Gone Digital: Amazulu, Marc Cohn, Dweeb, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, and Strange Cargo
If it’s Tuesday, then it must be time for Gone Digital, our weekly look at five albums which may not even realize are part of Rhino’s digital catalog. As ever, the types of music we’ll be covering will be all over the place, but that’s Rhino for you: we’re all about variety!
- Amazulu, SPELLBOUND [EXPANDED EDITION] (1986): Taking their name from a South African play, this UK group was founded by Sharon Bailey, Lesley Beach, and Rose Miner, altough Miner, the group’s original lead singer, was soon replaced by Anne Marie Ruddock. Their self-titled debut LP was the bigger hit, thanks to singles like “Excitable” and “Don’t You Just Know It,” but this LP earned the group at least two minor UK hits: “Wonderful World, Beautiful People” and a cover of “Mony Mony.”
- Marc Cohn, THE COMPLETE ATLANTIC ALBUMS (2020): Best known, of course, for his self-titled 1991 debut album and its hit single “Walking in Memphis,” Cohn was actually an Atlantic artist for three – count ‘em! – three albums, with the others being 1993’s THE RAINY SEASON and 1998’s BURNING THE DAZE. Although the former LP spawned a minor hit in “Walk Through This World,” which stalled at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 but climbed to #22 on the Mainstream Rock singles chart, the latter album came and went with so little fanfare that few even knew it was released. And now you’ve got the opportunity to pick up all three of these albums in a single pop. You’re welcome, consumers!
- Dweeb, TURN YOU ON (1998): The late ‘90s was a glorious era for Britpop, but for every Blur and Oasis that emerged from the UK scene, there were a dozen other artists who were lucky to ever score a major-label release, let alone find chart success with it. Such was the fate of Dweeb, but if you’re a Britpop aficionado, this will really get your inner Anglophile revving.
- Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, THE CHRONICLES OF A BOHEMIAN TEENAGER (2006): This eccentrically-named artist is simply the pseudonym of singer-songwriter Sam Duckworth, and for our money, anyone who’s capable of penning a tune called “If I Had £1 for Every Stale Song Title I'd Be 30 Short Of Getting Out Of this Mess” is worth your time.
- Strange Cargo, HINTERLAND (1995): While technically credited to Strange Cargo, this is really just the fourth album from William Orbit, a master of electronic music who scored a #4 UK hit with his version of “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” and then later landed in the #3 spot with “Feel Good Time,” his collaboration with P!nk for the Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle soundtrack. This album, however, arrived prior to either of those hits, and it made nary a ripple on the charts, but if you’ve seen the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, then you’ve heard at least one of the tunes: “The Name of the Wave.”