Despite being all the rage at the time, Duran Duran never released a 12″ remix of their #1 chart topping single ‘A View To A Kill’ from the 1985 James Bond film. Until now.
Song writer, musician and composer Steve Thompson, who was working with the top artists of the time, created a 12″ mix of ‘A View To A Kill’ in Paris with the band. But it would be unheard by the public for 29 years.
The band’s bass player, John Taylor, had fallen out of favour with the 12″ mix at the time. He explained earlier this year, “I wanted to keep a certain purity to the 3 minutes plus of ‘A View To A Kill’. Some of the recent remixes had been rubbing me the wrong way. I was adamant about it- that there should be no ‘extended versions’ or remixes. It was short sighted of me, I have since regretted it.”
The 7:30 mix has now been unearthed from the vaults for Bond fans to enjoy. Thompson’s official credit on the track is ‘Additional Production and Mixing’. [Source]
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McKuen and Brel composed some evergreens, and this album has 14 of ‘em, including, of course, Seasons in the Sun; The Lovers, If You Go Away and The Far West.
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“Jon Hassell invented the term “Fourth World” both to describe his music and as a general term applicable to other global-minded work. This evokes the optimistic notion of a trans-cultural harmony beyond the divisions and competitiveness we are now part of, and preparing us how to deal with it joyfully rather than defensively. I am reminded of Thomas Mann’s statement: ‘Art is to the community as the dream is to the individual.’ Hopefully Jon Hassell’s dream will prove to be prophetic.” — Brian Eno
Originally released in 1980, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno’s collaborative album “Fourth World Music Vol.I: Possible Musics” is a sound document whose ongoing influence seems beyond dispute. Not only is the album a defining moment in the development of what Eno coined as “Ambient Music” but it also facilitated the introduction of Hassell’s “Future Primitive” trumpet stylings and visionary “Fourth World” musical theories to the broader public. These vectors continue to enrich contemporary audio culture. Eno’s Ambient strategies are now fixed in the DNA of electronic music and the cross-cultural legacy of Hassell’s “Fourth World” concept is apparent not only in the marketplace genre “World Music” but also more persuasively in the accelerating number of digitally driven, borderless musical fusions we now experience. [Source]
I’m assuming the new Smashing Pumpkins single, “Tiberius,” is a reference to the Roman emperor, not the original Star Trek captain’s middle name, but the latter explanation wouldn’t be a bad one: Smashing Pumpkins fans are nearly as obsessive as Trekkers/Trekkies. [Source]
Seeds was recorded in Los Angeles, at guitarist Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism studio. Sitek also produced the record.
Suicide was released in December 1977. Howard Thompson of Bronze Records in the United Kingdom received a copy of the album from the United States. After listening to it he went to New York to see the group perform live and negotiate a deal to license their music for Bronze. The album failed to chart in both the United States and the United Kingdom. A single for the song “Cheree” was released in May 1978 on both 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl formats.The single featured a remixed version of “Cheree” with the B-Side “I Remember”. John Lydon of the Sex Pistols reviewed the single for the NME, referring to it as “Je t’aime with tape hiss”.
Billie Holiday at Jazz at the Philharmonic is a live album by jazz singer Billie Holiday, originally recorded on February 12, 1945 and October 3, 1946 at the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and recorded at Carnegie Hall on June 3, 1946.