AC/DC – The Razors Edge (1990)

FrontCover1The Razors Edge is an album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band’s eleventh internationally released studio album and the twelfth to be released in Australia. It was a major comeback for the band, featuring the hits “Thunderstruck” and “Are You Ready”, which reached #5 and #16 respectively on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart, and “Moneytalks”, which peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went multi-platinum (5 million copies sold) and reached the US top ten. The album reached #2 on the US Billboard 200 and #4 in the UK, a smash commercial success that returned the band to the popularity of its glory years of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The album has been certified 5x platinum (5 million copies sold) in the US, and was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series. The album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn.

The Razors Edge was recorded at Windmill Road Studios in Dublin, Ireland and Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and was mixed and engineered by Mike Fraser and produced by Bruce Fairbairn, who had previously worked with Aerosmith and Bon Jovi. According to the book AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll, George Young was involved early on but had to bow out because of personal issues. Lead singer Brian Johnson was unavailable for several months while finalising his divorce, so the Young brothers wrote all the songs for the next album, a practice they continued for all subsequent releases (In a 1995 interview, Johnson told Guitar World that he was relieved at not having to deal with the pressure of writing the lyrics anymore).

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The instantly recognizable opening riff to “Thunderstruck” features Young alternating between fretted notes and playing the open string. In a 1993 interview with Guitar World’s Alan Di Perna, the guitarist recalls, “I was just fiddling with my left hand when I came up with that riff; I played it more by accident than anything. I thought, ‘not bad,’ and put it on a tape. That’s how me and Malcolm generally work. We put our ideas down on tape and play them for one another.” He expanded in greater detail in the liner notes of the 2003 re-release of The Razor’s Edge:

It started off from a little trick I had on guitar. I played it to Mal and he said ‘Oh, I’ve got a good rhythm idea that will sit well in the back.’ We built the song up from that. We fiddled about with it for a few months before everything fell into place. Lyrically, it was really just a case of finding a good title…We came up with this thunder thing and it seemed to have a good ring to it. AC/DC = Power. That’s the basic idea.”

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“Moneytalks” is also one of AC/DC’s biggest hits, breaking the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, the UK Singles Charts, and the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. It is still the band’s highest charting single in the United States, at number 23 (no other AC/DC single has even cracked the top 30). During their subsequent world tour, thousands of “Angus Bucks” were dropped on the audience during the song. A music video of the song, directed by David Mallet, was also released, featuring a live performance during the tour. Author Murray Engleheart states in his band memoir AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll: “On songs like ‘Mistress for Christmas’ and “Moneytalks,’ Malcolm and Angus showed their working-class roots, despite multi-millionaire selling albums, by taking aim at the high flyers in the business world.”

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In a February 1991 interview with Guitar World Angus Young stated, “I think the funniest song on this album is ‘Mistress For Christmas.’ That song’s about Donald Trump. He was big news at the time, so we thought we’d have a bit of fun and humor with it.” In the same interview, he declared that his best guitar solo on the LP was on the song “The Razors Edge,” which also features a rare foray into finger picking. Although AC/DC had always remained apolitical when it came to their music, the title track was a commentary of sorts, with Young explaining to Muchmusic in 1992:

“The Razors Edge” comes from an old saying farmers used to use in Britain where you’d have a fine sunny day, you know, a very good day with a hot sun, and then all of a sudden right in the distance you could see these black clouds coming over the horizon, an ominous thing…I thought it was a great title. The world was at peace again and everyone thought, “Ah, the Berlin Wall’s come down and it’s all gonna be fun and games, a party every night,” and you can see now that it’s not that way. It’s just our way of saying the world’s not perfect and never will be. (by wikipedia)

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Although AC/DC’s popularity had decreased by the early ’90s, the band still had a lot of life left in it. Arguably the Australian headbangers’ strongest album in over half a decade, The Razor’s Edge is quintessential AC/DC — rowdy, abrasive, unapologetically fun metal full of blistering power chords, memorable hooks, and testosterone-driven lyrics. Lead singer Brian Johnson sounds more inspired than he had since 1983’s Flick of the Switch, and lead guitarist Angus Young isn’t about to take any prisoners on such hard-hitting material as “Shot of Love,” the menacing title song, and the appropriately titled “Got You By the Balls.” Although not quite in a class with Back in Black, Highway to Hell, or Let There Be Rock — all of which would, for novices, serve as fine introductions to the distinctive band — The RazoYear Of Recording: 1990r’s Edge was a welcome addition to AC/DC’s catalog. (by Alex Henderson)

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Personnel:
Brian Johnson (vocals)
Chris Slade (drums, percussion)
Cliff Williams (bass, background vocals)
Angus Young (lead guitar)
Malcolm Young (guitar, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Thunderstruck 4.52
02. Fire Your Guns 2.53
03. Moneytalks 3:48
04. The Razors Edge 4.22
05. Mistress For Christmas 3.59
06. Rock Your Heart Out 4.06
07. Are You Ready 4.10
08. Got You By The Balls 4:30
09. Shot Of Love 3.56
10. Let’s Make It 3.32
11. Goodbye & Good Riddance To Bad Luck 3.13
12. If You Dare 3.08

All songs written by Angus Young and Malcolm Young

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Angelo Badalamenti – Music From Twin Peaks (OST) (1990)

FrontCover1The music of the American television series Twin Peaks, and its 1992 sequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, was composed by Angelo Badalamenti. Twin Peaks’ co-creator David Lynch wrote lyrics for five songs used throughout the series—including “Falling”, “The Nightingale”, “Into the Night”, “Just You” and “Sycamore Trees”—and three songs featured in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, including “A Real Indication”, “Questions in a World of Blue” and “The Black Dog Runs at Night.” Julee Cruise, who made cameo appearances in both the series and film, provided vocals for four of Lynch’s and Badalamenti’s collaborations, and jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott performed on “Sycamore Trees.” Three of the series actors, James Marshall, Lara Flynn Boyle and Sheryl Lee, provided vocals for “Just You.”

Badalamenti’s compositions have been released on three soundtrack albums: Soundtrack from Twin Peaks (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and Twin Peaks Music: Season Two Music and More (2007). Starting in March 2011, David Lynch began distributing The Twin Peaks Archive, a collection of previously unreleased and unused songs on his official web site for digital download. In total, 215 songs were made available for download.

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Twin Peaks’ music has received widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian has said that the original soundtrack “still marks the summit of TV Soundtracks” and Allmusic reviewer Stephen Eddins has referred to it as “a model of film music ideally matched to the images and actions it underscores.” The main theme song to Twin Peaks, composed by Badalamenti, also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the 1991 Grammy Awards.

All the songs from the album were written by Angelo Badalamenti, who received the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Twin Peaks Theme”. Most of the songs are instrumental pieces, but three songs that contain lyrics were written by David Lynch. These three songs are available on the singer Julee Cruise’s album Floating into the Night. Cruise’s album also contains songs that were used in the series, but are not included in any soundtrack release. (by wikipedia)

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Composer Angelo Badalamenti (Cousins) set the tone for David Lynch’s bizarre television soap with a haunting theme created from electric piano, synthetic strings, and the twangiest guitar this side of Duane Eddy. The love theme, appropriately enough, sounds like a funeral march. (The series’ central character was found dead at the beginning of the first episode.) The rest of the music, instantly recognizable to anyone who saw even one episode of the series, borders on fever-dream jazz. Lynch favorite Julee Cruise sings the only three vocal songs. The music from Twin Peaks is dark, cloying, and obsessive — and one of the best scores ever written for television. (by Brian Mansfield)

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And yes … I´m a real fan of “Twin Peaks” … till today and this soundtrack is one of the finest soundtracks ever !

Listen to the Magic “Twin Peaks Theme 2 or to “Dance Of The Dream Man” and you´ll know, what I mean !

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Personnel:
Angelo Badalamenti (piano, synthesizer)
Vinnie Bell (guitar)
Julee Cruise (vocals on 04, 07. + 11.)
Eddie Daniels (flute, clarinet)
Eddie Dixon (guitar)
Kinny Landrum (Synthesizer)
Al Regni (saxophone, clarinet, flute)
Grady Tate (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. Twin Peaks Theme (Instrumental) 5.10
02. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Instrumental) 4.52
03. Audrey’s Dance (Instrumental) 5.17
04. The Nightingale (vocal by Julee Cruise) 4.56
05. Freshly Squeezed (Instrumental) 3.48
06. The Bookhouse Boys (Instrumental) 3.29
07. Into The Night (vocal by Julee Cruise) 4.44
08. Night Life In Twin Peaks (Instrumental) 3.27
09. Dance Of The Dream Man (Instrumental) 3.41
10. Love Theme From Twin Peaks (Instrumental) 5.04
11. Falling (vocal by Julee Cruise) 5.21

All music composed by Angelo Badalamenti
All lyrics by David Lynch

 

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Latin Quarter – Nothing Like Velevet (1990)

FrontCover1“This is not a “Best Of…” album. Although we have included tracks like “Radio Africa”, our main aim has been to provide songs or recordings that are not already available – and to do it in a way that shows a cross-section of our life as a band: studio recordings, bedroom demo recordings and some live recordings.

There was a temptations as we compiled the album, to go back and try and change some fo the tracks, to touch them up. But with small and easy exceptions, we’ve avoided that temptation. The bedroom demos remain the bedroom demos − cheap drum machines, microphone and all − and the live tracks … well we had a little choice. “See Him” and “Snow Blind” are exactly as they went to tape in Bochum, West Germany, sometime in February or March 1986. So yes, the voice on “Snow Blind” does only come up one side of the stereo, and no, there is no need to adjust your sets.” (taken from the original liner notes)

With three studio albums to its credit and a bona fide hit with “Radio Africa” (from Latin Quarter’s debut album, Modern Times), this politically minded worldly pop band decided to call it quits, leaving behind this compilation of oddities, rarities, unreleased demos, and re-recordings. For those looking for the hit, “Radio Africa” (album version) is here in all its splendor, but most of the remaining tracks are exclusive to this release.

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The ones that have been released elsewhere include the beautiful “The Colourscheme” (sung by Yona Dunsford), which was a B-side, and “The New Millionaires,” which is the same version as the one on their debut. Other songs from the debut (“Truth About John,” “America for Beginners,” “Toulouse”) are either in demo form or re-recordings, all equal to the passionate album versions. “See Him!,” “Snow Blind,” and “The Big Pool” are funky live tracks never released (or recorded?) in studio form. “February 1990,” “Pyramid Label,” and the title track are demos of songs never officially released.

“Dominion” is the German-language version of the “Swimming Against the Stream” album track. There are musical surprises around every corner, almost every one of them from the creative minds of vocalist/guitarist Steve Skaith and lyricist Mike Jones.

Packed with so much quality music unavailable elsewhere, this is the perfect introduction to Latin Quarter’s eclectic musical repertoire and the perfect rarities disc at the same time. Who woulda thunk it? (by Steve “Spaz” Schnee)

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Personnel:
Yona Dunsford (keyboards, vocals)
Greg Harewood (bass)
Steve Skaith (vocals, guitar)
Richard Wright (guitar)
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Dave Charles (drums on 03., 09.)
Paulinho Da Costa (percussion on 07.)
Martin Ditcham (percussion on 13.)
Carol Douet (background vocals on 03., 08., 09., 11., 14. vocals on 06., 15., 16.,   percussion on 11.)
Steve Greetham (bass on 08.)
Steve Gregory (saxophone on 13.)
Steve Jeffries (keyboards on 06., 09., 14.)
Kate St John (saxophone on 04.)
Martin Lascelles (keyboards on 03., 09., 11., 15., 16.)
Ricky Stevens (drums on 06., 08., 14., 16.)
Paul Slowly (drums on 01.)

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Tracklist:
01. Truth About John (Recorded 1990) (Skaith) 3.41
02. Nothing Like Velvet (Demo Recording 1989) (Skaith) 3.29
03. See Him! (Live Recording 1986) (Harewood/Wright/Skaith/Dunsford) 3.56
04. February 1990 (Demo Recording 1990) (Skaith) 1.38
05. Race Me Down (Demo Recording 1988) (Skaith) 4.08
06. Toulouse (Skaith) 5.04
07. Dominion (German Lyrics) (Skaith)
08. Radio Africa (Keefe/Skaith) 3.53
09. Snow Blind (Live Recording 1986) (Keefe/Skaith) 3.41
10. The Colour Scheme (Skaith) 3.31
11. The Big Pool (Live Recording 1987) 4.24
12. It Makes My Heart Stop Speaking (Demo Recording 1988) (Skaith) 4.14
13. The New Millionaires (Jeffries/Skaith) 3.38
14. Pyramid Label (Skaith) 6.07
15. The Men Below (Skaith) 4.38
16. America For Beginners (Skaith) 8.07 (*)

All lyrics by Mike Jones
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“See Him!” and “Snow Blind” were recorded live in Bochum, Germany 1986

 

(*) I dedicate this song to Ronald Trump !

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Scorpions – Crazy World (1990)

frontcover1Crazy World is the eleventh studio album by German hard rock band Scorpions, released on November 6, 1990.[5] The album peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart for albums in 1991. That same year, the song “Wind of Change” reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100[6] and “Send Me an Angel” reached No. 44 on the same chart.[6] Crazy World was the last album to feature bassist Francis Buchholz, and by that extent, the last to feature the band’s classic lineup. It also has the only Scorpions track to credit Buchholz, “Kicks After Six”. This album was the band’s first album in a decade and a half to not be produced by Dieter Dierks and is widely considered to be the last “classic” Scorpions album. In the UK, it remains the only Scorpions album to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in November 1991.
“Hit Between the Eyes” was played during the ending credits of the 1992 film Freejack. “Send Me an Angel” was played at the closing scene in an episode of the show Cold Case. “Wind of Change” was also used during the 2009 film Gentlemen Broncos and towards the end of the 2014 film The Interview. (by wikipedia)

After the release of Savage Amusement in 1988, the Scorpions expressed disdain toward the album, feeling that it was too polished when compared to their other work. Their longtime producer, Dieter Dierks, was replaced with well-known rock producer Keith Olsen, who would produce Crazy World and assist in making it one of the Scorpions’ greatest recordings. Their music had certainly changed since Savage Amusement, sounding a little bit heavier and less glamorous. But even with the metal sound, the songs remain melodic and catchy. The power ballads on the album, “Wind of Change” and “Send Me an Angel,” are arguably two of the band’s greatest slow numbers, boasting soothing harmony and lyrics. Crazy World remains the Scorpions’ finest ’90s album and is sure to please its listeners. (by Barry Weber)
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Personnel:
Francis Buchholz (bass, background vocals)
Matthias Jabs (guitar, background vocals)
Klaus Meine (vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums, background vocals)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)
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Robbie Buchanan (keyboards on 04.)
Jim Vallance (keyboards on 11.)
Michael Thompson (guitar on 04.)
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Claudia Frohling – Tony Ioannoua – Cliff Roles – Jim Lewis – Dries van der Schuyt
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Tracklist:
01. Tease Me Please Me (Meine/Rarebell/Vallance/Jabs) 4.44
02. Don’t Believe Her (Rarebell/Meine/Vallance/R.Schenker) 4.55
03. To Be With You In Heaven (Meine/Schenker  4:48
04. Wind Of Change (Meine) 5.10
05. Restless Nights (Meine/Rarebell/Vallance/R.Schenker) 5:44
06. Lust Or Love (Meine/Rarebell/Vallance) 4.22
07. Kicks After Six (Rarebell/Meine/Vallance/Buchholz)  3.49
08. Hit Between The Eyes”  Rarebell, Meine, Vallance  Schenker  4:33
09. Money And Fame  (Jabs/Rarebell) 5.06
10. Crazy World (Meine/R.Schenker/Rarebell/Vallance) 5.08
11. Send Me An Angel (Meine/Schenker) 4.32
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Pixies – Bossanova (1990)

frontcover1Bossanova is the third studio album by the American rock band Pixies. It was released in August 13, 1990 on the English independent record label 4AD in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. All of Bossanova’s original material was written by the band’s frontman Black Francis; this was a first for a Pixies album, but he has written all of their songs since. The album’s sound, inspired by surf rock and space rock, complements its lyrical focus on outer space, which references subjects such as aliens and unidentified flying objects.

Because of 4AD’s independent status, major label Elektra Records handled distribution in the United States; Bossanova reached number 70 on the Billboard 200. The album peaked at number three in the UK Albums Chart. Two singles were released from Bossanova, “Velouria” and “Dig for Fire”; both charted on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, at #4 and #11, respectively.

After Pixies finished touring obligations for their second album Doolittle (1989) in January 1990, band members Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering moved from Boston to Los Angeles. Bassist Kim Deal meanwhile stayed in the UK to record the first Breeders album during January with producer Steve Albini. Deal ultimately decided to travel out to Los Angeles with the rest of the group. Lovering stated that he, Santiago, and Black Francis moved to Los Angeles because that’s where they intended to record. The three band members lived in the Oakwood apartments, along with comic Garrett Morris and members of the band White Lion. Producer Gil Norton also moved into the apartment complex.

Pixies started recording material for Bossanova at Cherokee Studios in February 1990, where the sessions ran into problems. Norton said that nothing could be recorded after six P.M. because the recording desk would pick up pirate radio stations. Norton decided to illustrationwork at overdubs somewhere else for a few days until the problem was corrected, but when he returned to Cherokee, he found that any time something was plugged into a guitar amplifier it would generate “this incredible hum”. Norton refused to tell 4AD owner Ivo Watts-Russell about the problem until he felt he could address the problems. One day while visiting a bar, Norton and Santiago met producer Rick Rubin, whom they informed of their situation. Rubin had his secretary find another studio for the group, and the band continued recording at Master Control.

One album song, “Blown Away”, had been written in Spain in early June 1989 while on tour. The song was recorded at Hansa Tonstudio after their 19 June 1989 Berlin gig with producer Gil Norton who was specially flown in for the one-song session.

In contrast to previous records, many songs were written in the studio and few demo recordings were created. Santiago said that the band only practiced for a two-week period, in contrast to previous practice in Boston where the group rehearsed constantly. Black Francis noted, “So I was writing [lyrics] on napkins five minutes before I sang. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes not. That’s just the nature of that songwriting.” (by wikipedia)

When Bossanova arrived in 1990, it reflected the exhaustion the Pixies felt after Doolittle’s enormous success: For the first time, the band seems to be running out of ideas. Tellingly, Kim Deal contributes no songs, having formed the Breeders to give her work an outlet; that summer, their debut Pod won a warmer response than Bossanova received. Arguably the Pixies’ weakest album — though Francis has said it’s his favorite — most of it finds the band in fine form. Gil Norton’s spacious, reverb-heavy production makes the Pixies sound like a Martian bar band, which fits the cover of the Surftones’ “Cecilia Ann” and the glorious, shimmering closer “Havalina” perfectly. On the theremin-driven “Velouria,” science fiction imagery displaces Francis’ penchant for fetishistic lyrics; next to the token kinky song “Down to the Well”‘s tired sound, it’s a refreshing change.

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The similarly cryptic “All Over the World” and alien abduction tale “The Happening” add to the sci-fi feel. Quirky pop songs like “Allison,” a tribute to jazz cool-cat Mose Allison, and “Dig for Fire,” Francis’ self-professed Talking Heads homage, heighten Bossanova’s playful, slightly off-kilter vibe, but rockers like “Hang Wire” and “Blown Away,” fall flat. However, “Rock Music” is one of the group’s most fiery outbursts, and “Is She Weird”‘s chugging grind and sexy, funny lyrics make it a classic Pixies song. The band was so consistently amazing on their previous albums that when they released a slightly weaker one, critics and fans alike judged them too harshly. But on Bossanova’s strongest moments, the Pixies explored their softer side and found different uses for their extreme dynamics. Like a straight-A student who suddenly receives a B+, Bossanova might have been a disappointment initially, but its (small) failings emphasize the strengths of the rest of the Pixies’ work. (by Heather Phares)

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Personnel:
Kim Deal (bass, vocals)
Black Francis (vocals, guitar)
David Lovering (drums)
Joey Santiago (guitar)
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Robert F. Brunner (theremin on 03. + 05.)

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Tracklist:
01. Cecilia Ann (Hoffman/Horton) 2.05
02. Rock Music (Francis) 1.52
03. Velouria (Francis)– 3:40
04. Allison (Francis) – 1:17
05. Is She Weird (Francis) – 3:01
06. Ana (Francis) – 2:09
07. All Over The World (Francis) 5.27
08. Dig For Fire (Francis) 3.02
09. Down To The Well (Francis) 2.29
10. The Happening (Francis) 4.19
11. Blown Away (Francis) 2.20
12. Hang Wire (Francis) 2.01
13. Stormy Weather (Francis) 3.26
14. Havalina (Francis) 2.33

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Pat Travers – Boom Boom (Live at the Diamond Club, Toronto, 1990) (VHS rip)

frontcoverBorn in Toronto on April 12 1954, Pat Travers was playing guitar before he reached his teens, but it was watching Jimi Hendrix live that first inspired him to become a rock guitarist. For several years he paid his music dues playing the rock Clubs around Quebec in such bands as ‘Red Hot’ and ‘Merge’. It was during this period when he was spotted by 50s rock n roll legend Ronnie Hawkins who asked the young guitarist to join him on tour. Despite the difference in musical style, Travers used the experience to further develop his skills. After a year however he decided it was time to go for his dream and at the age of 20 he packed his bags and moved to London, England. A short demo tape lead to him being signed to Polydor and in April1976 he released his debut album ‘Pat Travers’. Following an appearance at the Reading festival Pat continued to tour in front of huge audiences and released another two albums before heading to America.

The US took to Travers like ducks to water and he gained a massive following and much critical acclaim for both his live shows and his studio albums two of which, Live! Go For What You Know and Crash and Burn, entered the US top 30. The 80s established him as one off the most distinctive guitarists on the scene, combining heavy metal riffology with moments of musical genius. After bowing out of the studio for several years due to his disillusionment with the record industry he recorded School of Hard Knocks in 1990, an album that was to prove a huge success amongst his fans and win him many new admirers. This was followed by the album ‘Boom Boom — Live at the Diamond’.

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And here´s the video version – recorded live at the Diamond Club, Toronto.

…In 1990 Pat Travers emerged with a new band, a new album (School of Hard Knocks) and a new tour. This show was filmed in Travers’ hometown of Toronto during that tour. The new band was nearly as tight as the classic Travers lineup and the energy was right.
Featuring the very capable Mars Cowling on bass and Jerry Riggs on second guitar, this lineup just pounds out these Travers classics as well as a handful of newer tunes from his “School Of Hard Knocks” release from the previous year. Probably Pat Travers at his hardest rocking best.

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Bass – Mars Cowling (bass)
Jerry Riggs (guitar, vocals)
Pat Travers (guitar, vocals)
Scott Zymowski (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. Snortin’ Whiskey (Travers/Thrall)
02. Life In London (Travers)
03. I La La la Love You (Travers)
04. Gettin’ Betta (Travers/Cowling)
05. Whatcha Gonna Do Without Me (Dees/Travers)
06. Daddy Long Legs (Riggs)
07. Heat In The Street (Travers/Lesser)
08. School Of Hard Knocks (Dees/Travers)
09. Help Me (Simmons/Travers)
10. Stevie (Travers)
11. Ready Or Not (Riggs)
12. Boom Boom ( Out Goes the Lights) (Lewis)
13. Born Under A Bad Sign (Jones/Bell)
14. Guitars From Hell (Riggs)

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Bette Midler – Some People’s Lives (1990)

frontcover1Some People’s Lives is the seventh studio album by American singer Bette Midler, released on the Atlantic Records label in 1990. It contains one of her biggest hits, “From a Distance”, which won the songwriter Julie Gold a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1991.

The Some People’s Lives album became one of the biggest commercial successes of Midler’s musical career, peaking at number 6 in the US and number 5 in the UK and it was later awarded double platinum by the RIAA for sales of over two million copies in the US alone. It has sold 7 million copies worldwide.

Following a series of successful Hollywood movies made throughout the 1980s, among them Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, Oliver and Company and Big Business, Midler returned to the music scene with a proper studio album in 1990, her first since 1983’s rock and new wave-influenced No Frills. Some People’s Lives however had more in common with the preceding soundtrack Beaches in that it featured both interpretations of jazz standards like “Miss Otis Regrets”, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” and “He Was Too Good to Me” as well as more chart-oriented pop and adult contemporary material with contrasting synth-driven arrangements courtesy of producer Arif Mardin, his son Joe and Robbie Buchanan. The up-tempo track “Moonlight Dancing” (first recorded by pop/R&B group The Pointer Sisters) was written by noted hitmaker Diane Warren and “The Gift of Love” by Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, the team behind Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”, Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” and The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame”.

“Moonlight Dancing” (also released as an extended dance remix which sampled the 1973 recording “Do You Want to Dance”), “Night and Day” and “The Gift of Love” were all issued as singles, but the biggest hit that the album produced was undoubtedly Midler’s interpretation of Julie Gold’s anthem of universal brotherhood “From a Distance” featuring The Radio Choir of New Hope Church, paradoxically released shortly before the breakout of the first Persian Gulf War. The single reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and number 6 in the UK and was later certified platinum in the US, making it Midler’s second million-seller within the space of two years following “Wind Beneath My Wings” from the Beaches soundtrack. The song has since been recorded by a large number of other artists and Midler herself included an alternate version with partly re-written lyrics on her 2006 album Cool Yule.(by wikipedia)

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Bette Midler, 1990

Despite Bette Midler’s bawdy, cartoonish image, her albums are almost always classy A/C collections that are often buried under overproduction. So on Some People’s Lives, one of the singer’s strongest collections, it isn’t surprising that the only hit, “From a Distance,” a song of hope and peace, is in keeping with much of her material — namely poor production that is buoyed by her sterling vocals and strong lyrics. Aside from that, however, Some People’s Lives is a smooth collection of standards like Cole Porter’s “Miss Otis Regrets” and contemporary cuts like Diane Warren’s “Moonlight Dancing.” Kicking off with the punchy “One More Round,” Midler sets the stage for sassy up-tempo numbers, then slides into the title song, a haunting ballad of despair that shows she is on more solid ground than ever. This is Midler at her best — playful, yearning, brassy, regretful — and that is mostly because producer Arif Mardin surrounds his star with respectful production that matches her talent while accenting her strengths. Standouts are the title cut, “Miss Otis Regrets,” “He Was Too Good to Me/Since You Stayed Here,” and “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.” (by Bryan Buss )

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Personnel:
Gene Bertoncini (guitar)
Michael Boddicker (synthesizer)
Phil Bodner (clarinet)
Robbie Buchanan (keyboards, programming)
Ron Carter (bass)
Gary Coleman (percussion)
Andrew Gold (guitar)
Steve Kroon (percussion)
Michael Landau (guitar)
Jay Leonhart (bass)
John McCurry (guitar)
Bette Midler (vocals)
Dean Parks (guitar)
Bernie Layton (piano)
Joe Mardin (keyboards, programming, background vocals)
Guy Roche (programming)
Marc Shaiman (piano)
Andy Snitzer (saxophone)
Neil Stubenhaus (bass)
Grady Tate (drums)
Nino Tempo (saxophone)
Carlos Vega (drums)
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background vocals:
Charlotte Crossley – Ula Hedwig – Cissy Houston –Tom Kelly – Jo Ann Harris – David Lasley – George Merrill – Myrna Smith – Eugene VanBuren – Maria Vidal – John West
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The Radio Choir of New Hope Church (background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. One More Round (Harper/Sembello/Willis) 2.03
02. Some People’s Lives (Fleming/Ian) 3.29
03. Miss Otis Regrets (Porter) 2.51
04. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Landesman/Wolf) 5.30
05. Night And Day (Hughes/Seeman) 5.30
06. The Girl Is On To You (Johnstone) 4.10
07. From A Distance (Gold) 4.37
08. Moonlight Dancing (Warren) 4.39
09. He Was Too Good to Me (Rodgers/Hart) / Since You Stayed Here (Larson/Rubins) 4.12
10. All Of A Sudden (Archangel/Wilk) 4.33
11. The Gift Of Love (Kelly/Steinberg/Hoffs) 4.02

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