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On February 11, 1979.

On February 11, 1979, “Harvest” label released “Sound-on-Sound”, the only Bill Nelson’s Red Noise album. It was recorded in 1978, at “Townhouse Studios” in London, and was produced by John Leckie and Bill Nelson. The music magazine “Sound on Sound” was named after the album.


  • Bill Nelson – vocals, guitar, drums, synthesizer, keyboards, bass, percussion, harmonica, vocoder
  • Rick Ford – bass
  • Andy Clark- keyboards, synthesizer
  • Dave Mattacks- drums, electronic drums
  • Ian Nelson- tenor and alto saxophone, Wurlitzer, string synthesizer
  • Haydn Bendall– engineer
  • Bishin Jumonji- front cover photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Bill Nelson.

  1. Don’t Touch Me (I’m Electric)
  2. For Young Moderns
  3. Stop / Go / Stop
  4. Furniture Music
  5. Radar in My Heart
  6. Stay Young
  7. Out of Touch
  8. Better Home in the Phantom Zone
  9. Substitute Flesh
  10. Atom Age
  11. Art/Empire/Industry
  12. Revolt into Style

In February 1983.

In February 1983, “Chrysalis” label released “Making Contact”, the eleventh UFO studio album. It was recorded August – December 1982, at “The Manor Studio” in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, “Townhouse Studios”, “White House Studios” and “Maison Rouge Studios” in London, and was produced by Mick Glossop.


  • Phil Mogg- vocals
  • Paul Chapman- guitars, bass
  • Neil Carter- keyboards, bass, backing vocals
  • Andy Parker- drums
  • Mick Glossop, Peter Thea, Richard Mainwaring – engineers
  • Gavin McKillop, Keith Nixon, Leigh Mantle – assistant engineers
  • Alan Adler – illustration
  • John Pasche, Andrew Ellis – art direction

Track listing:

  1. Blinded by a Lie – Neil Carter, Phil Mogg
  2. Diesel in the Dust – Neil Carter, Phil Mogg
  3. A Fool for Love – Neil Carter, Phil Mogg
  4. You and Me – Neil Carter, Phil Mogg
  5. When It’s Time to Rock – Paul Chapman, Phil Mogg
  6. The Way the Wild Wind Blows – Neil Carter, Paul Chapman, Phil Mogg
  7. Call My Name – Neil Carter, Phil Mogg
  8. All Over You – Neil Carter, Phil Mogg
  9. No Getaway – Neil Carter, Paul Chapman, Phil Mogg
  10. Push, It’s Love – Neil Carter, Phil Mogg


In July 1985.

In July 1985, “Mercury” label released “No Guru, No Method, No Teacher”, the sixteenth Van Morrison album. It was recorded in 1985, at “Studio D & Record Plant” in Sausalito, California, “Townhouse Studios” in London, and was produced by Van Morrison.


  • Van Morrison – guitar, vocals
  • Teressa “Terry” Adams – cello, string section leader
  • June Boyce – backing vocals
  • Richie Buckley – tenorand soprano saxophones
  • Nadine Cox – harp
  • Martin Drover – trumpet
  • Joseph Edelberg – violin
  • David Hayes- bass
  • Rosie Hunter – backing vocalist
  • Jef Labes- piano, synthesizer, string arrangement
  • Chris Michie- guitar
  • John Platania- guitar
  • Rebecca Sebring – viola
  • Kate St. John- cor anglais, oboe
  • John Tenney – violin
  • Bianca Thornton, Jeanie Tracy- backing vocals
  • Babatunde Lea(credited as Baba Trunde) – drums
  • Mick Glossop, Jim Stern – engineer
  • Assistant engineer – Lenette Viegas

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison.

  1. Got to Go Back
  2. Oh the Warm Feeling
  3. Foreign Window
  4. A Town Called Paradise
  5. In the Garden
  6. Tir Na Nog
  7. Here Comes the Knight
  8. Thanks for the Information
  9. One Irish Rover
  10. Ivory Tower


On September 16, 1985.


On September 16, 1985, “Island” label released “This Is the Sea”, the third Waterboys album. It was recorded February – August 1985, at “Park Gates Studio” in Hastings; “Livingstone Studios”; “Seaview Studios”; “The Chocolate Factory”; “R G Jones Recording Studios”; “Townhouse Studios”, and “Good Earth Studios” in London, and was produced by Mike Scott, John Brand, Mick Glossop and Karl Wallinger. The album cover photography was taken by Lynn Goldsmith. “This Is the Sea” contains the best-selling Waterboys single, the song “The Whole of the Moon”.


  • Mike Scott– vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, piano, percussion, synthesiser, drum machine programming, bells and effects
  • Anthony Thistlethwaite– saxophone, double bass, bass guitar, mandolin
  • Karl Wallinger– bass synth, piano, organ, keyboard programming, synthesiser, celeste, percussion and backing vocals
  • Steve Wickham– violin
  • Marek Lipski – violin
  • Roddy Lorimer– trumpet, background vocals
  • Stewart Bartlett – French horn
  • Kevin Wilkinson– bass guitar, drums
  • Martin Swain – bass guitar
  • Chris Whitten – drums, cymbals
  • Pete Thomas– snare drum
  • Martin Ditcham – percussion
  • Max Edie – background vocals
  • Lu Edmonds– Bass
  • Matthew Seligman– Bass

Track listing:

All tracks by Mike Scott except where noted.

  1. Don’t Bang the Drum – Mike Scott, Karl Wallinger
  2. The Whole of the Moon
  3. Spirit
  4. The Pan Within
  5. Medicine Bow – Mike Scott, Anthony Thistlethwaite
  6. Old England
  7. Be My Enemy
  8. Trumpets
  9. This Is the Sea

On September 11, 1995.


On September 11, 1995, “Food” label released “The Great Escape”, the fourth Blur studio album. It was recorded January – May 1995, at “Maison Rouge” in Fulham; “Townhouse Studios” in  London, and was produced by Stephen Street. The album was certified 3 x Platinum in UK by the “BPI” and Platinum in Europe by “IFPI”.


  • Damon Albarn– vocals, piano, keyboards, organ, synthesizer, handclaps
  • Graham Coxon– electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, saxophone, backing vocals, handclaps
  • Alex James– bass guitar
  • Dave Rowntree– drums, percussion
  • Simon Clarke – saxophone
  • Tim Sanders – saxophone
  • Neil Sidwell – trombone
  • Roddy Lorimer – trumpet
  • Louise Fuller – violin
  • Richard Koster – violin
  • John Metcalfe – viola
  • Ivan McCermoy – cello
  • Ken Livingstone– narration
  • Theresa Davis – backing vocals
  • Angela Murrell – backing vocals
  • Cathy Gillat – backing vocals
  • Tom Girling – assistant engineering
  • Nels Israelson – photography
  • Tom King – photography
  • Jason Cox – studio manager
  • John Smith – engineering
  • Julie Gardner – assistant engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree.

  1. Stereotypes
  2. Country House
  3. Best Days
  4. Charmless man
  5. Fade Away
  6. Top Man
  7. The Universal
  8. Robinson’sQuango
  9. He Thought of Cars
  10. It Could Be You
  11. Ernold Same
  12. Globe Alone
  13. Dan Abnormal
  14. Entertain Me
  15. Yuko and Hiro


On June 2, 1986.


On June 2, 1986, “EMI” label released “A Kind of Magic”, the twelfth Queen studio album. It was recorded September 1985 – April 1986, at “Musicland Studios” in Munich, “Mountain Studios” in Montreux and “Townhouse Studios” in London, and was produced by Queen, Mack and David Richards. The album is based on the soundtrack to the film Highlander, directed by Russell Mulcahy. In the 1994 edition of “The Guinness All Time Top 1000 Albums” the album was ranked at number 171 in its “All-time Greatest Rock and Pop Albums”.


  • Freddie Mercury- lead and backing vocals,  piano,  synthesisers,  sampler
  • Brian May- electric guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals, keyboards,  programming
  • Roger Taylor- drums, electronic drums, backing vocals, keyboards, programming
  • John Deacon- bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, sampler and programming
  • Spike Edney- keyboards
  • Joan Armatrading- vocals
  • Steve Gregory- alto saxophone
  • String section arrangedand conducted by Lynton Naiff
  • National Philharmonic Orchestraarranged by Michael Kamen and Brian May and conducted by Michael Kamen
  • Roger Chiasson –album cover

Track listing:

  1. One Vision – Roger Taylor
  2. A Kind of Magic – Roger Taylor
  3. One Year of Love – John Deacon
  4. Pain is So Close to Pleasure – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury
  5. Friends Will Be Friends – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury
  6. Who Wants to Live Forever – Brian May
  7. Gimme the Prize (Kurgan’s Theme) – Brian May
  8. Don’t Lose Your Head – Brian May
  9. Princes of the Universe – Freddie Mercury


On May 22, 1989.


On May 22, 1989, “Parlaphone” label released “The Miracle”, the thirteenth Queen studio album. It was recorded January 1988 – January 1989, at “Olympic Studios” and “Townhouse Studios” in London, and “Mountain Studios” in Montreux, and was produced by Queen and David Richards. “The Miracle” was band’s last album to feature a band photo with all four original members on the front cover. The album was certified Gold in the US by the “RIIA’; Platinum in UK by “BPI”; Platinum in Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland and Ploand.


  • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals,  piano,  keyboards,  synthesisers,  programming
  • Brian May: co-lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars,  keyboards, programming
  • Roger Taylor: lead and backing vocals, drums, electronic drums, electric guitar, keyboards, programming
  • John Deacon: bass guitar, electric guitar , keyboards
  • David Richards- keyboards, sampler, programming, engineering
  • Andrew Bradfield, John Brough, Angelique Cooper, Claude Frider, Andy Mason, Justin Shirley-Smith – assistant engineers
  • Kevin Metcalf, Gordon Vickary – mastering
  • Brian Zellis – computer programming
  • Richard Gray – album sleeve design
  • Simon Fowler – original photography

Track listing:

  1. Party – John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury
  2. Khashoggi’s Ship – John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor
  3. The Miracle – Freddie Mercury, John Deacon
  4. I Want it All – Brian May
  5. The Invisible Man – Roger Taylor
  6. Breakthru – Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor
  7. Rain Must Fall – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury
  8. Scandal – Brian May
  9. My Baby Does Me – Freddie Mercury, John Deacon
  10. Was It All Worth It – Freddie Mercury