John Paul Jones – Scream For Help (OST) (1985)

FrontCover1Scream for Help is a soundtrack album by John Paul Jones, released by Atlantic Records on 22 March 1985 to accompany the film Scream for Help (a horror movie). Following the Death Wish II album project, guitarist Jimmy Page was asked by his Berkshire neighbour, movie director Michael Winner, to record a soundtrack for the film Scream for Help in August 1984. Due to other commitments by Page, he instead suggested to Winner that Jones, who had just completed upgrading his 24-track digital recording studio at Devon, was best placed to write and record the soundtrack. In return, Jones asked Page to help record two tracks “Crackback” and “Spaghetti Junction”.

The musical score differs in style from the Death Wish pentalogy of films, with Winner requesting that a minimum 70 piece orchestra backing be used for the soundtrack in addition to Jones’ rock arrangements. Besides Page, folk guitarist John Renbourn assists on guitar, and Yes singer Jon Anderson sessioned on vocals as well as Madeline Bell, for whom Jones had previous produced, composed, recorded, and played all the instruments for her solo album Comin’ Atcha in December 1973. Jones sings lead vocals on “When You Fall in Love”. Jacinda Baldwin (aka Jacinda Jones), Jones’ daughter is co-writer on two tracks. It was his first full-length album release since the break-up of Led Zeppelin. (by wikipedia)

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The score for this otherwise forgotten Michael Winner film was written by former Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones and performed by Jones with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Madeline Bell, and Yes singer Jon Anderson. It is unremarkable, but since it represents Jones’s only recorded work since Led Zeppelin’s demise in 1980, completists may wish to seek it out. (by William Ruhlmann)

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Personnel:
Colin Green (background vocals)
John Paul Jones (keyboards, synthesizer, bass, guitar, vocals on 02. + 08. background vocals)
John Renbourn (guitar)
Graham Ward (drums, percussion)
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Madeline Bell (vocals  on 06. + 09.)
Jimmy Page (guitar on 01. + 04.)
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The Johnny Pearson Studio Orchestra – Orchestra

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01. Spaghetti Junction (Jones) 5.00
02. Bad Child (Jones/Baldwin) 5.45
03. Silver Train (Jones/Anderson) 3.49
04. Crackback (Jones/Page) 4.15
05. Chilli Sauce (Jones) 4.59
06. Take It Or Leave It (Jones/M.Bell) 4.28
07. Christie (Jones) 3.06
08. When You Fall In Love (Jones/Baldwin) 3.35
09. Here I Am (Jones/S.Bell) 4.33

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Marillion – Misplaced Childhood (1985)

FrontCover1.JPGMisplaced Childhood is the third studio album by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion, released in 1985. It is a concept album loosely based on the childhood of Marillion’s lead singer, Fish, who was inspired by a brief incident that occurred while he was under the influence of acid.

The album was 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 is the group’s most commercially successful album to date, peaking immediately at number one in the UK charts and spending a total of 41 weeks on the chart. It ultimately gained 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.

Misplaced Childhood was listed as the sixth best album of 1985 by Kerrang! and chosen as the fourth greatest concept album of all time by Classic Rock in 2003.

“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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Misplaced Childhood was Marillion’s first full concept album consisting of two continuous pieces of music on the two sides of the vinyl record. 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 the breakdown of relationships as a whole but is centered around a Fish’s past girlfriend named Kay Lee. Fish came up with the name Kayleigh in order to 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 Midlothian (Royal Mile) – a mosaic heart in the pavement of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

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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[nb 1] of Misplaced Childhood was released in a gatefold sleeve. The artwork 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.

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Misplaced Childhood was released in the United Kingdom on 17 June 1985 by EMI Records[1] 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. 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 latter of which is where Marillion have one of their largest fanbases, and 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 and “Heart of Lothian” peaked at number 29.

On 21 July 2017, a deluxe edition of Misplaced Childhood was released via Parlophone as a 4CD/Blu-ray set along with a 4LP boxed version. The deluxe edition includes a new remaster, as well as, on the Blu-ray disc, new high-resolution stereo and 5.1 surround remixes by Steven Wilson. The set also includes a previously unreleased 1985 concert from Utrecht featuring a performance of Misplaced Childhood in its entirety, along with demos and rarities.

“It was not only a breakthrough album for the band but also for me as an artist because I was finally discovering my own individual style as a lyricist and singer.” (Fish) (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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And I add all audio traks from Deleuxe Edtion from 2017 … Enjoy this masterpiece !

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

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Tracklist:

CD 1: The original album:
01. Pseudo Silk Kimono 2.13
02. Kayleigh 4.04
03. Lavender 2.27
04. Bitter Suite 7.55
05. Heart Of Lothian 4.04
06. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) 2.13
07. Lords Of The Backstage 1.53
08. Blind Curve 9.29
09. Childhoods End? 4.33
10. White Feather 2.24

CD 2: Live At Utrecht 1985 (Part One):
11. Emerald Lies (Intro) 0.50
12. Script For A Jester’s Tear 8.42
13. Incubus 9.42
14. Chelsea Monday 9:59
15. The Web 8.18

CD 3: Live At Utrecht 1985 (Part Two):
16. Pseudo Silk Kimono 3.15
17. Kayleigh 4.00
18. Lavender 2.20
19. Bitter Suite 8:21
20. Heart Of Lothian 4.03
21. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) 2.26
22. Lords Of The Backstage 1.48
23. Blind Curve 9.36
24. Childhoods End? 4.14
25. White Feather 5.29
Encores:
26. Fugazi 12.35
27. Garden Party 6.15
28. Market Square Heroes 7.25

CD 4: Singles, B-Sides & Demos:
29. Lady Nina (B-Side) 5.50
30. Freaks (B-Side) 4.08
31. Kayleigh (Alternative Mix) 4.03
32. Lavender Blue 4.23
33. Heart Of Lothian (Extended Mix) 5.49
34. Lady Nina (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)3:43
‘Misplaced Childhood’ Demos:
35. Pseudo Silk Kimono 2.19
36. Kayleigh 3.59
37. Lavender 2.38
38. Bitter Suite: Brief Encounter/Lost Weekend 2.55
39. Lords Of The Backstage 1.47
40. Blue Angel 1.46
41. Misplaced Rendezvous 1.57
42. Heart Of Lothian: Wide Boy/Curtain Call 3.49
43. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) 2.01
44. Passing Strangers: Mylo/Perimeter Walk/Threshold 9.17
45. Childhoods End? 2.24
46. White Feather 2.14

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

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Passport – Running In Real Time (1985)

FrontCover1.jpgIt’s quite impressive knowing Passport as they were very productive in generating albums and this “Running in Real Time” was their 14th studio album since their first inception in 1971. Many have considered this Germany-based band in comparison with its American counterpart Weather Report eventhough the music is not quite the same. This release is quite surprise to me as it features two kind of music: the original root of Passport with its jazz-rock fusion style with many saxophone work and those with vocals where the music tend to be R&B instead of jazz.

The opening track “At Large” demonstrates the original root of Passport in jazz-rock fusion style featuring sax solo combined nicely with guitar work laid over jazzy rhythm section. The next track “Auyrin” is a slow speed jazzy tunes with sax as main melody backed with solid basslines. There is also nice guitar solo right after sax. These two opening tracks resembles the original style of Passport music. “Talisman” is explorative in nature, demonstrating bamboo flute played by the band leader Klaus Doldinger cmbined nicely with vocals as well as excellent percussion by the band’s long serving drummer: Curt Cress. Starting with “Help Me” Passport made an effort to do differently, introducing vocal by Victoria Miles. The music has the kind of R&B style. But of course it’s not a typical R&B you can hear easily at radio station. It’s in fact quite enjoyable.

Overall, I consider this album is a good one especially for those who love jazz-rock fusion but don’t get surprises if you find some kind of R&B music as the vocal enters. Keep on proggin’ ..! (by Gatot)

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Personnel:
Curt Cress (drums, percussion)
Klaus Doldinger (saxophone, bamboo flute, keyboards)
Victoria Miles (vocals)
Kevin Mulligan (guitar)
Dieter Petereit (bass)
Hermann Weindorf (keyboards)
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Claus Reichstaller (trumpet on 08.)
Franz Weyerer (trumpet on 08.)
Roykey Wydh (guitar on 07. + 08.)

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Tracklist:
01. At Large 4.48
02. Auryn 5.37
03. Talisman 7.32
04. Help Me 4.14
05. Joy Riding 6.40
06. Slap Shot 5.47
07. Mr. Mystery 4.16
08. Running In Real Time 3.43

Music composed by Klaus Doldinger

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Ray Lema – Medecine (1985)

FrontCover1.jpgRaymond Lema A’nsi Nzinga (born 30 March 1946), known as Ray Lema, is a Congolese (DRC) musician. A pianist, guitarist, and songwriter, he settled in France in 1982.rn in Lufu-Toto, Bas-Congo Province. As a child he wanted to be a priest and in 1957 at the age of 11 entered a seminary of the White Fathers (a Roman Catholic society of apostolic life), where his talent for music was recognized. He began learning the organ and piano, within a European classical canon that included Gregorian chants, Mozart and Chopin; his concert debut was Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. He left the seminary in 1962 and subsequently attended the University of Kinshasa, where he studied chemistry. He became interested in popular music from outside Africa and after learning to play guitar he began his involvement with the Kinshasa music scene. He became a performer in clubs and was a fan of musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

In the early 1970s Lema went round the country recording as an ethnomusicologist. In 1974 he became music director for two years of the National Ballet of Zaire. Over the years he has played with the bands of Tabu Ley Rochereau, Joseph Kabasele and Franco, and in 1978 his own band, Ya Tupas, won the French Maracas d’Or award.

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In 1979 he was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to the United States, where he recorded his first album, Koteja (1982). He then moved to Europe, settling in 1982 in France. His album Kinshasa-Washington DC-Paris was released in 1983. His album Medecine was recorded in London with Martin Meissonnier. His first recordings in the early 1980s were for Celluloid Records, and by 1989 he had international success signing with the Island Records subsidiary, Mango.

Lema has become a major figure in world music, performing at numerous music festivals, and has also worked as a film composer. He has also been involved with various international collaborations. He appears as a vocalist (and composer on three tracks) on Stewart Copeland’s 1985 album, The Rhythmatist. Guests on Lema’s 1989 album Nangadeef include Courtney Pine and the Mahotella Queens. In 1992 he spent time in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, writing the opera Un Touareg s’est marié avec une pygmée with Cameroonian Werewere Liking, and also that year worked with German pianist Joachim Kuhn to record Euro African Suites. In 1997, he recorded the album Bulgarian Voices with the choir of the Pirin Folk Ensemble, and composed The Dream of the Gazelle for a Swedish chamber orchestra. In 2000 he worked with Moroccan band Tyour Gnaoua and brought out the CD Saf.

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In 2002, Lema appeared on a track titled “No Agreement” on the Red Hot Organization’s tribute album to Fela Kuti, Red Hot and Riot alongside Res, Tony Allen, Baaba Maal, Positive Black Soul and Archie Shepp.

He was awarded the “Django d’Or” in October 2003 (by wikipedia)

And here´s his second solo-album:

Born in Zaire (now D.R.Congo) in 1946, Ray Lema proved at a young age to be a gifted pianist and guitarist. He worked as an ethnomusicologist, and in the mid-70s was commissioned by the Zairean government to assemble a National Ballet for Zaire. In 1979 Ray received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel and perform in USA. There he recorded his first album, Koteja. Two years later he moved to Europe, staying in Belgium and France. In France he formed the band Carma and started a record label, Celluloid with his album Kinshasa-Washington DC-Paris in 1983. Medecine followed in 1985. Since then, he has travelled the world, working with musicians from Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Morocco and Europe. In 1989, the Mahotella Queens featured on the track ‘Kamulang’ on the Nangadeef album.

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Medecine draws on traditional central African music and translates it into reggae-tinged electronic funk for your Nintendo. He strikes the perfect balance between traditional and electronic, African and western. Every song is a gem, none more so that the 7-minute ‘Bored Whore’. Lema handles vocals, guitar, percussion and keyboards on the album, while the electronics were programmed by Martyn Philips and Martin Meissonnier. Legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen lays down the groove on ‘Marabout’ and ‘Peuple Eyo’.

Progressive South African label Shifty re-released the album in 1990. (afrosynth.com)

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Personnel:
Athey Dialopa (saxophone)
Ray Lema (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion)
Martin Meissonnier (electronics, synthesizer)
amba N’Go (guitar)
Martyn Phillips (electronics, synthesizer)
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M’Bamina (vocals on 02. + 06.)
Boffi Banengola (drums on 01. + 07.)
Fanfan (guitar on 01.)
Pape Thiam (percussion on 03.)

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Tracklist:
01. Marabout (Iyolela) 6.55
02. Ninga 6.43
03. Nzola 4.37
04. Peuple Eyo 5.54
05. Lusala 3.01
06. Bored Whore 7.09
07. Dansometer Reprise 3.17

All songs written by Ray Lema

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Stan Getz – Tribute To Zoot Sims (1985)

FrontCover1.jpgOver the last seven years the Chicago Jazz Festival clearly has become the best-programmed, most consistently exciting jazz event in the country – one that attracts Chicagoans of all races, ages and income levels and knits them together into a big swinging family.

What may not be so obvious, though, is what the Fest does for the image of the city of Chicago.

On any given night, a good percentage of the audience consists of visitors from all across the country, most of whom have come here especially for the Fest. And this year there also was a large foreign contingent, including fans from China, Japan, France, Austria, Great Britain, Australia, Germany and Finland. To modify an old saying: Build a better jazz fest and the world will beat a path to your door.

Sunday`s concert, which concluded this year’s Fest, was attended by a crowd estimated at 62,000 – an estimate that, as on most nights, seemed rather conservative by the standards used in previous years. Be that as it may, there could be no quarrel about the quality of most of the music.

Choosing highlights is difficult, but the final tribute of this year’s tribute-rich Fest would have to be one, a salute to the late Zoot Sims that featured four of his distinguished partners, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Giuffre and Herbie Steward.

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Of course, this group amounts to half of the sax section that recorded ”Four Brothers” with Woody Herman, plus Giuffre, the piece’s composer-arranger. So a performance of ”Four Brothers” was both obligatory and handsomely done, as was Getz’s famous Herman feature, ”Early Autumn.”

Before that, Getz had been typically dazzling, while Mulligan, the closest friend of Sims on the bill, had made that bond clear in his playing. The only regret was that the all-star lineup left too little space to Giuffre and Steward. (Larry Kart, Chicago Tribune; September 2, 1985)

What a line-up !

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Very good FM broadcast.

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Personnel:
Kenny Barron (piano)
Al Foster (drums)
Stan Getz (saxophone)
Jimmy Giuffre (saxophone)
George Mraz (bass)
Gerry Mulligan (saxophone)
Herbie Steward – tenor saxophone

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01. Introduction / Let Me Count The Ways 13:20
02. If You Cared For Me Like I Cared For You Then You Wouldn’t Cared All (Feldmman) 5.13
03. Falling In Love (Rogers) 14.32
04. Blues For Zoot (Mulligan) 6.17
05. Georgia On My Mind (Carmichael) 4.23
06. Satin Doll (Ellington/Strayhorn) 5.03
07. The Red Door (Sims) 6.14
08. Zoot (Giuffre) 5.48
09. Four Brothers (Giuffre) 5.16
10. Early Autumn (Burns) 3.50

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Chris Farlowe – Bursting Over Bremen (2014)

FrontCover1.jpgChris Farlowe (born John Henry Deighton, 13 October 1940)[1] is an English rock, blues and soul singer. He is best known for his hit single “Out of Time”, which rose to #1 in the UK Singles Chart in 1966, and his association with Colosseum and the Thunderbirds. Outside his music career, Farlowe collects war memorabilia.

Farlowe was born in Islington, North London. His musical career began with a skiffle group, the John Henry Skiffle Group, in 1957, before he joined the Johnny Burns Rhythm and Blues Quartet, in 1958. He met guitarist Bob Taylor in 1959 and, through Taylor, joined the Thunderbirds, who went on to record five singles for the Columbia label. On Island’s Sue label, he released a version of “Stormy Monday Blues” under the pseudonym Little Joe Cook, which perpetuated the myth that he was a black singer.

Farlowe moved to Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label and recorded eleven singles, five of which were cover versions of Rolling Stones songs including “Paint It, Black”, “Think”, “Ride On, Baby”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, and “Out of Time”, which reached no. 1 (1966) in the UK Singles Chart. He recorded four more singles, the best known of which is Mike d’Abo’s “Handbags and Gladrags”. and “My Way Of Giving”, a cover of a Small Faces album track written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane.

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He began an association with the jazz rock group Colosseum in September 1970, recording a live album and two studio albums including, Daughter of Time (1970). Later from Colosseum reunion in 1994 he appeared on all Colosseum albums released.

In February 1972 he joined Atomic Rooster, and is featured on the albums Made in England (1972) and Nice ‘n’ Greasy (1973).

He sang vocals for the theme music written by Greenslade for the BBC Television series Gangsters. In 1978 he had a part in a play produced by BBC Birmingham, Curriculee Curricula, first shown on BBC Two and shot in its entirety on video at the University of Birmingham campus, with Magnus Magnusson as the narrator.[6] Farlowe and Greenslade provided the music. He also sang on two tracks from Jimmy Page’s Death Wish II soundtrack (1982), as well as the tracks “Hummingbird”, “Prison Blues” and “Blues Anthem” on Page’s album Outrider (1988).

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Chris Farlowe toured for a long time with Hamburg Blues Band, mainly in Germany.

In 2009, Farlowe toured as a featured artist with Maggie Bell and Bobby Tench as part of the “Maximum Rhythm and Blues” tour of 32 UK theatres.

On 30 July 2016, Farlowe appeared at Wembley Arena, performing his 1966 hit “Out of Time” as part of a show marking the 50th anniversary of the England football team’s victory in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final.

Since 1999 Farlowe has appeared on stage a number of times alongside Van Morrison. (by wikipedia)

And here´s a damn good live album, recorded in 1985:

No, Chris Farlowe can no longer remember Schauburg in Bremen. But when he heard the recording from the 7 October 1985 concert, the brain of the “Thunderbirds” was astonished and impressed: “I didn’t know how good we were!” Not only was the 5-piece band in peak form, but so was the singer. Due to its sharp quality the Radio Bremen recording was just as impressing. The Repertoire was a magnificent mix of blues, rock, and rock ‘n roll, given how enthusiastic the audience’s resonance was.

For the first time an entire Thunderbirds show will be released as an impressive double album. Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds consisted at the time of keyboarder Tim Hinkley, guitarist Mo Witham, bassist Tex Corner, drummer John “The Figure” Palmer, and saxophonist Martin Winner. Aside from the instrumental “Time is Tight” by Booker T., the repertoire consists of vocal performances honoring his voice acrobatics. His a capella version of Randy Newman’s “I Think it’s Going to Rain” sounds just as impressing as the interpretations of the classic “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City,” “Watch Your Step” or “Shakey Ground.” After an hour and a half of the Thunderbirds one can only say: “The thrill is not gone, Mr. Farlowe!”

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The M.i.G. (Made in Germany) label expand their Chris Farlowe catalogue further by issuing a superb 1985 concert recording on CD for the first time. “Bursting Over Bremen” captures Chris and a line-up of The Thunderbirds live in Schauburg, Bremen on October 7th 1985 (this was the first time that Chris had played in Germany with this group of musicians). The show was broadcast by Radio Bremen, and the recording quality is first class!

According to the sleeve notes, Chris himself doesn’t recall the show but when he heard the recording he remarked “I didn’t know how good we were!” The Thunderbirds line-up at the time consisted of Tim Hinkley (keyboards), Mo Witham (guitar), Tex Comer (bass), one-time Dr Feelgood drummer John `The Big Figure’ Martin, and Martin Winning (saxophone). The band is in sparkling form throughout, with the set a diverse mixture of blues / R&B standards (but strangely no `Out of Time’!).

Four of the tracks had previously been recorded for Chris’s 1985 album “Out Of The Blue”, while `I’ve Been Born Again’ would appear on the following year’s “Born Again” (these albums have recently been issued as a twofer by M.i.G. – Out Of The Blue / Born Again ).

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The show kicks off with Bob Dylan’s `Watching The River Flow’, followed by what Chris considers his favourite from this recording – Delbert McClinton’s `Jealous Kind’. The band really hit their stride with a funky take on the Charlie Feathers number `Satisfy Susie’, notable for some terrific sax from Martin Winning. There’s a sizzling and lengthy bluesy workout of the classic `Stormy Monday Blues’ and then a fiery version of Bobby Parker’s `Watch Your Step’ (which features some wonderful lead guitar work by Mo Witham).

Chris demonstrates why he’s known as “The Voice” with a magnificent a cappella solo rendition of Randy Newman’s `I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’, before he takes a well deserved break and leaves the band to showcase an instrumental classic – Booker T & The MG’s `Time Is Tight’.

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CD2 opens with the Ray Charles number `I Haven’t Found Nothing Yet’ and the band then demonstrate their funkiness again with `Shakey Ground’ (co-written by Funkadelic’s Eddie Hazel, and originally a hit for The Temptations). Next up is `I’ve Been Born Again’, and then one of the great R&B / blues songs, `The Thrill is Gone’ (written in 1951 by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell and recorded by, amongst others, BB King).

A classic double dose of rock’n’roll follows in the guise of Little Richard’s `Lucille’ and Chuck Berry’s `Sweet Little Sixteen’. There’s an atmospheric take on `Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’ (first recorded by Bobby “Blue” Bland), before the set concludes with `I Believe In You’ (no writer credit for this one) and a lively `Going Back To Louisiana’ (another song made famous by Delbert McClinton).

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The two CDs are housed in an attractive foldout digipak. There are a mixture of vintage and more contemporary photographs, and 4 pages of notes about Chris’s career written by Uli Kniep. Overall, this is an excellent release – sound quality is superb, and Chris and the band are on top form! (Jimbo Starr)

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Personnel:
Tex Corner (bass)
Chris Farlowe (vocals)
Tim Hinkley (keyboards)
John “The Figure” Palmer (drums)
Martin Winner (saxophone)
Mo Witham (guitar)

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Watching The River Flow (Dylan) 6.24
02. Jealous Kind (McClinton) 6.44
03. Satisfy Susie (Feathers) 7.01
04. Stormy Monday Blues (Walker) 13.43
05. Watch Your Step (Parker) 4.06
06. I Think It’s Going To Rain Today (Newman) 4.08
07. Time Is Tight (Jones/Cropper/Dunn/Jackson) 3.49

CD 2:
01. I Haven’t Found Nothing Yet (Charles) 3.47
02. Shakey Ground (Bowen/Hazel/Boyd) 5.49
03. I’ve Been Born Again (Davis/Dean) 5.52
04. The Thrill Is Gone (Hawkins/Darnell) 8.40
05. Lucille (Penniman/Collins) 6.24
06. Sweet Little Sixteen (Berry) 5.29
07. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City (Price/Walsh) 5.47
08. I Believe In You (unknown) 4.01
09. Going Back To Louisiana (Osborn) 3.26

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Hooters – Nervous Night (1985)

FrontCover1.JPGNervous Night is the second studio album by American rock band the Hooters, released in May 1985 by Columbia Records and on CBS Records in Europe. The album features two of the band’s biggest and best-known hits, “And We Danced” and “Day by Day”, as well as the minor hit, “All You Zombies”, which was a rerecorded version of a single that had first been released in 1982.

In the summer of 1983, guitarist Eric Bazilian and keyboard player Rob Hyman were invited by their old college friend and bandmate from Baby Grand, Rick Chertoff, to work on the debut album for a newly signed singer to Columbia Records named Cyndi Lauper. This resulted in The Hooters reforming after having broken up several months earlier. Eventually executives at Columbia Records, who were impressed by the over 100,000 copies that the band’s independent album Amore had sold, as well as the local Philadelphia fan support (26 million entries in radio station WMMR’s contest to win a Hooters show at a local high school) decided on July 26, 1984 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, to sign The Hooters to a multi-album contract to the company.

On July 13, 1985, The Hooters opened the Philadelphia segment of Live Aid, a concert event to raise funds to benefit Africa. This internationally televised event introduced the band to a global audience that subsequently translated to major commercial success. Their first major overseas tour came later that year when they played throughout Australia.

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Different versions of three songs on Nervous Night — “All You Zombies”, “Hanging on a Heartbeat” and “Blood from a Stone” — were originally released on The Hooters’ independent album release Amore in 1983. “Blood From a Stone” had also been recently covered by Red Rockers and released as a single.

Eric Bazilian told Songfacts that “Day by Day” “was a song that started as an experiment with Rick Chertoff.” He added that it took them “2 years whipping it into shape.”

An award-winning film starring The Hooters and directed by John Jopson, Nervous Night, was produced by Bell One Productions. Nervous Night was shot on 35mm film and intercuts two separate elements: a concert filmed at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, and a series of short films, each one starring a different band member.
Awards

Nervous Night achieved platinum certification status around the world, selling in excess of 2 million copies in the United States.

On September 5, 1986, The Hooters appeared on the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, where they were nominated in the category of Best New Artist in a Video for “And We Danced”. They performed two songs on the show, “And We Danced” and “Nervous Night”.

Rolling Stone named The Hooters the Best New Band of the Year for 1986. (by wikipedia)

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Often overlooked, the Hooters’ Nervous Night was a defining record not only for the band, but for 1985 itself. Filled to the brim with fun, danceable new wave-ish rock, the album is a wonderful representation of a lighthearted era. The peppy vocals of keyboardist Rob Hyman and guitarist Eric Bazilian give the band an assured, happy energy, while the sporadic use of the mandolin and melodica (a combination harmonica/keyboard) gives the group its distinctive sound. “And We Danced” and “Day by Day” became instant pop hits, but the remainder of Nervous Night is almost as strong. “All You Zombies,” which refers to stories in the Bible, is the band’s most powerful moment; along with “Where Do the Children Go,” the track showed that the Hooters could be serious and dramatic as well as upbeat. Although the band wasn’t able to maintain its momentum with subsequent records, Nervous Night remains a noteworthy contribution to mid-’80s rock and doesn’t sound quite as dated as the work of some of the band’s contemporaries. (by Kenyon Hopkin)

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Personnel:
Eric Bazilian (vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin, saxophone)
Rob Hyman (vocals, keyboards, melodica)
Andy King (bass, vocals)
John Lilley (guitar)
David Uosikkinen (drums)
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Patty Smyth (vocals on 07.)

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Tracklist:
01. And We Danced (Hyman/Bazilian) 3.48
02. Day By Day (Hyman/Bazilian/Chertoff) 3.23
03. All You Zombies (Hyman/Bazilian) 5.58
04. Don’t Take My Car Out Tonight (Hyman/Bazilian/Chertoff) 3.51
05. Nervous Night (Hyman/Bazilian/Chertoff) 3.58
06. Hanging On A Heartbeat (Hyman/Bazilian/Goss/Ziv) 4.21
07. Where Do The Children Go (Hyman/Bazilian) 5.27
“South Ferry Road” (Hyman, Bazilian, Chertoff) – 3:43
“She Comes in Colors” (Arthur Lee) – 4:12
“Blood from a Stone” (Hyman, Bazilian) – 4:13

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