Showing posts with label Mari Wilson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mari Wilson. Show all posts

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Let's make this last - Mari Wilson

Released in 1984, 'Let's make this last' was the first of many Mari Wilson singles that failed to chart. Until then, most of her singles had charted in the UK - although many of them only made it to lower positions - but starting with this single, she never charted again.

So what happened? It's not that this was a bad song. Tony Mansfield produced this single, and he had been responsible for many interesting sounds in the early Eighties, with a.o. New Musik and even the debut single by A-ha.

My collection: 7" single no. 5415
Found: unknown
Tracks: 'Let's make this last' / 'Let's make this last (Stereo shift mix)'

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Beat the beat - Mari Wilson

Released in February 1982, 'Beat the beat' was the first single by Mari Wilson to reach the UK singles chart. It peaked at number 59, which was not a very impressive placing, but it was only a taster of the bigger success to come.

The single was packaged in a Fifties style sleeve with a short blurb by Rex Luxore from Mari's record company, The Compact Organization. According to him, the 'lilting tune is courted by Mari with all the loving care with which a great ballerina perfects a dancing step.'

My collection: 7" single no. 4674
Found: All that music, Leiden, March 13, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Beat the beat' / 'Glamourpuss'

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

The rhythm - Mari Wilson

Mari Wilson disappeared from the music scene for five years, until she returned in 1991 with the album 'The Rhythm Romance'. The first single was 'The rhythm', recorded with Rumba Tres.

The song sounds very different from her material circa 1984, when she was going for a Fifties/Sixties sound. This is a sunny, energetic track which, if anything, sounds more like an Eighties production. The single did not chart in the UK or anywhere else.

My collection: 7" single no. 4321
Found: Chelsea Records, Antwerpen, December 1, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'The rhythm' / 'Someone to watch over me'

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Wonderful - Mari Wilson with the Wilsations

Although Mari Wilson recorded most of her singles circa 1983 with her band the Wilsations (and also performed live with them), this is the only single which is actually credited to 'Mari Wilson with the Wilsations'.

Produced by Tony Mansfield, this single managed to reach number 47 in the UK singles chart, and it was also her last single to reach that chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 4298
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 21, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Wonderful' / 'I may be wrong'

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Ain't that peculiar - Mari Wilson

'Ain't that peculiar' was the last single by Mari Wilson to reach the UK singles chart, although it only managed to scrape in at number 78. She'd let go of her Fifties look on the single's sleeve, and the track itself sounded a bit more modern as well.

I didn't know the track when I bought this single, but I've bought quite a few Mari Wilson singles this year and they have not disappointed. Including this one.

My collection: 7" single no. 4297
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 21, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Ain't that peculiar' / 'The maximum damage'

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Beware boyfriend - Mari Wilson

After Mari Wilson reached the UK top 10 with 'Just what I always wanted', the next single was this one, 'Beware boyfriend', released in a limited edition with a free postcard. The sleeve photograph was taken by Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn, who was becoming one of the hottest photographers of the year, with his work for Joy Division, Kim Wilde and many others.

This single did not follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, stalling at number 51 in the UK singles chart. It was the last of nine singles I found on the first floor of the Notting Hill Gate branch of the Music & Video Exchange on August 5.

My collection: 7" single no. 3974
Found: Record Exchange, London, August 5, 2009
Cost: 3 pounds
Tracks: 'Beware boyfriend' / 'It's happening'

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Baby it's true - Mari Wilson

Mari Wilson scored her second UK hit with 'Baby it's true' in 1982. The single peaked at number 42. The single was even played on Dutch radio, but that didn't give her a hit in this country. Like all of Mari Wilson's singles from around this time, the track evokes images of the Fifties and Sixties, with big hair and big bands.

The funny thing is, although I remember this track well, I have totally forgotten about it. The mind is a jukebox but sometimes needs a kick to get started.

My collection: 7" single no. 3774
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, June 20, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Baby it's true' / 'You look so good'

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Cry me a river - Mari Wilson

'Cry me a river' was written by Arthur Hamilton in 1953. It was orginally meant as a song for Ella Fitzgerald in the movie 'Pete Kelly's Blues' (1955). The record producer insisted that Hamilton would remove the word 'plebeian' in the lyric since 'audiences wouldn't accept a black woman in the '20s using that word.' Hamilton refused, and the song was dropped. The song's first release and most famous recording was by actress/singer Julie London in 1955.

Mari Wilson recorded her version in 1983, to be used in the crime drama series McCallum. It was her last UK top 40 hit, peaking at number 27.

My collection: 7" single no. 3607
Found: Record fair, Rijswijk, March 14, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Cry me a river' / 'Rave'

Friday, 9 January 2009

Just what I always wanted - Mari Wilson

Mari Wilson appeared on the scene in the early eighties with her skyscraper beehive hairdo, a strange sense of (retro-inspired) fashion and a fully choreographed twelve piece band. Her live shows were very entertaining and this is how she claimed her fame. In 1982, she had her biggest hit with this single, 'Just what I always wanted', which peaked at number eight in the UK singles chart.

I vaguely remembered Mari Wilson, so I took a gamble when I bought this single. But the gamble paid off: it is a great pop song. I wonder why I didn't remember this one...

My collection: 7" single no. 3539
Found: Empire Records, Den Haag, January 9, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Just what I always wanted' / 'Woe, woe, woe'
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