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O'Neill, Sharon - 1983 Foreign Affairs



ARTIST: O Neill, Sharon
ALBUM: Foreign Affairs
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: SBP 237889
YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Sharon O'Neill - vocals, keyboards * Brent Thomas - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Danger * 02 Maxine * 03 One Of A Crowd * 04 Radio Lover * 05 Kids In Our Town * 06 Losing You * 07 I've Got You To Thank * 08 Take The Fall * 09 Hearts On The Run * 10 All The Way Down

WEBLINKS: www.sharononeill.com


Background
This is the album which finally put Sharon on the map as an international artist, and was her first real foray into polished melodic AOR. Sharon first came to the attention as a young gifted singer/songwriter pianist in New Zealand. Originally from Nelson she moved to Christchurch to further her musical aspirations and featured as an up and coming artist on a TV talent quest/show back in the mid-late seventies. Her 3 earlier albums were more middle of the road efforts though they were high on melody. Several songs like 'Lucks On Your Table', 'You Take The Sailor From The Sea', 'Asian Paradise' and 'Words' were all reasonably successful in her homeland. However, by 1982 Sharon and her then husband Brent Thomas decided to try their luck over in Australia. As luck would have it, her label CBS gave her the big push.


The Songs
'Foreign Affairs' from 1983 was produced in LA by John Boylan (ie: Boston), and features a veritable lineup of who's who in the LA session scene. Mike Boddicker, Tommy Funderburk, Carmen Grillo, Karla Bonoff, Tom Kelly, Mike Baird, Andrew Gold, Marcy Levy, Don Henley and Timothy B Schmit all put performances on here .. and it shows. Great songs enhanced by a rich production. AOR featherweights (and I mean that nicely) like 'Danger', 'Radio Lover' and the fantastic pomp of 'Hearts On The Run' stand out. The more urgent sounding tracks like 'Maxine' and 'Losing You' (also redone on the 'Edge Of Winter' album) were the ones which initally got airplay if I recall.


In Summary
A pretty easy CD to get down under, but the CD packaging is a bit underdone. The follow up albums 'Danced In The Fire' and 'Edge Of Winter' are great too, but this one has something the others don't, that early 80's AOR feel.


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#1 | dangerzone on July 25 2008 05:27:51
Doesn't get much better than this. Great West Coast atmosphere of the era. 'Danger' is superb!
#2 | gdazegod on June 20 2011 14:22:12
Sharon O'Neill - 1983 Losing You
YouTube Video:

[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCYpQNknEg0]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]
#3 | gdazegod on June 20 2011 14:24:01
Sharon O'Neill - 1983 Danger
YouTube Video:

[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A18a_cefmeY]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]
#4 | Eric on June 21 2011 02:25:42
Quite the babe...
#5 | Jez on March 28 2014 13:20:50
I forgot how fantastic this album is and pretty much a perfect early mid 80's AOR disc...'Radio Lover', 'Take The Fall', ''Losing You' and the brilliant 'Hearts On The Run' are especially notable, but there are NO bad songs on here. This was re-issued last year as part of the 'Original Album Classics' series of box sets, along with her first 3 albums, so should be fairly easy to pick up.
#6 | gdazegod on September 09 2016 07:29:20
Here's a great interview with Sharon, done in September 2001, right about the time of the 911 incident in New York.
[url=http://www.audioculture.co.nz/people/sharon-o-neill/stories/sharon-o-neill-the-9-12-transcript]Interview with Sharon O'Neill[/youtube]
 
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