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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
  2. Mystery Lady
  3. Syncopation
  4. The Long and Winding Road
  5. Loverboy
  6. Lucky Man
  7. Dancefloor
  8. If I Should Lose You
  9. Suddenly


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: August 15, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000E1WLR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Billy Ocean fused R&B/soul with pop/rock and ended up with an excellent album. "Carribean Queen" and "Loverboy" are both must-have 80's hits, and this album is the best place to hear them, because the versions here are much longer than the radio edits on his greatest hits CD! But then again, every song on this album is great, and the heartfelt cover of the Beatles' "Long and Winding Road" should win over people who don't normally appreciate 80's music. But if you are a fan of the 80's, you definitely need this album, and if you aren't, get it anyway!
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Truth be known, I'd probably keep this over his "Hits" disc. I say that because three of his absolute best songs are here in their original form, and some of his other hits border on cheese. Plus there's other good stuff here too. "Caribbean Queen (no more love on the run)" was a huge hit, as was the ballad "Suddenly", and I think my favorite is easily "Loverboy". Plus this has the minor hit "Mystery Lady", and a decent cover of "The Long And Winding Road". That's over half the album, and the remaining four songs I'd call good filler. Any fan of 80's pop/soul should consider this a must own.
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Was glad to buy this in CD format after playing the cassette tape version for years. Unfortunately the last song "Suddenly" does not completely end in full and cuts off in mid-fade at the end! That irks me! I've had this same issue when I bought Shannon's "Do You Wanna Get Away" CD...except the beginning of the title track "Do You Wanna Get Away" started in mid play missing approximately 3 seconds of the very beginning.

GET IT RIGHT PEOPLE! JEEZ!
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Billy Ocean burst on the pop scene with this album in '84, although he had a hit with 'Nights (Feel like Getting Down)' a few years before. An excellent voice with modern (80's) pop rhythms made for a very danceable and pleasureable listen then. Standouts are 'Caribbean Queen'(the Extended version almost 8 minutes!), 'Loverboy'(contains the longer intro than on the radio version), and the ballad 'Suddenly'(one of the best love songs of the era). Also, contains a good remake of the Beatles swan song 'The Long and Winding Road'.

Good intro for those getting familiar with the 80's sound. And great memories for us that were there then. Enjoy.

Thats My-2-Cents.
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Musically Billy Ocean had a career spanning back to the mid 70's that covered a very captivating and diverse creative ground. With his good looks,obviously well tailored appearance and strong,distinctive singing and songwriting the man was poised to be a huge presence on the pop charts. But up until this time only the album Nights (Feel Like Getting Down),his debit album for Epic Records really made a huge impact at least on the dance side. When it came to this,his debut on Jive records things started to turn around for him at this particular respect. Considering his sound was always in the pop arena but never exactly what you'd call out and out commercial,it was a bit surprising that this big splashy hit parade intended to be highly commercial still has such musical value.

"Caribbean Queen" was Ocean's breakthrough number,a slinky grooving dance/funk classic that is among my favorite such tracks of the year. "Mystery Lady","Syncopation" and "Lucky Man" are deep,slow grooving and slick funky numbers with some bubbly bass/guitar licks and keep that flavor going strong. The two ballads here,the Beatles "The Long And Winding Road" and the title song are both very passionate really and I especially like the way Oceans turns the harmonies of the vocals around on the Beatle cover. "Loverboy" is really a unique cut,a mixture of 80's hard guitar rock and synth bass type funk that surprised me in terms of the songs that become hits. "Dancefloor" and "If I Should Lose You" seem to be dated to some people musically but they provide a wonderful example of the boogie funk sound still going strong at the time.
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That trademark funky urban and danceable soul of the 80's seemed to flourish starting around 1983 and into `84-85. You know what I'm talking about; The Pointer Sisters, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Ready For The World....it goes on and on. One of the forerunners of this magnificent genre of music in the 80's was none other than Caribbean-born Billy Ocean. One listen to that voice and you know who it is. He kind of sings with a deep richness like when you say "Ah" when the doctor is looking into your throat. I mean he really brings up the vocals from deep down. And yet he can reach the higher notes. His voice is so flexible and flawless and grooves along with every song, never missing a beat. In 1984, Billy came out with a remarkable album in "Suddenly," one of those albums that is a staple of the early 80's genre of funky urban and danceable soul. It is nostalgic, yet very timeless in my opinion and it takes me back to when times were a little less stressful.

"Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" - This is my favorite song from the album and hit the Billboard top 10 of 1984. Check out the groovy bass and jazzy saxophone! And those cute repetitive keyboard notes with the funky foot stomping beat are pretty darn cool! Oh yeah, and the sound effects to go with the lyrics are fun to listen to. There is magnificent orchestration here and the song is overall urban funky melodic fun. Billy's vocals are passionate with an urgency. This Caribbean queen has him losing his cool.

"Mystery Lady" - This is just your basic urban R&B funky song. It's very catchy and Billy's notes are flawless. The keyboards are cool and the harmonizing is fun. I love this song. Kick back and bop your head and let your mind drift.
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