Released by Funky Town Grooves in 2010 through EMI, this release combines the third and fourth albums by Brass Construction, which were originally issued, respectively, in 1977 and 1978. They were not among the band's best releases, but they did generate four charting singles, namely the Top 20 R&B hit "L-O-V-E-U," as well as "Celebrate," "Help Yourself," and "Get Up." There's a handful of solid album cuts, the best of which is the earlier album's "Top of the World," a jam that contains a wild guitar solo and an incredible breakdown. Casual fans should seek out either The Best of Brass Construction: Movin' & Changin' or Classic Masters.
's lone effort reunites the singer with producer , whose mid-'70s dates for effectively launched her solo career. proves some distance removed from the jazz-funk context of their previous collaborations, however, instead couching 's potent vocals in a slickly commercial, radio-friendly setting that casts neither artist nor producer in a positive light.
's 2010 two-fer combines 's final two albums for : 1977's and 1978's , both co-productions with .
Broadcast is the debut album from the English pop/rock band Cutting Crew, released in 1986. It reached #16 on the US charts and #41 on the UK charts. The album was released in Europe with different packaging 8 months before it was released in America. For the American version, 4 tracks were remixed ("Any Colour", "One for the Mockingbird", "I've Been in Love Before" and "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), all of which were the singles from the album. The current American CD in print is the European version but with the American packaging. It was the first album to be released in the United States by Virgin Records' new American imprint, Virgin Records America.
Through his work in Thin Lizzy, Ultravox and of course Band Aid, Midge Ure became a household name in the UK. So, when he launched his solo career it was to immediate success with the No 1 hit single "If I Was", taken from the similarly successful No 2 debut album The Gift. This edition is a brand new digital remaster of the album, complete with a bonus disc containing 15 bonus tracks, alternate mixes and live tracks (three of which are previously unreleased).
Saxon's melodic ninth studio album, Destiny, saw the band go for a more polished route than their grittier, New Wave Of British Heavy Metal roots. Opening with what at the time was a surprising take on Christopher Cross's 'Ride Like The Wind', this edition is expanded with the inclusion of the 12" mix of radio friendly rock ballad 7 Can't Wait Anymore', plus its respective b-sides, 'Broken Heroes' and 'Gonna Shout', both recorded live in Madrid. This set also includes a live version of 'Rock The Nations', recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon, which originally appeared as the b-side to 'Ride Like The Wind', plus two previously unreleased early monitor mixes.
Wheels Of Steel, Saxon's second LP, was produced by the band with Pete Hinton at Romport Studios. Released in February 1980, and hitting No. 5 in the UK charts, it features the m original line-up of Biff Byford on vocals, Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn on guitars, Steve Dawson on bass and Pete Gill on drums. Wheels Of Steel is crammed with classics, and now includes a rare b-s'tde as well as live tracks recorded in front of 35,000 metal maniacs at the very first Donington Monsters Of Rock festival, in addition to extremely rare, recently discovered demos recorded prior to entering the studio. It also includes rare and previously unseen photos courtesy of the band's personal archives, as well as extensive liner notes written in co-operation with lead singer Biff Byford.
Released in October 1980, Saxon's third album (and second LP of 1980!) was the second to be produced by the band in association with Pete Hinton at Ramport Studios. Opening with the self-explanatory 'Heavy Metal Thunder', like its predecessor Wheels Of Steel, Strong Arm Of The Law features many tracks that have remained staples of Saxon's live set to the present day, and now includes the complete 1982 Kid Jensen B15 session, recorded live in the studio for BBC Radio 1, new mixes taken from the original 24 track tapes of '20,000 Ft' and 'Heavy Metal Thunder', plus an alternate take of 'To Hell And Back Again', remixed at Abbey Road Studios by Pete Mew. It also features the previously unreleased 'Mandy', an early working version of 'Sixth Form Girls'. It also features rare memorabilia and extensive liner notes written in co-operation with lead singer Biff Byford.
Saxon's eighth studio LP was originally issued by EMI in 1986. Featuring the radio-friendly singles 'Waiting For The Night' and 'Northern Lady', the latter featuring guest piano from none other than Elton John, this release is now expanded by the inclusion of 7" single edits, as well as the otherwise unavailable b-side 'Chase The Fade'. It also features live versions of 'Everybody Up' and 'Dallas 1pm', recorded in Madrid, and is rounded off by three tracks from their Saturday 23rd August headlining appearance at the 1986 Reading Rock festival.