“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find a physical copy for sale on Amazon or in your local record store (if you even have one anymore). Death…by stereo!
Last night, I received a lovely email from one of my loyal readers. William expressed his concern over my well-being due to the absence of blog posts over the last few weeks, and wanted to make sure that I was OK. Yes, William, I am fine! My family went through some personal stuff recently, and that led to a minor short-circuiting of the blog. I just haven’t been in the mood to write, although I have continued to rip more vinyl during this down time.
Well, I am happy to report that William’s email has snapped me out of my writing funk. It always warms my heart to hear from you guys, and now I’m back and ready to share my recent vinyl rips with you! Today, The Analog Kid blog is happy to feature Heartland, the 1983 debut album from Melbourne’s Real Life. All of you certainly know the synth-pop classic “Send Me An Angel,” but the entire album is well worth a listen. “Catch Me I’m Falling” was another Top 40 hit in the U.S., and “Openhearted” was also a minor hit down under.
Can I share a weird thought I’ve always had about “Send Me An Angel?” Even though it’s mostly a keyboard-driven song (great guitar solo, though!), the song has always made me think about The Scorpions. Vocalist David Sterry sounds a LOT like Scorpions singer Klaus Meine to my ears (especially on “Send Me An Angel”), and I always laugh when I think about Klaus belting out a new-wave classic. And guess what? In 1990, The Scorpions released an album entitled Crazy World— and the last track was called “Send Me An Angel!” Sadly for me, it was a Scorpions original and not a Real Life cover. Happily for the Scorpions, it was a world-wide smash. Maybe someday, the Scorps will do a medley…
Heartland has technically been issued on CD a few times over the years, but I can tell you this: I’ve never seen a copy, and the only one for sale on Amazon as of this writing appears to be a bootleg (and $129 to boot!). The copy I have shared below is a 320 kbps rip from my original vinyl, and The Analog Kid hopes you enjoy this great rip of a new wave classic!
Real Life: Heartland
320 kbps vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid
1. “Send Me An Angel” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
2. “Catch Me I’m Falling” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
3. “Under The Hammer” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
4. “Heartland” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
5. “Breaking Point” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
6. “Broken Again” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
7. “Always” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
8. “Openhearted” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
9. “Exploding Bullets” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
10. “Burning Blue” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Real Life: “Send Me An Angel” [Extended Mix] (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
Real Life: “Like A Gun” (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
From the U.S. 12″ single Send Me An Angel
Curb Records, 1983
Real Life: “Catch Me I’m Falling” [Extended Version] (David Sterry/Richard Zatorski)
From the U.S. 12″ single Catch Me I’m Falling
Curb Records, 1983
Scorpions: “Send Me An Angel” (Klaus Meine/Rudolf Schenker)
From the album Crazy World
Mercury Records, 1990