It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly what I was doing when I first heard Paul Hardcastle, but what I can tell you is that the first track I ever heard from him was “Rainforest.” (I think the first time I heard him was on a commercial that was for a compilation CD/LP that had Enya and Jan Hammer on it. Yes kids, there was a time in history that music was advertised in regular television commercials that came on between two TV shows.) Ever sense I heard that Roland “Jupiter-8” making some of the most amazing music I heard at the time, I knew I was hooked. In retrospect, after hearing Paul Hardcastle’s work it’s hard to believe he wasn’t making music for video games or Sci/Fi movies. But I’m digressing from the point.
What I do know for a little fact about my digging, was that I found Paul Hardcastle’s debut release in the Salvation Army thrift store in Beaufort, South Carolina. Which proves the point you should never, ever, stop digging for records.
This album is no short of pure amazing! The synth vibes were unmatched at the time in 1984. All the basslines in each of the tracks make nearly all of the songs danceable. And that signature Hardcastle “whee-ooo” of the Jupiter-8 in nearly every track never gets old. The vocals of Derek Green give this album a typical, but never tiring pure 80’s sense of spacey wonderment. In my opinion, if music were magic or alchemy, this album blended sorcery from different magic-users to form pure gold! It’s tough for me to pick out which song is the best or which song has the most merit because this whole album is just stellar. In fact, every time I listen to it, I love it more and more and I hear things that I didn’t hear the last time. I essentially fall in love with it each and every time. If you liked “Rainforest” then you will absolutely love “Time Machine.” It nearly has the same vibe and the lyrics start off by saying:
Waking up on Venus playing games upon the stars. Places you’ve dreamed of help the mystery of us. You can start believing in the things you never seen. Leave the dimension when you ride the time machine.
I know, you’re instantly hooked! I mean, who wouldn’t be after hearing spacey lyrics like that? I have to say that this album is truly a masterpiece that I know I love showing off in my collection and it will definitely be worth it having it in yours.
Label: Metronome – 820 278-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Style: Electro, Disco
A2. I Don’t Care
A3. Don’t Be Mistaken
A4. Explain the Reasons
A5. Wish You Were Here
B1. Time Machine
B2. She’s A Mystery
B3. Stop the Clock