It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for The Analog Kid Blog to go back in time and feature some of the funkin’ grooviest R&B/soul songs of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes I’ll feature songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I might go all Gino Soccio on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!
It’s been a while since my last blog entry, and I’d like to take a moment to sincerely apologize for my recent extended absence. My regular readers know how obsessed I am with music, but those who know me personally understand my second obsession: Texas Longhorns football. I go to all of the games, and by all I mean every single one of them (hell, I even went to Wyoming a few years ago. Stay off the meth, kids!). As you might imagine, that travel schedule takes up a big chunk of my time every fall. Still, that’s not really a valid excuse for a two-month posting absence, now is it? So please, allow me to make it up to you in a major way…
I’ve been saving this one, my friends! Here at last is a new vinyl rip of the classic 1984 self-titled (and only) LP from Apollonia 6. Despite the songwriting credits on the labels, Prince apparently composed every single song on this long out-of-print classic. You can certainly hear his touch (and his guitar) on just about every track on Apollonia 6, yet for some reason the album has been unavailable since the early ’90s. Perhaps Warner Brothers will finally re-release it next year along with the long-rumored Purple Rain remaster, but don’t hold your breath (unless, of course, you happen to be purifying yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka).
A few weeks ago, I sat down and meticulously ripped a new high-quality copy of Apollonia 6 from my original LP. Given the rarity of the source material, I was extra careful with this one– in fact, it took me almost three days to remove all of the microscopic pops and crackles. There are still a few little imperfections on the rip, but overall I am really happy with the result (as evidenced by this tweet from Mrs. Analog Kid, who loves to post the crazy insane things that I say about music during normal, everyday conversation):
Apollonia 6 was only officially released on CD once, and that was in Japan way back in 1990. Copies of that CD start at about $350 on Amazon, and even used vinyl copies go for a minimum of $40. And no, you can’t download the mp3s from iTunes either– the album simply isn’t for sale. You can now, however, listen to Apollonia 6 right here on the Analog Kid Blog!
Apology accepted, Captain Needa?
Apollonia 6: Apollonia 6
Warner Bros. Records, 1984
320 kbps vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid
1. “Happy Birthday, Mr. Christian” (Apollonia 6/The Revolution)
2. “Sex Shooter” (Apollonia 6)
3. “Blue Limousine” (Apollonia 6/Sheila E.)
4. “A Million Miles (I Love You)” (Apollonia 6/Lisa Coleman)
5. “Oo She She Wa Wa” (Susan)
6. “Some Kind Of Lover” (Brenda Bennett)
7. “In A Spanish Villa” (Apollonia Kotero/Wendy Coleman)
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.
Apollonia 6: “Sex Shooter” [Long Version] (Apollonia 6)
From the U.S. 12″ single Sex Shooter
Warner Bros. Records, 1984
Prince & The Revolution: “Take Me With U” (Prince)
From the album Purple Rain
Warner Bros, Records, 1984