As featured on the Classic 80s Album- Silk & Steel
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Synchronicity- The Police (1983)
Synchronicity is the fifth and final studio album by English rock band the Police, released in the United Kingdom on 17 June 1983. The band's most successful release, the album includes the hit singles "Every Breath You Take", "King of Pain", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", and "Synchronicity II". The album's title and much of the material for the songs were inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Roots of Coincidence. At the 1984 Grammy Awards the album was nominated for a total of five awards including Album of the Year and won three. At the time of its release and following its tour the Police were hailed as the "Biggest Band in the World".
The album reached number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the U.S. Billboard 200, and sold over 8 million copies in the U.S. Synchronicity was widely acclaimed by critics. Praise centred on its cohesive merging of disparate genres and sonic experimentation. Rolling Stone described "each cut on Synchronicity [as] not simply a song but a miniature, discrete soundtrack". It has since been included on their lists of the "100 Best Albums of the Eighties" and the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
In 2009, Synchronicity was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In the 1983 Rolling Stone readers poll, Synchronicity was voted "Album of the Year".
Not a fan of The Police but you cannot mistake the quality of the songs and the writing. 6/10
|2.||"Walking in Your Footsteps"||Sting||3:36|
|3.||"O My God"||Sting||4:02|
|5.||"Miss Gradenko"||Stewart Copeland||2:00|
|7.||"Every Breath You Take"||Sting||4:13|
|8.||"King of Pain"||Sting||4:59|
|9.||"Wrapped Around Your Finger"||Sting||5:13|
|10.||"Tea in the Sahara"||Sting||4:11|
|11.||"Murder by Numbers" (Released on cassette and CD versions but not vinyl)||Summers, Sting||4:36|
Make It Big- Wham! (1984)
Make It Big is the second and final studio album from British pop duo Wham!, released in 1984. It was mostly recorded at Studio Miraval in Southern France to escape the press and enable George Michael to work peacefully and mixed at Good Earth Studios in London and Marcadet Studios in Paris. In comparison to their earlier work, the duo had more control over the album's production, as George Michael became the sole credited producer, a position he would subsequently hold on all future releases until the group split in 1986. The album was a critical and commercial success, hitting number one in both the UK and the US and spawning four singles, all topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Outside the US, "Careless Whisper" was credited as a George Michael solo effort upon its release as a single, while "Everything She Wants" was released as a double A-side with "Last Christmas" which would later appear on the following album Music from the Edge of Heaven.
It was certified 6× Platinum in the US within weeks of the album's tenth anniversary.
To date, the album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
A perfect album, from the perfect band of the 80s, Wham! 10/10
|1.||"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"||George Michael||3:50|
|2.||"Everything She Wants"||Michael||5:01|
|4.||"Like a Baby"||Michael||4:12|
|6.||"If You Were There"||3:38|
|7.||"Credit Card Baby"||Michael||5:08|
Brookside is a British soap opera set in Liverpool, England. The series began on the launch night of Channel 4 on 2 November 1982, and ran for 21 years until 4 November 2003. Originally intended to be called Meadowcroft, the series was produced by Lime Pictures (then Mersey Television) and it was conceived by Phil Redmond who also devised Grange Hill (1978–2008) and Hollyoaks (1995–present).
Brookside became very successful and was often Channel 4's highest rated programme for a number of years in the mid-1980s and with audiences regularly in excess of nine million viewers. It is notable for realistic and socially challenging storylines. From the mid-1990s it began raising more controversial subjects under the guidance of new producers such as Mal Young and Paul Marquess. It is especially well known for broadcasting the first pre-watershed kiss on British television in 1994, as well as a powerful domestic abuse storyline resulting in murder. In 1996, the series experienced an extreme backlash from viewers when it featured a hugely controversial storyline of a consensual sexual relationship between two sibling characters.
Although the series had a long and successful run, by 2000 its viewing figures were in terminal decline and low ratings eventually led to its cancellation in June 2003. The final episode was broadcast on 4 November 2003 and was watched by around two million viewers.
The first episode of Brookside was repeated as part of Channel 4 at 25 on 1 October 2007. The episode aired on More4 in a season of celebratory Channel 4 programmes to mark the channel's first quarter-century. Several classic episodes have also been available to view on 4oD, an online service, since 2009.
After years of campaigning by fans led by Lee Brady, a special DVD was released in November 2012, just over 30 years after the series originally began, titled Brookside Most Memorable Moments. It features clips and episodes from the programme's 21-year history.
Loved this show, stunning acting from a superb cast, just terrific. 9/10