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Whose Side Are You On? Import

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The group's second full length album features both Basia on vocals and Mark Reilly in the lineup. Includes Who's Side Are You on / More Than I Can Bear / Half a Minute / It's Getting Late / Sneaking Out the Back Door / Riding with the Wind And More.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Whose Side Are You On?
  2. More Than I Can Bear
  3. No No Never
  4. Half A Minute
  5. Matts Mood
  6. Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed
  7. It's Getting Late
  8. Sneaking Out The Back Door
  9. Riding With The Wind
  10. Matts Mood II


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 14, 1993)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: WEA International
  • ASIN: B0000071ZZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David Kaminsky on May 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A true classic which sounds great almost twenty years after its first release. Full of the humour and fun of the earlier Matt Bianco work but much deeper and more textured, as well as more lyrically sophisticated. The title track is breezy pop, but it is the Latin inflections in "No No Never," "Half a Minute," and "Sneaking Out the Back Door" which make this album so intriguing and unique. I resist the term "fusion" in that it is a classification used to market and sell music, but I don't know how else to describe the synthesis of pop, jazz, salsa, samba, and electronic music which characterizes this work. Basia's voice is in fine form (we Matt Bianco fans always KNEW she was going to be huge), and Mark Reilly sounds young, playful, and exuberant. His performance on "More Than I Can Bear" is particularly poignant--the piece must be one of the saddest songs ever written about a lost love. Great music for blasting in the car on a hot summer day, windows open all the way and nowhere you really have to be in a hurry.
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This was the group Matt Bianco's first album and many of its tracks feature the initial work of the great Polish diva, Basia. The songs range from samba/Bossa Nova based rythyms to 80's techno-pop and are performed flawlessly. My favorite songs on the album are the ones sung by Basia (especially Half A Minute) but they are all great. Do yourself a favor and give this wonderful album a listen!
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By A Customer on December 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Best CD I've bought in years!!! My wife and I are big Basia fans and have anxiously awaited new music from her only to be disappointed. I came across this CD on Amazon ("People who bought Basia also bought..."). Thank you, Amazon!!!
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.
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The only reason I give this (the first & best Matt Bianco album to date) four instead of five stars is probably purely the record companys fault...

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.
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Blessed he or she who escaped a life of misery and went far, far away from where repression and hatred lies. Brave and lucky whoever had the courage to go west, beyond the Iron Courtain and managed to reach freedom. It was risky, like being rocketed to the moon. And it took tasks that are described in this record.

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.
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This album, including 'Basia' on vocals, will make you want to dance and jump. My five year-old can't get enough of this music! Matt Bianco's jazz/pop mix will never go out of style... and it's so original. Whenever I need a musical pick-me-up, this is the album.
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