3 x Prelude Classics…..

D-Train – You’re The One For Me

This is the first of three classic Prelude tracks that i felt that i had to revisit. They are all special in the sense that they pretty much set the standard on how dance music should really sound in the early 80’s.

Gayle Adams – Love Fever

I can still remember when i was a teen and anytime i saw a record with the characteristic Prelude label i got really excited. In retrospect i can’t say that there were that many bad productions coming from this legendary label. Instead it was pretty much a label that promised good quality dance music. Music that also evolved the dance music by using synthesizers in a much broader fashion than we had seen before.

Sharon Redd – Beat The Street

I have a quite clear memory of this song as it was used in a swedish tv-show called “Jacobs stege” which was broadcast on national television in Sweden from 1985 to 1988. It was hosted by the late Jacob Dahlin and he had a particular interest in Soviet and modern Soviet/Russian culture, and remember that this was just a few years before the Soviet Union dissolved.

So he made frequent visits to Moscow with his tv-crew and one episode of his show was sort of a night life coverage with images from the streets of Moscow of the mid 80’s. As background music to this coverage he used Sharon Redd’s Beat The Street, and ever since i always see the images of the streets of Moscow in my mind whenever i hear this song. I guess it stuck to me so strong just because Beat The Street was one of my favorite tunes in the early 80’s.

Well, this was three true Prelude classics and these three songs in my opinion are the most emblematic songs that was released on this label.




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  1. It may come as no surprise I have to add a few of my favourites:

    .. but there’s so many of them 🙂

  2. Back in the days i just couldn’t stand L.A.X – All My Love. It was one of those releases that i thought was out of touch with the Prelude spirit. Anyway, now when i hear the song i can’t say that i dislike it anymore, instead i feel some kind of fondness, like seeing an old friend that i haven’t seen for a long while. Anyway, the other two songs were also favorites at the time and still are, and you’re right, there are so many of them. 😀



  3. As you say, LAX was not the ordinary bill at Prelude. But the original sound of the period around 1981 was a classic sound, especially the KISS Mastermixes!
    To me LAX was a great song in the soul / disco mode….

    But with Prelude, as with Salsoul, they hooked up with people and artists from all over the world and the most odd tunes turned up on the labels.
    I mean, GARY CRISS – Rio de Janiero was a Salsoul tune…
    And I was really surprised to find out that NICK STRAKER turned up on PRELUDE too…

    I love the tunes, but for me they were not classic label-sounds…

    ….. just listening to Nick Straker now, and boy do I like that 🙂

  4. I sense that there are a few lists we could compile. Lists of classic ”label” songs, list of classic ”misfit” songs, and lists of classic labels and so on. 😉

    Nick Straker Band was and is a really neat tune, yet not typical label sound as you say.




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