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Suddenly…Cherry Pop Reissues and Expands Two Billy Ocean Albums

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If you’re sharing the same dream to see Billy Ocean’s catalogue get some deluxe treatment, next Tuesday is your day: Cherry Pop is reissuing two of Ocean’s mid-’80s pop smashes with bonus content. These will be the Cherry Red label group’s second and third reissues for Ocean, following Big Break’s expansion of 1982’s Inner Feelings back in March.

The Trinidad-born, England-raised Ocean enjoyed early success in the late ’70s on the GTO label. His first single, 1976’s “Love Really Hurts Without You,” peaked at No. 2 in the U.K. and was a Top 40 hit in the U.S. as well. Three more Top 20 singles were spun off his eponymous debut in England, but things were largely quiet from there, save for a Top 10 R&B and Dance chart hit in the U.S. in 1981 with “Nights (Feel Like Gettin’ Down).”

All that changed in 1984, when Ocean released “European Queen,” a pulsating, sensual club track that initially stiffed upon release. When one line was re-recorded for the U.S. market and the single was released overseas, however, “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” was a chart-topper. Ocean enjoyed international success and crossover appeal after nearly a decade on the scene, enjoying two more U.S. Top 5 hits with the ballad “Suddenly” and “Loverboy.” (Ultimately, all three songs were Top 20 singles in Ocean’s adopted home country.)

But the winning streak wasn’t over. With revered pop/rock producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange at the helm, Ocean’s “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” became another No. 1 hit in the U.K. (and a U.S. No. 2) when it was included on the soundtrack for The Jewel of the Nile in 1985. The following long-player, Love Zone (1986), featured yet another U.S. chart-topper, “There’ll Be Sad Songs (to Make You Cry)” and Top 20 singles in “Love is Forever” and the title track.

Each newly-remastered release is appended with four non-LP remixes each, most of which are making their debut on CD in England. (Interestingly, Suddenly features the hit U.S. version of “Caribbean Queen,” rather than either the original “European Queen” or its equally semi-obscure “African Queen” version.) The discs will also feature liner notes with detailed discographies and pictures of the original single sleeves. Each will be available in the U.K. on July 11, and you can order them through the links after the jump.

Suddenly: Expanded Edition (Cherry Pop CRPOP87, 2011)

  1. Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
  2. Mystery Lady
  3. Syncopation
  4. The Long and Winding Road
  5. Loverboy
  6. Lucky Man
  7. Dancefloor
  8. If I Should Lose You
  9. Suddenly
  10. Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) (Extended Mix)
  11. Lucky Man (Extended Version)
  12. Mystery Lady (Extended Version)
  13. Loverboy (Extended Mix)

Tracks 1-9 from Jive Records LP
Track 10 from Jive Records 12″ T-77 (U.K.), 1984
Track 11 from Jive Records 12″ 151.185 (Europe), 1984
Track 12 from Jive Records 12″ T-98 (U.K.), 1984/12″ promo JD1-9373 (U.S.), 1985
Track 13 from Jive Records 12″ T-80 (U.K.)/JD1-9280 (U.S.), 1984

Love Zone: Expanded Edition (Cherry Pop CRPOP88, 2011)

  1. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
  2. Love Zone
  3. Without You
  4. There’ll Be Sad Songs (to Make You Cry)
  5. Bitter Sweet
  6. It’s Never Too Late to Try
  7. Showdown
  8. Promise Me
  9. Love is Forever
  10. Love Zone (Extended Version)
  11. Bittersweet (Extended Version)
  12. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (Extended Version)
  13. There’ll Be Sad Songs (to Make You Cry) (7″ Version)

Tracks 1-9 released as Jive Records LP HIP 35 (U.K.)/JL8-8409 (U.S.), 1986
Track 10 from Jive Records 12″ JIVE T-124 (U.K.)/JD1-9509 (U.S.), 1986
Track 11 from Jive Records 12″ JIVE T-133 (U.K.), 1986
Track 12 from Jive Records 12″ JIVE R-114 (U.K.), 1986/JD1-9431 (U.S.), 1985
Track 13 from Jive Records 7″ JIVE 117 (U.K.)/JS1-9465 (U.S.), 1986

Written by Mike Duquette

July 6, 2011 at 14:26

Posted in Billy Ocean, News, Reissues

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  1. These 2 albums were staples in the cassette player at my mom’s house when I was growing up. “Caribbean Queen” was absolutely a family favorite.

    Eric Luecking

    July 6, 2011 at 14:52

  2. Loved both of those albums back in the day…but thinking the mastering will be fried. Still might get them, though, for nostalgia’s sake. Really wish they would’ve added the “European Queen” and “African Queen” versions, though.


    July 6, 2011 at 16:40

  3. wasn’t the Carribean Queen 12″ the same mix as the Lp version? I once had that 12″ (Diamond Mix I believe) and it was the same 7+ minute mix found on the album. It will be nice to finally have the full length “Loverboy” remastered.. one of the first 45’s I ever bought


    July 6, 2011 at 17:35

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