Sunday, November 28, 2010


Sandra Ann Lauer was born on May 18, 1962 in Saarbrücken, Germany. She is a German born Euro disco singer/songwriter who had a string of top 20 hits during the 1980s & early 1990s, with the help of her former husband Michael Cretu. Sandra was the lead singer of the female disco trio Arabesque, (1979 - 1984) which had a large following in Japan & Russia. She also provided vocals on the album releases (1990 - 2001) of the very successful Enigma. She is currently living in Ibiza, Spain with her husband Olaf Mendez, and has two children from her marriage to Michael Cretu, the twins Nikita and Sebastian. After enjoying some success as a lead singer of the disco trio Arabesque, Sandra began performing solo , with Michael Cretu as manager, producer and composer for her first international #1 hit-single "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" in 1985. Sandra (with her unique high pitched vocals) has topped the charts from as far afield as Sweden, Egypt, France, South Africa, Israel, Japan and Brazil with 18 top 20 hits from 1985 - 1992. She still remains very popular in Europe, being considered one of the most popular singers of the 1980s in the mainland Europe and is also well loved in the gay community. Sandra is still actively recording new material, and has blossomed into a talented songwriter. Beside "Maria Magdalena", her greatest hits are "In the Heat of the Night" (1985), "Hi! Hi! Hi!" (1986), "Everlasting Love" (1987), "Heaven Can Wait" (1988) and "Hiroshima" (1990). Her top-rated albums are 1988's Into a Secret Land and 1992's Close to Seven. All her major hits are on the 18 Greatest Hits CD compilation.

The Long Play (1985)

The Long Play is Sandra's first studio album, released on December 9, 1985. It charted at #12 in Germany, selling 250, 000 copies there eventually earning a Gold disc certification. The singles released from this album were: Her signature hit, (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena (#1 Germany, #5 France, #87 U.K.), In the Heat of the Night (# 2 Germany, #5 France), Little Girl (#14 Germany), and Sisters and Brothers as a promo single only in Japan.


1-) In the Heat of the Night.
2-) On the Tray (Seven Years).
3-) Little Girl.
4-) You and I.
5-) (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena.
6-) Heartbeat.
7-) Sisters and Brothers.
8-) Change Your Mind.

Mirrors (1986)

Mirrors is Sandra's second studio album, released on August 26, 1986. This album peaked at #16 in Germany. The singles released from this album were: Innocent Love (#11 Germany, #10 France), Hi! Hi! Hi! (#7 Germany, #13 France), Loreen (#23 Germany), and Midnight Man (#24 Germany).


1-) The Second Day.
2-) Don't Cry (The Breakup of the World).
3-) Hi! Hi! Hi!
4-) Midnight Man.
5-) You'll Be Mine.
6-) Innocent Love.
7-) Two Lovers Tonight.
8-) Mirror of Love.
9-) Loreen.

Into a Secret Land (1988)

Into a Secret Land is Sandra's third studio album, released on October 24, 1988. The album charted at #14 in Germany, receiving a Gold disc certification. The singles released from this album were: Heaven Can Wait (#12 Germany, #6 France, #97 U.K.), Secret Land (#7 Germany, #26 France), We'll Be Together (#9 Germany, #13 France), Around My Heart (#11 Germany, #28 France), and La Vista de Luna as a promo single only in Spain.


1-) Secret Land.
2-) We'll Be Together.
3-) Heaven Can Wait.
4-) Just Like Diamonds.
5-) Around My Heart.
6-) Crazy Juliet.
7-) La Vista De Luna.
8-) Celebrate Your Life.
9-) Children of England.

Paintings in Yellow (1990)

Paintings in Yellow is Sandra's fourth studio album, released on March 26, 1990. The album peaked at #4 in Germany, receiving a Gold disc certification. The singles taken from this album were: Hiroshima (1989, #4 Germany, #16 France), (Life May Be) a Big Insanity (#27 Germany, #41 France), One More Night (#31 Germany), and Johnny Wanna Live (#37 Germany).


1-) Hiroshima.
2-) (Life May Be) a Big Insanity.
3-) Johnny Wanna Live.
4-) Lovelight in Your Eyes.
5-) One More Night.
6-) The Skin I'm in.
7-) Paintings in Yellow.
8-) The Journey
a-) Cold Out Here.
b-) I'm Alive.
c-) Paintings.
d-) Come Alive.
e-) The End.
9-) Hiroshima (Extended Dance Mix).

Close to Seven (1992)

Close to Seven is Sandra's fifth studio album, released on February 2, 1992. Because of the overwhelming success of Enigma, and an almost two-year break after Paintings in Yellow, there was a gap in Sandra's career, which was finally closed, with this album. The album continued a development towards a more meditative, less dance-oriented musical style. Sandra wanted to get rid of her teen idol image and perform for a more mature audience. This was her first album produced almost completely by Michael Cretu. Close to Seven became another German Top 10 album. The male vocals were sung by Andy Jonas, also known as Andy "Angel" Hart. The album charted at #7 in Germany. The singles released from this album were: Don't Be Aggressive (#17 Germany, #39 France) and I Need Love.


1-) Don't Be Aggressive.
2-) Mirrored in Your Eyes.
3-) I Need Love.
4-) No Taboo.
5-) When the Rain Doesn't Come.
6-) Steady Me.
7-) Shadows.
8-) Seal It Forever.
9-) Love Turns to Pain.
10-) Your Way to India.


Fading Shades (1995)

Fading Shades is Sandra's sixth studio album, released on June 12, 1995. In 1995, while pregnant with twins, Sandra recorded and released Fading Shades. The album saw a new writer/producer Jens Gad working alongside Michael Cretu. The album featured a powerful cover version of "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues. The music video showed only close ups of Sandra's face as she was heavily pregnant at the time. She even had to sit during the recording sessions of the album. Again, Andy "Angel" Hart performed all the male vocals on the album. Note that the album cover was taken from the music video "Nights in White Satin". The album charted at #42 in Germany, making it her least successful album of her career. The singles taken from this album were: Nights in White Satin (#86 Germany) and Won't Run Away.


1-) Fading Shades (Part 1).
2-) Nights in White Satin.
3-) Son of a Time Machine.
4-) Won't Run Away.
5-) Tell Me More.
6-) Will You Whisper.
7-) Invisible Shelter.
8-) You Are So Beautiful.
9-) I Need Love '95.
10-) First Lullaby.
11-) Fading Shades (Part 2).

The Wheel of Time (2002)

The Wheel of Time is Sandra's seventh studio album, released on May 17, 2002. The album peaked at #8 in Germany. The singles taken from this album were: Forever (2001, #47 Germany), her cover version of Talk Talk's 1984 hit, Such a Shame (#76 Germany), and I Close My Eyes (#93 Germany).


1-) Forgive Me.
2-) Footprints.
3-) Motivation.
4-) I Close My Eyes.
5-) Perfect Touch.
6-) Silent Running.
7-) Such a Shame.
8-) Now!
9-) Freelove.
10-) Forever.
11-) The Wheel of Time.

The Art of Love (2007)

The Art of Love is Sandra's eighth studio album, released on February 23, 2007. For the first time, Michael Cretu did not work as a producer for the album, as he was reportedly busy producing his new Enigma album A Posteriori. Sandra's management first tried to find producers from the United Kingdom, but Sandra didn't like the idea of leaving her family for a long period of time. Finally, Sandra contacted Michael Cretu's "right hand", Jens Gad, who produced the entire album. Sandra, for the first time during her career, now participated actively in composing and writing the album. Therefore, the lyrics of the songs are more personal, with Sandra revisiting her childhood and all her sad experiences in them. She worked at Gad's studio at nights, returning home to prepare breakfast for her twins, and then sleeping until they would come home from school. The track "Casino Royale" is an alternative version of a song originally recorded by Polish singer Edyta Górniak, as "Sleep With Me", and later covered by Canadian electronic music outfit Conjure One. Sandra's own alternative version, titled "Sleep", appears as a bonus track on the CD single release of "The Way I Am". The album contains Sandra's second collaboration with Swiss artist DJ Bobo, a song called "Love is the Price". Her first was on their joint 2006 hit single, "Secrets of Love".Also, for the first time, Sandra revealed her new, sexier look in the promotional pictures shot in New York by Bärbel Miebach. The album charted at #16 in Germany. The singles taken from this album were: The Way I Am (#50 Germany), and What Is It About Me.


1-) What D'ya Think of Me.
2-) The Way I Am.
3-) The Art of Love.
4-) What Is It About Me.
5-) Dear God… If You Exist.
6-) Silence Beside Me.
7-) Once Upon a Time.
8-) Put Your Arms Around Me.
9-) What's Left to Say.
10-) Casino Royale.
11-) Love is the Price (duet with DJ Bobo).
12-) Shadow of Power.
13-) All You Zombies.

Back to Life (2009)

Back to Life is Sandra's ninth (and so far last) studio album, released on March 27, 2009. The album was recorded in New York and while working on it, Sandra was collaborating with Thomas Anders (famous for his work with Modern Talking) and Toby Gad (famous for his work with Beyoncé Knowles, Fergie, Shakira and others). The album contains 15 songs, most of which were written by Toby Gad. The Internet version of this release contains two bonus tracks for digital download. Back to Life has spawned two singles, "In a Heartbeat" and "The Night Is Still Young", a duet with Thomas Anders of German 80's pop band Modern Talking, along with a video clip for the song. The album was produced by Jens Gad (older brother of Toby Gad), who also co-produced her two previous studio albums, The Wheel of Time and The Art of Love, and also re-mastered a selection of her million-selling singles (of which 12 million have sold worldwide) for her album Reflections, including "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" and four new remixes of her 1980s' smash hit "In the Heat of the Night". The album charted at #26 in Germany. The singles taken from this album were: In a Heartbeat (#59 Germany) and The Night Is Still Young (#45 Germany).


1-) R U Feeling Me.
2-) Once in a Lifetime.
3-) In a Heartbeat.
4-) The Night Is Still Young (duet with Thomas Anders).
5-) Just Like Breathing.
6-) Never Before.
7-) Always on My Mind.
8-) Behind Those Words.
9-) What If.
10-) Say Love.
11-) Put Some 80ies in It.
12-) These Moments.
13-) I Want You.
14-) Tete À Tete.
15-) Who I Am.


Everlasting Love

Everlasting Love is a self-made compilation which compiles some of Sandra's non-album tracks. This compilation includes her 1976 single Andy Mein Freund (Andy My Friend), her cover version of Alphaville's Big in Japan, which she retitled as Japan Ist Weit (Japan Is Far), her smash hit cover version Everlasting Love (#5 Germany, #12 France), among others.


1-) Andy Mein Freund. (Andy My Friend).
2-) Ich Bin Noch ein Kind. (I'm Still a Child).
3-) Japan Ist Weit. (Japan Is Far).
4-) Everlasting Love.
5-) Stop for a Minute.
6-) Secrets of Love (ft. DJ Bobo).


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sheena Easton

Sheena Shirley Orr was born on April 27, 1959 in Belshill, Scotland. She became famous for being the focus of an episode in the British television program The Big Time, which recorded her attempts to gain a record contract and her eventual signing with EMI Records. Easton rose to fame in the early 1980s with the pop hits "9 to 5" – known as "Morning Train" in the United States and "For Your Eyes Only". She went on to become more successful in the United States and Japan. She concentrated on her career in the United States, working with Prince, Kenny Rogers, Luis Miguel and many other prominent vocalists and producers. Easton is a two-time Grammy Award winner and has four gold albums and one platinum album in the United States. She has sold over four million album copies in the United States and over 20 million worldwide. She has recorded 16 studio albums, released 23 American singles and 45 singles in all and has had 15 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Easton is the only artist in the history of the Billboard charts to have a Top 5 hit on each of Billboard's key charts: Adult Contemporary, Dance, Pop, Country and R&B. In the United Kingdom, Easton has had three Top 40 albums and eight Top 40 singles. The album was re-released in 1999 by One Way Records and it was again re-released and remastered in 2009 by Cherry Pop Records.

Take My Time (1981)

Take My Time (or Sheena Easton as it was later retitled for the U.S. release) isSheena Easton's debut album released in January 18, 1981 in the U.K. In February of the same year it was released in the U.S. The album reached #17 in the UK and earned her a Gold Disc. Two months later, the album was released in the US as Sheena Easton, where it also went gold, peaking to #24. The album went platinum in Canada. The singles released from this album were: Modern Girl (#8 U.K., #18 U.S.), Morning Train (9 to 5) (#3 U.K., #1 U.S.), One Man Woman (#14 U.K.), Take My Time (#44 U.K.), When He Shines (#12 U.K., #30 U.S.).

Take My Time Tracklist: (THIS IS THE UPLOADED FILE!!!)

1-) Don't Send Flowers.
2-) Cry.
3-) Take My Time.
4-) When He Shines.
5-) One Man Woman.
6-) Prisoner.
7-) 9 to 5.
8-) So Much in Love.
9-) Voice on the Radio.
10-) Calm Before the Storm.
11-) Modern Girl.
12-) No-One Ever Knows.


Sheena Easton Tracklist:

1-) Morning Train (9 to 5).
2-) Don't Send Flowers.
3-) Cry.
4-) Take My Time.
5-) Prisoner.
6-) Modern Girl.
7-) So Much in Love.
8-) Voice on the Radio.
9-) One Man Woman.
10-) Calm Before the Storm.
You Could Have Been with Me (1981)

You Could Have Been with Me is Sheena Easton's second studio album, released on September 21, 1981 by EMI Records. The album peaked at #47 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums, spending a whole year on the chart, eventually certified Gold by the RIAA, and also peaked at UK #33 (certified Silver). The biggest hit from the album was "You Could Have Been with Me" (US #15, UK #54). In the UK, the lead single, "Just Another Broken Heart" peaked at #33, while a third single "A Little Tenderness" failed to chart in early 1982. In the US, a track from her first album was included; "When He Shines", which was released as a single and peaked at #30. You Could Have Been With Me became a Top Ten album in Japan, the use of the track "A Little Tenderness" in a television advertising campaign for Noevir Cosmetics boosting the album to a #3 peak, and also Sweden (#2) and Norway (#7). The singles released from this album were: Just Another Broken Heart (#33 U.K.), You Could Have Been with Me (#54 U.K., #15 U.S.) and A Little Tenderness (#58 Japan). This album was re-released in 2000 with bonus tracks by One Way Records.


1-) A Little Tenderness.
2-) You Could Have Been with Me.
3-) Just Another Broken Heart.
4-) I'm Not Worth the Hurt.
5-) Savoir Faire (He's Got).
6-) A Letter from Joey.
7-) Telephone Lines.
8-) Johnny.
9-) Trouble in the Shadows.
10-) Isn't It So.


U.S. Tracklist:

1-) A Little Tenderness.
2-) You Could Have Been with Me.
3-) Just Another Broken Heart.
4-) I'm Not Worth the Hurt.
5-) Savoir Faire (He's Got).
6-) A Letter from Joey.
7-) Telephone Lines.
8-) Johnny.
9-) Trouble in the Shadows.
10-) When He Shines.
Madness Money and Music (1982)

Madness Money and Music is Sheena Easton's third studio album, released in 1982 by EMI Records. This Adult Contemporary ballad-led album includes the hits, "I Wouldn't Beg for Water" (US #64) and "Machinery" (US #57, UK #38), as well as the UK single "Are You Man Enough". Significantly however, the album featured an early recording of the song "Wind Beneath My Wings", which would later be covered by Bette Midler in 1988 and many other artists after. The album was one of Easton's lower-charting efforts, only hitting US #85 and UK #44, but was hugely successful in Scandinavia, and the album sold Gold in Canada. The singles released from this album were: Ice Out in the Rain, Machinery (#38 U.K., #57 U.S.), Are You Man Enough, and I Wouldn't Beg for Water (#64 U.S.). The album was reissued with bonus tracks in 2000 by One Way Records.


1-) Weekend in Paris.
2-) Are You Man Enough.
3-) I Wouldn't Beg for Water.
4-) Machinery.
5-) Ice Out in the Rain.
6-) I Don't Need Your Word.
7-) Madness Money and Music.
8-) There When I Needed You.
9-) Wind Beneath My Wings.
10-) You Do It.
11-) In the Winter.
12-) Please Don't Sympathise.


U.S. Tracklist:

1-) Machinery.
2-) Weekend in Paris.
3-) I Wouldn't Beg for Water.
4-) Are You Man Enough.
5-) Ice Out in the Rain.
6-) Madness Money and Music.
7-) Wind Beneath My Wings.
8-) There When I Needed You.
9-) In the Winter.
10-) You Do It.
Best Kept Secret (1983)

Best Kept Secret is Sheena Easton's fourth studio album, released in 1983. With Best Kept Secret Easton's homebase shifted to the United States - the singer having been more consistently popular there than in her native UK - Best Kept Secret being first album to be recorded in the US (prior to this album Easton had cut the #6 hit duet with Kenny Rogers: "We've Got Tonight", in her first US recording session). The producers of Best Kept Secret: Greg Mathieson and Trevor Veitch had previously worked with Laura Branigan and Best Kept Secret alternated dance tracks in the Eurodisco mode of Branigan's signature tune "Gloria" with ballads. The album's lead single was the dance track "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)" which became Easton's third solo hit to reach the US Top Ten with a #9 peak on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single was the ballad "Almost Over You" (#25) and another dance track "Devil in a Fast Car" was subsequently issued as a single to reach #79. Best Kept Secret peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart with a chart duration of 38 weeks. Neither the album nor its singles had high chart impact in the UK, Best Kept Secret charting there at #99 while "Telefone..." and "Almost Over You" had respective UK peaks of #84 and #89. In Canada both the Best Kept Secret album and "Telefone..." single were certified Gold by the CRIA. Best Kept Secret was reissued in 2000 on One Way Records, adding the hit duet "We've Got Tonight" with Kenny Rogers. The singles taken from this album were: Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair) (#9 U.S., #84 U.K.), Almost Over You (#25 U.S., #89 U.K.), and Devil in a Fast Car (#79 U.S., #95 Japan).


1-) Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair).
2-) I Like the Fright.
3-) Almost Over You.
4-) Devil in a Fast Car.
5-) Don't Leave Me This Way.
6-) Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.
7-) (She's in Love) With Her Radio.
8-) Just One Smile.
9-) Sweet Talk.
10-) Best Kept Man.


Todo Me Recuerda A Ti (1984)

Todo Me Recuerda A Ti is Sheena Easton's fifth studio album, released in 1984 and reissued by Capitol EMI/Latin in 1989. This is an album of greatest hits featuring 3 new tracks ("Ámame," "Una Vez En La Vida," and "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres") all sung in Spanish geared for the Latin markets. "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres," a duet with Mexican star Luis Miguel, was released as the first single and earned Easton a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Performance - 1984. The album includes a second single "La Noche Y Tú" ("We've Got Tonight"), a duet with Dyango, a Spanish vocalist. The disc was produced by Greg Mathison and Juan Carlos Calderón. The album went Gold in Mexico and Argentina.


1-) Teléfono (Telefone).
2-) Todo Me Recuerda A Ti (Almost Over You).
3-) Ámame.
4-) La Noche Y Tú (with Dyango) (We've Got Tonight).
5-) El Primer Tren (9 to 5).
6-) Una Vez En La Vida.
7-) Mi Corazón Vuela Hacia Ti (Wind Beneath My Wings).
8-) Me Gustas Tal Como Eres (with Luis Miguel).
9-) No Puedes Dejarme Así (Don't Leave Me This Way).
10-) Brindo Por Un Amor (You Could Have Been with Me).

A Private Heaven (1984)

A Private Heaven is Sheena Easton's sixth studio album, released on October 2, 1984. Released by EMI America, the album featured the US Top 10 hit singles "Strut" and "Sugar Walls." A third single, "Swear", reached #80. The album itself reached US #15 and sold 1 million copies, earning a US RIAA platinum certification, turning it into her best selling album. Also in Canada the album went platinum. The singles released from this album were: Back in the City, Hungry Eyes (#83 Japan), Strut (#7 U.S.), Sugar Walls (#9 U.S.), and Swear (#80 U.S.). In 2000, the album was reissued by One Way Records including some bonus tracks.


1-) Strut.
2-) Sugar Walls.
3-) Hungry Eyes.
4-) Hard to Say It's Over.
5-) Swear.
6-) Love and Affection.
7-) Back in the City.
8-) You Make Me Nervous.
9-) All by Myself.
10-) Double Standard.

Do You (1985)

Do You is Sheena Easton's seventh studio album, released in 1985 by EMI Records. The album was produced by Nile Rodgers. The sound of the album was change from her pop sound and has a more club dance feel. Includes the singles, "Do It For Love" (US #29), "Jimmy Mack" (US #65) and "Magic of Love." Released in November 1985, the album reached US #40 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The song "Don't Turn Your Back" was featured in an episode of "Miami Vice" television series in 1988. The singles released from this album were: Do It for Love (#29 U.S.), Jimmy Mack (#65 U.S.), and Magic of Love. In 2000, the album was reissued with bonus tracks via One Way Records.


1-) Do It for Love.
2-) Don't Break My Heart.
3-) Magic of Love.
4-) Don't Turn Your Back.
5-) Jimmy Mack.
6-) Can't Wait Till Tomorrow.
7-) Young Lions.
8-) Kisses.
9-) Money Back Guarantee.
10-) When the Lightning Strikes Again.


No Sound but a Heart (1987, 1999)

No Sound but a Heart is Sheena Easton's eighth studio album, released in 1987 by EMI Records. The album's original U.S. release was canceled, but the album was issued in Canada and Mexico. The album consisted of midtempo and ballad songs. The disc features Journey's ex-front man Steve Perry on backing vocals on "Still in Love" and Eugene Wilde on "What If We Fall In Love". Songs from the album were covered by other artists: Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris featured "Wanna Give My Love" and "What If We Fall In Love" on a 1987 duet album named for the latter song; Celine Dion recorded "The Last to Know" on 1990's Unison; Patti LaBelle covered "Still In Love" on 1989's Be Yourself; and Pia Zadora recorded "Floating Hearts" on 1989's Pia Z. The album was reissued in 1999 by the One Way Records label, marking the first time it has been officially available in the United States. The album produced one single and video, "Eternity", written by Prince. The 1999 reissue added several bonus tracks. This was Easton's final release on the EMI label, where she had started her career. She subsequently moved to MCA Records the following year in 1988. The only single taken from this album was Eternity, written by Prince.


1-) Eternity.
2-) Still Willing to Try.
3-) Still in Love.
4-) Wanna Give My Love.
5-) The Last to Know.
6-) No Sound but a Heart.
7-) What If We Fall in Love Again (with Eugene Wilde).
8-) No Ordinary Love.
9-) Floating Hearts.

The Lover in Me (1988)

The Lover in Me is Sheena Easton's ninth studio album, released on November 15, 1988 by MCA Records. The album reached #44 on the Billboard 200 and #30 in the UK, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. This is one of Easton's best selling albums to date and returned her back to the U.S. and UK charts. The album's title track became a major hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, and #15 on the UK Singles Chart. Other hit singles from the album include "Days Like This" (#35 on the US R&B chart, UK #43) and "101" (UK #54 US Dance #2). "101" was written for Easton by Prince. One last single was released in the US; "No Deposit, No Return", but failed to chart. The song "Follow My Rainbow" is featured in an episode (Deliver Us From Evil) from Miami Vice where Easton is singing the song in concert minutes before she is killed off in the series. The song made #16 on the Dutch and New Zealand singles chart. The album has a more Urban/R&B sound than previous recordings due to the production by well-known acts such as L.A. Reid, Babyface and John Jellybean Benitez. In 2006, Cherry Red Records (UK) re-released The Lover in Me with bonus tracks. The singles released from this album were: The Lover in Me (#2 U.S., #15 U.K.), Days Like This (#43 U.K.), 101 (#54 U.K., #2 Billboard Dance charts), No Deposit No Return, and Follow My Rainbow (#16 New Zealand).


1-) No Deposit, No Return.
2-) The Lover in Me.
3-) Follow My Rainbow.
4-) Without You.
5-) If It's Meant to Last.
6-) Days Like This.
7-) One Love.
8-) 101.
9-) Cool Love.
10-) Fire and Rain.

What Comes Naturally (1991)

What Comes Naturally is Sheena Easton's tenth studio album, released in 1991 by MCA Records. The album includes her final U.S. Top 40 hit to date, "What Comes Naturally" (US #19, UK #83, Australia #4.) remained on the pop chart for 10 weeks. Other singles released were "You Can Swing It" and, "To Anyone" both which failed to chart. The album charted at US #90. Easton has songwriting credits on three tracks. The singles released from this album were: What Comes Naturally (#19 U.S.), You Can Swing It, and To Anyone.


1-) What Comes Naturally.
2-) If You Wanna Keep Me.
3-) You Can Swing It.
4-) The First Touch of Love.
5-) Forever Friends.
6-) The Next Time.
7-) Manic Panic.
8-) Somebody.
9-) Time Bomb.
10-) Half a Heart.
11-) To Anyone.

No Strings (1993)

No Strings is Sheena Easton's eleventh studio album, released on August 13, 1993. It is a a departure from the Pop and R&B style of her earlier records. With jazz-tinged arrangements by Patrice Rushen, Easton sings standards but without any string instruments performing. The album was released August 3, 1993. The album was critically acclaimed by Jazz critics and gave it 4 stars.. The disc was recorded live. Easton wanted to record the disc in a similar fashion to Capitol Records sessions of the 1960s. The song "The Nearness of You" was featured on the soundtrack of "Indecent Proposal" and released as a promo single in some European markets.


1-) Someone to Watch Over Me.
2-) Medley: I'm in the Mood for Love/Moody's Mood for Love.
3-) The Nearness of You.
4-) How Deep Is the Ocean.
5-) If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas).
6-) Body and Soul.
7-) Medley: Little Girl Blue/When Sunny Gets Blue.
8-) The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else.
9-) The Man That Got Away.
10-) I Will Say Goodbye.
11-) Never Will I Marry.

My Cherie (1995)

My Cherie is Sheena Easton's twelfth studio album, released in early 1995 by MCA Records. The album consists of adult pop songs. The title track "My Cherie" was issued as a single but failed to chart. Other tracks include a Diane Warren written song, "You've Learn To Live Without Me." The album marked Easton's reunion with producer Christopher Neil, who worked on her first three albums. The songs "Flower In The Rain" and Dance Away The Blues" were both used in a TV episode of the "The Outer Limits" featuring Easton in the episode as a faded rock star called "Fallen Star". "Flower in the rain" was co-written by Sheena and released as a single in France. In "2007" My Cherie was released on 'Itunes' available for download. The only single taken from this album was My Cherie.


1-) My Cherie.
2-) Till Death Do Us Part.
3-) All I Ask of You.
4-) Flower in the Rain.
5-) You've Learned to Live Without Me.
6-) Too Much in Love.
7-) Please Don't Be Scared.
8-) Next to You.
9-) Dance the Blues Away.
10-) Crazy Love.

Freedom (1997)

Freedom is Sheena Easton's thirteenth studio album, released in 1997 in Japan and rereleased in 2007 in the U.S.A. This album of new material consists of smooth, catchy Dance-Pop songs. Easton had producing credits on the project and writing credits on the songs "One Man" and "Love will make you wise". Includes the singles, Modern Girl '97, Love Me With Freedom, and When You Speak My Name. On May 28, 1997 Sheena released "Freedom" on her own label (SkyJay Trax) at the same time she officially opened her website. In February 2007 Fuel Records (Varese Sarabande) re-released "Freedom" with a slip cover and different artwork in (Limited Edition) officially in the United States. The album charted at #53 in Japan. The singles taken from this album were: Modern Girl '97, Love Me with Freedom and When You Speak My Name.


1-) When You Speak My Name.
2-) Love Me with Freedom.
3-) Now That My Baby's Gone.
4-) One Man.
5-) Misty Blue.
6-) One More Reason.
7-) Let Me Go Through This Alone.
8-) Love Will Make You Wise.
9-) Foolish Heart.
10-) Modern Girl (New Version).

Home (1999)

Home is Sheena Easton's fourteenth studio album, released in 1999 only in Japan via Universal/Victor Records. The disc consists of 4 covers and 6 tracks of new material and has pop/acoustic sound. "Carry A Dream" was the 1st single release. It is the theme song and it coincided with the release of Marco, a Japanese animated movie that same year. A second single titled "My Treasure is You" was issued the latter part of 1999. Easton self produced and arranged 9 tracks on the disc. The album peaked at #97 in Japan. The singles released from this album were: Carry a Dream and My Treasure Is You.


1-) Our House.
2-) St. Judy's Comet.
3-) Moon.
4-) Something Good.
5-) Never Saw a Miracle.
6-) Not While I'm Around.
7-) Who Knows?
8-) Take Me Home.
9-) My Treasure Is You.
10-) Carry a Dream.

Fabulous (2000)

Fabulous is Sheena Easton's fifteenth studio album, released on November 13, 2000. The album was only released throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, and Argentina. The album contains mostly cover versions of hit songs from the 1970s and 80s, and most of them disco classics. There are also two original compositions. The first single released from the album was a remake of "Giving Up Giving In", which had originally been a hit for The Three Degrees in 1978. Easton's version was less successful, peaking at #54 on the UK singles chart. A second single was released in 2001, a cover of Donna Summer's 1982 hit "Love Is In Control" with an accompanying video that was taken from footage of Easton's album launch concert at G-A-Y nightclub in London. However, this too was unsuccessful. In Japan, "Fabulous" was released in February 2001 and the first single was "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" which had originally been recorded by Frankie Valli in the 1960s, though a disco version had been a hit for The Boys Town Gang in the early 1980s. The album was packaged differently from the UK version and included two bonus tracks; "I Need Your Lovin'" (a cover of the 1980 Teena Marie song) and a remix of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". In Australia, "Fabulous" was released February 24, 2001 and Easton was asked to perform songs from the album to close out 2001 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ceremonies. The album was a commercial failure in the UK, though the album did enjoy mild success in dance clubs in London, Japan, and Australia. However, the album was not released in the United States. The album peaked at #185 in the U.K. The singles released from this album were: Giving Up Giving In, Can't Take My Eyes off You and Love Is in Control.


1-) Don't Leave Me This Way.
2-) Giving Up Giving In.
3-) Love Is in Control.
4-) That's What Friends Are For.
5-) Never Can Say Goodbye.
6-) Best of My Love.
7-) On My Own (with Terry Ronald).
8-) Can't Take My Eyes off You.
9-) You Never Gave Me the Chance.
10-) Get Here to Me.

So Far So Good

So Far So Good is a self-made compilation which consists of most of Sheena Easton's tracks that don't appear in her studio albums. This includes hits like For Your Eyes Only, We've Got Tonight, her duet with Prince U Got the Look, among some B-sides and other rare tracks.


1-) Family of One.
2-) Right or Wrong.
3-) Paradox.
4-) Summer's Over.
5-) For Your Eyes Only.
6-) Some of Us Will.
7-) So We Say Goodbye.
8-) Loner.
9-) Wish You Were Here Tonight.
10-) We've Got Tonight (with Kenny Rogers).
11-) Letters from the Road.
12-) Straight Talking.
13-) Fallen Angels.
14-) It's Christmas All Over the World.
15-) So Far So Good.
16-) Natural Love.
17-) U Got the Look (with Prince).
18-) Shockwave.
19-) Arms of Orion (with Prince).
20-) A Dream Worth Keeping.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Real McCoy

Real McCoy is originally known as M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy, is a German band, best known for their 1993/1994 singles "Another Night" and "Run Away", which were both #1 singles in Australia and reached the Top 10 hits in the United States and the United Kingdom. The band originally consisted of German rapper and producer O-Jay (Olaf Jeglitza), Shampo and Patsy Petersen. Then, Shampo no longer formed part of the band and another singer, Vanessa Mason, came into the scene. The band split in 1997, after the release of their album One More Time. However, the group was revived with Olaf Jeglitza as frontman with other two singers Debbie Butts and Gemma Simpson.

On the Move

On The Move is Real McCoy's first album, released in 1990. This is the only album that features Shampo. However, he only mimed O-Jay's raps. The singles taken from this album were: Pump up the Jam (#16 Germany), It's on You (#11 Germany, #8 France), and Don't Stop (#41 Germany, #19 France).


1-) On the Move (Intro).
2-) It's on You.
3-) Be Yourself.
4-) Serious (ft. Diamond Ross).
5-) McCoy's House (ft. Jay-Rapper).
6-) Don't Stop (Acapella version).
7-) Pump up the Jam (Original Rap version).
8-) She's Gone.
9-) Get on Up.
10-) Qué Pasa.
11-) I Owe You Nothin'.
12-) Cut the C…
13-) Pump up the Jam Rap (U.S. Remix) (CD only).
14-) It's on You (Allstars-Remix) (CD only).
15-) Undercover (CD only)
16-) Don't Stop (Single Mix) (CD only).

Space Invaders (1993)

Space Invaders is Real McCoy's second studio album, released in 1993. The album now featured then new member Vanessa Mason. The singles taken from this album were: Another Night (#18 Germany, #2 U.K., #3 Germany) and Automatic Lover (#20 Germany, #38 France). NOTE: Since tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 13 are already included in the Another Night album, the uploaded file will only include the remaining tracks.


1-) Space Invaders (The Opening).
2-) Automatic Lover (Call for Love).
3-) Run Away.
4-) 24 Hours.
5-) Love & Devotion.
6-) Another Night.
7-) I Want You.
8-) Operator.
9-) Streetfighter.
10-) Out of Control.
11-) Je Suis Amoureux…
12-) How Deep Is Your Love?
13-) Another Night (U.S. House Mix).
14-) Megablast.
15-) Space Invaders (The Last Crusade).

Another Night (1995)

Another Night is Real McCoy's third studio album, released in March 14, 1995. The album charted at #6 in the U.K. and #13 in the U.S. The album spawned the following singles: Another Night (#3 U.S., #2 U.K.), Automatic Lover (#52 U.S., #58 U.K.), Run Away (#22 Germany, #6 U.K., #3 U.S.), Love & Devotion (#37 Germany, #11 U.K.), Come and Get Your Love (#53 Germany, #19 U.S., #19 U.K.), Sleeping with an Angel (#19 U.S. Dance charts) and Operator. This album is considered as the U.S. version of the Space Invaders album. Hence, the fact that many of Space Invaders appear in this album.


1-) Another Night.
2-) Come and Get Your Love.
3-) If You Should Ever Be Lonely (Deep in the Night).
4-) Run Away.
5-) Sleeping with an Angel.
6-) Ooh Boy.
7-) Love & Devotion.
8-) Automatic Lover (Call for Love).
9-) Operator.
10-) I Want You.
11-) Another Night (House Mix).

One More Time (1997)

One More Time is Real McCoy's fourth and so far last studio album, released in 1997. By this time, Vanessa Mason had left the group and was replaced by Lisa Cork. The singles released from this album were: One More Time (#27 U.S., #85 Germany, #81 U.K.), I Wanna Come (With You) (#82 Australia), and If You're Not in It for Love (which is a Shania Twain song originally).


1-) One More Time.
2-) I Wanna Come (with You).
3-) Give a Little Love.
4-) (If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here.
5-) Love Almost Faded.
6-) Look at Me.
7-) Love Save Me.
8-) Take a Look at Your Life.
9-) The Sky Is the Limit.
10-) Love Is a Stranger.
11-) Tomorrow.
12-) Tonight.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Laura Branigan

Laura Ann Branigan was born on July 3, 1957 in Brewster, New York, U.S.A. She was an American singer-songwriter and actress of Italian and Irish ancestry. She is best known in the United States for her 1982 Platinum-certified hit "Gloria" and in Europe for the number-one single "Self Control". Branigan is also remembered for the Top 10 "Solitaire," and for the number-one Adult Contemporary hit "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", as well as four other US Top 40 hits. Branigan also contributed songs to notable motion picture and television soundtracks, including the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning Flashdance soundtrack (1983), the Ghostbusters soundtrack (1984), and the Baywatch soundtrack (1994), as well as having songs featured in the popular Grand Theft Auto video game series. Her signature song "Gloria" stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, at the time a record for a female artist. The song holds a place in the top 100 singles of both 1982 and 1983. Sadly, she died on August 26, 2004 due to brain aneurysm. At the time the media reported that she had been experiencing chronic headaches several weeks before her death but she never sought medical attention. Her ashes were scattered all over Long Island Sound. She also did some acting and appeared in Broadway a few times.

Branigan (1982)

Branigan is Laura Branigan's debut album, released in March, 1982 by Atlantic Records. The album included two singles: "All Night With Me", which didn't break the Top 40, and an English version of the Italian hit "Gloria," which made the singer a star. The album included ballads "If You Loved Me" and "I Wish We Could Be Alone," the latter written by Branigan. It also included the pop-rock "Please Stay, Go Away" and the straight-ahead rock of "Living A Lie". The album went gold in the U.S., which means it sold 500, 000 copies there. Her Eurodisco version of "Gloria" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The album charted at #34 in the U.S. The singles released from this album were: All Night with Me (#69 U.S.) and Gloria (#2 U.S., #6 U.K.).


1-) All Night with Me.
2-) Gloria.
3-) Lovin' You Baby.
4-) Living a Lie.
5-) If You Loved Me.
6-) Please Stay, Go Away.
7-) I Wish We Could Be Alone.
8-) Down Like a Rock.
9-) Maybe I Love You.

Branigan 2 (1983)

Branigan 2 is Laura Branigan's second studio album, released in March, 1983 by Atlantic Records. Two hit singles emerged from the album, the dramatic "Solitaire" and her introduction of the ballad "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You". The album improved upon the chartings of her debut in the U.S., Australia and Japan, and Allmusic would later write that "Laura Branigan's full, expressive voice shows serious growth" on "a much more cohesive collection" than her debut, commenting that "this album doesn't waste a single track". In addition to establishing Branigan as more than a one-hit wonder following the major success of "Gloria" months before, her second album's two big hits began the careers for two then-unknowns who themselves became industry legends. While "Solitaire" was originally a French song, its English version provided the first major hit for lyric writer Diane Warren, who co-wrote many of Branigan's early songs. Allmusic noted that the song, "with its quiet beginnings and pull-out-all-the-stops finale, shows off just what chops this singer has". The second single from Branigan 2 was the ballad "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," which was the first major hit for its co-writer, Michael Bolton, beginning for him a successful sideline as a songwriter. He would later pen three more songs for Branigan. While "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" barely missed the Top Ten on the pop charts, it spent three weeks at Number One on the adult contemporary airplay charts. Allmusic called Branigan's version "far superior" to Bolton's own hit cover from 1989, "simpler, prettier, and (showing) shades of emotion at which Bolton could only hint" Branigan 2 also included the ballad "Find Me", uptempo tracks "I'm Not The Only One" and "Don't Show Your Love", and a cover of The Who's "Squeeze Box". One of the album's tracks, "Deep In The Dark", is a newly-written song to the music of Falco's "Der Kommissar". Allmusic called Branigan's take "sexy" and "welcome" despite a competing English-language remake of the German version the same year by After the Fire. The album was certified Gold in the United States.The album charted at #29 in the U.S. The singles released from this album were: Solitaire (#7 U.S.) and How Am I Supposed to Live Without You (#12 U.S.).


1-) Solitaire.
2-) Deep in the Dark.
3-) Close Enough.
4-) Lucky.
5-) Squeeze Box.
6-) How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.
7-) I'm Not the Only One.
8-) Mama.
9-) Find Me.
10-) Don't Show Your Love.

Self Control (1984)

Self Control is Laura Branigan's third studio album, released on April, 1984 by Atlantic Records. The album spawned two US Top-20 hits with the title song (US #4) and "The Lucky One" (US #20). The album became Branigan's biggest commercial success, earning her a Platinum certification in the United States for 1 million + confirmed sales, and selling several million copies worldwide. Branigan also enjoyed huge success in a few countries with the single "Ti amo", which reached #5 in the Canadian singles chart, but most notably reaching #2 in Australia. The album was a huge success internationally, gaining several sales certifications. Self Control was the highest selling album of 1984 in Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany, as was the title track. The album peaked at #23 in the U.S., #16 in the U.K. and made it to the Top 5 in some Scandinavian countries. The singles taken from this album were: Self Control (#4 U.S., #5 U.K.), The Lucky One (#20 U.S., #56 U.K.), Ti Amo (#55 U.S., #100 U.K.), and Satisfaction (#24 Billboard Dance charts).


1-) The Lucky One.
2-) Self Control.
3-) Ti Amo.
4-) Heart.
5-) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.
6-) Satisfaction.
7-) Silent Partners.
8-) Breaking Out.
9-) Take Me.
10-) With Every Beat of My Heart.

Hold Me (1985)

Hold Me is Laura Branigan's fourth studio album, released on July, 1985 by Atlantic Records. The lead single from Branigan's fourth album was Spanish Eddie and was her sixth top-40 hit in two and a half years, although it failed to enter the top-20. A splashy video featuring a newly-svelte Branigan was a hit on the various music video programs of the day (NBC's "Friday Night Videos," TBS' "Night Tracks" and USA's "Night Flight" among the biggest), but it was snubbed by MTV for some reason. Subsequent release Hold Me was a top 40 dance hit and her introduction of the rock ballad I Found Someone (co-written by Michael Bolton) scored even higher on the AC chart, but neither song was supported by a music video, and they stalled in the lower reaches of the pop charts. Despite the surprising lack of sales, the album had many of her most beloved songs, and not only did she continue to perform Spanish Eddie in concert sets throughout her career, but she began a life-long tradition of closing every show with an encore of Forever Young, the chilling ballad that was a cult hit by German band Alphaville. This album continues to be her most sought-after one today, fetching fairly high prices on auction sites. The album charted at #71 in the U.S. The singles released from this album were: Spanish Eddie (#40 U.S., #87 U.K.), Hold Me (#82 U.S.), Maybe Tonight, and I Found Someone (#90 U.S.).


1-) Hold Me.
2-) Maybe Tonight.
3-) Foolish Lullaby.
4-) Spanish Eddie.
5-) Forever Young.
6-) When I'm with You.
7-) I Found Someone.
8-) Sanctuary.
9-) Tenderness.
10-) When the Heat Hits the Streets.

Touch (1987)

Touch is Laura Branigan's fifth studio album, released in July, 1987 by Atlantic Records. This album marked a change in Branigan's career. Under new management and using a different producer, the singer took a more active role in the studio, gaining hands-on experience which she would use to self-produce tracks on her subsequent albums. Touch also saw her return to dancefloors with the first single, the Stock/Aitken/Waterman-produced "Shattered Glass." She scored a Top 40 hit with a cover of Jennifer Rush's minor U.S. hit, "Power of Love". "Cry Wolf" was the album's third single, and was a top 30 AC hit. The album charted at #87 in the U.S. The singles taken from this album were: Shattered Glass (#48 U.S., #78 U.K.), Power of Love (#26 U.S.), Spirit of Love, and Cry Wolf (#21 Billboard Adult Contemporary chart).


1-) Over Love.
2-) Shadow of Love.
3-) Angels Calling.
4-) Meaning of the Word.
5-) Power of Love.
6-) Shattered Glass.
7-) Whatever I Do.
8-) Spirit of Love.
9-) Name Game.
10-) Touch.
11-) Cry Wolf.
12-) Statue in the Rain (CD bonus track).

Laura Branigan (1990)

Laura Branigan is Laura Branigan's sixth studio album, released in April, 1990 by Atlantic Records. This album scored an AC hit for Branigan with its second single, "Never In A Million Years." The album also brought the singer back to the tops of the Hi-NRG charts and dancefloors with its first single, "Moonlight On Water," and a trendy update of Vicki Sue Robinson's disco-era "Turn the Beat Around." The latter was the first of many songs on which Branigan added producing to her list of credits. A slew of promo remixes were embraced by many of the DJs that first brought her to fame with "Gloria", but "Turn the Beat Around" did not make the broader national dance chart and did not receive an official single release. While a sexy video supported the lead-off single (which was subtitled "Sex On The Beach" on DJ pressings), Laura Branigan became her first album since 1983's Branigan 2 to be promoted by only one music video. While the album would be Laura's last to be commercially available as a vinyl LP, "Moonlight On Water" and "Never In A Million Years" were also Branigan's first singles not to be released in the 7" vinyl format. This would be Branigan's first album not to launch a Top 40 Hot 100 hit, although "Moonlight On Water" came relatively close, the single had a long stay at #59. The song "Unison" was recorded by Celine Dion that same year. The album's closer was another Branigan production, a subdued cover of Bryan Adams' "The Best Was Yet to Come." The album charted at #133 in the U.S. The singles released from this album were: Moonlight on Water (#59 U.S.), Turn the Beat Around (as a promo single only), and Never in a Million Years (#22 Billboard Adult Contemporary charts).


1-) Moonlight on Water.
2-) Bad Attitude.
3-) Never in a Million Years.
4-) Smoke Screen.
5-) Let Me In.
6-) Turn the Beat Around.
7-) Unison.
8-) No Promise, No Guarantee.
9-) Reverse Psychology.
10-) The Best Was Yet to Come.

Over My Heart (1993)

Over My Heart is Laura Branigan's seventh and final studio album, released in 1993 by Atlantic Records. Over My Heart was Branigan's most personal album and saw her again try a hand at producing, alongside successful producer Phil Ramone. While a lead single, the Gloria Estefan-penned "Love Your Girl", aimed for the clubs that made her famous, the album was ballad-heavy, including the opener "How Can I Help You To Say Goodbye"; the Spanish-language "Mujer Contra Mujer"; "Mangwane (The Wedding Song)" (taught to her by her friend Stevie Godson, who was also the executive producer on the track), sung in Sotho, a South African language, and recorded there with the Mmabana Children's Choir; and several of her own compositions, "Didn't We Almost Win It All" and "Over You". The album also includes a cover version of Spanish group Mecano's song Mujer Contra Mujer which Laura sings in Spanish. The singles released from this album were: Love Your Girl, It's Been Hard Enough Getting over You and How Can I Help You Say Goodbye.


1-) How Can I Help You Say Goodbye.
2-) The Sweet Hello, the Sad Goodbye.
3-) Over My Heart.
4-) It's Been Hard Enough Getting over You.
5-) Is There Anybody Here But Me.
6-) Love Your Girl.
7-) Didn't We Almost Win It All.
8-) Only Time Will Tell.
9-) I'll Wait for You.
10-) Mujer Contra Mujer.
11-) Over You.
12-) Mangwane (The Wedding Song).