In June 1985.

In June 1985, “Kitchenware” label released “Steve McQueen”, the second Prefab Sprout studio album. It was recorded 1984 – 1985, at “Nomis Studios” in London, and was produced by Thomas Dolby. Due to legal conflict with the estate of American actor Steve McQueen, the album was released in US by the name “The Wheels Good”.

Personnel:

  • Neil Conti– drums, percussion
  • Martin McAloon – bass
  • Paddy McAloon– composition, guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Wendy Smith – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kevin Armstrong– guitar
  • Mark Lockhart – saxophone
  • Matt Barry, Brian Evans, Tim Hunt, Dana, Andy Scarth, Chris Sheldon, Kathy Smith, Sven Taits – engineering
  • Thomas Dolby– instruments, mixing
  • East Orange – sleeve design
  • Mike Shipley – mixing, mixdown engineering
  • Phil Thornally – mixing
  • John Warwick – photography, hand-colouring

Track listing:

All tracks by Paddy McAloon.

  1. Faron Young
  2. Bonny
  3. Appetite
  4. When Love Breaks Down
  5. Goodbye Lucille #1
  6. Hallelujah
  7. Moving the River
  8. Horsin’ Around
  9. Desire As
  10. Blueberry Pies
  11. When the Angels
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In June 1984.

In June 1984, “Ensign” label released “A Pagan Place”, the second Waterboys studio album. It was recorded November 1982 at “Redshop Studio”, September 1983 at “Rockfield Studio”, and was produced by Mike Scott.

Personnel:

  • Mike Scott– vocals, guitar, piano, bass, bellzouki
  • Anthony Thistlethwaite– saxophone, bass, mandolin
  • Kevin Wilkinson– drums
  • Karl Wallinger– piano, organ, percussion, backing vocals
  • Roddy Lorimer– trumpet
  • Tim Blanthorn – violin
  • Barbara Snow
  • Eddi Reader
  • V. Smith
  • Ingrid Schroeder
  • Nick Linden
  • Stephen W Tayler– mixing
  • Jim Preen, John Brand, Richard Digby Smith, Stephen W Tayler, Ted Sharp – engineer
  • Sheila Rock – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Mike Scott.

  1. Church Not Made With Hands
  2. All The Things She Gave Me
  3. The Thrill Is Gone
  4. Rags
  5. Somebody Might Wave Back
  6. The Big Music
  7. Red Army Blues
  8. A Pagan Place

 

In June 1984.

In June 1984, “2 Tone Records” label released “In the Studio” the third The Specials AKA (The Specials) album. It was recorded 1983 – 1984, and was produced by Jerry Dammers.

Personnel:

  • Stan Campbell – vocals
  • Rhoda Dakar– vocals
  • Jerry Dammers– organ, piano, vocals
  • Gary McManus – bass guitar
  • John Shipley – lead guitar
  • John Bradbury– drums
  • Dick Cuthell– flugelhorn
  • Claudia Fontaine– backing vocals
  • Edgio Newton – vocals, percussion
  • Horace Panter– bass guitar
  • Roddy Radiation– lead guitar, vocals
  • Nigel Reeve – saxophone
  • Caron Wheeler– backing vocals
  • Adrian Thrills – sleeve notes
  • David Storey– album cover design

Track listing:

All tracks by Jerry Dammers except where noted.

  1. Bright Lights – John Bradbury, Stan Campbell, Dick Cuthell, Jerry Dammers
  2. The Lonely Crowd – Stan Campbell, Jerry Dammers, John Shipley
  3. What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend
  4. Housebound
  5. Night on the Tiles – Jerry Dammers, John Shipley
  6. (Free) Nelson Mandela
  7. War Crimes
  8. Racist Friend – John Bradbury, Dick Cuthell, Jerry Dammers
  9. Alcohol
  10. Break Down the Door – John Bradbury, Dick Cuthell, Jerry Dammers

In June 1984.

In June 1984, “Slash” label released “Hallowed Ground”, the second Violent Femmes album. It was recorded in January 1984, at “Secret Sound Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Mark Van Hecke.

Personnel:

  • Gordon Gano– vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin
  • Brian Ritchie– acoustic bass, electric bass, slide bass, celesta, marimba, jew’s harp, vocals
  • Victor DeLorenzo– tranceaphone, trap and electric drum sets, stompatron, percussion, vocals
  • Mark Van Hecke – piano, organ
  • Tony Trischka– banjo
  • Christina Houghton – autoharp
  • Peter Balestrieri – vocals, saxophone, harmonica
  • Cynthia Gano Lewis – vocals
  • Drake Scott – cornetto, sackbut
  • John Zorn– alto saxophone, clarinet, game calls
  • John Tanner – clarinet
  • Engineers – John Tanner, Warren Bruleigh

Track listing:

All tracks by Gordon Gano.

  1. Country Dead Song
  2. I Hear the Rain
  3. Never Tell
  4. Jesus Walking on the Water
  5. I Know It’s True but I’m Sorry to Say
  6. Hallowed Ground
  7. Sweet Misery Blues
  8. Black Girls
  9. It’ Gonna Rain

In June 1983.

In June 1983, “Hannibal Records” label released “Hand of Kindness”, the second Richard Thompson solo album. It was recorded in 1983, at “Olympic Studios” in London, “Ocean Way Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Joe Boyd.

Personnel:

  • Richard Thompson- guitar, vocals
  • Dave Pegg- bass guitar
  • Dave Mattacks- drums
  • Pete Zorn- saxophone, backing vocals
  • Pete Thomas- saxophone
  • Simon Nicol- guitar
  • John Hiatt, Bobby Kingand Clive Gregson – backing vocals
  • John Kirkpatrick- accordion, concertina
  • Aly Bain- violin

Track listing:

All tracks by Richard Thompson.

  1. Tear-Stained Letter
  2. How I Wanted To
  3. Both Ends Burning
  4. A Poisoned Heart and a Twisted Memory
  5. Where the Wind Don’t Whine
  6. The Wrong Heartbeat
  7. Hand of Kindness
  8. Devonside
  9. Two Left Feet

 

In June 1983.

In June 1983, “Charisma” label released “The Fugitive”, the second Tony Banks solo album. It was recorded 1982 – 1983, at “The Farm” in Surrey, and was produced by Tony Banks and Stephen Short.

Personnel:

  • Tony Banks– lead vocals and background vocals; keyboards; synth bass and Linn LM-1
  • Daryl Stuermer– lead and rhythm guitars
  • Mo Foster– bass guitars
  • Tony Beard : drums, percussion
  • Steve Gadd: drums, percussion
  • Andy Duncan : drums
  • Technically assisted by Geoff Callingham

Track listing:

All tracks by Tony Banks.

  1. This is Love
  2. Man of Spells
  3. And the Wheels Keep Turning
  4. Say You’ll Never Leave Me
  5. Thirty Three’s
  6. By You
  7. At the Edge of the Night
  8. Charm
  9. Moving Under

In June 1983.

In June 1983, “Charly” label released “Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain”, the tenth Kevin Ayers album. It was recorded in 1983 in Spain, and was produced by Julián Ruiz.

Personnel:

  • Kevin Ayers- guitar, vocals
  • Ollie Halsall- guitar, backing vocals
  • Zanna Gregmar – backing vocals
  • Carlos Garcia Vaso – guitars, keyboards
  • Joaquin Montoya – keyboards
  • Manolo Aguilar – bass
  • Javier de Juan – drums, percussion

Track listing.

All tracks by Kevin Ayers; except where noted.

  1. Madame Butterfly
  2. Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan
  3. Who’s Still Crazy
  4. You Keep Me Hangin’ on – J. Cale
  5. You Are a Big Girl
  6. Steppin’ Out – Kevin Ayers, Ollie Halsall
  7. My Speeding Heart
  8. Howling Man
  9. Give a Little Bit
  10. Champagne and Valium