Showing posts with label Randy Crawford. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Randy Crawford. Show all posts

Monday, 14 December 2009

Knockin' on heaven's door - Randy Crawford

'Knockin' on heaven's door' was written by Bob Dylan for the soundtrack of the 1973 movie 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid'. The song describes the feelings and impressions of a dying deputy.

Eric Clapton recorded a version of the song in June 1975 and released it as a single later that year. The song was not included on a full-length album until the release of the 1982 compilation 'Time pieces: The best of Eric Clapton'. In 1989, Clapton and David Sanborn backed singer Randy Crawford in a new version, which was recorded for the soundtrack of the movie 'Lethal Weapon 2'. This version reached number 10 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 1110
Found: Melody Maker, Den Haag, November 17, 1989
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'Knockin' on heaven's door' / 'Medley: The Shipyard / Knockin' on heaven's door'

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

One day I'll fly away - Randy Crawford

Randy Crawford left the Crusaders in 1979 and started a solo career. It took off right away with this single, the beautiful ballad 'One day I'll fly away'. I remember it became a chart tip on the Dutch broadcaster TROS, played every hour on the radio. At the end of the day I wished she would really fly away.

The single reached number 2 in the UK singles chart and number 1 in the Dutch Top 40 in the autumn on 1980.

My collection: 7" single no. 822
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, May 13, 1989
Cost: 1 guilders
Tracks: 'One day I'll fly away' / 'Last night at danceland'

Thursday, 6 August 2009

You might need somebody - Randy Crawford

So I'm going to do something I've never done on this blog before: a series of postings. A chronological listing of all that I've bought in London during my one day shopping spree - a series of posts that will take me a few days actually.

I came into London by plane, taking the train from Gatwick to Victoria and then went to Ealing Broadway to check out the Oxfam music shop. It was a disappointment: they only had some second hand cd's and lp's, no singles at all. So I went back. My first successful visit was in Notting Hill Gate, in the 'Soul and Dance Exchange'. I never went there before but they had a nice amount of singles there. My first catch: 'You might need somebody' by Randy Crawford, a hit for her 1981, peaking at number 11 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 3923
Found: Record Exchange, London, August 5, 2009
Cost: 50p
Tracks: 'You might need somebody' / 'You bring the sun out'

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Diamante - Zucchero with Randy Crawford

The original version of 'Diamante' appeared on Zucchero 'Sugar' Fornaciari's 1989 album 'Oro incenso e birra', released first in Italy and then in the rest of Europe. The album also contained the hits 'Overdose (d'Amore)', 'Il mare' and 'Wonderful world'. A year later, Zucchero started conquering the English-speaking world with his first album in that language. The duet with Paul Young, 'Senza una donna', is still one of his biggest hits. This version of Diamante, recorded with Randy Crawford, was a less successful single and didn't appear on any album until 'Zu & Co' was released in 2004. It was included in a special edition of that album.

I bought this single because I knew the original song in Italian. The English version is equally beautiful, but contrary to the Italian version, I can understand the words...

My collection: 7" single no. 1572
Found: Melody Maker, Den Haag, January 18, 1992
Cost: 6,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Diamante (with Randy Crawford)' / 'Diamante'
Download: here
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