Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 11

Picture: Nastassja Kinksi ('Paris Texas')
The song by Johnny Mathis came out in 1979, but it took two years to reach the charts in the Netherlands... Aonther one on the tracklist is from Incognito. On their new album “Amplified Soul” front man Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick works with some names familiar to Incognito fans and continues to keep it fresh with new voices. Most notably, there's the underexposed Deborah Bond on "I See the Sun," a gorgeously rolling number near the end that could just as easily follow the album's introduction. Melonie Crosdale leads "Rapture," another beaming, kicked-back groove that stands with the group's best work. They take it back a little farther than their typical mid-'70s to early-'80s well of inspiration for the strutting "Hats (Makes Me Wanna Holler)," one of their funkier straight-R&B songs. At this point, even the most casual listener knowledgeable about the group's inspirations won't be surprised that a piece titled "Wind Sorceress" resembles Mizells-era Donald Byrd. And yet, despite the obvious likeness, it's fully enjoyable, filled with little details that make it more than a mere tribute. As usual, Maunick either wrote or co-wrote all the original material, and there's a cover -- a festive version of Atlantic Starr's 1985 single "Silver Shadow," sung by Vanessa Haynes (source: Allmusic.com). And "Silver Shadow" brings us to this new part of Eddy's 80s Grooves. Enjoy!

Thanks to Northern Rascal for the inspiration!

Tracklist:

Wally Badarou – Chief Inspector (Vine Street) (1985)
David Christie – Saddle Up (1982)
Status IV ‎– You Ain't Really Down (1983)
Skyy – Call Me (1982)
Coffee – Casanova (1980)
KC & the Sunshine Band – Give It Up (1982)
Time Bandits – Live It Up (1981)
Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend? [Zimmer Edit] (1980)
Kenny G – Tribeca (1983)
Aurra – Like I Like It [Timmy Regisford Remix] (1985)
The S.O.S Band – High Hopes (1982)
Incognito – Silver Shadow (2014)
Chaka Khan – Fate (1981)
The Live Band – A Chance For Hope (1982)
Prince And The Revolution – She's Always In My Hair (1985)
The Chestnut Brothers ‎– Sweet Little Rita (1983)
Lisa – Break It Out (1983)
Johnny Mathis – Gone Gone Gone (1979)


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