Category: BALLANDS OLDIES


«Don’t Look Any Further» is a 1984 single by former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards, featuring Siedah Garrett. The single was written by Franne Golde, Dennis Lambert, and Duane Hitchings. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100.

«Don’t Look Any Further» is the eighth single from British band M People. It was the third single from their second album Elegant Slumming (1993). The song is a cover version. Produced by M People. It was released on 22 November 1993. The song peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart.

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SPANDAU BALLET – TRUE

True is the third studio album by British band Spandau Ballet. It was released in March 1983 on Chrysalis Records. While Spandau Ballet’s first two albums earned them European popularity, True made them worldwide stars and was heavily influenced by jazzsoul and R&B. It reached number 1 on the UK charts,the Top 20 in the United States and charted in numerous countries around the world. The title track spent four weeks at number 1 on the UK singles charts and went to number 4 in the United States.

Other singles from the album included «Gold» (a no. 2 UK hit and a Top 30 hit in the U.S.), «Lifeline», «Communication» and «Pleasure». Later album releases by the band never equalled the success of True.

«True» was remastered on CD and stereo SACD in 2003 for its 20th anniversary. In June 2010, a special edition was released on 2 CDs and DVD as part of the 2010 Spandau Ballet reissues series, featuring remastered 12″ remixes and B-sides, plus a live concert.

ROBIN BECK – FIRST TIME

«First Time» is singer Robin Beck‘s first significant chart hit, released in 1988. It was originally recorded for a Coca-Cola commercial in 1987, and was released originally in the United States on January 31, 1988, and subsequently released as a single. The single was released in the UK in October 1988 and climbed to #1 and spent 3 weeks there in November/December 1988, spending 14 weeks in total in the UK Singles Chart.

At that time, in 1988, the song was covered in a Spanish version for the Latin American Coca-Cola campaign by Mexican singer Rocío Banquells, under the title «Primera Vez», released on her album «En El Alambre». This version became #1 for several weeks in most of Spanish language territories.

In 2003, the song was covered by Unique who achieved a minor success in Switzerland.

JOYCE SIMS – COME INTO MY LIFE

Come into My Life is the 1987 debut album by singer-songwriter Joyce Sims. It was the first Sleeping Bag Records album to be released on compact disc in the US, and it was licensed to London/PolyGram Records throughout Europe. The album contains the full version of the title track, the hard version of «Lifetime Love,» and «(You Are My) All and All.» However, for unknown reasons, the soft version of «Lifetime Love,» despite getting as much radio airplay as the hard version, was not included—but the UK remix of «All and All» was. Sims wrote all of the songs on the album except for «Love Makes a Woman,» a cover version of a Barbara Acklin song. Singles released were «All and All,» the title track (which peaked at #10 on the Billboard R&B chart and #7 on the UK Singles Chart), «Lifetime Love,» «It Wasn’t Easy,» and «Walk Away,» the latter of which was released with remixes by Clivillés & Cole.

EXTREME – MORE THAN WORDS

«More Than Words» is a ballad written and originally performed by the rock band Extreme. It is built around acoustic guitar work by Nuno Bettencourt and the vocals of Gary Cherone (with harmony vocals from Bettencourt). Released in 1990 on the album Extreme II: Pornograffiti, the song marked a departure from thefunk metal that had permeated the band’s style previous to its release.

The song was described by Bettencourt as a song warning that the phrase «I love you» was becoming meaningless: «People use it so easily and so lightly that they think you can say that and fix everything, or you can say that and everything’s OK. Sometimes you have to do more and you have to show it—there’s other ways to say ‘I love you.

U2 – WITH OR WITHOUT YOU

«With or Without You» is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, and was released as the album’s first single on 21 March 1987. The song was the group’s most successful single at the time, becoming their first number-one hit in both the United States and Canada by topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and the RPM national singles chart for one week.

«With or Without You» features sustained guitar parts played by guitarist The Edge with a prototype of the Infinite Guitar, along with vocals by lead singer Bono and a bassline by bassist Adam Clayton. The song originated from a demo recorded in late 1985 that the group continued to work on throughout The Joshua Tree sessions. Ostensibly a troubled love song, the track’s lyrics were inspired by Bono’s conflicting feelings about the lives he led as a musician and domestic man.

«Dance Me to the End of Love» is a 1984 song by Leonard Cohen. It was first performed by Cohen, on his 1984 album Various Positions. It has since been recorded by various artists, and has been described as «trembling on the brink of becoming a standard».

Although structured as a love song, «Dance Me to the End Of Love» was in fact inspired by the Holocaust. In an interview, Cohen said of the song:

‘Dance Me to the End Of Love’ … it’s curious how songs begin because the origin of the song, every song, has a kind of grain or seed that somebody hands you or the world hands you and that’s why the process is so mysterious about writing a song. But that came from just hearing or reading or knowing that in the death camps, beside the crematoria, in certain of the death camps, a string quartet was pressed into performance while this horror was going on, those were the people whose fate was this horror also. And they would be playing classical musicwhile their fellow prisoners were being killed and burnt. So, that music, «Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin,» meaning the beauty there of being the consummation of life, the end of this existence and of the passionate element in that consummation. But, it is the same language that we use for surrender to the beloved, so that the song — it’s not important that anybody knows the genesis of it, because if the language comes from that passionate resource, it will be able to embrace all passionate activity.

 

RICHARD MARX – HAZARD

«Hazard» is a 1991 song performed by adult contemporary artist Richard Marx. It has since become one of the most popular songs by Richard Marx, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the song spent one week at the top of the Billboard adult contemporary chart.Internationally, it topped the charts in Australia and peaked at number three in the United Kingdom.

«Hazard» tells the story of an implied relationship of some kind between Marx’s character (usually considered the protagonist) and a woman named Mary. Mary dies in suspicious circumstances, and Marx, shunned by many in the small town since his childhood («That boy’s not right.»), is immediately considered the main suspect. Marx, however, maintains his innocence throughout the song, and the question of such is left open to the listener’s interpretation.

«Just Another Day» is the debut single released by Jon Secada from his 1992 debut album Jon Secada. Written by Jon Secada and Miguel Morejon, the song reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It also peaked at No. 5 in the UK. The song was also recorded in Spanish as «Otro Día Más Sin Verte», which peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.

Two different music videos were made for this song, a first, which presents Secada in the city, and a second, which presents him in the gym. In the both videos, the final scene presents Secada which is singing on the rain.

2009 version was covered by Bernie Williams, but also features Jon Secada.

HEART – ALONE

The song was sold to Heart and released as the first single from their ninth studio album Bad Animals in May 1987. Heart’s version is a power balladthat begins with a piano line and a subdued vocal from Ann Wilson before exploding into an amplified hard rock chorus. The song has been covered numerous times on American Idol as well as by artists such as Celine Dion, but is viewed as being exceptionally difficult to sing.[citation needed] According to a Songfacts interview with Steinberg, Kelly (an experienced session singer) provided the high harmony parts on the record.[1] «Alone» is Heart’s biggest hit, spending three weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 that July. It ranked number 2 on the Billboard Year-End Top Pop Singles of 1987. It is also their most successful single in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.The song was also a huge global hit, reaching number one in Canada, the top five in Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland, the top ten in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Poland as well as the top twenty in Germany. The song’s popular video featured the band in a synched live performance. An «unplugged» version of the song later appeared on Heart’s 1995 album The Road Home.

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