Tue. Aug. 14, 2018

Swing Out Sister – Notgonnachange (Classic Club Mix)

Classics: Swing Out Sister – Notgonnachange (Classic Club Mix) (Fontana)

Of course, you’ve surely have heard (of) them. Haven’t you? ‘Breakout’, ‘Surrender’, ‘Am I The same Girl’… As many illustrations of Swing Out Sister‘s unique style. Blending Soul and Jazz vibes with a Pop feel over sophisticated arrangements…
A brilliant example being the vibrant ‘Notgonnachange’. The latter seeing Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell going even further way in a symphonic environment. This along with an orchestra under the direction of Gavyn Wright.

From their 1992 ‘Get In Touch With Yourself’ album… ‘Notgonnachange’ received the characteristic remix treatment that’s been for so much on the recognition of the Def Mix style. With the late Frankie Knuckles at the command along with Satoshi Tomiie on Keys and Terry Burrus on piano. Thus in a lascivious vein somehow reminding of what David Morales did on Loose Ends‘Love’s Got Me’

‘Notgonnachange’… But why would they at the end? You let us know…

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As a long time music lover, I suppose I’ve never encountered any problems with artists comin’ up with a Pop feel in their compositions. This, of course, as long as the overall feeling isn’t cheesy or M.O.R. This most likely explaining how I always managed to keep an ear open to groups such as Matt Bianco. But also the transient Paprika Soul (remember their cover version of Cerrone‘s ‘Music Of Life’). If not Swing Out Sister!

Swing Out Sister delivered their debut-album – ‘It’s Better To Travel’ – back in 1987. But their first single – ‘Blue Mood’ – saw the light back in 1985. Meanwhile their first success came up the year after. In other words, the memorable ‘Breakout’!

It would be the beginning of an impressive series for keyboardist Andy Connell and female singer Corinne Drewery. This after the departure of Martin Jackson following the release of SOS‘s first album. An effort that spanned extra gems such as ‘Surrender’ and ‘Twilight World’. Meanwhile Swing Out Sister would enlist the arrivals of extra talents. From trumpeter John Thirkle and saxophonist Gary Barnacle whom you might remember of for their collaborations with Level 42. To trumpet/fluegelhorn master Jerry Hey among others.

‘Kaleidoscope World’, their second album, saw the light back in 1989. Thus confirming their inclination for symphonic arrangements, with the incorporation of an orchestra in their recordings. With the same applying to cinematic vibes such as on their cover version of ‘Windmills Of Your Mind’. Even though it only came to light as a single.
Another 3 years would go before the release of their third effort, ‘Get In Touch With Yourself’. With the latter featuring their cover version of Barbara Acklin‘s 1968 Soul hit ‘Am I The Same Girl?’. This in addition to ‘Notgonnachange’ with remixing work courtesy of the late Frankie Knuckles.

Comin’up in September 1994, ‘Living Return’, their fourth album, marked quite a change. With the replacement of historical producer Paul Staveley O’Duffy by Ray Hayden after a few sessions. The whole resulting in a different sound which the fans of the group obviously didn’t appreciate that much at the end. This despite the presence of the outstanding ‘Making The Right Moves’ which, after all these years, remains an absolute must-have!

The release of their ‘Shapes And Patterns’ back in 1997 definitely established them as key figures in Japan. Marking the return of O’Duffy in the meantime. Strangely enough though, SOS never reached again the level of worldwide popularity they achieved to get so far. Probably because of the drastic changes which occurred in the record industry. Even though they never ceased producing quality material as a matter of fact…

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