Masquerade (5) ‎– Guardian Angel

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
815 972-7 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel(7", Single) Metronome 815 972-7 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
815 972-1 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel »Original Version«(12", Maxi) Metronome 815 972-1 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
CART 306 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel »Original Version«(12") Carrere Records Ltd. CART 306 UK 1983 Sell This Version
145.082 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel »Original Version«(7", Single) CNR 145.082 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
K-9368 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel(7", Single) Ariola K-9368 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
MRCS 2001 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel(7", Single) Mega Records MRCS 2001 Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
518103 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel(7", Single) Carrere 518103 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
13.373, 13373 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel(7", Single) Carrere, Carrere 13.373, 13373 France 1983 Sell This Version
CAR 306 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel(7", Single) Carrere CAR 306 UK 1983 Sell This Version
K 9368 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel(7", Single) Ariola K 9368 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
BR 50316 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel »Original Version«(7") Baby Records (2) BR 50316 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
BR 54038 Masquerade (5) Guardian Angel(12", Maxi) Baby Records (2) BR 54038 Italy 1984 Sell This Version

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November 18, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Guardian Angel, 7", Single, MRCS 2001
The background of this release is worth a detailed comment... read on:

German singer-songwriter Drafi Deutscher had been involved in a sex scandal, rock star style, and he had a huge unrecouped record company / publishing company advance at that point. Record & publishing company asked Laid Back manager Kjeld Wennick & myself for an opinion, as Laid Back was on the Hamburg-based Metronome label and signed to Intersong for the sub-publishing rights to hits such as "Sunshine Reggae" and "White Horse".

As Drafi was "persona non grata" in the media, the name "Masquerade" was invented for a duo... But, what sounds like a duet on the record is actually not so: Drafi did both vocals on the Masquerade version while Nino de Angelo did a solo vocal on the German-language "Jenseits von Eden" version of "Guardian Angel". While doing the international exploitation for this track, signing it up to CNR, Carrere, Baby Records a.s.o., we couldn't find anyone believing in it for Scandinavia - Mega Records was thus created out of the clear blue sky, on the spur of the moment. It was to be its first-ever release. Later on, Mega launched lots of other artists, a really successful one being the group Ace Of Base.

In terms of Drafi predicament at the time, the lyrics are really outstanding... "I've lost my guardian angel". Drafi had a monster hit with "Guardian Angel" and soon went back to resume an even more successful solo career in Germany. For you music tech buffs, it is interesting to note that the basics were done on a LinnDrum rhythm box along with a PPG Wave synth keyboard.

All in all, it was a "sound" that paved the way for the introduction of the Fairlight synth and its ubiquitous "orchestra hit" patch as heard on countless 80s / early 90s hits since then - check out Frankie Goes To Hollywood for an overdose of that!

Claes Cornelius - at Mega since it started 'til it was sold off and "terminated" in 2002