Tag Archives: 1981

The Fabulous Thunderbirds: T- Bird Rhythm

On January 11, 1982, “Chrysalis” label released “T-Bird Rhythm”, the fourth  Fabulous Thunderbirds (The) studio album. It was recorded in 1981, at “Third Coast Sound” in Austin, Texas, and was produced by Nick Lowe.

Personnel:

  • Kim Wilson – vocals, harmonica
  • Jimmie Vaughan – guitar
  • Keith Ferguson – bass
  • Fran Christina – drums, backing vocals
  • Colin Fairley – engineer
  • Larry Williams – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Kim Wilson, except where noted.

  1. Can’t Tear It Up Enuff
  2. How Do You Spell Love? – Bobby Patterson, Jerry Strickland, Marshall Boxley
  3. You’re Humbuggin’ Me – J.D. Miller, Rocket Morgan
  4. My Babe – Ron Holden
  5. Neighbor Tend to Your Business – Huey P Meaux
  6. Monkey – Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King
  7. Diddy Wah Diddy – Willie Dixon, Ellas McDaniel
  8. Lover’s Crime
  9. Poor Boy
  10. Tell Me – J.D. Miller
  11. Gotta Have Some/Just Got Some – Willie Dixon, William Robert Emerson, Don Talty

Central Line: Breaking Point

On January 9, 1982, “Mercury” label released “Breaking Point”, the debut Central Line studio album. It was recorded June – October 1981, at “Scorpio Studios”, “Audio International Studios” and “Nova Sound Studios” in London, and was produced by Roy Carter and Bob Carter.

Personnel:

  • Linton Beckles – vocals, percussion, design
  • Henry Defoe – lead and rhythm guitar, design
  • Lipson Francis – keyboards, design
  • Camelle Hinds – vocals, bass, design
  • Roy Carter – keyboards, guitar, remix
  • Steve Jeffries – keyboards
  • Danny Cummings – percussion, congas, bongos
  • Jake Le Mesurier – percussion
  • Mel Gaynor – additional drums
  • Dee Sealy – backing vocals
  • George Chandler – backing vocals
  • Jimmy Chambers – backing vocals
  • Dennis Weinreich – recording
  • Pete Smith – recording, mixing
  • Pete Walsh – mixing
  • Greg Walsh – mixing
  • Arun – lacquer cut
  • Peter Ashworth – photography

Track listing:

  1. Walking Into Sunshine – Linton Beckles, Lipson Francis, Roy Carter
  2. I Need Your Love – Linton Beckles, Lipson Francis, Anthony McCorkell
  3. Breaking Point – Lipson Francis, Linton Beckles
  4. Goodbye – Camelle Hinds, Henry Defoe, Steve Jeffries
  5. That’s No Way to Treat My Love – Linton Beckles, Lipson Francis, Roy Carter
  6. Don’t Tell Me – Linton Beckles, Lipson Francis, Anthony McCorkell
  7. (You Know) You Can Do It – Lipson Francis, Henry Hinds, Linton Beckles
  8. Shake It Up – Linton Beckles, Lipson Francis, Anthony McCorkell

UFO: The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent

On January 6, 1981, “Chrysalis” label released “The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent”, the ninth UFO studio album. It was recorded in 1980, at “AIR Studios”, “Wessex Sound Studios”, and “Utopia Studios” in London, and was produced by Phil Moog, Pete Way, Andy Parker, Paul Chapman and Neil Carter.

Personnel:

  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Paul Chapman – guitars
  • Neil Carter – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals, saxophone
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Paul Buckmaster – orchestral arrangements, orchestra conductor
  • Steve Churchyard, Gary Edwards, Jeremy Green – engineer
  • Hipgnosis – design

Track listing:

  1. Chains Chains – Pete Way, Phil Mogg
  2. Long Gone – Paul Chapman, Phil Mogg
  3. The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent – Paul Chapman, Phil Mogg
  4. It’s Killing Me – Pete Way, Phil Mogg
  5. Making Moves – Paul Chapman, Phil Mogg
  6. Lonely Heart – Paul Chapman, Pete Way, Phil Mogg
  7. Couldn’t Get It Right – Paul Chapman, Pete Way, Phil Mogg
  8. Profession of Violence – Paul Chapman, Phil Mogg

Thin Lizzy: Renegade

On November 15, 1981, “Vertigo” label released “Renegade”, the eleventh Thin Lizzy studio album. It was recorded January – September 1981, at “Compass Point” in Nassau, “Odyssey” and “Morgan” in London, and was produced by Chris Tsangarides.Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Snowy White, Darrewn Wharton and Brian Downey.

Personnel:

  • Phil Lynott – vocals, bass guitar
  • Scott Gorham – guitars, backing vocals
  • Snowy White – guitars, backing vocals
  • Darren Wharton – keyboards, organ, Minimoog, backing vocals
  • Brian Downey – drums, percussion
  • Chris Tsangarides – engineer
  • Kit Woolven, Andrew Warwick – engineer
  • Ian Cooper – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Angel of Death – Phil Lynott, Darren Wharton
  2. Renegade – Phil Lynott, Snowy White
  3. The Pressure Will Blow – Scott Gorham, Phil Lynott
  4. Leave This Town – Scott Gorham, Phil Lynott
  5. Hollywood (Down on Your Luck) – Scott Gorham, Phil Lynott
  6. No One Told Him – Phil Lynott
  7. Fats – Phil Lynott, Snowy White
  8. Mexican Blood – Phil Lynott
  9. It’s Getting Dangerous – Scott Gorham, Phil Lynott

Steve Hackett: Cured

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

Art Garfunkel: Scissors Cut

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

Soul Asylum: Say What You Will, Clarence…Karl Sold the Truck

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

Red Rider: As Far as Siam

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

Greg Kihn Band: Rockihnroll

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

Vangelis

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.