I Know My First Name Is Stephen
We were talking about this album in the Made In America thread but I didn’t want to hijack that thread and it gave me an idea...It’s crazy how much stronger an album like Lovelines is. It’s like Richard knew somehow he could pull them out for some special occasion later on.
Imagine if they’d released Lovelines exactly as it eventually appeared, but in late 1980, a year before Made In America came along? This way they could have squeezed in a 1980 album while sessions for MIA dragged on and also tested the water with the solo tracks, thereby appeasing Karen after the bruising experience of its shelving. Think of how the liner notes could have read:
“Lovelines” consists of 12 previously unreleased studio tracks recorded since 1977 and commemorates the tenth anniversary of Richard and Karen’s first number one single with A&M Records, “Close To You”. The album includes four selections from Karen’s unreleased solo album, produced by Phil Ramone and remixed by Richard especially for this collection. Also included are selections from two of the duo’s recent television specials, along with two tracks from their most recent recording sessions. Richard is especially proud to present the stunning “You’re The One”, which was recorded for the duo’s 1977 LP “Passage”, but which lost out on a place on that album due to “the flip of a coin”.