Always (2CD Expanded Edition) CD
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Hazell Dean s classic 1988 album "Always" is given a long-awaited Deluxe Edition reissue on Cherry Pop. Produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, Ian Levine, Trevor Vallis, Pete Hammond and Pete Ware, "Always" features a host of classic SAW singles Who s Leaving Who? (#4), a cover of Anne Murray s 1986 single, Maybe (We Should Call It A Day) (#15), Turn It Into Love (#21), originally an album track and subsequently a Japanese #1 for Kylie Minogue, plus the dancefloor favourites They Say It s Gonna Rain and Always Doesn t Mean Forever . Digitally re-mastered direct from master tapes held at the PWL, Abbey Road and Capitol Records archives, this Deluxe Edition brings together the original nine-track album with no less than 20 bonus tracks across two CDs. Added to the album and available on CD for the very first time are two sought-after 1986 singles: Stand Up , a Stock Aitken Waterman reworking of Umberto Tozzi s Hurrah , and E.S.P. (Extra Sensual Persuasion) , a cover of Millie Jackson s 1983 single. Bonus tracks also include rare B-sides, the 1987 U.S. 7" remix of the 1985 hit No Fool (For Love) , the original Dutch-only single version of Walk In My Shoes and many mixes previously unreleased in the UK or only available on vinyl. The extensive booklet also features additional photos, a fully illustrated discography and recording data, full lyrics and an exclusive track-by-track commentary written for this release by Hazell herself. The definitive doyenne of the Hi-NRG scene, Essex-born Hazell Dean found mainstream success in 1984 with the #6 hit Searchin (Gotta Find A Man) on the Proto label. The Stock Aitken Waterman-produced follow-up, Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go) , reached #4, giving the Hit Factory team their first Top Ten single and marking the beginning of a partnership with Hazell which continued until 1991. After the release of her 1985 album "Heart First", Hazell signed with EMI and a succession of releases over the next three years culminated with "Always", widely regarded as her best work. In the years since, Hazell has continued to write, produce and record, recently revisiting They Say It s Gonna Rain on Energise Records, as well as maintaining her profile as an evergreen club performer. This Deluxe Edition of "Always" follows the popular reissue of Hazell s "Heart First" and many other PWL-related titles on Cherry Pop, including Mel & Kim, Sinitta, Haywoode, Sonia, Big Fun, Brother Beyond, Pepsi & Shirlie and O chi Brown.
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As with some other CD releases from Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced acts, the original CD issue of `Always' presented some of the singles in their radio versions and some as extended mixes. This deluxe edition presents the original album as a collection of single versions and album tracks, moving the remixes and extended versions to disc 2 or as bonuses on disc 1. This works well, and the first nine tracks are a dynamic reminder of just how good S/A/W albums could be. It's a treat for the fans too, as this is the first time a number of the single versions have been made available on CD.
The bonus tracks are well-selected. Among the highlights are an edit of `No Fool (For Love)', two rare remixes of `Turn it Into Love' and b-sides. Oddly though, whilst all of the commercially released remixes from the singles `Who's Leaving Who' and `Maybe' are present and correct, the original extended mix of `Turn it into Love' is missing - meaning that you'll have to track down the CD single to hear it. It's a little frustrating as some of the remixes here have been widely available on CD for some time.
Overall this is one of the best reissues Cherry Pop have released.Read more ›
On playing this CD the opening bars of "Who's Leaving Who" immediately took me back to '88 in the blink of a (slightly misty) eye and I remembered why I enjoyed it so much the first time I heard it.
Hazell's album "Always" was a little unusual in that it collected together some of the singles she had released over the previous few years, together with some new songs. Several of these were presented on the original album in the 12" Extended version, even on the LP version, though as was commonplace at the time the CD and cassette had more tracks on.
This expanded edition instead uses the 7" versions of the songs as the basis for the album, covering the first 9 tracks on CD1. This is an improvement as each song is shorter and can be enjoyed as a collection of rather fabulous pop/dance tracks rather than long SAW extended mixes, building up from drum program with each element of the track being layered on top. Naturally all the 12" versions on the original album are here as bonus tracks, with a lot more besides.
We are treated to several B-sides and remixes, one of which (a 12" mix of "Turn It Into Love") is previously unreleased, in addition to the remastered original album. The remaining singles (such as "Stand Up" and "E.S.P.") which were not included on the first release are also included here, making it more of a complete album. The attractive booklet even has liner notes written by Hazell herself to accompany the release.Read more ›
Every now and then a release comes along that is genuinely exciting and gives the fans what they want. This is one of those times. The original CD of "Always" had a mixture of 12" versions and 7" versions, but on this double CD we now get the single versions and then the bonus tracks are the 12" versions and alternative mixes. So for the first time on CD we have the 7" versions of "Always Doesn't Mean Forever" & "Maybe (We Should Call It A Day)". Plus on bonus tracks we get the 7" Murray Mix of "No Fool (For Love)" and 7" & 12" mixes of "Stand Up" & "E.S.P. (Extra Sensual Persuasion)". We also get "Walk In My Shoes (Nightmare Mix)" which was only previously on a 12" single in Holland, and the B-Sides "Can't Get You Out Of My Mind", "Love Ends, Love Parts" and "Image In The Mirror". As if that isn't enough, there are also two 12" mixes of "Turn It Into Love" here for the first time, a house mix from the U.S. 12" and an unreleased Dave Ford mix. So the only track I can see missing that I would have expected to be here is the original 12" mix of "Turn It Into Love", but that is to be included on the forthcoming (at the time of writing this) Evergreen: The Very Best of Hazell Dean. With the original 7", 12", and Remix 12" mixes of "They Say It's Gonna Rain", "Maybe (We Should Call It a Day)" & "Who's Leaving Who", we are totally spoilt. This release is worth more than 5 stars and is how a reissue should be done.
UPDATE: I finally received my copy in the post today, 14 May 2012. WOW!! What a FANTASTIC product!!! It plays 100% and all the details are so awesome! I really love the previously unreleased 12" ALTERNATIVE mix of Turn it into love. By FAR my favourate PWL DELUXE release so far and it will be a tough one to beat! Nobody should be disappointed if they buy this brilliant collection.
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I have just received this cd for the third time. Has anyone had any problems with it? As it won't play. Never had any problems with any other cd from amazon. Read morePublished 13 months ago by trevor batley
hinrg at its best from the legend herself buy hazells new album from energise records if you like hazell its fab cant wait for the next new albumPublished on 26 April 2014 by paul spence
The second time it appeared on cd but this time as double cd.
With lots of remixes, simple the best.
HAZELL DEAN is the undisputed queen of HI-NRG/Eurobeat dance music. During the mid to late 1980's she had a stream of International club & chart smashes including "Evergreen" "Walk... Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2012 by Neil B
Great to see the re-release of this classic album. Another lost gem from Cherry Pop, along with Pepsi & Shirlie, Sinitta and the fantastic, but under-rated Mandy Smith. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2012 by Andie
Simply marvellous! A lovely lady, a powerhouse and greatly remembered evry day! By her legions of fans worldwide, superb release! Read morePublished on 27 July 2012 by Tropical Blue Sky Thinker