Tag: Cherry Pop
Billy Ocean made a splash in 1984 with his smash hit album Suddenly, which propelled him to a respectable success for the rest of the decade. Cherry Pop’s latest in its Remixes And Rarities offers up two discs’ worth of variants and hard-to-find remixes that serves as a nice reminder of what made Ocean so special.
For their third album, British jazz pop group Matt Bianco took their sound in a decidedly Latin direction, in hopes of breaking big in America. This deluxe reissue is expanding with a whopping 37 bonus tracks, over three CDs, and shows just how hard they tried.
With a handful of Prince collaborations and plenty of talent on her own, pop singer Martika seemed poised for greatness with her second album. Surprisingly, it was to be her last solo outing; this recent expanded edition highlights that album’s greatness, while feeling like a story that has yet to be completed.
In 1990, Andrew Ridgeley, the other half of British pop duo Wham!, released his first–and last–solo album. Critically panned at the time, this reissue takes a second look at one of pop music’s most misaligned releases.
Though Bonnie Tyler will forever be known for three fantastic pop songs, this two-disc collection focuses not on her hits but on some choice obscurities from the peak of her career, including remixes, rare singles, B-sides, and compilation tracks that equally rival her more well-known material.
In 1985, Matt Bianco frontman Mark Reilly faced a crisis when his creative partners left the band shortly after the release of their debut album. He soldiered on, found a new creative partner, and quickly picked up where he left off, delivering a delightful sophomore album that didn’t lose any momentum from the band’s promising debut.
The duo Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman’s third album was a sophisticated pop album that should have been their entrée to a wider audience. This deluxe reissue of Eroica proves the album has stood the test of time.
Taken from the Cherry Pop release, What You Don’t Know (Expanded Edition).
In 1983, up-and-coming pop group Haircut One Hundred lost their lead singer, Nick Heyward. Instead of disbanding, the group carried on, and Paint And Paint was a noble effort to continue without their distinctive, charismatic frontman.
For a brief time, Deee-Lite was one of the most original dance bands in the world. World Clique, their debut, was also their masterpiece, a blend of funk, soul, techno, disco, and just plain outer-space retro weirdness. It wasn’t destined to last, and it didn’t; but in 1990, you couldn’t top ’em. This expanded reissue shows why.