Swing Out Sister – Breakout (2001)

FrontCover1Although Swing Out Sister’s music is unashamedly commercial pop, their impeccable indie credentials (keyboardist Andy Connell and drummer Martin Jackson were formerly of A Certain Ratio and Magazine, and singer Corinne Drewery had no professional experience at all before joining), jazz-tinged arrangements, and knack for clever hooks move them closer to the indie dance territory of St. Etienne or late period Everything But the Girl than to the cookie-cutter dance-pop of Kylie Minogue or Paula Abdul.

Connell and Jackson formed Swing Out Sister in their hometown of Manchester, England, in 1985 as a studio-based partnership set to refine the jazzy funk of A Certain Ratio and Magazine’s quirky reimaginings of old-fashioned middle-of-the-road pop. Nottingham-born singer Drewery joined the duo just in time for their first single, “Blue Mood,” in late 1985. That single didn’t do much, but the follow-up, “Breakout,” was a Top Ten hit in Great Britain and Japan in the fall of 1986.

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The trio belatedly completed debut album It’s Better to Travel in 1987; its U.S. release scored a pair of hits with “Breakout” and “Twilight World.” Jackson demoted himself to partial contributor on 1989’s Kaleidoscope World, which emphasized the remaining duo’s debt to lush ’60s pop by hiring the legendary Jim Webb to arrange and conduct the orchestra. Though the singles “You on My Mind” and “Waiting Game” were U.K. hits, the album didn’t attract much attention in the U.S. In Japan, however, both albums were big enough hits that a special Japan-only collection of remixes, Another Non-Stop Sister, was released in late 1989, followed by the similar Swing 3 in 1990, which also collected early B-sides and other rare tracks.

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Released in 1992, Get in Touch with Yourself returned Drewery and Connell (Jackson had by this time bowed out completely) to the U.S. and U.K. charts with their cover of Barbara Acklin’s “Am I the Same Girl,” a ’60s pop hit based on the famous instrumental “Soulful Strut” by Young-Holt Unlimited. The single was even bigger in Japan, where Swing Out Sister were by this time one of the most popular acts in the country. Another remix compilation, Swing Out Singles, and a live album, Live at the Jazz Cafe, were released in Japan that year. After 1994’s The Living Return failed to chart in Great Britain, the U.K. office of Mercury Records put out 1996’s The Best of Swing Out Sister but failed to release 1997’s Shapes and Patterns, 1999’s Filth and Dreams, or 2001’s Somewhere Deep in the Night in the duo’s native country — this despite Swing Out Sister’s continued success in Japan and a devoted cult following in the U.S. and Europe.

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EMI was the worldwide label for 2004’s Where Our Love Grows. Live in Tokyo appeared a year later, followed in 2008 by Beautiful Mess, the group’s ninth studio album. In 2010, Swing Out Sister issued Private View, a hits collection that was available exclusively through their Facebook page. The year 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the band’s debut album, It’s Better to Travel, which was reissued as a deluxe two-disc set. Later that year, Private View (with two bonus tracks) saw CD release through normal distribution channels. As the culmination of a PledgeMusic project, the group released a studio album, Almost Persuaded, in 2018. (by Stewart Mason)

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And here´s a nice compilation of tracks released originally 1985-1994. All tracks are album versions, except 2 and 15. Tracks 5, 6 & 16 are early B-sides.

Not really necessary but of course a part of the history of British pop.

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Personnel:
Andy Connell (keyoards)
Corinne Drewery (vocals)
Martin Jackson (drums)
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Tracklist:
01. Breakout (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1986) 3.47
02. Fooled By A Smile (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1987) 3.41
03. Blue Mood (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1985) 4.16
04. Communion (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1987) 4.36
05. Another Lost Weekend (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1986)3.38
06. Fever (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1987) 4.30
07. Coney Island Man (Connell/Drewery) (1989) 3.42
08. Tainted (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1989) 3.57
09. Am I The Same Girl? (Record/Sanders) (1994) 4.06
10. Precious Words (Connell/Drewery) (1989) 4.11
11. Between Strangers (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1989) 4.04
12. Get In Touch With Yourself (Connell/Drewery/O´Duffy) (1994) 5.07
13. Who Let The Love Out (Connell/Drewery) (1992) 4.38
14. Circulate (Connell/Drewery) (1992) 4.54
15. Notgonnachange (Connell/Drewery/O´Duffy) (1994) 4.17
16. Wake Me When It’s Over (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1985) 4.34
17. Surrender (Connell/Drewery/Jackson) (1987) 3.54
18. The Kaleidoscope Affair (Connell/Drewery) (1989) 3.09

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Rod Stewart – Downtown Train – Selections From The Storyteller Anthology (1990)

FrontCover1Sir Roderick David Stewart CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 250 million records worldwide. He has had 10 number-one albums and 31 top ten singles in the UK, 6 of which reached number one. Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity. (wikipedia)

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Downtown Train is a compilation album released by Rod Stewart in March 1990. It was a US only release by Warner Bros. Records (WEA 926 158-1/2).

The album is made up of twelve tracks from the previously released Storyteller Anthology. The album is skewed toward the more recent period of Rod’s career, most of the songs dating after 1980.

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Included, however, is Stay with Me, a contemporary sounding song from 1971. This is also the only song on Downtown Train that is not from Rod’s solo catalog, though Storyteller includes ten. In the US Downtown Train would peak at #20 and by 1995 would be double platinum. (wikipedia)

A good and nice compilation album … Great mix for any Rod fan!

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Rod Stewart (vocals)
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Tracklist:
01. Stay With Me (Stewart/Wood) 4.39
02. Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) (Stewart) 3.56
03. The Killing Of Georgie (Part I and II) (Stewart) 6.27
04. Passion (Chen/Cregan/Grainger/Savigar/Stewart) 5.32
05. Young Turks (Appice/Hitchings/Savigar/Stewart) 5.03
06. Infatuation (Hitchings/Robinson/Stewart) 5.14
07. People Get Ready (feat. Jeff Beck) (Mayfield) 4.55
08. Forever Young (Cregan/Savigar/Dylan/Stewart) 4.06
09. My Heart Can’t Tell You No (Climie/Morgan) 5.14
10. I Don’t Want To Talk About It (Whitten) 4.53
11. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak for You) (L.Dozier/Holland/B.Holland/Moy) 4.12
12. Downtown Train (Tom Waits) 4.39

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Wham! – The Final (1986)

FrontCover1Wham! (briefly known in the US as Wham! U.K.) were an English pop duo formed in Bushey in 1981. The duo consisted of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. They became one of the most commercially successful pop acts of the 1980s, selling more than 30 million certified records worldwide from 1982 to 1986.

Influenced by funk and soul music and presenting themselves as disaffected youth, Wham!’s 1983 debut album Fantastic addressed the United Kingdom’s unemployment problem and teen angst over adulthood. Their second studio album Make It Big in 1984 was a worldwide pop smash hit, charting at number one in both the UK and the United States. Associated with the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US, the singles from the album—”Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Everything She Wants” and “Careless Whisper”—all topped the US Billboard Hot 100. In 1985, Wham! made a highly publicised 10-day visit to China, the first by a Western pop group. The event was seen as a major watershed moment in increasing friendly bilateral relations between China and the West.

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In 1986, Wham! broke up. Michael was keen to create music targeted at a more sophisticated adult market rather than the duo’s primarily teenage audience. Before going their separate ways, a farewell single “The Edge of Heaven”, and a greatest-hits album titled The Final would be forthcoming, along with a farewell concert entitled The Final.

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The Final is a greatest hits album released in 1986 to summarize the career of British pop duo Wham!. The album was not initially released in North America, where an album entitled Music from the Edge of Heaven was released instead. Six songs from that album appear on this compilation. The compilation album was followed by the farewell concert of the same name on 28 June 1986, at Wembley Stadium.

The CD edition omits “Blue (Armed with Love)” and the extended mixes. A deluxe edition of the album was released on CD/DVD and download in November 2011, with the DVD featuring all of Wham!’s music videos, including the video for “Young Guns (Go for It!)”, “Last Christmas”, and a remix version of the video for “Everything She Wants”. It follows the track listing of the CD, with the exception of “Battlestations”, as it was a B-side and not an official single.

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When George Michael guested on the Aspel & Company talk show on 1 March 1986, he announced that Wham! were to split and perform one last concert, later titled The Final. In addition to that, he also announced that he were to be recording the last Wham! single with Andrew Ridgeley the following week in Los Angeles.[2][3] As it turned out, he revealed to journalist Paula Yates on The Tube that he was recording four tracks, two of which – “Where Did Your Heart Go” and “The Edge of Heaven” – had been previously played on the Whamamerica! tour and the other two being new tracks he was experimenting with. This was prior to the filming of the video for Michael’s then-forthcoming solo single, “A Different Corner”. Michael was planning to release three of the tracks as part of a Wham! EP, but wasn’t sure which one of the songs was going to be the main single at that point – all of these would appear on “The Final”.

As of 12 March 1986, the album and single had been completed and ready for release under the Wham! name. (wikipedia)

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The Wham! collection The Final stands as the most accurate compilation of the duo’s hits, even including the correct single versions of hits that were not available on their respective albums. From the early bubblegum silliness of “Bad Boys,” “Wham! Rap,” and “Young Guns” to the singles that made them an international pop phenomenon (“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Everything She Wants,” “Careless Whisper,” and “I’m Your Man”), the hits are all here. “Everything She Wants” and “Freedom” are included in their single versions which did not appear on the multimillion-selling Make It Big.

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Also included is George Michael’s first true solo hit, “A Different Corner,” which, along with “Careless Whisper,” hints at the later, more sophisticated styles of music that would further propel him into international superstar status. To round out the collection are other hits including their last U.S. Top Ten, “The Edge of Heaven,” their yearly resurrected Christmas single “Last Christmas,” and the overlooked “Where Did Your Heart Go.” For fans of their brief but very successful reign at the top of the pop charts, this hard-to-find collection packs the most bang (or Wham!) for its buck. (by Jose F. Promis)

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Personnel:
George Michael (vocals)
Andrew Ridgeley (guitar)
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Tracklist:
01. Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (Special US Re-Mix) (from “Fantastic”) (Michael/Ridgeley) 6.42
02. Young Guns (Go for It!) (from “Fantastic”) (Michael) 5.11
03. Bad Boys (from “Fantastic”) (Michael) 3.20
04. Club Tropicana (from “Fantastic”) (Michael/Ridgeley) 4.28
05. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (from “Make It Big”) (Michael) 3.50
06. Careless Whisper (7″ version) (from “Make It Big”) (Michael/Ridgeley) 5.03
07. Freedom (7″ version) (from “Make It Big”) (Michael) 5.20
08. Last Christmas (Pudding Mix) (from “Music From The Edge Of Heaven”) (Michael) 6.45
09. Everything She Wants (Remix) (from “Music From The Edge Of Heaven”) (Michael) 6.29
10. I’m Your Man (from “Music From The Edge Of Heaven”) (Michael) 4.04
11. A Different Corner (from “Music From The Edge Of Heaven”) (Michael) 3.58
12. Battlestations (from “Music From The Edge Of Heaven”) (Michael) 5.30
13. Where Did Your Heart Go? (from “Music From The Edge Of Heaven”) (Dave Was/Don Was) 5.42
14. The Edge Of Heaven (from “Music From The Edge Of Heaven”) (Michael) 4.35

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Prince – The Hits 1 (1993)

FrontCover1Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation, he was known for his flamboyant, androgynous persona and wide vocal range, which included a far-reaching falsetto and high-pitched screams. Prince produced his albums himself, pioneering the Minneapolis sound. His music incorporated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, rock, new wave, soul, synth-pop, pop, jazz, and hip hop. He often played most or all instruments on his recordings.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records at age nineteen, releasing the albums For You (1978) and Prince (1979). He went on to achieve critical success with the innovative albums Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981) and 1999 (1982).

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His sixth album, Purple Rain (1984), was recorded with his backup band the Revolution, and was the soundtrack to his film acting debut of the same name. Purple Rain spent six consecutive months atop the Billboard 200.[7] Prince won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. After disbanding the Revolution, Prince went on to achieve continued critical success with Sign o’ the Times (1987), hailed by critics as his magnum opus. In the midst of a contractual dispute with Warner Bros. in 1993, he changed his stage name to the unpronounceable symbol Logo. Hollow circle above downward arrow crossed with a curlicued horn-shaped symbol and then a short bar (known to fans as the “Love Symbol”), and was often referred to as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince (or TAFKAP) and simply the Artist.

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The Artist signed with Arista Records in 1998 and began referring to himself by Prince again in 2000. After returning to mainstream prominence following a performance at the 2004 Grammy Awards, he achieved six US top ten albums over the following decade. In April 2016, aged 57, Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince had a prolific output, releasing 39 albums during his life, with a vast array of unreleased projects left in a vault at his home after his death, including completed albums and over 50 music videos. Released posthumously, his demo albums Piano and a Microphone 1983 (2018) and Originals (2019) both received critical acclaim.

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Prince sold over 150 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. He released songs under multiple pseudonyms during his life, as well as writing songs that were made popular by other musicians, such as “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Manic Monday”.[13] Estimates of the complete number of songs written by Prince range anywhere from 500 to well over 1,000.[14] His awards included the Grammy President’s Merit Award, the American Music Awards for Achievement and of Merit, the Billboard Icon Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016, and was inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame in 2022. (wikipedia)

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The Hits/The B-Sides is a box set by American recording artist Prince. It was released on September 10, 1993, by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. The album is a comprehensive three-disc set consisting of many of his hit singles and fan favorites.

Listen and enjoy !

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Prince (vocals, guitar)
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Tracklist:
01. When Doves Cry (single edit) (from “Purple Rain”;1984) 3:48
02. Pop Life (from “Around The World In A Day”;1985) 3:42
03. Soft And Wet (from “For You”; 1978) 3:03
04. I Feel For You (from “Prince”;1979) 3:25
05. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (from “Prince”; 1979) 3:48
06. When You Were Mine (from “Dirty Mind”; 1980) 3:43
07. Uptown (single edit) (from “Dirty Mind”;1980) 4:09
08. Let’s Go Crazy (from “Purple Rain”; 1984) 4:39
09. 1999 (from “1999” (1982) 3:38
10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (from “Sign o’ the Times”; 1987) 6:29
11. Nothing Compares 2 U (live 27 January 1992; featuring Rosie Gaines; ) performed bypreviously unreleased (1992) 4:58
12. Adore (edited version) (from “Sign o’ the Times”; 1987) 4:41
13. Pink Cashmere (previously unreleased) (1988) 6:15
14. Alphabet St. (from “Lovesexy”; 1988) 5:39
15. Sign o’ the Times (single edit) (from “Sign o’ the Times”;1987) 3:43
16. Thieves In The Temple (from “Graffiti Bridge” (1990) 3:20
17. Diamonds And Pearls (single edit) (from “Diamonds And Pearls” (1991) 4:20
18. 7 (from “Love Symbol Album”;1992)

All songs written by Prince
except 03. written by Prince & Chris Moon
and 18. written by Prince, Jimmy McCracklin & Lowell Fulsom

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Blondie – The Best Of Blondie (1989)

FrontCover1Blondie is an American rock band co-founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the American new wave scene of the mid-1970s in New York. Their first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although highly successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next five years, the band achieved several hit singles including “Heart of Glass”, “Call Me”, “Atomic”, “The Tide Is High”, and “Rapture”. The band became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles, incorporating elements of disco, pop, reggae, and early rap music.

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Blondie disbanded after the release of its sixth studio album, The Hunter, in 1982. Debbie Harry continued to pursue a solo career with varied results after taking a few years off to care for partner Chris Stein, who was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin. The band re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a number one single in the United Kingdom with “Maria” in 1999, exactly 20 years after their first UK No. 1 single (“Heart of Glass”).

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The group toured and performed throughout the world during the following years, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.[5] Blondie has sold around 40 million records worldwide and is still active. The band’s eleventh studio album, Pollinator, was released on May 5, 2017.

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The Best of Blondie (released in Germany and the Netherlands as Blondie’s Hits) is the first greatest hits album by American rock band Blondie. It was released on October 31, 1981, by Chrysalis Records. The album peaked at number four in the United Kingdom and number 30 in the United States, while becoming the band’s only number-one album in Australia.

The album was issued in several versions with different track inclusion and running order which varied slightly between North American and international editions of The Best of Blondie, highlighting the popularity of particular songs in different countries. The US and Canadian editions included “One Way or Another”, which was not issued as a single in Europe. The international version of the album included three songs that were not on the North American release: “Denis”, “Picture This” and “Union City Blue”.

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Blondie’s producer Mike Chapman remixed three tracks specially for this album. The special mix of “Heart of Glass” is a version that combines elements from the original album version (also the 7″ single mix in the UK) and the instrumental version. The special mix of “In the Flesh” is a Phil Spector-esque mix, with much echo. The special mix of “Sunday Girl” mixes vocals from the previously released French-language version of the song with the original English version. Additionally, “Rapture” appears in an edited version of the 12″ Disco Mix released in the UK and Europe and includes an extra verse that did not appear on the album Autoamerican, on which the song was originally issued.

The album cover was shot in June 1978 by British photographer Martyn Goddard on a rooftop in Midtown Manhattan. (wikipedia)

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Although Blondie made several first-rate albums, most of their best songs were released as singles, which makes The Best of Blondie an essential collection. The Best of Blondie glosses over their punk roots — very little from the first album, apart from the vicious “Rip Her to Shreds” and the seductive “In the Flesh” — but the band’s pop hits are among the finest of their era and encapsulate all of the virtues of new wave. Apart from genuine chart hits like “Heart of Glass,” “One Way or Another,” “Dreaming,” “Call Me,” “Atomic,” “The Tide Is High,” and “Rapture,” Best of Blondie picks up several of the group’s best album tracks, like “(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear” and “Hanging on the Telephone.” The Best of Blondie isn’t all you need to know, but it is an excellent introduction to one of the best new wave bands. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Clem Burke (drums)
Jimmy Destri (keyboards)
Nigel Harrison (bass)
Deborah Harry (vocals)
Frank Infante (guitar)
Chris Stein (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01.Heart Of Glass (special mix) (taken from “Parallel Lines”; 1978) (Harry/Stein) 4.34
02. Denis (taken from “Plastic Letters”; 1977) (Levenson)  2.18
03. The Tide Is High (taken from Autoamerican”; 1980)  (Holt) 4.39
04. In The Flesh (special mix) (taken from “Blondie”; 1976) (Harry/Stein) 2.31
05. Sunday Girl (special mix) (taken from “Parallel Lines”; 1978) (Stein) 3.04
06. Dreaming (taken from “Eat To The Beat”; 1979) (Harry/Stein) 3.06
07. Hanging On The Telephone (taken from “Parallel Lines”; 1978)  (Lee) 2.22
08. Rapture (taken from Autoamerican”; 1980) (Stein/Harry) 5.35
09. Picture This (taken from “Parallel Lines”; 1978) (Harry/Stein/Destri) 2.57
10. Union City Blue (taken from “Eat To The Beat”; 1979) (Harry/Harrison) 3.22
11. (I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear (taken from “Plastic Letters”; 1977)  (Valentine) 2.42
12. Call Me (taken fom “American Gigolo”; 1980) (Moroder/Harry) 3.32
13. Atomic (taken from “Eat To The Beat”; 1979) (Harry/Destri) 4.40
14. Rip Her To Shreds (taken from “Blondie”; 1976) (Harry/Stein) 3.21

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The Pointer Sisters – Love Songs (2002)

FrontCover1The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B singing group from Oakland, California, that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Their repertoire has included such diverse genres as pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country, and rock. The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. The group had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985.

The group had its origins when sisters June and Bonnie Pointer began performing in clubs in 1969 as “Pointers, a Pair”. The line-up grew to a trio when sister Anita joined them. Their record deal with Atlantic Records produced several unsuccessful singles. The trio grew to a quartet when sister Ruth joined in December 1972. They then signed with Blue Thumb Records, recorded their debut album, and began seeing more success, winning a Grammy Award in 1975 for Best Country Vocal Performance for “Fairytale” (1974). Bonnie left the group in 1978 to commence a solo career with modest success.

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The group achieved its greatest commercial success in the 1980s as a trio consisting of June, Ruth, and Anita. They won two more Grammys in 1984 for the top 10 hits “Automatic” and “Jump (For My Love).” The group’s other U.S. top 10 hits are “Fire” (1979), “He’s So Shy” (1980), “Slow Hand” (1981), the remixed version of “I’m So Excited” (1984), and “Neutron Dance” (1985).

June Pointer, the youngest sister, struggled with drug addiction for much of her career, leaving the group in April 2004 prior to her death from cancer in April 2006, at the age of 52. She was replaced by Ruth’s daughter Issa Pointer. This trio had a number two hit in Belgium in 2005, covering “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” with Belgian singer Natalia.

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Between 2009 and 2015, the group consisted of Anita, Ruth, Issa, and Ruth’s granddaughter Sadako Pointer. While all four women remained in the group, they most often performed as a trio rotating the lineup as needed. In 2015, Anita was forced to retire due to ill health, leaving Ruth the sole member of the original sibling line-up.

In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 80th most successful dance artists of all-time. In December 2017, Billboard ranked them as the 93rd most successful Hot 100 Artist of all-time and as the 32nd most successful Hot 100 Women Artist of all-time. (wikipedia)

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And here´s a nice compilation with “Love Songs” (most of them are from the Eighties) … maybe a good idea to discover this group:

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Tracklist:
01. I’m In Love (May/Butler) (1987) 4.18
02. Slow Hand (Clark/Bettis) (1981) 3.50
03. Echoes Of Love (Ramdle/Simmons/Mitchell) (1978) 2.56
04. Moonlight Dancing (Warren) (1988) 4.54
05. He’s So Shy (Snow/Weil) (1980) 3.35
06. See How The Love Goes (Britten/Shifren) (1982) 4.05
07. I Will Be There (Tyson/Schwartz) (1988) 3.35
08. All I Know Is The Way I Feel (Regoboy/Levitt) (1986) 4.43
09. Heart Beat (Henderson/Bolotin/Armour) (1982)
10. Fire (Springsteen) (1978) 3.26
11. I Feel For You (Prince) (1982) 3.58
12. Dirty Work (Becker/Fagen) 3.37
13. Someday We Will Be Together (Ballard) (1981) 4.35
14. Got To Find Love (Wilcox/Lasley) (1981) 4.06
15. I Need You (O´Byrne/Feldman/Black) (1983) 4.00
16. Easy Persuasion (Roberts/Goldmark( (1984) 4.32

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Culture Club – This Time- The First Four Years (Twelve Worldwide Hits) (1987)

FrontCover1Culture Club are an English new wave band formed in London in 1981. The band comprises Boy George (lead vocals), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Mikey Craig (bass guitar) and formerly included Jon Moss (drums and percussion). Emerging in the New Romantic scene, they are considered one of the most representative and influential groups of the 1980s.

Led by singer and frontman Boy George, whose androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of the public and the media in the early 1980s, the band have sold more than 50 million records  including over 6 million BPI certified records sold in the UK and over 7 million RIAA certified records sold in the US. Their hits include “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, “Time (Clock of the Heart)”, “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”, “Church of the Poison Mind”, “Karma Chameleon”, “Victims”, “Miss Me Blind”, “It’s a Miracle”, “The War Song”, “Move Away”, and “I Just Wanna Be Loved”. In the UK they amassed twelve Top 40 hit singles between 1982 and 1999, including the number ones “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon”, the latter being the biggest selling single of 1983 in the UK, and hit number one on the US Hot 100 in 1984. The song “Time (Clock of the Heart)” is included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.

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Their second album, Colour by Numbers, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. It appeared on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Best Albums of the 1980s and is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Ten of their singles reached the US Top 40, where they are associated with the Second British Invasion of British new wave groups that became popular in the US due to the cable music channel MTV. Culture Club’s music combines British new wave and American soul and pop. It also includes some elements of Jamaican reggae and also other styles such as calypso, salsa, and with “Karma Chameleon”, elements of country music.

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In 1984, Culture Club won Brit Awards for Best British Group, Best British Single (“Karma Chameleon”), and the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. They were nominated the same year for the Grammy Award for Pop Vocal by Group or Duo. The band were also nominated for a Canadian Juno Award for International Album of the Year. In January 1985, Culture Club were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist, and in September 1985, they were nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Special Effects and Best Art Direction for their video “It’s a Miracle”. In 1987, they received another nomination for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist.

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This Time – The First Four Years is the first official greatest hits album by British new wave group Culture Club, released by Virgin Records on 6 April 1987. Its release came one year after the band had split up.

The compilation exclusively includes, in its vinyl edition, Culture Club’s most successful hits. The one track which was never available in single format is “Black Money” (originally on the band’s second album, Colour by Numbers), which was intended to be released to promote this collection, but never actually came out.

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The album includes a wide selection of tracks taken from all their albums (including more than half the tracks from the Colour by Numbers album), as well as the group’s contribution to the Electric Dreams film soundtrack; “Love Is Love”. For many countries, it was the first time that their hit “Time (Clock of the Heart)” was included on an album.

Two additional tracks are featured on the CD and cassette version: the remix of “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and a medley segueing the remixes of “It’s a Miracle” and “Miss Me Blind”. (wikipedia)

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Released more than two years after Waking Up With the House on Fire derailed Culture Club’s hit-making ways, This Time gathers the songs of one of the most successful pop bands of the ’80s. All the U.S. hits are included (save for “Mistake No. 3,” which is understandable). From the buoyant “Karma Chameleon” and the Motown-inspired “Church of the Poison Mind” to the breezy “Time (Clock of the Heart” and the new wave torch song “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” listening to This Time is like being in 1983 again. Additionally, the collection includes non-album tracks like 12″ mixes of “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and “Miss Me Blind/It’s a Miracle” and the lovely ballad “Love Is Love.” For casual fans, This Time is all the Culture Club a listener would want, but 1993’s At Worst…The Best of Boy George and Culture Club, which also adds several Boy George solo hits, would be recommended for those with more interest. (by Tom Demalon)

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Personnel:
Mikey Craig (bass)
Boy George (vocals)
Roy Hay (guitar, keyboards, sitar, synth guitar)
Jon Moss (drums, percussion)
Helen Terry (vocals, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Karma Chameleon (from Colour by Numbers) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss/Pickett) 4.02
02. Church Of The Poison Mind (from Colour by Numbers) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) 3.32
03. Miss Me Blind (from Colour by Numbers) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) 4.30
04. Time (Clock Of The Heart) (from Kissing to Be Clever (US Edition)  (O’Dowd/Hay/ Craig/Moss) 3.43
05. It’s A Miracle (from Colour by Numbers) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss/Pickett) 3.25
06. Black Money (from Colour by Numbers) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) 5.20
07. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (from Kissing to Be Clever) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) 4.24
08. Move Away (from From Luxury to Heartache) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss/Pickett) 4.11
09. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya (from Kissing to Be Clever) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) 2.36
10. Love Is Love (from Electric Dreams) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) 3.52
11. The War Song (from Waking Up with the House on Fire) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) 3.59
12. Victims (from Colour by Numbers) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) 4.55
13. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” (U.S. 12″ Remix) (from Kissing to Be Clever) (O’Dowd/Hay/Craig/Moss) 4.40
14. It’s A Miracle/Miss Me Blind” (U.S. 12″ Remix) (from Colour by Numbers) (O’Dowd/Hay/ Craig/Moss/Pickett) 9.12

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Bette Midler – Experience The Divine – Greatest Hits (1993/1996)

FrontCover1Bette Midler ( born December 1, 1945) is an American actress, comedian, singer, songwriter and author. Throughout her career which spans over five decades, Midler has received numerous accolades, including four Golden Globe Awards, three Grammy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards and a Kennedy Center Honor, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards and a British Academy Film Award.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several off-off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following.

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Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist, selling over 30 million records worldwide, and has received four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA.[3][4] Many of her songs became chart hits, including her renditions of “The Rose”, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, “Do You Want to Dance”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, and “From a Distance”. She won Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “The Rose”, and Record of the Year for “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

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Midler made her film debut with the musical drama The Rose (1979), which won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in numerous films, including Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Big Business (1988), Beaches (1988), Hocus Pocus (1993), The First Wives Club (1996), The Stepford Wives (2004), Parental Guidance (2012), and The Addams Family (2019). Midler also had starring roles in For the Boys (1991) and Gypsy (1993), winning two additional Golden Globe Awards for these films and receiving a second Academy Award nomination for the former.

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In 2008, Midler signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a residency, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, which ended in 2010. She starred in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, which began previews in March 2017 and premiered at the Shubert Theatre in April 2017. The show was her first leading role in a Broadway musical. Midler received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance. (wikipedia)

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Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American singer Bette Midler, featuring many of her best-known songs. The fourteen track compilation was released on Atlantic Records in 1993.

While several greatest hits albums with Midler had been released in the UK, Continental Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan throughout the 1970s and 1980s, such as The Best of Bette (1978) and The Best of Bette (1981)—two different compilations with the same title—and Just Hits (1987), this was the first career overview to be released worldwide including the US and Canada, some twenty years after Midler recorded her first studio album for the Atlantic Records label. The album included one new recording, Midler’s Emmy Award-winning rendition of “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)”, sung to retiring talk show host Johnny Carson on the penultimate Tonight Show in May 1992. Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits peaked at #50 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 1993 and was three years later certified platinum for one million copies sold in the US.

Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits was re-released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 1996 with a slightly altered track list, then also including two of Midler’s biggest hits which for some reason had been left off the 1993 edition; “Favorite Waste of Time” and the Rolling Stones cover “Beast of Burden”, both from the 1983 album No Frills. The 1996 edition also included two versions of the US hit single “To Deserve You”, taken from what became Midler’s final studio album for Atlantic, 1995’s Bette of Roses. (wikipedia)

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Placing the raw beginning of her career (beautifully represented by the stark resignation of “Hello in There”) against the brassy persona she has since cultivated (“Miss Otis Regrets”) against the overblown A/C cuts that have been her biggest hits (“From a Distance,” “Wind Beneath My Wings”), Bette Midler shows on this album why she is a legend and not just a popular recording artist. Being able to raise those enormously popular ballads from muck simply by rising above the production with her expressive, sterling vocals, thus making bland material classy, is one thing. But pulling off the coarseness of “When a Man Loves a Woman” as well as the sultry “Do You Wanna Dance?” in practically the same breath, while never overstating the steadfast certainty of “The Rose,” shows range that most pop “stars” can’t even spell.

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Despite that, giving listeners an overview of a 30-year career with more good material than hit singles would be difficult in any case, and some of the choices for this album seem almost arbitrary, considering the single “Beast of Burden” from No Frills and classic cuts like “Come Back Jimmy Dean” from the same album and the wrenching “Superstar” from her stellar debut, The Divine Miss M, are missing. On the plus side, Experience the Divine includes “One for my Baby (And One More for the Road),” which Midler performed as the chosen final guest of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Atlantic did a sound job of culling from her repertoire, and this album represents all that most casual fans would need to get an understanding of the vocalist beyond her hit singles, but, as with any true artist, to truly experience the Divine, you would need to check out each of her albums to find all of the gems. (by Bryan Buss)

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Tracklist:

The 1993 edition:
01. Hello In There (from the album “Divine Miss M”, 1972) (Prine) 4.17
02. Do You Want To Dance? (from the album “Divine Miss M”, 1972) (Freeman) 2.44
03. From A Distance (from the album “Some People’s Lives”, 1990) (Gold) 4.38
04. Chapel Of Love (from the album “Divine Miss M”, 1972) (Barry/Greenwich/Spector) 2.54
05. Only In Miami (from the album “No Frills”, 1983) (Gronenthal) 3.57
06. When A Man Loves A Woman (from the soundtrack album “The Rose”, 1979) Lewis/ Wright) 4.54
07. The Rose (Single version) (from the soundtrack album “The Rose”, 1979) (McBroom) 3.34
08. Miss Otis Regrets (from the album “Some People’s Lives”, 1990) (Porter) 2.39
09. Shiver Me Timbers (from the album “Live at Last”, 1977) (Waits) 4.43
10. Wind Beneath My Wings (from the soundtrack album “Beaches”. 1988)  (Henley/Silbar) 4.53
11. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (previously unavailable on album hit 45 version) (Raye/ Prince) 2.19
12. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (live) (previously unreleased. Recorded and aired on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 21, 1992 (Arlen/  Mercer/Shaiman/Midler) 4.06
13. Friends (from the album “Divine Miss M”, 1972) (Klingman/Linhart) 2.55
14. In My Life (Single version)  (from the soundtrack album “For The Boys”, 1991) (Lennon/ McCartney) 3.12

The 1996 edition:
01. To Deserve You (single remix) (from the album “Bette Of Roses”, 1995) (McKee)  4.11
02. Beast Of Burden (from the album “No Frills”, 1983) (Jagger/Richards) 3.50
03. Favorite Waste Of Time (from the album “No Frills”, 1983) (Crenshaw) 2.41
04. Hello In There (from the album “Divine Miss M”, 1972) (Prine) 4.17
05. Do You Want To Dance? (from the album “Divine Miss M”, 1972) (Freeman) 2.44
06. From A Distance (from the album “Some People’s Lives”, 1990) (Gold) 4.38
07. Chapel Of Love (from the album “Divine Miss M”, 1972) (Barry/Greenwich/Spector) 2.54
08. Only In Miami (from the album “No Frills”, 1983) (Gronenthal) 3.57
09. When A Man Loves A Woman (from the soundtrack album “The Rose”, 1979) Lewis/ Wright) 4.54
10. The Rose (Single version) (from the soundtrack album “The Rose”, 1979) (McBroom) 3.34
11. Miss Otis Regrets (from the album “Some People’s Lives”, 1990) (Porter) 2.39
12. Shiver Me Timbers (from the album “Live at Last”, 1977) (Waits) 4.43
13. Wind Beneath My Wings (from the soundtrack album “Beaches”. 1988)  (Henley/Silbar) 4.53
14. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (previously unavailable on album hit 45 version) (Raye/ Prince) 2.19
15. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (live) (previously unreleased. Recorded and aired on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 21, 1992 (Arlen/  Mercer/Shaiman/Midler) 4.06
16. Friends (from the album “Divine Miss M”, 1972) (Klingman/Linhart) 2.55
17. In My Life (Single version)  (from the soundtrack album “For The Boys”, 1991) (Lennon/ McCartney) 3.12
18. To Deserve You (from the album “Bette of Roses”, 1995)) (McKee) 5.14
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Barbra Streisand – Duets (2002)

FrontCover1Barbara Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942), known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. With a career spanning over six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment, and is among the few performers awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT).

Streisand began her career by performing in nightclubs and Broadway theaters in the early 1960s. Following her guest appearances on various television shows, she signed to Columbia Records, insisting that she retain full artistic control, and accepting lower pay in exchange, an arrangement that continued throughout her career, and released her debut The Barbra Streisand Album (1963), which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Throughout her recording career, Streisand has topped the US Billboard 200 chart with 11 albums—a record for a woman—including People (1964), The Way We Were (1974), Guilty (1980), and The Broadway Album (1985). She also achieved five number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100—”The Way We Were”, “Evergreen”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”, and “Woman in Love”.

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Following her established recording success in the 1960s, Streisand ventured into film by the end of that decade. She starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl (1968), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Additional fame followed with films including the extravagant musical Hello, Dolly! (1969), the screwball comedy What’s Up, Doc? (1972), and the romantic drama The Way We Were (1973). Streisand won a second Academy Award for writing the love theme from A Star Is Born (1976), the first woman to be honored as a composer. With the release of Yentl (1983), Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major studio film. The film won an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. Streisand also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, becoming the first (and for 37 years, the only) woman to win that award. Streisand later directed The Prince of Tides (1991) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).

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With sales exceeding 150 million records worldwide, Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the highest-certified female artist in the United States, with 68.5 million certified album units tying with Mariah Carey. Billboard ranked Streisand as the greatest female artist on the Billboard 200 chart and the top Adult Contemporary female artist of all time. Her accolades include two Academy Awards, 10 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and nine Golden Globes.

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Duets (retitled Star Collection in some countries) is a compilation album by American singer Barbra Streisand, released on November 26, 2002, by Columbia Records. The collection features nineteen duets from Streisand’s career, including two newly-recorded ones: “I Won’t Be the One to Let Go” with Barry Manilow and “All I Know of Love” with Josh Groban. The former song was released as the album’s lead single on November 4, 2002, as a streaming-only exclusive for AOL Music website members. Duets was reissued in South American countries in 2013 under the title Star Collection with new artwork.

The compilation was executively produced by Streisand and her manager, Jay Landers. Music critics highlighted the album’s duets with Ray Charles, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra, but were disappointed by her decision to release another compilation album following The Essential Barbra Streisand, which was released earlier in 2002. Commercially, the album peaked within the top ten of record charts in Denmark and the Netherlands; it also entered the Billboard 200 at number 38 and became certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 copies. Duets has gone on to sell 1.5 million records worldwide.

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During 2002, Streisand and Columbia Records released two compilation albums, with the first one being The Essential Barbra Streisand, a greatest hits album mostly consisting of the singer’s top ten hits and top forty hits. Later that year, on November 26, she released Duets, a compilation of nineteen duets from her music catalog. The collection was executively produced by Streisand and her manager, Jay Landers.

Fourteen out of the album’s nineteen tracks were originally featured on previous Streisand studio albums. In addition, the singer included three songs that were originally performed live with another artist. “I’ve Got a Crush on You”, with Frank Sinatra, initially appeared on his 1993 Duets album, while her rendition of “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” with Harold Arlen was first released on his 1966 studio album Harold Sings Arlen (With Friend). Her medley of “Get Happy / Happy Days Are Here Again” with Judy Garland was originally performed live on The Judy Garland Show in 1963. With eighteen of the album’s songs being duets with other musicians, Streisand’s medley of “One Less Bell to Answer” and “A House Is Not a Home” is a duet with herself, first released on the 1971 album Barbra Joan Streisand.

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Streisand recorded two new tracks for the album: “I Won’t Be the One to Let Go” with Barry Manilow and “All I Know of Love” with Josh Groban. The former track was written by Richard Marx and Manilow, while the latter was written by David Foster and Linda Thompson.

“I Won’t Be the One to Let Go” was released as the album’s lead and only single on November 4, 2002, as an exclusive download for AOL Music website members. Although the track was not released commercially, “I Won’t Be the One to Let Go” was distributed as a promotional CD single on January 6, 2003. With the release handled by Columbia Records, the CD was sent exclusively to United States radio stations and includes the “Radio Version Edit” and “Radio Version” releases of the song. In 2013, Sony Music Entertainment rereleased the compilation in South American countries with a new cover art, but identical track listing, under the title Star Collection.

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Duets entered and peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 38, during the week of December 14, 2002. It was the chart’s eleventh highest debut and would go to spend fourteen weeks on the listing. On January 9, 2003, it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for physical shipments of 500,000 copies, and during the year-end Billboard 200 chart in 2003, the compilation was listed at number 176. As of June 22, 2007, Duets has sold 561,000 copies in the United States, outselling its predecessor (The Essential Barbra Streisand) by 55,000 copies. In Oceania, the album peaked in Australia and New Zealand at numbers 13 and 11, respectively. In the two aforementioned countries, it received a Gold certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments of 35,000 copies and a Platinum certification by Recorded Music NZ for shipments of 15,000 copies.

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The album entered several record charts across Europe as well. According to the Official Charts Company, it peaked at numbers 39 and 30, in Scotland and the United Kingdom, respectively. In the latter country, the compilation spent 6 weeks charting during 2002 and was ranked on the year-end sales charts at position 89. In Denmark and the Netherlands, Duets peaked within the top ten at numbers 10 and 9, respectively. The album reached number 26 in Spain and received a Gold certification by PROMUSICAE for shipments of 50,000 copies. Its lowest peak positions were achieved in France, Germany, and Switzerland, where the compilation peaked at numbers 44, 53, and 88, respectively. The album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

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In her lengthy career, Barbra Streisand has never shown much inclination to share the spotlight. In the movies, she must endure a leading man, but in her recordings, she has gone it alone for the most part. In 1978, however, a disc jockey edited together her and Neil Diamond’s recordings of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” and she and Diamond quickly cut a real duet, resulting in a number one hit. Thereafter, she cannily coaxed others into sharing the microphone, resulting in chart singles with Donna Summer, Barry Gibb, Kim Carnes, former boyfriend Don Johnson, Bryan Adams, and Celine Dion, and album tracks with Johnny Mathis, Michael Crawford, and Vince Gill. The material mostly consisted of mediocre adult contemporary ballads that were outshone by the star power of the singers.

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This album collects all those duets, plus a couple of newly recorded mediocre adult contemporary ballads sung with Barry Manilow and Josh Groban, and a few stray tracks from the 1960s and early ’70s when Streisand joined another singer. Her unsuitability to the duet format is repeatedly evidenced, as she seems virtually incapable of shutting up when her partner is trying to take a solo, invariably humming in the background to draw attention back to herself. The only real exception to this rule is the version of “I’ve Got a Crush on You” recorded for Frank Sinatra’s own Duets album, a track Streisand did not control. Naturally, the best performances occur when she is paired with a singer who is more than just a cipher — Sinatra, Ray Charles, or Judy Garland, the latter two in TV performances. Then, of course, there’s the medley of “One Less Bell to Answer” and “A House Is Not a Home” on which she finally finds the perfect duet partner, her overdubbed self! (by William Ruhlmann)

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Personnel:
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Tracklist:
01. I Won’t Be The One To Let You Go (w/Barry Manilow) (Marx/Manilow) (new recording; 2002) 4.40
02. Guilty (w/Barry Gibb) (B.Gibb/R.Gibb/M.Gibb) (1980) 4.25
03. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (w/Neil Diamond) (A.Bergman/M.Bergman/Diamond) (1978) 3.25
04. I Finally Found Someone (w/Bryan Adams) (Streisand/Hamlisch/Lane/Adams) (1996) 3.42
05. Cryin’ Time (w/Ray Charles) (Owens) (1991) 2.18
06. I’ve Got A Crush On You (w/Frank Sinatra) (G.Gershwin(I.Gershwin) (1993) 3.23
07. Tell Him (w/Celine Dion) (Foster/Thompson/Afanasieff) (1987) 4.53
08. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (w/Donna Summer) (Jabara/Roberts) (1979) 4.43
09. What Kind Of Fool (w/Barry Gibb) (B.Gibb/Galuten) (1989) 4.07
10. I Have A Love / One Hand, One Heart (w/Johnny Mathis) (Bernstein/Sondheim) (1993) 4.45
11. One Less Bell To Answer / A House Is Not A Home (Dubbed Duet) (Bacharach/David) (1971) 6.32
12. Lost Inside Of You (w/Kris Kristofferson) (Streisand/Russell) (1976) 2.55
13. Till I Loved You (w/Don Johnson) (Yeston) (1988) 4.17
14. Make No Mistake, He’s Mine (w/Kim Carnes) (Carnes) (1984) 4.11
15. If You Ever Leave Me (w/Vince Gill) (Marx) (1999) 4.38
16. The Music Of The Night (w/Michael Crawford) (Webber/Hart/Stilgoe) (1993) 5.38
17. Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (w/Harold Arlen) (Arlen/Harburg) (1966) 1.54
18. Get Happy / Happy Days Are Here Again (w/Judy Garland) (Arlen/Koehler/Yellen) (1963) 2.22
19. All I Know Of Love (w/Josh Grobin) (Foster/Thompson) (new recording; 2002) 4.29

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Jack DeJohnette – Works (1985)

LPFrontCover1Jack DeJohnette (born August 9, 1942) is an American jazz drummer, pianist, and composer.

An important figure of the fusion era of jazz, DeJohnette is one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th century, given his extensive work as leader and sideman for musicians including Charles Lloyd, Freddie Hubbard, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, John Abercrombie, Alice Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock and John Scofield. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2007. (wikipedia)

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Jack DeJohnette has, of course, been long known as the go-to drummer on practically every Keith Jarrett trio album ever to be released on ECM. But he has also led a phenomenal double life as a composer and bandleader, and his strengths in those capacities—along with his mastery of the kit—are highlighted in this compilation. For intensity of atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with “Bayou Fever.” The opening tune off 1978’s New Directions places him in the esteemed company of trumpeter Lester Bowie, guitarist John Abercrombie, and bassist Eddie Gomez. Against Abercrombie’s surreal backdrop, Bowie’s trumpeting is delirious yet lucid while the band pulls its blues from another dimension. Building tension without release, they sustain their balance over an expanse of marshland, amphibious dreams, and childhood memories. Two cuts from the output of DeJohnette’s Special Edition outfit reveal deeper layers of his craftwork. “One For Eric,” from the band’s 1980 self-titled debut, situates Arthur Blythe (alto saxophone), David Murray (bass clarinet), and Peter Warren (bass) in a classic eruption of creative magma and shows DeJohnette at his most cathartic. As does “The Gri Gri Man” (Tin Can Alley, 1981) at his most atmospheric. Featuring the man of the hour on congas, drums, organ, and timpani, it illustrates distant and arid terrain even as it carries a storm’s worth of rain in the heart.

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“To Be Continued,” from the 1981 album of the same name, reshuffles the deck and deals a new hand with guitarist Terje Rypdal and bassist Miroslav Vitous. As one of the most inspired combinations to spring from the mind of producer Manfred Eicher, it couldn’t not be represented here. Rypdal’s blue solar flares, in tandem with Vitous’s joyous extroversions, provide the very substance through which DeJohnette draws his continuous thread. A likeminded masterstroke is the Gateway trio with Abercrombie and bassist Dave Holland. Where the guitarist’s original “Unshielded Desire” (Gateway, 1975) is a duet with DeJohnette that finds the musicians speaking two dialects of the same fervent language, “Blue” (Gateway 2, 1978) swaps drums for piano in a lyrical love letter to time itself.

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Taken together, these selections offer a glimpse into a career that continues to evolve yet compresses it into an idol worthy of self-regard. Candid, rooted, and authentic are the names of the game. (Tyran Grillo)

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John Abercrombie (guitar on 01. + 05.,, mandolin on 01. + 06.)
Arthur Blythe (saxophone on 04.)
Lester Bowie (trumpet on 01.)
Eddie Gomez (bass on 01)
Dave Holland (bass on 06.)Jack DeJohnette (drums, percussion, organ on 02., piano on 06.)
David Murray (clarinet on 04.)
Terje Rypdal (guitar on 03.)
Miroslav Vitous (bass on 03.)
Peter Warren (bass on 04.)

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Tracklist:
01. Bayou Fever (1978) 8.45
02. The Gri Gri Man (1981) 4.51
03. To Be Continued (1981) 9.18
04. One For Eric (1980) 9.55
05. Unshielded Desire (1975) 4.54
06. Blue (1977) 8.14

Works is a series of ten albums which is being released on the occasion of ECM’s 15th anniversary. The series presents recordings of ten musicians who have been working with ECM from the beginning. The Works albums are available in a limited edition only.

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