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Volume One Track Listings:
1. The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats (single edit)
Backstreet single 52232; Pop #3, 1983
Produced by Marc Durand
2. A Fine Fine Day - Tony Carey (single edit)
MCA single 52343; Pop #22, 1984
Produced by Peter Hauke
3. You Don't Want Me Anymore - Steel Breeze (single edit)
RCA single 13283; Pop #16, 1982
Produced by Kim Fowley
4. My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) - Chilliwack
(William Henderson-Brian Oliver Mac Leod)
Millennium single 11813; Pop #22, 1981
Produced by Bill Henderson and Brian MacLeod, assisted by Ab Bryant
5. Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck
(Michael Bruce Blackman)
Private Stock single 45039; Pop #3, 1976
Produced by Bruce Blackman for Bill Lowery Productions
6. I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips - Eric Carmen
(Eric Carmen-Dean Pitchford)
Geffen single 29118; Pop #35, 1985
Produced by Eric Carmen and Bob Gaudio
7. Breaking Away - Balance
Portrait single 02177; Pop #22, 1981
Produced by Balance
Engineered and Co-Produced by Tony Bongiovi
8. Without You (Not Another Lonely Night) - Franke & The Knockouts
(Franke Jon Previte-Blake David Levinsohn-William George Elworthy)
Millennium 13105; Pop #24, 1982
Produced by Peter Solley
Co-Produced Franke Previte and The Knockouts
Arranged by Franke Previte and The Knockouts and Peter Solley
9. Love's Grown Deep - Kenny Nolan
20th Century single 2331; Pop #20, 1977
Produced by Kenny Nolan and Charlie Calello
10. Modern Day Delilah - Van Stephenson
(Van Wesley Stephenson-Jan Bidewell Buckingham)
MCA single 52376; Pop #22, 1984
Produced by Richard Landis
11. Such A Woman - Tycoon (single edit)
(Mark Edward Kreider-Norman Mershon
Arista single 0398; Pop #26, 1979
Produced by Robert John Lange
12. Him- Rupert Holmes (single edit)
MCA single 41173; Pop #6, 1980
Produced by Rupert Holmes and Jim Boyer
Arranged by Rupert Holmes
13. More Than Just The Two Of Us - Sneaker (single edit)
(Michael Carey Schneider-Charles Mitch Crane)
Handshake single 02557; Pop #34, 1981
Produced by Jeff Baxter
14. Find Another Fool - Quarterflash (radio edit)
(Marvin Webster Ross)
Geffen single 50006; Pop #16, 1982
Produced by John Boylan
"Barry Scott Presents 'The Lost 45s' of the 70s and 80s" Volume One
The idea for this compilation initially came from my desire to have on CD format every Top 40 hit from the 70s and 80s in the collection of my radio program "The Lost 45s." As years went on, many of the tunes from the "most wanted" list were released on CD - but there was still about 200 titles from the period that were not available.
Upon approaching Cary Mansfield from Varèse Sarabande Records about the prospect of finding the original single masters of these hits, I found that he had a love for Top 40 radio which equaled my own. Neither of us had any idea that we were getting ourselves into a project that would take over a year to complete. The reason it took so long? First, we had to track down the owners of the masters for each track. Many of the songs were not available on CD in America because the original labels had gone out business and the owners could not be located; or some of the songs could not be licensed for legal reasons.
In the end, we managed to clear the rights to quite a few and finally narrowed the selection down to the 14 tracks you find within. All the songs are the original single versions, many available for the first time on CD.
Quite a few of these songs I will now be able to feature on "The Lost 45s" show for the first time without any vinyl scratches or pops...that alone was worth the effort for me. Cary Mansfield might tell you differently...
Anyway, I hope that you enjoy taking an American Pop Music history lesson about the 70s and 80s. It was a great period for Top 40 music. At the very least, unlike current radio of today, every record did not sound the same.
The Songs Featured On "Barry Scott Presents 'The Lost 45s' Of The 70s and 80s" Volume One
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
This techno rock band from Montreal featured the brothers Doroshuk: Ivan, Stefan and Colin. Their first hit, "Safety Dance," charted in two different versions. The 12" dance mix and album track contained a spelling lesson - each letter of the title was chanted in the record. The single version of the tune, presented in this collection omitted the chant. In 1987, the group was down to two members, Colin having left in 1984, and they scored their second and final Top 40 hit, "Pop Goes The World."
A Fine Fine Day - Tony Carey
Tony Carey was saved from being a one hit wonder by having a second solo Top 40 hit. As a keyboardist in the hard rock group Rainbow (led by former members of Deep Purple), Tony also made the Top 40 with "Stone Cold" in 1982. In addition he was the lead vocalist for the group Planet P ("Why Me?") in 1983 before releasing his two solo tunes on MCA records one year later. "A Fine Fine Day," aided by an unforgettable video shown constantly on MTV, was the first. "The First Day of Summer" - an overlooked gem - became his second later that year.
You Don't Want Me Anymore - Steel Breeze
Steel Breeze managed two Top 40 hits in the early '80s on RCA records. The six man pop band from California, featuring lead singer Ric Jacobs, first hit with "You Don't Want Me Anymore" in 1982 and followed it up with the equally infectious "Dreamin' Is Easy" in 1983. Both songs featured an early '80s pre-electronic guitar sound.
My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) - Chilliwack
The Canadian group Chilliwack consisted of Bill Henderson, Brian Macleod and Ab Bryant. They first hit the American charts in 1972 and continued to have lower charting entries throughout the decade on many different labels, including A&M, Sire and Mushroom. A switch to Millennium records in 1981 yielded their only two American Top 40 hits: "My Girl " and "I Believe." The first hit was later retitled "My Girl (Gone Gone Gone)" since most radio listeners remembered it that way.
Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck
In the mid '60s Bruce Blackman formed Eternity's Children, who reached the Top 100 with 1968's "Mrs. Bluebird." Later, in the middle '70s, he formed Starbuck, with six other Atlanta area musicians. Although often thought of today as one hit wonders, Starbuck actually reached the Top 40 two times. Their first single "Moonlight Feels Right" was a Top 5 hit in 1976, "Everybody Be Dancin'" squeaked in at #38 in 1977 before their label, Private Stock, went bankrupt. "Moonlight Feels Right" is a delightfully raunchy slice of Pop from the '70s which was on the charts concurrently with its earlier in the day counterpart, "Afternoon Delight."
I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips - Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen started his musical training at the tender age of 4, attending the Cleveland Institute of Music. His first hit-making group, The Raspberries, scored four Top 40 records in the early '70s, including "Go All The Way" and "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)." Going solo in 1975, his first release, "All By Myself," became a huge hit. A couple of years before becoming involved with the mega-hit soundtrack to Dirty Dancing in 1987, Eric released a solo album for Geffen Records. It yielded a Top 40 entry - the much overlooked tune "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips."
Breaking Away - Balance
This New York City based trio featured Peppy Castro (real name: Emil Thielheim) on vocals. Peppy was the founding member of the psychedelic rock group The Blues Magoos - who hit the Top 10 in 1967 with "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet." The other members of Balance were Bob Kulick on guitar and Doug 'The Sling' Katsaros on keyboards. Andy Newmark created the unique percussion sounds which set the song apart from other pop hits of the period. The group managed one further chart record from their debut album, but no further LPs made any noise.
Without You (Not Another Lonely Night) - Franke & The Knockouts
Based in New Jersey, Franke & The Knockouts' entire Top 100 charted output of three singles all made the Top 40 in 1981 and 1982. "Sweetheart," their first release, was a Top 10 smash. "You're My Girl" became their second Top 40 hit in 1981 and was followed by "Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)." The group's leader, Franke Previte, later helped co-write one of the biggest smashes of the 80s, "I've Had the Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing.
Love's Grown Deep - Kenny Nolan
Kenny Nolan wrote numerous Top 40 hits of the '70s, including two #1 records: "Lady Marmalade" for Labelle and "My Eyes Adored You" for Frankie Valli. He also wrote "Get Dancin'" for Disco-Tex and The Sex-O-Lettes. After fronting the group Eleventh Hour in 1974-75, Kenny released a solo album that contained two Top 20 smashes. "I Like Dreamin'" was the first; "Love's Grown Deep" the second. Further releases on 20th Century Records and later Casablanca (in 1980), failed to ignite. "Love's Grown Deep" is presented for the first time ever on CD in America.
Modern Day Delilah - Van Stephenson
Singer/songwriter Van Stephenson wrote numerous pop/rock and country hits for other artists, including Crystal Gayle's 1979 country smash, "Your Kisses Will." He also co-wrote several country hits for Restless Heart. His "Modern Day Delilah" combined a memorable storyline with an early '80s MTV video to become his only Top 40 solo hit. He is a true one hit wonder.
Such A Woman - Tycoon
Tycoon was a six man pop/rock group from New York whose members included Mark Kreider (bass), Norman Mershon (lead vocals), Michael Fonfara (keyboards), Mark Rivera (sax, percussion), Jon Gordon (guitar) and Richard Steinberg (drums). Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange - who later produced for artists like Bryan Adams - ("Everything I Do) I Do It For You" - the group had one Top 40 hit from their debut album Tycoon before being dropped from their label, Arista.
Him - Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes began his Top 40 career by penning an ode to cannibalism for The Buoys (in 1971) called "Timothy." After coming to the attention of Barbra Streisand, who loved his debut solo album Widescreen, he became involved with her next project, A Star Is Born, as an arranger. His Partners In Crime album contained three Top 40 hits - The #1 song "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)," "Answering Machine," and "Him." Shortly thereafter, Rupert focused his sights on Broadway where he's been a very successful composer and lyricist - as well as a Tony Award winner for The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
More Than Just The Two Of Us - Sneaker
What do you say about a group with one of the worst names in Top 40 history?! This Los Angeles based pop/rock sextet, led by Michael Carey Schneider on lead vocals, released its one Top 40 tune on Handshake Records in 1981. Originally, they wrote it for Barry Manilow! The ballad available here for the first time ever on an American CD release is currently experiencing a resurgence of sorts across the country - many are trying to find it for use at wedding ceremonies. Sneaker was produced by Jeff Baxter of Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan fame. The group's only other charted single was a cover of a tune written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, "Don't Let Me In" - #63 in 1982.
Find Another Fool - Quarterflash
Originally called Seafood Mama, this Portland, Oregon based group released their first hit, "Harden My Heart," under that name in 1980. Re-released one year later under their new name, Quarterflash, it became a million seller. The follow-up, "Find Another Fool," reached the Top 20 in 1982. The group was led by the husband and wife team of Marv and Rindy Ross. After being involved in the movie Night Shift starring Michael Keaton and Henry Winkler, they scored one final Top 20 hit, "Take Me To Heart," in 1983.
Billboard chart information courtesy of Joel Whitburn's book Top Pop Singles 1955-1996. For more information, contact Record Research Inc. P.O. Box 200, Menomonee Falls, WI 53052
Tracks: 1: (P) 1983 MCA Records Inc., 2: (P) 1984 MCA Records Inc., 6: (P) 1985 Geffen Records Inc., 10: (P) 1984 MCA Records Inc., 12: (P) 1980 MCA Records Inc., 14: (P) Geffen Records Inc., courtesy of MCA Records Inc., under license from Universal Music Special Markets, Inc. 3: (P) 1982 RCA Records, courtesy of BMG Entertainment, The RCA Records Label, Under license from BMG Special Products 4: (P) 1981 Millennium Records, courtesy of Solid Gold Records, Inc. 5: (P) 1976 courtesy of Private Stock Records, licensed through Janus Records Inc., by arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc. 7: (P) 1981 Portrait Records, under license from Sony Music Special Products, a Division of Sony Music, a Group Of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. 8: (P) 1982 Millennium Records, courtesy of Millennium Entertainment Corporation 9: (P) 1977 20th Century Records, courtesy of Metropolis Records, Corp., by arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc. 11: (P) 1979 Arista Records, courtesy of Arista Records, Inc. 13: (P) 1981 Handshake Records, courtesy of Ripp Entertainment Group
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