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14. Legendary Lauper (2014 30th anniversary 2CD edition)
on 30 April 2014
Ever since Cyndi Lauper first burst onto the scene, from this, her record-breaking 1983 debut album, to her Grammy and Tony Award-winning Broadway play "Kinky boots", her continuous work as a LGBT rights activist, as well as her current stint as a special guest on Cher's Dressed To Kill Tour, she has kept singing and dancing, with her unruly energy and nutty outfits, remaining just as strong today as she did back then. The 10 original songs on here are already familiar to those who have enjoyed them the first time around, but for new listeners who are familiar only with the hit singles, each of the songs are enjoyable in their own way. Here lies the enduring strength of this bright set of colorful numbers fusing pop, new wave, post-punk, reggae, and funk. Accompanied by Lauper's unique appearance and distinctive thin, girly voice, it helped popularize the image of punk and new wave for America and the rest of the world, influencing artists and listeners alike, and marking a whole new era for the pop landscape.
This groundbreaking album produced 4 Top 5 hits (a record for a woman at the time), earned Cyndi 2 Grammys, and went multi-platinum in many countries. To celebrate this iconic debut, this fantabulous 2-disc anniversay edition presents new remixes, live tracks, early demos and studio outtakes, and a 20-page booklet with previously unseen photos, and a brand new essay from the co-author of Cyndi's autobiography. And, to top it all off, the show-stealer is a re-usable sticker set, with vinyl cut outs of Cyndi's outfits and accessories that can be arranged on a 3D fold-out backdrop of the bedroom featured in her "Girls just wanna have fun" video! It does not matter that the new remixes sound out of touch with the original set, or that songs of that period like "Goonies" and "What a thrill" are not included. This is an exquisite package, lovingly and carefully assembled down to the last detail. It remains a benchmark of the early '80s, and it is a perfect accompaniment for every '80s-enthusiast, fun-loving, fashion-fannatic.
**** for the album
***** for this edition