Whose Side Are You On? Import
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This is NOT just Basia. It is everything she brings - jazzy, penetrating vocals - plus much more. This is the first time I've heard Matt Bianco and I'm hooked - just bought two more CDs.
"Whose Side Are You On" has a great Latin / jazz beat with some restrained techo-influences. Mark Reilly's vocals and Basia's really complement each other. The musical composition and execution are great. If you like Basia's "Time and Tide" & "London Warsaw New York", you'll love this.
Basia is the lead singer on a few cuts (one of the best is "Half a Minute") and backup on most of the others ("Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" uses her jazz vocal talents to great effect). The blend is great.
Firstly, when I first heard the album back in the early eighties it was on a tape that included things that are not on the CD I just bought.
1) Track 2,the version of 'More Than I Can Bear' is not the one with Basia's soothingly brilliant backing vocals on it (there is a version featuring Basia which is better)
2) Track 4, 'Half A Minute' is not the 12" version as I'm sure it was on the tape
3) & of course as has been mentioned, no 'Big Rosie' which I think was track 10 on the tape before 'Matts Mood II'
Mark Reilly, Basia, Danny White & not forgetting Ronnie Ross' sax playing and all the other musicians made an album that was way ahead of its time and still sounds fresh today.
For some reason I believe Whose Side Are You On? is about escaping the cold of communism for the warmth of the Western freedom. It is an encounter of an eastern girl with two U.K. guys who created a unique concept for its time. Unfortunately the first line-up didn't last too long.
Matt Bianco is not a person and definetly not a band, being this line-up disbanded completely after a one and only tour, but their story is pretty unique and I'm sure after you hear this album, you'll be impressed. But hey, you have to have open ears and let your emotions flow.
What we have here is one of those records that hook you and won't let go. This if you have a thing for the eighties' synth-pop sound and you once thought they were just a one hit wonder, fun to dance to but with additional flavors needed. Matt Bianco brings that spicyness and makes this one of the best debut albums ever.
It was formed after a jazz project named Blue Rondo A La Turk, and the idea of naming a band with a guy's name wasn't exactly creative (Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd were names already taken.) At the beginning there was Kito Poncioni on bass (who left after 15 minutes, probably), Mark Reilly on vocals and Danny White on keyboards. A polish girl named Basia Trzetrzelewska (omit the last name and you have a household name of soft pop) gets called to work with them, they get a pre-WWII fashion look (very elegant for Basia, hey... she never looked so gorgeous) and the band was more than ready.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great freshman album from Matt Bianco Would have given 5 stars if the sound quality on the recording had been a bit better.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The CD is excellent as expected. The price was good. What a pity the postage cost ten times the CD price.Published 21 months ago by Alan Mallows
The version of More Than I Can Bear is different than what was on the original Vinyl. Basia has been totally eliminated from this version. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Timothy DePlanche
If you don't own a copy of this CD, your music library is sorely missing some of the best dance music ever. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by John Burns
Great CD replacement of this Matt Bianco. I do love their music with the Bosa Nova, especially with Basia. Glad I saw it listed and ordered it.Published on July 25, 2013 by Susan
Jazz-Bossa Nova with a little pop shaken but not stirred! I got this album a while back when I was introd to Matt Bianco when I got Basia's It's That Girl Again. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Khatt
i had it on tape for 25 years, the same as the "matt bianco "titled with basia this time, that i can't diference from jenni evans at all. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by jose