This is number 50 in my occasional series of 12″ records from the 80s that had an effect on my life.
So, Alison Moyet having just “divorced” from Vince Clarke after the breakdown of Yazoo, Alison teamed up with Steve Jolley and Tony Swain to work on a solo project. This resulted in the mega selling “Alf” album being released in 1984, being preceded by this and Love Resurrection.
Personally this was one of those tracks that reminds me of the time, and the Extended Version gives the track some coverage. As is usual with Jolley & Swain tracks it’s superbly produced.
Top 50 12 Inches of the 80s What's it all about?
Inspired by all the lists you see on FaceBook saying “Post your favourite albums, but don’t say anything about them…” I thought, hell I’m gonna say a bit about them and why they’re special. As a general rule I have chosen particular extended vinyl versions of the tracks for various reasons, amongst them they extend the length I can listen to them, and they often add extra ambience to the Radio Friendly 7″ version.
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Legendary US record producer Tom Moulton was probably one of the prime movers in developing 12-inch releases, he had discovered that the 12-inch had vastly superior sound quality, producing grooves perfect for the discotheque. It was music for hedonistic dancers – for metronomic beats, fewer vocals, stripped back instrumentation, slow-fading echo effects, sustains, slow builds in pace and intensity to maximum peaks.