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White Boy - Dan Hartman 12/04/2014

White Boy

White Boy - Dan Hartman Background White Boy is the sixth studio album from American musician/singer/songwriter Dan Hartman. During his career Hartman not only did he find success with many other artists whom he produced or wrote songs for but he also had his own hits with songs such as I Can Dream About You, Instant Replay, Free Ride, Love Sensation, and Relight My Fire, all of which had world-wide success. He had collaborated with such artists as Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Nona Hendryx, Holly Johnson, Living in a Box, the Plasmatics and Steve Winwood. Sales of Hartman's solo recordings, group efforts, production, songwriting and compilation inclusions exceed 50 million records worldwide. The White Boy album was recorded during 1985 and 1986 but remains unreleased. Following the comeback commercial success of Hartman's hit single and same-titled album I Can Dream About You in 1984, Hartman soon began recording his second album for the MCA Records label. He continued to write with his songwriting partner Charlie Midnight, who he first wrote with for the I Can Dream About You album. The album marked Hartman's desire to create an edgier recording, however the MCA felt that although the songs were good, they did not suit Hartman's image. As a result the album was shelved. Despite this a small number of official vinyl LP test pressings were created by the company in 1986, and have been listed for sale at high prices up to $1500. In recent years the ...

Stranger Comes to Town - Steve Harley 05/04/2014

Stranger Comes to Town

Stranger Comes to Town - Steve Harley Introduction Stranger Comes to Town is the so far latest studio album from English songwriter and musician Steve Harley. The album was released in 2010 and was Harley's first studio album in five years, after the Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel album The Quality of Mercy. Best known for his hits in the 1970s such as Judy Teen, Mr. Soft, the UK number one hit Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me), Mr. Raffles (Man, It Was Mean) and Here Comes the Sun, this album follows the previous one very nicely in terms of being more direct, personal and totally honest. The album became the first album solely credited to Harley without his band to make an appearance on the UK chart, where it peaked at No. 187 in mid-May 2010. No physical singles were released from the album, except for a radio promotional CD single of Faith & Virtue. Additionally three digital only singles were released from the album – Faith & Virtue, For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn. and 2,000 Years from Now. The album was released by Repertoire Records in the UK and Germany only via CD, and remains largely available worldwide as a digital download. As published on the official Repertoire Records website, Harley described the new album as "a labour of love". The website also highlighted songs labelled as stand out tracks; Faith & Virtue, Take the Men & the Horses Away, the poignantly titled For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn. and 2,000 Years from Now. The song True Love Will Find You in the End is the album's only cover – ...

Folly Pier Waterworks, Isle of Portland 17/03/2014

Folly Pier Waterworks

Folly Pier Waterworks, Isle of Portland Introduction and History Folly Pier Waterworks was a Victorian waterworks on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. The building was situated near the coastline of East Weares, the east side of Portland, and sat below HM Prison Portland, which it supplied water for. The waterworks today only shows remains of the reservoirs foundations and walls, whilst the site itself is found close to various old historic relics such as the Rifle Range, Folly Pier, King's Pier and the Salt Pans. The East Weares area, including the site of the Folly Pier Waterworks, has been labelled a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), largely due to the scrub and wildlife being of high nature conservation value. The Victorians built Folly Pier Waterworks to serve HM Prison Portland at The Grove village directly above, which opened in 1848, as well as other 19th-century fortification schemes. This was around the time before Portland had a piped water supply, and with Portland's increasing population, Portland's scattered wells and springs were inadequate to supply water. This led to the large reservoir being built in 1855 by John Coode for the government near Folly Pier to supply the prison with water. Named after Folly Pier, which was created in the 18th and 19th century to transport stone by sea from the island, both fresh rainwater and seawater were stored in separate reservoirs before being pumped up to the prison on the cliff-top. The waterworks worked alongside the nearby ancient Folly Pier ...

Red - T'Pau 09/03/2014

T'Pau - Red

Red - T'Pau Introduction Red is the fourth studio album by British pop/rock group T'Pau. It was released in 1998, and was the first album since The Promise from 1991. The group originally gained success in the late 1980s and split in the early 1990s. In 1997 original lead singer Carol Decker reformed the band with a completely new line-up and released a brand new version of their original hit Heart and Soul. The new line-up started playing gigs and recorded this album in 1998. The album was released on Decker's own Gnatfish label, and would be released in America during late 1999 with a bonus CD featuring three extra tracks (including the 1997 version of Heart and Soul). In 2007, the album was officially released for download. It would be Decker's last album/single release until the 2007 solo single Just Dream. Background After the original split of T'Pau, Decker attempted a solo career. In 1993, she contributed a track to the soundtrack of the film Dirty Weekend, and the following year a small number of live performances followed. In 1995 she released the single One Heart - as the official anthem for the Halifax World Cup Rugby League Centenary '95. It peaked at #130 in the UK. She performed the song at Wembley Stadium during the opening and closing ceremonies. By 1997 though, Decker had taken the decision to build a 'new' T'Pau around her, and get back on the road after assembling a massive amount of new material. Although she considered continuing as a solo artist, it was advised ...

Rejuvenator (DVD) 02/03/2014

Rejuvenatrix

Rejuvenator (DVD) Introduction IMDB Rating: 5.3/10 Runtime: 90 min Available on: DVD (Germany only), VHS Vivian Lanko as Elizabeth Warren/The Monster John MacKay as Dr. Gregory Ashton James Hogue as Wilhelm Katell Pleven as Dr. Stella Stone Jessica Dublin as Ruth Warren Marcus Powell as Dr. Germaine Roy MacArthur as Hunter Louis F. Homyak as Tony the Guard Irene Fitzpatrick as Nurse Jones Brian Thomas Jones – Director, Writer Simon Nuchtern – Screenplay, Story Bernard E. Goldberg – Associate Producer Steven D. Mackler – Producer Robert Zimmerman – Line Producer Larry Juris – Music James McCalmont – Cinematography Brian O'Hara – Film Editing Susan Bolles – Production Design Linda Lee Cocuzzo – Costume Design Ed French – Special Makeup Effects Artist Dan Frye – Makeup Effects Technician Joseph McGirr – Sound Effects Editor Pawel Wdowczak, Mark Weingarten – Sound Mixers Rejuvenatrix (aka The Rejuvenator) is a 1988 horror film starring Vivian Lanko and John MacKay, and directed by Brian Thomas Jones. The film was inspired by the 1959 science fiction film The Wasp Woman, which had been produced and directed by Roger Corman. Background In early 2014, the director Jones was interviewed by Matty Budrewicz for UK Horror Scene. The article looked back at what was considered a forgotten classic. Budrewicz described the film as "A film I love dearly, "Rejuvenator" is a marvellous, Gothic sci-fi frightener - a kooky and ever-so-slightly-kinky hybrid of Cronenberg, The Wasp Woman and Billy Wilder's ...

Pages of Life - The Desert Rose Band 23/02/2014

Pages of Life

Pages of Life - The Desert Rose Band Introduction It was 1985 when American country singer/songwriter and musician Chris Hillman founded the contemporary country-rock band The Desert Rose Band along with Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson. It was Hillman who remains a key figure in the creation of country-rock, formerly of the American band The Byrds and American country-rock band The Flying Burrito Brothers, whilst both Pedersen and Jorgenson have worked with numerous country artists over the previous few decades. With the three key musicians now together, drummer Steve Duncan, bassist Bill Bryson and pedal steel player Jay Dee Maness completed the group. The band released three albums from 1987 to 1990, which were successful on the American Top Country Albums chart, whilst the singles from the albums were also very successful, giving the band a string of top 20 hits in both America and Canada. With six Top 10 singles in both countries with only two albums, the band’s third studio album Pages of Life was released January 16, 1990 via MCA/Curb. The album was issued on LP, cassette and CD in America, as well as on CD in Canada, via Curb and MCA Records. A longbox edition of the CD was also issued. The CD continues to remain in print, whilst downloadable MP3 versions of the album were made available circa 2010 via sites such as Amazon and iTunes. Background Following the success of the band's previous albums The Desert Rose Band and Running, both of which entered the top 30 of the US Top Country Albums chart, and ...

Nothe Fort, Weymouth 16/02/2014

Nothe Fort

Red and Blue - Cee Farrow 09/02/2014

Red and Blue

Red and Blue - Cee Farrow Introduction and Background Cee Farrow was a New Wave singer of the early 1980s decade, born in Frankfurt, Germany. He was originally a model, but ended up signing to Rocshire Records during the early 1980s. This contract produced one full studio album, Red and Blue, where he worked with producer Andy Lunn and co-wrote various tracks, mainly with Frankfurt/Germany-based keyboardist, composer and producer Lothar Krell. Recorded at Hotline Studios from March–December 1982, the album was released in 1983 within America only where it failed to gain much commercial success, and probably got lost in the midst of the many New Wave albums of the day. However it was the lead single Should I Love You, Farrow’s only charting release, which peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #91 on the Billboard R&B Chart. Don’t Ask Why followed as the next 7” vinyl single but didn’t take off, whilst Wildlife Romance was released which was a promotional 12" vinyl only, unavailable to buy. Regardless Should I Love You has now become considered a great ‘forgotten’ gem of the period. A music video was created for the single, where in recent years it has appeared on YouTube, gaining approximately 30,000 views since mid-2007. The video features a mixture of Farrow performing the song with backing musicians, as well as footage of Farrow in a restaurant where a woman who is sat with an older man can't help but notice Farrow. As the video progresses, the older man gets more suspicious, to the point where ...

Salt Pans, Isle of Portland 02/02/2014

Salt Pans

Sex Crimes - Rio 26/01/2014

Sex Crimes

Introduction and Background As AOR and melodic rock really came to fruition in the 1980s, many big names opened the doors to many AOR acts establishing themselves on the scene. However there were also plenty of bands that offered top notch material and yet never hit the big time. The UK duo Rio was one of these artists, involving two talented musicians Jon Neil and Steve Rodford (son of English rock band Argent’s bassist Jim Rodford). Neil, from the band’s Black Tiger and Verity played guitar and performed lead vocals, whilst Rodford, from the band Duchess, performed keyboards, bass guitar and drums, as well as backing vocals. The band formed around 1984, and although the majority of melodic AOR rock came from American artists, Rio offered their own fine brand of UK AOR. Originally as a trio with Dave Kilminster, they formed the group Bombay in the early eighties and later decided to change the name to Rio when it was realised that there was already an American act under the same name. Kilminster soon left the group, as the duo added guitarist Pat McDonald, keyboardist Ross Griggs and drummer Martin Witik for live dates. Building a small following, the duo were soon in the studio to record their debut album, where the pair wrote all nine tracks together. The album, produced by Rodford and additional producer Stephan Galfas, was recorded at Livingston Studios and Liverpool Road Studios. Released by the growing UK metal label Music for Nations, the album Borderland was released ...

I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman 19/01/2014

I Can Dream About You

I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman Introduction American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer Dan Hartman has certainly had a fulfilling music career. Not only did he find success with many other artists whom he produced or wrote songs for but he also had his own hits with songs such as I Can Dream About You, Instant Replay, Free Ride, Love Sensation, and Relight My Fire, all of which had world-wide success. He had collaborated with such artists as Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Nona Hendryx, Holly Johnson, Living in a Box, the Plasmatics and Steve Winwood. Sales of Hartman's solo recordings, group efforts, production, songwriting and compilation inclusions exceed 50 million records worldwide. Although very successful, it is also fair to say that Hartman’s own solo career never truly took off as much as it should have, and he therefore remains rather underrated and overlooked. When he released his fourth studio album It Hurts to Be in Love in 1981, he moved from the disco sound of his earlier solo releases and towards a more straight-forward, pop orientated sound. This move itself was a good decision. It Hurts to Be in Love may not have been a big success but it lead the way for his great 1984 comeback with I Can Dream About You, which spawned three hit singles once he had found himself working with Charlie Midnight. The pair began writing songs for many artists etc, right up to Hartman’s unfortunate death in 1994 from an AIDS-related brain ...

Candidate - Steve Harley 11/01/2014

The Candidate

Candidate - Steve Harley Introduction English singer/songwriter Steve Harley, best known for his band Cockney Rebel, had a successful string of five studio albums with his band during the early to mid 1970s, and gained a few hit singles along the way too such as Judy Teen, Mr. Soft, the UK number one hit Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me), Mr. Raffles (Man, It Was Mean) and Here Comes the Sun. Once the band folded, Harley made the decision to go solo and released his debut solo album Hobo with a Grin during mid-1978, whilst he was living in America for a little while, where he found such a different lifestyle in comparison to the UK that his plans of writing any new material vanished. The debut solo album was a commercial flop and failed to gain much positive attention. Having spent some time away from the music scene, Harley then returned to the UK after not appearing on stage live for two years. Harley returned to London in late 1978, where he announced that he planned to form a new band, record an album in February 1979, and then begin a world tour in March 1979. The album The Candidate was released later in the year, however the tour never materialised. Instead the album, released in August, would coincide with a British and European tour which followed in October. The Candidate, like Harley's debut solo album, was a commercial failure, although the sole single Freedom's Prisoner did peak at No. 58 in the UK in October 1979. As a result of the commercial failure, EMI dropped Harley from their ...

Yes You Can - Steve Harley 03/12/2013

Yes You Can

Yes You Can - Steve Harley Introduction English singer/songwriter Steve Harley is certainly best known for his band Cockney Rebel and the UK number one hit Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me). However his entire catalogue of songs are certainly excellent and extremely underrated, whilst Harley himself has been complimented by Rod Stewart as one of the UK’s finest lyricists. After Cockney Rebel’s commercial success fell into decline towards the late 1970s, Harley decided to launch a solo career, but after two commercially unsuccessful albums (1978’s Hobo with a Grin and 1979’s The Candidate), Harley entered what he considers to be his wilderness years. A handful of singles were released during the 1980s, however nothing was released to major success and an album titled El Gran Senor was due to be released but never saw the light of day. After starting to perform live more frequently, as well as reforming a new version of the Cockney Rebel band, Harley finally released the 1992 album Yes You Can which took some songs that were recorded during the 1980s and mixed them with some new recordings. Background The album’s background stems from early 1984, when Harley signed a three album contract with Mickie Most's RAK Records. During the same time, Harley went with Most, Andrew Gold and Stuart Elliot into the RAK studios in London to record an album. It contained the tracks Sophistication, Irresistible, the 1970 Edwin Starr song Oh How Happy, Rain in Venice, New-Fashioned Way, The Lighthouse, Star for a Week ...

Shadows of Love - Nicolette Larson 25/11/2013

Shadows of Love

Shadows of Love - Nicolette Larson Introduction American pop singer Nicolette Larson is probably best known for her work in the late 1970s with Neil Young, as well as her 1978 cover of Young's Lotta Love. The song, her debut single, was a Number One Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks hit and #8 pop hit that year in the States. It was followed by four more Adult Contemporary hits, three of which were also minor pop hits; Rhumba Girl, Let Me Go, Love and a cover of Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want to Be with You. After signing with MCA Nashville in 1983, Larson crossed over into country music, where she released two albums ...Say When and Rose of My Heart in 1985 and 1986 respectively. She charted six times on the Hot Country Singles charts – mostly in the minor regions of the chart. However in 1987, Larson decided to return to a more pop-based sound with her seventh studio album. Shadows of Love was recorded in Italy during 1987, at Studio Watermelon in Milan. It was released as Larson's final mainstream album in 1988, and the album would also become her second to last studio album following her death in 1997, after the 1994 album Sleep, Baby, Sleep - a collection of children's lullabys. It was issued in Italy only via the Italian label CGD Records, and was produced by Carlo Stretti and Ernesto Tabarelli. The album was not a commercial success, and soon afterwards Larson began pursuing an acting career. Background Consisting of eight new tracks from Larson, two of which she co-wrote, some discographies online and ...

It Hurts to Be in Love - Dan Hartman 17/11/2013

It Hurts to Be in Love

It Hurts to Be in Love - Dan Hartman Introduction I’m sure many people will know of the American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer Dan Hartman, even if indirectly, as not only did he find success with many other artists whom he produced or wrote songs for but he also had his own hits with songs such as I Can Dream About You, Instant Replay, Free Ride, Love Sensation, and Relight My Fire, all of which had world-wide success. He had collaborated with such artists as Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Nona Hendryx, Holly Johnson, Living in a Box, the Plasmatics and Steve Winwood. Although very successful, it is fair to say that Hartman’s own solo career never truly took off as much as it should have, and even the albums he released saw limited success most of the time. One of those albums is It Hurts to Be in Love, released in 1981. After leaving the Edgar Winter Group, Hartman found himself moving from rock to disco and embraced that sound with hits such as Instant Replay. By the 1980s though his ever-versatile self decided to move into a more straight-forward, pop orientated sound. This move itself was a good decision. It Hurts to Be in Love was the first album to show this change of direction, and also the first of the 1980s decade. It was also the last album until his 1984 comeback with I Can Dream About You, which spawned three hit singles once he had found himself his songwriting partner Charlie Midnight. Album Background Despite the success of ...
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