Thompson Twins – “In The Name Of Love” (12″ Version)…

Thompson Twins - In The Name Of Love (12-inch Version)Artist: Thompson Twins
Title: In The Name Of Love (12″ Version)
Year: 1982
Label: Arista

Thompson Twins – “In The Name Of Love” (12″ Version) (mp3)

 

Thompson Twins – “We Are Detective” (Long Version)…

Thompson Twins - We Are Detective (Long Version)Artist: Thompson Twins
Title: We Are Detective (Long Version)
Year: 1983
Label: Arista

Thompson Twins – “We Are Detective” (Long Version) (mp3)

 

YELLO – “Stella” Album & Singles

Yello, Stella Album & Singles, Dieter Meier, Boris Blank

There’s no measure as to how much I love the Stella album by YELLO. Released in 1985, Stella is still one of the most original albums ever to come out, and still standing the test of time. Oh Yeah is probably one of the most recognized tracks ever since being featured in the soundtracks of two 1985 block-buster movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Secret Of My Success ….. and subsequently later being featured in countless other movies. But Oh Yeah is not my only favorite track on Stella album. My favorite tracks are all the other ones, such as Dessert Inn, Koladi-Ola, Domingo, Sometimes — practically all the tracks on that album. Stella must be listened to from start to finish. The tracks tell a story in their consecutive order. Boris Blank’s wizardry on the synths, drum machines and the Fairlight sampler is pure sound-design bliss. Every sound and element heard on each track is sublime. Engineered beautifully. Lyrical poetry from the vocals of Dieter Meier. Those two Swiss guys –Boris Blank and Dieter Meier– are masters of their own craft. They are always (as always have been) in total control over everything they do, including producing and directing all their music videos. They simply stand on their plateau through and through.

Play YELLO “Stella” Album…

YELLO- “Vicious Games” (12″ Mix)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Vicious Games (12″ Mix)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Vicious Games” (12″ Mix) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Desire” (12″ Mix)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Desire (12″ Mix)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Desire” (12″ Mix) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Oh Yeah” (Dance Mix)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Oh Yeah (Dance Mix)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Oh Yeah” (Dance Mix) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Oh Yeah” (Indian Summer Version)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Oh Yeah (Indian Summer Version)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Oh Yeah” (Indian Summer Version) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Let Me Cry” (Extended)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Let Me Cry (Extended)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Let Me Cry” (Extended) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Blue Nabou” (Bonus Track)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Blue Nabou (Bonus Track)
Year: 1984
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Blue Nabou” (Bonus Track) (mp3)

 

Some of my YELLO collection…

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The first time hearing this incredible remix of Billy Idol’s Flesh For Fantasy in 1984, I did not pay much attention to it for no reason at all. I’ve always loved the original LP version, but my brain failed to register Below The Belt Mix. It had all the elements which I craved in any given track in those times: drum machines, samples of stuttering vocals and guitar stabs, synthesizers, etc.  Tight programming and blending of electronic synth, pop and rock music, produced by Keith Forsey who had worked extensively with Giorgio Moroder (go figure Below The Belt Mix sounding electronic!) — the godfather of electric disco, also notoriously known for his mind-blasting The Chase theme soundtrack of Midnight Exress motion picture!

The day which Below The Belt Mix floored me and left me breathless was at an all-nude strip bar near LAX airport, early one Summer afternoon in 1993. The place wasn’t packed. I was having a few drinks and watching the dancer peel off all her clothes on stage while listening to the loud music. Below The Belt Mix came on next. And she cirque-du-soleil’ed nude to it deeply into the flesh, heart & spirit of the song, as if it was her last dance in the world.

Billy Idol – “Flesh For Fantasy” (Below The Belt Mix)…

Artist: Billy Idol
Title: Flesh For Fantasy (Below The Belt Mix)
Year: 1984
Label: Chrysalis Records.

Billy Idol – “Flesh For Fantasy” (Below The Belt Mix) (mp3)

 

Music Video: Billy Idol – “Flesh For Fantasy”…

I have nothing to say about this track other than it is great. Oh yeah, I did some little EQ adjustment, added a touch of reverb tweaked  with my own custom parameters, and slapping quick final mastering … making both tracks below to sound brighter, beefier and  clearer with more ambience & presence.

Spandau Ballet – “Lifeline” (Dub Version)…

Artist: Spandau Ballet
Title: Lifeline (Dub Version)
Year: 1983
Label: Chrysalis Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Spandau Ballet – “Lifeline” (Dub Version) (mp3)

 

Spandau Ballet – “Lifeline” (Acappella)…

Artist: Spandau Ballet
Title: Lifeline (Acappella)
Year: 1983
Label: Chrysalis Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Spandau Ballet – “Lifeline” (Acappella) (mp3)

 


Source of article: Gridface
Link to original article: http://www.gridface.com/features/chip_e.html
Author of article: Jacob Arnold, editor of Gridface blog

Read this fantastic article If You Only Knew (Chip E.) and interview of Chip E. (Irwin Larry Eberhart II, 43) posted by Jacob Arnold from the Gridface blog.  Chip E. (also known as The Godfather of House) was the first artist to release a dance track which contained the words “house” and “jack,” and therefore spawning so many House tracks to be released by other House artists, also contained such words (either in the title and/or hook):  7 Ways To Make You Jack (Hercules),  Jack Your Body (Steve Silk Hurley), Jack To The Sound Of The Underground (Fast Eddie), House Nation (House Master Boyz), etc.

Another great Tears For Fears 12″ single. This track was recorded and released in the UK charts in 1984, well before the release  of their 1985 LP/album release Songs From The Big Chair. It showcased the group’s edgier sound, intricate production and, most importantly, the creative use of sampling. Beat Of The Drum Mix was clearly one of the earliest remix tracks with sampled vocals, loops and snippets as well as loops, that were sequenced and arranged together on top of all other synths and multi-tracked layers of instrument/vocal performances recorded by the band. For example, the string-hits at the beginning Beat Of The Drum Mix were sampled from a Barry Manilow track; James Brown vocal snippets near the end; and the other samples were real ambient noises, drum shots/rolls, orchestral and horn stabs, ambient and weird noises, guitar strums/chords, and Tears For Fears’ own vocals.

All the sampling were done with the Fairlight CMi-2 which was, at that time, the most sophisticated and highly advanced sampling/sequencing/digital-editing workstation.  It featured a mainframe computer, large keyboard-instrument controller, computer monitor and a light-pen.  Watch this video demonstration of the Fairlight. Also watch this other video of the Fairlight being demonstrated by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran.

The meaning of Mothers Talk stems from two ideas:

  1. Something that mothers say to their children about pulling faces; they say the child will stay like that when the wind changes; and
  2. The inspiration by the anti-nuclear cartoon book When The Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs.

Tears For Fears – “Mothers Talk” (Beat Of The Drum Mix)…

Artist: Tears For Fears
Title: Mothers Talk (Beat Of The Drum Mix)
Year: 1984, 1985, 1986
Label: Mercury Records; Polygram; Phonogram; Vertigo
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Tears For Fears – “Mothers Talk” (Beat Of The Drum Mix) (mp3)

 

Tears For Fears – “Mothers Talk” (US Remix)…

Artist: Tears For Fears
Title: Mothers Talk (US Remix)
Year: 1984, 1985, 1986
Label: Mercury Records; Polygram; Phonogram; Vertigo

Tears For Fears – “Mothers Talk” (US Remix) (mp3)

 

Fairlight CMi demonstration by Greg Sneddon…

http://youtu.be/D-aWWcw2pL0

Fairlight Cmi demonstration by Nick Rhodes & other artists…

When The Wind Blows…

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