Tag: 1980

Precious Wilson: On The Race Track (Hot Shot Records)

Eruption front woman Precious Wilson launched her solo career with a fine record that blended disco with more progressive R&B and pop sounds, resulting in a superb, confident debut album.

Song Of The Day: Bro. Valentino, “Ah Wo (Brand New Revolution)”

Taken from the Analog Africa release, Stay Up Zimbabwe.

The Cars: Panorama (Rhino)

For their third album, rockers The Cars decided to experiment with their sound and get in tune with what their contemporaries were doing. It didn’t quite work out, and Panorama quickly fell between the cracks. This reissue shows that while the album might not be in the same league as the albums that came before or after, it was a noble attempt to do something new.

Deodato: Night Cruiser/Happy Hour (Robinsongs)

Brazilian jazz pianist Eumir Deodato’s career was in full force by 1980; a respected jazz musician and producer responsible for the international success of Kool & The Gang. The pair of albums featured on this twofer would prove to be some of his last regularly-released solo albums before a lengthly retirement, but they’re high quality records that definitely show Deodato’s superb arrangement and compositional skills.

Gary Stewart: Gary/Cactus And A Rose (Morello)

This twofer collects country musician Gary Stewart’s 1979 and 1980 offerings, one being a rather standard country record and the other a rewarding collaboration with a legendary country producer and Southern Rock backup band.

Dave & Sugar: Greatest Hits/New York Wine & Tennessee Shine (Morello Records)

This twofer offers up the best of the best from Dave & Sugar, who may be obscure now, but in their time were quite successful in making an enjoyable blend of country and pop.

Song Of The Day: Colin Newman, “Alone”/”Fish 4″/”Don’t Bring Reminders”

Taken from the forthcoming Sentient Sonic reissues A-Z, provisionally entitled the singing fish, and Not To.

Coffee: Slippin’ & Dippin’ (Big Break)

Even though Coffee’s brand of disco music was out of favor in 1980, that doesn’t take away from the sheer pleasure of their debut album’s good-to-the-last-drop groove.

The Pop Group: For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? (Freaks R Us)

The second album by agitprop experts The Pop Group was an explosive collection of funk-tinged political rants that often had quite a dance groove to them. Though the band imploded shortly after the album’s release, this reissue shows that 36 years on, it’s still a worthy slice of punk rock politics.

Teddy Pendergrass: TP (Big Break Records)

Legendary Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass was a career high, the pinnacle of his early success, and easily one of his finest albums.