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Friday, 30 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Rozalla is a female dance music performer, who was christened "the queen of rave". "Faith (In The Power Of Love)" was her 2nd released single, the first being "Born To Luv Ya", but peaked at #65 in the UK charts first time around. She had a huge hit with the 3rd release "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" which reached #6 in the UK charts. This success lead to "Faith" being re-released, and second time around it reached #11.
Subsequent hits from Rozalla included "Are You Ready To Fly", "Love Breakdown", "I Love Music", "You Never Love The Same Way Twice", and "Baby" amongst others.
Faith (In The Power Of Love) (7" Version)
Faith (In The Power Of Love) (Teknokraft Edit)
Faith (In The Power Of Love) (Musik Out Of Control Mix)
Faith (In The Power Of Love) (Space Station Mix)
Faith (In The Power Of Love) (12" Mix)
Faith (In The Power Of Love) (Teknokraft Mix)
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Martha Wash is probably best known as one half of The Weather Girls, but over the years she has provided vocals for many hit tracks - including Black Box - "I Don't Know Anybody Else", "Everybody Everybody", "Fantasy", "Strike It Up", C+C Music Factory "Everybody Dance Now (Gonna Make You Sweat)" and with Seduction "You're My One And Only (True Love)"
"Give It To You" is one of her few solo singles, taken from her self-titled solo debut album "Martha Wash". It peaked at #90 on the US Billboard Hot 100 & #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. It also reached #37 in the UK singles chart, in March 1993. The track featured remixes from David Morales, and also Maurice Joshua.
Give It To You (Radio Edit)
Give It To You (Momo's Klub Mix)
Give It To You (Dead Zone Mix)
Give It To You (Maurice's Underground Playground)
Give It To You (Def Dub Mix)
Give It To You (Momo's Dub Mix)
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Some of you have messaging me saying that the Password is not correct on some of the files. You must make sure that when you copy the password that you do not get any extra spaces at the beginning or end of the password, it must be copied or typed exactly as it is written in the post.
The people that have messaged me recently saying that the password is wrong, or that the RAR is corrupt on certain files - I have downloaded and checked them, and they're working fine.
Please try extracting again, and make sure you are entering the password correctly.
EXTRACTING RAR FILE TOOLS:
The following are the free tools you will need to unpack the files after you download them.
For Windows/PC users: WinRar
For Mac users: UnrarX
Thanks, and I hope you're all still enjoying the blog.
Monday, 19 January 2009
Victoria Wilson James is a vocalist who has had a varied solo career, including working with such groups such as Soul II Soul and The Shamen. She entered the UK charts in 1991 with the song "Through" which peaked at #77. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find out much more about her.
"Reach 4 The Melody" is taken from her 1997 album "Colorfields". The single version was featured remixes by Boris Dlugosch and Alex Party. The track peaked at #72 in the UK charts in August 1997.
Reach 4 The Melody (Boris Dlugosch Clubbers Vocal Radio Edit)
Reach 4 The Melody (Boris Dlugosch 3rd Ear Symbiosis Radio Edit)
Reach 4 The Melody (Boris Dlugosch On A Samba Trip)
Reach 4 The Melody (Boris Dlugosch Clubbers Vocal)
Reach 4 The Melody (Boris Dlugosch Dub)
Reach 4 The Melody (Alex Party Underparty)
Pia Zadora is an American actress and singer. "Dance Out Of My Head" is taken from her 1988 album "When The Lights Go Out". The album was produced by Jam & Lewis and they gave the album their trademark sound. The lead single was a minor dance hit, and peaked at #65 in the UK charts.
The video was interesting, as it started off as an animated piece and then lead into live action with Pia dancing & performing with her band. The track featured remixes from Shep Pettibone, Jam & Lewis, Ben Liebrand, and Razormaid.
Dance Out Of My Head (Album Version)
Dance Out Of My Head (Dressed-Down Mix)
Dance Out Of My Head (House Groove Vocal)
Dance Out Of My Head (Jam & Lewis Remix)
Dance Out Of My Head (Dub Version)
Dance Out Of My Head (Ben Liebrand Mix)
Dance Out Of My Head (Razormaid Remix)
*thanks to Simon, Steen, Mark, Raul & Danny for help with these remixes!
Sunday, 18 January 2009
From 1989, "In Private" was the third single in a row to be a charting success for British singer Dusty Springfield, after nearly two decades of little if any chart success. Both "In Private" and Springfield's previous single, "Nothing Has Been Proved" were produced by Pet Shop Boys, who helped return Springfield to prominence with their 1987 hit collaboration "What Have I Done to Deserve This?". Both Springfield singles were included on her 1990 British album "Reputation".
The single peaked at #14 in the UK charts. A separate remix single featuring remixes from Shep Pettibone was also released, and though not released as a single in the America, it proved to be popular with club DJs on both coasts.
In Private (7" Version)
In Private (12" Version)
In Private (Instrumental)
In Private (Shep Pettibone Remix)
In Private (Shep Pettibone Dub)
In Private (Shep Pettibone Bonus Beats)
Friday, 16 January 2009
Better known for her modelling that her singing, "I Want To Live" is taken from Naomi Campbells 1995 album "Babywoman". First single "Love & Tears" hadn't performed as well as she would've liked, and sadly "I Want To Live" went the same way. Despite boasting some impressive remixes from such famous names as Ben Liebrand, The Beatmasters, 808 State, and Junior Vasquez.
Although "Babywoman" was generally a worldwide flop it was a success in Japan, selling over 1 million copies.
I Want To Live (Album Version)
I Want To Live (Ben Liebrand Radio Version)
I Want To Live (Ben Liebrand Club Mix)
I Want To Live (Beatmasters 12" Mix)
I Want To Live (808 State Nouveau Electro Mix)
I Want To Live (Junior Vasquez Sound Factory Mix)
*thanks to Raul for help with these remixes.
Nutbush City Limits (The 90's Version 7" Mix)
Nutbush City Limits (The 90's Version 12" Mix)
From 1987, this was the debut single from Scottish band Wet Wet Wet. The band comprises Marti Pellow (vocals), Tommy Cunningham (drums, vocals), Graeme Clark (bass, vocals) and Neil Mitchell (keyboards, vocals). A fifth, unofficial member, Graeme Duffin (lead guitar, vocals), has been with them since 1983.
"Wishing I Was Lucky" performed well, reaching #6 in the UK charts & #58 in the US charts. Follow-up single "Sweet Little Mystery" also performed well, reaching #5 in the UK charts and debut album "Popped In Souled Out" hit #1 in the UK in January 1988.
The b-side to "Wishing I Was Lucky" was album track "Words Of Wisdom".
Wishing I Was Lucky
Wishing I Was Lucky (Extended Version)
Words Of Wisdom
*the video here is the US version.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
From 1986, this was the 4th single released from Five Stars "Silk & Steel" album. It was the follow-up to the groups biggest UK hit single "Rain Or Shine" (UK #2).
The video was a rather comical affair, which showed the group staying in an old castle occupied by a Dracula-esque figure. He spends the video chasing lead singer Denise, and attempting to copy the groups dance movements - failing miserably.
"If I Say Yes" was a much more straight-up dance number than their previous single, and despite the video being full of fun & laughs the track wasn't as successful as perhaps they would've liked. It peaked at #15 in the UK chart and #13 in the US R&B chart.
If I Say Yes (Album Version)
If I Say Yes (Extended Version)
If I Say Yes (Sheps Urban Mix)
If I Say Yes (Sheps Urban Dub)
If I Say Yes (Lew Hahn US Dub Mix)
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Released in 1993, sixties legends Cilla Black & Dusty Springfield recorded this duet for Cilla Blacks "Through The Years" album. The track was released as a single but wasn't a hit, peaking at #75 in the UK charts in October 1993.
Heart And Soul (Album Version)