Like a Prayer is probably one of my most played albums; I’ve loved it ever since I first heard it
Funnily enough, after I read your post a few days back the 'Like A Prayer 30th Anniversary Edition' appeared on my itunes. I can't believe its been 30 years. I remember buying that and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation on vinyl the same year and just falling in love with both albums - I suppose it was the first contemporary pop music I got into.
The anniversary edition is cool, though it's a crime to omit Promise to Try - possibly the most tender moment on the album, and again, very Karen.
I never heard of Tanita Tikaram before your post Brian. A quick search of Wikipedia, shows that "Twist In My Sobriety" peaked at #40 on the Canadian singles chart in April 1989, but I don't remember ever hearing it on the radio. I'm sure if I would have heard such an unusual alto voice, I'd have remembered it!
Speaking of unusual altos, how about Siobhan Fahey of "Shakespears Sister"?
The image of Siobhan in the devil costume, from Bananarama's "Venus" video, will be forever burned into my memory! I agree with you that "Cruel Summer" is a great track - I love the whole self-titled album (especially "Hotline to Heaven")!Formerly one third of the original line up of Bananarama . She reunited with Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin a couple of years ago for a short tour of the UK and North America. This was always my favourite song and features in the 1984 movie The Karate Kid. It was quite a big deal at the time for them to get their song in such a blockbuster film because they were little known in the US.
Results is one of my favorite albums.I love Tanita's 'Twist In My Sobriety' - such a unique artist. I also liked Liza's Pet Shop Boy's industrial/gospel cover from 'Results' - very unexpected but weirdly cool.
Cruel Summer is such a great track - probs my favorite of theirs. I also adored Shakespeare Sister, especially the gorgeous ....