Our Album of the Week is Far from the Hurting Kind by Tracie Young, billed as Tracie for her A&M debut. Young was featured on vocals on a handful of Style Council singles along with “Beat Surrender” by The Jam. This associated with Paul Weller of The Jam led to producing this album. Weller also penned many of the songs on this album, and Elvis Costello contributed a song written specifically for her, “(I Love You) When You Sleep.” The music is similar in style to such groups as the aformentioned Style Council, Matt Bianco and Sade (circa Diamond Life), avoiding the synth-heavy style popular back in the day.
Fortunately this often overlooked album is available from our friends at Cherry Red Records via Amazon (CD and download) and iTunes, along with other popular retailers. The Cherry Red version includes the original ten albums tracks along with ten essential bonus tracks, containing non-album singles and other rare tracks.
Check out our thread about this album at the A&M Corner Forums.
For the first time in decades, collectors can now purchase brand new vinyl releases by Herb Alpert! Released on 180 gram vinyl and mastered by longtime A&M associate and alumni Bernie Grundman, the classic Whipped Cream & Other Delights album (featuring the Tijuana Brass) and Herb’s warmly received recent album Come Fly With Me are available for purchase. In addition, the Tijuana Brass Christmas Album is due for release within the next couple of weeks.
Reviews for the vinyl releases will be posted on our Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass sister site as soon as our copies arrive. Join our discussion at the Forums.
Fans of the overlooked keyboardist/vocalist Lee Michaels can celebrate two new releases from Manifesto Records today. For the completist, the 7-CD The Complete A&M Album Collection gathers up all of his albums from A&M in their originally released album format. The set also includes a 40 page booklet with notes, interviews and photos.
7 CDs too much Lee Michaels for you? Manifesto also rounded up the highlights of Michaels’ A&M tenure with the Heighty Hi: The Best of Lee Michaels single CD release, including the Top 10 single “Do You Know What I Mean.”
Both are now shipping from Amazon, and the best-of is also available as a download via Amazon. Click the titles above to check them out. Join our forum conversation here.
We are wrapping up the final stages of our overhaul of A&M Corner. Our changes are not only in appearance: we are changing our coverage of A&M to cover artists from all eras and all musical styles. From the popular to the obscure, we’re on it! The change will be refreshing, informative and fun to read.
Once we wrap up a few minor design and feature tweaks, and sort out a couple more technical issues, we will be ready to go. What a great way to celebrate our 20th year online!