No visible wear, and all facets of the item are flawless and intact. Then ofcourse the Four Tops made it famous. He was only new male Soul singer in the 1980's, along with Whitney Houston being one of the two female Soul singers, along with Anita Baker. He's probably one of the top five underrated singers of all time. Suddenly, his 1984 album, is represented by four songs. Back in his day, he was the only one who saved Soul music from being thrown to the waste side. This is some of the best 80's music that was ever made.
I fell in love with his music. As for the greatest hits… Meh. I believe his 'hits' album represents that contribution to our music lexicon. This is timeless 80's music that has a great beat and catchy rhythms. They aren't in the video just as actors. Man, that is one cool new song! I remember Billy Ocean from 1980's when I was a kid and now I am grown up I have come to appreciate his music even more.
The ballad reached number four on both sides of the Atlantic. This is a concentrated dose of some good Billy Ocean. Upon closer inspection, I found that no less than 3 songs I loved were all done by the same guy! It is a wonderful collection and I love it! Jeffrey Smith's brief sax solo. . Co-writer Barry Eastmond later said that a friend of his wife's - who had recently broken up with a long-term boyfriend - broke down in tears at a party when the ballad came on. The title track is a schmaltzy ballad on how suddenly one wakes up and finds oneself in love. The deluxe editions of the first two even include the great extended remixes.
At least half the songs on it are outstanding. Still, a tighter and more cohesive package showing Ocean during his peak years. This was also included in Love Zone, whose title track is a leisurely mid-paced ballad punctuated by lush synths and a funky bass. Thanks Billy Ocean for bringing positive music and thank you Jive for preserving this classic 1980's Soul act. Toward the end of the song, listen when he changes the melody of the chorus - you'll hear Michael Douglas' voice.
I quickly dubbed myself a Billy Ocean fan. When combined with changing tastes and a few brushes with the law, it was enough to precipitate a sudden slide from the glory days of fame to an almost complete obscurity; although he continues to write, record, and perform in Europe, he is now largely forgotten by the huge international audience he once commanded. I wish it was 12 new songs, instead of one + 11 cover versions. All three were such a rarity in the 1980's when my Black groups were either doing Funk Rick James primarily or were experimenting with Hip Hop and Rap. After you listen to this album, you'll know why. Billy Ocean was one of the most popular and successful solo singers of the 1970s and 1980s, with so many hits to his name.
It was the theme tune to the Michael Douglas movie The Jewel in the Crown and its sequel, and was later a number one for Boyzone in 1999 in aid of Comic Relief. Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean is released today. Fun fact: it was played during the very first episode of Casualty in 1986. More recently, it was used in the second series finale of Peter Kay's Car Share. Generally recommended, but primarily to those recall him from his 1980s heyday.
The male backups have a masculine growl on the chorus, while the female singers soften things up some of the refrains. Ocean was a very consistent performer and writer--perhaps a shade too consistent for his own good, for after several years there was a general sense that his music was repetitive in both style and content. This album is an overall hit!!! If Ocean's music has survived reasonably well, Ocean himself has not. All the other songs are good too. This hit was co-written by and executive produced by Mutt Lange. I like his version but then I like all the versions so far, such a great song.
Some twenty years after the peak of his popularity, Ocean's best known pop hits are considerably less dated than one might expect--largely because he did not rely exclusively on the heavily synthesized sound so typical of most 1980s performers. The song was based on a line in the Sherman Brothers' song 'You're Sixteen', and was helped by its cutting edge at the time video, featuring cartoons mixed with live-action sequences. Check out images of all of it. I recommend this album to anyone. A great album for anyone, whether or not you're a fan. An item that looks as if it was just taken out of shrink wrap.