The Epic 2017 Project #291: 171018
Seal’s self-titled debut was released in 1991 and features the singles “Crazy”, “Future Love Paradise”, “The Beginning”, “Killer” and “Violet”. The album debuted at No.1 in the UK and went on to win Best British Album at the 1992 Brit Awards.
There are two versions of the album, with minor and major differences in three songs. The shorter version of “Wild” is more rock-based and heavy than the original. The shorter version of “Violet” contains no dialogue within the singing. Track lengths of both versions are given for each song affected. “Killer” is a re-recorded version of the UK number one single by Adamski, which also features Seal on vocals.
Many of the songs (including various ZTT mixes) were featured in the Greg Stump 1991 film Groove Requiem in the Key of Ski. Later Seal tracks appeared in other Stump films as well. The track “Killer” was also featured on the American crime series Homicide: Life on the Street and was included on the 2-disc soundtrack album.
The song “Crazy” was covered by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on their album Take a Break, by Mushroomhead on their album XIII, by Talisman on their 1995 album Life, by Alanis Morissette on her 2005 compilation album Alanis Morissette: The Collection, and by German power metal band Iron Savior.
The Epic 2017 Project #244: 170901
Rag & Bone Man – Wolves (2014)
More home-grown wonderfulness. Rag n Bone man hails from Sussex too.
The Epic 2017 Project #169: 170618
Mary Mary – Thankful (1999)
Thankful was Mary Mary’s debut studio album, released on May 2, 2000 through Columbia Records. It’s all about contemporary gospel, R&B, hip hop and soul and as a part of that, produced the smash crossover hit “Shackles (Praise You)”, which reached the top-ten in seven countries. This was closely followed by the single “I Sings”, which was also a significant hit—although it did not match the success of its predecessor.
The album established Mary Mary as one of the leading artists in contemporary Christian music, and won the duo a Grammy Award in 2001. It peaked at number one on the US Gospel Albums, number twenty-two on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number fifty-nine on the US Billboard 200. On release, AllMusic gave it a grade of four and a half out of five stars and Cross Rhythms – the main Christian music publisher – a top 10/10.
The Epic 2017 Project #066: 170307
En Vogue – Funky Divas (1992)
En Vogue’s second studio album was one of the best selling of 1992 peaking at over five million by the year end.
The lead single, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” (featured here) became an instant hit, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart. The accompanying video for “My Lovin'” won two MTV Video Music Awards. The song samples the funk guitar line of James Brown’s 1973 song “The Payback” from the album of the same name.
The Epic 2017 Project #014: 170114
Average White Band – Person to Person (1977)
I brought this double gatefold live album on vinyl for my wife’s 21st birthday back in 1980.
The Average White Band came from Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 1972, they had worldwide success as a funk and R&B band with a string of hits between 1974 and 1980. The biggest and most successful of these was the instrumental ‘Pick up the Pieces’ (1974) which now has the accolade of being the 15th most sampled tune in history. The band split in 1983 only to reform six years later. They still tour now, albeit with a vastly different line-up; Alan Gorrie (guitar) is the only original member.
The ‘Person to Person’ live album was recorded at the Tower Theatre and The Spectrum, Philadelphia, The Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh and The Colosseum, Cleveland.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #273: 160929
[A song from 1986]
Ah! The infamous red codpiece! TOTP simply wasn’t prepared and any other words just don’t seem that important once you’ve drawn attention to it. Not that you need to. I’ll shut-up now.