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Title - 'Sons And Lovers: Expanded Edition'
Artist - Hazel O'Connor

For those not in the know, Hazel O'Connor is a British singer-songwriter and actress who became famous in the early 1980s with hit singles 'Eighth Day', 'D-Days' and 'Will You', as well as starring in the film Breaking Glass.

Her film debut was in Girls Come First in 1975. She became prominent as an actress and singer five years later in 1980 when playing the role of Kate in the film Breaking Glass, and performing its accompanying soundtrack.

Her performance as Kate won her the Variety Club of Great Britain Award for Best Film Actor. She was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.

The film's soundtrack album featured songs written and performed by O'Connor and reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart. It had a 38-week chart run and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry.

Several tracks from the album were released as singles, the most successful being the previously mentioned 'Eighth Day' and 'Will You' which both reached the UK Top 10.

Subsequent albums released by O'Connor included Sons and Lovers (which featured the UK Top 10 hit single 'D Days'), Cover Plus, Smile, Private Wars and Five in the Morning.

O'Connor also collaborated with other artists, and made appearances in the video for Mick Karn's "The Sound Of Waves" and a cameo appearance in the 1983 Eurythmics video, "Who's That Girl?".

The aforementioned Sons And Lovers is now being released as an incredible expanded package in a deluxe digi-pack with a richly illustrated lyric booklet containing an introduction from Hazel OfConnor herself.

This expanded edition of Hazelfs landmark post-punk album contains three versions of the lead UK top ten single eD- Daysf; the album version, the better known Tony Visconti remixed version and the lesser known alternate eNewf version dating from 1981.

eD-Daysf, also known as eDecadent Daysf had been inspired by Hazel visiting a fledgling New Romantic nightclub in Londonfs eWest Endf and viewing the poseurs and gpeople looking very bizarreh of that new musical movement.

In many ways, Sons & Lovers is very much a bridge between epunkf and the enew wavef and, without a shadow of a doubt, is one of Hazel's best to date.

1. 'D-DAYS'
2. 'WAITING'
3. 'WHO WILL CARE?'
4. 'ZOO'
5. 'GIGOLO'
6. 'DO WHAT YOU DO'
7. 'SONS AND LOVERS'
8. 'GLASS HOUSES'
9. 'AINfT IT FUNNY'
10. 'DANNY BOY'
11. 'BYE BYE'
12. 'TIME (AINfT ON OUR SIDE)'

BONUS TRACKS:
13. 'AINfT IT FUNNY' (LIVE)
14. 'SUFFRAGETTE CITY' (LIVE)
15. 'D-DAYS' (7 VISCONTI VERSION)
16. 'TIME IS FREE' (ORIGINAL e79 VERSION)
17. 'D-DAYS' (ALTERNATE f81 eNEWf VERSION)

We kick off brilliantly with the uber vibrant 'D-DAYS' which she backed with both the jaunty 'WAITING' and the trippy storytelling of 'WHO WILL CARE?'. The languishingly Bowie-esque 'ZOO' is then followed by the fervent sax-led 'GIGOLO', the passive new wave poetry of 'DO WHAT YOU DO', before the upbeat sax adorned title track is laid out before us.

The punchy 'GLASS HOUSES' is the followed by my all-time favorite HO song, the brilliant 'AINfT IT FUNNY', with her haunting rendition of 'DANNY BOY' along next. The original album then rounds out with the fun 'BYE BYE', and then finally the tell-it-like-it-is live breakdown of 'TIME (AINfT ON OUR SIDE).'

Amongst the five bonus track rarities included in this deluxe package are two live tracks from a celebrated 1980 live concert at the Dominion Theatre in London; a reworking of the album track eAinft It Funnyf and a spirited cover version of David Bowiefs eSuffragette Cityf which features Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran who, at that time, were Hazel OfConnorfs support act.

These tracks were originally featured as the B-sides of the 12h single of eTime (Ainft On Our Side)f, the second track to be taken as a single from the album. Another bonus track rarity is the very first version of eTime Is Freef that had been the B-side of Hazel OfConnorfs pre-eBreaking Glassf debut 1979 single.

www.cherryred.co.uk

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