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Tag: Island Records

"St. Elmo's Fire"

“St. Elmo’s Fire”: A-Side Disguised as Album Track

I was amused to discover that Eric Tamm – author of Brian Eno:  His Music and the Vertical Color of Sound – shares my opinion about one particular Brian Eno composition, “St. Elmo’s Fire” (1975’s Another Green World) and its unexploited commercial value: St. Elmo’s Fire is the most unblushingly

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"Happy Hunting Ground"

“Happy Hunting Ground”: Astoundingly, the Band is Not English

Indiscreet, the fifth (Tony Visconti-produced) album by Los Angeles band, Sparks, was released in October 1975 on Island Records, who issued two singles from the album – neither of them including, oddly, the winsomely rocking, “Happy Hunting Ground“: Trevor White:  Guitar Dinky Diamond:  Drums Ian Hampton:  Bass Ron Mael:  Keyboards

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"Love Can Run Faster"

“Love Can Run Faster”: B-Side of Mystery

In 1978 Robert Palmer traveled to Lee Perry‘s recording compound in Kingston, Jamaica to get a little piece of that magic Black Ark sound.  “Love Can Run Faster” (B-side of Robert Palmer’s big 1978 hit, “Bad Case of Lovin’ You“) is the only song Palmer released from that recording session

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