Jim has chosen my suggestion of Sounds, Talk, Voice, Words this week for our theme.
First up is Body Talk from 1981 by Imagination. The vid doesn’t do much for me, but I liked the record and my copy of the single had an instrumental version on the flip side.
Body Talk is the debut album by British soul/dance group Imagination, produced by Steve Jolley and Tony Swain and released in October 1981. It is one of the earliest albums of its genre to have a distinctive ‘British’ sound as opposed to being an attempt to recreate contemporary American styles.
The title track was an immediate hit, reaching No. 4 on the UK singles chart. Two further singles, “In and Out of Love” and “Flashback”, also reached the top 20. The album itself peaked at No. 20.
Body Talk proved to be an enduring album, with the tracks “So Good, So Right” and “Burnin’ Up” being cited as influential and ahead of their time (the latter has been acknowledged by Frankie Knuckles as a key track in the development of house music).
Second choice is Words by The Bee Gees.
Words is a song by the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The song reached No. 1 in Germany, Canada, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
“Words” was the Bee Gees third UK top 10 hit, reaching number 8, and in a UK television special on ITV in December 2011 it was voted fourth in “The Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Song”. The song has been recorded by many other artists, including hit versions by Rita Coolidge in 1978 and Boyzone in 1996. This was Boyzone’s fifth single and their first number-one hit in the UK.
Next is Voice of the Heart by Diana Ross, a song that doesn’t get much airplay and was track 3 on the album Take me Higher (not much else available but enjoy the song)
Finally, I could not omit this, my all time favourite which still affects me emotionally.
Enjoy Disturb’s Sound of Silence, raw power and anger. ‘Nuff said.