Groovy Tuesday: “Apollonia 6”

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!

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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…

 

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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?

 

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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)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Christian

2. “Sex Shooter” (Apollonia 6)

Sex Shooter

3. “Blue Limousine” (Apollonia 6/Sheila E.)

Blue Limousine

4. “A Million Miles (I Love You)” (Apollonia 6/Lisa Coleman)

A Million Miles (I Love You)

5. “Oo She She Wa Wa” (Susan)

Oo She She Wa Wa

6. “Some Kind Of Lover” (Brenda Bennett)

Some Kind Of Lover

7. “In A Spanish Villa” (Apollonia Kotero/Wendy Coleman)

In A Spanish Villa

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

 

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Apollonia 6: “Sex Shooter” [Long Version] (Apollonia 6)

From the U.S. 12″ single Sex Shooter

Warner Bros. Records, 1984

Sex Shooter [Long Version]

 

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Prince & The Revolution: “Take Me With U” (Prince)

From the album Purple Rain

Warner Bros, Records, 1984

Take Me With U

 

Groovy Tuesday: Vicki Lawrence’s “Newborn Woman”

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 Eruption on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

 

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I found a vinyl copy of Vicki Lawrence’s Newborn Woman a few months back at my local Half-Price Books. I knew Vicki had recorded before (“The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” was a #1 single back in 1973), but I had no idea that this record even existed. All it took was the year of release (1979) and one quick glance at the cover and I knew one thing was certain about this record:

Mama does disco!

I was not disappointed– and you won’t be either. I know you might be a little skeptical, but I beg you: at the very least, check out the album-opening “Don’t Stop The Music.” I must have listened to this glorious slice of late-’70s excess at least fifty times in the week after my discovery of the album.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Newborn Woman has never been released on CD. The Analog Kid Blog may be the only place in the world where you can now listen to Thelma Harper moan lustfully, and that makes the $150 I just shelled out to renew my domain more than worth it.

 

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Vicki Lawrence: Newborn Woman

Windmill Record Company, 1979

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “Don’t Stop The Music” (Norman Sallitt)

Don’t Stop The Music

2. “It’s Always Been You” (Dick St. John/Mark Gibbons/Sandy St. John)

It’s Always Been You

3. “Midnight Robbery” (Bill Green/Mark Burdick)

Midnight Robbery

4. “Never Gonna Let You Go” (Norman Sallitt)

Never Gonna Let You Go

5. “Star Love” (Dick St. John/Sandy St. John/Gary Zekley/Mark Gibbons)

Star Love

6. “Your Lies” (Timothy Blixset)

Your Lies

7. “Baby When You’re Near Me” (Norman Sallitt)

Baby When You’re Near Me

8. “Just One Time” (Norman Sallitt/Ted Glasser)

Just One Time

9. “Newborn Woman” (Al Capps/Mary Dean)

Newborn Women

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

 

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Vicki Lawrence: “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” (Bobby Russell)

From the album The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

Bell Records, 1973

The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

Groovy Tuesday: Sylvester’s “All I Need”

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 Lipps Inc. on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

 

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“Who has been putting out their Kools on my floor??!!??”

Sylvester’s “Do You Wanna Funk”– the ultimate example of a stone groove, my man!

 

Sylvester: All I Need

Megatone Records, 1982

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

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1. “All I Need” (James Wirrick/Jeff Mehl)

All I Need

2. “Be With You” (James Wirrick)

Be With You

3. “Do You Wanna Funk” (Patrick Crowley/Sylvester)

Do You Wanna Funk

4. “Hard Up” (James Wirrick/Jeff Mehl)

Hard Up

5. “Don’t Stop” (James Wirrick/Jeff Mehl)

Don’t Stop

6. “Tell Me” (James Wirrick)

Tell Me

7. “Won’t You Let Me Love You” (James Wirrick)

Won’t You Let Me Love You

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

 

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Sylvester: “Do You Wanna Funk” [12″ Version] (Patrick Crowley/Sylvester)

Do You Wanna Funk [12″ Version]

Sylvester: “Do You Wanna Funk” [Instrumental Version]

Do You Wanna Funk [Instrumental Version]

Both taken from the U.S. 12″ single Do You Wanna Funk

Megatone Records, 1982

The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums (“Loverboy Live! From Dayton, Ohio”)

“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!

 

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I was flipping through some of my vinyl recently, and I was quite surprised to find a rare live Loverboy album. I found Loverboy Live! From Dayton, Ohio about 15 years ago at my local Half-Price Books, and for some reason I had completely forgotten all about it. Of course, it went right to the front of my ripping stack– and since I just finished the rip about 15 minutes ago, I thought I’d keep the ball rolling and send it straight to the blog for your listening pleasure!

Loverboy will always hold a special place for The Analog Kid, as they were the first band that I ever saw live. The date was November 7, 1981, and Loverboy opened for Journey at Reunion Arena in Dallas. Loverboy Live! From Dayton, Ohio was recorded about five months earlier, near the end of the band’s first U.S. tour in support of their debut album. The promo LP features live versions of every track from 1980’s Loverboy, with one exception: there’s no “Teenage Overdose.” I love that song, so of course I included it as a bonus track.

I’ve never seen another copy of Loverboy Live! From Dayton, Ohio, so I’ll go ahead and assume that this promo-only release is pretty hard to find. It’s also pretty damn good– Loverboy was getting really tight as a band from constant touring, and their big breakthrough was right around the corner with Get Lucky.

 

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Loverboy: Loverboy Live! From Dayton, Ohio [U.S. Promo LP]

Columbia Records, 1981

Recorded live at the Dixie Electric Company in Dayton, Ohio (June 15, 1981)

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “Little Girl” (Paul Dean)

Little Girl

2. “Always On My Mind” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)

Always On My Mind

3. “Prissy Prissy” (Paul Dean/Matt Frenette)

Prissy Prissy

4. “Lady Of The 80’s” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno.Doug Johnson/Vernon Wills)

Lady Of The 80’s

5. “D.O.A.” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno/Doug Johnson)

D.O.A.

6. “It Don’t Matter” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)

It Don’t Matter

7. “Turn Me Loose” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)

Turn Me Loose

8. “The Kid Is Hot Tonite” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)

The Kid Is Hot Tonite

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

 

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Loverboy: “Teenage Overdose” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno/Doug Johnson)

From the album Loverboy

Columbia Records, 1980

Teenage Overdose

 

Get Lucky

Loverboy: “When It’s Over” (Paul Dean/Mike Reno)

From the album Get Lucky

Columbia Records, 1981

When It’s Over

45 RPM: Fleetwood Mac’s “Sara” [Dutch 7″]

Here’s your ticket to some of the best (or, perhaps, most infamous) 7″ singles ever released! No adapter is required, although in my opinion the device pictured below is right up there with Count Chocula as one of the best inventions of the 20th century.

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Stevie

Today is Stevie Nick’s 68th birthday. I bought my first Fleetwood Mac album when I was eight years old, and I haven’t stopped listening to them since… (hey, how about some news on that new album already?)

Let’s celebrate Stevie’s birthday with the 7″ version of “Sara,” certainly one of Stevie’s best tracks. The details of the song’s inspiration have come to light over the past few years, with both Stevie and Don Henley confirming that “Sara” was about a baby they almost had together. It’s also partly about Stevie’s friend Sara, who began an affair with Mick Fleetwood while Stevie was also seeing Mick. Stevie broke it off with Fleetwood when she found out, and Sara eventually married Mick.

Yes, it’s true: you could mix together Days Of Our Lives and General Hospital and One Life To Live (and throw in Dynasty to boot), and combined they still couldn’t match the soap opera crafted by Fleetwood Mac in the ’70s and ’80s. But you know what? It made for some incredibly powerful music. “Sara” is simply a gorgeous song.

I finally saw the Mac play “Sara” live on the second leg of the Say You Will tour in 2004. I took my girlfriend Amanda to the show, despite the fact that she had broken up with me the year before on the very day of the Fleetwood Mac show in Dallas– and I had third row tickets! We eventually got back together, and she was there to hear “Sara” the next year– and then we broke up again. We were like our own little version of the Fleetwood Mac soap opera, played out with Fleetwood Mac as the backdrop– and like the members of Fleetwood Mac, we are somehow (miraculously) still friends to this day.

“Sara” made it to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1980, making it the biggest hit from the band’s Tusk LP (the title track peaked at #8). The Mac still play “Sara” live– in fact, they added it to the set list in Australia during the last leg of their most recent tour. I can only hope to hear it again on their next outing– AFTER they finish the new record with Christine McVie. Are you with me, Mick?

Mick

ARE YOU WITH ME?

 

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Fleetwood Mac: Sara [Dutch 7″]

Warner Bros. Records, 1979

 

A-side: “Sara” [7″ Version] (Stevie Nicks)

Sara [7″ Version]

B-side: “That’s Enough For Me: (Lindsey Buckingham)

That’s Enough For Me

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

 

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Fleetwood Mac: “Sara” (Stevie Nicks)

Sara

Fleetwood Mac: “Tusk” (Lindsey Buckingham)

Tusk

From the album Tusk

Warner Bros. Records, 1979

 

 

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Fleetwood Mac: “Sara” [Early Version] (Stevie Nicks)

From the CD Tusk (Deluxe Edition)

Warner Bros. Records, 2004

Sara

 

Say You Will

Fleetwood Mac: “Thrown Down” (Stevie Nicks)

From the album Say You Will

Warner Bros. Records, 2003

Thrown Down

 

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Fleetwood Mac: “Sara” [Live in Tucson, 8/28/1980] (Stevie Nicks)

From the album Tusk [2015 Deluxe Edition]

Warner Bros. Records, 2015

Sara [Tucson, 8/28/80]