Zinc (2)

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During the summer of 1982 French producer Jacques Fred Petrus and his Italian companion Mauro Malavasi released a string of hot R&B albums by Change, Ritchie Family, High Fashion, B.B.&Q. Band and Zinc.

Zinc wasn’t a real group but just the facade of yet another tasty studio creation fabricated by Jacques Fred Petrus & Mauro Malavasi. The studio group was composed of American and Italian session musicians led by the inevitable Malavasi. The production and arranging abilities of Mauro Malavasi and the great musicianship of key member Davide Romani once again shine through on this record. Lead singer Gordon Grody fronted Zinc. He was a white session singer and this again showed the deviant character of the project. Grody is a renown backing vocalist who has recorded with many Soul and Rock artists like Debbie Harry, George Benson, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Patti Austin, Luther Vandross and Talking Heads. He also provided vocals for the J.F. Petrus projects Macho and Silence.

Despite the suitable Jive label and a lineup of top musicians delivering a very well realized product, the Zinc undertaking was not a commercial peak and proved that the target market didn’t bite. Background singer Bobby Douglas formulated it like this: “Zinc was so ahead of its time that I knew it wasn’t going to be well received, because it was so much better than the schlock that was playing on the radio at the time.”
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Zinc (2) Discography Tracks

Albums

Zinc (2) - Street Level album art Zinc (2) Street Level (Album) Memory Records (2) Italy 1982 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Zinc (2) - Street Level album art Zinc (2) Street Level (Maxi) Jive, Arista US 1982 Sell This Version
Zinc (2) - I'll Never Stop / Amazon album art Zinc (2) I'll Never Stop / Amazon (Single) Jive, Arista US 1982 Sell This Version
Zinc (2) - Special DJ Sampler album art Zinc (2) Special DJ Sampler (EP) Jive UK 1982 Sell This Version
Zinc (2) - I'm Livin' A Life Of Love album art Zinc (2) I'm Livin' A Life Of Love (Single) Jive US 1983 Sell This Version
SPM 3008 Zinc (2) - Hollywood City album art Zinc (2) Featuring Sherwin (2) Zinc (2) Featuring Sherwin (2) - Hollywood City(12") Sneak Preview (2) SPM 3008 France 1984 Sell This Version
SPM 3003 Zinc (2) - State Of The Nation album art Zinc (2) Featuring Sherwin (2) Zinc (2) Featuring Sherwin (2) - State Of The Nation(12") Sneak Preview (2) SPM 3003 France Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

FTE BOX 06 Zinc (2) - Album Collection album art Flowchart (2) / Zinc (2) / Firefly (2) / Kenny Claiborne And The Armed Gang* Flowchart (2) / Zinc (2) / Firefly (2) / Kenny Claiborne And The Armed Gang* - Album Collection(5xCD, Album + Box, Comp) Fonte Records FTE BOX 06 Italy 2006 Sell This Version

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