album was also highly successful across mainland Europe reaching number 3 in Germany, number 6 in Switzerland and the Netherlands, the country where Marillion have one of their largest fanbases, number 10 in Norway. In the United States Misplaced Childhood came out on the Capitol Records label and reached number 47 on the Billboard 200 chart, the highest position the band has ever achieved.

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Three singles, “Kayleigh”, “Lavender”, and “Heart of Lothian” were released, with the first preceding the album. “Kayleigh” peaked at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart turning out to be the biggest hit for Marillion and prompting the success of Misplaced Childhood. The two further singles were less successful but still ended up at high positions as “Lavender” reached number 5[6] and “Heart of Lothian” peaked at number 29.

In April 2015, it was announced that Fish would be performing a 30th anniversary tour of Misplaced Childhood, playing the album in full for the very last time. (by wikipedia)

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After the album-tour-album cycle of Script for a Jester’s Tear, Fugazi, and the subsequent Euro-only release of Real to Reel, Marillion retreated to Berlin’s Hansa Ton Studios with Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey to work on their next opus. Armed with a handful of lyrics born out of a self-confessed acid trip, Fish came up with the elaborate concept for 1985’s Misplaced Childhood. Touching upon his early childhood experiences and his inability to deal with a slew of bad breakups exacerbated by a never-ending series of rock star-type “indulgences,” Misplaced Childhood would prove to be not only the band’s most accomplished release to date, but also its most streamlined. Initial record company skepticism over the band’s decision to forge ahead with a ’70s-style prog rock opus split into two halves (sides one and two) quickly evaporated as Marillion delivered its two most commercial singles ever: “Kayleigh” and “Lavender.” With its lush production and punchy mix, the album went on to become the band’s greatest commercial triumph, especially in Europe where they would rise from theater attraction to bona fide stadium royalty. The subsequent U.S. success of “Kayleigh” would also see Marillion returning to the States for a difficult tour as Rush’s support act. (by John Franck)

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Personnel:
Derek William “Fish” Dick (vocals)
Mark Kelly (keyboards)
Ian Mosley (drums, percussion)
Steve Rothery (guitar)
Pete Trewavas (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Pseudo Silk Kimono 2.15
02. Kayleigh 4.04
03. Lavender 2.28
04. Bitter Suite 7.53
04.1. Brief Encounter
04.2. Lost Weekend
04.3. Blue Angel
04.4. Misplaced Rendezvous
04.5. Windswept Thumb
05. Heart of Lothian 4.08
05.1. Wide Boy
05.2. Curtain Call
06. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) 2.13
07. Lords Of The Backstage 1.53
08. Blind Curve 9.30
08.1. Vocal Under A Bloodlight
08.2. Passing Strangers
08.3. Mylo
08.4. Perimeter Walk
08.5. Threshold
09. Childhoods End? 4.33
10. White Feather 2.24

All lyrics written by Fish, all music composed by Mark Kelly, Ian Mosley, Steve Rothery and Pete Trewavas.

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The Spotnicks – Highway Boogie (1985)

FrontCover1The Spotnicks were formed in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1957, by guitarist and undisputed bandleader Bo Winberg. The other members were guitarist and singer Bob Lander, drummer Ove Johansson, and bassist Björn Thelin, several of whom had already played together in local rock & roll bands like the Blue Caps, Rock Teddy, and the Rebels. The first year they performed under the name the Frazers, but soon changed it to the Spotnicks. In 1961 they were signed by Karusell and released their first singles containing mostly instrumental covers of famous songs. The selection of songs was as varied as the performances were homogenous, including titles like “Hava Nagila” and “Johnny Guitar.” Later the same year, the Spotnicks toured Germany, France, and Spain, and in 1962 they released their debut album, The Spotnicks in London, recorded on their first trip to England. Featured on this tour were the space suits that the band would wear on-stage until 1969.

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In 1969 the Spotnicks disbanded, but Winberg continued to record using the name until the group reunited in 1972 upon the request of a Japanese record company. The same year, “If You Could Read My Mind” from the album Something Like Country became a big hit in Germany. The Spotnicks would retain their popularity there for a long time, even as it faded elsewhere. Only the Japanese audience proved more faithful and, accordingly, the Spotnicks devoted most of their touring during the ’70s to these two countries. After the release of 1972’s Something Like Country (the Spotnicks’ best album according to many fans), they had practically ended being a band, consisting mainly of Winberg and various session musicians.

If the Spotnicks had started out as rock & roll, in the ’70s they turned more toward easy listening, or even exotica, although perhaps not by changing their own sound as much as by stubbornly keeping it while trends changed. By the ’80s they had essentially become a curiosity at home, but kept up their popularity in Germany and Japan. During the ’90s Winberg still toured using the name the Spotnicks, but to little attention. And even in their hometown of Göteborg, the Spotnicks were mainly forgotten, except for an occasional article in the local paper reminding readers of some guys with silly helmets who were once international stars. (by wikipedia)

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And this is a real nice album from the 80´s period … tunes like “Lost Property” or “Memories Are Made Of This” invites you to dream …

Dreams from another period of our life … when many things seems to be much easier than today.

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Personnel:
Bob Lander (guitar, vocals)
Ove Lindell (guitar, vocals)
Arne Österlindh (pedal steel guitar)
Tommy Tausis (drums)
Björn Thelin (bass)
Bo Winberg (leadguitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Highway Boogie (Winberg) 2.58
02. Lost Property (unknown) 3.57
03. Could It Be Love (Robbins/Pruett) 2.33
04. Mighty Bump (Winberg/Österlindh) 2.50
05. Love Is A Symphony (Kazuo/Mano) 3.15
06. Truck Drivers Dream (Winberg/Siden) 3.32
07. Just Another Boy (Winberg/Kincade) 3.48
08. Dolly H (Winberg) 3.51
09. Delightful Morning (Winberg/Österlindh) 3.43
10. Let It Roll, Roll, Roll (Lander/Wendin) 2.27
11. Besame Mucho (Velasques) 5.26
12. Memories Are Made Of This (unknown) 3.24
13. De postkoets (unknown) 3.29
14. 3 O’Clock Click (unknown) 2.54
15. Nas Onih (Winberg) 3.28

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Tom Scott – Flashpoint (1985)

FrontCover1With the exception of 1992’s Born Again, saxophonist Tom Scott’s output for GRP was consistently disappointing. Although obviously a talented player, Scott’s willingness to play arrangements whose main goal was to gain radio airplay resulted in commercial and quickly dated music. Scott is heard with smaller groups throughout this 1988 effort, which include keyboardist Randy Kerber and guitarist Dean Parks, plus guest appearances by guitarists Eric Gale and Michael Landau; all this looks promising but is actually quite routine. None of the nine funky originals were infectious enough to catch on; Scott sounds fairly anonymous in spots, particularly when he utilizes a WX-7; and it is obvious that the music was made strictly for the money. At best, this is superior background music. (by Scott Yanow)
I can´t agree with this review … listen for example to “Lost In Love” and maybe you´ll know what I mean.

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Vinnie Colaiuta (drums)
Michael Fisher (percussion)
Randy Kerber (synthesizer)
Dean Parks (guitar)
Tom Scott (saxophone, electronic wind instruments)
Neil Stubenhaus (bass) (tracks: 1 to 4, 6 to 8)
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Joseph Conlan (synthesizer on 05. + 09.)
Eric Gale (guitar on 04. + 07.)
Michael Landau (guitar on 08.)
Alan Pasqua (piano on 07., synthesizer on 06. + 08.)
Lynne Scott (vocals on 07.)

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01. Get A Grip (Scott) 4.27
02. Seat Of Your Pants (Conlan)     4:36
03. Lost In Love (Scott) 5.36
04. Coast To Coast (Scott) 4.42
05. Flashpoint (Conlan) 5.39
06. Night Drifter (Scott) 4.31
07. Cool Sensation (Scott) 5.17
08. Down To The Wire (Scott) 6.42
09. Water Colors (Bonus Track) (Conlan) 5.30

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Stevie Ray Vaughan – Live In Tokyo (1985)

FrontCover1This is another rare item from my bootleg collection:

Live In Tokyo is an electric blues album of a live performance by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble at Shiba Yubinchokin Hall, Tokyo, on January 24, 1985. The concert was part of a 5 day tour of Japan to support their recently released album, Couldn’t Stand the Weather.

Multiple video recordings of the January 24th concert of the tour have been released.,[1] but the official DVD was released on January 27, 2007 by Quantum Leap Studios. The concert was originally released in 1985 on a Pioneer Laser Disc by Black Box, Inc. It included the encore “Testify/Third Stone From the Sun” and was 86 minutes long. (by wikipedia)

And this bootleg is from this show … excellent soundboard recording. A must for every Stevie Ray Vaughan fan !

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Personnel:
Chris Layton (drums)
Tommy Shannon (bass)
Stevie Ray Vaughan (guitar, vocals)

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01. Scuttle Buttin’ + Say What! (Vaughan) 8.01
02. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (Hendrix) 15.08
03. Cold Shot (Kindred/Clark) + Couldn’t Stand The Weather (Vaughan) 10.34
04. Tin Pan Alley (Geddins) 13.07
05. Mary Had A Little Lamb (Guy) + Love Struck Baby (Vaughan) 6.56
06. Texas Flood (Davis/Scott) 11.14
07. Lenny (Vaughan) 12.31
08. Testify (Vaughan) 7.18

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Bob Dylan – Clean Cuts (1985)

FrontCover1After more than 20 years, opinion is still divided when it comes to Bob Dylan’s 23rd studio album, Empire Burlesque (1985). According to the wikipedia, “fans and critics continue to debate the album’s merits, especially when compared to Dylan’s classics of the 1960s, ’70s and 2000s.”

Kurt Loder, reviewing the album in Rolling Stone magazine, called the album “a blast of real rock & roll, funneled through a dense, roiling production – custom-chopped-and-channeled by remix wiz Arthur Baker – that affords Dylan more pure street-beat credibility than he has aspired to since… well, pick your favorite faraway year. Could there be actual hits hunkering here? Is Dylan “back”? Again? One is tempted to trumpet some such tidings.

“Because of the basic nature of its material, however elliptically presented, Empire Burlesque is bound to confound and exasperate many listeners. I continue to miss the emotional specificity of past Dylan masterworks, like “Tangled Up in Blue,” and grow weary of his woozier generalities (”Emotionally Yours” could be about a lover, or it could be about Jesus; it’s so lacking in detail, I can’t imagine how anyone could care). But I am heartened when he cranks up and rocks out, as he does here. Dylan may never resolve the tension between spiritual conviction and rock & roll kicks, but I like to think he’s straying in the right direction.”

BobDylan01In 1992, Sick Cat released Clean Cuts, a collection of Empire Burlesque outtakes. As bobsboots.com pointed out: “The biggest problem with this release is in trying to put too many tracks on it! The technology of the day allowed 70 to 72 minutes recording time. This disc is 72:02. However, to achieve that time constraint of the CD, the songs were mastered about 10 per cent too fast.”

A Dylan fan took the trouble to speed-correct the tracks and these are offered here.

Empire Burlesque sessions, New York, NY and Hollywood, CA, July 1984-April 1985. Very good soundboard, speed-corrected version.

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A. Power Station, NYC
Benmont Tench (organ)
Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar)
Marvin Ettioni (bass)
Don Heffington (drums)
Ronnie Wood (guitar)

B. Delta Sound Labs
John Davis (bass)
Bob Dylan – piano, syntheziser, guitar, vocals)
Anton Fig (drums)
Ronnie Wood (guitar)

C. Cherokee Studio
Bob Dylan (guitar, vocals)
Don Heffington (drums)
Ira Ingber (guitar)
Vince Melamed (keyboards
Madelyn Quebec (background vocals)
Carl Sealove (bass)

D. Shakedown Sound Studios
Sly Dunbar (drums)
Bob Dylan (keyboards, vocals)
Stuart Kimball (guitar)
Al Kooper (guitar)
Ted Pearlman (guitar)
Robbie Shakespear (bass)
Mick Taylor (guitar)

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01. Go ‘Way Little Boy (A) (Dylan) 3.20
02. Driftin’ Too Far From Shore (B) (Dylan) 4.01
03. Who Loves You More (B) (Dylan) 6.21
04. New Danville Girl (Brownsville Girl) (C) (Dylan/Shepaard) 12.45
05. Something’s Burning Baby (C) (Dylan) 5.04
06. Tight Connection To My Heart (D) (Dylan) 5.30
07. Clean Cut Kid (B) (Dylan) 5.15
08. I’ll Remember You (C) (Dylan) 4.04
09. Seeing The Real You At Last (C) (Dylan) 4.55
10. Trust Yourself (C) (Dylan) 3.03
11. Emotionally Yours (C) (Dylan) 4.25
12. When The Night Comes Falling (D) (Dylan) 7.07
13. Waiting To Get Beat (D) (Dylan) 2.29
14. Straight A’s In Love (B) (Dylan/Knopfler) 3.45
15. The Very Thought Of You (B) (Dylan)
16. Never Gonna Be The Same Again (D) (Dylan) 3.04

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