Apr 29, 2017

RhoDeo 1717 Grooves

Hello, the artists today came up with a curious image dressed with a medieval militaristic maille headdress, like they were some kind of Crusaders, bizarre but then Star Wars were all the rage back then, and we know now 35 years later, it's still being milked by Disney (Walt must be so happy, Snow White gets rescued again and again).

Today's artists are a New York City octet, one of three funk and/or disco bands in which producer/keyboardist Randy Muller was involved. Muller organized the group and they recorded for Salsoul from the late '70s until 1984. Their biggest hit was "Call Me" in 1981, an R&B chart-topper. They could do sweeping funk tracks, dance-oriented cuts, or light ballads..... N'joy

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Skyy was formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1973, when sisters Denise, Delores, and Bonnie Dunning first met musician Solomon Roberts, Jr. The record producer/keyboardist Randy Muller (who was also a member Brass Construction and an arranger for B.T. Express) soon became involved with the project. By 1976, the Skyy lineup of the three Dunning sisters as vocalists, Roberts as the male vocalist/guitarist, Anibal Anthony Sierra on guitars and keyboards, Larry Greenberg on keyboards, Gerald Lebon on bass, and Tommy McConnell on drums had solidified.

In the late 1970s, Skyy signed to Salsoul Records. After several albums that saw moderate success in the R&B market, the group crossed over to the mainstream in a big way with the release of the Skyy Line album in late 1981. Featured on this album was the single "Call Me", which gave the group their first (and only, to date) top 40 hit on the pop charts, peaking at number 26 in 1982. It also became the first of several number one R&B hits for Skyy. Meanwhile, the group continued to record for the Salsoul label up through the release of their 1984 Inner City album (Salsoul would fold in 1985), scoring several additional hits on the R&B chart during that time.

In the mid-1980s, the group signed with Capitol Records and released their next album, From the Left Side in 1986. Apart from the top ten R&B single, "Givin' It (to You)", the album saw limited success, and the group left Capitol soon thereafter.

Things were looking rather bleak for the band by the late 1980s. However, after signing to Atlantic Records, Skyy launched a major comeback in 1989 with the release of their successful Start of a Romance album. This release spun off two number one R&B singles, with both the title track ("Start of a Romance") and the quiet storm classic, "Real Love" claiming the top spot. "Real Love" also became the group's second and final crossover pop hit peaking at number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1990. The second single released from the album (between the title track and "Real Love"), "Love All the Way" also cracked the R&B top 50. By the release of the Nearer to You album in 1992, the hits had again dried up, and the band has not released a new studio album since then. Although Skyy is one of very few bands to release 12 studio albums in 12 years (two compilation albums), which turned out multiple hits, they often go unnoticed and unsung. In 2014, the French Nu-Disco act Solidisco released an updated version of Skyy's 1980 single "Here's To You", in which the group received credits due to the original version being used.

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This was the debut album for this self-contained octet. Their first release was the dance number "First Time Around." It was a mixture of funk and disco. A very lengthy musical track with some vocals added here and there; ideal for a party. It sealed the top 20 inside 14 weeks. It was followed by "Let's Turn It Out." Funk was the focus here for the Brooklyn based band. Chanting party vocals, improvising solos and Solomon Roberts master of ceremonies wail keep this groove on the move. However, it was only on the charts for nine weeks peaking at 65. A bonafide party song, as are most of these selections and solid ones they are. "Stand By Me" is the only ballad; it's trimmed in a pop texture. Though disco was on its last leg, its popularity still warranted groups including it in their repertoire and Skyy has its share.

Skyy - Skyy    (flac  425mb)

01 This Groove Is Bad 6:20
02 First Time Around 6:37
03 Lets Turn It Out 6:37
04 Fallin' In Love Again 4:51
05 Stand By Me 5:04
06 Disco Dancin' 4:12
07 Lets Get Up (S-k-y-y) 5:17
Bonus Tracks
08 First Time Around (Larry Levan's Greatest Mixes Vol.2 Version) 7:32
09 First Time Around (Larry Levan 12" Disco Mix) 9:05
10 First Time Around (Randy Muller 12'' Remix) 6:31

Skyy - Skyy  (ogg   159mb)

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The second album from the Brooklyn-based octet featured two releases: "High" and "Skyyzoo." The former is a moderately-paced groove showcasing the unison vocals of the Dunning sisters. Lightly arranged with an unruffled rhythm track and some guitar licks, the strings and horn complement this laid-back dance number. The single peaked at 13 after 16 weeks on the Billboard R&B charts.

The follow-up, "Skyyzoo," was more of a antic-driven number. With its hyped vocals and various music gadgets, the song was an invitation to the dancefloor. It peaked at 32 on the charts after 11 weeks. The remainder of the album falls in line with these two singles save the ballad "Who's Gonna Love Me." and "Music. Music," which swings the way of rock with its heavy electric guitar and slashing vocals.

Skyy - Skyway    (flac 328mb)

01 High 5:04
02 Don't Stop 4:55
03 Skyy Zoo 4:34
04 Dance, Dance, Dance 4:16
05 Love Plane 5:25
06 You Got Me Up 5:07
07 Whos Gonna Love Me 3:57
08 Music 4:35
09 Skyyzoo (Larry Levan Remix) 8:32

Skyy - Skyway  (ogg     120mb)

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In the late '70s and early '80s, producer Randy Muller was best known for two things: being a member of Brass Construction and working with Skyy. Both bands favored a funk/disco approach that brought many dancefloors to life, but there were some major differences between the two East Coast outfits. For one thing, Skyy had three female vocalists. Plus, Skyy was a lot more consistent. While Brass Construction recorded its share of albums that were uneven or disappointing, Skyy was usually reliable -- more often than not, one could safely assume that the latter would deliver a first-rate party album. Skyyport is no exception. This 1980 release was the band's third album, and the party people who had acquired Skyy's two previous albums were not disappointed. The LP gets off to an impressive start with the hit "Here's to You" (written by Muller), and they keep the creative momentum going with equally infectious funk dance numbers like "Superlove" (another hit single that Muller wrote) and "Take It Easy." So, if Brass Construction and Skyy both had Muller's input, why was the latter so much more consistent? It all came down to chemistry -- he had a more consistently productive relationship with Skyy, which is interesting when you consider that Muller was actually a member of Brass Construction. Though he co-produced Skyyport and other band releases with Skyy's Soloman Roberts, Jr. and did a lot of writing for the band, he was never an actual member. One of the Skyyport offerings that he didn't write is the ballad "For the First Time," which Roberts contributed. Although ballads weren't the group's forte, the tune is pleasant enough. However, it is the up-tempo funk/dance numbers that ultimately define Skyyport and make it one of Skyy's best releases.

Skyy - Skyyport   (flac  247mb)

01 Here's To You 5:22
02 I Can't Get Enough 5:05
03 Superlove 5:08
04 No Music 2:19
05 Easy 5:18
06 Sun Won't Shine 4:30
07 For The First Time 4:03
08 Arrival 4:06

. Skyy - Skyyport  (ogg   90mb)

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In the late 70's Skyy landed a deal with the legendary Salsoul Records. Skyy released three albums with some R&B success, but it wasn't until the release of Skyy Line in 1981 that the group achieved cross over popularity. The album was their biggest Pop chart placement, climbing all the way to #18 while rocketing to the top spot on the US R&B chart and later winning a coveted RIAA Gold Certification. Skyy's "Skyy Line", released in 1982, was actually the group's fourth studio album. This outing offers a combination of grittier and funkier songs and some sophisticated mid tempo grooves. "Call Me" is a killer funker/Dance jam that deservedly became an across the board R&B, Pop and Dance smash. "Let's Celebrate", a sleek mid tempo sophisticated groove followed suit and also became a huge Top 40 and R&B/Dance Hit. "Girl In Blue", "Jam The Box" and "Get Into The Beat" follow the same jamming formula as the one two punch of the album's two smashes and could all easily still find a home on the dance floor. "Gonna Get It On" is a Latin tingled killer jam that would have been a smash had it been released just a few years later when the Latin sound became oh so popular in the mid 80's. The album's lone ballad, "When You Touch Me" demonstrates the group's depth and their ability to perform any genre.

Skyy - Skyy Line  (flac 385mb)

01 Let's Celebrate 5:32
02 Call Me 6:21
03 Girl In Blue 4:24
04 Jam The Box 4:54
05 When You Touch Me 3:38
06 Gonna Get It On 4:13
07 Get Into The Beat 4:28
08 Let's Celebrate (Tom McConnell Mix) 7:04
09 Let's Celebrate (Francois Kevorkian Mix) 7:12
10 Let's Celebrate (Instrumental Dub Mix) 8:51

  Skyy - Skyy Line (ogg  140mb)

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Apr 28, 2017

RhoDeo 1717 Re-Ups 95

Hello, 10 requests this week, 2 too recent, 1 in the wrong place, 7 fulfilled, in short another batch of 22 re-ups.

These days i'm making an effort to re-up, it will satisfy a small number of people which means its likely the update will  expire relatively quickly again as its interest that keeps it live. Nevertheless here's your chance ... asks for re-up in the comments section at the page where the expired link resides, or it will be discarded by me. ....requests are satisfied on a first come first go basis. ...updates will be posted here  remember to request from the page where the link died! To keep re-ups interesting to my regular visitors i will only re-up files that are at least 12 months old (the older the better as far as i am concerned), and please check the previous update request if it's less then a year old i won't re-up either.

Looka here , requests fulfilled up to April 27th.... N'Joy

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3x Aetix Back in Flac (Wipers - Is This Real, Wipers - Youth of America, Wipers - Over the Edge)

3x Sundaze Back In Flac (Ryuichi Sakamoto - 04, Ryuichi Sakamoto - 05, Ryuichi Sakamoto - Playing The Piano 2cd)

3x Sundaze Back in Flac (Budd, Garcia, Lentz - Music for 3 Pianos, Budd With Zeitgeist - She Is A Phantom, Harold Budd and Hector Zazou - Glyph+Remixes)

2x Sundaze NOW In Flac ( UNKLE Sounds - Widescreen Edit (a new hope), UNKLE Sounds - Edit  (strikes back))

3x Aetix Back In Flac ( Green On Red - Gas Food Lodging + Green On Red, Green On Red - No Free Lunch + the Killer Inside Me ,  Green On Red - Here Comes the Snakes)

4x Roots Back (Gilberto Gil - Louvação, Gilberto Gil - 1968 (with Os Mutantes), Gilberto Gil - Cérebro Eletrónico, Gilberto Gil - Copacabana Mon Amour)

4x Aetix Back In Flac (Stranglers - No More Heroes, Stranglers - Black & White, Stranglers - The Raven,  The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus)

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Apr 26, 2017

RhoDeo 1717 Aetix


Today's artists was the brainchild of Roddy Frame, a Scottish songwriter and vocalist whose precocious talent -- he was still in his teens when the band cut their acclaimed debut album, earned the band a loyal cult following. With Frame's knack for catchy, upbeat melodies and wordplay that often invited comparisons to Elvis Costello, Aztec Camera became a major critical favorite in the U.K. and the U.S., even as the band went through frequent personnel changes. And now they are here to .....N'Joy

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Aztec Camera was formed in 1980 by Frame, then just 16 years old and living in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The initial lineup of the band consisted of Frame on guitar and vocals, Campbell Owens on bass, and Dave Mulholland on drums. Aztec Camera made their recorded debut on 1980's In and Out of Fashion, a compilation cassette of Scottish bands released by Pungent Records in association with Glasgow-based Fumes Magazine, and in March 1981, the group released a single through the respected Scottish indie label Postcard Records, "Just Like Gold" b/w "We Could Send Letters," which rose to number ten on the U.K. Independent charts. The British music journal New Musical Express gave Aztec Camera their seal of approval by licensing an alternate acoustic version of "Just Like Gold" for C-86, a cassette-only compilation curated and released by the magazine. After issuing a second single through Postcard, "Mattress of Wire" b/w "Lost Outside the Tunnel," Aztec Camera signed with Rough Trade Records, who released the single "Pillar to Post" b/w "Queen's Tattoos" in 1982. 1982 also saw the departure of Dave Mulholland from the group, with John Hendry taking over as drummer.

In 1983, Aztec Camera's debut album, High Land, Hard Rain, was released by Rough Trade in the U.K. and Sire in the United States. The album earned rave reviews (with many citing the fact Frame was just 18 when he wrote most of the songs) and respectable sales (especially in England), and guitarist Craig Gannon and keyboardist Bernie Clark expanded the group's lineup to a quintet. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits came aboard to produce Aztec Camera's second album, 1984's Knife, but as the group's sound became slicker and more ambitious, Frame became disenchanted with his bandmates, and by the time he went on tour in support of the Knife album, Campbell Owens was the only other original member of the group left in the lineup, and it would prove to be his last tour with Aztec Camera.

After a stopgap EP of live tracks and B-sides was issued in the United States in 1985, the third Aztec Camera album, the R&B-influenced Love, appeared in 1987. Though it was issued under the group's name, Frame recorded the material with a handful of session musicians, and from that point on, Aztec Camera would not have a consistent lineup on-stage or in the studio, with Frame assembling a different set of players for each project. Love proved to be a commercial success in the U.K., rising to number 10 on the album charts, but it barely made the Top 200 in the United States, and the next two Aztec Camera albums, 1990's eclectic Stray and 1993's electronic experiment Dreamland, didn't even chart in America. After 1995's Frestonia, a low-key and primarily acoustic effort, failed to excite fans or critics, Frame retired the name Aztec Camera, and his next project, 1998's North Star, appeared under the name Roddy Frame. A compilation that followed the group's career up to Dreamla`nd, The Best of Aztec Camera, was issued in Japan in 1999 and in the U.K. in 2001; a more comprehensive two-disc set, Walk Out to Winter: The Best of Aztec Camera, followed in 2011. In 2013, AED Records brought out a 30th Anniversary edition of High Land, Hard Rain in the U.K., with Domino following suit in the United States in 2014; in support, Frame played a handful of solo shows in which he performed the album's 13 songs in their entirety.

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Some performers never make a bigger splash than with their first record, a situation that the Ramones and De La Soul know all too well. If that's the case, though, said musicians had better make sure that debut is a doozy. Aztec Camera, or more specifically, Roddy Frame, falls squarely into this scenario, because while he has doggedly plugged away ever since with a series of what are, at times, not bad releases, High Land, Hard Rain remains the lovely touchstone of Frame's career. Very much the contemporaries of such well-scrubbed Scottish guitar pop confectionaries as Orange Juice, but with the best gumption and star quality of them all, Aztec Camera led off the album with "Oblivious," a mini-masterpiece of acoustic guitar hooks, lightly funky rhythms, and swooning backing vocals. If nothing tops that on High Land, Hard Rain, most of the remaining songs come very close, while they also carefully avoid coming across like a series of general sound-alikes. Frame's wry way around words of love (as well as his slightly nasal singing) drew comparisons to Elvis Costello, but Frame sounds far less burdened by expectations and more freely fun. References from Keats to Joe Strummer crop up (not to mention an inspired steal from Iggy's "Lust for Life" on "Queen's Tattoos"), but never overwhelm Frame's ruminations on romance, which are both sweet and sour. Musically, his capable band backs him with gusto, from the solo-into-full-band showstopper "The Bugle Sounds Again" to the heart-stopping guitar work on "Lost Outside the Tunnel." Whether listeners want to investigate further from here is up to them, but High Land, Hard Rain itself is a flat-out must-have.

Aztec Camera - High Land,  Hard Rain (flac  250mb)
01 Oblivious 3:05
02 The Boy Wonders 3:10
03 Walk Out To Winter 3:20
04 The Bugle Sounds Again 2:50
05 We Could Send Letters 5:40
06 Pillar To Post 3:55
07 Release 3:38
08 Lost Outside The Tunnel 3:25
09 Back On Board 4:50
10 Down The Dip 2:10

Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain   (ogg  93mb)


Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain bonus (flac  444mb)
01 Pillar To Post (Original Single Version) 3:43
02 Queen's Tattoos 2:12
03 Orchid Girl 2:35
04 Haywire 3:59
05 Walk Out To Winter (7" Version) 3:48
06 Set The Killing Free 3:47
07 Back On Board (Live) 4:22
08 We Could Send Letters (Live) 6:55
09 Walk Out To Winter (Kid Jensen Session) 3:34
10 Down The Dip (Kid Jensen Session) 2:25
11 Back On Board (Kid Jensen Session) 4:17
12 Release (Kid Jensen Session) 3:49
13 Walk Out To Winter (Unreleased Single Version) 3:25
14 Walk Out To Winter (12" Version) 7:48
15 Oblivious (Colin Fairley Remix) 3:51
16 Oblivious (Langer/Winstanley Remix) 4:37

Aztec Camera - High Land,  Hard Rain bonus   (ogg  159mb)

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Roundly trashed upon its fall 1984 release -- many reviewers took the album almost as a personal insult -- Knife is nowhere near as terrible an album as it seemed at the time. One must remember the circumstances, however: 1983's High Land Hard Rain, as well as the preceding singles on the legendary Postcard and Les Disques du Crepuscule labels, had presented Roddy Frame and crew as the jazz and folk-inflected, acoustic guitar-slinging saviors of pop music from the synth-driven hordes. Knife, on the other hand, was produced by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, who brought in a pair of keyboard players to color Frame's newly R&B-flavored pop songs. In retrospect, though, Knife is, a thoughtful and largely likable set of tunes. There are three killer singles, the danceable "Still on Fire," "Just Like the USA" (which features a jiggly guitar riff that almost turns into the hook from the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" in a few spots), and the sublime "All I Need Is Everything," a lovely, yearning tune based on a hypnotic guitar riff and featuring possibly the best chorus of Frame's career. Slightly below that fine triumvirate are "The Birth of the True" and the stirring "Backwards and Forwards," which both recall the pretty but slightly strident ballads of Frame's early career, and the peppier "Head Is Happy (Heart's Insane)," all of which are perfectly respectable tunes. Then, though, comes the bland, forgettable "The Back Door to Heaven," and the title track, which stretches out too few musical or lyrical ideas over an endless, nearly ten-minute track that seems to be going for a Dire Straits-like ambience but merely sounds noodly and insipid. With a more sympathetic producer and a less obvious method of filler (why not record new versions of those early singles?), Knife would have made it past the cultural arbiters.

Aztec Camera - Knife (flac  468mb)

01 Still On Fire 4:00
02 Just Like The USA 4:02
03 Head Is Happy (Heart's Insane) 4:14
04 The Back Door To Heaven 5:23
05 All I Need Is Everything 5:50
06 Backwards And Forwards 4:13
07 The Birth Of The True 2:42
08 Knife 9:06
09 All I Need Is Everything (7" Edit) 3:48
10 Jump 2:54
11 All I Need Is Everything (Remix) 6:05
12 Jump (Loaded Version) 5:31
Live At The Dominion Theatre 16th October 1984
13 Mattress Of Wire 3:17
14 Walk Out To Winter 3:17
15 The Bugle Sounds Again 3:20
16 Backwards And Forwards 4:17
17 The Birth Of The True 2:50

Aztec Camera - Knife   (ogg  183mb)

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Roddy Frame dispensed with the previous members of Aztec Camera and turned to a group of American session musicians and high-powered producers (Russ Titelman, Tommy LiPuma) for his third full-length album, on which he also abandoned his singer/songwriter, folk-rock approach in favor of an American R&B style. It's a distinct step down from the ingenuity of his first couple of records, and was met with indifference in the U.S., which seemed to be its intended target. In the U.K., the album belatedly took off after its second single, "Somewhere In My Heart," went to #3, and became Aztec Camera's only Top Ten LP. (Other U.K. chart singles were "How Men Are" [#25] and "Working In A Goldmine" [#31].)

Aztec Camera - Love (flac 528mb)

01 Deep And Wide And Tall 4:02
02 How Men Are 3:38
03 Everybody Is A Number One 3:25
04 More Than A Law 4:39
05 Somewhere In My Heart 4:00
06 Working In A Goldmine 5:36
07 One And One 4:10
08 Paradise 4:29
09 Killermont Street 3:16
10 Deep And Wide And Tall (Breakdown Mix) 7:17
11 Bad Education 2:48
12 The Red Flag 2:49
13 Killermont Street (Live) 3:24
14 Pillar To Post (Live) 4:09
15 Somewhere In My Heart (12" Remix) 7:10
16 Everybody Is A Number One (Boston '86 Version) 3:14
17 Somewhere In My Heart (The Alternate Mix) 6:30
18 I Threw It All Away (Live) 2:04
19 Working In A Goldmine (Sax Version) 3:56

Aztec Camera - Love   (ogg  189mb)

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A welcome comeback after the flaccid dance-pop of 1987's insipid Love, Stray is among Roddy Frame's most assured and diverse collections of songs. Unlike previous Aztec Camera albums, there's not one unifying style to the disc, and the variety makes Stray one of Frame's better collections. From the assured rocking pop of the singles "The Crying Scene" (the closest thing Aztec Camera ever got to an American hit single) and "Good Morning Britain" (a rousing collaboration with Mick Jones of the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite) to the cool, Chet Baker-ish cocktail jazz of "Over My Head," Frame covers the waterfront, but it's the quartet of songs that constitutes the second half of the album that impress the most. These four songs, "How It Is," "The Gentle Kind," "Notting Hill Blues," and the tender acoustic closer "Song For A Friend," are a loosely connected cycle mingling folk, soul, and pop in varying proportions. Starting with a bitterly cynical denunciation of modern society, the four songs move through sadness and resignation to a hopeful, sweet closure. Shorn of the pretentiousness that mars some of Frame's earlier lyrics -- written, to be fair, while he was still in his mid-teens -- the lyrics on Stray are the first that stand up to Frame's remarkable melodic sense. The simple, low-key production by Frame and Eric Calvi also retreats from the unfortunate excesses of both Love and its misbegotten Mark Knopfler-produced predecessor, Knife. With the exception of Aztec Camera's 1983 debut High Land Hard Rain, this is Roddy Frame's best album.

 Aztec Camera - Stray   (flac 392mb)

01 Stray 5:34
02 The Crying Scene 3:34
03 Get Outta London 3:41
04 Over My Head 5:53
05 Good Morning Britain with Mick Jones 4:02
06 How It Is 4:00
07 The Gentle Kind 5:32
08 Notting Hill Blues 6:41
09 Song For A Friend 2:27
10 Salvation 5:11
11 True Colours 4:30
12 Consolation Prize [Live with Edwyn Collins] 3:06
13 Do I Love You? 4:40
14 Good Morning Britain [Mendelsohn Mix ] 4:05

Aztec Camera - Stray   (ogg  147mb)

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