Dan Hartman ‎– We Are The Young (1984)

Following the success of Dan Hartman’s two disco-oriented albums Instant Replay and Relight My Fire, from 1978 and 1979 respectively, as well as their singles, Hartman had moved away from the disco scene with a more melodic pop-rock sound with the 1981 album It Hurts to Be in Love. However the album was not a commercial success, and its three singles only became minor chart hits. I Can Dream About You was Hartman’s debut album for the MCA Records label, and marked the first album to feature Hartman’s longtime songwriting partner Charlie Midnight, who he would continue to write with throughout the rest of the decade.

I Can Dream About You peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200, where it lasted 28 weeks within the chart in total.It peaked at #91 in Canada, lasting within the Top 100 for six weeks.The album spawned four singles in total. The title track became Hartman’s biggest hit, also appearing on the soundtrack to the 1984 film Streets of Fire.The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“We Are the Young” followed as the second single and peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, whilst also topping the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.

The legendary Larry Levan provided the remixes for the 12″ single release.

We Are The Young (Club Version)                                6:52

We Are The Young (Instrumental Version)                     6:52

We Are The Young (LP Version)                                   4:19


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Loose Ends – Mr. Bachelor (1988)

The Real Chuckeeboo was the fourth album by British R&B group Loose Ends. It is the last album to feature all three original members; Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene and Steve Nichol. Mainly written and produced by Loose Ends and co-produced by longtime collaborator Nick Martinelli, it also features contributions from Leon Ware and Caron Wheeler.

At this point in their career, the band were not only performing but writing and producing tracks for Juliet Roberts, Phyllis Hyman, Five Star, Peter Royer, Cheryl Lynn, and Lavine Hudson.

The Real Chuckeeboo reached #52 in the United Kingdom. In the USA it peaked at #16 on the R&B chart and #80 on the Billboard albums chart.

The first single to be released from “The Real Chuckeeboo” was “Mr.Bachelor” which reached #50 on the UK Charts and #11 on the US R&B charts.

The US 12″ featured additional production by Jeff Lorber and remixes by Louil Silas Jr.

Mr. Bachelor (Def Club Version)                                    7:34

Mr. Bachelor (Def Dub Version)                                     8:47

Mr. Bachelor (Def Radio Version)                                  5:14

Mr. Bachelor (Club Hype Version)                                 9:18

Mr. Bachelor (Instrumental Hype Version)                      7:32

Mr. Bachelor (Radio Hype Version)                                5:11


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Eleanor Grant ‎– (I Am Ready) Sexual Healing (1982)

Eleanor Grant released her first single “You Oughta’ Be Here With Me” on Columbia Records in 1975 at the age of 14, a second single for the label “This Time We’re Really Through” was recorded at Muscle Shoals, produced by Jimmy Johnson and  Roger Hawkins and released in 1976.

At the age of 22, Eleanor recorded “(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing” for the Catawaba Records label where her father, Richard Mack was president.

A reply record to the Marvin Gaye classic, “(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing” answers the call from a woman’s point of view. As Eleanor told Billboard in 1982, “I don’t think it’s passive for a woman to say “I am ready” to someone that she cares for”.

“(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing” received remixes by Sergio Munzibai And John Morales (An M&M Mix) for the US 12″ single release.

(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing                                                7:04

(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing (Breakdown Mix)                       5:42

(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing (Chimental Mix)                        7:57


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Billy Ocean ‎– Hold On Brother (1986)

Billy Ocean (born January 21, 1950) is a British recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s.After scoring his first four UK top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three U.S. number ones.

Ocean was born as Leslie Charles in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago, to Grenadian parents, and moved to Romford, Essex, England, with his family at the age of eight.Ocean’s musical influence came at an early age of his life as his father was a musician, and Ocean realised he was in line to follow those ambitions as he was growing up. During his teenage years, he sang regularly in London clubswhile also working as a tailor in London’s Savile Row. He released his first single in 1972 on Spark Records as Les Charles.

Ocean’s period of greatest success began with the releases, during 1984, of the album Suddenly and its main single, “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run).”

His 1986 album Love Zone also sold well. It included the successful singles “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going,” the theme from the film The Jewel of the Nile; this was a number one success in the UK and a number two in the U.S.; and “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” (a U.S. number one, and also a major UK success).

“Hold On Brother” was a 1986 single from the album “Emotions In Motion”, an album that paired new arrangements with vintage vocals by Bully Ocean, in the case of “Hold On Brother” the vocals had been recorded at one of Billy’s first recording sessions in 1974.

The 12″ single mixes were by John Morales and Sergio Munzibai.

Hold On Brother (Club Mix)                 6:32

Hold On Brother (Dub Mix)                  4:58

Hold On Brother (Radio Mix)               3:58


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DAF – The Gun (1987)

Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft or D.A.F. is an influential German electropunk/NDW band from Düsseldorf, which primarily featured Gabriel “Gabi” Delgado-López (vocals) and Robert Görl (drums, percussion, electronic instruments).

The band split during the recording of their fifth album Für immer in 1982 and each member released solo albums: Delgado Mistress (on Virgin), and Görl Night Full Of Tension (on Mute).

Delgado and Görl reunited in 1985 to record 1st Step to Heaven, their only album in English, which achieved one week in the Swedish album chart at no. 46. Delgado later noted: “So we wanted to break our own rules and said: OK, so now we sing in English, now we don’t wear black. (laughing) With purpose. Because we wanted to break our own rules.”

In the US, the album was repackaged as “Hitz Blitz” and released in 1989 with a number of different tracks and mixes, one of the most prominent of these tracks was “The Gun”, released as a single in 1987 with a number of different mixes being releases in the US and Germany.

“The Gun” features samples from ZZ Top and Yello, although neither are credited on the 12″ single.

During this extensive period their historical importance began to become clearer. Legendary radio DJ John Peel went as far as to call them the Grandfathers of Techno.

The Gun                                                        8:19

Program It (Instrumental)                                8:36


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Double-Z ‎– Bored To Tears (1989)

Lizz Chisholm, (born May 15,1952) AKA Double-Z is one of the most renowned female bassist/vocalist/producers in the music business. She has been part of the industry for over 40 years.

Double-Z began her career touring with Grand Master Melle Mel and the Furious Five, making her not only one of the very first live instrumentalists in Hip-Hop but also one of the very first women in the major Hip-Hop arena. Double-Z has also toured with the 80′s dance/club famed band, D-Train. She then went on to tour with Eugene Wilde, Al B. Sure, Zhane, and the world famous Kid Creole and The Coconuts. Double-Z has also performed with Issac Hayes, Tony Terry,and Natalie Cole.

Double-Z released her first solo single entitled “Bored To Tears” on the Warner Bros. label, in 1988. She became a staff songwriter for Warner Chappell Music where she then landed her solo album deal with Quincy Jones’ label Qwest records.

This US Promo 12″ featured two mixes by Trevor Gale and Winston Jones & David Shaw.

Bored To Tears (Gale/Warnings Mix)                5:18

Bored To Tears (Couch Potato Edit)                 3:58


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The System – Don’t Disturb This Groove (1987)

“Don’t Disturb This Groove” is a song by American synthpop/R&B duo The System, from the 1987 album of the same name. The song was written by The System’s David Frank and Mic Murphy. It was released as the album’s first single.

In May 1987, the song reached number one on the Billboard R&B Singles chart, spending one week on top. It was later a hit on the pop chart during the summer of 1987 as well, peaking at number four on the Hot 100 in July.

In 2003, Victoria Beckham sampled Don’t Disturb This Groove in her double single “This Groove/Let Your Head Go,” which went to #3 on the UK Single Charts.

Don’t Disturb This Groove (Vocal/Remix)                        5:32

Don’t Disturb This Groove (Dub Version)                         4:25

Don’t Disturb This Groove (Groove Remix)                      5:20


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When In Rome – The Promise (1988)

“The Promise” is a song by British band When in Rome. It was released in 1988 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album. The song was written by all three band members Clive Farrington, Andrew Mann and Michael Floreale. The song made the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the band’s biggest commercial hit.

William Cooper of AllMusic spoke of the song in a review of the When in Rome album, writing, “The 1988 hit “The Promise” was essentially a carbon copy of New Order’s radio-friendly dance-rock. Dark yet catchy, boasting a throbbing dance rhythm, a singalong chorus, and a hypnotic melody, ‘The Promise’ certainly deserved the success.”Cooper also highlighted “The Promise” as a standout on the album by labeling it an AMG Pick Track.

On January 22, 1989, a review of the album was published in the daily issue of the Daily Union. The review mentioned the song, saying, “‘The Promise’, a hit in Great Britain, is typical. Starting with a piano that picks out the melody, the song throbs along electronically with clear harmonies of Mann and Farrington piercing through the catchy melody.”

“The Promise” was initially released as a 12″ record and reached the top of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. After the release of the group’s self-titled debut album, the song was re-released and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the single was less successful in the band’s native Britain, reaching number 58.

The US Promo featured two mixes by Michael H. Brauer on the A side and two mixes by Freddy Bastone on the B side.

The Promise (O.N. Mix)                                      6:25

The Promise (O.N. Dub)                                     3:45

The Promise (Coliseum Mix)                               6:26

The Promise (Vatican Dub)                                 4:49


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Ten City ‎– Suspicious (1989)

Ten City (derived from intensity) was a Chicago, Illinois-based R&B and house-music act that enjoyed a number of club hits and Urban radio hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s and was one of the first exponents of deep house.Formerly known as Ragtyme, the group comprised vocalist Byron Stingily, guitarist Herb Lawson and keyboardist Byron Burke and were augmented by producer Marshall Jefferson.The group was signed by Atlantic Records and released the album Foundation in 1989, which became the group’s only album to cross over, peaking at No. 49 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Ten City is best known for the singles “Right Back to You” and “That’s the Way Love Is,”which hit No. 1 on the US dance chart and No. 8 on the UK Top 40 in 1989. Stingily, who left the group and became a successful solo artist, re-recorded the song and brought it back to No. 1 on the US dance chart in 1999.

“Suspicious” was produced by Marshall Jefferson and was remixed by Ten City for the US 12″ single and included a UK remix of “Devotion” by The Fon Force.

Suspicious (Extended Version)                                 5:07

Suspicious (Dub Mix)                                               7:52

Devotion (Paradise Revisited UK Mix)                        7:13


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Robert Palmer ‎– I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On (1986)

“I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” is a song written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and originally performed by Cherrelle in 1984. The single was Cherrelle’s first hit peaked at number eight on the soul chart and number seventy-nine on the Hot 100.On the US dance chart, “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” went to number six.

Robert Palmer recorded a cover one year later, and it was released as the fifth single from his 1985 album Riptide. The single hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986, only behind “Amanda” by Boston, and the music video, which featured women much like the ones from “Addicted to Love”, hit No. 1 on MTV on October 17, 1986.

Bruce Forest provided the remixes for the 12″ single.

I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On (Extended Dance Mix)                                   6:37

I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On (Instrumental / A Cappella Beats)                   2:04

I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On (Instrumental / Remix / Dub)                          4:28

Addicted To Love (LP Version)                                                                   6:01


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