Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Sparks - No. 1 In Heaven (1979)


Virgin - V2115
1979
1. Tryouts For The Human Race
2. Academy Award Performance
3. La Dolce Vita
4. Beat The Clock
5. My Other Voice
6. Number One Song In Heaven
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I've seen Sparks twice in concert in the last week, so it's only right to add them to Vinyl Shipwreck! This is their interesting Synth/Pop phase, in which they changed musical direction brilliantly through the aid of Giorgio Moroder. The title track is now legendary, but you'll also love "Tryouts For The Human Race" and "Beat The Clock", as well as the Blade Runner-esque "My Other Voice". Enjoy! Like always!
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Source: Vinyl (Remastered using Waves X-Crackle plugin)
Format: 256kbps mp3 (Volume increased by +6dB using MP3Gain)
Album Link: Here
password: amateurhour

Monday, 26 May 2008

Bob Crewe - Motivation (1977)


Elektra - 7E-1103
1977
1. Motivation
2. Give It Hell
3. Lady Love Song
4. It Took A Long Time
5. Marriage Made In Heaven
6. Somethin' Like Nothin' Before
7. In Another Life
8. Baby Whatcha Doin' A Me?
9. Merci Beaucoup

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Bob Crewe, songwriter, arranger, producer, label owner and here a brilliant late-seventies Lounge singer! Motivation is a lovely little rarity, featuring a warm title track and the semi-hit "Marriage Made In Heaven". If you love Bob Crewe arrangements and songs for other artists, then you should be snapping this up!
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Source: Vinyl (Remastered using Waves X-Crackle plugin)
Format: 256kbps mp3 (Volume increased by +6dB using MP3Gain)
Album Link:
Here
password: barbarella

Tommy Roe - Dizzy (1969)


ABC/Paramount - ABCS-683
1969
1. Heather Honey
2. Raining In My Heart
3. Cinnamon
4. A Dollar's Worth Of Pennies
5. Stormy
6. Makin' Music
7. Money Is My Pay
8. Proud Mary
9. Gotta Keep Rolling Along
10. Look Out Girl
11. Dizzy
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One-hit wonder Tommy Roe would never reach the heights of "Dizzy" again, but that doesn't mean his same-titled album should be overlooked. I particularly like "Stormy", which sounds like a "Spooky" rip-off, and Roe's cover of "Proud Mary". Either way, this album's here if you want it!
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Source: Vinyl (Remastered using Waves X-Crackle plugin)
Format: 256kbps mp3 (Volume increased by +6dB using MP3Gain)
Album Link:
Here
password: myheadisspinning

The Mamas And The Papas - People Like Us (1971)


Dunhill - DSX-50106
1971
1. People Like Us
2. Pacific Coast Highway
3. Snowqueen Of Texas
4. Shooting Star
5. Step Out
6. Lady Genevieve
7. No Dough
8. European Blueboy
9. Pearl
10. I Wanna Be A Star
11. Grasshopper
12. Blueberries For Breakfast
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Virtually ignored in the seventies, The Mamas & The Papas churned out, in my opinion, their strongest effort with People Like Us. More relaxed, taken musical notes from The 5th Dimension and even Sergio Mendes, the foursome deliver a cool, soulful but stirring album. For standard cuts, I can tell you "People Like Us", "Snowqueen Of Texas" and "Step Out" have been in constant rotation on my iPod.
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Source: Vinyl (Remastered using Waves X-Crackle plugin)
Format: 256kbps mp3 (Volume increased by +6dB using MP3Gain)
Album Link:
Here
password: californiadreamin

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77 - Pais Tropical (1971)


A&M - SP 4315
1971
1. PaĆ­s Tropical
2. So Many People
3. Morro Velho
4. Zanzibar
5. Tonga
6. Gone Forever
7. Asa Branca
8. I Know You
9. After Midnight
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Another sterling collection of contemporary hits from Sergio Mendes and his rejigged outfit Brasil '77. Pais Tropical came out of the back-end of the soft-pop latin-tinged efforts from the sixties with Mendes broadening his horizons, like "So Many People" and Paul Williams "Gone Forever". There are better Mendes albums, but this is interesting as a mid-discography event.
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Source: Vinyl (Remastered using Waves X-Crackle plugin)
Format: 256kbps mp3 (Volume increased by +6dB using MP3Gain)
Album Link:
Here
password: seventyseven

Shirley Bassey - Something (1970)


United Artists - UAS 29100
1970
1. Something
2. Spinning Wheel
3. Yesterday I Heard The Rain
4. The Sea And Sand
5. My Way
6. What About Today?
7. You And I (From The Mgm Film 'Goodbye Mr. Chips')
8. Light My Fire
9. Easy To Be Hard (From The Musical 'Hair')
10. Life Goes On (From The Film 'Z')
11. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? (From The Mgm Film 'Happy Endings')
12. Yesterday When I Was Young
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A powerpack of dynamite from Miss Bassey here - I'd argue this is her finest album! Why? Because each song appears to have been processed through the James Bond Genre Sound funnel and all amount to a belter collection! How about the ending of "Something" or "What About Today?" Even the slower numbers like "Easy To Be Hard" have that lush stringed early-seventies gold taste. Pow!
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Source: Vinyl (Remastered using Waves X-Crackle plugin)
Format: 256kbps mp3 (Volume increased by +6dB using MP3Gain)
Album Link:
Here
password: goldfinger

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

10,000 hits already!!!

Wow! I started this blog as a bit of fun a couple of months ago! 10,000 hits already!! I only started collecting records at the start of the year, and I've now amassed around 400! I'm enjoying this hopefully as much as you all are downloading the rips, so please keep the warm comments coming!

Thanks especially to Lemoncat, Vinyl Room and reayx5 for their supportive words!

Friday, 9 May 2008

Carpenters - Lovelines (1989)


A&M - AMA 3931
1989
1. Lovelines
2. Where Do I Go From Here
3. The Uninvited Guest
4. If We Try
5. When I Fall In Love
6. Kiss Me The Way You Did Last Night
7. Remember When Lovin' Took All Night
8. You're The One
9. Honolulu City Lights
10. Slow Dance
11. If I Had You
12. Little Girl Blue
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Ok, you know this one came out after Karen Carpenter died and is made up of outtakes and remixes; yet trust me when I say the songs are BRILLIANT! One of my favourite Carpenters albums, you'll love "Lovelines" or "Slow Dance" or even "Honolulu City Lights". This has lush eighties production with strong seventies Karen. Don't say you weren't informed!
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Source: Vinyl
Format: 256kbps mp3 (Volume increased by +6dB using MP3Gain)
Album Link: Here
password: karen

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Art Garfunkel - Fate For Breakfast (1979)


CBS - 86082
1979
1. In A Little While (I'll Be On My Way)
2. Since I Don't Have You
3. And I Know
4. Sail On A Rainbow
5. Miss You Nights
6. Bright Eyes
7. Finally Found A Reason
8. Beyond The Tears
9. Oh How Happy
10. When Someone Doesn't Want You
11. Take Me Away
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The lovely Art Garfunkel, everyone knew he was the voice and Paul Simon was the songwriting genius, and yet I'd take Art's solo output over Paul's anytime!! This is my fave Art album; sun-drenched beach-house-pop/rock that really caught everything at the tail-end of the seventies. "And I Know" and "Sail On A Rainbow" are lush gems - think of this album as a more saccharine companion to Dennis Wilson's "Pacific Ocean Blue".
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Source: Vinyl
Format: 256kbps mp3 (Volume increased by +6dB using MP3Gain)
Album Link: Here
password: paulsimon