Title - ‘Go Ahead: Expanded Edition’
Artist - Linx
Linx first came to musical prominence in the UK with the mega hit single/album ‘Intuition’ in 1981, but the duo didn’t sit on their TOTP performances without attempting to push forward at the same time. Having actually started off as a quintet (I know, who knew!), the band we all know and love ie: Sketch aka Peter Martin and singer David Grant quickly knocked out their follow-up album ‘Go Ahead’ in the very same year!
In a feat that is rarely achieved these days, when it seems much easier to do, the duo were owning 1981 with their hit singles on the charts. Featuring such notables here on this Expanded Edition of that sophomore album as ‘So This Is Romance,’ ‘Can’t Help Myself’ and ‘Plaything,’ sure the album wasn’t as full as it’s predecessor, but it still managed to please at every musical turn.
The UK soul/funk band actually had six entries on the UK Singles Chart from 1980 to 1982. The biggest being their infectious ‘Intuition,’ but others that made us all dance were tracks such as ‘You’re Lying’ and ‘So This Is Romance.’
This newly-Expanded Edition of ‘Go Ahead’ kicks off with the brilliant 'So This Is Romance,' and follows it up with 'I Don't Want To Learn,' the slap-bass and funky horns of 'I Wanna Be With You,' 'Urban Refugee,' 'I Won't Play The Game,' the clap-along beat of 'Can't Help Myself,' and the sultry 'All My Yesterdays' and 'Know What It Is To Be Lonely.'
'Tinsel Town (You Don't Fool Me)' is next, before some great 12” versions and remixes come out to play. And, no pun intended, 'Playing' (12" Version) is then backed by 'Don't Hit Me With Your Love' (12" Version), a fantastic version of 'So This Is Romance' (12" Rio Mix), and then 'I Won't Play The Game' (Remix). The slow-building funk of 'The Ice Is Melting' is next with both 'I'm Not Joking' (Long Version) and 'It's My Life' (Extended Version) bringing the disc to a close.
Digitally remastered, lovingly expanded, and also containing non-album b-sides too (a rare find, unless you have the original 7” singles still - which I do!), ’Go Ahead’ reached #35 on the UK Albums Chart in October of 1981 - and sadly proved to be their last album spent together as Linx.
However, ending on an up note, ‘Go Ahead: Expanded Edition’ comes complete with some in-depth, truly beautiful and extensive new liner notes, that feature an interview with David Grant!
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