The last post on this thread was just more S titles [not surprising] on the list of album still wanted on CD format…before it’s too late! Don’t worry. I’m almost done with this thread. It shocks me how much has been released over the last 35 years. There are only a handful of what I’d call “A-list” titles in this thread that I’ve been waiting decades for. Many additions are things I just found out about relatively recently. RED = I have already made a CD of this. GREEN = awaiting remastering in my Media Empire Room. BLUE = I still need to buy this on LP to make a CD of it. Back to the list…
Richard Strange was best known as Kid Strange of prescient pre-punk glammy-come-latelys Doctors Of Madness. Their work slotted in nicely with the work in parallel that Bill Nelson was also doing in the mid-70s [and John Leckie produced them both]. In 1981, Strange released his only studio solo album, which saw him in step with the zeitgeist and signed to Virgin Records. I don’t have this but I do own the predecessor “The Live Rise of Richard Strange” album which is also available on a JPN CD.
Gordon Deppe was the mainstay of Canadian New Wavers Spoons. Their second album, “Arias + Symphonies” is perfect! One week I will have to post at length on my love for that album. You have been warned. The rest of Spoons’ discography is reasonably fine work, but not in that class by a long shot. This OST is the odd duck in Spoons’ discography, with new material by Deppe together with two tracks taken from the band’s Nile Rodgers produced “Talkback” album, which I still don’t own [but is now on CD].
The only Spoons album to resist the pull of planet CD is the band’s fourth album from 1986, during that dark time, where CDs were getting made only of albums which had sold well… or at least had the expectation that they would. I could post at length [and probably will] about the pain of seeing albums on import that sometimes had a one year lag between the LP and eventual CD. Of course, there were only three pressing plants in the world at that time, and one had to let the likes of Phil Collins cut in line to get the discs on the street.
I only found out about this relatively recently, but S.W.A.L.K. was a Jo Callis/Angel Paterson project which saw the two vets of The Rezillos/Shake unite for a six-track EP. I only need this and the long-mooted “Unnamed Jo Callis Project” REVO edition can get underway! For the longest time, I thought I needed more Boots For Dancing material, but the single that I do have is the only on with Jo Callis involvement! Score!
This album has been a nagging reminder that You Can’t Always Get What You Want. When it appeared in 1984, it seemed to point the way to an impossibly dazzling, highly technological future that spread like weeds from the fertile fingertips of William Orbit, years before he became a remixer/Producer of Madonna. That such an exceptional album made it out of 1984, a year when things were crashing and burning all around me, staggers my mind. When I got a CD player in 1985, I was certain that one day I would have a CD of this in no time. Shows how much I knew! I had to make my own CD of this in 2009.
The second Torch Song album is just sliiiiightly less brilliant than the first one from two years earlier. At least “Wish Thing” was relatively easy to get. In spite of knowing about “Ecstasy” for 25 years – copies, then affordable copies [<$50] of this title proved very difficult to find! I made CDs of both Torch Song albums in a fit of pique in 2009, thank goodness. The cover of Blind Faith’s “I Can’t Find My Way Home” is hands down my favorite cover of all time. Every so often, I play it really loud in my home so I can trip out in the sub-bass frequencies of god contained within its beguiling grooves. If you’ve heard this, you know exactly what I mean!
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