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  • Salena Jones

    Anybody give me the heads up on what's shit and what's good in the SJ catalogue? Heard good things, but never actually heard anything by her. I've been offered one of her albums for a cheap price but I've no idea what it's like.
    http://www.djhistory.com

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    Um, I have 'Moment Of Truth' (thanks Colin!) which is mainly notable for Right Now, an uptempo big band number (conducted by Keith Mansfield). I also have 'Everybody's Talking About' (cheers Sie!) which I play mainly for Am I The Same Girl.  There's also a good track called Morning Dew on there - again it's Keith Mansfield (?) so more big band gear. And 'Where Peaceful Waters Flow', from the mid seventies. Much more of a seventies sound but I like Nature Boy.  I've had a couple of those and never paid much for either. Finally I have a BBC Radioplay (shhh!) LP of hers with an even better version of Morning Dew, plus James Taylors Fire And Rain, etc.  Matt has another Radioplay LP of hers and he also rates This'N'That, which I haven't heard yet.

    Quite a few of her LPs, at least the Keith Mansfield productions and BBC sets, command a fair price but mostly I think they're one trackers, at least to my ears.
    You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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    • #3
      I love salena!

      Everybodys talkin' about - Nice spinning wheel (I would like this as my copy as crackly as bacon...)

      The moment of truth - I charted this a while back. Very chilled lp. 'Right now' is rather groovy.

      And I have a really naff later one. Its salena walking down a wooded path - name escapes me right now.
      www.thesoundlibrary.net <- Changed URL

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      • #4
        Can't add much to what Rich said, other than to confirm that I do really like 'This'n'That' - great versions of 'Summertime', 'Do I Love You' (with decent Brian Bennett break at the start if you like that kind of thing) and 'You'd Be So Nice To Come Home Too' - the whole shebang is a John Cameron production.

        'Where Peaceful Water Flow' is a nice set on DJM, my copy has the bonus of having a price sticker from Sperrings, where I bought my first ever records from too

        'Moment Of Truth' is a good buy if you can get it, 'Right Now', as Sermad suggests is a winner, and you'll always get your money back on the LP as people always seem to want those Keith Mansfield productions.

        Now, if I could only tear myself away from CM4 to get through that pile of LPs covering the dining room floor.....
        Matt Hero

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        • #5
          Going off at a slight tangent, I'd heartily recommend her version of Respect, one side of a UK Columbia single which came out a couple of years prior to her CBS LPs.

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          • #6
            I have 'Platinum' which has a cracking version of 'The Letter' but the rest of the album is disappointing. It's worth the £6 I paid for that one track though. It was on my Xmas comp actually, cracking tune.

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            • #7
              Salena does a belting version of &quot;Spinning Wheel&quot; if i remember rightly ?
              SECRET RUSSIAN ROMANTIC GUITAR PSYCH BREAKS

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              • #8
                'Moment Of Truth' &amp; 'Everybody's Talking About' (best lp's)
                They both have a polish pressing on Muza.
                With a nice diffrerent cover. (they can be find cheap)

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by [b
                  Quote[/b] ]Quote: from pokester on 9:58 am on April 4, 2003
                  'Moment Of Truth'  &amp; 'Everybody's Talking About'  (best lp's)
                  They both have a polish pressing on Muza.
                  With a nice diffrerent cover.  (they can be find cheap)
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                  Oh, I thought they were on Pronit (like the Keith Mansfield LP) ?

                  Well, if anybody turns up spares of these pressings please think of me.... I particularly like the sleeves of these pressings, very psychy
                  Matt Hero

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by [b
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                    Originally posted by [b
                    Quote[/b] ]
                    'Moment Of Truth'  &amp; 'Everybody's Talking About'  (best lp's)
                    They both have a polish pressing on Muza.
                    With a nice diffrerent cover.  (they can be find cheap)
                    <span =''>Oh, I thought they were on Pronit (like the Keith Mansfield LP)?
                    <span =''>Good question. I *thought* they were on Pronit but I could just have assumed that since the Mansfield's are on Pronit - Pokester? And how come these records got a Polish press anyhow?
                    You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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                    • #11
                      this'n'that gets a vote from me too - john stapleton-style big drums all over it, especially that 'do i love you'. there's a lovely loop on the intro of the first track too, really mellow.

                      other than that it's pretty hit-and-miss but considering it's (currently) a cheap find i'd recommend it.
                      http://www.blaxploitation.com
                      Chops for show, groove for dough.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by [b
                        Quote[/b] ]Quote: from Rich Hero on 11:07 am on April 4, 2003
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                        Originally posted by [b
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                        Originally posted by [b
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                        'Moment Of Truth'  &amp; 'Everybody's Talking About'  (best lp's)
                        They both have a polish pressing on Muza.
                        With a nice diffrerent cover.  (they can be find cheap)
                        <span =''>Oh, I thought they were on Pronit (like the Keith Mansfield LP)?
                        <span =''>Good question. I *thought* they were on Pronit but I could just have assumed that since the Mansfield's are on Pronit - Pokester? And how come these records got a Polish press anyhow?
                        <span =''>

                        Mansfield orch is on pronit.
                        But salena is on muza (the were only issued on muza)


                        Yes why were they pressed in poland? (same for pleasure ,cymande, and other funk stuff issued in poland )

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                        • #13
                          Cheers pokester! In the case of Cymande... This is probably down to the John Schroeder/Alaska connection. He used to tout his wares at MIDEM which is where the licensing came about. He had a deal with Poland through the BBC (which explains the presence of some of the rarer Alaska tracks on Polish compilations from the time). And he never saw a penny - apparently he couldn't take the money out of the country, he could only spend it there! So, to answer my own question, I guess that the Keith Mansfield material was licensed in a similar manner. I wonder if Keith Mansfield had any more luck getting paid? That loophole would explain why the Polish market could afford to license so much gear - maybe more countries would have if they had the same restrictions on earnings?!?
                          You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by [b
                            Quote[/b] ]Quote: from Rich Hero on 1:37 pm on April 4, 2003
                            Cheers pokester! In the case of Cymande... This is probably down to the John Schroeder/Alaska connection. He used to tout his wares at MIDEM which is where the licensing came about. He had a deal with Poland through the BBC (which explains the presence of some of the rarer Alaska tracks on Polish compilations from the time). And he never saw a penny - apparently he couldn't take the money out of the country, he could only spend it there! So, to answer my own question, I guess that the Keith Mansfield material was licensed in a similar manner. I wonder if Keith Mansfield had any more luck getting paid? That loophole would explain why the Polish market could afford to license so much gear - maybe more countries would have if they had the same restrictions on earnings?!?
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                            Great Info !!
                            Thanks Rich

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by [b
                              Quote[/b] ]Quote: from pokester on 1:16 pm on April 4, 2003
                              <span =''>Mansfield orch is on pronit.
                              But salena is on muza  (the were only issued on muza)


                              [/quote]

                              Both were imprints of the same single state label (Polskie Nagrania) &amp; artists seem to appear on one or the other for pretty random reasons: apparently a third imprint, Veriton, was set up specifically for 'pop', but most of the stuff I've seen on that label has been folk groups... artists seem to have been assigned to one or the other (ie: all LPs by one artist tend to be on Muza or Pronit - I've found no cases of the same artists recording for both so far), but no difference in overall output has been discernable to me...

                              (Edited by wayne at 5:53 pm on April 4, 2003)
                              a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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