Archive for June, 2013

12. Wayne Wonder – You Send The Rain Away

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Following on from Jean Adebambo’s beautiful singing in post #11, here is Wayne Wonder doing his best to massacre Rebbie Jackson and Robin Zander’s 1986 song, You Send The Rain Away.

Can’t say the original does much for me, and neither does Wayne Wonder’s cover from 1989 on Lloyd Dennis’s Pickout Records label. It’s a shame because the version on the B-side is a stomping digital cut interspersed with orchestral synth stabs which could be great if accompanied by a suitable vocal. I’ll just have to keep a lookout for other Pickout versions.

Wayne Wonder - You Send The Rain Away (Pickout, 1989)

Wayne Wonder - Version (Pickout , 1989)

 

11. Jean Adebambo – Irie Feeling

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Back after a period of not being able to record vinyl.

This is a lovers rock Sleng Teng. Jean Adebambo recorded a string of singles and two albums in the early ’80s, largely on her own label, Ade J. I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of lovers rock, despite it’s recent revival, but despite that I actually quite like this tune. Like Smiley Culture’s Try A Ting, this is clearly performed by a full band giving it a mellower sound than most versions. And Jean Adebambo has a great voice, with nicely layered vocals throughout the song. The song featured on the 1985 album Off Key Loving and later appeared as a B-side to the single All The Way in 1987.

Jean Adebambo - Irie Feeling (Ade J., 1987)