Posts Tagged ‘A&M Records’

D.N.A. featuring Suzanne Vega (1990) Tom’s Diner 12″

D.N.A. featuring Suzanne Vega (1990) Tom's Diner 12"

In 1989, DNA’s remix of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” went Top 10 at Pop, R&B and Rock. DNA were English music producers Nick Batt and Neal Slateford.

Sting (1985) If You Love Somebody Set Them Free 12″

Sting (1985) If You Love Somebody Set Them Free 12"

The 12″ release of Sting’s “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” features mixes by John “Jellybean” Benitez and William Orbit.

Chris Montez (1966) Call Me 7″

Chris Montez (1966) Call Me 7"

“Call Me” was written by Michael Hatch and first recorded by Petula Clark. Chris Montez’s version became his 4th Top 40 hit in 1966.

Ta Mara & The Seen (1985) Everybody Dance GER 12″

Ta Mara & The Seen (1985) Everybody Dance GER 12"

“Everybody Dance” was the first single from Ta Mara & The Seen’s debut self-titled album of 1985. It’s the only single the group placed in the Hot 100.

Jeffrey Osborne (1984) Stay With Me Tonight UK 12″

Jeffrey Osborne (1984) Stay With Me Tonight UK 12"

Jeffrey Osborne’s self-titled debut album of 1982 reached #49 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and #3 on the R&B albums chart. He followed that up with 1983’s ‘Stay With Me Tonight’ which reached #25 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and #3 on the R&B albums chart. The title track “Stay With Me Tonight” was the second single released from the album and we will take a look and listen at the UK 12″ release of that tune from 1984. As per usual with UK 12″ releases, we get goodies that didn’t appear on the US releases. The A side is the US Club Mix that clocks in at 5:43. Over on the B side is a medley of Osborne’s hits titled “The Jeffrey Osborne Soul Mix” and credited to Froggy’s UK Mixes. Also included on this side is a remix of “Plane Love” that is also credited to Froggy. So, who is this Froggy, you might ask? Well, his name is Steven Howlett and on a trip from the UK to the US in the late 70s, he met Larry Levan and visited the Studio 54 and Paradise Garage clubs where he soaked in all the DJ knowledge he could absorb. He returned to the UK and set up a sound system based on what he learned in the US and took it on the road, wowing crowds at Knebworth and at Caister Soul Weekenders. Froggy is also well-known on UK radio and the BBC where he has hosted shows on Radio One and London’s Capital Radio.

Jeffrey Osborne (1984) On The Wings Of Love UK 12″

Jeffrey Osborne (1984) On The Wings Of Love UK 12"

Former LTD member Jeffrey Osborne has always generated a positive response whenever I’ve posted his records in the past. So, when I ran across a couple of UK 12″ releases, I immediately snapped them up. Osborne’s first two albums, “Jeffrey Osborne” and “Stay With Me Tonight”, are still on rotation in my personal playlists, both were produced by the legendary George Duke and still hold up very well today. “On The Wings Of Love” was the second of only 2 charting singles from Osborne’s debut album. This 12″ only contains an album cut of “On The Wings Of Love” but, that isn’t the features of this record. The second song is the track “I’m Beggin'” which is a non-album cut that has never been issued on CD from what I have been able to determine. On the flip side is the US Dub Mix of “Plane Love” as remixed by the famous Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan (his name is misspelled on the labels). I am fairly certain this cut is vinyl only as well.

Steve Young (1969) Seven Bridges Road 7″

Steve Young (1969) Seven Bridges Road 7"

The original “Seven Bridges Road”, performed by its writer Steve Young. The b-side is “I’m A One-Woman Man” written by Johnny Horton & Tillman Franks.

Falco (1982) Der Kommissar (The Commissioner) 12″ Promo

Falco (1982) Der Kommissar (The Commissioner) 12" Promo

This 1982 12″ promo release by Falco features “Der Kommissar (The Commissioner)”, “Auf Der Flucht (On The Run)” and “Helden Von Heute (Heroes of Today)”.

Black Eyed Peas (2005) My Humps 12″ Promo

Black Eyed Peas (2005) My Humps 12" Promo

I’m not going to get real deep into this one. Let’s just say that Lil Jon greatly improved on the original with his remix. Download it. Play it. Shake it. Have a great weekend everyone!

Janet Jackson (1989) Come Back To Me 12″

Janet Jackson (1989) Come Back To Me 12"

This 12″ vinyl rip of Janet Jackson’s “Come Back To Me” features remixes by Jam & Lewis plus “The Skin Game” parts I & II. It was an AC #1 hit in 1990.

Janet Jackson (1989) Miss You Much 12″

Janet Jackson (1987) Miss You Much 12"

Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much” 12″ release was the first single from ‘Rhythm Nation: 1814’. This vinyl rip contains remixes by Steve Hodge.

Herb Alpert (1987) Making Love In The Rain UK 7″

Herb Alpert (1987) Making Love In The Rain UK 7"

This vinyl rip of the Making Love In The Rain UK 7″ contains a vinyl only single edit/remix of Herb Alpert’s Top 10 R&B track from 1987.

Janet Jackson (1986) The Pleasure Principle 12″

Janet Jackson (1986) The Pleasure Principle 12"

Janet Jackson’s “The Pleasure Principle” topped the Billboard Dance and R&B charts in summer ’87. The A Cappella from this 12″ is only available on vinyl.

Herb Alpert (1987) Diamonds 7″

Herb Alpert (1987) Diamonds 7"

This is a vinyl rip of the US 7″ single release of Herb Alpert’s “Diamonds”. This tune topped the R&B and Dance charts in 1987 for 2 weeks each.

Janet Jackson (1986) Control Video Mix 12″

Janet Jackson (1986) Control (Video Mix) 12"

This is a vinyl rip of the “Control Video Mix” 12″ by Janet Jackson. It is one of two 12″ releases of “Control”. Included is the vinyl-only Dub Version.

Janet Jackson (1986) Nasty (Cool Summer Mix) 12″

Janet Jackson (1986) Nasty (Cool Summer Mix) 12"

This 12″ vinyl rip features Parts I & II of Janet Jackson’s “Nasty (Cool Summer Mix)”. It’s a complete re-working of the “Nasty” groove .

Janet Jackson (1986) Control 12″

Janet Jackson (1986) Control 12"

This vinyl rip of the “Control” 12″ by Janet Jackson features remixes by Steve Hodge. The Dub Version is only available from vinyl releases.

Janet Jackson (1986) When I Think Of You 12″

Janet Jackson (1986) When I Think Of You 12"

“When I Think Of You” was the third single from Janet Jackson’s 1986 album ‘Control’. This 12″ vinyl rip includes the vinyl-only Dub/A Cappella version.

Janet Jackson (1986) Nasty 12″ Promo

Janet Jackson (1986) Nasty 12" Promo

Janet Jackson’s second #1 R&B hit was “Nasty”. This 12″ vinyl rip includes the vinyl-only Instrumental and A Cappella versions.

Janet Jackson (1986) What Have You Done For Me Lately 12″

Janet Jackson (1986) What Have You Done For Me Lately 12"

“What Have You Done For Me Lately” was the lead single from Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ album. This 12″ vinyl rip includes the vinyl only A Cappella Version.

Pablo Cruise (1977) Whatcha Gonna Do 12″ Promo

Pablo Cruise (1977) Whatcha Gonna Do 12" Promo

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming…
Here’s a record I found recently whilst flipping through record bins and getting my fingers dusty. When this record hit the charts in 1977, I was almost 12 years old. So, you’ll pardon me if I wasn’t previously aware of the existence of a 12″ version. It’s always a pleasant surprise to run across a record like this, a disco version of a song I’ve liked and happily listened to for many years. Getting to hear a record like this for the first time after more than 35 years since its release is quite fun and nostalgic. I hope you enjoy it also.

Giant Steps (1988) Another Lover 7″

Giant Steps (1988) Another Lover 7"

The world don’t need another lover, Now it’s got you now it’s got me, The world don’t need another lover, Cos our loves more than the whole world needs, Baby.

David & David (1986) Welcome To The Boomtown 10″ Promo

David & David (1986) Welcome To The Boomtown 10" Promo

So I say, I say welcome, welcome to the Boomtown, Pick a habit, we got plenty to go around, Welcome, welcome to the Boomtown, All that money makes such a succulent sound, Welcome to the Boomtown.

Police (1986) Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86 12″

Don’t stand, don’t stand so, Don’t stand so close to me, Don’t stand, don’t stand so, Don’t stand so close to me.

Police (1983) Wrapped Around Your Finger 12″ Promo

Mephistopheles is not your name, But I know what you’re up to just the same, I will listen hard to your tuition, And you will see it come to its fruition, I’ll be wrapped around your finger, I’ll be wrapped around your finger.

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