Devo ‎– Baby Doll (1988)

Devo is an American rock band formed in 1972 consisting of members from Kent and Akron, Ohio. The classic line-up of the band included two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It”, and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence.

In 1988, Devo released their seventh studio album. It was the first Devo album that was recorded without drummer Alan Myers, who was replaced by former Sparks drummer David Kendrick. This was the first Devo album to use the then-new Roland S-50 and Roland D-50 synthesizers. This was also the last album to use the Fairlight CMI synth computer, which was mostly used for pre-sequencing the album, as well as for sampling in the choruses of “Some Things Never Change” and “Agitated.”

The first single to be released from the album was “Baby Doll” which was remixed by Ivan Ivan.

Baby Doll (Extended Mix)                           5:44

Baby Doll (Single Mix)                                3:16

Baby Doll (Dub Mix)                                   6:05

Baby Doll (Devo Single Mix)                        3:28

Baby Doll (Percapella)                                3:40

Agitated (Hyperextended Mix)                     5:37

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Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly ‎– Back In Stride (1985)

Maze are an American soul / quiet storm band, also known alternately as Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and Maze & Frankie Beverly, was established in San Francisco, California in the early 1970s.

Maze signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1976, and released their debut album, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, in 1977. From that album, the hit singles included “Happy Feelin’s”, “While I’m Alone”, and “Lady of Magic”, ultimately giving them their first gold record and earning Maze a devoted following. They also had success with the albums Golden Time of Day (1978), Inspiration (1979) and Joy and Pain (1980).

Their next recording was Live in New Orleans, three quarters of which was recorded at the Saenger Theatre, on November 14–15, 1980. Three of those songs got into the US R&B chart, including “Running Away”, “Before I Let Go”, and “We Need Love To Live”. By that time, the band had both a reputation in America and also enjoyed a following in the United Kingdom with promotional support from the British DJ Robbie Vincent. In May 1985, Maze sold out eight nights at the Hammersmith Odeon.

The group released their next album, Can’t Stop the Love in March 1985, which featured the group’s first number one R&B hit “Back In Stride.”

Back In Stride                                      7:03

Joy And Pain                                       9:44

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Fine Young Cannibals ‎– I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (1989)

Fine Young Cannibals were a British band formed in Birmingham, England in 1984, by bassist David Steele, guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat), and singer Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz). Their self-titled 1985 debut album contained “Johnny Come Home” and a cover of “Suspicious Minds”, two songs that were top 40 hits in the UK, Canada, Australia and many European countries. Their 1989 album, The Raw & the Cooked, topped the UK and US Album charts, and contained their two Billboard Hot 100 number ones: “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing”.

“I’m Not the Man I Used to Be” was the fourth single from the album The Raw & the Cooked. The song entered the UK Singles Chart in November 1989 and spent eight weeks on the chart, peaking at number 20. The song also peaked at number 29 in Austria and the Netherlands, number 35 in Canada, and number 54 in the United States. Dave Thompson of Allmusic praised Gift for “[h]is introspective lyrics and almost wistful performance”.  The song was featured in a 2009 episode of the American television series Nip/Tuck on FX.

The UK Promo 12″ featured the “Solo Piano Intro” remixed by Norman Cook which segues into the “12” Remix” by Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper, the “Mellow Mix” by Smith & Mighty as well as exclusive mixes by Dancin’ Danny D and Matt Dike which did not make the recent deluxe re-release of “The Raw And The Cooked”.

I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Solo Piano Intro/12″ Remix)                  6:41

I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Mellow Mix)                                         4:46

I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Dancin’ Danny D Mix)                           7:25

I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Matt Dike Mix)                                     5:05

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Simplicious ‎– Let Her Feel It (1984)

Miami natives Diane, Ronald and Aaron Broomfield grew up in an eight-sibling family wherein music was a constantly defining factor. Though none of the brothers and sisters were formally trained, what was an enjoyable hobby became a professional gig for all before reaching the teenage years. The family worked together under various aliases throughout the ’70s and ’80s, and most of the members made solo recordings in this period, as well.

Diane picked up the nickname “Dee Dee” in early childhood; and she borrowed the surname “Wilde” from older brother Ron, who attained international fame as R&B balladeer Eugene Wilde in the mid-’80s. The trio first appeared on record with the group Tight Connection in the late ’70s via a single deal with Taurus Records. Subsequently performing as Life, La Voyage, and Simplicious, the unit enjoyed a minor R&B hit in 1984 under the latter name with “Let Her Feel It.” Eugene caught the ears of executives at Philly World, who pulled him from the group for a solo deal.

“Let Her Feel It” was mixed by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai.

Let Her Feel It (Vocal)                               6:25

Let Her Feel It (Instrumental)                     4:46

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Princess ‎– After The Love Has Go-Go Gone (1985)

Desiree Heslop, best known as Princess, is a British singer who found chart success in the mid-1980s. In the late-1970s she worked with the group Osibisa. Her first solo album Princess (1986) was composed and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman which contained the hit single, “Say I’m Your Number One”. The album spawned 5 charting singles, and was certified silver in the UK.

“After the Love Has Gone” was the follow-up single to ‘Say I’m Your Number One” and charted highly around the world (#28 UK, #57 AUS, #5 Norway, #6 New Zealand, #8 Sweden, #15 Switzerland, #27 Ireland, #25 The Netherlands, #27 Germany, #28 US Dance, #41 US R&B)

Like it’s predecessor, “After the Love Has Gone” was released on a number of differing 12″ singles with unique mixes with this particular 12″ featuring remixes by Phil Harding.

After The Love Has Go-Go Gone (A PWL Remix)                  10:07

After The Dub Has Gone (A PWL Remix)                               5:43

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