Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 by with 0 comment

Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979) - 2Lp

Release: 1979
Genre:  Psychedelische rock
Format:  LP
Label:  Harvest Records
Catalog#  1A 15863410
Prijs:  €20,00

The Wall is the eleventh album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released as a double album on 30 November 1979, by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and by Columbia Records in the United States. It received an initially mixed critical response, though was commercially successful, reaching number 3 on the UK Albums Chart, and topping the US Billboard 200 chart for 15 weeks. The album is considered one of the most recognisable concept albums. It is the band's second best selling album (after The Dark Side of the Moon) and one of the best selling albums of all time. In 1982, it was adapted into a feature film of the same name.
Bass guitarist and lyricist Roger Waters conceived the album as a rock opera during Pink Floyd's 1977 In the Flesh Tour, when his frustration with the audience became so acute that he spat on them. Its story, which follows themes of abandonment and personal isolation, explores Pink, a character whom Waters modeled after himself and the band's original leader Syd Barrett. Pink's life begins with the loss of his father during the Second World War, and continues with abuse from his schoolteachers, an overprotective mother, and the breakdown of his marriage; all contribute to his eventual self-imposed isolation from society, represented by a metaphorical wall. The band, who were then struggling with personal and financial difficulties, supported the idea. Waters enlisted an outside collaborator, Canadian producer Bob Ezrin, due to his need for somebody who he felt was "musically and intellectually" similar to himself, as well as a helping hand for the cumbersome amount of material that was written. Recording lasted from December 1978 to November 1979, with stops in France, England, New York, and Los Angeles. Waters' song "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" became the band's first and only chart-topper when released as the album's lead single. Two songs co-written by guitarist David Gilmour, "Run Like Hell" and "Comfortably Numb", were also issued as singles.
The Wall remains the last studio album released with the 11-year-spanning line-up of Waters, Gilmour, keyboardist Rick Wright, and drummer Nick Mason. Wright was unceremoniously fired from the band by Waters during its production, but stayed as a salaried musician, performing with Pink Floyd on their subsequent live tour.

Side A
A1. In the Flesh?  (3:19)
A2. The Thin Ice (2:27)
A3. Another Brick in the Wall Part 1 (3:21)
A4. The Happiest Days of Our Lives (1:46)
A5. Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (4:00)
A6. Mother (5:36)

Side B
B1. Goodbye Blue Sky (2:45)
B2. Empty Spaces (2:10)
B3. Young Lust (3:25)
B4. One of My Turns (3:35)
B5. Don’t Leave Me Now (4:16)
B6. Another Brick in the Wall Part 3 (1:14)
B7. Goodbye Cruel World (1:13)

Side C
C1. Hey You (4:40)
C2. Is There Anybody Out There? (2:44)
C3. Nobody Home (3:26)
C4. Vera (1:35)
C5. Bring the Boys Back Home (1:21)
C6. Comfortably Numb (6:24)

Side D
D1. The Show Must Go On (1:36)
D2. In the Flesh (4:13)
D3. Run Like Hell (4:19)
D4. Waiting for the Worms (4:04)
D5. Stop (0:30)
D6. The Trial (5:13)
D7. Outside the Wall (1:41)

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Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by with 0 comment

Yannis Markopoulos - Who Pays The Ferryman? (1977) - Lp

Release: 1977
Genre:  Soundtrack TV Serie / Grieks
Format: LP
Label:  PYE Records
Catalog#  REB 315
Prijs:  € 10,00

Who Pays the Ferryman? is a television series produced by the BBC in 1977. The title of the series refers to the ancient religious belief and mythology of Charon the ferryman to Hades. In ancient times, it was the custom to place coins in or on the mouth of the deceased before cremation so that the deceased could pay the ferryman to go to Hades.
In 1977 he composed the music for the BBC television series Who Pays the Ferryman?

Side A
A1.  Who Pays The Ferryman?  (2:40)
A2.  Shadows Of The Moon  (3:14)
A3.  Annika's Theme  (6:35)
A4.  Fanfare For Charon  (2:40)
A5.  Thalassa (The Sea)  (3:20)

Side B
B1.  Rebel Minds  (3:20)
B2.  The Canyon  (3:55)
B3.  Angel With A Gun  (3:15)
B4.  Minoic Dance  (3:18)
B5.  Erofile  (2:36)
B6.  Matala  (2:47)

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed



Published Friday, December 08, 2017 by with 0 comment

Gino Vannelli - A Pauper In Paradise (1977) - Lp

Release: 1977
Genre:  Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#   AMLH 64664
Prijs:  €10,00

Much as with his previous album The Gist of the Gemini this album concludes with the title suite,in four movements. It is a full blown classic piece-moving yes but certainly a bit of an about face even for an artist as gifted and creative as Vannelli was.
Generally speaking this is where Gino Vannelli finally perfected his blend of jazz-fusion and progressive R&B.Songs such as the upbeat "Madri Gras" and "A Song And Dance" are two of his best contributions to the form. My favorite song here is probably the bass-ARP funk-pop hump of "Valleys Of Vahalla" which is set to the most unusual lyric for a song of this type;typical of Gino's unconventional musical bent. The same combination of music and tempo is heard on the bouncy "One Night With You" wheras "The Surest Things Can Change" and "Black And Blue" are two of his best ballads-the later being a great blend of vocal and musical experimentation that you will enjoy thinking about.
One listen to Mardi Gras and you can see how Gino Vannelli manage to gain and keep his legions of fans. With a voice so powerful and full of character,the sounds that come out of this man's mouth are at times funny because you just know he's feelin' what he's throwing down ! "One night with you" is another example of Gino Vannelli's "vocal awesomeness". "Song and Dance" is an introduction of sorts welcoming the "audience" if you will to the "Greatest Show On Earth" with Gino as our musical ring master. Nearing the closing of this musical journey,there are some instrumentals of the classical kind.
What is the most interesting thing is that 'A Pauper In Paradise' is essencially the last album Vannelli would produce in this particular style;in the future Gino would persue a more coherant,superbly crafted musical direction then his ARP synthesizer-charged brand of Stevie Wonderish R&B/fusion of this and the previous three albums before it.

Side A
A1.  Mardi Gras  (3:26)
A2.  Valleys of Valhalla  (4:23)
A3.  The Surest Things Can Change  (4:35)
A4.  One Night with You  (4:18)
A5.  A Song and Dance  (3:37)

Side B
B1.  Black and Blue  (4:21)
B2.  A Pauper in Paradise (In Four Movements)  (15:14)

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed



Published Thursday, December 07, 2017 by with 0 comment

The Eagles - Hotel California (1976) - Lp

Release: 1976
Genre:  Country Rock 
Format:  LP
Label:  Asylum Records
Catalog#   AS 53051
Prijs:  €10,00

Hotel California is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Eagles, and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Three singles were released from the album, each reaching high in the Billboard Hot 100: "New Kid in Town" (number 1), "Hotel California" (number 1), and "Life in the Fast Lane" (number 11).
The album was recorded by Bill Szymczyk at the Criteria and Record Plant studios between March and October 1976, and then released on Asylum in December. It was their first album with guitarist Joe Walsh, who had replaced founding member Bernie Leadon, and is the last album to feature bassist Randy Meisner.
After Bernie Leadon who was the principal country influence in the band left, the band made a conscious decision to move away from country rock in this album, and wrote some songs that are more rock & roll, songs such as "Victim of Love" and "Life in the Fast Lane". Leadon was replaced by Joe Walsh who provided the opening guitar riff of "Life in the Fast Lane" that was then developed into the song. The title for "Life in the Fast Lane" was inspired by a conversation between Frey and his drug dealer during a high speed car ride.
The melody of the first song written for the album, the title song "Hotel California", was written by Don Felder. Frey wanted to write a song that is "more cinematic" and to write it "just like it was a movie". Henley noted that hotel had become a "literal and symbolic focal point of their lives at that time", and wrote of most the lyrics, seeking inspiration driving out into the desert and from films and theatre.
Glenn Frey on the "Hotel California" episode of In the Studio with Redbeard spoke about the writing of "The Last Resort". Frey said that it was "the first time that Don took it upon himself to write an epic story and we were already starting to worry about the environment… we're constantly screwing up paradise and that was the point of the song and that at some point there is going to be no more new frontiers. I mean we're putting junk, er, garbage into space now."
The front cover is a photograph of the Beverly Hills Hotel by David Alexander. The album topped the charts and won the band two Grammy Awards for "Hotel California" and "New Kid in Town". The album was nominated for Album of the Year.

Side A
A1. Hotel California   (6:30)
A2. New Kid in Town   (5:03)
A3. Life in the Fast Lane   (4:46)
A4. Wasted Time   (4:55)

Side B
B1. Wasted Time (Reprise) (Instrumental)   (1:22)
B2. Victim of Love   (4:11)
B3. Pretty Maids All in a Row   (3:58)
B4. Try and Love Again   (5:10)
B5. The Last Resort   (7:28)

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Lichte Gebruikerssporen



Published Wednesday, December 06, 2017 by with 0 comment

The Kinks - Schoolboys In Disgrace (1975) - Lp

Release: 1975
Genre:  Pop, Rock 
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  LPL1-5102
Prijs:  € 10,00

Schoolboys in Disgrace or The Kinks Present Schoolboys in Disgrace is a 1975 concept album by the Kinks.
Ray Davies had indulged himself one time too often with Soap Opera, and his bandmates, namely brother Dave and founding member Mick Avory, revolted, insisting that their sixth RCA album sound more like a Kinks album (certainly, that's something RCA wanted too). So, Davies designed their next album as a return to a simpler, band-oriented sound. Of course, he didn't jettison his love for conceptual works, so Schoolboys in Disgrace was born.
Working under the presumption that a return to simple rock demanded a simple theme, Davies constructed the album as a nostalgic trip through childhood, reviving '50s rock & roll (including the occasional doo wop harmony) for the album's foundation, then turning the amps up high. There's no actual story per se -- it's a series of vignettes, like a coming-of-age film. As such, it's intermittently successful, on both the hard rock ("Jack the Idiot Dunce") and ballads ("The First Time We Fall in Love"), but it's way too campy for anyone outside of the dedicated.
And that campiness is all the stranger when married to thundering arena rock; at least with Preservation, the vaudeville made sense in context, but here, the Kinks are pulling in two separate ways, and Schoolboys winds up as one of their least satisfying albums as a result.
The front cover was illustrated by Mickey Finn of T. Rex. It later appeared on NME's list of the '50 worst covers of all time'

Side one
1. Schooldays  (3:32) 
2. Jack The Idiot Dunce  (3:20) 
3. Education  (7:07) 
4. The First Time We Fall In Love  (4:02) 

Side two
1. I’m In Disgrace  (3:21) 
2. Headmaster  (4:03) 
3. The Hard Way  (2:35) 
4. The Last Assembly  (2:45) 
5. No More Looking Back  (4:27) 
6. Finale  1:03

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed



Published Sunday, December 03, 2017 by with 0 comment

Olivia Newton-John - Totally Hot (1978) - Lp

Release: 1978
Genre:    Pop, Adult Contemporary
Format: LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  5C 062-61813
Prijs:  € 10,00

Totally Hot is one of the most fun albums from Olivia Newton John. Total abandon is its trademark, the atmosphere lightened up a bit, and from top to bottom it is one of her most satisfying projects. "Please Don't Keep Me Waiting" is a girl group all grown up. Is it Newton-John's voice or Michael Botticker's synthesizer at the end of the first track? A little jarring for her country audience, but she takes care of them on "Dancin' 'Round and 'Round," a wonderful country-pop tune and quick about face. As with the Let Me Be There release, her name is prominently splashed on the cover and the tan background suits her well, with the mysterious look with the kerchief on the inside cover as playful as the music. David Foster, Steve Lukather, and Tom Snow add their talents to the project, but it is Newton-John, with the guidance of John Farrar, who really shines here.
Her own "Talk to Me" is bouncy adult contemporary, but it is the two hit singles which, naturally, stand out. Tom Snow's "Deeper Than the Night" was a nice musical departure for the singer, with its strong piano reflecting the melody. Along with the John Farrar smash "A Little More Love," those involved showed that Olivia Newton-John could move beyond the three huge hits from the film Grease which saturated the airwaves in 1978. "A Little More Love" went Top Three in December of 1978, with "Deeper Than the Night" hovering around the Top Ten in May of 1979.
"Borrowed Time" is more country-pop and is one of the more serious tracks on the album. The cover of Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'," on the other hand, is as close to a drunken party as one will get on a Newton-John album. Jimmy Miller, producer of the original 1967 hit, would probably approve of the spirit -- it is definitely more fun than the Blues Brothers' version which charted three years after this.
John Farrar actually pens three songs in a row on Totally Hot, including the title track, and with Newton-John's two contributions, the songstress and her producer compose half of this album. That the prolific John Farrar didn't contribute more to these albums shows how careful they were about material, but "Never Enough" is stunning, and maybe Newton-John will take on the Marvin, Welch, & Farrar songbook sometime in the future.
The precision on the verse and chorus make for a beautiful album track, lyrics that flow perfectly on the singer's voice. The title track is funky and the big mistake on this disc is that Dr. John isn't performing a duet with Newton-John on this New Orleans adventure. The cover of Eric Carmen's "Boats Against the Current" is a nice feather in his cap. It's a dramatic reading that shows the other side of this recording.
The Olivia Newton-John catalog runs deep, and Totally Hot is one of the more consistently entertaining albums in the collection.

Side one
1.  Please Don’t Keep Me Waiting  (5:48) 
2.  Dancin’ ‘Round And ‘Round   (3:58)   
3.  Talk To Me  (3:27)
4.  Deeper Than The Night  (3:35)
5.  Borrowed Time  (3:36) 

Side two
1. A Little More Love  (3:27) 
2. Never Enough  (4:10)
3. Totally Hot  (3:11) 
4. Boats Against The Current  (3:56) 
5. Gimme Some Lovin’  (4:11) 

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Published Sunday, December 03, 2017 by with 0 comment

Silver Convention - Save Me (1975) - Lp

Release: 1975
Genre: Disco
Format: LP
Label:  Papillon Records
Catalog#  PAPL 1801

Prijs:  € 10,00

Silver Convention was a West German Euro disco recording act of the 1970s. The group was originally named Silver Bird Convention or Silver Bird.
The group was initiated in Munich by producers and songwriters Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze. The group was named after Levay, "Silver" being Levay's nickname. Kunze had in the late 1960s been a pop lyricist who wrote protest songs in German; when these tunes went out of style, he began producing pop records and commercials. Levay had developed a taste for American music while growing up in Yugoslavia, eventually becoming a music arranger and lyricist.
Using female session vocalists Gitta Walther, Lucy Neale, Betsy Allen, Roberta Kelly, and Jackie Carter for their first recordings, they scored a successful single in the United Kingdom in 1975 with the song "Save Me", which peaked at #30. They were only a studio group; Levay and Kunze realized then that they would need to find professional entertainers for presentation to the public. Penny McLean, Ramona Wulf and Linda G. Thompson, three tall and slender performers, became the public face of Silver Convention.
Save Me (originally released as: Silver Convention) is the debut studio album by Silver Convention, a German Euro disco group consisting of three female vocalists (Linda G. Thompson, Penny McLean and Jackie Carter).
In 1975, Munich was quickly becoming one of Europe's top cities for disco. It was also in 1975 that the Munich-based Silver Convention hit big with "Fly, Robin, Fly", one of the gems that defined the Euro-disco sound. Some listeners were happy just having the "Fly, Robin, Fly" single, but for serious Euro-disco enthusiasts, the Silver Convention's debut album Save Me is essential. While American radio stuck to "Fly, Robin, Fly," dance-club DJs also found a lot to admire about glossy, strings-laden ear candy like "Tiger Baby," "I Like It," and "Another Girl.

Side one
1. Save Me  (4:18) 
2. Like It  (5:00) 
3. Fly, Robin, Fly  (5:35) 
4. Tiger Baby  (4:16)

Side two
1. Son Of A Gun  (3:55) 
2. Always Another Girl  (4:02) 
3. Chains Of Love  (4:10) 
4. Heart Of Stone  (4:12) 
5. Please Don’t Change The Chords Of This Song  (4:57)

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Cover: Goed



Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 by with 0 comment

Het Simplisties Verbond - Op Hun Pik Getrapt (1980) - Lp

Release: 1980
Genre:  Nederlandstalig, Komedie
Format:  LP
Label:  Simelpee Records
Catalog# SV4
Prijs:  €10,00

Het Simplisties Verbond is een min of meer fictieve organisatie, ontsproten aan het brein van het komieke duo Van Kooten en De Bie, die als directeuren van het verbond heer Koot en heer Bie genoemd werden. Ondanks dat het fictief was, stond er op veel producten van het duo toch aangegeven dat het auteursrecht aan het Simplisties Verbond toebehoorde.
"Op Hun Pik Getrapt" is de titel van het vierde album van het Simplistisch Verbond. De plaat bevat onder meer het lijflied van de Tegenpartij (met medewerking van het Haags Haringkoor).

Side one
1.   Bepaalde Dingetjes – Koot En Bie Palen Af   (14:36)
2.   Doomed To Disco – Koot En Bie Strekken De Beentjes   (4:44)
3.   De Eerste Rond – Men Ruikt Aan De Stelling   (11:12)
4.   Bie’s – Voor Haar   (2:00)

Side two
1.   Tweede Ronde – Men Verschilt Van Mening   (6:36)
2.   Pappa Rookt Niet Meer – Theo Rijnmond En Anne-Marie Zieck   (4:10)
3.   De Voorlopige Aanslag – F. Jacobse En Tedje Van Es Maken Hun Balans Op   (9:44)
4.   De Tegenpartij – Het Lijflied Van Alle Vrije Jongens (Choir: Haags Haringkoor)   (2:48)

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed



Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by with 0 comment

The Pretenders - Get Close (1986) - Lp

Release: 1986
Genre:  Pop, Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  WEA Records
Catalog#  240976-1
Prijs:  €10,00

Get Close is the fourth album by rock group The Pretenders, released in 1986. The album contains the band's two biggest Mainstream Rock Tracks chart hits, "Don't Get Me Wrong" and "My Baby", both of which reached #1.
Get Close was recorded during a particularly transitional period of the band's career, featuring a variety of sessions and multiple personnel. The first of its recording sessions, produced by Steve Lillywhite, featured the Learning to Crawl lineup put together by Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers (following the deaths of fellow founding Pretenders James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon) which featured guitarist Robbie McIntosh and bass guitarist Malcolm Foster (plus the band's touring keyboard player Rupert Black). This resulted in a cover version of Jimi Hendrix's "Room Full of Mirrors". Shortly after the session Hynde decided that Chambers' playing had deteriorated. "Martin was playing crap. Martin just fucking lost it. And to think about it, why shouldn’t he have lost it? He’d just lost his two best friends. I was insane. I was traumatised. But you don’t know it at the time. I was trying to keep my shit together. To be honest Martin was playing crap and I knew musically I was losing my inspiration. But I’d tried too hard and come too far to let it all go, so Martin went instead."[7]
Having fired Chambers from the band, Hynde was left as the only remaining original member. With Foster's departure shortly afterwards, this left the band without a rhythm section. With Jimmy Iovine and Bob Clearmountain taking over production duties, about half of the album was recorded by Hynde and McIntosh with high-profile session players. Bass guitar was provided by Bruce Thomas (of The Attractions), Chucho Merchán and John McKenzie, and drums by Simon Phillips, Steve Jordan and Mel Gaynor of Simple Minds, with assorted keyboards and synthesizers provided by Tommy Mandel, Patrick Seymour, Funkadelic's Bernie Worrell, Bruce Brody (ex-Patti Smith Band) and Paul Wickens. Carlos Alomar made further contributions on percussion and synthesizer programming.
The later album sessions featured contributions from two further musicians - former James Brown bass guitarist T.M. Stevens and ex-Haircut One Hundred drummer Blair Cunningham. Towards the end of the sessions, Stevens and Cunningham were recruited into the band full-time. On release, Get Close was credited to a formal Pretenders lineup of Hynde, McIntosh, Stevens and Cunningham, despite the latter two members only having played on half of the album. All four musicians appeared on the album cover art, as had been the case with previous Pretenders albums. Unlike previous albums, however, this time Hynde was the only member pictured on the front cover, emphasizing her dominance of the band (as would be the case with all subsequent Pretenders album art).
In comparison to the New Wave stylings of the first three Pretenders albums, Get Close had a strong funk element (partially due to the substantial session contributions from American funk, soul and rhythm and blues players).
The album also featured Pretenders' first power ballad: "Hymn to Her", a paean to femaleness written by Hynde's former schoolfriend Meg Keene. The band also recorded a Carlos Alomar song, "Light of the Moon".

Side one
1. My Baby (4:07)
2. When I Change My Life (3:38)
3. Light of the Moon (3:57)
4. Dance! (6:46)
5. Tradition of Love (5:27)

Side two
1. Don’t Get Me Wrong (3:46)
2. I Remember You (2:38)
3. How Much Did You Get for Your Soul? (3:48)
4. Chill Factor (3:27)
5. Hymn to Her (4:58)
6. Room Full of Mirrors (4:44)

Vinyl: goed
Cover: goed



Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by with 0 comment

Queen - News Of The World (1977) - Lp

Release: 1977
Genre:  Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  5C 062-60033
Prijs:  €10,00

News of the World is the sixth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 28 October 1977 by EMI Records.
If Day at the Races was a sleek, streamlined album, its 1977 successor, News of the World, was its polar opposite, an explosion of styles that didn't seem to hold to any particular center. It's front-loaded with two of Queen's biggest anthems -- the stomping, stadium-filling chant "We Will Rock You" and its triumphant companion, "We Are the Champions" -- which are quickly followed by the ferocious "Sheer Heart Attack," a frenzied rocker that hits harder than anything on the album that shares its name (a remarkable achievement in itself).
Three songs, three quick shifts in mood, but that's hardly the end of it. As the News rolls on, you're treated to the arch, campy crooning of "My Melancholy Blues," a shticky blues shuffle in "Sleeping on the Sidewalk," and breezy Latin rhythms on "Who Needs You." Then there's the neo-disco of "Fight from the Inside," which is eclipsed by the mechanical funk of "Get Down, Make Love," a dirty grind that's stripped of sensuality.
That cold streak on "Get Down, Make Love" runs through the album as a whole. Despite the explosion of sounds and rhythms, this album doesn't add up to party thanks to that slightly distancing chilly vibe that hangs over the album. Nevertheless, many of these songs work well on their own as entities, so there is plenty to savor here, especially from Brian May.
Whether he's doing the strangely subdued eccentric English pop "All Dead, All Dead" or especially the majestic yet nimble rocker "It's Late," he turns in work that gives this album some lightness, which it needs. And that's the reason News of the World was a monster hit despite its coldness -- when it works, it's massive, earth-shaking rock & roll, the sound of a band beginning to revel in its superstardom.

Side one
1. We Will Rock You    (2:01)
2. We Are the Champions   (2:59)
3. Sheer Heart Attack”   (3:26)
4. All Dead, All Dead   (3:10)
5. Spread Your Wings    (4:34)
6. Fight from the Inside   (3:03)

Side two
1. Get Down, Make Love    (3:51)
2. Sleeping on the Sidewalk   (3:06)
3. Who Needs You    (3:05)
4. It’s Late   (6:26)
5. My Melancholy Blues   (3:29)

Vinyl: goed
Hoes: goed

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by with 0 comment

Loverboy - Get Lucky (1981) - Lp

Release: 1981
Genre:  Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  CBS 85402
Prijs:  €10,00

Loverboy is a Canadian rock band formed in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta. Loverboy's hit singles, particularly "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend", have become arena rock staples and are still heard on many classic rock and classic hits radio stations across Canada. The band is based in Vancouver.
After making a promising start with their self-titled debut, Loverboy hit the big time in 1981 with Get Lucky. This canny combination of AOR hooks and new wave production gloss boasts some memorable radio-ready tunes but isn't as solid an album as its success might lead one to believe. The best tunes on Get Lucky were the songs that became its hit singles: "Working for the Weekend" is a party anthem that blends some gutsy hard-rock guitar riffs with a synthesizer-drenched new wave rhythm arrangement to become a huge hit, while "The Lucky Ones" layers clever lyrics about the jealousy that success inspires in others over a song that mixes pomp rock grandeur with a punchy AOR arrangement full of gutsy yet slick guitar riffs. Loverboy got additional airplay with "When It's Over," a moody power ballad that boasts a show-stoppingly emotional vocal performance from Mike Reno, and "Take Me to the Top," a sleek mid-tempo piece built on a hypnotic synthesizer arrangement. The rest of Get Lucky isn't as impressive as these hits because it relies on filler to pad the album out: "Gangs in the Street" is an overwrought song about street tensions whose lyrics are melodramatic to the point of being unintentionally funny, and "Emotional" is a sloppy bar band jam with annoyingly sexist lyrics and an awful vocal from Paul Dean. Due to this overabundance of less than stellar tracks, Get Lucky fails to be as consistent a listen as Loverboy or Keep It Up, but offers enough solid tracks to please the group's fans and AOR fanatics. Other listeners may want to check out the album's highlights on a compilation before picking it up.

Side one
1. Working for the Weekend  (3:42)
2. When It's Over (5:08)
3. Jump (3:41)
4. Gangs in the Street (4:35)
5. Emotional (4:55)

Side two
1. Lucky Ones (3:51)
2. It's Your Life (4:05)
3. Watch Out (4:02)
4. Take Me to the Top (6:13)

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed



Published Sunday, November 26, 2017 by with 0 comment

The Rolling Stones - Undercover (1983) - Lp

Release: The Rolling Stones
Genre:  Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  Rolling Stones Records
Catalog#  1A 064-1654361
Prijs:  €10,00

Undercover is the 17th British and 19th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1983. After their preceding studio album, Tattoo You (1981), which was mostly patched together from a selection of outtakes, Undercover was their first release of all new recordings in the 1980s. With the advent of the MTV generation, the band attempted to re-invent themselves for a new era. It was the last Rolling Stones album to be released in Ian Stewart's lifetime.
As the Rolling Stones' most ambitious album since Some Girls, Undercover is a weird, wild mix of hard rock, new wave pop, reggae, dub, and soul. Even with all the careening musical eclecticism, what distinguishes Undercover is its bleak, nihilistic attitude -- it's teeming with sickness, with violence, kinky sex, and loathing dripping from almost every song.
"Undercover of the Night" slams with echoing guitars and rubbery basslines, as Jagger gives a feverish litany of sex, corruption, and suicide. It set the tone for the rest of the album, whether it's the runaway nymphomaniac of "She Was Hot" or the ridiculous slasher imagery of "Too Much Blood." Only Keith's "Wanna Hold You" offers a reprieve from the carnage, and its relentless bloodletting makes the album a singularly fascinating listen.
For some observers, that mixture was nearly too difficult to stomach, but for others, it's a fascinating record, particularly since much of its nastiness feels as if the Stones, and Jagger and Richards in particular, are running out of patience with each other.

Side one
1. Undercover of the Night   (4:31)
2. She Was Hot   (4:40)
3. Tie You Up (The Pain of Love)   (4:16)
4. Wanna Hold You   (3:52)
5. Feel On Baby   (5:03)

Side two
1. Too Much Blood   (6:14)
2. Pretty Beat Up (4:03)
3. Too Tough   (3:52)
4. All the Way Down   (3:12)
5. It Must Be Hell   (5:03)

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Published Sunday, November 26, 2017 by with 0 comment

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasure Dome (1984) - Lp

Release:  Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Genre:  Synth-pop
Format:  2LP
Label:  ZTT Records
Catalog#  302417
Prijs:  €20,00

Welcome to the Pleasuredome is the debut studio album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, first released by ZTT and Island Records on 29 October 1984. Originally issued as a vinyl double album, it was assured of a UK chart entry at number one due to reported advance sales of over one million.
While commercially successful, the album also drew criticism for containing new versions of all of the songs from the group's (already much-remixed) hit singles from the same year ("Relax" and "Two Tribes", plus B-side "War"), as well as a surfeit of cover versions in lieu of much new original material. It was later revealed that Trevor Horn's production dominated the record so thoroughly that the band's own instrumental performances were often replaced by session musicians or Horn himself.
However, the album's evergreen ballad "The Power of Love" subsequently provided the group with their third consecutive UK number one single.
Strip away all the hype, controversy, and attendant craziness surrounding Frankie -- most of which never reached American shores, though the equally bombastic "Relax" and "Two Tribes" both charted well -- and Welcome to the Pleasuredome holds up as an outrageously over-the-top, bizarre, but fun release. Less well known but worthwhile cuts include by-definition-camp "Krisco Kisses" and "The Only Star in Heaven," while U.K. smash "The Power of Love" is a gloriously insincere but still great hyper-ballad with strings from Anne Dudley.
In truth, the album's more a testament to Trevor Horn's production skills than anything else. To help out, he roped in a slew of Ian Dury's backing musicians to provide the music, along with a guest appearance from his fellow Yes veteran Steve Howe on acoustic guitar that probably had prog rock fanatics collapsing in apoplexy. The end result was catchy, consciously modern -- almost to a fault -- arena-level synth rock of the early '80s that holds up just fine today, as much an endlessly listenable product of its times as the Chinn/Chapman string of glam rock hits from the early '70s.
Certainly the endless series of pronouncements from a Ronald Reagan impersonator throughout automatically date the album while lending it a giddy extra layer of appeal. Even the series of covers on the album at once make no sense and plenty of it all at once. While Edwin Starr's "War" didn't need redoing, Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" becomes a ridiculously over-the-top explosion that even outrocks the Boss.
As the only member of the band actually doing anything the whole time (Paul Rutherford pipes up on backing vocals here and there), Holly Johnson needs to make a mark and does so with appropriately leering passion.

Side one
1.   Well…   (0:55)
2.   The World Is My Oyster   (1:02)
3.   Snatch of Fury (Stay)   (0:36)
4.   Welcome to the Pleasuredome   (12:58)

Side two
1.   Relax (Come Fighting)   (3:56)
2.   War (…and Hide)   (6:12)
3.   Two Tribes (For the Victims of Ravishment)   (3:23)
4.   The Last Voice   (0:35)

Side three
1.   Ferry (Go)   (1:49)
2.   Born to Run   (3:56)
3.   San Jose (The Way)   (3:09)
4.   Wish (The Lads Were Here)   (2:48)
5.   The Ballad of 32   (4:47)

Side four
1.   Krisco Kisses   (2:57)
2.   Black Night White Light   (4:05)
3.   The Only Star in Heaven   (4:16)
4.   The Power of Love   (5:28)
5.   Bang   (1:08)

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Published Saturday, November 25, 2017 by with 0 comment

Grace Jones - Living My Life (1982) - Lp

Release: 1982
Genre:  Reggae
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  204753
Prijs:  € 10,00

Living My Life is the sixth studio album by Grace Jones, released in 1982. It was the last of three albums she recorded at the Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas.
Jones had already recorded two reggae-oriented albums with the Compass Point All Stars at the Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, with the most recent, Nightclubbing, becoming her most successful record to date. She went back into the studio in 1982 to record an album which would be her final offering in the unofficial Compass Point trilogy. This time around, Jones recorded only one cover, "The Apple Stretching", which was originally written by Melvin Van Peebles and used in the Broadway show Waltz of the Stork. "Nipple to the Bottle" was co-written with Sly Dunbar, while, apart from "My Jamaican Guy", the other tracks were collaborations with Barry Reynolds.
The title track "Living My Life", despite receiving a limited single release, was ultimately left off the album. Further outtakes included the track "Man Around the House" (written by Jones and Barry Reynolds), and a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire".

Side one
1. My Jamaican Guy (6:00)
2. Nipple to the Bottle (5:55)
3. The Apple Stretching (7:08)

Side two
1. Everybody Hold Still (3:10)
2. Cry Now, Laugh Later (5:00)
3. Inspiration (4:35)
4. Unlimited Capacity for Love (5:45)

Published Saturday, November 25, 2017 by with 0 comment

Toto - Isolation (1984) - Lp

Release: 1984
Genre:  Pop, Rock
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  86305
Prijs:  €10,00

Isolation is the Gold-certified fifth studio album by Toto, released on October 18, 1984. This was one of two albums the band made with Fergie Frederiksen as the primary vocalist, the other being their soundtrack to Dune.
Having traded in lead singer Bobby Kimball for Fergie Frederiksen, a smooth tenor wailer in the tradition of Journey's Steve Perry, Toto proceeded to follow its power ballad smash Toto IV with a Journey clone album, minus the aching ballads that had made Journey such a success.
A workout for drummer Jeff Porcaro, keyboardist David Paich, and guitarist Steve Lukather, Isolation was anything but the kind of record those millions who had loved "Rosanna" were waiting for. It seemed intended to restore the bandmembers' heady studio reputations as hard rock technicians, which it did by dispensing with the elements that finally had made the band a big success in 1982.
Frederiksen, singing lead on seven of the ten tracks, replaced original Toto vocalist Bobby Kimball while the band was in the recording process for the album. Kimball had recorded vocals for some of the album's tracks prior to his termination; sources differ on how many - Kimball says most of the album, whereas David Paich and Steve Lukather say around 3 or 4 songs. Some of Kimball's background vocals can be heard on the record, such as in their single "Stranger in Town", and at least one song, "Lion", had a demo recording with Kimball on lead vocals before being re-recorded with Frederiksen

Side one
1.  Carmen   (3:25)
2.  Lion   (4:46)
3.  Stranger in Town   (4:47)
4.  Angel Don’t Cry   (4:21)
5.  How Does It Feel   (3:50)

Side two
1.  Endless   (3:40)
2.  Isolation   (4:04)
3.  Mr. Friendly   (4:22)
4.  Change of Heart   (4:08)
5.  Holyanna   (4:19)