Wants

Hi again. My previous post got me wondering if anyone out there has the CDs that I am looking for, or knows where I can buy any of them. At present, I am looking for:

MANDOO: Sweet Bitter Love
SMOOTH REUNION: Scandinavian Bus Mentality
THE NORWEGIAN FORDS: Somewhere Down The Road You’ll Listen
THE NORWEGIAN FORDS: s/t

Anything you can do to help would be great. Incidentally, I already have copies of these albums, I’m looking for the original CDs.

 

Smooth Reunion: Cleaning Up The Business (2008)

So, here’s a great album. Smooth indeed, in a Steely Dan style. The album came out in 2008, after the release of the ‘Scandinavian Bus Mentality’ EP the previous year. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ve heard anything from either of these guys since. This is a great pity, this is a fantastic album and I can’t help feeling they would be hugely popular in today’s Yacht Rock fraternity.

This is the Japanese version of the CD, so there is an extra track (#11) at the end called ‘The Believer’s Key’.

Incidentally, I am looking for the aforementioned ‘Scandinavian Bus Mentality’ EP. If anyone out there has an original CD that they would be willing to sell to me, or knows where I can get one, please get in contact.

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Producers: Josef Melin and Samuel Andrè

Musicians:
Drums: Samuel Andre
Bass: Josef Melin, Staffan Andersson
Guitars: Josef Melin
Piano: Robin Gothberg
Keyboards: Josef Melin
Percussion: Samuel Andre
Sax: Martin Svanstrom
Horns: Albin Grahn, Emil Gothberg, Per Kopp
Lead Vocals: Josef Melin, Samuel Andre
Background Vocals: Agnes Grahn, Annika Gustafsson, Ina Backendahl, Alexander Eriksson

Tracks:
1. BMPD
2. Future Offence
3. When You Hit That 6th Note
4. Video Band
5. Mr. Mullet
6. A Very Symmetrical Face
7. Career Thoughts
8. The Connection
9. You’re Out of The Business
10. Difficult/Dangerous/Beautiful

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i-Ten: Taking A Cold Look (1983)

Hi, I’m back. At least for the mean time anyway. Angel persuaded me to give the site another go after two years away. I’ll be posting (hopefully) every weekend. Let’s see how we go anyway….

I thought I would start again with a real classic. This album was, essentially, an advert for the song writing of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. They went on to have some major success together and on their own and they wrote ‘Like a Virgin’ for Madonna, for example, as well as REO Speedwagon, Cyndi Lauper, the Bangles, Whitney Houston, Divinyls, The Pretenders, Celine Dion and Demi Lovato.

Tom Kelly retired from music in the 1990s, leaving Billy Steinberg to collaborate with other songwriters. However, they left this juicy little masterpiece for us to marvel over…. You might recognise one or two of the tracks as many of them have been covered.

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Producers: Keith Olsen & Steve Lukather

Musicians:
Tom Kelly : Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals
Billy Steinberg : Guitar & Vocals
Steve Lukather : Guitars, Keyboards, Synthesizers & Solos
Chas Sandford : Rhythm Guitar
Alan Pasqua & David Paich : Keyboards & Synthesizers
Steve Porcaro : Synthesizers & Programming
Peggy Sandvig : Synthesizer
Richard Page : Backing vocals
Dennis Belfield : Bass
Mike Baird : Drums & Percussion
Lenny Castro : Percussion

Tracklist:
1. Taking A Cold Look
2. Quicksand
3. Alone
4. Workin’ For A Lovin’
5. Lonely In Each Other’s Arms
6. I Don’t Want To Lose You
7. Time To Say Goodbye
8. The Easy Way Out
9. I’ve Been Crying
10. Pressing My Luck

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Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti (1982)

A bit of a classic here.

There are six percussionists on this album and that is important because the whole album is about rhythm as, I guess, Brazilian music in general is about. It’s certainly integral anyway. Great tracks include ‘Raton’ and ‘Jorgea Corisco’.

I love this album, but give it a listen and see what you think?

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Producer: Max Pierre

Tracklist:

  1. Jorgea Corisco
  2. No Bom Sentido
  3. Aleluia
  4. Raton
  5. Pret-à-porter
  6. Squash
  7. Eva
  8. Fã Sustenido
  9. Zé Piolho
  10. Baila Comigo/Festa Braba
  11. Ginga
  12. Alegrias

Musicians:
Electric Piano, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, Vocals, Vocoder: Robson Jorge

Electric Piano, Piano, Synthesizer, Synthesizer, Sequenced By: Lincoln Olivetti

Percussion: Peninha, Mamao, Paulinho Braga, Picolé, Ariovaldo, Renato Britto

Bass: Jamil, Paulo Cezar

Saxophone: Oberdan, Leo Gandelman, Zé Carlos

Trombone: Serginho

Trumpet: Bidinho, Marcio Montarroyos

Backing Vocals: Reginaldo, Ronaldo, Tony Bizarro, Zé Carlos, Serginho

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Positive Force feat. Denise Vallin (1981)

“Monster R&B soul rarity, private press LP. This is Holy Grail type stuff here, only a handful produced.” Popsike

Not to be confused with the Positive Force of ‘We Got The Funk’ fame, but they do pedal a very pleasant style of Soul Funk that is well executed and catchy as a harpoon aimed at a barrel of fish. They remind me, a little bit, of Seawind with their funk music and Denise’s Pauline Wilsonesque vocals.

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Producer: Steve Russell

Musicians:

  • Steve Russell: Guitar
  • Larry Kester: Keyboards
  • Bill Liston: Saxophone & Flute
  • Denise Vallin: Vocals

Tracklist:

  1. Everything You Do
  2. Give Me A Sign
  3. I Think Of You
  4. Now Is Not The Time
  5. Put It In The Groove
  6. Take Some Time Out
  7. The One I Love
  8. Too Much Love
  9. Too Much Love (edit)
  10. You Told Me You Loved Me
  11. You Gotta Know

Breeze: Breeze (1974)

Nice album here from an aptly named band. The music is very very bright and breezy.

I don’t know a lot about this band and I’m not sure that they ever produced any other albums (at least Discogs don’t list any others). Still, the self written tracks are pleasant and the covers are well selected and well executed.

The album was rereleased in 2012.

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Producers: Buddy Scott & Herb Lovell

Musicians:

Ray Bardani: Drums

David Green: Keyboards

Lenny Guistino: Bass

Keith Hood: Electric Guitar & Vocals

Rick Amendola: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

Ralph MacDonald: Percussion

Artie Jenkins: Percussion

String Arrangements : Bert Keyes

Tracklist:

  1. Higher And Higher
  2. Make It With You
  3. Rosa
  4. For The Love Of A Lady
  5. We’ve Gotta Get You A Woman
  6. If I Never Saw Your Face
  7. You’ve Got My Love
  8. Jerusalem
  9. Morning At Daybreak
  10. Do You Believe In Magic

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Jim Scmidt: Somethin’ Right (1983)

I featured this album in my YouTube video “Artists Who Only Made One Album“. What makes this album extraordinary is the personnel featured on it, Paul Jackson Jr, Roby Duke, David Diggs, Richard Page & Steve George. Proper stuff and no half-hearted effort.

The inclusion of Roby Duke may given you a clue that this is a CCM album, if song titles like “Within His Joy” and  “Promised Land weren’t clue enough. It’s not too preachy though.

Listen and enjoy.

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Producer: Terry Winch

 

Musicians:
Drums: John Ferraro
Bass: Leon Gaer
Guitars: Paul Jackson Jr., Roby Duke, David Diggs
Keyboards: David Diggs
Percussion: David Diggs
Horns: Danny Ackerman, Charlie Davis, Terry Winch, Ernie Carlson, David Boruff
Background Vocals: Richard Page, Steve George

 

Tracks:
1. Love Has Taken It All Away
2. Somethin’ Right
3. Not Your Love Alone
4. Within His Joy
5. The Person That I Really Want To Be
6. Serious
7. The Eye Of The Storm
8. Promised Land
9. Surer Of Myself
10. Destiny

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Robert Byrne: Blame It On The Night (1979)

One of the most popular posts on this site was the Byrne & Barnes classic “An Eye For An Eye”. So, here is Robert Byrne’s equally delightful platter “Blame It On The Night”, his only solo effort and which came before that collaboration. This album features the singing efforts of Mac McAnally and Lenny LeBlanc, but more importantly a bunch of fantastic tracks, all of which are winners. All killer, no filler.

He went on to produce the likes of The Pointer Sisters and Patti Austen, but sadly he was found dead at his Nashville, Tennessee house on June 27, 2005, having died of unknown causes.

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Producers: Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford

Musicians:
Drums: Roger Clark
Keyboards: Clayton Ivey
Bass: Bob Wray
Guitars: Robert Byrne, Mac McAnally, Larry Byron, Bill Hines, Dennis Clifton, Tippy Armstrong
Percussion: Tom Roady
Synthesizer: Clayton Ivey, Robert Byrne
Woodwinds: Jim Horn
Background Vocals: Mac McAnally, Lenny LeBlanc, Eddie Struzick, Marie Tomlinson

Tracklist:
1. Baby Fat
2. Blame It On The Night
3. That Didn’t Hurt Too Bad
4. Pretend He’s Me
5. I Did It All For Love
6. No Love In The Morning
7. Tell Me It’s Over One More Time
8. Southern Gun
9. You And Me
10. She Put The Sad In All His Songs

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