Friday, August 26, 2016

Before It Was A Hit Song... IV. Continues next week.
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
                 
"The Best" has become a signature song for the mighty Tina Turner. In 1989, the single was charting everywhere. Hard to believe now, but hers was not the first recording of the song. A year before, Bonnie Tyler released the original of "The Best". Lifted off her 1988 album 'Hide Your Heart', Tyler's rendition was released as a single, becoming a Top 10 hit in Norway. 
               
Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte

Thursday, August 25, 2016

100 BEST ALBUM COVERS: #39. Continues next week.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 100 BEST
ALBUM COVERS
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39
TIMELESS
SERGIO MENDES (2006)
NEW SEGMENT: Before It Was A Hit Song... III
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
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The Fugees and Roberta Flack both topped charts around the world with a version of "Killing Me Softly". Their remakes were hits in 1996 and 1973 respectively.
 
The original was recorded by  Lori Liebermanin 1972. This interpretation was ignored but Flack heard it as part of the in-flight entertainment on a plane and decided to cover the song. It was re-tweaked  and became one of the niggest hits of the 1970s.
Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

100 BEST ALBUM COVERS: #40. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 100 BEST
ALBUM COVERS
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40
RUBBER SOUL
THE BEATLES (1965)
NEW SEGMENT: Before It Was A Hit Song... II
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
GloriaJones76.jpgSoft Cell achieved global success with "Tainted Love" in 1981. The synth-pop duo 's chart topper was a revamp of an obscure soul gem that served as a B-side for R&B vocalist Gloria Jones. Her original take burst out in 1965. It is now a cherished Northern soul classic.
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Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

100 BEST ALBUM COVERS: #41. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 100 BEST
ALBUM COVERS
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41
1984 {aka MCMLXXXIV}
VAN HALEN (1984)
NEW SEGMENT: Before It Was A Hit Song... I
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
  
UB40 scored a hit with a reggae version of Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine" in 1983 (and 5 years later on re-issue in the USA). The original version was included on the American soloist's 1968 album 'Just For You' and released as a single that year. That disc only reached #62 in America. 
Years later, when UB40 considered covering "Red Red Wine", the group was unaware of the Diamond original. The band was aware, however, of an earlier reggae remake of the song, recorded by Jamaican singer Tony Tribe in 1969. This was the version UB40 modelled its interpretation on.
 Tony Tribe - Red, Red Wine
Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte

Monday, August 22, 2016

200 MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS : #38. Continues later this week.

THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included. This is a personal listing of the albums I enjoy the most to this day.
#38
THE FOX: ELTON JOHN 
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 [1981] 
'The Fox' is far from the perfect Elton John album, with a few filler tracks that time has been unkind to; but it does include enough highlights to have remained among my list of all-time favourite LPs. Among the gems is the heartfelt "Elton's Song". This ballad deals with the secret yearning of a boy for another male. Its lyrics are understated and kept to a minimum. John's vocal is sensitive throughout. Few songs convey a mood as effectively. "Nobody Wins" started life as a French song that John decided to have translated into English. The Euro-pop track sees him deliver a song in a genre that was new to his fan base. "Just Like Belgium" also sports a European flavour and is a fun change of pace. The instrumentals "Carla / Etude" and"Fanfare" are a welcome opportunity for John to showcase his keyboard skills. It concludes with the underrated love song "Chloe". The lack of a consistent collaborator and producer does affect the album's overall strength. Only 4 of its tracks were written with Bernie Taupin. Gary Osborne co-wrote 5 songs for the album (4 were written with John).
Highlight tracks: Elton's Song; Nobody Wins; Chloe & Just Like Belgium.
100 UNDERRATED MOTOWN SONGS FROM THE ARCHIVES YOU SHOULD HEAR: #50-41. Another 10 songs added next week.

Caffe` Latte` presents…
100 UNDERRATED TRACKS FROM THE
MOTOWN
ARCHIVES
 
YOU GOTTA HEAR!
Each week, ten obscure or rare Motown recordings will be highlighted. You can hear the added songs on spotify. The playlist will be updated weekly.
 Tamla Motown, From The Vaults, UK, Deleted, vinyl LP album (LP record), Tamla Motown, STMR9001, 358294
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte
50
SATURN
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder sings about the idyllic utopia imagined on the distant planet Saturn. The track was included on the EP that accompanied his double album 'Songs in the Key of Life' in 1976. He co-wrote it with Michael Sembello (of "Maniac" fame).
49
DOWN TO LOVE TOWN
The Originals

"Down To Love Town" reached #1 on the Disco chart in 1976 for the little known group The Originals.The track was produced by Frank Wilson.
48
LOCKING UP MY HEART
The Marvelettes
Holland/ Dozier / Holland wrote the fun track "Locking Up My Heart", a single issued in 1963.
47
THERE'S NO STOPPING US NOW
The Supremes
"There's No Stopping Us Now" was the B-side for the 1967 US #1 hit single "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone". Both sides were penned by the  Holland / Dozier / Holland team.
46
SOLDIER OF LOVE
Four Tops
The Four Tops didn't record "Soldier Of Love" until 1984 when the vocal group returned to the Motown fold. Deke Richards wrote and produced the track.
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RIGHT ON
Marvin Gaye
"Right On" is a track on the influential album 'What's Going On' album released by Marvin Gaye in 1971.
44
GOLDEN LADY
Stevie Wonder
"Golden Lady" was a beautiful track featured on Wonder's 'Innervisions' album. The LP was unleashed in 1973. Jose Feliciano released a cover version in the following year.
43
HELPLESS
Kim Weston
Kim Weston is best remembered for "It Takes Two", a duet she recorded with Marvin Gaye. "Helpless" was a solo release which fared poorly on the Billboard Pop chart but did climb to #13 R&B in 1966.This is yet another great pop classic from the pen of the H/D/H songwriting trio.
42
HAPPY
Michael Jackson
"Happy" has lyrics written by Smokey Robinson to the score composed by Michel Legrand for the Motown film 'Lady Sings the Blues'. Michael Jackson recorded the song in 1973 for his 'Music & Me' album.
41
A PLACE IN THE SUN
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder released "A Place In The Sun" in 1966. The single was a hit for the teen star, reaching #9 Pop and peaking at #3 on the R&B listing.