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MICKEY NEWBURY – After All These Years – (Mercury) – 1981

The magnificent Mickey Newbury. One of the greatest of all country singer songwriters. Check out my other comments for biographical detail on him as well as other ramblings. The guy on the cover art could be a salesman or perhaps … Continue reading

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DAVID ESSEX – Be-Bop The Future – (Mercury) – 1981

Essex was in a musical slump at the time of this album. Only six years earlier he had been in the #1 spot in the UK, had been a film star and had been courting America. But six years is … Continue reading

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ALBERT HAMMOND – Your World and My World – (Columbia) – 1981

I do have soft spot for Albert Hammond. I'm not sure how that sits with the other stuff I like but every music collection should have  a couple of acts that stand out stylistically from the rest. I have more … Continue reading

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THE A’s – A Woman’s Got The Power – (Arista) – 1981

I've had the The A's self titled debut album (not this one) from 1979 for many years. I'm pretty sure I found it in an op shop in the mid-80s for $1. I tried selling it a number of record fairs … Continue reading

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RACHEL SWEET – … And Then He Kissed Me – (CBS) – 1981

Rachel Sweet was born in Akron in 1962 ! 1962! The exclamation mark is there is because this is Rachel's third album and it's from 1981. Teen stars aren't unusual but Rachel's voice is full and forceful and certainly sounds … Continue reading

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KARLA DEVITO – Is this a Cool World or What? – (Epic) – 1981

What do you do if you have been slogging it out for many years as a backing vocalist for all sorts of acts and then you finally get your big break yo record an album but the sounds you have … Continue reading

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THE CRETONES – Snap! Snap! – (Planet) – 1981

This is another record that has been hanging around for about twenty-five years and I think I haven't listened to it in about that time. I recall thinking it was good enough to keep but then subsequently it had a … Continue reading

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PAYOLA$ – In a Place Like This – (IRS) – 1981

Power pop. Sometimes I find it difficult to comment on power pop. I love power pop but the genre is fairly rigid (and possibly formulaic) in structure. So, inevitably, what I love about it I have already said before. Check … Continue reading

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FINGERPRINTZ – Beat Noir – (Virgin) – 1981

This is Scottish new wave apparently.   I haven’t heard their earlier albums but this, their third and last album, is new wave but taking the genre as far as it can go without leaving it, and not in a … Continue reading

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SILVER CONDOR – Silver Condor – (CBS) – 1981

  A band I had never heard of and, without being condescending, no doubt you haven’t either.   I love musical archaeology – looking at the links between bands, members, scenes and genres. Too much rock music is consumed with … Continue reading

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