The Three Degrees were hugely successful internationally throughout the
seventies, particularly in the UK where they enjoyed ten top forty hits
including Year Of Decision, Take Good Care Of Yourself and the anthemic ballad When Will I See You Again,
all on Philadelphia International Records. New Dimensions was the trio's first
album for Ariola Records where they were teamed with hotter than hot producer
Giorgio Moroder, who was riding high on his work with Donna Summer.
The top forty album spent thirteen weeks on the UK album chart in 1979
and spun off three hugely successful megahits in the shape of the discofied Giving Up, Giving In and The Runner as well as the top three
ballad Woman In Love.
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by Stock Aitken Waterman, the album reached #3 on its original release
in April 1987, going platinum in the UK and topping the charts
internationally with sales in excess of three million copies. "F.L.M."
features three UK Top Ten hits Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend),
the classic #1 Respectable and the title track. Digitally re-mastered
and compiled from original master tapes archived at Abbey Road and Pete
Waterman's PWL Studios, this release features no less than nineteen
exclusive bonus tracks across two discs, including the 1988 Top Ten
hit, That's The Way It Is and its self-penned B-side, You Changed My
Life. Both tracks are included alongside the "F.L.M." album for the
first time ever.
Kim Appleby has generously contributed an
exclusive commentary to this release. The extensive booklet also
features a reversible cover, an illustrated discography, additional
photos and brand new sleeve notes from PWL consultant Tom Parker. Mel
& Kim s debut single, Showing Out, hit #3 in November 1986, and in
February 1987 Respectable became the first Stock Aitken Waterman
composition to top the charts. Combining a streetwise pop sensibility
with transatlantic house grooves, Mel & Kim became a global
sensation. But at the height of their fame, Mel was diagnosed with
cancer. Facing relentless media attention with dignity and
characteristic humour while she underwent treatment, the duo released a
brand new single in February 1988 That's The Way It Is.
Mel's health deteriorated and she passed away in January 1990, aged
just 23. "F.L.M." is the latest Hit Factory classic to be reissued on
Cherry Pop, following a host of popular releases from Big Fun, Boy
Krazy, Hazell Dean, Lonnie Gordon, Haywoode, the London Boys, Princess,
Sinitta, Mandy Smith and Sonia.
Having been R&B hit makers for years, the group were no strangers to the American Soul Chart but the pairing of the group with Philadelphia's Gamble & Huff took them to an iconic level of appreciation. The top 20 album spawned the now classic UK #1 When Will I See You Again and the top 20 hit Year Of Decision. Also featured was their Philly debut single Dirty Ol' Man which topped the charts in the Netherlands, staving off the threat of Demis Roussos in the process!
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