Walk Under Ladders - Joan Armatrading

Walk Under Ladders
Released on 25/01/10. Eighth LP from legendary UK singer songwriter, originally issued in 1981. Second album in her late 70s / early 80s newfound pop direction, produced by the legendary Steve Lillywhite.

Now with three bonus tracks previously only issued on vinyl as part of the Weakness In Me EP.

The seventies produced a string of great albums, mostly tinged with an acoustic, jazzy, even folky flavour, until, in the late 70's and early 80's she found her way into a more pop orientated sound, which is the point at which this collection finds her. Produced by the ever reliable Steve Lillywhite, "Walk Under Ladders" was Joan's eighth LP and comfortably reached the UK's Top Ten, and peaking at number 6 on its release in 1981. A set of solid, catchy and artistically respectable songs, this album established the artist as a versatile figurehead at the beginning of the decade.

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· It contains a newly re-mastered album as well as a disc of B-Sides from the singles released at the time.

 

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As One (Expanded Edition)

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TRACK LISTING

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6.    LET'S GET CLOSER       
7.    PERFECT LOVE       
8.    YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I NEED


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•    This CD is released 28th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1.    SAVE ME
2.    I LIKE IT
3.    FLY, ROBIN, FLY
4.    TIGER BABY
5.    SON OF A GUN
6.    ALWAYS ANOTHER GIRL
7.    CHAINS OF LOVE
8.    HEART OF STONE
9.    PLEASE DON'T CHANGE THE CHORDS OF THIS SONG

BONUS TRACKS
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11.    TIGER BABY (12” Version)

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NB: This title is released July 7 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

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