Hair red as blood
“Freedom” was the last album of the eighties and it became Neil’s true come-back album. It was also the start of a string of fantastic albums. The whole nineties was very good actually, almost a challenger to his seventies. A second golden era, one could say.
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Why only in the Pacific?
After “This note’s for you” Neil changed style again. In the autumn of 1989 his true come back album “Freedom” was released, but already in the spring of that year he released a mini-album in Japan and Australia. What kind of nonsense is that? Only in the Pacific? Eat a peach.
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Gotta keep you dancing
So, this is the first album I bought new at the release. 1988 is the year! Since then I have as a die hard fan of Neil and bought every single album he released as soon as I have been able. Unfortunately I sold off most of my vinyl records in the early nineties and only bought cds. What a bad decision! Imagine the cost nowadays to buy all those 90s and 00s albums second hand via record stores or online. Luckily Neil has his “Official Releases Series” project where he releases remastered reissues.
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“Lucky thirteen” is a compilation 2-LP album covering the Geffen years. The five albums are represented by two or three songs easch, and added to the end we get two songs from the Bluenotes era (to be highlighted on the following album back on Reprise).
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Freedom in sight!
Finally, in 1987 the experiment was over. Five albums on Geffen Records came to an end. The five albums were “Trans”, “Everybody’s rockin'”, “Old ways”, “Landing on water” and “Life”. En eclectic collection of styles. Only one of those albums is really good in my ears. What made the period with Geffen so strange, as some would say – bad?
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Believing the strangest things
Me and my buddy Mr. Magic did a very small Swedish speaking podcast two years ago where we discussed Bowie’s albums. In the very last episode we ranked Bowie’s all albums from 28 up to number One. The bottom five in my list was a dog fight between “Tonight” and the two Tin Machine albums, “Pin ups” and the first album “David Bowie” from 1967.
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Welch early eighties rock phenomena discovered in an old record bin
Back in the eighties I listened alot to the Welch band The Alarm. Today, listening to their first full-length album was like a stroll down memory lane.
In January 1986 me and my sister took my car and drove down to Gothenburg and saw them live at Konserhuset. I remember I had the flu but we didn’t want to miss the concert and it was great! I was on my last legs on the two hours drive back home in the middle of the night, but the adrenaline from the show kept me upright.
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Something so pure
I discovered The Waterboys during my Uppsala years in the end of the eighties. They had already moved into folk music with their “Fisherman’s blues” but I happily delved into the three first albums as well. The early years Mike Scott and his band of players did their own variant of post-punk pop-folk-rock. Highly enjoyable.
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Third time’s the charm
Marillion is one of my favourite bands all time. They are one of those bands that are great live. Even though the studio albums have high production value they still add energy and interesting stuff to the songs when they perform them live. Not all artists I follow are successful in doing that.
The first time I didn’t see Marillion live was at Frölundaborg in Gothenburg, October 12th, 1985. My friend saw them there but he didn’t call me. I lived in a small town a long way away and I think my friend actually got invited to the concert by some other friends so maybe it was not that strange that he didn’t call...
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Some say we’ll be together a very long time
Well, no actually. This is the start of the decline of the great early eighties band Simple Minds. Unfortunately they started to get more and more boring, frankly speaking. From post-punk new wave to stadium rock. Boring. They may have been more successful, but to my ears they declined over the next albums and I lost track of them.
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