Saturday, October 31, 1981

Bob Marley’s posthumous Chances Are charted

Chances Are

Bob Marley


Charted: October 31, 1981


Recorded: 1968-1972


Peak: 117 US


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: reggae


Tracks:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Reggae on Broadway (5/72, 66 RB)
  2. Gonna Get You
  3. Chances Are (11/81, --)
  4. Soul Rebel (12/70, --)
  5. Dance Do the Reggae
  6. Mellow Mood
  7. Stay with Me
  8. Hurting Inside


Total Running Time: 32:03

Rating:

2.883 out of 5.00 (average of 10 ratings)

About the Album:

“Record-industry grave robbers could scarcely wait until nightfall to cash in on the late Bob Marley’s scattered legacy. In this case, the culprits are the people at Cayman Music and Cissi Music…and the controllers of an obscure portion of Marley’s material, recorded between 1968 and 1972. During this period, Marley and various members of the then-regrouping Wailers made several trips to Europe in an attempt to broaden their base, find a post-rock steady direction and land a decent record deal outside Jamaica.” RS

Chances Are documents a number of demo sessions in which Marley and his musicians exhibited their new reggae sound…A chunk of Marley's publishing rights was quickly corralled in the process. By the time the Wailers signed with Island in 1972, their leader knew plenty about exploitation in Babylon.” RS

“This brittle, callous repackaging of outtakes and arcane singles comes complete with a truckload of perfunctory ‘special thanks’ to anyone connected with Marley (the names of close friends and even his own mother are misspelled). Furthermore, these tracks aren't ‘previously unreleased,’ as the liner notes insist. Reggae on Broadway was issued in England in the early Seventies on CBS International, while slightly different versions of Soul Rebel and Mellow Mood have been kicking around for years in the sleazy repackagings that Jamaican producer Lee Perry sold to England's Trojan label. And so forth. Granted, albums like this will always hold a certain value to archivists, biographers and music historians interested in tracing the evolution of Jamaican rock. But, in the future, one would hope for a scrupulously selected series of bargain-priced LPs, with scholarly notes and a percentage of the proceeds going to the Bob Marley Foundation.” RS

“There are two intriguing songs here: ‘Reggae on Broadway,’ a skanking bit of histrionic soul-funk that shows Marley's great fascination with black American rockers (he was captivated by Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone), and Gonna Get You, a bouncy, playful reggae love pledge of the sort that would reemerge, fully realized, on 1978's i>Kaya. The latter number also boasts the best – albeit still miserable – mix. The rest of the tunes sound like they were recorded at the bottom of Kingston harbor.” RS

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First posted 3/26/2008; updated 5/6/2021.

Friday, October 2, 1981

The Police Ghost in the Machine released

Ghost in the Machine

The Police


Released: October 2, 1981


Peak: 3 US, 13 UK, 15 CN, 11 AU


Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 0.3 UK, 9.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: new wave


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Spirits in the Material World [2:59] (12/5/81, 11 US, 15 CB, 17 HR, 9 RR, 7 AR, 2 CO, 12 UK, 13 CN, 50 AU)
  2. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic [4:22] (9/25/81, 3 US, 6 CB, 8 HR, 3 RR, 1 AR, 1 CO, 1 UK, 1 CN, 2 AU)
  3. Invisible Sun [3:44] (9/26/81, 10 CL, 8 CO, 2 UK, 89 AU)
  4. Hungry for You (J’Aurais Toujours Faim de Toil) [2:53]
  5. Demolition Man [5:57]
  6. Too Much Information [3:43]
  7. Rehumanize Yourself (Copeland/Sting) [3:10]
  8. One World (Not Three) [4:47]
  9. Omegaman (Summers) [2:48]
  10. Secret Journey [3:34] (2/6/82, 46 US, 47 CB, 90 HR)
  11. Darkness (Copeland) [3:14]

Songs written by Sting unless noted otherwise.


Total Running Time: 41:03


The Players:

  • Sting (vocals, bass)
  • Andy Summers (guitar)
  • Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion, backing vocals)

Rating:

3.992 out of 5.00 (average of 26 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“For their fourth album, 1981’s Ghost in the Machine, the Police had streamlined their sound to focus more on their pop side and less on their trademark reggae-rock. Their jazz influence had become more prominent, as evidenced by the appearance of saxophones on several tracks. The production has more of a contemporary ‘80s sound to it (courtesy of Hugh Padgham, who took over for Nigel Gray), and Sting proved once and for all to be a master of the pop songwriting format.” AMG

“The album spawned several hits, such as the energetic Spirits in the Material World (notice how the central rhythms are played by synthesizer instead of guitar to mask the reggae connection) and a tribute to those living amid the turmoil and violence in Northern Ireland circa the early ‘80s, Invisible Sun.” AMG

“But the best and most renowned of the bunch is undoubtedly the blissful Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.” AMG It topped the charts in the UK and reached #3 in the U.S.

“Unlike the other Police releases, not all of the tracks are stellar (Hungry for You, Omegaman), but the vicious jazz-rocker Demolition Man, the barely containable Rehumanize Yourself, and a pair of album-closing ballads (Secret Journey, Darkness) proved otherwise.” AMG

“While it was not a pop masterpiece, Ghost in the Machine did serve as an important stepping stone between their more direct early work and their more ambitious latter direction, resulting in the trio's exceptional blockbuster final album, 1983’s Synchronicity.” AMG

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First posted 3/22/2008; last updated 8/25/2021.