Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Members - Going West (Import CD Reissue / 1997)

Everyone knows the track 'Working Girl' right? Ok, some of us do. What I found odd was that it charted on the Billboard Rock charts at number 34 back in March of 1983, but never crossed over to the Hot 100 charts. I used to hear it on the radio quite frequently back in the day and automatically assumed it was a Top 40. Just goes to show...perception and reality.

Anywho, here is the reissue version of their 1983 LP 'Going West'. It has also been previously released as 'Uprhythm Downbeat' back in 1982, so it had been around for quite a while, giving the 'Working Girl' track plenty of time to develop as a hit. What's really a rush is that most UK folk will recall when the band was punk, just as punk was beginning to fade. The bands punk hit 'The Sound Of The Suburbs' made waves throughout the UK, but never reached the US. It wasn't until MTV began that The Members would reach the US with the track 'Working' Girl'. 
All recording and art are taken from my import release. Enjoy!

The Members: Going West

Moving Pictures - Days Of innocence (Import CD Reissue / 1982)

Some random posts today. This and a few others that I will be posting are newly listed and for sale on the Discogs site. I never really knew too much about the artist, so I have limited input, but here is the Wikipedia information regarding the band. Perhaps you will enjoy this slice of 80's Pop Rock. As usual, all art & recordings are from my personal CD.

"Although they had many fine songs to their credit, it's the Number one single from 1982, 'What About me?', that this band will always be remembered for. That sweeping ballad, led by the all-powerful vocalist Alex Smith doesn't really represent the rocking side of the band. They also wrote Joni And Romeo, Bustin' Loose and Spies.
Moving Pictures is one of the most successful Australian bands, both at home and abroad, of the last couple decades. Formed in Sydney in 1979, they had originally set out to be a good hard rocking pub band. Ironically, it was a stirring pop ballad from their 1981 debut album that made their name and fortune. 'What About Me?' was a massive hit in Australia and went on to be a Number One in 20 U.S. States and spent 43 consecutive weeks on the U.S. Billboard Charts." 

Moving Pictures: Days Of Innocence

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Belfegore - Belfegore (CD / 2013 Deluxe Expanded Remaster)

I recently picked this up. This was originally pressed in 1984 and was one of the bands only LP's. Here's the Discogs list for further information. They were lumped into the Gothic Rock vein, but had many influences. The track 'All That I Wanted' proved to be their only recognition with the club underground DJ circuit and rightly so, it's an excellent track! The whole lot of this is very good and worth the time to listen through. For quite some time, this was a difficult LP to find, let alone the 12 inch. I remember buying bootleg recordings of this 10+ years ago, so here it is in all the lovely 2013 remastered glory! All art & recordings are directly from my purchased copy. Enjoy!

Belfegore: All That I Wanted

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cabaret Voltaire - The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord (Japanese Import CD / 2013)

Well, it finally has arrived. All the way from Japan and not too terribly expensive given it's exclusiveness. Exclusive because it includes the bonus tracks from the 'I Want You' 12 inch, well that and it is a Japanese pressing! This was one of the first electronic/industrial records I had purchased. Actually I bought the tape and then followed up with purchasing Front 242 within the following weeks. I was forever changed....for the most part. 

Most of the Cabbies back catalogue has all been reissued in one format or the other. I think most Cab fans are really waiting for 'Code' to get the expanded remaster treatment. I found that the recordings here are crystal and brilliant! What I am missing is the deeper bass I had expected with a remastered release. I'm guessing that the original source material can only go as far as it was laid down. I so would love to here some bass expansion with this one. Anyway, here it is in it's full glory. Enjoy friends!   

Cabaret: Voltaire