Shona Laing ‎– Soviet Snow (1987)

From the Allmusic review by Tom Demalon

“New Zealand singer/songwriter Shona Laing had spent some time touring as a backup singer for various acts including Manfred Mann’s Earth Band by the time she released her solo record South. In addition to playing keyboards and handling a share of the programming, Laing also wrote all eleven tracks. As a lyricist, she is more than adequate as she often writes about big-ticket issues like environmental and social ills without being too heavy-handed. Unfortunately, most everything gets lost in a wash of programmed drums and techno-pop keyboards that give South a dated feel. There are some worthy tracks here like “Drive Baby Drive,” whose melody is too catchy to be sandbagged by the processed bounce, “The Migrant And Refugee,” which features a truly powerful vocal performance from Laing, and “Soviet Snow.” Although it’s Cold War theme is an anachronism, lush layers of keyboards, strings, and backing vocals, and the overall sonic rush of the song make it memorable.”

The US 12″ of “Soviet Snow” featured remixes by Justin Strauss & Murray Elias.

Soviet Snow (Popstand Remix)               6:40

Soviet Snow (Popstand 7″ Mix)               3:58

Soviet Snow (Meltdown Dub)                  6:20

Soviet Snow (Instrumental)                     4:30

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Shona Laing – (Glad I’m) Not A Kennedy (1987)

Shona Laing (born 9 October 1955) is a New Zealand singer/songwriter. She has had several hits in her native country, as well as a few minor international hits, most notably “(Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy” and “Soviet Snow”.

Laing first came to prominence in 1972 as a 17-year-old schoolgirl, winning the television talent show “New Faces” with her song 1905. Signed to a recording contract with Phonogram, her first two singles, 1905 and Show Your Love both certified gold and both peaked at number 4 on the New Zealand charts. In 1973 she won two RATA’s (Recording Arts Talent Awards): Best New Artist and Recording Artist Of The Year. In 1975 she travelled to Britain and was based there for the next seven years, where in 1982, she was a vocalist for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band alongside fellow New Zealander, Chris Thompson.

“(Glad I’m) Not A Kennedy” was released in New Zealand in 1986 where it went to #2 on the National Charts, the track was then remixed by Martin Rushent (Human League, Altered Images) in 1987 for the 12″ single which was released internationally.

(Glad I’m) Not A Kennedy (Extended Remix)      5:14

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