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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:16 pm 
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The Platinum Collection and Self Control are the best.
I've gotta say I disagree with the two favourites here: Hold Me and Laura Branigan...
Although Hold Me is my third favourite album (behind B2 and SC), I'm not a big fan of the cover (nor am I of the 'LB' album cover).
In fact, I'm going to make a potentially controversial comment and say that the cover was perhaps a reason for the decline in sales opposed to the
big seller Self Control. I mean, the music on Hold Me is similar to SC and not unlike what she had released before, pop rock with a ballad or two.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I can't think of another reason: the music was as good as ever (great lead single: Spanish Eddie, but with a music video completely different to Self Control), she seemed as busy as ever promoting it, and would've still been riding high from the continued success and fame of 1984.
And following 1985... I always think to myself: what if a music video for Power of Love had been made and more time spent promoting the single? Top 10? Platinum record? Back in the game!
Same as 1990, I think Moonlight On Water could've been a big hit if the media gave her another push (we all know she had the music to support a big hit).
What's done is done and at the end of the day, she certainly had a career to be proud of!
Anyway, sorry to get off topic... Self Control is my favourite cover!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:26 pm 
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So my types are "Over my Hearth" and "Hold Me".

The first is just cute as the second one, but it's like comparing the Young Laura and the Grown - more adult looking-style. In my opinion these are the best. The first one totally describes her music on the album - mature and beautiful. The "Hold Me" cover from the marketing site was a very good idea. In my opinion it was catchy and a little bit provoking.

At this point I disagree with GWashingMachine95. The cover had nothing to the promotion of the album. The songs were absolutley good, but i think, that they should choose other to release - 1. "Hold Me", 2. "I found someone", 3. "Spanish Eddie", 4. "Tenderness" or even "When the heat..". These songs would have had IMO a very big impact, especially in Europe, were Self Control was one of the best albums in the 80's. I think it was a matter of promotion and management, because if you hear the songs for the first time, they stay in your minde and you can just go to your keyboard and play them without knowing the chords... As simple as good.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Hey Barteek :greetings-wavingyellow: ,

On the subject of European sales, that is fair point and I agree with you.
I'm certainly not disputing the quality of the songs on the album, just curious as to the reason(s) of lower sales compared to Self Control.
Four singles from each LB album seemed to be the 'going rate' from 1984 til 1990, and I would agree with Hold Me and Spanish Eddie as lead singles (which they were), but I think Sanctuary had potential too!
As for management, I seem to remember reading something about a change in management (Naomi...? Was that her first name?) so that's certainly another good point.
Presumably that can have an impact, but I would greatly appreciate confirmation (re: Management changes?) from Kathy or Vince.

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