Title - 'Just Visiting This Planet' (Cherry Pop)
Artist - Jellybean
John Benitez, better known as "Jellybean Benitez" is an American drummer, guitarist, songwriter, DJ, remixer and music producer of Puerto Rican descent.
Benitez has produced and remixed for artists such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and the Pointer Sisters in his illustrious career, but Benitez scored two major pop hits in his own right in the U.S. in the 1980s from music produced and released under his "Jellybean" moniker.
'Sidewalk Talk' (U.S. #18), written by Madonna and featuring Catherine Buchanan is found here as one of the bonus tracks; and 'Who Found Who' (U.S. #16), featuring Elisa Fiorillo. He has, however, placed nine songs in the Top Ten of the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including three number ones.
Now digitally remastered and expanded, this wonderful CD deluxe edition of his sophomore album JUST VISITING THIS PLANET in 1987 has now been lovingly put out by Cherry Red Records for all his fans to enjoy, once again. Only this time, and for the first time ever, on CD!
This incredible album begins with 'Little Too Good To Me,' a song that fuses disco with funk in perfect harmony whilst at all times incorporating that unique '80s vibe. Sung by Adele Berti, who also sang vocals on two other songs on the album, the next track 'Who Found Who' (UK #10) is actually sung by Elisa Fiorillo. And trust me when I say that it's this song that truly sums up where this album was musically in 1987.
Next up is the synth-frenzy sounds of 'Just A Mirage' (UK #13) sung by Bertei, who also co-wrote half the tracks on this wonderful album. Next is 'Am I Dreaming,' sung by Fiorillo, with the Lisa Stansfield-esque 'The Real Thing' (UK #13) and 'Walking In My Sleep' both sung by Steven Dante following.
Sung by Fiorillo, the electro funk of 'Hypnotized By (Your Love)' is up next, with the original album ending with fun instrumental chant blast of 'Jingo' (UK #12).
I actually came across a vinyl copy of this album in my collection the other week and was tempted to put it on the record player, but mysteriously didn't! I guess I was waiting for this incredible deluxe CD to show!
The bonus tracks kick off with a 7 minute 'Who Found Who (U.S. Club Mix),' then comes the quiet lead into an 8 minute 'Jingo (U.K. House Mix)' instrumental, before the whole new release finishes off with a 6 minute 'Just A Mirage (12" Remix),' an 8 minute 'The Real Thing (West 26th Street Mix),' and a 6 minute 'Sidewalk talk (Dance Mix).' As previously-mentioned, this last song from 1986 was penned by Madonna who appears on backing vocals.
In the booklet, Adele Bertei has a 2 page spread on her part in the recording, Michael Silvester channels John "Jellybean" Benitez with regard an overview of the man, and after some glossy photos, a nice 7", 12" and Album Discography rounds it out.
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