“Short Stories” by Jon and Vangelis - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1980Album Chart of the Decade: 1980s

TJR says

The debut long-player from the 5-year-old London five-piece was a critical and commercial success, peaking at #4 in the UK charts, testament to the hard-work in building a following independently, the old-fashioned way. EMI had recognized the commercial potential in them largely due to the underground phenomenon that was the “new wave of British heavy metal”. On their April, 1980, debut they line-up: Paul Di'Anno (21, lead vocals), Steve Harris (24, bass, backing vocals), Dave Murray (23, guitars), Dennis Stratton (27, guitars, backing vocals) and Clive Burr (23, drums). They had finally settled on a vocalist in the last couple of years, group leader Steve Harris commenting: “There's sort of a quality in Paul's voice, a raspiness in his voice, or whatever you want to call it, that just gave it this great edge.” Fans favourites “Running Free”, “Transylvania”, “Phantom Of The Opera” and “Sanctuary” were included in the set, the first of which was released as the album's lead (and sole) single in February, 1980, giving them a #34 hit in the pop chart. There are no punk concessions a la Motorhead here, in fact Harris despises Punk. I'm staring him down.

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A1 [06:32] 5.0.png Jon and Vangelis - Curious Electric (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Prog
A2 [03:20] 2.6.png Jon and Vangelis - Each And Everyday (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Songwriter
A3 [01:46] 3.2.png Jon and Vangelis - Bird Song (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Songwriter
A4 [05:11] 3.6.png Jon and Vangelis - I Hear You Now (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Pop Ballad
A5 [04:30] 4.2.png Jon and Vangelis - The Road (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Songwriter
B1 [02:20] 5.6.png Jon and Vangelis - Far Away In Baagad (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Prog
B2 [05:46] 3.6.png Jon and Vangelis - Love Is (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Songwriter
B3 [06:14] 3.0.png Jon and Vangelis - One More Time (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Songwriter
B4 [02:13] 4.3.png Jon and Vangelis - Thunder (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Prog
B5 [07:01] 3.4.png Jon and Vangelis - A Play Within A Play (Evangelos Papathanassiou, John Anderson) Prog

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