Getting into the Christmas spirit, todays Throwback Thursday takes us back to December1992. Lisa performed 'Winter Wonderland' on The Word (which used to be a popular late night youth entertainment show on UK's Channel 4) the second clip is of Lisa chatting to Terry Christian
Here's some nostalgia for #TakeMeBackTuesday from 2004. The French chanteuse Lââm recorded a duet together with Lisa called "Breath In, Breath Out - L'amour reviendra". We're remembering this gorgeous track today in celebration of Lââm's birthday who was born on the 1st September 1971.
Lisa has been and still is, a massive musical influence for Lââm and she often refers to Lisa as one of her idols. So it was a truly a dream come true to get Lisa into the recording studio and record a song together 11 years ago. This particular track featured on Lââms' 4th studio album 'Pour Etre Libre' unfortunately the song never got her record company's blessing to release it as single. This bilingual track was co-written by Lisa, Lââm, Ian Devaney and Richard Darbyshire and produced by Ian was recorded at a Parisian recording studio in France.
With the kind permission of Lââm, we're able to share some exclusive video footage from her time together in the recording studio with Lisa and Ian behind the mixing decks.
In the meantime, we send our best wishes to Lââm for her continued success and a very Happy Birthday!
Listen to the track in it's entirety
During the peak of his career, Barry White earned gold and platinum discs for his worldwide record sales in excess of 100 million, Lisa often publicly supported his work and in 1992 whilst on a promotional tour of the U.S, Lisa and Barry re-recorded a version of her biggest hit, "All Around The World" for a small documentary piece for the UK TV show Rapido. This version was included on her single, "Time to Make You Mine" in March 1992. All royalties from this recording were donated to the charity Trading Places. Later that same year in November it was also included on Barry's album, 'Just for You'.
In 1999 Lisa teamed up with Barry once again to record "The Longer We Make Love". This track featured on his album, Staying Power and was later released as a single in selected European countries on July 19th 1999. It was also issued as a promotional single in the U.S, however the song failed to make any impact on the charts.
In May 2003, Barry suffered a stroke while waiting for a kidney transplant, which he needed due to complications from years of chronic high blood pressure. Sadly he passed away on 4th July 2003 in Los Angeles.
Below is our featured clip of Lisa and Barry's initial meeting in L.A back in 1992 and their memorable duet together performing 'All Around The World'.
25 years ago on this very day, 16th October 1989 saw the release of Lisa's phenomenal single, 'All Around The World' in the UK. To date this song still remains as Lisa's biggest selling hit record across the globe. Arguably a perfect song from start to finish, deservedly became Lisa's 1st number one record in the UK. Undeniably, this song has been cherished by millions of fans around the world and in many ways it formed the soundtrack of our formative years.
In celebration of this milestone year Lisa's first five studio albums (under the Arista record label) are getting a complete make-over with a luxurious re-issue package to be released next month. The initial project was masterminded by Tom Parker in collaboration with Edsel Records and the Demon Music Group. Without any doubt no fan will be disappointed, these reissues have all been individually assembled and produced with such meticulous attention to detail, making the overall package an extremely tempting buy for any die-hard fan. It really is a 'must-have' item for the collection.
Inside 'The Collection 1989-2003' each 2CD+DVD package includes the re-mastered album plus rare tracks, 12"mixes plus videos, live footage, specially recorded interview with Lisa and accompanying 28-pages of photos, memorabilia, lyrics and brand new sleeve notes.
With the compliments of Demon Music Group and Edsel records, we can now exclusively share the very first peek inside these amazing re-issues offering just a small taster and sample of what to expect when you open up your forthcoming copy next month.
Lisa's1989 debut album Affection marked the arrival of a defining voice in British soul, meeting with major critical acclaim and over five million sales worldwide. The unforgettable #1 All Around The World features alongside the club classics This Is The Right Time and What Did I Do To You?, the uplifting Live Together and the US hit You Can't Deny It.
In 1991, Real Love found Lisa fulfilling the promise of her debut with an equally compelling, still more diverse set of songs. An instant contemporary classic, the poignant All Woman features alongside the seductive Time To Make You Mine and the irresistibly uplifting hits Set Your Loving Free and Change.
Perhaps Lisa's most personal work to date, 1993's So Natural included such hits as In All The Right Places (a classic collaboration with the legendary John Barry), the dance floor favourite Little Bit Of Heaven and the intimate title track. Additionally this re-mastered deluxe edition is expanded to feature the Top Ten hit Someday (I’m Coming Back) from The Bodyguard soundtrack,
In 1997, Lisa returned to the top of the charts with her self-titled fourth album. Lisa Stansfield produced such irresistible cuts as The Real Thing and a consummate cover of the Barry White classic Never, Never Gonna Give You Up, while infectious bootleg update of People Hold On hit the Top Five and became the first of four consecutive US club #1s.
Lisa's final album for Arista, 2001's Face Up was both forward-thinking and as timeless as ever, exploring contemporary beats with the garage hit Let's Just Call It Love and mining more classic grooves such as the latter-day Northern Soul favourite 8-3-1. This re-mastered deluxe edition also includes previously unavailable 2003 remixes of the #1 hit All Around The World.
People Hold On...The Remix Anthology
The unmistakable voice of Lisa Stansfield has been a constant presence on the dance floor ever since the breakthrough success of People Hold On with Coldcut in 1989. Over the years since, her classic tracks have been remixed by the cream of clubland from Frankie Knuckles, Masters At Work and David Morales to Ashley Beedle, Massive Attack and The Orb. This re-mastered three-disc anthology Lisa Stansfield - People Hold On…
The Remix Anthology brings together over thirty sought-after and previously unheard full-length mixes, with a 28-page booklet featuring photos, memorabilia, lyrics and brand new sleeve notes.
And in case you have not yet pre-ordered a copy of the boxset, you can follow these links:
The fan bundle (with limited edition 12" SIGNED by Lisa) can only be pre-ordered if you are based in the UK or Ireland via: myplaydirect.com
Otherwise pre-order the albums individually or as the complete box set here via: Amazon UK. They will ship to most countries outside of the UK.
Rewind 25 years ago on this very day, 16th October 1989 which saw the release of Lisa's phenomenal single, 'All Around The World' in the UK.
To date, 'All Around The World' still remains as Lisa's biggest selling hit record across the globe. Arguably a perfect song, which deservedly became her 1st number one record in the UK (2 weeks). It peaked at number one across Europe including Austria (for six weeks), Netherlands (four weeks), Norway (three weeks), Spain (two weeks), Belgium (one week). Additionally it peaked at number two in Germany, number three in Ireland, Italy and Switzerland, and number four in Sweden.
The success of this record transcended across the pond over in the United States, where it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Songs charts for several weeks. It was equally successful In Canada, Australia and New Zealand and the single was certified Platinum in the United States and Gold in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Austria and Sweden.
It was difficult for anyone in the music industry to ignore Lisa's formidable success, especially when it came down to awards. In early 1990, Lisa accepted her first BRIT award for British Breakthrough and the Best Contemporary Song at the Ivor Novellos for 'All Around The World' and the list of honours and awards continued to stack up throughout the year and beyond that.
Produced and co written with her husband Ian Devaney and their co writer at the time Andy Morris. This track spawned several exceptional remixes including Yvonne Turner, C. J. Mackintosh, David Dorrell, Eddie Gordon, Paul Witts and Steve Anderson. It wasn't until 15th January 1990 that 'All Around The World' was released in North America, including the US remixes by DJ Mark the 45 King and Richard Sweret.
In celebration of 25 years since Lisa first released 'All Around The World' the reissue package (due out next month) allows the fans to revisit her first five studio albums with Arista in their remastered and expanded editions. On the 'Affection' reissue, it honors this amazing track by including several mixes of `All Around The World` with a remastering of the original on the new package, including a bonus track the (Long Version). On Disc 2 it includes two mixes; (Around The House Mix -by Yvonne Turner) & the (Runaway Love Mix - by Paul Witts & Eddie Gordon). Additionally, this track has been included as a promo video on the DVD disc and even includes a live version that was recorded in Birmingham on The 'Affection Tour'.
In 2003 the New York based DJ Norty Cotto mixed up a treat for the fans with special edition release in collaboration of Lisa's Greatest hits with 'The Norty Cotto Mix'. The original music video was directed by Philip Richardson and Lisa was styled in this video by David Thomas.
*Watch out for our exclusive post coming a little later today on the re-issue box-set!
Today we want to celebrate this track with fans 'all around the world' by playing a special video edition (below) which has been reworked by Andy Rick.
All Around The World (Norty Cotto Remix-Special Limited promo - Arista 2003) Andy Rick - Video Edition 2014
It would seem unjust to bypass an extremely significant milestone in history, especially when it comes to Lisa's musical career. Therefore there's no time like the present, because on this very day 25 years ago, (31st July 1989 to be precise) Lisa released her single "This Is the Right Time" in the UK.
This song which was written by Lisa, together with her husband Ian Devaney and their former co- writer Andy Morris came several months after Lisa's massive chart success from her collaboration with Coldcut on "People Hold On". Jonathan More and Matt Black (Coldcut) returned the favour by producing the track for her. Remixes were later put together by Dave Dorrell, C.J. Mackintosh, Paul Witts and Eddie Gordon to name but a few.
In August 1990, the double A-side single of "This Is the Right Time"/"You Can't Deny It" with U.S remixes was released in some selected European countries. Then in Japan, "This Is The Right Time" was released as a single on the 3rd October 1990. It went to number 13 in the UK charts, number 17 in Germany and number 20 in Austria. In the United States, it peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, but went to number 1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs and number 13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
There were two official videos made to promote this single. The European version, was directed by Big TV! The U.S video for the North American market was directed by Jimmy Fletcher. Almost a year to the day after it's UK release, it was then released as Lisa's third single in North America on 30th July 1990. The U.S version included a previously unreleased track, "My Apple Heart". New remixes were then created by Shep Pettibone, Rodney Ascue and Yvonne Turner.
Lisa and Ian, together with all your fans from around the world, we salute and thank you for the awe-inspiring music and impressive back-catalogue that you have cleverly created together over the years. We just ask one thing of you; Please keep it coming.
Happy 25th Anniversary!
Here's a selection of visuals of some of the commercially available versions, formats and mixes including a selection of the promo versions together with the two video releases below (thanks to Andrew Jensen for the visuals).
Which video version is your favourite?
Todays "Throwback Thursday" we have a rare gem of a clip from Blue Zone, with Lisa, Ian Devaney on guitar and Andy Morris on Keyboards & Sax. With a live (ok playback) performance of their single at the time "Jackie" (unfortunately it does cut off slightly towards the end of the clip).
This performance was recorded on 19th November 1988 for a French TV show at the time called "Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches" (translated as sunglasses for sleepless nights) at the The Palace theater, Montmartre in Paris (FR).
Lisa reappeared solo, on the same show the following year performing her smash hit "This Is The right Time" and we all know what followed from there on after!
Johnnie Hamp was probably the equivalent of Simon Cowell of his heyday and a well known TV producer who was with the Granada Group for over 30 years. Most of that time, he was Granada TV's Head of Light Entertainment . He displayed an impressive range of associations, from the early days of "The Beatles" to the later days of "Spike Milligan" while taking in such illustrious names as "Count Basie", "Woody Allen", "Alfred Hitchcock", and our very own Lisa Stansfield along the way.
Here’s a rare gem of a clip of our Lisa, introduced by Johnnie Hamp himself for Granada TV 80's show called "The Video Entertainers". This is one of Lisa’s very first appearances on British TV.
singing her version of Randy Crawford - “One Day I'll Fly Away”. Thankfully, she never flew away in that lovely shiny spacesuit....!
On Easter Monday 20th April 1992 The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (for AIDS Awareness) was held at London's Wembley Stadium, in front of an audience of 72,000 which was broadcast live on television and radio to 76 countries around the world, with an audience of up to one billion.
The concert was a tribute to the life of the late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, with all proceeds going to AIDS research. The profits from the concert were used to launch The Mercury Phoenix Trust AIDS charity organisation.
On that day back in 1992, Lisa sang a duet with George Michael on "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (written by Queen drummer Roger Taylor). One year later, in April 1993 an EP of Lisa Stansfield and George Michaels performances with Queen were released as "Five Live".
On this very day, 1st May 1993 it went straight in at No.1 where it remained for 3 weeks.
Going back to the autumn of 2010 and here's Lisa's touching rendition of "My Funny Valentine" accompanied by Clifford Slapper on piano.
A little insight about this secret concert: When three of Soho's leading ladies, Eddi McPherson, Georgina Sutcliffe and Lesley Lewis heard that the "Ubuntu Charity in Africa" was achieving amazing results with the education of under-privileged children, they wanted to help. They decided to support the charity, twin it with their local Soho Parish School and organise a secret concert at the French House on Dean Street to raise funds for both.
With Soho being a village within a city, word soon spread and personalities such as Suggs, Steven Tompkinson, David McAlmont together with Lisa Stansfield and others who live and work in the area immediately came forward to volunteer their talent and support. Soho's favourite pianist, Clifford Slapper, volunteered as musical director - and other locals, including singer Paul Ryan and some of the top names in filming, sound recording and lighting, provided their talents freely.
This DVD was a direct result of the good will of the Soho community. Limited sales of 500 copies were made available.