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Contessa's Party

Contessa's Party

  • By The Reds
  • Release 25/04/2006
  • Music Genre Electronic
  • Media Format CD
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Many, many years ago, in the eighties in the last century, long club mixes on 12" vinyl were everywhere. As a top producer, Mike Thorne's aim (on records for Soft Cell, Bronski Beat, The Communards, The The and many more) was to keep the dance floor moving while also making substantial music that you could listen to. Times changed. Club mixes in the 21st Century are mostly pure utility music: just keeping the beats going with little musical development or change. Not so much to chew on. Thorne thought it was time to combine the best of now with the best of the good old days, and so delivered 'The Contessa's Party'. This groundbreaking CD has eight tracks lasting 74 minutes. This is the record to put on at a party. But as well as keeping dancing, the music changes fast and dramatically. Think of each track as a settled groove with the quick-change-impact of a single. Thorne's collaborators are several well-known criminal associates from his murky past. Sarah Jane Morris was the female voice in the Communards ('Don't Leave Me This Way') and has carved out a solo career since. BETTY are the three unique activist new York women, currently prominent in 'The L Word' TV series. Kit Hain sang one of the seminal 80s singles, 'Dancing In The City'. Lene Lovich needs no introduction, besides being unclassifiable as an artist, providing all manner of odd vocal noises and gestures. Instrumentals are boosted by New York's Uptown Horns, among the very best horn sections in the US, Nigerian master Johnny Folarin on congas and bongos and top New York drummer Allan Schwartzberg. The songs are partly co-written with the singers, partly covers. 'Grandma's Goodbye' uses an old English folk poem as it's chorus: 'to go to work, to make some money, to buy some bread, to make us strong, to go to work...' 'Fire' is a twelve-minute expansion of Arthur Brown's #1 single from the sixties, and features a specially-recorded rap from the great man himself. 'Can Catch', co-written and sung by BETTY is about the slipperiness of lovers and politicians. 'Bach', the only instrumental, is a free reworking of the composer's classic piece for organ - and still it dances. BETTY: vocals Sarah Jane Morris: vocals Kit Hain: vocals Lene Lovich: vocalese Elizabeth Ziff: backing vocals Arthur Brown: rap Allan Schwartzberg: acoustic drums The Uptown Horns: section Crispin Cioe: alto saxophone Arno Hecht: tenor saxophone Larry Etkin: trumpet Bob Funk: trombone Congas, bongos: Johnny Folarin Mike Thorne: rhythm, synthesizers, keyboards Produced by Mike Thorne Running time: 74 minutes. With 16-page full color booklet Much more detail at the Stereo Society website (see link at left)

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Artist: The Reds
Title: Contessa's Party
Genre: Electronic
Release Date: 25/04/2006
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 837101105484

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