Hello Folks, just for your information i will go to the sun this year from the 23rd of this month until around the 15th of october. I got the confirmation today. Hurray :-). hope we will meet here again after my holidays.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Glam/Power Pop by Kevin K & The Hollywood Stars 2007 Flac & mp3

Kevin K & The Hollywood Stars 2007

Today i read a review about this album where the critic talked about the album cover '' the cover looks like self made with corel draw and the frontman looks like a drug victim of 20 years drug abuse...but than i listened to the music and was positive surprised... Here i stopped reading further. I understand what he want to say about the artwork and i understand what he want to say about the look of Kevin K. But what have that to do with the music?
I don't need music critics like that. Bullshit! Excuse me i forgot my good breeding :-)

This is my review in a few words: If you like Power Pop with Glam and catchy songs with a punk attitude grab Kevin K & The Hollywood Stars.

Have fun
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Perfect Pop!!! Squeeze - Cool For Cats 1979 (1995 A&M Records) Flac & mp3

Rebounding after a difficult debut, Squeeze hunkered down with producer John Wood -- the engineer of U.K. Squeeze -- and cut Cool for Cats, which for all intents and purposes is their true debut album. More than U.K. Squeeze, Cool for Cats captures the popcraft of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, while also sketching out a unique musical territory for the band, something that draws deeply on '60s pop, the stripped-down propulsive energy of pop/rock, and the nervy style of new wave. Although this is considerably less chaotic and aggressive than U.K. Squeeze, Cool for Cats feels like it belongs to its time more than its predecessor, partially due to the heavy emphasis on Jools Holland's keyboards and partially due to the dry British wit of Difford, whose best work here reveals him as a rival to Elvis Costello and Ian Dury. Chief among those is "Up the Junction," a marvelous short story chronicling a doomed relationship, but there's also the sly kinky jokes married to deft characterizations on "Slap and Tickle," the heartbroken tale of "Goodbye Girl," and the daft surrealism of "Cool for Cats." These are subtle, sophisticated songs that are balanced by a lot of direct, unsophisticated songs, as Difford picks up on the sexually charged vibe of John Cale and gets even kinkier, throwing out songs about masturbation and cross-dressing, occasionally dipping into how he's feeling slightly drunk.

Tilbrook pairs these ribald tales to frenzied rock & roll, equal parts big hooks and rollicking rhythms, including a couple of showcases for Holland's boogie-woogie piano. It's all a bit scattered but in a purposeful way, as the impish wit lends the pub rockers a kinky kick while Tilbrook's tunefulness gives it all an identity. Cool for Cats winds up being wild and weird, angular and odd in a way only a new wave album from 1979 could possibly be, but this is a high watermark for its era with the best moments effortless transcending its time.(

There is not much to say about Cool For notch songwriting, lyrics, pop arrangements, nearly every song a possible single release. This is a 5,9 stars out of six possible stars rating by me.

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Lesley Gore ‎– California Nights & 13 Bonus Tracks (2015 Ace Records) (Original released 1967) Flac & mp3

When Lesley Gore recorded California Nights in 1967, it had only been two years since her last big hit -- "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," which made it to 13 in 1965 -– but it felt like even longer due to all the shifting trends of the late '60s. Assisted by producers Bob Crewe (who helmed seven of the LP's ten tracks) and Quincy Jones (who is responsible for the three other cuts, all arranged by Jack Nitzsche), Gore dove right into the fashionable sounds of Los Angeles in 1967. It was hardly hippie and not quite psychedelic but those trippy sounds were certainly in the air and can be heard on California Nights via fuzz guitars, mind-bending echoes, and whirling strings, but all this is tempered by a good dose of go-go beats and middle of the road pop. All these accouterments make California Nights very much a record of its time, and if it didn't make many waves at the time -- the appealingly hazy title track made it to 16 but the album stalled at 169 -- it stands as something of an underrated period piece, anchored by the gorgeous, cinematic productions of Crewe and enlivened by the savvier Jones, who is responsible for the snappy rock & roll of "Off & Running" and the liquid pulse of "Cry Like a Baby," which effectively splits the difference between uptown soul and hip Hollywood flair.

Back of '67 original mercury release

Ace's 2015 reissue expands California Nights with 15 bonus tracks, most taken from the 1965 albums My Town, My Guy & Me and All About Love, along with a few singles and three cuts that first surfaced on Bear Family's big Lesley Gore box from 1994. All this material is more straightforward than California Nights, falling somewhere between middle of the road pop and pop-soul, and while that may mean it's not quite as distinctive, it's still well-crafted and pleasurable.(

I admit i was curious what allmusic critics would say about the album (the 10 tracks of the original '67 album). And i was a little surprised because a lot was quite similar what i thought (and think) about the album.
Very good, radio friendly pop music of its time with all the ingredients of a commercial ''middle of the road'' pop album.
Likewise the bonus tracks are accurate selected and match very well in the most cases of the 13 bonus tracks.
Ace Records delivers a very good pop collection of Lesley Gore here from the time around '65 - '67.

Have fun
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p.s.: Is maybe someone outthere who have the Lesley Gore - Boys Boys Boys (Ace Records) release in lossless? If you would share it please send me an email. It would be much appreciated.