Title - 'So Where Are You? Expanded Edition' (Cherry Pop)
Artist - Loose Ends
Formed in London in 1980, Loose Ends initially comprised of vocalist and guitarist Carl McIntosh, vocalist Jane Eugene, and keyboard player, writer and founder Steve Nichol. A successful British R&B band that had several urban contemporary hits, Eugene and Nichol left the group in 1989, sadly bringing an end to the band's most successful phase.
After their debut album A Little Spice was released in 1984, but not to critical acclaim, Loose Ends then achieved their first single success on their follow-up album, So Where Are You? That hit was 'Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)' in 1985, which reached #13 in the UK Pop charts. 'Hangin' On A String' also reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B charts, making Loose Ends the first British band ever to top that chart! Indeed, they reached #16 with the follow-up single 'Magic Touch' that very same year.
Indeed, what a lot of people don't know is that this second album from Loose Ends, So Where Are You? was never released in the US! So, tracks from it were used for the group's third release (their second in the US), Zagora (which made #7 on the US Billboard R&B charts).
Produced by Philadelphia-based Nick Martinelli, this album has now been lovingly remastered and expanded to include all ten of the original songs and now five mixes of tracks from the LP. Including two more versions of the classic 'Hangin' On A String.'
In what must have been a homage to the likes of Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, legendary producers for the likes of the S.O.S. Band, Alexander O' Neal, Cherrelle, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, etc. lead single 'Hangin' on a String' is a monster sound, even today. And yes, please note I said homage and not duplication or reproduction! That track was the song of the summer in 1985 and, as paid mention to above, made Loose Ends the first British black group to have a #1 single in the American R&B chart!
Anyway, as for the rest of the album, apart from a cover of Bowie's 'Golden Years' (UK #59 Single) and Dexter Wansel's 'The Sweetest Pain', the remainder of the tracks were self composed by the trio. Which goes a long way to showing just how underappreciated they truly were as a music unit. The band only releases two more albums - 1988's The Real Chuckeeboo and 1990's Look How Long - before disbanding thereafter. Actually, on a side note, in 1998 the group reunited to appear on a single by Pete Rock called 'Take Your Time.'
1. Magic Touch
2. A New Horizon
3. If My Lovin' Makes You Hot
4. So Where Are You?
5. Golden Years
6. Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)
7. Give It All You Got
8. The Sweetest Pain
9. You Can't Stop The Rain
10. Silent Talking
11. Hangin' On A String (The Twilight Firm All Night Mix)
12. Hangin' On A String (Frankie Knuckles Club Mix)
13. You Can't Stop The Rain (Timmy Regisford Remix)
14. Golden Years (Uk 12" Single)
15. Magic Touch (Vibes Version)
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