- Audio CD (6 April 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Cherry Pop
- ASIN: B00CI5MZ12
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,058 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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THE WEATHER GIRLS were Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes. The duo started out in the gospel group NOW (News of the World) before becoming backup singers with Sylvester in the late seventies. They were then named TWO TONS OF FUN and had a run of Disco hits on the Fantasy label. The group then signed with Columbia Records and changed their name to The Weather Girls in 1982. The newly named duo s first single IT'S RAINING MEN was quickly a massive club hit in the US, topping the Dance/Disco chart in 1982. Their debut album SUCCESS featured the hit single and was a US chart hit. Despite only being a minor pop hit at home, IT S RAINING MEN became an international hit and eventually made number 2 in the UK in 1984. Since then it has become a massive anthem. SUCCESS also featured the hit title track and I M GONNA WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUTA MY HAIR which were also successful dance singles. The album demonstrated how strong the women's voices were and exploited their gospel roots.
Top customer reviews
I know a lot of work goes into making these reissues possible, and that sometimes, original master tapes can't be found. That's understandable. However, removing clicks and pops is an easy thing to do, so there's no excuse to release a classic album without cleaning it up a little.
It's a shame because many of the Cherry Pop reissues sound great. This just isn't one of them. I expect more from a reissue marketed as "digitally remastered", that's all.
The album opens with the vibrant track Success where the two contrasting voices of the girls come over most distinctly. Hungry For Love is a funky mid-tempo song, whilst Dear Santa starts out as a slow Christmas ballad with soulful vocals before the fast Hi-NRG beat kicks in.
Hope is an uplifting song with some impressive vocals. The real appeal of the album lies however in the closing tracks It's Raining Men, a camp classic with a pulsating beat and I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, a festive number with a catchy tune and foot tapping rhythms. Fans of 1980s dance music will love this album.
Most recent customer reviews
A nice little addition for those who like original and alternative versions of songs. The original classic versions are all here with added extras. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by P. James