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No.43

THREE FOR LOVE

SHALAMAR

Shalamar were still two years away from a life-defining period of huge hit singles and innovative dance moves, but their 1980 album Three For Love set them on their way.

One hit single, the lively Make That Move, maintained the sparkle of their early work but possessed an electronic vibe that dragged the trio to safety from the ongoing disco backlash and into deeper, funkier territory.

Full Of Fire leads, showing the purity of Jody Watley’s voice, which would later suffer from ferocious multi-tracking in her solo career; Attention To My Baby is dominated by uplifting brass on the verses; and there’s something futuristic about the superb Some Things Never Change thanks to a weaving synth-pop intro common to many a track over the next three years. Final song Pop Along Kid is one bit of kitsch too many, while the strings on Work It Out seem out of place, but these are minor gripes on an assured album from a band believing in its new direction. There are also two downtempo nods to cooling quiet storm. Perhaps defiantly, they are placed in the middle of each side, breaking the rhythm.

Three For Love didn’t chart in the UK but sold half a million in the United States. Two members left in 1983 but briefly reunited on TV in 1996 when Babyface covered Three For One ballad This Is For The Lover In You.

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop, our cover star is the mighty Rick Astley. We have an exclusive in-depth chat with the singer as he returns with new record Beautiful Life – the pressure's on as he attempts to follow up his hit album 50. Synth-pop icons Heaven 17 look back on their superb LP The Luxury Gap and the legends keep on coming this month as The Human League talk us through their back catalogue, album by album. For ABBA fans, we go behind the scenes with Carl Magnus Palm for the inside track on their career in the recording studio and also serve up a buyer's guide to Sweden's finest. We travel Down Under to speak to Dannii Minogue as she relives her Neon Nights album 15 years on – it's the record that transformed her into a bona fide dancefloor icon. Massive Attack's imperious Blue Lines is our Classic Album this issue and we also meet Jennifer Warnes to talk about her brand new studio LP as well as her Oscar-winning songs that soundtracked the 80s. Our packed reviews section features new albums from All Saints, Gorillaz, The Proclaimers, Rick Astley and Gabrielle and many more while the reissues take in a superb Soft Cell boxset, Depeche Mode 12" singles, Morrissey and Jean-Michel Jarre. On the gig front, we're bowled over by an astonishing David Byrne live show, travel to the Isle of Wight Festival to see Depeche Mode and check out two legends, George Benson and Quincy Jones. Enjoy the issue! Steve Harnell Editor Classic Pop