I feel a little bit guilty because I never posted a proper disco ballad. Please enjoy this beautiful song by American singer Phyllis Nelson. After working and recording on several disco records in the late 70’s she written and recorded this song in 1984. It was her biggest hit. Produced by Yves Dessca and mixed by Jon Glass.
Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer (New Mix) (Discogs)
Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline in Scotland. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album “The Crossing” selling over 2 million copies and driving the record to 3 Grammy nominations in the USA. The second album “Steeltown” debuted at number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles “Ease Of Eden”, “Where The Rose Is Sown” and “Just A Shadow“. Both albums were produced by English Steve Lillywhite. If you care, here you can hear directly from him some talkings about the making of the first album.
Big Country – Just A Shadow (Extended Remix) (Discogs)
In 1985, Mick Jagger released his first solo album “She’s The Boss”. It was produced by Jagger himself with Bill Laswell and Nile Rodgers and included an incredible (and endless) list of guests: Pete Townshend, Sly & Robbie, Bernard Edwards, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock and Michael Shrieve. Just to name a few. To promote the album, Jagger made videos with Julien Temple for five of his album’s nine songs and later the footage became the (bad) homemovie “Running Out Of Luck“: which featured Mick as the main actor and Dennis Hopper, Rae Dawn Chong and Jerry Hall as co-starrings. “Lucky In Love” was the second single from the album, with guests Jeff Beck on guitar, Wally Badarou on Keyboards, Guy Fletcher and Herbie Hancock at the synthesizers. Extended remix by François Kevorkian and Ron St. Germain.
Mick Jagger – Lucky In Love (Extended Version) (Discogs)
Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band, formed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England, composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass). All of them came from working class West Indian immigrant families, and none had much musical experience. They took some time to improve their technical proficiency, often on Roots inspired material by the Wailers, Burning Spear and several other prominent Jamaican artists. Thanks to the punk movement they started having gigs, the group wound up as an opening act for punk and new wave bands like the Clash, the Police and XTC, and built a broad-based audience in the process. Trough the years they gained more popularity and evolved their style having their peak when, in 1987, they won the “Best Reggae Album” at the Grammy Awards. “Reaching Out” is a single from the 1988 album “State Of Emergency”: probably their more pop/disco oriented work. The song is produced by Godwin Logie and remixed by Timmy Regisford.
Steel Pulse – Reaching Out (Extended Version) (Discogs)
It’s all about the guitar of Paul Reynolds and the haircut of Mike Score. The first element was the magic, the second was the ruin for the British band A Flock Of Seagulls. I know the 80’s was a bad period for fashion but do you really remember his hair cut? “Space Age Love Song” is a personal guilty pleasure, and in case you didn’t get it, it’s all about the sound of the guitar of Paul Reynolds.
A Flock Of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song (Extended) (Discogs)
“Cheri” was a Canadian female disco duo who released two albums before breaking up in 1983. One half was Rosalind Hunt, daughter of a certain Geraldine. “Working Girl” was the last single of the Duo and was written by Geraldine; who also wrote most of the tracks for the gals. This long version is by the one and only Shep Pettibone.
Cheri – Working Girl (Long Version) (Discogs)
Ian McCulloch, in 1988 left Echo & The Bunnymen and started working on his first solo album. As he reports, he was a fan of New Order and you can clearly hear it in this single from the Lp: the guitar, the synths, probably everything sounds as a New Order track. Anyway the result is astounding. Remix duties by Mark Saunders.
Ian McCulloch – Faith & Healing (The Carpenter’s Son Mix) (Discogs)