Back in the 1980’s I bought a cassette tape titled Arrival by British pop/dance artist Haywoode. I wore that cassette tape out back in the day. Well wouldn’t you know it, Arrival was released on cd a few months ago. Of course I bought it.

According to Amazon.com:

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1986 album from the Soul/Dance/R&B vocalist including bonus tracks. Via a succession of singles – including two forgotten gems by then-little-known underground Dance producers Stock Aitken & Waterman, ‘You’d Better Not Fool Around‘ and ‘Getting Closer‘, full international chart success finally struck for Haywoode with ‘Roses’ in July 1986. The long-awaited Arrival album was finally unveiled, showcasing new tracks including Haywoode’s take on Prince’s debut hit ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover‘. The album soon became a much-sought-after ‘lost classic’ of the era. 17 tracks. Cherry Pop. 2010.

This cd has a dance/pop sound that I was really into back then and I still enjoy.

Haywoode didn’t receive major attention here in the United States though one of her songs did very well on the U.S. dance music charts.  She was more popular in Great Britain where she was born and raised. I was introduced to her music while watching a music video show on tv during the 1980’s. I can’t remember what song they played but I ended up heading to Tower Records and buying the cassette there since they sold music by artists who weren’t too well-known. My favorite songs include Getting Closer, Roses and You Better Not Fool Around. She also did a version of Prince’s I Wanna Be Your Lover. What I love about the cd is that they have both the seven-inch version and the extended version of several songs.

Check out the extended version of Getting Closer.

and the extended version of You Better Not Fool Around.

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