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Shandi - 1980 Shandi

ARTIST: Shandi
ALBUM: Shandi
LABEL: Dreamland
SERIAL: DL-1-5001
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Shandi - lead vocals * Paul Hertzog - keyboards, vocals * Tim Pierce - guitar, vocals * Steve Sykes - guitar, vocals * James Rolleston - bass, vocals * Pat Mastelotto - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Walk The Streets * 02 Show Down * 03 Heart Beat * 04 Tuff Baby * 05 Bottom Line * 06 Mine (Mine, Mine, Mine) * 07 Don't Sweat It * 08 I Yi Yi Yi * 09 Nobody Loves You * 10 Boy Crazy


Check out this excerpt of the blurb written by producer Michael 'The Commander' Chapman that appears on the back sleeve of Shandi's debut. '..Her spontaneity and artistry are awe inspiring. Her personality and attitude are totally confusing. Her soul and her sensitivities are blind and gentle. Her contribution to all our lives will be enormous'. Err, not quite and I wonder who was smoking what when that was put down on paper? Indeed, the young and all too short-lived Dreamland label had high hopes for Shandi. I remember lots of promotion for this record with its sensual cover along with the Spider debut, but nothing really came of it and Shandi became the queen of the cut-out bins for a couple years. Yet, Shandi was not new to the ups and downs music biz when she signed to Dreamland. She released one album in 1976 as Shandi Sinnamon which I have never come across and never really looked for. Oh and in case you are wondering, the rumors she inspired the 1980 KISS song 'Shandi' are unfounded.

The Songs
She certainly had a helluva back up band for this album with Tim Pierce and future Mr Mister and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, but of course this is not a progressive rock album. No, this is pop rock circa 1980 with the majority of songs written by Shandi and I have to say I've never warmed to her tunes or this record in general. Yeah, Shandi had the pipes but there is something about her singing that screams 'listening endurance test' every time I play it. Maybe it was just the way the vocals were mixed, but I don't know. Songs like 'Heart Beat' and 'Nobody Loves You Better' will appeal to Spider and 'Girls Night Out' era Toronto fans, but both of those bands did this type of thing so much better, it's hard to recommend the Shandi album beyond a limp 'buy if you find it cheap for a dollar or less' suggestion.

In Summary
According to Shandi's web site, this album almost ruined her career and it's no wonder why. She did manage to rise above it all with one of her songs appearing on the 'Flashdance' soundtrack. Since then, her music has been heard in several other films and has released quite a few albums in a variety of styles, even going so far (bravely I might add) to release a CD 'Leather And Pearls' which includes tracks from this album and unreleased material recorded during the same period.

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#1 | richardb on June 13 2008 14:35:46
I think Paul Suter might disagree with you as he rated it as one of his top 10 of 1980 (does he still think that now? - LOL!). I agree Eric her vocal stylings are wearing at times. I love a bit of quirkiness in my music but this was too much even for me to endure!.

Richard B
#2 | super80boy on May 07 2016 14:45:12
'Heart Beat' and 'Bottom Line' have a new wave vibe about them. She cranks it up with 'Mine' and 'Tuff Baby', which both have good guitar work and strong vocals. The above mentioned quirkiness comes through in spades on 'Don't Sweat It'. After this album she seemed to have some limited success in the movie soundtrack arena.

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