Number 41 in an occasional series of reviews of my favourite 80s 12″ records.
The fourth single to be released from Swing Out Sister’s breakout album “It’s Better to Travel”. Released in March 1987 (in the UK at least) on the back of the success of Surrender and Breakout, the 12″ version was one of the new wave of “soulful jazz” to come out of the UK scene at the time. Similar in tempo to Sade, with it’s horn riffs, tamba drums and soulful, almost torch-like, singing.
It failed to reach the dizzy top 10 heights of it’s forbears, but did manage to scrape into #32 on the UK singles chart.
Personally one of my favourites from the album.
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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.