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In August 1981.

In August 1981, “Charisma” label released “Cured”, the fifth Steve Hackett album. It was recorded in 1981, and was produced by John Acock, Steve Hackett and Nick Magnus.

Personnel:

  • Steve Hackett – vocals, guitars, bass guitar
  • Nick Magnus – keyboards, LM-1 drum machine
  • Kim Poor – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Steve Hackett except where noted.

  1. Hope I Don’t Wake
  2. Picture Postcard
  3. Can’t Let Go
  4. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
  5. Funny Feeling – Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus
  6. A Cradle of Swans
  7. Overnight Sleeper – Steve Hackett, Kim Poor
  8. Turn Back Time

On August 25, 1981.

On August 25, 1981, “Columbia” label released “Scissors Cut”, the fifth Art Garfunkel studio album. It was recorded October 1980 – May 1981, at “Media Sound” in New York City, “Wally Heider Studios” in Los Angeles, “Criteria Studios” in Miami, and was produced by Roy Halle, Art Garfunkel and Mike Batt.

Personnel:

  • Art Garfunkel – vocals
  • Pete Carr, Dean Parks, Michael Staton, Graham Lyle, Chris Spedding – guitar
  • Paul Simon, Andrew Gold – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jeffrey Staton – guitar, backing vocals
  • John Jarvis – piano
  • Jimmy Webb, Larry Knechtel – keyboards
  • Rob Mounsey, Michael Boddicker – synthesizer
  • Joe Osborn, Tony Levin, Scott Chambers – bass guitar
  • Rick Shlosser, Rick Marotta – drums
  • Ray Cooper, Errol “Crusher” Bennett – percussion
  • Tommy Vig – vibraphone, backing vocals
  • Lew Soloff – flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone
  • David Campbell – strings
  • Del Newman – strings
  • Roland Harker – lute
  • Teo Macero – conductor
  • Lisa Garber, Leah Kunkel – backing vocals
  • Eugene Orloff – concertmaster
  • Roy Halee – engineer
  • Terry Rosiello – mixing
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • John Berg – design
  • Anthony Loew – artwork

Track listing:

  1. A Heart in New York – Benny Gallagher, Graham Lyle
  2. Scissors Cut – Jimmy Webb
  3. Up in the World – Clifford T. Ward
  4. Hang On In – Norman Sallitt
  5. So Easy to Begin – Jules Shear
  6. Bright Eyes – Mike Batt
  7. Can’t Turn My Heart Away – John Jarvis, Eric Kaz
  8. The French Waltz – Adam Mitchell
  9. In Cars – Jimmy Webb
  10. That’s All I’ve Got to Say (Theme from The Last Unicorn) – Jimmy Webb

On August 24, 1984.

On August 24, 1984, “Twin / Tone Records” label released “Say What You Will, Clarence…Karl Sold the Truck”, the debut Soul Asylum album. It was recorded 1981 – 1984, and was produced by Bob Mould.

Personnel:

  • Dan Murphy – vocals, guitar
  • Dave Pirner – vocals, guitar, saxophone
  • Karl Mueller – bass guitar
  • Pat Morley – drums
  • Steve Fjelstad – engineer
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Blake Gumprecht – co-producer

Track listing:

All songs written by Dave Pirner.

  1. Draggin’ Me Down
  2. Long Day
  3. Money Talks
  4. Voodoo DollStranger
  5. Do You Know
  6. Sick of That Song
  7. Religiavision
  8. Spacehead
  9. Walking
  10. Broken Glass
  11. Masquerade
  12. Happy
  13. Black and Blue

On June 30, 1981.

On June 30, 1981, “Capitol” label released “As Far as Siam”, the second Red Rider studio album. It was recorded in 1981, at “Sunset Studio” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Richard Landis and Michael James Jackson.

Personnel:

  • Tom Cochrane – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Ken Greer – lead electric, steel and six string guitars, piano, organ
  • Jeff Jones – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Peter Boynton – vocals, piano, synthesizers, organ
  • Rob Baker – drums, percussion, harmonica
  • Charlie Calello – string arrangements
  • Peter Wolf – synthesizers
  • Jai Winding – keyboards
  • Tom Sowell – theremin
  • George Doering – acoustic guitar

Track listing:

All tracks by Tom Cochrane except where noted.

  1. Lunatic Fringe
  2. Cowboys in Hong Kong (As Far as Siam) – Rob Baker, Tom Cochrane, Ken Greer
  3. Only Game in Town
  4. Thru the Curtain – Rob Baker, Peter Boynton, Tom Cochrane, Ken Greer, Jeff Jones
  5. What Have You Got to Do (To Get Off Tonight)
  6. Ships
  7. Caught in the Middle
  8. Don’t Let Go of Me
  9. Laughing Man

In June 1981.

In June 1981, “Beserkley” label released “Rockihnroll”, the third Greg Kihn Band album. It was recorded in 1981, at “Fantasy Studios”, and was produced by Matthew King Kaufman.

Personnel:

  • Greg Kihn – lead vocal, rhythm guitar
  • Dave Carpender – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Gary Phillips = keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Wright – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Larry Lynch – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Don Cody, Richard Corsello – engineer
  • George Horn – mastering
  • Ron Cor – art direction
  • Norm Ung – art direction
  • Mike Fink – design, artwork
  • C. March – graphics
  • Andy Su – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Greg Kihn, except where noted.

  1. Valerie – Greg Kihn, Jack Heyman, David Rosen
  2. The Breaking Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em) – Greg Kihn, Steve Wright, Gary Phillips
  3. Womankind
  4. Can’t Stop Hurtin’ Myself
  5. Trouble in Paradise
  6. Sheila – Tommy Roe
  7. Nothing’s Gonna Change – Greg Kihn, Steve Wright
  8. The Girl Most Likely – Greg Kihn, Steve Wright, Larry Lynch, Dave Carpenter
  9.  When the Music Starts
  10. True Confession

On May 17, 2021.

On May 17, 2021, Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou aka Vangelis died aged 79. He was musician (piano, keyboards, drums, percussion), composer and producer, member of the bands The Forminx and Aphrodite’s Child, but was best known for his work as solo artist. In 1981, Vangelis won the “Academy Award” for the soundtrack to “Chariots of Fire”, and composed music for the movies “Blade Runner (1982), Missing (1982), Antarctica (1983), The Bounty (1984), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), and Alexander (2004). As solo artist he released 23 albums.

In April 1981.

In April 1981, “Elektra” label released “Tender Togetherness”, album by Stanley Turrentine. It was recorded February – April 1981, at “Indigo Ranch” in Malibu, California, and was produced by Larry Dunn.

Personnel:

  • Stanley Turrentine – tenor saxophone
  • Philip Bailey – lead and backing vocals, percussion
  • Roland Bautista – guitars
  • Eduardo del Barrio – piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Denzil Miller – piano, electric piano, clavinet, Fender Rhodes
  • Jeff Johnson – synthesizer
  • Tom Pigott Smith – synthesizer
  • Nathan East – bass guitar, electric guitar
  • Byron Miller – bass guitar
  • Leon “Ndugu” Chancler – drums, arranger
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
  • Steven Dunn – percussion, drums, Moog bass, arranger
  • Fred White – percussion, drums
  • Ralph Johnson – percussion
  • Marlena Jeter – vocals
  • Dianne Reeves – vocals
  • Gwen Matthews – vocals
  • Lynn Davis – vocals, vocal arrangements
  • Don Myrick – alto saxophone
  • Andrew Woolfolk – tenor saxophone
  • Rahmlee Michael Davis – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Mike Harris – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • David Duke – French horn
  • Sidney Muldrow – French horn
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. – bass trombone
  • Louis Satterfield – trombone
  • Roland Bautista – arranger
  • George del Barrio – conductor, string arrangements
  • Rahmlee Michael Davis – horn arrangements
  • Eduardo del Barrio – arranger
  • Larry Dunn – arranger, vocal arrangement
  • Mike Harris – horn arrangements
  • Don Myrick – horn arrangements
  • Louis Satterfield – horn arrangements
  • Denzil Miller – arranger, vocal arrangement

Track listing:

  1. Hermanos – Eddie del Barrio, Larry Dunn
  2. I’ll Give You My Love – Roland Bautista, Cavanaugh, Larry Dunn, Stanley Turrentine
  3. Tamarac – Larry Dunn, Steven Dunn
  4. After the Love Has Gone – Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon
  5. Cherubim – Larry Dunn
  6. Only You and Me – Eddie del Barrio, Larry Dunn, Roxanne Seeman
  7. World Chimes – Larry Dunn
  8. Pure Love – Larry Dunn, Denzil Miller Jr., Stanley Turrentine
  9. Havin Fun with Mr. T – Chandler, Larry Dunn, Denzil Miller, Byron Miller

On April 15, 1982.

On April 15, 1982, “Columbia” label released “Lite Me Up”, the 28th Herbie Hancock album. It was recorded 1981 – 1982, at “George Massenburg Studio” in Los Angeles,  “El Dorado Studios” in Hollywood, “Garden Rake Studios”, and was produced by Herbie Hancock, Jay Graydon and Narada Michael Walden.

Personnel:

  • Herbie Hancock – vocals, clavinet, keyboards, Minimoog, piano, synthesizer, synthesizer drums, vocoder
  • Steve Lukather, David Williams, Jay Graydon – guitar
  • David Foster – piano
  • Michael Boddicker, Corrado Rustici, Frank Martin – synthesizer
  • Louis Johnson, Randy Jackson, Abraham Laboriel, Sr. – bass
  • Narada Michael Walden, Jeff Porcaro, John “J.R.” Robinson – drums
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • Gary Herbig – saxophone, woodwind
  • Jerry Hey – flugelhorn, trumpet
  • Chuck Findley – trombone, trumpet
  • William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach, Jr. – trombone
  • Wayne Anthony – lead vocals
  • Patrice Rushen – vocals, vocoder
  • Patti Austin, Paulette Williams, Jim Gilstrap, Venette Gloud, Linda Lawrence, John Lehman, Richard Page – backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. Lite Me Up! – Rod Temperton
  2. The Bomb – Herbie Hancock, Rod Temperton
  3. Gettin’ to the Good Part – Herbie Hancock, Rod Temperton
  4. Paradise – Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon, Herbie Hancock
  5. Can’t Hide Your Love – Jeffrey Cohen, Herbie Hancock, Narada Michael Walden
  6. The Fun Tracks – Rod Temperton
  7. Motor Mouth – Rod Temperton
  8. Give It All Your Heart – Herbie Hancock, Rod Temperton

In December 1982.

In December 1982, “Casablanca” label released “White Heat”, the twelfth Dusty Springfield studio album. It was recorded November 1981 – June 1982, at “Conway Recording Studios”, “Kendun Recorders” and “Group IV Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Howard Steele, Dusty Springfield and Andre Sischer.

Personnel:

  • Dusty Springfield – lead and background vocals
  • George Nauful – guitar
  • David Plehn – guitar
  • Jean Roussel – synthesizer, piano
  • Robbie Buchanan – piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano
  • Tommy Faragher – synthesizer, percussion, background vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano, Casio
  • Nicky Hopkins – piano
  • James Newton Howard – Prophet-5 synthesizer, string arrangements
  • Caleb Quaye – synthesizer, bass, guitar, Wurlitzer electric piano, Minimoog
  • Kevan Staples – clarinet, guitar, Minimoog
  • Steve Sykes – guitar, Wurlitzer electric piano, Minimoog
  • Nathan East – bass guitar
  • Davey Faragher – bass
  • Marlo Henderson – bass
  • Mark Leonard – bass
  • Kenny Lee Lewis – bass
  • André Fischer – drums
  • Casey Scheuerell – drums
  • Linn Drums – drums
  • Steve Zaretsky – percussion
  • Max Gronenthal – backing vocals
  • Eddy Keating – backing vocals
  • John Townsend – backing vocals
  • Danny Ironstone – backing vocals
  • Barbara Busa Cilla – backing vocals
  • Nick DeCaro – arranger, conductor
  • Howard Steele – engineer, mixing
  • Steve Zaretsky – engineer assistant
  • Lindy Griffin – engineer assistant
  • Philip Moores – engineer assistant
  • Karen Chamberlain – engineer assistant
  • Les D. Cooper – assistant engineer
  • Debra Courier – production assistant
  • Jackie Krost – executive producer
  • Glen Christensen – art direction
  • Bret Lopez – photography
  • Mac James – paintings

Track listing:

  1. Donnez Moi – Jean-Alain Roussel, Paul Northfield, Luc Plamondon, Christiane Robichaud
  2. I Don’t Think We Could Ever Be Friends – Jean-Alain Roussel, Sting
  3. Blind Sheep – Daniel Ironstone, Tommy Faragher, Dusty Springfield, Mary Unobsky
  4. Don’t Call It Love – Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow
  5. Time and Time Again – Paul Buchanan, Jay Gruska
  6. I Am Curious – Carole Pope, Kevan Staples
  7. Sooner or Later – Tommy Faragher, Daniel Ironstone
  8. Losing You (Just a Memory) – Elvis Costello
  9. Gotta Get Used to You – Jean-Alain Roussel
  10. Soft Core – Carole Pope, Kevan Staples

In November 1981.

In November 1981, “Mercury” label released “Nightcruising”, the twelve Bar Kays (The) album. It was recorded in 1981, at “Ardent Recording Studios” in Memphis, Tennessee, and was produced by Allen Jones.

Personnel:

Personnel:

  • James Alexander – vocals, bass
  • Larry Dodson – vocals
  • Mark Bynum – vocals, keyboard
  • Winston Stewart – keyboards
  • Lloyd Smith – guitar
  • Michael Toles – guitar
  • Charles Allen – vocals, trumpet
  • Benjamin Cauley – trumpet
  • Harvey Henderson – saxophone
  • Frank Thompson – trombone
  • Bryan Smith – bass
  • Michael Beard – drums
  • Sherman Guy – vocals, percussion
  • Mervell Thomas – arranger
  • Henry Bush – engineer
  • Allen Jones – engineer, cover concept
  • Bernie Grundman – engineer
  • Mike McCarty – art direction
  • Tom Hill – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by James Alexander, Larry Dodson, Mark Bynum, Winston Stewart, Lloyd Smith, Charles Allen, Benjamin Cauley, Harvey Henderson, Frank Thompson, Bryan Smith, Michael Beard, Sherman Guy and Allen Jones, except where noted.

  1. Nightcruising
  2. Hit and Run
  3. Feels Like I’m Falling in Love
  4. Freaky Behavior – Allen Jones, Howard Redmond, Jr.
  5. Touch Tone
  6. Unforgettable Dream
  7. Traffic Jammer
  8. Backseat Driver