Soft Metal with Felicity Kendal

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I bought several LP’s whilst visiting the folks a couple of weeks back. There was a whole hoard of soft rock cover albums, and several copies of Felicity Kendal. I also found some singles, including a gate-fold.

Shape Up & Dance with Felicity Kendal

[Lifestyle Records, 1981]

This was the first of ten “Shape Up & Dance” keep fit albums, each featuring a different celebrity (my mum had the Angela Rippon version). Felicity’s voice is so calm and soothing, who wouldn’t want to clench their thighs to “Rhythm, Movement And Throbbing”?

I picked the one with the instruction sheet still inside, which unfortunately doesn’t feature photographs Felicity showing us how to stretch (boo).

A Side B Side
  1. Isn’t She Lovely
  2. Being With You
  3. I Will Survive
  4. Y.M.C.A.
  5. Making Your Mind Up
  1. Can’t Stop The Music
  2. Dancing Queen
  3. In The Navy
  4. Running Away From Love
  5. Rhythm, Movement And Throbbing
  6. Relaxation Theme (Gina’s Song)

Soft Metal

[Stylus Music, 1988]

Somehow I never owned this, even though it seemed to be everywhere in the late eighties. It’s full of good stuff.

A Side B Side
  1. Heart – Alone
  2. Marillion – Kayleigh
  3. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
  4. Saxon – Ride Like The Wind
  5. Ozzy Osbourne – Shot In The Dark
  6. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  7. Meatloaf – Dead Ringer For Love
  8. Reo Speedwagon – One Lonely Night
  9. Europe – The Final Countdown
  1. Starship – We Built This City
  2. It Bites – Calling All Heroes
  3. Stranglers – Golden Brown
  4. Poison – Nothin’ But A Good Time
  5. Wasch! – Body Running Fast
  6. Krokus – Screaming In The Night
  7. Faith No More – We Care A Lot
  8. Survivor – Burning Heart
  9. John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)

The Power of Classic Rock – The London Symphony Orchestra

[Portrait, 1985]

There were quite a few of these orchestral soft rock albums in the charity shop, of which this looked the best. I prefer the faster tracks as the slow ones just aren’t cheesy enough!

A Side B Side
  1. Two Tribes – Relax
  2. Drive
  3. Purple Rain
  4. Time After Time
  5. I Want to Know What Love Is
  1. Born in the USA/Dancing in the Dark
  2. The Power of Love
  3. Thriller
  4. Total Eclipse of the Heart
  5. Hello
  6. Modern Girl

5th Dimension – Greatest Hits On Earth

[Bell Records, 1972]

I’ve been looking for an LP by 5th Dimension for some time, so was pleased to finally find one!

A Side B Side
  1. (Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All
  2. Stoned Soul Picnic
  3. One Less Bell to Answer
  4. Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)
  5. Wedding Bell Blues
  1. Save the Country
  2. Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes (song)
  3. Puppet Man
  4. Up, Up and Away
  5. Never My Love
  6. Together Let’s Find Love


I found The Damned “The Shadow Of Love” gate-fold single and two other eighties delights. I have a large collection of early Madonna singles, but many were ex-jukebox versions without proper covers and big holes in the middle so update when I can. I never owned any A-Ha singles for some reason, just their first album (on cassette), so snapped this up too.

A-Ha – Take On Me [1985, WEA Records]
Madonna – Into The Groove [1985 Sire Records]
The Damned – The Shadow Of Love [1985 MCA Records]

This gate-fold single opens out longways with a list of tour dates inside.