Monday, 11 December 2017

The A.D. Music Chillout Mix #VII

We continue our mini series "The A.D. Music Chillout Mix", with the release of Edition VII


This show is a mix of chillout music by artists on the independant music record label A.D. Music, as well as a few bonus tracks from other artists.

Listen to the show on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/whitelionradio/the-ad-music-chillout-mix-volume-vii/

The show is also available on Hearthis.at: https://hearthis.at/white-lion-radio-f7/the-ad-music-chillout-mix-vii-december-2017/

The Playlist:

Frank Borell - Piano Sky (Best Memories Mix)
Wunderfish - She Wanders Alone (Epilogue)
Sylvain Carel - Dance Of Flames
Ballademaker - Comfort Moment
Andy Pickford - Rise
Mike Oldfield - Sentinel (Single Restructure)
Frank Borell - Deep Moods (Yesterday Mix)
Lord Of The Ants - Exiled
Blue Chill - New Life (Secret Garden Piano Mix)
Glenn Main - Second Rendez-Vous
Sylvain Carel - Colours Of Light
Wunderfish - Through Painted Figures (Prologue) 2
Frank Borell - Beauty Lights (Sentimental Mix)

You can find out more about the artists featured on this show by visiting the official A.D. Music website:

https://www.admusicshop.com/

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Music Of Glenn Main

White Lion Radio are proud to present a special show for you called "The Music Of Glenn Main".


Glenn Main is from Norway and was born in 1969. He started to play piano when he was just 4 years old. When he was 13 years old he held his first "electronic" concert at his scool, and ever since electronic music has been his favorite genre.

Glenn is influenced by legends like Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Shulze, Vangelis and Kitaro. He recently released an entire album of Jean Michel Jarre cover versions, approved by Jean Michel himself.

Glenn has played in lots of bands and is currently in the band Argh and he started his own recording studio in Oslo when he was 23 years old.

This show features tracks from his Jean Michel Jarre covers album, his Christmas album "Christmatronic", music recorded as a solo artist, as well as tracks with his band Argh.
Sit back and enjoy the wonderful music of a truly talented musician.

Find out more about Glenn and his music here: facebook.com/glenntronics

Listen to the show on Mixcloud here

Listen to the show on Hearthis.at here

Playlist for the show:

Argh - Dream A Dream
Glenn Main - Oxygene (Part 2)
Glenn Main - Into The Blue
Glenn Main - Souvernir De Chine
Glenn Main - Silent Night
Glenn Main - Deck The Hall
Glenn Main Ft Iselin Main - Rise To The Occasion
Glenn Main - Good King Wenceslas
Glenn Main - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Glenn Main - Magnetic Fields (Part 2)
Glenn Main - Deep Within
Glenn Main - Oxygene (Part 4)
Argh - Wonderful Life

Thursday, 30 November 2017

White Lion Radio's Top 30 Classic Albums Of The 80s & Late 70s

So after a month looking back at classic albums released in the 80s and a few from the late 70s we have the definitive Top 30 Classic albums as rated by White Lion Radio.

A reminder how we arrived at these scores, every track on the albums rated as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). If albums are tied then they are rated by the number of tracks that got the top score of 3, if still level after that we count the number of tracks that got 2, sounds more complicated than the scoring system for the Eurovision Song Contest!! It's not believe me and it is an excellent way to accurately review an album.

Without further a do, here is our Top 30


1. Gary Numan - Telekon (83 Points)
2. Ultravox - Vienna (81 Points)
3. New Order - Power Corruption & Lies (79 Points)
4. OMD - Architecture & Morality (77 Points)
5. The Human League - Travelogue (77 Points)
6. Joy Division - Closer (77 Points)
7. Talk Talk - The Party's Over (77 Points)
8. The Human League - Dare (76 Points)
9. Tubeway Army - Replicas (76 Points)
10. Kraftwerk - Computer World (76 Points)
11. Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell (75 Points)
12. ABC - The Lexicon Of Love (73 Points)
13. Pet Shop Boys - Please (73 Points)
14. Yazoo - Upstairs At Eric's (70 Points)
15. Ultravox - Systems Of Romance (70 Points)
16. Heaven 17 - The Luxury Gap (70 Points)
17. A-Ha - Hunting High And Low (70 Points)
18. Duran Duran - Rio (70 Points)
19. Silicon Teens - Music For Parties (69 Points)
20. Erasure - Wonderland (69 Points)
21. Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) (67 Points)
22. John Foxx - Metamatic (66 Points)
23. China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection (66 Points)
24. Blancmange - Happy Families (66 Points)
25. Tears For Fears - The Hurting (63 Points)
26. Soft Cell - Non Stop Erotic Cabaret (63 Points)
27. David Bowie - Scary Monsters (60 Points)
28. Visage - Visage (60 Points)
29. Thompson Twins - Quick Step & Side Kick (53 Points)
30. Roxy Music - Avalon (50 Points)

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 30

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


So here we are with the final classic album, under the microscope, this month, on White Lion Radio. We finish this trip down memory lane with the Soft Cell album "Non Stop Erotic Cabaret".
What an enigma Soft Cell were, they recorded some truly classic tracks before they imploded and this album was a big favourite of mine when it was released, although there were tracks I wasn't keen on and we will come to those shortly.

I'm sure I don't need to tell you, that their breakthrough came with their cover version of "Tainted Love", I bought the 12 inch single and loved the way they mixed "Where Did Our Love Go" into "Tainted Love", the B Side, which was a dub version I never liked and still don't, listening to it, it makes me feel queasy!!!

"Tainted Love" is one of THE classic 80s tracks. It was released in the summer of 1981 and hit the top spot in the UK Singles chart.

The album was released in November 1981 as was the single "Bedsitter", my favourite Soft Cell song, pure brilliance, I also like the B Side "Facility Girls", again I bought the 12 inch single which is fantastic, with both tracks receiving the extended treatment. "Bedsitter" 12 Inch is my 2nd favourite 12 inch single of all time. Once again this did well in the charts and reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.

The final single released off the album, is probably the greatest ever synth ballad, "Say Hello Wave Goodbye", released in January 1982, again I went for the 12 inch version and to this day I am undecided about the 12 Inch Mix, but that takes nothing away from the fact that this is a superb track, which peaked at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

Back to the album, they definitely picked the best tracks as single releases, however, some of the other tracks haven't aged that well and I do find it a difficult album to listen too these days. I certainly liked it more in the 80s than I do now.

Our track recommendations for this album, are, not surprisingly, "Bedsitter", "Tainted Love" and "Say Hello Wave Goodbye", with a special mention for the track "Sex Dwarf", if there was one word to sum up that track, it would be "fun". There are 2 tracks on this album that I don't like, never have, and they are "Frustration" and "Seedy Films".

If you grew up in the 80s I'm sure you will have this album in your collection.

Our overall rating for this album is 63/100

I will post the Top 30 list shortly when I have compiled it  

The album is available from Amazon with bonus tracks for under £6 here

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 29

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope, is "Upstairs At Eric's" by Yazoo. I was quite disappointed when Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode after the "Speak & Spell" album and was certainly intrigued, by what he intended to do next.

He formed Yazoo with Alison Moyet and their first single was "Only You" released in March 1982 and I bought it without hesitation and what a fantastic song it was. He apparently offered the track to Depeche Mode when he left the group as a gift! I'm so glad that didn't happen, it certainly showed how good he was/is at writing well crafted pop tunes.

"Only You" reached number 2 in the UK Singles chart in 1982, they follow up that classic with another brilliant synthpop dance track "Don't Go" in July 1982, the 12 Inch Version is one of my all time favourite 80s 12 inch singles. The track made number 3 in the UK Singles chart.

I couldn't wait to hear the album, at this time in my life I was living in a grubby bedsit and the only real possession I had was my record player, the album and the singles were played to death on it! What an album and a very important album for me at that time in my life.

The album was released in August 1982 and reached Number 2 in the UK Albums Chart, it deserved to get to number 1.

A third single was released off the album, "Situation", which was released in July, just before the album came out, but was only available in the United States and Canada, it soon became a popular import, I got the 12 Inch from HMV in Manchester, the money that place made out of me!

This album provided a big part of the soundtrack of my life, during the 80s and I was so disappointed that they were to make only one more album, I also love "You And Me Both", another superb album with a collection of wonderful Synthpop tunes.

To this day I consider Vince Clarke to be one of the greatest songwriters this country has ever seen, he is a genius.

Our track recommendations for this album, are, "Don't Go", "Only You", "Too Pieces", "Bad Connection" and "Goodbye 70s". There is only one track I dislike and that is the awful "I Before E Except After C", why that was included on the album I will never know, I think Vince was playing a practical joke on us!

An album that deserves the right to be called a "Classic", another timeless masterpiece, surely you have this album in your collection??

Our overall rating for this album is 70/100

The album is available from Amazon for just over £5 here

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 28

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope, is "Quick Step & Side Kick" by The Thompson Twins. I first heard the album at a friends house and really liked it, so I bought the album on cassette initially, as that included a wealth of bonus tracks. I always felt this band didn't get the recognition they deserved, despite some excellent releases in the 80s.

The first single to be released off the album was the track "Lies" in October 1982 and it didn't set the world on fire as it only reached number 67 in the UK Singles Chart. Their next single "love On Your Side", provided the big breakthrough for the band in the UK, where it reached the Top Ten in the Singles chart.

The album was released in February 1983 and was a big success, reaching number 2 in the UK Albums Chart, this was followed by the release of the brilliant single "We Are Detective", again taken off the album, it reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart. The final single released off the album was "Watching", the album version featured some vocals by Grace Jones, but these were removed from the remixed single version. It only managed to break into the Top 40, making number 33 in the UK Singles chart.

This is one of those albums I play now and again these days as I find some of the songs a bit grating, however, there was no denying this was a unique and fun album when it first came out

Our track recommendations for this album, are, "We Are Detective", "Judy Do" and "Love On Your Side". Most tracks on this album got a score of 2, however, the tracks "Kamikazi" and "All Fall Out" I just don't like at all and scored 0.

Not quite a classic 80s album for me.

Our overall rating for this album is 53/100

The album is available as a 2CD Deluxe edition from Amazon for under £8 here

Monday, 27 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 27

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope, is "Travelogue" by The Human League, one of my favourite 80s albums.This album featured Mark I of The Human League when Martyn Ware & Ian Craig Marsh were in the band, it was the bands 2nd LP, the first being "Reproduction", whilst that had some obvious highlights, such as, "Empire State Human", "Blind Youth" and "The Path Of Least Resistance", for me "Travelogue" was on another level. It was like "Metamatic" by John Foxx, unlike anything I had heard before, produced with Synthesizers and Drum Machines, years ahead of it's time.

A girl I worked with in 1980 kept banging on about The Human League and borrowed me the original "Being Boiled" 7 Inch, now considered a collectors item, to be honest I didn't really know what to make of it, then they released the "Holiday '80 EP, which was a double 7 inch single, in February 1980 and I bought it. This included a re-recorded version of their debut single "Being Boiled", even this new version didn't appeal to me, however, I loved the tracks "Marianne" and "Dancevision". The EP only received moderate success, peaking at Number 56 in the UK Singles chart.

2 months later "Travelogue" was released, it exceeded my expectations by a long way and it was on heavy rotation, much to the annoyance of my parents!! Not long after this the band went their seperate ways, with Phil Oakey continuing under the name, The Human League, a bit strange as Martyn Ware formed the band, effectively he was sacked from his own band along with Ian Craig Marsh, of course they went on to have success, as Heaven 17.

The album reached number 16 on the UK Albums chart in 1980, no actual singles were released from the album, however, the brilliant "Only After Dark" was included as a free 7 inch single with the re-release of "Empire State Human".

Another interesting fact about this album, which I only learnt today, it was co-produced by Richard Mainwaring, who then went on to produce the OMD album "Architecture & Morality"!
This is one of my most played albums over the last 40 years or so, never grow tired of listening to it and it still sounds futuristic today, an amazing piece of work.

Our track recommendations for this album, are, "The Black Hit Of Space", "WXJL Tonight (My favourite track off the album)", "Only After Dark" and "The Touchables". As you would expect there are no tracks I dislike on this masterpiece.

Interestingly, this is also one of my brother's, favourite albums of all time.

You should definitely own a copy of this album!

Our overall rating for this album is 77/100

The album is available, with a wealth of bonus tracks for under £6 from Amazon here