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Album Review

Prior to becoming the iconoclastic vocalist who would revolutionize the role of women in rock & roll during the 1980s, Cyndi Lauper fronted Blue Angel, a retro-rock quintet that was all too short-lived. Their sound recalls all that is good (OK, great) about the superbly crafted early-'60s pop music genre — especially female-led units such as the Angels and the Ronettes. Producer Roy Halee perfectly re-creates Phil Spector's Wagner-ian "Wall of Sound" on the upbeat "I Had a Love" — complete with timpani interjections and percussive castanet flourishes — as well as "Just the Other Day," throwing in more than a hint of a reggae shuffle backbeat. Followers of Lauper's later work will note the overhaul of "Maybe He'll Know" on her similarly strong second solo outing from 1986, True Colors. The driving "Fade" bops along with keyboardist/saxophonist John Turi's electric organ providing an off-kilter groove that would have been right at home with the B-52's or the Cars. In fact, the compelling compositions and equally persuasive instrumentalists make it a wonder that Blue Angel didn't score better with new wave, pop, and rock fans alike. "Anna Blue" is a stellar ballad that is not too far removed from "Time After Time," and the tune is punctuated by a syncopated 6/8 rhythm, complementing the melancholy lyrics with just enough of a lilt to gently propel the song. Arthur Neilson's formidable guitar skills are unleashed with some respectable rockabilly chops, as heard on "Can't Blame Me" and the shredder "Late." No less essential are his contributions to the fun and convivial "Take a Chance," which could have been a contender for Elvis Presley circa "You're So Square (Baby, I Don't Care)." The sole cover on Blue Angel features Lauper at her best on the remake of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's "I'm Gonna Be Strong." Originally a huge hit for Gene Pitney, it also turned up on Lauper's Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some compilation in 1995. Blue Angel made its North American CD debut in 2005 as the online audio archivists at Hip-O Select issued the band's only long-player in a limited-edition release of 5,000 copies. The miniaturized album jacket is reproduced, as is the inner sleeve with a four-panel foldout complete with all the words.

Customer Reviews

FINALLY!

This takes me way back to when I first became a Cyndi Lauper fan in the early 80's and found this album. I fell in love with it then and fell in love with it all over again today. Her voice is so pure and melodic. Its a fun album with catchy tunes. Its a must have for Cyndi fans and better than a lot of her later work. LOVE IT! So nostalgic too!

Highly Recommended Very Under Rated Album

Blue Angel is: John Turi (sax/keyboards), Jonny “Bullet” Morelli (drums), Lee Brovitz (bass), Arthur “Rockin’ A” Neilson (guitar) and fronted by the very young and beautiful lead vocalist Cyndi Lauper. Their 1980 self-titled album was the first and only album released by the group but all went on to do great things in music; most notably the Grammy Award winning singer/song writer Cyndi Lauper. All the songs on the album are written and arranged with beautiful simpicity; some with heavy Rock-a-billy over-tones that harken us back to the 50's and othes, to the "Girl Groups" of the 60's; most penned by Lauper&Turi with the exception of the King/Mack swing classic “Cut Out”, the Berry Mann/Cynthia Weil tear jerker “I’m Gonna Be Strong” and Henrey Gross help the whole band pen “Everybody’s Got An Angel”. Also, Brovitz is listed as one of the writers on “Late” which is a favorite of mine along with “Lorraine”, “Just the Other Day” and “Can’t Blame Me”. Five other great tunes round out this album. All of the songs are sang with raw conviction that only Lauper’s 4 octave vocal range can deliver, taking us on an emotional journey 50’s and 60's Style by way of the 80’s. I Highly Recommend this album to anyone.

Great Riffs, Great lead vocal!

Blue Angel was rock-a-billy before the Stray Cats made it even cooler in the early eighties. Songs like "I Had A Love" and "Maybe He'll Know" are catchy enough to stay in your head all day long. With lead vocals by a very young Cyndi Lauper and wonderul compositions by John Turi, this band had all the markings of stardom. This was the only album they released together but Cyndi went on to greater fame as a powerhouse diva in her own right three years later. This is a must have for any 80's rock-a-billy fan or Cyndi aficionado.

Biography

Formed: 1979

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s

Blue Angel was a New York-based pop/rock quintet consisting of Cyndi Lauper (b.1953 06 20, Queens, NY) (vocals), Arthur Neilson (guitar), Lee Brovitz (bass), John Turi (keyboards, saxopbone), and Johnny Morelli (drums). They released one self-titled...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 1980

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