Category Archives: Mid-80s Malaise

Battle Of The Mid-80s Horn Sections: David Bowie – Tonight

David Bowie grabbed the proverbial brass ring with his top selling “Let’s Dance” album of 1983. He was attempting to shift units and obtain a payday after disentangling from Mainman Management commensurate with reputation as a rock star. It worked. … Continue reading

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Now Simple Minds Are Getting The Big Book Treatment

With everything up in the air I have had little time for blogging as I am negotiating working from home, but at least I still have a job. Hopefully you do too! The job of Simple Minds is normally to … Continue reading

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REVO Remastering: Torch Song – Ecstasy [REVO 060] [part 3]

[…continued from last post] Side one of “Ecstasy” capped with the dreampop of “Living Out Of Time” with the spotlight taken by vocalist Laurie Mayer’s expressive vocal and the biggest appearance of Grant Gilbert on this album on the smooth … Continue reading

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Record Review: Midge Ure – The Gift DLX RM [part 5]

[continued from last post] Live tracks from Ure’s Christmas ’85 date at Wembley Arena filled out the program. Two songs, “When The Winds Blow” and “After A Fashion” came from the “Call Of The Wild” 12″ B-side. Of the two, … Continue reading

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Record Review: Midge Ure – The Gift DLX RM [part 4]

[continued from last post] The second supplemental disc managed to round up almost every affiliated rarity that surrounded the album. There were a few items missing, which we’ll duly note. The 7″ version of “Call Of The Wild” was missing, … Continue reading

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Record Review: Midge Ure – The Gift DLX RM [part 3]

[continued from last post] The second side of the album began with a breezy instrumental called “Antilles.”  The melodically simple song made certain to vary the instrumental attack between the “verses” and the “chorus” structure with a variety of instrumental … Continue reading

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Record Review: Midge Ure – The Gift DLX RM [part 2]

[continued from last post] Ure has revealed in his autobio that “If I Was” or maybe an instrumental [not a chance] were the only songs he was willing to have as the lead single from the album, since the intent … Continue reading

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