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Wendy And Lisa

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026CE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Honeymoon Express
2. Sideshow
3. Waterfall
4. Stay
5. White
6. Blues Away
7. Song About
8. Chance to Grow
9. The Life
10. Everything But You
11. Light

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Pop/Soul duo's self-titled 1987 album. Having brought their esoteric Funk leanings to Prince & The Revolution through their purple reign in the early '80s, Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman split to pursue their own maverick musical path in 1986. Their self-titled debut saw the duo at their most creatively daring and typically eclectic - ranging from Minneapolis Funk to Jazz Fusion and acoustic balladry. Featured on this Special Edition CD are the original album containing the singles 'Waterfall', 'Sideshow' and 'Honeymoon Express', plus bonus tracks include hard-to-find 12" mixes of all the album's singles.

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Now let's just be clear here. Wendy and Lisa recorded and released their solo album shortly after leaving the Prince camp. The girls had been good friends with the purple one for quite some time now, splitting from him wasn't neccesarily the easiest thing to do, with this album they basicly bled on tape. Therefore this album is not too upbeat/poppy, nevertheless, it's one heck of an album.The album starts off with "Honeymoon Express" one of the three mostly upbeat songs on the album. It's nothing special, very radio-friendly, but as a opener it's enough to keep your attention.Next is "Sideshow", the most upbeat song on the album. It's okay, sung by Wendy (who has quite an entergetic and interresting voice) it's fairly enjoyable. Once agian, it's enough to keep you attention.Now we get into "Waterfall". the minor hit off of the album. In the same vien as the former two but a notch above them thanks to Wendy's guitar work (it always confuses me when Prince fans say she couldn't play).Then there's the ballad, "Stay". Yes, I know, the title sounds a little, well, "used and abused", it's still quite good. It's said to be about Prince, but you never know with those things. Could've been better if sung right, Wendy's vocals leave a lot to be desired on this one. It's not bad, though.Then there's the instrumental "White", which is okay. These girls are classicly trained so it's good, but don't listen to it if you're using heaphones, it'll be sure to put you to sleep. Sounds like a filler. Now we're on to the more interesting stuff.Next there's "Blues Away", everything about it is good-no scratch that-great. An edit wouldn't have hurt, though.Now we're onto "Song About", the ONLY song the girls have confrimed is about Prince.Read more ›
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To make my point, I'm a metal-head, by trade and by ear. In other words 80% of what I listen to is Metal or Hard Rock. But I know talent when I hear it, and I know good song writing when I hear it, and this is IT! I'm still trying to figure out who was better for who......was Prince better for Wendy & Lisa? Or were Wendy & Lisa the only reason Prince ever hit it big? (All of his stuff after they left pretty much sucks, so do the math).
Anyway, if you like good pop/rock/funk music, that is actually ORIGINAL sounding, buy this CD. Then go buy any other Wendy & Lisa CD you can find. They are ALL this good......'nuff said.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x995f6e40) out of 5 stars SOMEWHERE PRINCE IS SOBBING OVER LETTING THEM GO Aug. 6 2002
By J. Johnson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman played a cruical role in Prince's
Revolution.To the public,they're probably known for the parts in
"Purple Rain" and in the raunchy intro to "Computer Blue".After Prince fired all of his band in 1986,Wendy & Lisa landed back on
their feet with a deal on Columbia and released their debut in 1987.Truth be told,the ladies sound just fine without Jamie Starr.
"Wendy & Lisa" is a very adventrous,stylistically diverse late
'80s dance/pop album.Wendy's strong,soulful voice is highlighted
in ways that it couldn't have been during her Prince days.Lisa's
keyboard prowess is now actually in the forefront.Bobby Z,W&L's
bandmate from The Revolution,had a big hand in the production so
of course "Wendy & Lisa" has a semi-strong Prince feel.
Funky,taut workouts like "Honeymoon Express","Sideshow",and
"Light" have grooves that actually move and the lush instrumental "White" are all impressive.As well as the effective ballad "Stay" but I have one big question:WHY IN THE WORLD WASN'T A HIT???? That's right,this set's intial single stalled at #87 on the Billboard singles chart even though it was loaded with a nice beat,a great hook,and a strong Prince feel.Hey...maybe "Christopher Tracey" himself had something to do with such a surefire hit stalling(LOL)...Makes you wonder.
Anyway,I can't fail to mention the misty "Song About" with it's
sly references to Prince("No one stayed after the Parade":get it?).
Overall "Wendy & Lisa" is actually an underrated,well-produced
album that quietly paved some way for Sheryl Crow(whom W&L's
former boss sang with on his "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantasik" album)
and other soulful,pop/rock/soul female artists.'80s music that
still holds up very well.
Wendy and Lisa seemed to be possibly the most talented in former
Prince understudies(Shelia E comes close though).The two women
would release two more albums,1989's "Fruit At The Bottom" and
1992's "Eroica",both of which pushed the musical envelope even
more.Sadly both of those albums are out of print in the US and
both barely if ever charted over here as well.W&L released the
powerful "Girls Bros." project in 1998,a soaring,somber musical
grievance over the death of Jonathan Melovin,drummer for the
Smashing Pumpkins(he also played drums on Prince's "Do U Lie?"
from "Parade").They also have went on to play behind Me'Shell
N'Degeocello,Seal,Joni Mitchell,and BB King & Eric Clapton(yup,
that's them on "Riding With The King"),among others.And they've
scored the music for such feature films as "Dangerous Minds",
"Soul Food",and "Juwanna Mann".
Wendy and Lisa have truly stood the test of time.Somewhere,
Mr. Nelson is shedding purple tears seeing how well his musical
babies grew up.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x994a287c) out of 5 stars Wendy and Lisa's debut is underrated 80's timepiece March 26 2002
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After Parade, Prince disbanded the Revolution and worked with both new and old musicians, including Sheila E., Wendy Melvoin, and Lisa Coleman. Although Wendy and Lisa had a few contributions on Sign 'O' The Times, they were jettisoned from his band per se, but that didn't matter. Wendy and Lisa decided to do their own thing, producing their debut album with the help of Prince drummer Bobby Z.
"Honeymoon Express" and "Sideshow" begin with some Prince-influenced funk and bass but Wendy and Lisa quickly give it their own sound immediately after. "Sideshow" has some amusing rhyming verses, "The government, firmament/spearmint, doublemint."
"Waterfall" was the first single and I only heard it on MTV with their video. The strong drum rhythm and grinding guitar really won me over. And that chorus: "People may come/poeple may go/just as long as the water's slow/but watch out when you're headed for/the waterfall."
The instrumental "White" with piano and soprano sax finds the duo going the jazz route. What improvs could've been made from this!
"Blues Away" and "Song About," like the piano ballad "Stay," lack a Prince stamp, while "Chance To Grow" veers toward pop-jazz.
"The Life" is my favourite song here, and is the original mellow piano version instead of the speeded up version on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack.
It's back to Prince-like stuff in "Light." This could have been at home on Parade.
Some of the music is Prince-influenced, but don't anyone dare mistake them for Prince satellite-bands such as the Time, Apollonia 6, or The Family! Wendy and Lisa are musicians in their own right. Besides, they declared independence by signing on with Columbia as opposed to Paisley Park.
Too bad this album was overlooked by many. I wouldn't call it mainstream fodder. There are traces of funk, jazz, light pop, but nothing in a single category.
One interesting note here: some of the backing percussion is done by Jonathan, presumably Jonathan Melvoin, Wendy's brother who later became backup drummer for the Smashing Pumpkins, and well,... you know the tragic rest.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99690330) out of 5 stars Prince Who? May 20 2000
By Music Geek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Why this album wasn't nominated for a Grammy is beyond me; it could be because, at the time of its release, music videos were all-important to the success of an album, and the video for "Waterfalls" was boring and easily forgettable. Nevertheless, this is a work of absolute beauty. Particularly brilliant are "Everything But You", "Chance to Grow", and "Blues Away", not to mention the exquisite instrumental, "White". Wendy and Lisa deserved a much better reception than they got for this album. Incidentally, the only song on which you could hear Prince's influence, in my opinion, was "Waterfalls".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0f699c) out of 5 stars my beautiful talented girls on their own!!!! April 11 2003
By tha_bmb - Published on
Format: Audio CD
i got this atfer my favorite group disbanded...the revolution!!!!the first single was "waterfalls".i cried when i saw the video.they were just beautiful. the music was so lush.then i copped the album.i first bought it on cassette.the first song was "honeymoon express".i was blown away just from the intro!!!!it was like you can connect them to prince,but it was just so this day,it's my favorite because it a smooth was about time they had showcased their was like a secret i didn't want to let out."song about"was a song to me like a crush on a high school jock that you can't have.they knew my heart and what i was feeling.the music was just soothing my soul.the piano on the track was comforting."everything but you"was the song that meant the most of their independenceand was a brilliant introduction of the things to come.this was my album in high school to college!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x998dec84) out of 5 stars A perfect forgotten jewel... Feb. 2 2001
By Winston Delgado - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when it came out because I was a Prince fan. I still spin the CD here in the year 2001 on occasion because it's a great record that stands entirely on it's own. Thanks to 'retro radio', most of the really good music from the 8o's has been forgotten, to be replaced with endless repetition of Petter Schilling's 'Major Tom', Dexy's Midnight Runners' 'Come On Eileen.... This is a stunning record from that period that is still enjoyable. I can see why Prince keeps leaving little messages to them in his albums-between albums like this and the work they did with Seal, it's obvious Wendy & Lisa really are very talented and interesting musicians. And considering Prince's uneven output of the last, oh, I don't know, decade or so, he could really use them back in Paisely Park...

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