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Thread started 01/11/18 10:40am

kitbradley

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Alexander O'Neal "The Lost Tapes"

SoulTrackers certainly know Alexander O'Neal, the soul star of the 80s and 90s who, with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis producing, issued such now classic singles as "If You Were Hear Tonight" and "Fake." But O'Neal had a long road prior to fame, part of which is unearthed in the new The Lost Tapes release, featuring recordings that O'Neal made in the early 80s that never before saw the light of day.

Chris Moon of MoonSound Studios in Minneapolis had worked with Prince and began auditioning local singers, trying to find a new artist with whom to work. O'Neal was the artist they chose, and they recorded a dozen or so songs with him with the goal of launching his career. However, O'Neal, who nearly became the lead singer for The Time, ended up working with Jam & Lewis and his recordings with Moon were buried until now.

The Lost Tapes certainly has an early 80s feel, with lots of electronics but also a dramatic feel on many songs. One of the better cuts is the ballad "Make It Easy," on which O'Neal shows off his attractive falsetto. It is featured below as our newest First Listen. Check it out and welcome this long lost music from a longtime fave.

https://www.soultracks.co...ke-it-easy

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Reply #1 posted 01/11/18 2:12pm

lool

For what sounds like demos, these are pretty good. A heavier rock sound on most these tracks than we're accustomed to hearing from Alex. I like 'em. Alex must have been sittin' on these recordings. Surely if they were in someone else's possession, they would have been released back in the '80s at the height of his popularity.
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Reply #2 posted 01/11/18 2:25pm

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kitbradley said:

SoulTrackers certainly know Alexander O'Neal, the soul star of the 80s and 90s who, with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis producing, issued such now classic singles as "If You Were Hear Tonight" and "Fake." But O'Neal had a long road prior to fame, part of which is unearthed in the new The Lost Tapes release, featuring recordings that O'Neal made in the early 80s that never before saw the light of day.

Chris Moon of MoonSound Studios in Minneapolis had worked with Prince and began auditioning local singers, trying to find a new artist with whom to work. O'Neal was the artist they chose, and they recorded a dozen or so songs with him with the goal of launching his career. However, O'Neal, who nearly became the lead singer for The Time, ended up working with Jam & Lewis and his recordings with Moon were buried until now.

The Lost Tapes certainly has an early 80s feel, with lots of electronics but also a dramatic feel on many songs. One of the better cuts is the ballad "Make It Easy," on which O'Neal shows off his attractive falsetto. It is featured below as our newest First Listen. Check it out and welcome this long lost music from a longtime fave.

https://www.soultracks.co...ke-it-easy

Does the bolded part mean that Prince was involved in these recordings?

I can´t watch the videoclip in my country so I can´t hear the music and have no idea. The text above is a little bit confusing. ("....the artist THEY chose, and THEY recorded a dozen or so songs with him.") Does the THEY part refer to Prince and Moon, or Moon and other studio musicians?

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Reply #3 posted 01/11/18 3:08pm

lool

I don't believe Alex and Prince's relationship went any further than their infamous diner meeting.
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Reply #4 posted 01/11/18 4:50pm

SoulAlive

In 1982,he released an early single called “Do You Dare”.It went unnoticed...anyone remember it?
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Reply #5 posted 01/11/18 4:56pm

lool

No. But there are 2 versions of it on The Lost Tapes.
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Reply #6 posted 01/14/18 10:48am

SoulAlive

it's not half-bad smile

"Do You Dare" by Alexander (1982)

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Reply #7 posted 01/14/18 3:34pm

woogiebear

I remember an interview that He did and He said that Jesse (Johnson) played some MEEEEEAN Guitar on some of His earlier Tracks.....

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Reply #8 posted 01/15/18 8:26am

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Oh I cant wait for the whole thing. Thats two new Alex releases already./ Hearsay 30 was alright. Actually better than I thought it was going to be. It was like a reimagining...big band version of Hearsay. His singing was not the same obviously but was nice to hear him do all the songs again.

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Reply #9 posted 01/15/18 8:36am

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paisleypark4 said:

Oh I cant wait for the whole thing. Thats two new Alex releases already./ Hearsay 30 was alright. Actually better than I thought it was going to be. It was like a reimagining...big band version of Hearsay. His singing was not the same obviously but was nice to hear him do all the songs again.

Is that release really just a CDr or is there a proper and pressed CD available ?

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Reply #10 posted 01/15/18 1:43pm

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KoolEaze said:

paisleypark4 said:

Oh I cant wait for the whole thing. Thats two new Alex releases already./ Hearsay 30 was alright. Actually better than I thought it was going to be. It was like a reimagining...big band version of Hearsay. His singing was not the same obviously but was nice to hear him do all the songs again.

Is that release really just a CDr or is there a proper and pressed CD available ?

LOL!!! Alex released this himself so it is CDr's.

I streamed it on Tidal....its on Google Music too

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