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Bell, Maggie - 1988 Crimes Of The Heart




ARTIST: Bell, Maggie
ALBUM: Crimes Of The Heart
LABEL: Bellaphon
SERIAL: 290-12-002
YEAR: 1988

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Maggie Bell - lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crimes Of The Heart * 02 Love Me Stranger * 03 Tonight * 04 Burned Out Love Affair * 05 Endless Night * 06 I'm On The Edge * 07 Living A Lie * 08 Vision

WEBLINKS: www.maggiebell.co.uk


Background
She is without doubt, the Queen of Scotland. Well in the music industry at least, but Margaret 'Maggie' Bell could be viewed as the second 'Mary - Queen of Scots' to all those who remember her back in the 60's and 70's, especially as part of the band Stone The Crows, and to a lesser extent: the short-lived early 80's band Midnight Flyer. Maggie also recorded two solo albums for Atlantic Records - neither of which were ever released. She went to New York and worked with Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) and also Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) on both of those. Atlantic passed on both. Undeterred, she then recorded 'Queen Of The Night' and 'Suicide Sal' in 1974 and 1975 respectively, under the guidance of Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant.

After her stint with Midnight Flyer ended in early 1982, Bell went quiet for a few years, returning with her third official solo album 'Crimes Of The Heart' for the German label Bellaphon. It's not quite clear who plays on the album, though the Engineering team of Rainer Pörtner and Matthias Dietrich had connections with the likes of the Michael Wynn Band and Debbie Bonham (refer her 1985 album) while Executive Producer Peter Hauke has connections to transplanted American but German resident Tony Carey and also the Planet P Project.


The Songs
Admittedly, this album is nowhere near her preferred blues rock genre, instead this one is as hi-tech AOR as you can get, chock full of keyboards and synths, and over-the-top production values as you would expect from projects released during this timeframe. The lead-off title-track 'Crimes Of The Heart' was best remembered as Martee Lebow's EP name from 1986. You don't hear too much of Maggie's legacy blues-belter voice, she sounds reasonably restrained here, maybe closer to Bonnie Tyler than Tina Turner. The other highlight is 'Living A Lie', a full-on synth stacked rocker. This was also featured on Laura Branigan's 1982 debut album too. Of the other tracks, nothing else really worked for me, perhaps the intense 'Burned Out Love Affair' and the bouncy pop rocker 'I'm On The Edge' which could be a Belinda Carlisle tune, and sounds quite decent actually.


In Summary
You don't see much acknowledgement of this album in the press, nor on any website associated with Maggie. Probably for good reason I would suspect. Maggie continues to work to this day, but thankfully she's back at her ground roots being the blues, soul and R&B, and has sung with a couple of blues based bands in recent times. Check out Maggie's website for further information.


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