Loose Ends ‎– Stay A Little While, Child (1986)

Loose Ends was a successful British R&B band that had several urban contemporary hits. The trio was formed in London in 1980, initially comprising vocalist and guitarist Carl McIntosh, vocalist Jane Eugene, and keyboard player, writer and founder Steve Nichol. The latter two left the group in 1989, bringing an end to the band’s most successful phase.

Stay A Little While, Child” was the first single from Loose Ends’ third studio album “Zagora“, for the US 12” the title track was remixed by Louil Silas, Jr and “Gonna Make You Mine” was remixed by Dancin’ Danny D and Godwin Logie.

Stay A Little While, Child (Extended Version)               8:12

Stay A Little While, Child (Instrumental)                       5:50

Stay A Little While, Child (Radio Edit)                          5:54

Stay A Little While, Child (Dub Version)                       7:56

Stay A Little While, Child (Bonus Beats)                      5:43

Gonna Make You Mine (Extended Mix)                        5:43

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The Belle Stars ‎– World Domination (1986)

The Belle Stars were an all female British pop/rock band, founded in London in 1980 by former members of the 2 Tone ska revival band, The Bodysnatchers.

After The Bodysnatchers broke up, guitarists Stella Barker and Sarah-Jane Owen, saxophonist Miranda Joyce, keyboardist Penny Leyton, and drummer Judy Parsons decided to form a new band, recruiting bass player Lesley Shone and lead vocalist Jennie Matthias (also known as Jenny McKeown and Jenny Bellestar). Their first performance was on Christmas Day, 1980, before they had chosen a name.

Within a short time, the group became well known around London, notably appearing on the front cover of Sounds magazine early in 1981. Shortly thereafter, they were signed by Stiff Records, then highly successful due to its star act, Madness.

By 1984, Stiff Records was ailing, and it merged with Island Records; in July 1985 it was liquidated and bought by ZTT, the label owned by the husband and wife team of producer Trevor Horn and Jill Sinclair. Under Horn’s supervision, the three remaining members recorded a new Belle Stars album with the 4th & Broadway production team in New York City. However, the only tracks to be released were those on the single “World Domination”, which flopped in Britain but peaked at number two for two weeks on the Billboard Dancefloor charts in the U.S. Following this release the band broke up.

“World Domination’ had two different remixes, the US received the Shep Pettibone Remix (posted previously) while the UK remix was by Paul Hardcastle, the UK 12” also added two additional tracks which did not make the US release.

World Domination (Extended Version)                            7:17

Just A Minute                                                               3:43

Rock Me To The Top                                                     3:28

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Stewart Copeland ‎– The Equalizer Busy Equalizing (1987)

Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer best known as the drummer for the band The Police and for his film music soundtracks. He has also written various pieces of music for ballet, opera and orchestra. Copeland was ranked by a Rolling Stone magazine reader poll in 2010 as the fifth greatest drummer of all time.

After some success providing the soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish in 1983, Stewart continued to work on various soundtracks including the hit television show The Equalizer which ran from 1985 to 1989. The show’s distinctive theme song became a hit and was released in 1987 in this William Orbit remix.

The UK 12″ also added the track “Love Lessons” which had previously appeared on 12″ in 1986, a collaboration between Stewart and Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band), the remix was provided by Arthur Baker and Shep Pettibone.

The Equalizer Busy Equalizing (Extended Mix)                     4:57

The Equalizer Busy Equalizing (Edit)                                   3:59

Love Lessons (with Derek Holt) (Remix)                               3:58

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China Crisis ‎– King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up) (1985)

China Crisis is an English pop/rock band. They were formed in 1979 in Kirkby, near Liverpool, Merseyside with a core of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon.China Crisis were originally assimilated in the batch of new wave Liverpool acts of the late 1970s and early 1980s, led by OMD and also including Echo and the Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, A Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

China Crisis had moderate success in the United Kingdom in the 1980s with five Top 40 singles and three Top 40 albums, as well as commercial success in Western Europe, Australia and the Americas.

Their third album, Flaunt the Imperfection, was produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan fame and reached No. 9 in the UK Albums Chart in May 1985. China Crisis was so honoured to directly work with Becker that they officially listed him in the group as a quintet consisting of Daly, Lundon, Johnson, Wilkinson, and Becker on the album’s credits.

King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up) (Extended Version)              7:30

Blue Sea                                                                                5:46

King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up)                                          3:52

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Alison Moyet ‎– Weak In The Presence Of Beauty (1987)

Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet (born 18 June 1961, Billericay, Essex) is an English singer, songwriter and performer noted for her bluesy contralto voice.

Her UK album sales have reached a certified 2.3 million, with over a million singles sold. All seven of her studio albums and three compilation albums have charted in the Top 30 UK Album Chart, with two of the albums reaching number one. She has also achieved nine Top 30 singles and five Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart.

“Weak in the Presence of Beauty” is a song written by Michael Ward and Rob Clarke which was first released by their band, the British soul and jazz-influenced pop group Floy Joy, in 1986. In 1987 Alison Moyet released her cover of the track as the first single from her second studio album Raindancing. Unlike the original version, this cover became a hit throughout Europe.

Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Mixed by Scott Litt.

Weak In The Presence Of Beauty (Extended Remix)              6:04

Weak In The Presence Of Beauty (Single Version)                 3:37

To Work On You                                                                  4:13

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David Grant ‎– Before Too Long (1987)

David Grant (born 8 August 1956, Hackney, London) is an English pop singer, celebrity and vocal coach.

Grant became famous in the early 1980s as a member of UK soul/funk duo, Linx, whose biggest hit was Intuition in 1981. He began a solo career in 1983 with the Top 40 hit “Stop and Go”. Further hits included “Watching You Watching Me” and two duets with Jaki Graham, “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” which reached number five in 1985 and the Todd Rundgren-penned “‘Mated” which made number 20 later that year. He has also worked as a session singer for artists including Diana Ross, Rick Astley and the Lighthouse Family.

“Before Too Long” was released as a single from David Grant’s third album “Change”, the track was mixed by Julian Mendelsohn and remixed by Dancin’ Danny D for the UK 12″ release.

Before Too Long (Sooncome Mix)                         7:15

Before Too Long                                                  3:45

Tonight                                                               4:53

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Bryan Ferry ‎– Limbo (1988)

Bryan Ferry, CBE (born 26 September 1945), is an English singer, musician, and songwriter known for his vocal and sartorial style and for his re-working of standards in albums such as These Foolish Things (1973), As Time Goes By (1999) and The Jazz Age (2012).Ferry came to prominence in the early 1970s as lead vocalist and principal songwriter with the band Roxy Music, which enjoyed a highly successful career with three number one albums and ten singles entering the top ten charts in the United Kingdom during the 1970s and ’80s.

“Limbo” was the third single from Bryan Ferry’s seventh solo album, “Bête Noire”, it reached #86 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was written by Bryan Ferry & Patrick Leonard (Evelyn “Champagne’ King/Randy Crawford/Madonna).

There are seven different edits of “Limbo” across various international releases of the single. In this UK 12″ the remix credits for the Latin Mix are by Emilio Pasquez and Pascal Gabriel while Alan Meyerson remixed “Bête Noire” and provided the Brooklyn Mix of “Limbo”.

Limbo (Latin Mix)                                      6:36

Bete Noire (Instrumental)                           5:00

Limbo (Brooklyn Mix)                                8:38

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Lenny White ‎– Didn’t Know About Love (Till I Found You) (1983)

Leonard White III, better known as Lenny White (born December 19, 1949) is an American jazz fusion drummer, born in New York City, best known for being the drummer of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever.A resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, White has been described as “one of the founding fathers of jazz fusion”.

In 1983, Lenny White released the album “Attitude” which took him in an electronic, funk/soul direction.

The album spawned two singles, “My Turn To Love You” and “Didn’t Know About Love (Till I Found You)”

“Didn’t Know About Love (Till I Found You)” featured a lead vocal by Keeley Curtis and was remixed by David Todd & Nick Martinelli.

Didn’t Know About Love (Till I Found You) (Vocal)                              6:06

Didn’t Know About Love (Till I Found You) (Instrumental)                    4:32

Tell Him (Fala Para Ele) (Vocal)                                                       4:38

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Taylor Dayne ‎– I’ll Always Love You (1988)

Leslie Wunderman (born March 7, 1962),better known by her stage name Taylor Dayne, is an American pop and freestyle music singer-songwriterand actress. In late 1987, she scored her first major hit when her debut single “Tell It to My Heart” reached No. 7 on the Hot 100. She then went on to have a string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the No. 1 Billboard hit “Love Will Lead You Back”. Overall, she has had eighteen individual hit songs reach the top ten in Billboard magazine.

In the United States, she achieved three gold singles, with “Tell It to My Heart”, “I’ll Always Love You,” and “Love Will Lead You Back.” “I’ll Always Love You,” a change-of-pace ballad compared to Dayne’s earlier releases, was her breakout hit on the Adult Contemporary charts in 1988 and paved the way for future uptempo dance tracks such as “Don’t Rush Me” (1988) and “With Every Beat Of My Heart” (1989) to gain acceptance at Adult Contemporary radio.

“I’ll Always Love You” was the third single from her debut album Tell It to My Heart and gave Dayne her first adult contemporary hit and her first (and to date) only song to chart on the R&B chart. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 24, 1988.

The 12″ single added an extended mix of the track and house mixes of earlier hits “Tell It To My Heart” and “Prove Your Love” by Richie Jones.

I’ll Always Love You (Single Mix)                            4:18

I’ll Always Love You (Extended Mix)                       6:07

Tell It To My Heart (House Mix)                              8:54

Prove Your Love (House Mix)                                 7:30

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Sérgio Mendes ‎– Mas Que Nada (1989)

“Mas que Nada” is a song written and originally performed by Jorge Ben on his debut album, which in a later cover version became the signature song of Sérgio Mendes. The song was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the 5th greatest Brazilian song.

In Brazilian Portuguese slang, mas, que nada (literally, “but, that [is] nothing”) means “come on”, “no way”, “Whatever”, or “Yeah, right!” In many recordings, the title song is incorrectly written “Mais que nada”, Portuguese for “more than nothing”. The title should not be confused with the Spanish más que nada meaning “more than nothing” (in the sense of “mainly” or “principally”).

Mendes covered the song on his album Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66 (1966). In the United States, the single reached No. 47 on the Billboard pop chart, as well as No. 4 on the easy listening chart. He recorded a new version for the 2011 animated film Rio and its soundtrack.

In 1989, “Mas que Nada” was re-recorded by Sérgio Mendes for the “Arara” album and was remixed by Justin Strauss for the 12″ release.

Mas Que Nada (12″ Vocal: The Justin Strauss Remix)            6:48

Mas Que Nada (7″ Vocal: The Justin Strauss Remix)              3:48

Mas Que Nada (12″ Just Right Mix – Dub)                             6:25

Mas Que Nada (Percapella)                                                  5:42

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