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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Madleen Kane - Cheri (Side 1)

posted by on February 28 at 15:40 PM


I’m just back from vacation, but this album has been on my mind the whole time I was away. Especially side one. I think I’ve listened through all 17 and a half minutes of it about 20 times in the last week. The writing and production work by Michaele, Paul and Lana Sebastian are spot on perfect. The “Mega-mixing” by Jim Burgess just seems to be a revelation.

Madleen Kane was born in Sweden in 1958 to a life of “luxury”. Travel, music and dance lessons helped give her the poise she needed to become one of the first european “supermodels” of the 1970’s. In fact, for a while she lived with modeling agent Eileen Ford and became an exclusive with the Ford Modeling Agency. When she was 19 she met disco producer Jean Claude Friedrich and through him was introduced to the Munich disco scene that revolved around Musicland Studios.

She recorded her first album with Thor Baldurson and Jurgen Koppers (two of mega-producer Giorgio Moroder’s right hand men), and at 20 she had her first club couple of hits and a Gold record with her first album Rough Diamond.

Her next album is the topic of this post, Cheri.

As with most “supermodel turned singer” her voice really isn’t all that, which is pretty obvious from the fact that her singing can’t even be heard on this recording until the 5 minute mark. Then it only lasts for a single song before being covered up by the symphonicly produced background vocals again. Slight, would be the definition I would use.

It’s interesting to think that that was how they dealt with mediocre singing back in the heyday of disco. They would just cover it up with layers of beats and background vocals. Nowadays, any self-respecting producer just uses pitch modulators to correct any discrepancy and volume controls to “turn up the vocals” (See Cher, Madonna, Victoria Beckham…). But for some reason on the first side of Cheri, this production style works to perfection!

The first 5 minutes of this album, the “Forbidden Love / Fire In Your Heart” part, was the single from this album, and reached number one on the club charts in the US. The rest of the side from this album is icing on the cake eventually returning to the stunning piano theme of ”Forbidden Love” for the closing of the side.

I’ll say it again. Perfection!

I know 17 and a half minutes is a lot to ask, but check it out, it really is beautiful.

Also, if your wondering, the album has been out of print since it’s release, so there are no new copies out there to be had. So enjoy this one while you can.

Download it at my music blog here.

(Yes. I realise you have to download a little program (Pando to be exact) to grab this song, but it’s 17 minutes long! and won’t let me upload it. What’s a little extra step if you getting shimmer-y disco perfection?)

UPDATE: Here is the link for FORBIDDEN LOVE!

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I tried to download the song 3 times and everytime I'd try to open it says there's a bad file name/volume clue what it means and it may just be me.

Posted by weare138notyou | February 28, 2007 4:30 PM

i've tried reposting it. i hope that works. the pando box looks different than before (the font for the song title is BOLD). i don't know what that means. sorry. let me know if it's still messed up.

Posted by terry miller | February 28, 2007 5:51 PM

i was able to upload it on a upgraded account on yousendit. please enjoy!

Posted by terry miller | February 28, 2007 6:10 PM


Posted by weare138notyou | February 28, 2007 7:52 PM

i just started going through the slog and the latest two posts of yours are both about bands that i play out and listen to at home.

everyone seems to think i'm a monster because i like disco.

i like disco!

Posted by dj ate my baby | March 1, 2007 7:34 PM

Oh - this is very rad -- thanks!!

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