суббота, 6 августа 2011 г.

''Charlie'' 4 Albums Cardboard Sleeve
(Air Mail Archive Japan / 24 Bit Remaster 2011)





1976 Fantasy Girls 
 (Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1617)
1977 No Second Chance 
(Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1618)
1978 Lines 
(Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1619)
1979 Fight Dirty 
(Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1620)



Air Mail Recordings
2011Air Mail Archive Remastered / Reissue / CD
Comes in a CD-sized papersleeve album replica
With obi-strip and insert of notes mostly in Japanese.
Жанр: Rock / Pop Rock
Формат: FLAC / Level 8 (img + *cue + log, AccurateRip)
Качество: lossless
Covers: format PNG 300dpi, full scans
Total Time: 02:57:01

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Информация: Castle Rock
Несмотря на то, что все участники Charlie - англичане и появилась группа в Британии, ее часто по ошибке называют американской командой, так как куда большую известность, нежели на родине, она имела именно в США. Образовалась Charlie в 1971 году в следующем составе: вокалист/гитарист Терри Томас (Terry Thomas), второй гитарист Мартин Смит (Martin Smith), басист Рэи Баллок (Ray Bulloch) и ударник Никко МакБрэйн (Nikko McBrane). Двое последних скоро ушли и их места заняли басист Джон Андерсон (John Anderson) и барабанщик Стив Гэдд (Steve Gadd). Изначально группу назвали Charlie Cuckoo, но потом сократили название до Charlie. Отыграв бесчисленное количество концертов по лондонским клубам, к 73-му группа добилась контракта с компанией "Decca Records", выпустившей первый сингл Charlie "I Need Your Love". Однако первая полнометражная пластинка "Fantasy Girls" увидела свет лишь три года спустя и уже под маркой американкой фирмы "Columbia". Альбом получил отличные оценки критиков, а в последующем британском туре Charlie посчастливилось играть вместе с The Who и Bad Company. В турне, организованном в поддержку второго альбома "No Second Chance", группа уже выступала в главной роли. Между тем, в США альбом попал в сотню самых популярных пластинок (75-е место в хит-параде “Billboard"), а композиция "Johnny Came Back" - в пятерку самых прокручиваемых в радио-эфире. Как следствие - турне в Америке на разогреве у The Doobie Brothers, а затем серия клубных хэдлайн-концертов. К этому времени в составе Charlie произошли некоторые изменения. На место Мартина Смита пришел Юджин Ор-ган (Eugene Organ), новым барабанщиком стал Шеп Лонсдейл (Shep Lonsdale), и также был взят клавишник Джулиан Колбек (Julian Colbeck). Программу нового альбома "Lines" обкатывали в турах со Styx, BTO и Alice Cooper/The Kinks. В штатовском хит-параде пластинка уже поднялась до 57 места, а четвертая работа группы - "Fight Dirty" достиг сороковой строчки чарта - самое лучшее достижение Charlie. После этого в группе начались проблемы, что было отражено даже в названии очередного диска "Here Comes Trouble". Начались конфликты с начальством компаний (с 79-го по 83-й Charlie сменили три фирмы!), ушел вначале Лонсдейл, а затем Колбек и Орган. Освободившиеся места заняли гитарист/вокалист Джон Верити (John Verity, ex-Argent, Phoenix) и барабанщик Боб Хенрит (Bob Henrit). Это не спасло альбом "Good Morning America" от провала. От Charlie отказалась очередная фирма (RCA) и ушел Верити, на место которого взяли бывшего вокалиста Backstreet Crawle Терри Слессера (Terry Slesser). Изрядно пошатнувшуюся репутацию группы несколько выправил альбом 1983 года "Charlie", который с трудом дотянул до 137 места "Billboard" и сингл "It's Inevitable", попавший даже на 37-ю строчку хит-парада. Но было ясно, что дни Charlie сочтены. Следующий альбом - "In Pursuit Of Romance", вышедший два года спустя, оказался последним. После распада Charlie Гэдд завербовался в Iron Maiden в качестве барабанного техника, Хенрит присоединился к The Kinks, Смит собрал группу Woody Woodmansey's U-Boat , а потом ушел в Electric Light Orchestra. Томас сделал неплохую карьеру продюсера (среди его клиентов - Bad Company, Foreigner, Tesla и др.), а Верити занялся сольной карьерой, после чего тоже подался в продюсеры, но с менее успешным результатом.


en.wikipedia.org
Charlie was a British rock band that was formed in 1971 by singer/songwriter Terry Thomas. The group was most active as a recording unit from the mid-1970s through 1986. Charlie never charted in their home country, but had four minor hits in the US: 1977's "Turning To You"; 1978's "She Loves to Be In Love"; 1979's "Killer Cut" and 1983's "It's Inevitable".


Allmusic / Biography by Heather Phares
The jazz-inflected, London-based group Charlie was as well known for the sexy babes on their album covers as they were for their close, smooth harmonies and slick, catchy singles like "Turning" and "Watching TV." The band's core lineup consisted of vocalist/guitarist Terry Thomas (who had also been in a band with Free and Bad Company's Simon Kirke), bassist/vocalist John Anderson (formerly of Axe), and drummer Steve Gadd, and a wide array of supporting players, including keyboardist Julian Colbeck, guitarist Martin Smith, auxiliary drummer Shep Lonsdale, and former Argent members Bob Henrit and John Verity. Their radio-friendly sound debuted in 1976 with Fantasy Girls and the group managed a steady stream of moderate FM hits in the U.S. and the U.K., including 1978's "Killer Cut" and "She Loves to Be in Love." However, Charlie's biggest success came with the 1983 hit "It's Inevitable," which received considerable airplay from MTV and was featured on their self-titled seventh album. Despite the added prominence this single and tours with the Doobie Brothers, Styx, BTO, and the Kinks brought them, the group remained primarily a cult favorite for their nearly decade-long career. Charlie's swan song came in with In Pursuit of Romance, which featured Thomas as the only original member.


Websitecharlie-music.com

1976 Fantasy Girls
Original Release: UK Polydor 2383 373 

Tracklist:

01. Fantasy Girls - 4:37
02. Miss Deluxe - 4:02
03. T.V. Dreams - 3:07
04. Prisoners - 6:00
05. First Class Traveler - 2:53
06. Greatcoat Guru - 5:13
07. Please Let Me Know - 4:03
08. Don't Let Me Down - 2:28
09. It's Your Life - 5:32
10. Summer Romances - 5:04




Original Release: Recorded / Mixed: June 1975 at Trident Studios, London UK. 
At the time of recording we all still had 'proper' jobs and so had to take a weeks vacation for the recording. We turned up at the studio expecting to meet Roy Thomas Baker (Queen’s producer) who had been proposed as our producer. He was suddenly unavailable so we worked with 19 year old Mike Stone, who was Queen’s studio engineer. This was Mike’s first production and we had a lot of fun making this record.
The album was mixed in a week involving late, late nights. The album disappointed us sonically but it was a great experience to have recorded in the same studio that the Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, and many others had used.

Producer: Mike Stone.

Line-up: Terry Thomas/ John Anderson/ Martin Smith/ Steve Gadd.
RECORDING ROOM: Trident A Range Console, 16-track Ampex recorder JBL4311 monitors.
MIXING ROOM: Cadac Console, 16 track Ampex recorder, Cadac monitors.



1977 No Second Chance
Original Release: UK Polydor 2383 422 

Tracklist:

01. No Second Chance - 4:44
02. Don't Look Back - 4:29
03. Pressure Point - 3:43
04. Turning To You - 3:10
05. Thirteen - 6:19
06. Lovers - 6:21
07. Johnny Hold Back - 4:19
08. Love Is Alright - 3:55
09. Guitar Hero - 7:54




Original Release: Recorded / Mixed: Aug-Sept 1976 at Trident Studios, London UK. After the first album we looked to the US for a producer (Bill Szmczyk/Gary Katz) so we did 7 demos in a day to send out to them. They never got them - that would have involved parting with money so the production company informed us that Terry was the producer as he had done such a good job on the demos.
We started recording and after a week or so Martin Smith left to join another band. Julian Colbeck came in as a session player (first track he recorded was Turning To You) and we all got on so well that he was asked to join. We ended up using two of the demos on the album - Don't Look Back and Love Is Alright.

Producer: Terry Thomas and John Anderson.  
Line-up: Terry Thomas/ John Anderson/ Martin Smith/ Steve Gadd / Julian Colbeck. 
RECORDING ROOM: Trident A Range Console, 24track Studer recorder, JBL4350 monitors  
MIXING ROOM: Cadac Console, 24 track Studer recorder, Cadac monitors.


  1978 ~Lines~
Original Release: UK Polydor 2383 487 

Tracklist:

01. She Loves To Be In Love - 4:25
02. No More Heartache - 3:45
03. Life So Cruel - 4:37
04. Watching TV - 3:031
05. Out Of Control - 4:35
06. L.A. Dreamer - 5:00
07. No Strangers In Paradise - 4:31
08. Keep Me In Mind - 5:34
09. I Like To Rock And Roll - 6:21





Original Release: Recorded / Mixed: late 1977 at Trident Studios, London UK.
No Second Chance having achieved some success in the US the doors were thrown open. Charlie was to make only the second 48-track recording ever. Trident were now at the cutting edge of recording technology having installed the Studer synchronization unit that allowed two 24 track machines to be run together.
In reality it was a nightmare - it took 30 seconds to synchronize and very often failed - usually at 2 AM when there was no one around to fix it. The Charlie sound evolved with all these tracks available with lots more vocals.
Memories: mixing 48 tracks without today’s automation meant three people on the front console and three people on the rear console. We rehearsed the mix everybody had their moves then we did it. If anybody made a mistake - start again!! During one such giant mix session, the assistant engineer assigned to the 1/4” master failed to spot that tape had been, with each new mix, building up beyond the confines of tape spool. Eventually, ‘uncontained’ tape had blossomed out a couple inches and then simply exploded, raining thousands of feet of shredded tape all over the studio. Dead silence was followed by tears and a swift exit by the assistant. Then we started all over again. Again.

Producer: Terry Thomas, Julian Colbeck and Eugene Organ.
Line-up: Terry Thomas/ John Anderson/ Steve Gadd / Julian Colbeck/ Eugene Organ.
RECORDING ROOM: Trident A Range Console, 24 track Studer recorder JBL4350 monitors.
MIXING ROOM: Trident B Range Console Trident Fleximix Console, 
Cadac monitors 2x Studer 24 track recorders.



1979 Fight Dirty
Original Release: UK Polydor 2383 537 

Tracklist:

01. California - 5:16
02. Fight Dirty - 6:27
03. Don't Count Me Out - 4:01
04. Heartless - 64:03
05. Runaway - 3:16
06. Killer Cut - 6:09
07. So Alone - 4:39
08. Smiling Face - 5:25
09. The End Of It All - 3:33
10.  Too Late - 3:50



Original Release: Recorded / Mixed: late 1978 early 1979 at Trident Studios, London UK.
Lines had broadened our US profile and this was the album to take us to the top. Our caring managers (and Trident Studios owners) decided that to give us the best chance of success we should record from midnight to midday - the graveyard shift. At this time we were being sued by our previous managers so having finishes a session at midday we then had to sit with lawyers for 2 hours to prepare our case. We then got home about 4 PM - had something to eat and then tried to get some sleep before getting up at 1030 PM to get to the studio - most conducive to creativity. The songs were more expansive than before with a full string arrangement for Too Late and some exciting brass arrangements on The End Of It All.
Memories: Terry putting Steve Gadd in the corridor to add tambourine to a song and changing the speed of the tape up and down and listening to him cursing. Watching the cream of British brass players unable to play the complex arrangements put before them and then blaming the studio monitors for being too bright. Eating Indian food, almost permanently, and at an hour when most sensible people were eating cornflakes. Meeting the new Charlie (cover) girl after an exhaustive nationwide contest in the US. She was NOT the girl that looked in any way like the girl whose photo we picked out but we were too gentlemanly (or simply too gobsmacked) to find out how this happened or who the girl we were now confronted with actually was.

Producer: Terry Thomas and Julian Colbeck.
Line-up: Terry Thomas/ John Anderson/ Steve Gadd/ Julian Colbeck/ Eugene Organ/ Shep Lonsdale.
RECORDING ROOM: Trident A Range Console, 24 track Studer recorder, JBL4350 monitors..
MIXING ROOM: Trident B Range Console, Trident Fleximix Console, Cadac monitors, 2x Studer 24 track recorders.

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