Various ‎– Mighty Reel

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New Musical Express ‎– NME 004
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A1 Elvis Costello & The Attractions Town Cryer
Producer – Geoff Emerick
2:08
A2 Haircut 100* Calling Captain Autumn
Producer – Bobby Sargeant*
3:53
A3 Kid Creole & The Coconuts* Loving You Made A Fool Out Of Me (Spanish Rap)
Producer – August Darnell
5:15
A4 Weekend A Day In The Life Of ...
Producer – Robin Millar
3:40
A5 Music From Soweto / Elfas Zondi Umkumbane
Producer – Wilbur Dlamini
2:45
A6 Brother "D"* With Collective Effort Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize
Producer – Locksley Grant, Pierre Brook
5:25
A7 Fashion White Stuff (The Unfinished)
Producer – Zeus B. Held
5:30
A8 Yello Sensation (No More Words)
Producer – Yello
3:19
A9 The Honeymoon Killers Petit Matin
Producer – Marc François
2:50
A10 Billy MacKenzie / British Electric Foundation Secret Life Of Arabia
Producer – British Electric Foundation
6:00
A11 Mari Wilson Are You There (With Another Girl)
Producer – Tony Mansfield
4:35
B1 King Sunny Adé & The African Beats* Kita Kita O Mo La
Producer – Martin Meisonnier*
4:23
B2 Ornette Coleman Sleep Talk
Producer – Ornette Coleman
3:31
B3 Robert Wyatt 'Round Midnight
Producer – Dave MacRae
4:15
B4 The Ravishing Beauties Futility
Producer – Virginia Astley
3:18
B5 The Three Courgettes* Now Dance
Producer – Dan Younger, The Three Courgettes*
1:10
B6 Rockers Revenge Featuring Donnie Calvin Walking On Sunshine
Producer – Arthur Baker
3:45
B7 Fun Boy Three The Alibi
Producer – Dave Jordan, Fun Boy Three
3:00
B8 Cabaret Voltaire Loosen The Clamp
Producer – Kirk*, Mallinder*
5:10
B9 Liaisons Dangereuses Dancibar
Producer – Gem (4)
3:05
B10 UB40 Forget The Cost
Producer – Ray Falconer*, UB40
7:18
B11 Michael Smith (6) Trainer
Producer – Dennis Bovell, Linton Kwesi-Johnson*

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Bradx

Bradx

December 28, 2014
edited over 2 years ago

Eclectic and convincing selection of across-the-board musical styles that shows just how cutting edge the NME was at the time.
More than just a weekly music paper or lifestyle accessory it was an essential resource that pointed its readership towards so many different musical styles and genres... whether you took them up on the offer was up to you but you can't say they didn't give you the opportunity. Together with the retro tapes I saw these cassette offers as a public service... they were cheap, a bargain in fact.... but the musical horizons they opened up were priceless.

These tapes literally set me off on a lifetime of discovery digging into areas that I actually had zero knowledge of before. I guess I was about 20 or 21 when this one came out.

By 1982 the UK punk/ post punk scene was just about finished and all that was happening in the mainstream was a load of crappy new romantic style/no substance bands. The US had its proto hardcore and electro scenes kicking off but the UK was moribund at the time. I was more than happy to dig the Ace/Chess/Charly back catalogue stuff that came packaged along with tapes like this.

Amazingly diverse selection of out-there musical pioneers like Ornette Coleman, Sunny Ade, Robert Wyatt and Cabaret Voltaire packaged alongside cut-above popstars of the era together with deadly stuff like Brother D, Rockers Revenge, Honeymoon Killers and Liaisons Dangereuses. This one set a very high standard indeed - and whilst you didn't expect everyone to dig every track - that wasn't really the point. It was the amount of choice that was laid out before you allowing you to pick and choose during a time when music was starting to atrophy just a little bit. Around the corner - electro, US hardcore and hip hop which lit up the next few years but at the time this tape was a searchlight in a dark field.