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Adelaide - 1989 Fast N Far

ARTIST: Adelaide
ALBUM: Fast 'N Far
LABEL: MBP Records
SERIAL: 0001-250102-CDR
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Adelaide Ferreira - vocals *Luis Fernando - guitars, harmonica * Rui Alves - drums * Nani Teixeira - bass * Arnaud Dunoyer De Segonzac - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fast And Far * 02 Running Forever * 03 All The Tears We Cried * 04 Sammy * 05 Silent Words * 06 Crazy * 07 Stranger * 08 Monty Carlo * 09 Carrie * 10 The Return Of Mr Rubirosa (Instr)


At first call, don't go thinking that this lot hail from the land of kangaroos and boomerangs. Nup, Adelaide is in fact based around singer Adelaide Ferreira, a bit of a celebrity in her native Portugal. This gorgeous looking lady has been around for years, and would you believe she represented her country at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, only to end up among the tail-enders. before that, Adelaide could've been found singing in bars down in the touristy Algarve region. 'Fast N Far' is Adelaide's second album among her extensive musical career. She also has a career as a television actress, working in Portuguese soap operas (aka telenovelas). 'Entre Um Coco e Um Adeus' was her 1986 debut, followed by this one three years later. 'Fast N Far' actually came out in two versions. The Portuguese version entitled 'Amantes Imortais' and the English version. Hmm, that must have been an expensive recording session? In any case, Ms Ferreira gives us exceptional female oriented AOR in the mould of Tone Norum and Marie Frederiksen. Seh occasionally dabbles in blues and straight up rock n roll too. Whatever the case, this bird can sing. Helping her out on the album is Adelaide's husband Luis Fernando, who proves that he is no slouch on the guitar! In fact, these two had been musical partner-in-arms for a decade or more.

The Songs
If it's singalong hummable AOR you're after, then check out the opening blast that is the title track. It's a great intro for Ms Ferreira and her guitar slinging compadre. We've featured it previously on our radio channel. Continuing the upbeat infectiousness, 'Running Forever' has a party edge about it, as you can hear on the chorus. The epic ballad 'All The Tears We Cried' is an album highlight for me, not bad for a track that is seven and a half minutes! The combined flamenco and electric lead guitar work from Fernando is exceptional. Scandi style keyboard parping AOR is the order of the day with 'Sammy'. Something a little different is the straight ahead rock n roll of 'Silent Words' the bluesy ballad swagger of 'Stranger' and the near boogie of 'Monte Carlo' - all these reminding us of that second Joal album 'Who's Got The Feelin'. We had back to AOR territory with 'Carrie', which has a anthem 'lighters-in-the-air' feel about it. The brief (and albeit pointless) 30 second instrumental 'The Return Of Mr Rubirosa' ends what is a very interesting platter.

In Summary
It's unclear what impact this album had on the English speaking world. Admittedly, I had only heard about Adelaide thanks to a resident GDAZE reader Vitor (aka DJRoxygen), so thanks to Vitor for giving us the heads up on this album. Ms Ferreira as mentioned, is a very busy woman, and is still releasing albums up to the current day, while maintaining a TV career. For fans of all those female vixens who have stood up to be counted in this genre, add Adelaide Ferreira and 'Fast N Far' to your list.

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#1 | ROBERT on August 17 2007 17:00:41
Muy Buen Tema d esta Female Fronted Australiana!

Very Good Song of this Female Australian Fronted!clap

Saludatios From Barna!

#2 | gdazegod on February 05 2008 20:49:07
Not Australia ROBERT, Portugal. You are getting confused with the Australian city of the same name.
#3 | george_the_jack on June 27 2008 00:30:20
I only know the new football player that my fave team AEK FC, got from Adelaide Utd..,Nathan Burns! Pfft Pfft Pfft :
#4 | gdazegod on June 27 2008 05:56:51
Wow, you got Nathan Burns? He is an awesome striker! His striker partner Bruce Djite is pretty good too - he is now in the Socceroos lineup. Adelaide didn't make the finals this year, but were runners up last year. Unfortunately he is very injury prone. Not what you wanted to hear! Nathan was one of the leading stars of the Australian Football League, a.k.a the 'A-League'.
#5 | reyno-roxx on June 27 2008 07:49:40
Talking of Australian soccer, Ruben Zadkovich played at the league winning Sydney FC a season or two ago. He was at Notts County for a while. Showed a great deal of promise but fell out of favour with the then manager Gudjon Thordarsson and was let go. The claims were that he was home sick, but the reality was that he was just totally pissed off that he wasn't getting any games. A number of Notts fans thought he was crap, mainly those who have a dislike of 'foreign' players anyway, but I thought he showed great promise. That was proven when he returned to Australia.
I actually own one of his game worn Notts shirts in my collection.
Oddly enough, Ruben has now returned to the UK and is with Derby County.
#6 | gdazegod on June 27 2008 07:59:57
Ruben played last season (down under) with Sydney FC. We should take this over to the Forum. I'll set up a football sub-forum.
#7 | george_the_jack on June 27 2008 12:27:12
Ohhhhhhhhh! Great! George you've made me really eager to see Burns in action! I only watched him on youtube dribbling.I have to admit that he has a kind face.Looks like a good boy.So, from now on there is a good reason for you to check out the Greek Football League! hahahahaha Pfft
#8 | gdazegod on October 04 2013 16:50:09
And here's a live Portuguese version of 'Fast And Far'.
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