Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Aerobic Dance Program: Volume One

     with the recent aerobics discussion i'd been having, thought i'd throw up this old comp i made. it started out as a soundtrack to Eroticise, but as i was doing that the video got taken down before i had a chance to save it, and i never found another copy since. so then i just scrapped all the Network tracks and just made up my own listing. boogie-pop and funky-disco from around like '79 to '85. i've stripped the real names and composers, cause it's funnier that way. and of course i had to manipulate my own artwork as always. 30 minute workout!

01. Warm-Up Exercise
02. Aerobic Exercise (#1)
03. Aerobic Exercise (#2)
04. Waist Exercise
05. Leg Exercise
06. Breather (30s)
07. Stomach Exercise
08. Arm Exercise
09. Hip Exercise
10. Aerobic Exercise (#3)
11. Aerobic Exercise (#4)
12. Cool-Down Exercise

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Annica - Annica (1990)

     this is a special one for me, i'm always returning to this album. i found out about this by looking through japanese singles from '89. heard the opening track I Can't Deny A Broken Heart and was instantly hooked, just an outstanding tune. there's a nice remix of it at the end of the CD too. this thing's pretty damn great all the way through. hard to find as it was only released in japan, it's worth the slightly high price though. she had put out an impossible to find swedish-only CD prior to this too. luckily half of the tracks were ported over to this CD, with some of them having to be changed to english. anyway this thing whole thing is pure gold. decided to upload the last track, great album cut. when i went to take a picture of it with the christmas lights, i dropped the damn thing and the bottom hinge broke. oh well. i even made a shirt out of the cover, there's a picture of it at the bottom of the post.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Selected Sound - Romantic Moods (1980)

     another Selected Sound release for today, number 124 "Romantic Moods". i must admit that i bought this cause of the Lucky Simon pseudonym and the Gorny name alone, without really looking at what kind of tracks they actually were. was hoping the Gorny track would be upbeat, but it's not. some good laid bad grooves on here, can't say i'm crazy about the record though personally. i'm sure there's others out there that would appreciate this much more than me. though i do really like the two tracks Melancholy and Along The Coast. i remembered seeing this on Porn_Library's want list on the old library board (which kind of led me to want to buy this as well, haha). large pics in the zip as always.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Debbie Does 'em All (1984)

     the whole soundtrack is filled with short bursts of funk, 13 to be exact. well at least that's the amount of ones that were good enough for an mp3. here's the great opening theme. the original vocals are backed with an unknown library cut. there's another vocal disco tune in the middle of the film that straight up sounds like a commercial release, but it can't be. anyway, i was thinking this backing library track is either from '83 or '84 cause of its Madonna similarities. the instrumental version plays later in the film, but there's far too much "dialogue" over top of it. i was able to cut together the main parts from various points in the scene though, and it's great.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Coloursound - Colours (1984)

     this was a blind buy back in the day. i just saw PRiTV and had to snag it. turned into one of my favourite library records along the way. the polish guys at their best, as always. it's number 45 from the Coloursound label entitled "Colours". funk and disco as i'm sure you all know, since you probably have it already. i saw that there was a rip going around, but i never found a link for it to know what the quality was like. so i was ripping this for myself anyway, and figured i'd throw this classic up for anyone who wanted some high quality rips. there's large pics in the zip if nothing else. the Piotr Kaluzny songs on here kill, but my favourite tune has to be Yellow Funk. Porn_Library actually first turned me onto this track, since it was on one of his comps, though he gave it a different name so i didn't know at the time. this cover art is pretty great too.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Minako Tanaka - 君の瞳に優しく (1990)


     a japanese only release for today, got it for one yen on japanese amazon. rare and impossible to find over here, but i guess it's really common over there. she released a ton of records, this being the first in her discography. i had also forgotten how i had found out about this, until i put it on. i mean i read somewhere that it sounded like Stock Aitken Waterman and i was able to preview one great song, so that's why i bought it. but when i put it on, i was like, "hey! that's a Michael Jay track!" then i had remembered that i had seen that he was credited for one tune on the CD and that's how i found out about it. though there is another one of his songs that goes un-credited on here. one of his two songs, 真紅の共犯者, is actually a cover version of a tune that he gave to Alisha called Love Will Talk. anyway the whole CD is great, i was pleasantly surprised. and yeah, the case got smashed. stays together quite nicely when it's closed though.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Selected Sound - Metropolitan Sounds (1984)

        i really do love the Selected Sound ST series, as you can see since it's half of the stuff i upload, haha. well here comes number 161 titled "Metropolitan Sounds". not a killer record, but just a good solid one. i didn't know what the hell to expect when i got this, but it turned out to be laid back light funk and disco type stuff. my favourites are Latin Flutes and Cats & Chickens. though there's lots of good stuff here, not a single track i'd skip personally. this comes from pretty much the very end of my interest in library in 1984.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Luv' - For You (1989)

     i had always come across their records before, but was never impressed by any of them. then i was going through a bunch of japanese singles and came across a really great tune. so i went out to find if there was CD to go with it, well there kinda is. it's really a mini CD with only 6 tracks, but it is 30 minutes long. as a result though, every track is dynamite. with one exception being the medley at the end, which is just a medley of their older songs i never liked before. the first 15 seconds is new material though and fantastic, wish they wrote a whole song to go with the quick hook. the whole thing is a pure Stock Aitken Waterman sound-a-like. Nigel Wright really knew how to recreate that sound, so it's no wonder they got him to do the whole thing. as soon as i heard the track Naughty Boy i knew it had to be written by Farina Crivellente Fadinger, and sure enough it was. those guys really milked the hook in Love in the First Degree by Bananarama, making countless clones of it. not that this is a dis or anything, i love all of it. only released in the Netherlands, so it's a little obscure and harder to find.

Monday, August 3, 2015

kpm - International Business (1981)

     i'm finally back up and running again. i couldn't rip anything for a while since my laptop had some grounding problems, there was interference on anything i ripped. well i finally got that problem fixed yesterday and i had to immediately rip this one. i've been dying to listen to this on the go, since it's one of my favourite library records out there. the only rip going around on the internet that i could find was a crappy mono rip. so here it is in all its stereo glory, the incredible orchestral disco of kpm's number 1254 "International Business", with Graham de Wilde supplying the insane sounds. the main international themes on here are all killer disco, not a bad one in the bunch. i can't even pick a favoruite since they're all golden. i've even added the quick descriptions to the track names so you know which ones are the main themes, and which are the shorter jingle ones. viscous gems all over this thing, i'm looking at you Troubleshooters. i can't believe no one ever mentions this record, but then again, maybe i'm just crazy with my love for this haha. large pics in the zip!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Yell! - Let's Go! (1991)


     finally got my Yell! cd that i bought from japan like a month ago. first cd i've purchased a long while, and probably the lamest looking one i've ever bought, haha. this one's pretty damn rare to find, it's never circulated the internet. so i had only heard the three singles that were uploaded to youtube in terrible quality, except a good copy of the track Instant Replay. besides the singles hitting vinyl, the full album was pretty much only released on cd in japan. i thought it was finally time to buy this thing, since Instant Replay got me into late 80s/early 90s disco pop quite some time ago (funny enough the original version by Dan Hartman got me into original disco). there was a Pete Hammond track on here that i was dying to hear, and it doesn't disappoint. really nice long mix too, surprising for an album cut. but the main track i was itching to hear was one penned by Michael Jay. i was praying it'd be an uptempo one, and sure enough it was. One Touch Too Much is that classic catchy-as-hell jay sound, probably my favourite track of the whole album. 
     when i first put it into my computer, it wouldn't read at all. several attempts later and it still didn't work. so i just stuck it in my dvd player to listen to it. i thought i might have to old-school rip this thing, but luckily i tried it once more in my computer and it finally worked for some reason. i should have guessed that the inside would be written in japanese, didn't even cross my mind though. the only english text in it are names. it doesn't have the OBI strip that all japanese albums have either, not that it really matters though.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yesterday's News - Countdown To Love (1985)

     got this rare obscure 1985 doo wop 7" yesterday, at a local record store of all places. heard a snippet of it on ebay years ago and it's always been in the back of my mind. for some reason i was thinking about it lately, so i went digging for it again on the net. to my amazement i found a link to it at a local record store for 5 bucks. even had the picture sleeve, which as you can see is killer. the track itself, Countdown To Love, is really great out-of-nowhere funky mid-80s doo wop. it's the only song by Yesterday's News that has instruments on it, that i know of. actually the b-side to the 7" is an instrumental version. which was a fantastic surprise, since i was assuming it would be some boring slow tune on the flipside. the band is incorrectly spelled as Yesterday News on the record label. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Raes - Dancing Up A Storm (1979)

     this is one of my favourite disco records ever. it was put out and recorded in 1979, right around the corner from me here in Toronto. 6 of the 7 tracks are catchy uptempo disco. the opening track A Little Lovin' (Keeps The Doctor Away) was what really got me into this. i had heard the track and always kept an eye open for the record. Get Up And Dance is super catchy, second favourite track. my other favourite has to be Don't Make Waves, the strings on that one are insane. Boogie ShoesDon't Turn Around and School are all great uptempo disco cuts too. the slower Honest I Do is good enough for a mention here. the Raes actually had a show on CBC for a while too. here's a really great and fast live performance of Get Up And Dance from that show.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kakko - What Kind Of Fool (1990)

     might as well round off the Kakko posting with her only other 7". this one was penned by Phil Harding & Ian Curnow, and while it's not as great as her first single, it's still really good on its own. more catchy pop tunes on this one. the a-side being What Kind Of Fool (7" Version), a super catchy tune. it's not the same song as Kylie Minogue's of the same name. the b-side is I Pledge You My Heart, the little pre-chorus on this one is the best part of the song. unlike her first single, this one never made it to a CD maxi release. which is just as well, since that first CD maxi is pretty rare and goes for a good chunk of change. 

Kakko - We Should Be Dancing (1990)

     got this 7" in the mail recently, one of only two singles put out by Kakko. penned by Stock Aitken Waterman, the single came out in 1990. the 12" re-mixes sadly lack the punch that this first version has, so this 7" is the best and cheapest way to listen to it. i ripped it two weeks ago and threw away the garbage mp3s i had of them before. this is such a great pop tune and i don't know why they claim it as their biggest mistake. the first side is the Radio Mix and the other side is the essential Instrumental. the worst part is there's equally as great songs made for Kakko sitting in the PWL vaults. there's a few snippets of the famous unreleased Kakko album out there, and they kill. unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any interest from Waterman to release them. we'll see if Cherry Red can get their hands on the rights.

Barry White and Gene Page Instrumentals

     i got a bundle of Barry White 7"s a few months ago now, just so i could get the instrumentals on the b-sides in high quality. i ripped them a while back and made a little instrumental compilation. it's not all the instrumentals obviously, but it's a good chunk of them. every single one of the tracks here absolutely kill, but my personal favourites are Under The Influence Of Love and Just A Little More Baby. what else can i say, Barry's probably my favourite musician of all time so this gets heavy play for me. don't have any of the picture sleeve versions, so i just took a big pic of the records together. early to mid 70s stuff here.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Selected Sound - Music Racers (1976)

     obviously Selected Sound is my favourite library, since i've posted four of them now, haha. specifically the ST series (which sadly i don't see uploads for a lot). definitely own more SS than any other label. i wasn't doing anything tonight, so i thought i'd rip another record. this time just a bit earlier in the SS library. it's Selected Sound's "Music Racers", released in 1976. my main reason for buying this was for Nights Of Cologne, as heard in Wicked Sensations (1980)! the rest was pretty much going in blind, and Lipman doesn't disappoint. the track Peppino appears on a later record does it not? sure sounds familiar. the one that's killing me though is the really great track Concerto For Young Lovers, since i know for sure i've heard it in something, but can't remember what (*update: i found out that the track plays in Star Maidens*). i bought this one a while ago, around christmas time, though it stayed at my parents place for two months. finally got my hands on it last weekend. then from my hands, to the net haha. enjoy!