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Want List: Robert Palmer BSOG of Complete Island Albums UK 9xCD

We were slow to acknowledge the many charms of Robert Palmer at first. In 1978, when he got his first US Top 40 hits on his ’78/’79 albums with “Every Kinda People” and “Bad Case Of Loving You” I thought … Continue reading

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Record Review: Grace Jones – “Slave To The Rhythm” US CD

Grace Jones: Slave To The Rhythm – US – CD [1987] Leave it to Trevor Horn at the height of the “High ZTT” era that he could end up making a single with Grace Jones that could balloon into a … Continue reading

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a-ha’s “Hunting High & Low” Represented Late-Blooming Synthpop Getting In Under The Wire

Anyone old enough probably remembers first hearing Norway’s top band a-ha. It was on one of my “dead-of-night” MTV aircheck videotapes where I first saw the video that changed everything for the band. But it didn’t stay in graveyard rotation … Continue reading

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Monastically Maintaining A Digital Library Of Music

Over the last 20 years I have grown a small digital library. It was never my intention to have one. I listen to CDs and I buy records that had material not available on CDs, which [ideally] I would eventually … Continue reading

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Simple Minds Exhibit Staying Power On “Direction Of The Heart” DLX UK CD [part 3]

[…continued from last post] Of the three songs here that Cherisse Osei played drums on, “Natural” was the clear winner for me. In all cases her drums were fine; it was the songs that either sank or swam. “Natural” managed … Continue reading

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Simple Minds Exhibit Staying Power On “Direction Of The Heart” DLX UK CD [part 2]

[…continued from last post] It’s strange to hear a Glitterbeat in the middle of a Simple Minds song, but “Human Traffic” didn’t bother asking our permission. The band had pulled this gambit once before on their [second recorded] cover of … Continue reading

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Simple Minds Exhibit Staying Power On “Direction Of The Heart” DLX UK CD [part 1]

Simple Minds: Direction of The Heart – UK – DLX CD [2022] Well, it’s been the requisite four years since the last Simple Minds opus. I really thought that “Walk Between Worlds” was the best album by Simple Minds since … Continue reading

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