The Lost Years
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||Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore||Michael Sembello||4:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tear Down the Walls||Michael Sembello||4:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Winter of Our Love||Michael Sembello||5:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Black Rain||Michael Sembello||5:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Heavy Weather||Michael Sembello||6:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||One Planet, One People||Michael Sembello||5:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Maniac (New Version)||Michael Sembello||5:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Life of My Broken Heart||Michael Sembello||5:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Where Are We Now||Michael Sembello||4:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rub the Stone||Michael Sembello||5:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Voodoo (Bonus Track)||Michael Sembello||4:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||What You Really Want (Bonus Track)||Michael Sembello||4:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Burn It Up (Bonus Track)||Michael Sembello||4:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
This is such a terrible record. I love music. I hate crap.
Maniac Redux Well Done
It's unfortunate when someone like A.E.V. takes the time to comment or review music on iTunes and takes the approach of "I hate this kind of music therefore it's awful". Ad Hominem attacks are always a bad idea. In the case of the Michael Sembello retake Maniac, reviewer A.E.V. has missed both the point and the mark.
As a re-interpretation of the '80s classic, the 2003 release of Maniac on the album entitled The Lost Years demonstrates the maturation of Sembello as an artist. One doesn't get to say they've worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand and Michael Jackson if they aren't bringing something substantive to the effort.
Sembello is well traveled in the studio and around the world. Hearing the re-take on his widely known synth-pop (Grammy winning) track, turning it into a lush ballad filled with flavors of Herbie Hancock and Wes Montgomery is a real treat for nostalgists. The true and only flaw would be the mix, and perhaps the choice to go without live drums. Never a fan of drum machines for anything other than dance music, I do feel it was a mistake to back up the beautiful guitar licks with the stuffy sound of highly compressed midi drums and other percussive touches.
Nevertheless, the romantic sensuality of the arrangement shines through, and Sembello's vocals are spot on. So, while it may not be someone's cup of tea, this effort turns out well for Mr. Sembello and is be quite interested to here his contemporary spin on a fee other offerings he's worked on. Nice work Mike. Thank you for putting a smile across my face 30 years after the first encounter with your infectious music.
A Maniac for this lusty reimangination.
Whilst partaking in the most sensual of foods (Nutella & cream cheese filled perogies..zomg) my loved ones and I stumbled across this epic reimagining. The hot tub overflowed with a fire from deep within our loins. One that required the immediate purchase & subsequent looping the song, ad infinitum. If your looking for a slow jam to seduce your lover with, then look no further. Not suitable for children's parties.
Born: April 17, 1954 in Philadelphia, PA
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s