British producer Robin Millar (Sade, Everything But The Girl, Big Country) explains: “They had an idea to make an album of 80’s artists recording songs from either before or after the ‘80s..."
Irvine, CA (PRWEB) November 02, 2015
AMPED™ Distribution, a specialist in independent media distribution worldwide, has partnered with Argentina’s Music Brokers to bring you ‘80s RE:COVERED, a brilliant collection of new recordings to be released on November 13, 2015.
Hear some of the biggest acts of the 80’s take songs from before and after that beloved decade, and turn them into totally 80’s hits. Listen to ABC, Wang Chung, Kim Wilde, China Crisis, Go West, Kim Carnes, Belinda Carlisle and others perform 80’s renditions of your favorite songs. You’ve never heard Radiohead, The Byrds, Blur, The Doobie Brothers and Carole King performed like this before! This is 80’s RE:COVERED.
The project was spear-headed by Federico Scialabba of Argentina-based Music Brokers, in conjunction with British producer extraordinaire Robin Millar (Sade, Everything But The Girl, Big Country). Robin explains: “Federico told me they had an idea to make an album of 80’s artists recording songs from either before or after the ‘80s that were also known in the region (Argentina). The problem was that artists and managers didn’t take an Argentina company seriously so they needed someone who could get access to the artists and at least ask them. That was really my role at the beginning.”
Millar became one of the executive producers of the project and was able to bring together some of the decade’s greatest acts. He provided them with the resources to prove their ongoing relevance to the masses, while letting them have a lot of fun in the process. “I think this was maybe the first time for quite a while that a lot of the artists had someone they respected challenging them to do their best work.” Robin says. “I think it was really good for them. Maybe it will even make their own work that much better.”
Judging by the top notch performances, the artists chose their songs wisely. ABC’s Martin Fry revealed his very personal reasons for his song choice: “I was given a list of about 20 songs. ‘High And Dry’ jumped out at me. I’ve always loved the song. It means a lot to me. It reminds me of a time when I was drinking a lot and partying hard, and then when I sobered up over 10 years ago. Life is good now and I’m at the top of my game.” Even though it holds a deep meaning for Martin, he still had fun turning it into a signature ABC track. “We tried to make it like a prequel. Like people would hear Radiohead’s version and think they’d covered that song from the 80’s! It has an amusing time-machine aspect to it – a back-to-the-future vibe.”
Unbelievably, the songs on 80’s RE:COVERED actually sound like originals in their own right. China Crisis' take on “It’s Too Late” by Carole King could fit comfortably alongside anything they recorded on their first two albums. Belinda Carlisle turns CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” into a Pop anthem. Captain & Tennille's Soft Pop classic “Love Will Keep Us Together” becomes a dancefloor groover in the hands of Kim Wilde. Every track on 80’s RE:COVERED is a fun-filled trip back and forth in time. Too bad they didn’t include a DeLorean!
“I can honestly say all the artists and producers are very happy with the finished tracks, and with the whole record.” Robin Millar adds. “Personally I think it’s some of these artists’ best work for a long time. They really stepped up to the plate.”
80’s RE:COVERED is a two CD set – Disc One contains 12 new unique cover versions by original ‘80s stars, while Disc Two contains extended remixes of each of those 12 tracks.
DISC 1: THE SINGLES
01. Long Train Runnin’ - Curiosity Killed The Cat
02. High & Dry - ABC
03. It’s Too Late - China Crisis
04. Wicked Game - Black
05. Rocket Man - Heaven 17
06. Human - Go West
07. Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Belinda Carlisle
08. Under My Thumb - Kim Carnes
09. Hot Stuff - Samantha Fox
10. Girls And Boys - Wang Chung
11. Love Will Keep Us Together - Kim Wilde
12. Mr. Tambourine Man - Johnny Hates Jazz
DISC 2: THE REMIXES & EXTENDED MIXES
01. High & Dry - ABC (The Empire State Kalahari Mix)
02. Rocket Man - Heaven 17 (12" Remix"
03. Under My Thumb - Kim Carnes (PJS 'Tom Thumb" Mix)
04. Human - Go West (The Stevensonics Mix)
05. Long Train Runnin’ - Curiosity Killed The Cat (The Phil Harding & PJS LTR Mind The Gap' Mix)
06. Hot Stuff - Samantha Fox (PJS 'Hot Stuff 80's Club' Remix)
07. Girls And Boys - Wang Chung (Extended Mix)
08. Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Belinda Carlisle (PJS 'It's Raining' Mix)
09. Mr. Tambourine Man - Johnny Hates Jazz (Extended Mix)
10. Love Will Keep Us Together - Kim Wilde (Alternative Mix)
11. Wicked Game - Black (12" Dream Sequence Mix)
12. It’s Too Late - China Crisis (Extended Desert Island Mix)
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