juni 19, 2017

The Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together (1974) - Lp

Captain & Tennille were American recording artists whose primary success occurred in the 1970s. The husband-and-wife duo were "Captain" Daryl Dragon (born August 27, 1942) and Cathryn Antoinette "Toni" Tennille (born May 8, 1940).

Love Will Keep Us Together is the first release by the duo Captain & Tennille. It was released in 1975 by A&M Records. The album would peak at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, while the title song, "Love Will Keep Us Together", won the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year and was nominated for Song Of The Year.

Their first hit single, a cover of Neil Sedaka's and Howard Greenfield's "Love Will Keep Us Together", reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart nine weeks after its 1975 debut,

As debut albums go, Captain & Tennille's coming-out party struck the right chord with their audience -- and not just on the charts, although its showing there certainly outdid all expectations.
But there are greater items of interest once you get past the hits, led by the bouncy title track and "The Way I Want to Touch You." Keyboardist Daryl Dragon honed his chops touring with the Beach Boys, whose own emotive choral approach underpins much of this album; no less than four songs here have some connection to the band. Smoldering versions of former Beach Boy Bruce Johnston's "Disney Girls" and "I Write the Songs" stand tallest, with Tennille leading the vocal charge to exceptional effect. There's a haunting, piano-led "Cuddle Up," which Dragon co-wrote with Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, and a daring revamp of "God Only Knows" which deploys ever-shifting tempos to trip up the listener's expectations (Brian Wilson would surely have approved).

(The other intriguing link is drummer Hal Blaine, who graced numerous classic Beach Boys tracks and appears here as a sideman.) Given so many glittering non-originals, it's understandable how the pair's songwriting gets short-shrifted; "Broddy Bounce" is pure instrumental filler, all right. However, wistful anthems like "Gentle Stranger" and "Honey Come Love Me" are quintessential snapshots of what they did best -- providing a kinder, gentler response to the more cynical fare topping the charts at the time. Where Captain & Tennille wanted to go from here remained uncertain, but they were certainly off to a flying start here.

The cover of the album features a photo of Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon sitting with two of their bulldogs.

Side A
A1. Love Will Keep Us Together  (3:24)
A2. Disney Girls  (4:45)
A3. The Way I Want To Touch You  (2:46)
A4. Cuddle Up  (3:38)
A5. The Good Songs  (3:18)

Side B
B1. God Only Knows  (3:32)
B2. Honey Come Love Me  (2:57)
B3. Feel Like A Man  (3:14)
B4. Broddy Bounce  (2:32)
B5. Gentle Stramger  (3:45)
B6. I Write The Songs  (3:26)

  • Daryl Dragon (The Captain) - keyboards, bass, arrangements, vocals
  • Toni Tennille - piano, vocals
  • Hal Blaine - drums, congas, percussion
  • Michael Price - trumpet
  • Kenneth Yerke - violin, string contractor
  • Jane Tennille, Louisa Tennille, Melissa Tennille, Toni Tennille - background vocals
  • Dennis Dragon - drums on "Disney Girls", timpani on "God Only Knows"
  • Ed Greene - drums on "The Way I Want to Touch You"
Release: 1974
Genre: Pop, adult contemporary
Label: A&M Records
Catalog# SP-3405
Prijs: € 10,00

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed


juni 16, 2017

The London Symphony Orchestra - Classic Rock (1977) - 2Lp

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), founded in 1904, is the oldest of London's symphony orchestras.
It was set up by a group of players who left Henry Wood's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of a new rule requiring players to give the orchestra their exclusive services.
The LSO itself later introduced a similar rule for its members. From the outset, the LSO was organised on co-operative lines, with all players sharing the profits at the end of each season.
This practice continued for the orchestra's first four decades.

The LSO underwent periods of eclipse in the 1930s and 1950s when it was regarded as inferior in quality to new London orchestras, to which it lost players and bookings: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic in the 1930s and the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic after the Second World War. The profit-sharing principle was abandoned in the post-war era as a condition of receiving public subsidy for the first time.
 In the 1950s the orchestra debated whether to concentrate on film work at the expense of symphony concerts; many senior players left when the majority of players rejected the idea. By the 1960s the LSO had recovered its leading position, which it has retained subsequently.
In 1966, to perform alongside it in choral works, the orchestra established the LSO Chorus, originally a mix of professional and amateur singers, later a wholly amateur ensemble.

This album is THE ONE , the original recording of the best classic rock album of all time at the time the LSO were practising well these songs . Album release 1977....
The record is timeless and it's one I have kept in my collection, and it still gets a play every now and then.
I agree with the other reviewer that the 5 tracks on what was side 1 are all brilliant. Side 2 doesn't quite match the standards, although the take on 'Without you' is really moving.
There are, what I consider a few spine tingling moments to note. The choir entry on 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the middle just prior to singing "anyway the wind blows", the soothing strings and organ solo on 'Whiter shade of pale' and the massed choir singing at the climax of 'Paint it black' (a song whose original I had not heard prior to 'Classic Rock' amazingly).
The intro of 'Whole lotta love' is also inspirational.

Side A
A1. Bohemian Rhapsody – 6:20
A2. Life On Mars – 4:17
A3. Whiter Shade Of Pale – 3:47
A4. Whole Lotta Love – 4:19
A5. Paint It Black – 5:25

Side B
B1. Nights In White Satin – 4:47
B2. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – 6:05
B3. Without You – 3:52
B4. I’m Not In Love – 7:26
B5. Sailing – 4:52

Side C
C1. Pinball Wizard – 5:53
C2. Hey Joe – 4:26
C3. A Day In The Life – 4:38
C4. Question – 5:17

Side D
D1. Space Oddity – 5:37
D2. God Only Knows – 5:43
D3. River Deep Mountain High – 3:16
D4. American Trilogy – 4:32

Companies, etc.
Release: 1977
Genre: Rock Classical
Format: 2LP
Label: K-Tel Records
Catalog# TN 1431
Prijs: € 11,95

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed


juni 13, 2017

Bionic Boogie - Bionic Boogie (1977) - Lp

Gregg Diamond (May 4, 1949 – March 14, 1999) was an American pianist, drummer, songwriter, and producer who was active in the jazz and disco music scenes of the 1970s.
Diamond wrote the song "Hot Butterfly," which was released in 1978 under one of his group's names, Bionic Boogie, with Luther Vandross providing lead vocals.
Bionic Boogie were a studio disco outfit produced by disco magician Gregg Diamond. For Bionic Boogie's first incredible disco album, he wrote songs like "Mumbo jumbo" and "Dance little dreamer", although the highlight of this album is "Risky changes".
The song was later covered by David Lasley, The Sweet Inspirations, and Chaka Khan. His other popular songs included "Risky Changes" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977), "Dance Little Dreamer" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977).

When you think of the 1970’s what do you think about? Superfly? Shaft? Saturday Night Fever? Over the top cheesy commercial disco? Studio 54? Anyway, I can go on and on with 70’s inspired guesses and we could be at this all day. But both you and I don’t want that. Bionic Boogie’s 1977 self titled release on Polydor seemed to embody all things disco while walking that thin line between cheesy commercial disco and real legit disco.
The driving bass lines, simple boom/clap of the drum kit and the glittzy, glittery chimes and aural strings point this album straight to the cheesy disco category around that time. However, the superb funk breaks, horn solos, and staccato strings point this right back to the real disco and will dance right into your boogie filled heart. This album packs a lot of names in the credits. The group credits consist of an almost 30 piece band including drummer Allan Schwartzberg.
Does that name sound familiar? Well, it should be you’ve heard him drum all over the 70’s on albums by Deodato, Gloria Gaynor, Carl Douglas, and even jammed with the Godfather himself, James Brown. All the tracks on this album are notable and definitely help define the last days of disco in the 70’s. However, if you were to ask me my favorite tracks I’d have to go with “Boogie Boo,” for the driving head noddin’, foot shufflin’ groove.

Side A
A1. Dance Little Dreamer – 3:40
A2. Risky Changes – 6:19
A3. Don’t Lose That Number (Mumbo Jumbo) – 4:50
A4. Boogie Boo – 5:16

Side B
B1. We Must Believe In Magic – 4:56
B2. Stop The Music – 4:53
B3. Feel Like Dancing – 3:55
B4. Big West – 4:50

Companies, etc.
℗ © 1977 Polydor Incorporated 
Printed in Holland
Produced and Engineered for Diamond Touch Productions Ltd.
Diamond Touch Publishing Ltd.
Genre: Funk, Soul, Disco
Format: LP
Label: Polydor Records
Catalog# 2391322
Prijs: € 6,95

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed

juni 10, 2017

Kenny Bee - 情變 (Love Lost) (1986) - Lp

Chung Chun-to (born 23 February 1953), known by his stage name Kenny Bee, is a Hong Kong singer, songwriter, and actor.
He is well known as a member of the pop group the Wynners, and as a solo artist who has been active in the Hong Kong entertainment industry for nearly three decades.

Bee made his break into the Hong Kong entertainment industry in 1973 as a member of the popular 1970s band, the Wynners, sharing vocal duties with Alan Tam.
Before joining the Wynners, he was a vocalist and saxophonist on the Hong Kong nightclub circuit, and briefly fronted a band called the Sergeant Majors.

Alongside acting, Bee develops his career as a solo singer-songwriter and has released over fifty studio and compilation albums, in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, to date.
Known for a distinct, husky voice, the singer penned most of his own hits and plays multiple instruments. In the early days he was often seen on stage with keyboards or a saxophone. In recent performances he usually accompanies himself with a guitar.

The 1980s marked the peak of Bee's popularity with the Hong Kong audience so far, and released his cantonese album " 情變 (Love Lost) (1986).

Side A
A1 香腸蚊帳機關槍   (Machine Gun) (3:27)
A2 情變   (Love Lost) (3:56)
A3 永遠愛下去  (Forever In Love) (3:39)
A4 原諒我   (Forgive Me) (3:19)
A5 長跑者   (Runners) (3:07)

Side B
B1 情人的慌話  (Lovers Lie) (4:10)
B2 默然   (Silence) (3:51)
B3 戀愛木偶   (Love Doll) (2:46)
B4 害怕    (Afraid Of) (4:18)
B5 編織美夢  (Weaving Dreams) (2:44)

Release: 1986
Genre: Cantonese, Pop
Label: Polydor Records
Catalog# 829270-1
Prijs: 10,00

Vinyl: Goed
Hoes: Goed


mei 05, 2017

Nicolette Larson - In The Nick Of Time (1979) - Lp

Nicolette Larson (July 17, 1952 – December 16, 1997) was an American pop singer.
She is perhaps best known for her work in the late 1970s with Neil Young and her 1978 hit single of Neil Young's "Lotta Love" which hit No. 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and No. 8 on the Pop Singles chart. It was followed by four more adult contemporary hits, two of which were also minor pop hits.
In the Nick of Time was the second album by Nicolette Larson. It features a duet with Michael McDonald, keyboards from Bill Payne, backing vocals from Bobby LaKind and Rosemary Butler, Ronnie Montrose on guitar and other collaborators. Larson had a minor hit with her McDonald duet, "Let Me Go, Love".

In the Nick of Time was much more highly polished than Nicolette Larson's first effort. Here, Nicolette Larson is backed up by a crack team of L.A. studio musicians, and the results are sort of mixed. True, she doesn't suffer from the dreaded sophomore jinx that plagues so many first hit artists, but In the Nick of Time doesn't have that wow-charm that Larson did. Her styles have broadened even more here to include '40s dance tunes alongside Motown sure-fire hits and '50s rockin'. While nothing here grabs the listener's attention, there is plenty of fine listening in store. Larson even co-wrote the title cut and was helped out by such stellar friends as Karla Bonoff and Michael McDonald, who duets with her on his own "Let Me Go, Love," which comes off as an almost too slick cut for the listener to grab hold of. Culled from the late '70s Hollywood slick machine, In the Nick of Time could use a little dirt to help make it all sound just a bit more real.

Larson died on December 16, 1997, in Los Angeles, California, as a result of complications arising from cerebral edema triggered by liver failure. According to Astrid Young, her friend and Neil Young's half sister, Larson had been showing symptoms of depression, and her fatal seizure "was in no small way related to her chronic use of Valium and Tylenol PM".

Side A
A1. Dancin’ Jones  (3:15)
A2. Just In The Nick Of Time  (3:22)
A3. Let Me Go, Love  (3:46)
A4. Rio De Janeiro Blue  (3:47)
A5. Breaking Too Many Hearts  (3:32)

Side B
B1. Back In My Arms, Again  (3:48)
B2. Fallen  (3:21)
B3. Daddy  (3:22)
B4. Isn’t It Always Love  (3:02)
B5. Trouble  (2:30)

Additional musicians
Release: 1979
Genre: Country Rock
Format: LP
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56750
Prijs: € 3.50

Vinyl: Begin A EN B-kant Hobbel (wel te beluisteren)
Cover: Voorkant kleine sticker schade

mei 01, 2017

Peter Koelewijn En Zijn Rockets - Peter Live (1981) - 2Lp

Peter Cornelis Koelewijn (Eindhoven, 29 december 1940) is een Nederlands zanger, producent en radio-dj. Aartsvader der Nederlands(talig)e rock & roll.
Vanaf de jaren zestig heeft hij regelmatig hits gescoord, als uitvoerend artiest en als producent van het uitvoerend werk van andere artiesten.
Koelewijn introduceerde, samen met zijn groep, onder de naam Peter en zijn Rockets de Nederlandstalige rock-'n-roll met de boogiewoogie Kom van dat dak af, dat uitkwam in 1960 en een enorm succes werd in België en Nederland.
De volgende jaren brengen Koelewijn en zijn Rockets verschillende rock-'n-roll singles uit, waaronder een single met Anneke Grönloh. Koelewijn ging zich al snel toeleggen op het produceren van platen van andere artiesten. Bekende artiesten waarvan hij de muziek produceerde in die tijd zijn onder meer: Q65 (You're the Victor), Armand (En nou ik), Conny Vandenbos (Ik ben gelukkig zonder jou), Bonnie St. Claire, Egbert Douwe (Kom uit de bedstee mijn liefste), Ronnie en de Ronnies (Beestjes) en het Lowland Trio. Met Johan Cruijff maakte Koelewijn de plaat Oei oei oei, dat was me weer een loei.

Op 1 januari 1975 stoppen Peter en de Rockets met optreden. De Rockets gaan alleen verder en Koelewijn stort zich wederom op het produceren.
De zoveelste succesvolle fase in Koelewijns carrière breekt aan. Hij formeert een nieuwe Rockets (met muzikanten afkomstig uit de groep Bunny) en brengt in 1981, de live-elpee "Peter Live" uit. "Kom Van Dat Dak Af" in de live-versie wordt voor de derde keer een grote hit.
Ook "Klap Maar In Je Handen" die van deze plaat wordt getrokken, wordt een hit. Verder komen vele grote hits van dit schitterende live album voorbij.

Side A
A1. Rock And Roll Groepie  (3:43)
A2. Mij Oh Mij  (5:01)
A3. Marijke  (2:49)
A4. 24.000 Kussen (24 Mila Baci)  (2:48)
A5. De Wolf (3:56)

Side B
B1. Veronica Sorry  (5:34)  
B2. Bonnie  (5:12)
B3. Klap Maar In Je Handen  (6:24)

Side C
C1. Angeline (M'n Blonde Sexmachine)  (5:22)  
C2. De Hele Stad Is Gek En Dol  (3:57)  
C3. Speel Die Dans  (5:01)
C4. Kom Van Dat Dak Af  (4:10)

Side D
D1. Brigitte (Miss Sex-Appeal)  (4:10)
D2. Robbie  (4:54)
D3. Je Wordt Ouder Papa  (4:17)
D4. Connie  (4:20)

Peter Koelewijn - production, vocals
Tom Peters - production
Don Vonk - recording engineer
Janfred Arendsen - recording engineer, mixing engineer
Joop van Tellingen - photography
Theo Welts - drums
Pim Janssen - bass
Jacques van der Bulk - keyboards
Wim Donkers - guitar
Ad Trun - guitar
Paul van der Voort - saxophone
Ad van Gulik - saxophone

Released: 1981
Made in Holland
Opgenomen op diverse lokaties in maart en april 1981, waaronder het Countdown concert op 4 april in Dordrecht
Genre: Nederlandstalige Rock
Style: Rock & Roll
Tijdsduur: 71:38
Label - Philips Records
Catalog# 6601022
Prijs: €12,50

Vinyl: Goed (aan het eind bij track D3 klein tikje, niet storend)
Cover: Goed


april 26, 2017

Anita Meyer - Love You Too Much (1979) - Lp

Anita Meyer (Rotterdam, 29 oktober 1954), officiële naam: Annita Meijer, is een Nederlandse zangeres.
Meijer werd geboren in Rotterdam-Zuid en vier jaar later verhuisde ze naar IJsselmonde. Meijer trad als kind al op (eerst nog met haar broer) in koortjes.
Er verschenen singles onder de naam "Anita & René", Go-Go en Joy (single Sail away).
Ze begon midden jaren zeventig als een veelgevraagde achtergrondzangeres, o.a. voor Patricia Paaij. De doorbraak als soloartieste was in 1976 met "The Alternative Way", een samenwerking met Hans Vermeulen.
Dit nummer werd in Nederland een nummer 1-hit, en ook haar volgende singles verkochten goed.
De singles Anita, "That's My Name" en "It Hurts" kunnen niet meten met het grote commerciële succes van Meyer's eerste twee singles. Onderwijl maakt Meyer nog steeds deel uit van Rainbow Train. Ze ontvangt een Edison en een Zilveren Harp.

In 1979 verschijnt haar tweede album "I Love You Too Much", waarop Meyer opnieuw begeleid wordt door Rainbow Train.
Het album blijkt niet het gewenste success te hebben.
Een behoorlijk ondergewaardeerd album van Anita Meyer dat qua verkoop tegenviel en eigenlijk niemand meer kent, terwijl de meeste van haar andere albums klassiekers zijn geworden en de tand des tijds hebben doorstaan.
Maar onterecht dat dit album uit 1979 in de vergetelheid is geraakt, want dit album (haar laatste onder leiding van ontdekker Hans Vermeulen) is heel erg goed.
Heel experimenteel, uitgebalanceerd. De prachtige orkestrale single "It hurts", het heerlijke Spaanse  "Carnavaleando", het snelle "Little Baby", melodieuze "Mirror" en een experimentele semi-neuriende ode aan Nederland met het nummer "Holland".
In augustus 1979 valt de band uit elkaar, waarmee een einde komt aan de samenwerking tussen Meyer en Vermeulen.
Van het album kwamen de nummers "It Hurts" en "You Are My Everything" (een duet met Hans Vermeulen) op single uit. Ze kwamen allbei niet verder dan de Nederlandse Tipparade.

Side A
A1. It Hurts  (5:12)
A2. Love You Too Much  (4:42)
A3. Together Forever  (4:57)
A4. Dream Away  (2:58)

Side B
B1. Carnavaleando  (3:48)
B2. Little Baby  (2:59)
B3. Mirror  (3:59)
B4. You Are My Everything  (3:54)
B5. Holland  (4:45)

Shell Schellekens - Drums
Jan Vermeulen - Bass & Vocals
Jan Rietman - Piano (on "Carnavaleando"), Fenderhodes (on "It Hurts")
Hans Hollestelle - Guitars (on "It Hurts")
Hans Vermeulen - Keyboards, Guitars & Vocals
Dianne Marchal, Anita Meyer - Backing Vocals
Anita Meyer - Vocals
The Fons Dierkx Horn Section (on "Together Forever")
The Albert Beltman Horn Section (on "You Are My Everything")
A Section Of The "The Hague Residence Orchestra" appearing on "It Hurts", "Love You Too Much" and "Little Baby"
Concert Masters: Jan v.d. Berg & Henk Beedkmans

Produced, Arranged & Conducted-By - Hans Vermeulen for purple eye productions BV.
Recorded and Mastered at: Nobody´s Business Studios, The Hague Holland
Engineer: Rob de Bie
Photograph: Clouds Studios
Sleeve design: O & G Bevoort
Organization: Debby Brard for Nobody´s Business

Release: 1979
Genre: Pop
Format: LP
Label: Bovema Negram Records
Catalog# 5N 064-26227
Prijs: €7.00

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed


april 15, 2017

Shirley - Shirley (1981) - Lp

Shirley Zwerus, Zandvoort 22 mei 1946, is een Nederlandse zangeres en pianiste.
Als kleuter volgde Zwerus al klassieke pianolessen en op zevenjarige leeftijd trad ze al op in het kindercircus. In 1956 maakte zij haar tv-debuut in de Johnny en Rijk show. Ze speelde en zong Little things mean a lot. Datzelfde jaar speelde ze als soliste in het Haarlems Concertgebouw.
Haar muzikale loopbaan begon in 1958 toen ze haar eerste single uitbracht; Maar ondanks dat (ben jij mijn lieve schat). Haar platenmaatschappij bombardeerde haar tot de Nederlandse Conny Froboess. In haar beginjaren werkte ze nauw samen met Godert van Colmjon van The Butterflies. Zwerus's begeleidingsgroep in de jaren 1958 -1961 was The Rhythm Stars o.l.v. Loek Burgemeester.
In 1964 maakte Zwerus deel uit van het winnende team van het Knokke-festival. Met het liedje Blijf bij mij deed zij in 1965 mee aan het Nationale Songfestival. Andere deelnemers dat jaar waren Gert Timmerman, Conny Vandenbos, Trea Dobbs en Ronnie Tober.

Een deejay van het Amerikaanse radiostation WWRI vond haar single Big Boss Man zo goed, dat ze naar de Verenigde Staten ging. In Los Angeles nam ze een elpee op en werd ze verliefd op haar producer. Met hem zou ze ook in huwelijk treden. Het huwelijk liep op de klippen en in 1976 keerde ze terug naar Nederland. Na haar terugkeer uit Amerika ontmoette ze platenproducer Jaap Eggermont.
Dit resulteerde in een Top 40 hit in 1977 met It's Me. Voor deze single kreeg ze ook een Edison. De opvolger van It's Me was Nothing Has Changed. Deze plaat bracht het niet verder dan een tipnotering. Zwerus bracht de LP Making Love Is Good For You uit, met daarop de single The Light I Wanna BeEasy Living was haar laatste Engelstalige single.

In 1981 stapt Shirley over op het Nederlands en heeft een bescheiden hit met de single "Heel Even", een cover van het Italiaanse lied Ancora van de Napolitaanse zanger Eduardo De Crescenzo.
Op haar titelloze Nederlandstalige album wordt de zangeres terzijde gestaan door een groot aantal gerenommeerde muzikanten, onder meer door Okkie Huysdens, Hans Hollestelle, Peter Schön, Hans Vermeulen, Lisa Schulte Nordholt, Floor van Zutphen en Benny Behr.
Van het album worden 3 nummers op single uitgebracht, "Bij Jou", "Eerste Liefde Vergeet Je Nooit" en "Heel Even".
De zangeres woont in Spanje en treedt daar regelmatig op. Af en toe doet ze ook shows in Nederland waarbij ze wordt begeleid door het trio John Martin (gitaar/zang), Ruud Baron (bas) en Bep Zwerus (drums/zang).

Side A
A1.  Bij Jou  (3:45)
A2.  Eerste Liefde Vergeet Je Nooit  (2:55)
A3.  Bloemen Bloeien Zelfs Als Het Koud Is  (3:35)
A4.  Jij Maakt Me Zo Blij  (3:45)
A5. Het Is Voorbij  (3:35)

Side B
B1.  Heel Even  (3:15)
B2.  Oh, Het Is Waar  (3:25)
B3.  Nu Ik Jou Niet Heb  (2:50)
B4.  Dromen Van Een Ander  (4:50)
B5.  Zonder Woorden  (3:50)

Release: 1981
Genre: Nederlandstalig
Format: LP
Label: FFR Records
Catalog# WEA 58408
Prijs: €7,00

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed


maart 19, 2017

Mary MacGregor - Torn Between Two Lovers (1976) - Lp

Mary Macgregor (born May 6, 1948) is an American singer, best known for singing the 1976 song "Torn Between Two Lovers", which topped the Billboard charts for two weeks.
Macgregor was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. She began studying piano at age six, and was singing with bands by the time she was a teenager.
After attending the University of Minnesota, Macgregor began to tour the country with various acts and caught the attention of Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul & Mary. She soon joined Yarrow, singing backup on a solo tour, and made an appearance on his Love Songs album.
Signed to Ariola America records, Macgregor released her debut single, "Torn Between Two Lovers", in late 1976; it became a smash hit by February 1977. The new year saw the single top both the pop and adult contemporary charts and was certified as a gold record. In addition, it reached #3 on Billboard's Country chart and also reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart.
Two further singles from the album of the same name, also written and produced by Yarrow, charted but were overwhelmed by the success of the title track.

Macgregor admitted in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson that she hated her own chart-topper, chiefly because she had little sympathy for the narrator of "Torn Between Two Lovers", a woman who confesses to her husband that she is having an affair, but pleads with her husband to stay with her and accept the situation.
Macgregor also said that the song indirectly led to the breakup of her own marriage, because her career kept her away from home so often that her relationship with her husband strained, and they decided to separate.
Macgregor did acknowledge that the song was successful because it appealed to listeners who had found themselves in the situation described in the lyrics.

Side A
A1. Mama  (3:19)
A2. This Girl (Has Turned Into A Woman)  (3:25)
A3. Good Together  (2:51)
A4. It’s Too Soon (To Let Our Love End)  (2:46)
A5. Why Did You Wait (To Tell Me)  (4:05)

Side B
B1. The Lady I Am  (4:15)
B2. For A While  (2:52)
B3. I Just Want To Love You  (3:00)
B4. Take Your Love Away  (2:50)
B5. Torn Between Two Lovers  (3:46)

Release: 1976
Genre: Folk Pop
Format: LP
Label: Ariola America Records
Catalog# 28575 OT
Prijs: €7.00

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Lichte Gebruikerssporen


maart 10, 2017

Karla Bonoff - Restless Nights (1979) - Lp

Karla Bonoff (born December 27, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter, primarily known for her songwriting. As a songwriter, Bonoff's songs have been interpreted by other artists such as "Home" by Bonnie Raitt, "Tell Me Why" by Wynonna Judd, and "Isn't It Always Love" by Lynn Anderson.

In her early career, Bonoff sang background vocals for Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman before releasing her debut album in 1977.
Restless Nights is the second album by singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff. The album peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard albums chart. Recorded at: The Sound Factory, Los Angeles
Karla Bonoff seems to have had some coming up with material for her second album, which may explain why it took two years (a long time in the '70s) and contained covers of "When You Walk in the Room" and "The Water Is Wide," and also why the originals weren't as uniformly excellent as those on her first album. True, leadoff track "Trouble Again" was a gem (as Linda Ronstadt proved when she recorded it on her Cry Like a Rainstorm -- Howl Like the Wind album in 1989), but some of the other material was only pedestrian.
As usual, half of L.A. was playing and singing on the record, which meant that you got people like Don Henley and James Taylor for your money. But Restless Nights did not represent the leap in quality that would have been required to vault Bonoff into the ranks of her star friends (it didn't have a big hit single, either), and so, instead of providing a consolidation of her reputation, it caused a rethinking of career direction reflected on her third album.

Side A
A1. Trouble Again  (3:29)
A2. Restless Nights  (5:14)
A3. The Letter  (2:44)
A4. When You Walk In The Room  (2:57)
A5. Only A Fool  (6:01)

Side B
B1. Baby Don’t Go  (3:17)
B2. Never Stop Her Heart  (4:45)
B3. Loving You  (3:24)
B4. The Water Is Wide  (4:57)

Release: 1979
Genre: Soft Rock
Format: LP
Length: 37:19
Label: CBS Records
Catalog# 83587
Prijs: €7.00

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Lichte gebruikerssporen