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Soft Spring Breeze From The West Coast

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Unsplash "Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." ~ John Ruskin (19th century writer) In 1975 Melissa Manchester had her first Top Ten hit, Midnight Blue , and it set the tone for most of her career with its direct, slickly produced MOR pop sound. She and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the latter's 1978 duet hit with Stevie Nicks, Whenever I Call You Friend . Manchester returned to the Top Ten with Don't Cry Out Loud from the same-titled album, produced by Leon Ware, which contains Bad Weather as well. In 1980, she became the first singer to have two movie themes nominated for Academy Awards ( Ice Castles and The Promise ). Two years later she achieved her highest Billboard singles chart placement with the number five hit You Should Hear How She Talks About You . Tracklist: Arlana – Spring Tme (1984) Stacey – Keeps Me Hanging On (1980) Jim &

Let’s Start The Dance: Glorious Days Of Disco

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Jacob Owens Not only a tribute to disco and the late Patrick Juvet, but also to the inventor of the cassette, Lou Ottens, who passed away last month. Without him the mixtape on cassette that would become immensely popular in the 1970s and 1980s, probably never would have existed.  In 1963 the first tape was presented to the world at an electronics fair in Berlin with the tagline “Smaller than a pack of cigarettes!” In the 1980s Ottens was also involved in the development of the compact disk, from which more than 200 billion have been sold worldwide to date. But even after the CD replaced vinyl in the late 1980s, cassettes remained the only way to easily record music for portable consumption until rewritable CDS and MP3s took over around the turn of the millennium.  Last week I felt sad when I read the news that Swiss singer Patrick Juvet, who looked and sounded like a combination of disco divas Barry Gibb and Sylvester, was found dead in his apartment in Barcelona. He started to make a

Smooth Sailing: Sun, Showers & Soul Music

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Unsplash Cuddle up and enjoy this new Smooth Sailing part! 😊 Evie Sands began recording as a teenager in the mid-1960s. After a rocky start and having trouble with unreliable record executives who stole her songs, she finally had a hit single with Any Way That You Want Me in 1969. Her debut album, also named Any Way That You Want M e, was released several months after the single had peaked. It took five years before Estate of Mind saw the light of day. Produced by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, the album marked her continued output as a first class songwriter. After another break, Suspended Animation , was released in 1979. The album's musicians included several members of Toto, Lee Ritenour and Buzz Feiten. The vocalists backing Sands were big names, such as Bobby Kimball, Bill Champlin and on one song, Dusty Springfield. Despite its top-rated personnel and the wonderful performances of Evie herself, Suspended Animatio n did not make a real chart impact for its single releas

Eddy’s 80s Grooves Part 39 "Superfine"

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Unsplash Enjoy part 39 of Eddy's Eighties Grooves ! All tracks are "superfine", to quote the Skool Boyz 😊 Next up is a new Smooth Sailing trip. The Quick were a dance pop duo from England that consisted of vocalist Colin "Col" Campsie and bassist/keyboardist George McFarlane. They originally met in California in 1978, and began working together when they returned to England, taking the name The Quick. Their debut single, Sharks Are Cool, Jets Are Hot , was released in 1979. The following year, the duo's single Hip Shake Jerk became a huge hit in Australia, and their first album, On the Uptake , was quickly released there. Remixed and repackaged as Fascinating Rhythm , the album came out to the rest of the world in 1982, spawning two international hits, Zulu and The Rhythm Of The Jungle . A second LP, International Thing , followed two years later, but it was less successful. McFarlane and Campsie would resurface as the Giant Steps in 1988. Tracklist: Worl

Groovin’ On A Sunday Afternoon: The Sound Of The Hippie Generation

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I tried to capture the sound of the hippie generation in the late 1960s, early 1970s. Its epicentre was without any doubt in California. When the Vietnam War ended in the mid-seventies, the protest movement and its culture faded out. However, the musical legacy that came from this period is a hopeful, peaceful and often joyful sound that is still influential today. No better way to start spring time, if you ask me. :-)  Enjoy this Mixcloud Exclusive , for subscribers only! Next up is a regular part of Eddy's Eighties Grooves . Tracklist: Rotary Connection – Songs (1969) Al Wilson ‎– The Dolphins (1972) Jessie Ware – Remember Where You Are (2020) David Cassidy ‎– How Can I Be Sure (1972) Brewer & Shipley – Dreamin’ In The Shade (1968) Judee Sill – Lady-O (1971) Odyssey – Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love (1972) The Spiral Staircase – More Today Than Yesterday (1968) Dave Grusin – California Montage (1969) Paul Carrack – Groovin’ (2001) The Lovin' Spoonful ‎– Dar

Mellow Mellow FM: Summer Fun, A Glass Of Rum & A Piña Colada Song

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Pearl Charles For this episode of Mellow Mellow FM , I wanted to stay as close as possible to the piña colada sound of the sunny Californian West Coast. Enjoy this preview of an old-fashioned, virus-free summer, while drinking rum and Coca-Cola, to quote Barry White! 😊 Escape by Rupert Holmes is probably the most archetypal yacht rock song ever, because the genre is basically all about escapism. The lyrics were inspired by a want-ad he read whilst idly scanning the personals one day. He imagined himself answering the ad and built the song on the fantasy that it was his own wife who was bored with him. The chorus originally started with "If you like Humphrey Bogart", which Holmes changed at the last minute, replacing the actor with the name of the first exotic cocktail that came to mind and fit the music. To this day Holmes still does not drink piña coladas himself. After the shine of glam had faded in the mid-seventies, successful British rockers Mud searched for new direct

Best Of 70s Soul: Flying Easy

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The Three Degrees Flying Easy by Donny Hathaway is from his last solo album, Extension Of A Man (1973). It was recorded in the hopes that United Airlines might use it for a national advertising campaign, but they did not.  Donny Hathaway was probably one of the greatest soul singers/musicians of all-time. His career took off in the early 1970s, but it never led to a big breakthrough, mainly because of his mental problems. His desperate situation led to his suicide by jumping of a balcony in 1979, after being  paranoid and delusional during a recording session with Roberta Flack. He has been inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame and won one Grammy Award from four nominations. Hathaway was also posthumously honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Dutch director David Kleijwegt made a wonderful documentary about him called Mister Soul – A Story About Donny Hathaway .  Norman Feels was an underground soul sensation in the 1970s and released two classic albums that resemble t

Smooth Sailing: Soft Soul, Slow Dance & Folk Funk

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  Pixabay You may not get turned on, as the Addrisi Brothers suggest, but when you keep 6 feet distance from each other, it is perfectly safe to slow dance on the beach. Enjoy! 😊  Don and Dick Addrisi were part of an acrobatic family, but they chose music as their career. In the 1950s they recorded a series of singles that sounded like the Everly Brothers, from which Cherrystone became a hit in 1959. Then the brothers disappeared from the limelight for more than a decade, concentrating on composing. Their biggest success as a songwriting duo was Never My Love , a hit for The Association in 1967. Inspired by another family act, the Bee Gees, the duo re-invented themselves as a really strong disco and yacht rock act  in the 1970s. Their three albums from that period are definitely worth checking out. Slow Dancin’ Don’t Turn Me On reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977. The brothers worked together until Don Addrisi died from pancreatic cancer in 1984.   Uno Esta by American R&a

An Exclusive Smooth Flight

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  Pixabay Are you ready for take-off on an exclusive flight? There are dozens of songs about flying, but I chose to play the ones that are about easy flying and having a smooth trip. Two of the songs will be on my next regular cloudcast as well, which will be a new part of Smooth Sailing . Enjoy!  Tracklist: Kim Carnes – Bon Voyage (1985) Peter Allen – Fly Away (1980) Crosby, Stills & Nash – Just A Song Before I Go (1977) Jolis & Simone – Night Flight (1979) Jim Weatherly – Midnight Plane To Houston (1972) Abraham Battat – Fly Away (1965) Wee – You Can Fly On My Aeroplane (1977) Flamingosis – A Mile High (2018) Samantha Sinclair – On A 'Plane To Nowhere (1975) B-Movie Orchestra – Running To The Airport (2012) Nicolas Bassi – Flying On The Clouds (2020) André Solomko – Le Deltaplane (2018) Rodney Franklin – Endless Flight (1981) Dimitri From Paris – Welcome Aboard (2003) Andrew Jackman – Planes Boats And Trains (1978) Summer – Flying Home (1979)

Mellow Mellow FM Morning Radio: Slow Disco, Jazz-Pop & Soft Rock

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Unsplash Enjoy this new show on imaginary Mellow Mellow FM ! Waking up with the retro sounds of American radio never felt that good! 😊 Expect some slow disco, jazz-pop & soft rock. Six years ago Charles Maurice (aka Pascal Rioux) started his AOR Global Sounds series to share his long time love for yacht rock of the late 1970s and early 1980s. On the soon to be released 5th volume, he again selected AOR and West Coast gems from independent labels, like the track from Rhapsody, which is on this cloudcast. Released in March 1977, Easy by The Commodores reached number one on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart and number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is a slow ballad about a man's emotions at the end of a relationship. Singer Lionel Richie states that he is not depressed about the break-up and claims that he feels " easy like Sunday morning ". Jonathan Coulton did a good job to sound exactly like the original. Tracklist: Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing (1977) RE

Funky Vinyl Grooves From The Crates

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Inyourdre4mz The lyrics of Impeach The President by the Honeydrippers are still relevant, just like the beats. If you check whosampled.com then you will find out that Impeach The President has been sampled more than 800 times… Rose Royce used to play with Motown artist Edwin Starr and consisted of former members of studio band The Undisputed Truth. They became famous for the Norman Whitfield-produced soundtrack to the Richard Pryor movie Car Was h. With its hand-clapping, funky intro, exciting vocals and the band's great performance, the title track became one of the biggest disco songs ever, leaping to #1 on the pop and soul charts. The hand claps at the beginning have been sampled many times by a variety of hip-hop and R&B artists. In 2004 a cover version by Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott, was released as the single for the Shark Tales soundtrack. It reached the Top 5 in the UK but only #63 in the States. Enjoy these funky vinyl grooves from the crates ! Next up is

Funky Chillout Sofa Session: After Hours Beach Cocktail

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Unsplash My attempt to make a mix for Valentine’s Day, enjoy this funky chillout sofa session ! 😊 "You need the evening action, a place to dine, a glass of wine, a little late romance. It's a chain reaction." Singer Del Shannon was one of the best performers of all-time and the first one to release a ‘synthesized solo’ (by Max Crook) on Runaway , exactly 60 years ago. He also paved the way for the Beatles in the United States by recording their song From Me To You in 1963. At first John Lennon was flattered when Del Shannon told him about the idea, but he quickly changed his mind. He was aware that a cover version by Del Shannon might hurt the Beatles’ chances of having a hit with From Me To You in America. Although struggling with alcoholism and being manic-depressive, Del Shannon still managed to pursue a long-lasting career, despite having no big hits after 1965 (he had some minor successes afterwards, like Runaway '67 in 1967 and Sea Of Love in 1980).

Smooth Ride: Sunset Disco For A Late Night Drive

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Unsplash Hello? Hey, it's me Hey babe, what's going on? I'm just leaving the club right now Oh, how was it tonight? Good, the DJs were alright Oh, good. Do you want to come over? Yeah, I'll be there in about an hour - I'm going to go for a drive Hey, can you cop a bottle of wine on your way? Sure Ok, I'll see you soon Ok, I love you I love you too Tracklist: Carl Sims ‎– Smooth Ride (1990) Chromatics – Telephone Call [Interlude] (2007) Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind [Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix] (1979/2016) Chromatics – Lady Night Drive (2016) Flying Mojito Bros – Tobacco Road [FMB Refrito] (2020) Kimchii – Windsurf (2020) Chromeo – 6 Feet Away [Conan Remix] (2020) Prep – Rain (2020) Jessie Ware – Spotlight (2020) Private Agenda – 4 Step (2020) Common Saints – Lovesong (2020) Sirens Of Lesbos – How Many Miles (2020) Fosza – Mirage (2020) Childhood – Californian Light (2017) Martin & Garp – Pushin’ Away (2021) Lee Ritenour Feat. Eric T

Eddy’s 80s Grooves Part 38: Funky Nite Gems

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Pixabay Enjoy this funky nite! The opening track by Soundburger is from Saturday Night - South African Disco Pop Hits - 1981 to 1987 , which is out on Cultures Of Soul now: “The sound on these records is ostensibly familiar, drawing heavily on models from the 1980s dance culture in Europe and America, but if you listen closely enough you can hear the distinct South African-ness of it all—from the deep, burbling basslines, the brightly hypnotic melodies, and chant-like lyrics—and with sounds as intoxicating as these, you will sure want to listen closely.” Enjoy this new part of Eddy’s Eighties Grooves !  Tracklist: Soundburger – Ambiguously The Same (1982) New World Generation – I’m Feeling Fine (1983) Bobby Womack ‎– How Could You Break My Heart (1979) Crystal Winds – Lovers Holiday (1982) Kristle ‎– I Can’t Let Go (1980) The Dells – Whatever Turns You On (1981) The Winans – Don’t Be Deceived (1983) The Waters ‎– Dance With Me (1980) Al Marshall ‎– I'm Gonna Make This Nig

Classic Seventies FM Radio by The Smooth Operators

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Flip Schulke It’s a hot summer day in the late 70s. We get in the car for a drive along the beautiful Californian coast and head for the beach, while listening to the smooth sounds of FM Radio. Enjoy! Next up is the 38th episode of Eddy’s Eighties Grooves .  Tracklist: The Doobie Brother s – What A Fool Believes (1978) Looking Glass – Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (1972) Boz Scaggs – Lowdown (1977) Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds – Fallin’ In Love (1975) Phyllis Hyman ‎– You Know How To Love Me (1979) Steely Dan – Peg (1977) Seals &  Crofts – Summer Breeze (1972) Yvonne Elliman ‎– If I Can't Have You (1977) Robert Palmer ‎– Every Kinda People (1978) Climax Blues Band ‎– Couldn't Get It Right (1976) James Taylor ‎– Your Smiling Face (1977) Dobie Gray – Drift Away (1973) Captain & Tenille – Shop Around (1976) Lynda Carter – All Night Song (1978) Bill Withers – Lovely Day (1977) Tiffany – Late Night Show (1978) American Gypsy – Stuck On You (1974) Dana Gill

Mellow Mellow FM: Night Time Radio

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Mellow radio that makes those long nights bearable from sundown to sunrise… enjoy! There will be a new one by The Smooth Operators soon as well :-) The track by Dutch duo Martin & Garp is from their brand new album Sentimental Fools : “Imagine that ‘feel-good record’ that has to be played loudly in your convertible, recorded by super-pro musicians on original analog equipment. Cruising down the coast with the wind in your hair, darting in and out of the shade created by beach-side palm trees.” Tracklist: Elkie Brooks – The Rising Cost Of Love (1979) Phyllis Hyman – Can’t Live Without Your Love (1974) Delsey McKay ‎– Cast Your Spell On Me (1973) Toto – 99 (1979) State Cows – Turnaround (2021) Charles Brown With Sleepy Creek – I Just Want To Talk To You (1977) Martin & Garp – Sleepless Nights (2021) Ju-Par Universal Orchestra – Beauty And The Beast (1976) Scary Pockets Feat. Madison Cunningham – Arrow Through Me (2021) Nohelani Cypriano – Lihue (1979) Jerry Corbetta –

Funky Chillout Sofa Session: Sunset Disco

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Unsplash Enjoy this new part of my Funky Chillout Sofa Sessions ! This cloudcast is inspired by DJ Supermarkt and his new Too Slow To Disco compilation, The Sunset Manifesto : "Our intention? To bring you a globe-trotting playlist of some of the most sophisticated, adult-orientated and dance-inducing pop music from today’s exponents of that Too Slow to Disco sound." Tracklist: Nicolas Bassi – Flying On The Clouds (2020) Nicolas Godin (Feat. Alexis Taylor) – Catch Yourself Falling (2019) Secret Rendezvous ‎– Back In The Day (2019) Leisure – Spark It Up (2020) Poolside & Neil Frances – I'm In Love With You (2020) Bleu Toucan – Universalis (2020) Private Agenda – 4 Step (2020) Jessie Ware – Remember Where You Are (2020) Yuksek – The Rollercoaster [Claap! & Santana Remix] (2020) Tora – Can’t Buy The Mood [Two Another Remix] (2020) The Shadowboxers – More Than A Woman (2020) Arc De Soleil – Gimme All Summer Please (2020) Cannons – Touch (2017) Poom – Adagio

Eddy’s Eighties Time Machine

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  Unsplash We’re going back to the future, enjoy this exclusive time machine trip! 😊 I really like Save Your Tears , the new single from The Weeknd. The video is exploding on YouTube, because of its controversial content. Did he have plastic sugery or is his blown up face fake? After being recovered from Hodgkin's disease, singer Martin Fry reformed his band ABC as a duo in the second half of the 1980s. They were back on track in the summer of 1987,  when they released When Smokey Sings . The song was a major success on the charts, reaching number 5 in the U.S. and number 11 in the U.K and the Netherlands. Their tribute to Motown legend Smokey Robinson would become their biggest hit ever. Tracklist: First Light – Time Machine (1983) Rah Band – Clouds Across The Moon (1985) The Weeknd – Save Your Tears (2020) Timecop1983 Feat. Josh Dally – One Night (2021) Client Liason – Electric Eyes (2016) Allie X – That’s So Us (2017) The Human League – Don’t You Want Me [Lady Gaga Mash-u

Soulful Disco Grooves From The Crates

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Barry White started working in the music industry in the 1960s, but his commercial success came a decade later as one of the frontrunners of disco, creating Love’s Theme with his Love Unlimited Orchestra and solo songs like Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up, You're The First, The Last, My Everything and Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe . After disco had reached its peak, the “walrus of love” slowly disappeared from the limelight, although he kept on making great records in the 1980s. Because of his distinctive bass-baritone voice, his spoken intros and the use of strings as often as he could, he eventually became a musical romantic icon. Jamaican born Englishman Carl Douglas is best known for his 1974 disco novelty hit Kung Fu Fighting . Being a soul singer, he did not take the track seriously at first. The studio musicians had quite some fun while recording it, drummer John Richardson (Rubettes) once said in an interview for the Dutch TV-series Single Luck . They though

Mellow Mellow FM Radio: New Year’s West Coast Breeze

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Daniel Salgado Happy new year to all my listeners and subscribers!  Hop in your car, tune in to Mellow Mellow FM Radio and start driving down Route 66 on this first day of 2021! Normally this kind of music would be called yacht rock, but let’s name it smooth car rock this time 😊 The track by Smokey Robinson is from the compilation 76 In The Shade, compiled by Bob Stanley, member of the band Saint Etienne. This is what he wrote about the song in his linernotes: “Get Out Of Town was an instant picnic, the warm breeze in your hair and you escape the city in a red convertible.” Montana-born Nicolette Larson began her musical career in San Francisco in the early 1970s. Moving south to Los Angeles to become a successful singer, she met Linda Ronstadt, who recommended her to Neil Young, when he was looking for backing vocalists. Larson got the call to head to his ranch and cut vocals for American Stars ’N’ Bars. She also sang on his next album, Comes A Time , which featured Lotta Love . T

Smooth Sailing: Jazz-Funk, Laid-Back Soul & Soft Rock

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Unsplash The soft rock song by Steve Miller Band on this Smooth Sailing part is followed by four mid-seventies smooth jazz tracks. And if you merge soft rock with smooth jazz, you will get pure yacht rock, according to Kenny Loggins in a TV-interview. He referred to his work with pianist Bob James on his album Nightwatch in 1978. Three years earlier saxophone player Grover Washington, Jr. also worked with Bob James on Mister Magic . The album marked the beginning of the smooth jazz movement. All four songs on the LP are quite enjoyable, but it is the title track that really caught on as a major hit. Bob James provided the colourful arrangements. “In the song I talk about how it is hard loving someone who won’t let you completely in. When we hurt, we can sometimes be hard to pity, because of our anger. What we don’t always remember though, is that anger often means hurt.” ( Jez_ebel )  So let's move gently from 2020 to 2021! Next up is a New Year's episode of Mellow Mellow F

Eddy’s 80s Funky Christmas Grooves

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Let’s dance around the tree and have yourself a funky Christmas! 😊 S.O.S. by Oliver Cheatham was co-written and produced by Mud guitarist Rob Davis. When Mud started to work with producers and songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman in the mid-seventies, after years of struggling, the group had almost immediately success all over Europe with a string of glam rock hits, like Dynamite , Tigerfeet and The Cat Crept In . However, when the the decade came to a close, they were not able to compete with new genres, like disco, punk and new wave. After the band had split up, Rob Davis tried to set up a writing and producing duo with George Stanley Alexander. They had some results, especially with the band Liquid Gold in the mid-eighties. The success of What She's Got in the U.S. was a very good reason for Davis to change his music direction to pop and dance music. In 1988 he met Paul Oakenfold and teamed with him in a successful series of dance anthems. He co-wrote Spiller's smash

Mellow Mellow FM Radio: More Golden Years Of Pop

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As I told earlier, around the mid-70s pirate stations that used the AM dial on the radio, disappeared one by one, due to government decisions. The more sophisticated and technically better FM radio stations were willing to play album tracks and longer songs from bands like Earth, Wind & Fire. Those bands used the improved studio techniques and possibilities to a full extent. Eventually FM radio became the new standard, especially for the AOR sound. To journalists Steve Harley always explains that his UK number one song Make Me Smile is about the disbanding of his band Cockney Rebel. However, when you read the lyrics closely, there is only one line that may refer to that: “You pulled the rebel to the floor”. The rest of the song is clearly about a broken relationship: “Blue eyes, blue eyes, how can you tell so many lies?" In other words, Steve Harley knows how to tell a good story (he used to be a journalist himself), but I believe it was totally made up afterwards. Irresisti

Mellow Mellow AM Radio: Sixties Pop & Seventies Soul

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The movie The Comeback Trail with Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones inspired me to make this cloudcast. One of the songs on the soundtrack is Rock The Boat by The Hues Corporation, which made me think of the European off shore pirate radio stations in the 1960s and 1970s. They were the ones that played AM pop with its powerful sound. In the mid-70s the more sophisticated sound of FM radio replaced AM radio and around the same time, due to new laws, pirate stations, like Radio Veronica and Radio North Sea near the Dutch coast, were forced to stop broadcasting. That marked the end of an era in which pop music became what it is today. The closing track is from Marvin Gaye’s soundtrack to the movie Trouble Man : “Trouble Man might not be as immediate or universally relatable as Gaye's soul-searching on What's Going On or his later sensual fixations, but a deep listen will show it's very much part of the same overarching genius that touched all of his work.” (

Smooth Sailing: Tasty Jams, Trippy Disco & Easy Rock

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Unsplash The DJ in charge on this Smooth Sailing trip plays soft, slightly melancholic tunes to make you feel at ease on a sunny autumn day… Enjoy! Next up is the second part of Mellow Mellow AM Radio . Tracklist: The Shadowboxers – In the Dark (2020) Engelwood – Tasty Jam (2020) Prep – Rain (2020) Lou Rawls – Back To You (1981) Taffy McElroy – What’s On Your Mind (1981) James Ingram with Michael McDonald ‎– Yah Mo B There (1983) Eric Tagg – In The Way (1982) Brick ‎– Seaside Vibes (1981) Michael Nesmith – Rio (1977) Seals & Crofts ‎– We May Never Pass This Way (Again) (1973) Alan O’Day – Gifts (1977) Loggins & Messina ‎– Thinking Of You (1972) Brandye – You Accuse Me (1978) Bob McGilpin II – Disco Dancer (1979) Carly Simon – Tranquillo (Melt My Heart) (1978) Steely Dan – The Fez (1976) State Cows ‎– Caught In A Landslide (2020) Joe Vitale – Step On You (1974) Rudy Norman – Back To The Streets (1980) Martin & Garp ‎– Making Up (2020) Pablo Cruise – Slip Away (1981

Les Nuits Parisiennes: Exclusive French Disco

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Unsplash The French have always been in the front row of disco, ever since its beginning in the 1970s. Artists like Cerrone, Patrick Juvet and Sheila B. Devotion set the pace. And later on, dj’s like Martin Solveig, Dimitri From Paris and Bob Sinclar took over. For this cloudcast I selected songs that all have a French connection, in production, language or nationality of the artist. For instance, three years ago Australian band Parcels released their single Overnight , which was produced and co-written by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. The father of the latter, Daniel Vangarde, wrote songs and produced for Ottawan, which I selected as well. English singer/songwriter Peter Godwin, who lives in Nice (France) nowadays, is best known for his hits Images Of Heaven and Emotional Disguise in the 1980s. Before going solo he was a member of Metro, together with Duncan Browne (known for his classic Wild Places ). Songs Peter Godwin wrote were recored by Da

Eddy’s 80s Grooves Part 36: Play At Your Own Risk

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When they recorded Lexicon Of Love with producer Trevor Horn in the early 1980s, Sheffield’s band ABC created a symphonic pop sound. Although the album was a big commercial success, frontman Martin Fry and his men decided to switch to a guitar based rock sound for their next album Beauty Stab . After disappointing sales ABC changed lanes again, this time to electro pop, which resulted in How to Be a...Zillionaire! . Released in early 1985, Be Near Me from the album became a hit single in Britain, climbing to number 26. The song came out overseas a few months later and it became the group's first Billboard Top Ten hit. Due to the single's success, How to Be a...Zillionaire! reached the Top 30 on the album charts in both the United Kingdom and United States. The Munich Disco mix of Be Near Me with a Silver Convention sample is on this cloudcast. The opening and closing track are from Saturday Night - South African Disco Pop Hits - 1981 to 1987 , which will be released on Cultu

Mellow Mellow FM Radio: Golden Years Of West Coast Pop (1971-1986)

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Enjoy the golden years of West Coast pop on Mellow Mellow FM Radio !  Swedish singer, songwriter and musician Ted Gärdestad was one of Sweden's most popular artists in the 1970s. In 1977 he went to Los Angeles to record Blue Virgin Isles . The West Coast rock orientated album featured contributions from the best American and English musicians at the time, like Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, Jim Keltner, David Hungate, Jay Graydon, Dr. John and John Mayall. Although Blue Virgin Isles is now considered as a yacht rock classic, it did not sell well internationally, when it was released in 1978. His representation of his country in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Satellite was unsuccessful as well. He ended in the lower regions. Soon after that he left the music business to join a religious group, but he returned to it in the 1990s. After suffering from depression for many years, Gärdestad committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in 1997. The sound of Dutch duo

Sweet Freedom: Smooth Jazz, Sophisti-Pop & Yacht Rock

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Enjoy this new Mixcloud Exclusive !  The opening quote of this cloudcast is from the online series Yacht Rock, which was invented by J.D. Ryznar in the mid-2000s. He made up the term yacht rock, after he had noticed quite a few connections and similarities between Steely Dan and groups like the Doobie Brothers and Toto. All of them seemed to share members and collaborate frequently with each other and Californian artists like Kenny Loggins and Carly Simon. A lot of the music of the era featured albums with guys on boats on the cover and songs about sailing. Ryznar thought that this type of music sounded really good on a yacht, “ because it’s good for relaxing, sitting back and drinking .” And so yacht rock was born.  Speaking of Steely Dan, their main members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker played on Rosie Vela's 1986 debut album Zazu, which was produced by Gary Katz, who had previously worked with them. Though the album was critically acclaimed, it went largely unnoticed in the U.