Tuesday, December 31, 1985

Dave’s Faves: My Album Collection in 1985

Dave’s Faves:

My Album Collection in 1985

By year’s end, this was what my collection looked like. Albums acquired in 1985 are marked with an asterisk.

  1. Air Supply Lost in Love (1980)
  2. Air Supply The One That You Love (1981)
  3. Asia Asia (1982)
  4. Asia Alpha (1983)
  5. Asia Astra (1985) *

  6. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  7. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  8. The Beatles Hey Jude (1968)
  9. The Beatles 1962-1966 (compilation: 1962-66, released 1973)
  10. The Beatles 1967-1970 (compilation: 1967-70, released 1973)
  11. Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion (1980)
  12. Pat Benatar Get Nervous (1982)
  13. Pat Benatar Live from Earth (live, 1983)
  14. Pat Benatar Tropico (1984)
  15. Pat Benatar Seven the Hard Way (1985) *
  16. Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
  17. Blondie Eat to the Beat (1979)

  18. Chicago Chicago 16 (1982)
  19. Chicago Chicago 17 (1984)
  20. Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1985) *

  21. Def Leppard Pyromania (1983)
  22. John Denver Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-72, released 1973)
  23. Dennis DeYoung Desert Moon (1984)
  24. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985) *
  25. Neil Diamond The Jazz Singer (soundtrack, 1980)

  26. Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (compilation: 1971-75, released 1976) *
  27. Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 (released 1982) *
  28. Eurythmics In the Garden (1981)
  29. Eurythmics Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (1983)
  30. Eurythmics Touch (1983)
  31. Eurythmics 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) (1984) *
  32. Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight (1985) *

  33. Dan Fogelberg Greatest Hits (compilation: 1972-82, released 1982)
  34. Foreigner 4 (1981)
  35. Foreigner Records (compilation: 1976-82, released 1982)
  36. Foreigner Agent Provocateur (1984)

  37. J. Geils Band Freeze Frame (1981)
  38. Genesis Genesis (1983)

  39. Daryl Hall & John Oates H2O (1982)
  40. Daryl Hall & John Oates Rock ‘N’ Soul Part I (compilation: (1973-83, released 1983)
  41. Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast (1984)
  42. Hooters Nervous Night (1985) *

  43. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
  44. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
  45. Billy Joel The Stranger (1977)
  46. Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain (1982)
  47. Billy Joel An Innocent Man (1983)
  48. Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (compilation: 1973-85, released 1985) *
  49. Journey Escape (1981)
  50. Journey Frontiers (1983)

  51. Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (1983)
  52. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971) *
  53. Huey Lewis & the News Sports (1983)

  54. Barry Manilow Greatest Hits (compilation, released 1978)
  55. John Cougar (Mellencamp) American Fool (1982)
  56. John Cougar Mellencamp Uh-Huh (1983)
  57. John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (1985) *
  58. Men at Work Business As Usual (1981)
  59. Men at Work Cargo (1983)
  60. Men at Work Two Hearts (1985) *

  61. Olivia Newton-John Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971-76, released 1977)
  62. Olivia Newton-John Totally Hot (1978)
  63. Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu (soundtrack, 1980)
  64. Olivia Newton-John Physical (1981)
  65. Olivia Newton-John Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (compilation: 1978-82, released 1982)
  66. Olivia Newton-John Soul Kiss (1985) *
  67. Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart (1983)

  68. Alan Parsons Project The Best of (compilation: 1977-83, released 1983)
  69. Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue (1984)
  70. Alan Parsons Project Vulture Culture (1985) *
  71. Steve Perry Street Talk (1984)
  72. Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) *
  73. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979) *
  74. The Police Outlandos D’Amour (1978) *
  75. The Police Reggatta De Blanc (1979) *
  76. The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (1980) *
  77. The Police Ghost in the Machine (1981)
  78. The Police Synchronicity (1983)
  79. Prince 1999 (1982) *
  80. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (1984)
  81. Prince & the Revolution Around the World in a Day (1985) *

  82. Queen Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-81, released 1981)

  83. REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity (1980) *
  84. REO Speedwagon Wheels Are Turnin’ (1984)
  85. Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1977-80, released 1980)
  86. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)

  87. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  88. Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985) *
  89. Styx Styx I (1972) *
  90. Styx Styx II (1973)
  91. Styx Best of Styx (compilation: 1972-74) *
  92. Styx Equinox (1975)
  93. Styx Crystal Ball (1976) *
  94. Styx The Grand Illusion (1977)
  95. Styx Pieces of Eight (1978)
  96. Styx Cornerstone (1979)
  97. Styx Paradise Theater (1981)
  98. Styx Kilroy Was Here (1983)
  99. Styx Caught in the Act (live, 1984)
  100. Supertramp Famous Last Words (1982) *
  101. Supertramp Brother Where You Bound (1985) *

  102. Tears for Fears The Hurting (1983) *
  103. Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (1985) *
  104. Toto Toto IV (1982)

  105. John Williams (composer) Star Wars IV: A New Hope (soundtrack, 1977)

  106. Yes The Yes Album (1971)
  107. Yes Fragile (1971)
  108. Yes Classic Yes (compilation: 1971-77, released 1981)
  109. Yes 90125 (1983)

  110. ZZ Top Afterburner (1985)

    Various Artists:

  111. Brimstone and Treacle (soundtrack, 1982) *
  112. Flashdance (soundtrack, 1983)
  113. Footloose (soundtrack, 1984)
  114. K-Tel: High Energy (1979)
  115. K-Tel: Starflight (1979)
  116. K-Tel: Wings of Sound (1979)
  117. Two of a Kind (soundtrack, 1983)
  118. Vision Quest (soundtrack, 1985) *
  119. We Are the World (1985) *


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First posted 8/31/2021.

Saturday, December 21, 1985

50 years ago: Bing Crosby charted with “Silent Night”

Silent Night

Bing Crosby with the Guardsmen Quartette

Writer(s):Joseph Muhr/Franz Gruber (see lyrics here)


First Charted: December 21, 1935


Peak: 7 US, 30 HR, 19 GA, 8 UK, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 30.0 US


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 3.0 radio, -- video, -- streaming

Awards:

Click on award for more details.

About the Song:

We might never have heard this popular Christmas carol if it hadn’t been for mice rendering a church organ useless. Popular accounts have suggested that mice ate out the bellows of the organ SF at Nikolaus-Kirche (Church of St. Nicholas) in Oberndorf, Austria. WK Father Joseph Mohr was concerned about having music for the 1818 Christmas Eve service. He’d written a poem called “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” and presented it to his friend Franz Xaver Gruber, a headmaster and amateur composer, hoping he could do something with it for guitar. SF The pair gave the first public performance of the song with only Mohr’s guitar accompaniment at the service. SF

Since then, the song has become one of the most popular in the world, having been translated into more than 44 languages. WK However, it is John Freeman Young’s English translation published in 1859 that is the most frequently sung today. WK

It became the most recorded song of the first half of the 20th century. PM In Britain, it is the most recorded Christmas song of all time. SF To date, it has been recorded by more than 300 artists including Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Boyz II Men, Stevie Nicks, Tori Amos, Mannheim Steamroller, Mahalia Jackson, Andrea Bocelli, Sinead O’Connor, and Brad Paisley. WK

The best known version is the 1935 recording by Bing Crosby with sales estimated as high as 30 million. PM Bing proved to be successful with a few other tunes as well; he sold over 300 million records with well over 300 charted songs over 35 years time (1928-63) and landed 36 songs at #1, more than any other recording act in history. PM


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First posted 7/8/2012; last updated 8/4/2022.

Lionel Richie hit #1 with “Say You Say Me”

Say You Say Me

Lionel Richie

Writer(s): Lionel Richie (see lyrics here)


Released: October 1985


First Charted: November 1, 1985


Peak: 15 US, 15 CB, 15 AC, 12 RB, 8 UK, 14 CN, 3 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 33.6 video, 182.82 streaming

Awards:

Click on award for more details.

About the Song:

At the end of November 1985, Phil Collins climbed to the pole position on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Separate Lives,” a duet with Marilyn Martin. Three weeks later, Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me” ascended to the throne. Both songs were featured in Taylor Hackford’s film White Nights, making it only the sixth movie of the rock era to generate more than one #1 song. BR The others were Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Flashdance, Footloose, and

Purple Rain.

Interestingly, though, the song was not on the soundtrack. Richie was supposed to deliver a new solo album to Motown and they wouldn’t allow the song on the soundtrack. They did, however, agree to have the song released as a single in time to promote the movie. Richie’s new album (Dancing on the Ceiling) wouldn’t surface until August 1986.

Hackford had a good track record with #1 songs from his movies. An Officer and a Gentleman produced Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes’ “Up Where We Belong” and Against All Odds generated the title song from Phil Collins. He wanted Richie for this movie, asking if he’d write the title song. Richie’s manager, Ken Kragen, reached out a couple of weeks later to say that Richie couldn’t come up with a song called “White Nights,” but had written another song called “Say You Say Me” which he tought would work. Hackford thought it was perfect. BR

The song, which uses many of the same session players as Michael Jackson’s Thriller, SG is “a soft R&B ballad, with an upbeat dance bridge, about the pain of loneliness and the power of friendship.” SF It fit well with the movie’s story about an unlikely friendship which formed between a Russian ballet dancer (Mikhail Baryshnikov) who defects from the Soviet Union, and a tap dancer (Gregory Hines) who defects from America. “Say You Say Me” won an Oscar for the Best Original Song- beating out “Separate Lives.”


Resources:

  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for Lionel Richie
  • FB Fred Bronson (2007). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (4th edition). Billboard Books: New York, NY. Page 626.
  • SF Songfacts
  • SG Stereogum (11/16/20). “The Number Ones” by Tom Breihan
  • WK Wikipedia


First posted 5/22/2022.

Saturday, December 7, 1985

Asia's third album, Astra, hit the charts

Astra

Asia


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Charted: December 7, 1985


Peak: 67 US, 68 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. Go (11/9/85, #46 US, #7 AR)
  2. Voice of America
  3. Hard on Me
  4. Wishing
  5. Rock and Roll Dream
  6. Countdown to Zero
  7. Love Now Till Eternity
  8. Too Late (1/11/86, #30 AR)
  9. Suspicion
  10. After the War


Total Running Time: 45:06


The Players:

  • Geoff Downes (keyboards)
  • Mandy Meyer (guitar)
  • Carl Palmer (drums)
  • John Wetton (vocals/ bass)

Rating:

3.104 out of 5.00 (average of 14 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

When Asia’s “debut album came out in 1982…they seemed like a repudiation of the new wave movement, the pop music equivalent of the Reagan revolution in politics. Like Ronnie, however, Asia ran out of gas around mid-decade.” WR

After two albums with the supergroup lineup of John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and Geoff Downes the group showed signs of wear. Howe left the group because of tension with Wetton. WK Howe said the record company asked him to play on the album, but he declined after hearing the material. WK The group brought in Mandy Meyer who’d previously wielded his axe for hard rock band Krokus. It wasn’t quite the same as having a future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on guitar.

“With less lyrics about love, Astra was a bit different from its predecessors,” WK but the band was “still constructing keyboard-dominated, heroic-voiced arena pop.” WR Unfortunately, “nobody cared anymore, or at least not enough customers to vault them into the Top Ten, and for this kind of band, it’s platinum or don’t bother.” WR

The band did still land a top-ten album rock track with Go and songs like Voice of America, Rock and Roll Dream, and Countdown to Zero all felt like they should have been similarly embraced by radio stations focused on album rock, even if they didn’t quite feel right for pop radio.

However, the ho-hum reception to the album signaled the end of the band as fans had known them. Wetton left the band soon after the release of the album and a tour was cancelled. They resurfaced in 1990 for a tour and a greatest-hits collection, but subsequent studio albums were really Asia in name only as Geoff Downes was the only consistent member. The credential-free singer John Payne stepped in for Wetton and Howe and Palmer made only occasional appearances. The four original members wouldn’t work together again until they reunited for a tour in 2006 and three subsequent studio albums.

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First posted 4/19/2008; updated 8/6/2021.