Saturday, 15 November 2008

Fool's paradise - Rosie Vela

A lot of the records I've bought have been second hand. It's usually the only way to get hold of rare old singles. The second hand market is full of great finds. Having discovered Rosie Vela in 1989, three years after she released her album 'Zazu' on A&M records, I was very glad when I found the 12" single of 'Fool's paradise' somewhere in the 1990's. Unfortunately, as you can see, it was far from a pristine copy. It lay in a Record Exchange in London for only 30p, and despite its desperate state, I had to buy it. Not only for the remarkable sleeve (which you'll agree is pretty beautiful if you ignore the wear and tear), but also for the exclusive 'new 12" version' that was on the B-side of this record. The A-side consisted of the album tracks 'Fool's paradise' and 'Interlude'.

Rosie Vela was a model who got into singing and had the amazing good luck to have her debut album produced by Steely Dan's Gary Katz, with musical contributions by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker - five years after Steely Dan disbanded. 'Fool's paradise' was the third and last single to be released from 'Zazu', and like its predecessor ('Interlude') didn't reach the charts anywhere in the world. Rosie remains best known for her debut single 'Magic smile'.

My collection: 12" single no. 284
Found: Record exchange, London
Cost: 30p
Tracks: 'Fool's paradise', 'Interlude' / 'Fool's paradise (new 12" mix)
Download: here

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