Rocket ‎– Here Comes My Love (1983)

Rocket was an early-’80s studio disco-funk outfit led by Crown Heights Affair member Ray Rock.

Rocket released their only album in 1982, the LP commands high prices on vinyl. The LP featured vocals by Audrey Wheeler and Carol Douglas and was mixed by Mark Berry.

The third and last single to be released from the LP was “Here Comes My Love” and was remixed by Nick Martinelli and David Todd.

Here Comes My Love (Remix)                    7:03

Here Comes My Love                                3:21

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One Way ‎– You Better Quit (1987)

One Way was formed in 1978 in Detroit, Michigan as the newer incarnation of a band originally known as Soul Partners. Al Hudson, Alicia Myers, guitarists Dave Roberson and Cortez Harris, bassist Kevin McCord, drummer Gregory Green and keyboardist Jonathan Meadows were the original members. They first recorded as “Al Hudson and the Soul Partners”, scoring an R&B hit on the ABC label called “You Can Do It” in 1979.

At that time, however, ABC Records was in the process of being taken over by MCA Records as part of a buyout, and when the band moved to the MCA label, they subsequently changed their name to One Way featuring Al Hudson before becoming One Way. They were on MCA from 1980 to 1988. They scored three Top 10 U.S. R&B chart hits, with the biggest being “Cutie Pie”, which reached number four in 1982.

In 1987, the single “You Better Quit” was released from the band’s final MCA album “One Way IX”. The single was produced by Eumir Deodato and remixed by Louil Silas Jr for the 12″ release.

You Better Quit (Extended Version)                         7:45

You Better Quit (Radio Edit)                                   5:15

You Better Quit (Instrumental)                                7:45

You Better Quit (Bonus Beats)                               4:45

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Slingshot ‎– You Shook Me All Night Long (1983)

Slingshot is a disco/dance music band from Detroit, Michigan. Its members include Jack Tann, Greg Sawton, David Van DePitte and John Lewis.

Their one and only chart entry was a 1983 cover version of a medley of Steely Dan’s song “Do It Again” and Michael Jackson’s #1 hit single “Billie Jean”, originally done in the same year by Italo disco studio project Clubhouse. This track (which is listed on the Rhino Records album Billboard Top Dance Hits 1983 as “Do It Again medley with Billie Jean”) hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in August 1983. They also recorded a unique version of AC/DC’s 1980 hit “You Shook Me All Night Long” with singer Kathy Kosins vocalizing the lyrics over Kraftwerk’s “Tour de France”, as performed by the group.

You Shook Me All Night Long (Extended Vocal Mix)                                  6:23

You Shook Me All Night Long (Instrumental Mix)                                       4:25

You Shook Me All Night Long (Extended Instrumental Mix)                         6:05

You Shook Me All Night Long (Radio Mix)                                                 3:26

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Carol Lynn Townes ‎– 99 1/2 (1984)

Carol Lynn Townes is an American soul singer from Warrenton, North Carolina.

Hailing from a family of gospel singers, she made her debut singing gospel at age three. She moved to New York in the early 1970s, joining a male soul group called Fifth Avenue. The group consisted of prominent jingle singers. With Townes as lead singer, the group recorded the single, “Wheeler Dealer”, for Buddha Records, and followed with an album on RCA Records in 1976. But it was not until nearly a decade later that Townes achieved commercial success.

Signed to Polydor in 1982 as a solo artist, she recorded a cover version of Alton McClain & Destiny’s “99 ½” for the Breakin’ soundtrack in 1984.  This became a Top 10 dance club hit and made #22 on the US Billboard R&B chart, and #77 on the Hot 100.  It peaked at #47 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1984.

99 1/2 (Club Mix)                               5:26

99 1/2 (Dub Mix)                                5:26

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Lillo Thomas ‎– Downtown (1987)

Lillo Thomas. (born 1961, Brooklyn, New York, United States), is an American former Olympic-qualifying athlete and later a soul musician. He reached the peak of his success as a recording artist in the 1980s. His most famous songs include “Sexy Girl” and “I’m in Love.”

Early in his life, Thomas’s goal was running. He set the world record for the 200 meters at the age of sixteen. As a member of the U.S. track and field team, he qualified for the 1984 Olympics, but was not able to attend after a car accident in Brazil.

Thomas quickly established his musical career. His first album, released in 1983 on Capitol Records, charted at #23 on the R&B Albums record charts. Let Me Be Yours also launched his first solo hit, “(You’re A) Good Girl”, which peaked at #90 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Also a successful session vocalist, he worked with Evelyn “Champagne” King, Kashif, James Ingram, and George Benson, but developed a special relationship with Melba Moore. He wrote the song “Mind Up Tonight” for her and joined her on tour in 1984 as her protege. That same year, he released his second solo album, “All of You”, which climbed to #9 on the R&B Albums chart and also reached #186 on the Billboard 200.

In 1985, Thomas toured with comedian Eddie Murphy, but 1987 was the pinnacle of success for his music career when his album Lillo released to become #10 on the R&B Albums chart and launched his most successful single, “I’m in Love.” The song reached #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Two other singles charted, with “Downtown” reaching #11 and “Sexy Girl” reaching #9 on the same chart.

This US 12″ single gathered the City Mix and Radio Mix (Frank Del Rio & Victor Flores) of “Downtown” with the Taxi Mix (Billy Carroll) of “Downtown” and Uptown Mix (Brian “Chuck” New) of “I’m In Love”.

Downtown (City Mix)                                       7:26

Downtown (Radio Mix)                                     4:25

Downtown (Taxi Mix)                                       7:55

I’m In Love (Uptown Mix)                                  6:47

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Machinations ‎– Cars & Planes (1989)

At last, the much requested Australian 12″ single of “Cars & Planes” from 1989.

“Cars & Planes” was the fourth and last single from the Machination’s final album “Uptown” released in October 1988. Original versions of the CD for this album featured the Mark Berry Club Mix as a bonus track.

By the time that “Cars & Planes” was released, the group had become a popular band on the Australian touring circuit. Their activities were curtailed in April 1989 when a hit-and-run car accident left lead vocalist Fred Loneragan with a broken neck, multiple cuts, bruises and concussion. He spent several months recuperating in hospital. Initially fellow band members intended to continue whilst Loneragan recovered,however the group disbanded as various members left to join other local groups.

Machinations reformed in 2012 and performed two shows at The Bridge Hotel in Rozelle on 24 and 25 February. On 6 December they gigged at the Enmore Theatre along with Blondie, and The Stranglers. Machinations planned further shows.

“Cars & Planes” was produced by Andy Wallace (Nirvana/Jeff Buckley) and co-produced/remixed by Mark Berry.

Cars & Planes (Club Mix)                                6:33

Cars & Planes (Dub Version)                           5:22

Beats & Planes (Bonus Beats)                        3:07

Cars & Planes (Live)                                       4:17

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Boy George ‎– Live My Life (1987)

Boy George (born George Alan O’Dowd; 14 June 1961) is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

During the 1980s, Boy George was the lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award winning pop band Culture Club where he became known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. He also founded and was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. Being involved in many activities (among them songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes and photography), he has released fewer music recordings in the last decade.

After the dissolution of Culture Club in 1986, Boy George entered treatment for his addiction. He was prescribed narcotics to treat his addiction to heroin. In kicking his heroin addiction, he then became addicted to the prescription narcotics that were used during his treatment.

In 1987, he released his first solo album, Sold, which garnered mild success in Europe. It spawned the UK singles “Everything I Own” (UK No. 1), “Keep Me in Mind” (UK No. 29), “To Be Reborn” (UK No. 13), and the title song, “Sold” (UK No. 24).  The singles were also hits in various other European countries. The album’s success, however, was not duplicated in America.  This may be due in part to the fact that George was prohibited by US authorities from travelling to the United States for several years because of his British drug charges. He was therefore unable to be in America to help promote the album.

George did score his first solo US Top 40 hit with the single “Live My Life” (US No. 40) from the soundtrack to the movie Hiding Out.

Michael Moore provided the remixes while Mark S. Berry & Paul Fox contributed the Klub mixes.

Live My Life (12″ Soul Remix)                                 7:25

Live My Life (The Quake Dub)                                 6:25

Live My Life (12″ Klub Mix)                                     7:35

Live My Life (Klub Dub)                                          6:25

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Colonel Abrams ‎– Music Is The Answer (1984)

Colonel Abrams (his real name) moved with his family to New York City when he was ten years old due to his father (a construction worker) getting a job there. The family moved to the East Village in Manhattan on East 13 Street. From an early age, he began playing the guitar and piano. He was in several early bands. Among them was Heavy Impact in which he played both guitar and keyboards alongside Joe Webb (guitar), Lemar Washington (guitar), Marston Freeman (bass guitar), Ronald Simmons (drums), Harry Jones (trumpet) and Barbara Mills (saxophone). In the mid-1970s he formed Conservative Manor, 94 East (the band featuring Prince on lead guitar) and the New Jersey band Surprise Package.

Hits in the mid-1980s including “Leave the Message Behind the Door” and “Music Is the Answer” established him as a solo artist, initially in Europe and later in the US.

“Music Is The Answer” reached #84 in the UK and #11 on the US Dance Charts.

Music Is The Answer                                                  6:40

Music Is The Answer (Dub Mix)                                   6:24

Leave The Message Behind The Door                          5:47

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Kevin Paige ‎– Don’t Shut Me Out (1989)

Kevin Paige (born October 10, 1966, Memphis, Tennessee) was a recording artist on Chrysalis in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His eponymously titled solo album sported a pair of top 40 dance-pop singles, “Don’t Shut Me Out” and “Anything I Want”. This success won him a spot as the opening act on bubblegum pop chanteuse Debbie Gibson’s world tour.

Paige went on to become a songwriter for Zomba Music Group and he is a music-minister at Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis. He also released a Christmas CD with his wife, Bethany Paige, entitled A W.O.W. Christmas in 2004, as well as a contemporary Christian disc entitled Faith, Hope, Love, Passion that same year. Kevin and Bethany released the CD This Much Love in 2006, which includes secular and non secular songs written by Kevin.

“Don’t Shut Me Out” was remixed by Bruce Forest and Frank Heller for the 12″ single.

Don’t Shut Me Out (Dance Mix)                                     8:10

Don’t Shut Me Out (Dance Mix Edit)                              4:14

Don’t Shut Me Out (Alternate Vocal Mix)                        4:06

Don’t Shut Me Out (LP Mix)                                          3:47

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Ignatius Jones ‎– Like A Ghost (1982)

Ignatius Jones (born Juan Ignacio Trápaga in 1957, Singalong, Manila, Philippines) is an Australian events director, journalist, actor and previously fronted the shock rock band Jimmy and the Boys. From 1976 to 1982 the group pioneered the use of shock theatrics in Australia. By the end of the 1970s they were “one of the most popular live acts on the Australian scene” with Jones performing as lead vocalist and contortionist alongside Joylene Thornbird Hairmouth (born William O’Riordan) on keyboards and vocals as a kitsch transvestite.

In 1981 they scored their only top 10 single with “They Won’t Let My Girlfriend Talk to Me”, written by Split Enz leader, Tim Finn. After issuing two studio albums and a live set, the group disbanded in 1982 with Jones set to pursue a solo career. In April 1982, Ignatius Jones issued his debut solo single, “Like a Ghost”, which was written by The Church’s frontman Steve Kilbey.

For the US release, “Like A Ghost” became the only single by an Australian artist to receive a remix by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai.

Like A Ghost (An M & M Mix)                                  6:15

Seductive Ways                                                     3:09

Like A Ghost (Original Version)                                6:38

It’s No Reason                                                        5:31

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