Raindancing Deluxe

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  • Label: BMG
  • Release: 25 Nov, 2016
  • Catalog No: BMGCAT2CD80

“Hmmm. Not a happy time. Bad move, someone so very European in her influences making an album with an American producer and an album that was ultimately left to engineers. I had a manager at the time who was going good business in the states and saw it as the place to be. I had become very unsure of my own instincts and went with the flow. I do like some of the songs but the conception of them was all wrong…what was written as jangly, English irony got the American session, pop treatment. I didn’t involve myself in the “sound”.

I was on my own out there for many months without anyone from my camp. Missing home and the things that mattered. I was not the full shilling all the time and wasn’t interested in recording or records. I was driving on cruise control. It was made and not felt. It sold well but was received as the filler that it was. The first time I ever recorded a song because I knew it was a hit. Not good. A bad time all in as much as I liked LA. There followed a lack-lustre year-long tour that was equally uncomfortable and signalled the break down in my relationship with the label. I was coerced into releasing Love Letters – a cynical shower. I didn’t recognise myself or my tastes in the sounds and serves me right”

Alison writing here, May 2007

  • Weak in the Presence of Beauty (2009 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      It’s a long time since I saw you

      Well you know how time can fly

      It seems like yesterday we were lovers

      Now we pass each other by

      But if we’re left alone tonight

      Don’t ask me to hold you tight

      I go weak

      I go weak in the presence of beauty

      All of my friends keep asking

      Why I’m quiet when you’re around

      But they don’t know I think I’m so lucky

      To stop myself from falling down

      So later if you’re on your own

      Don’t ask me to take you home.

      I go weak...

      ‘Cos if we’re left alone tonight

      I’ll have no choice but to hold you tight

      I go weak...

      Darling I love you

      There’s no-one above you

      You’re my world

      I used to be your girl

  • Ordinary Girl (2009 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      She left on Sunday afternoon.

      “It is the only way for everyone concerned” she said

      And I could only ask her why,

      But she just smiled and told me, one day I would learn

      “Don’t you worry, this will all make sense tomorrow,

      Don’t be sorry, that everything we shared will fade away

      There’s so much more to see in each new day

      They’d never understand, I’m not an ordinary girl”

      She took nothing but her clothes.

      Taking more would just remind her of her past, she said

      I thought I’d never laugh again

      On the day I said goodbye to my best friend

      And now I understand, she’s just an ordinary girl

  • You Got Me Wrong (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      Is there something I should know?

      It would help if you’d explain what’s going on

      Could you help me understand

      Just what it is that you accuse me of

      ‘Cos from the moment that I wake up

      You’re watching every move I make

      You got me wrong this time

      You got me wrong

      Has this foolishness a name (who?)

      Do I have to guess until I get it right?

      And can anybody play

      Is there a limit on the floor tonight

      Because if you have no objections

      I’ll get someone to take my place

      And you will never know for sure

      Who I had stashed behind the bathroom door

      I know it’s hard to be right

      But you’ll never be wrong anymore

      Has this foolishness a name

      – Keep it to yourself.

      No hear no see no speak

      And nothing’s all you need to know

  • Without You (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      I never meant to go this far.

      I take back every word I said.

      Blame it on the weather

      Tell me that I’m soft in the head

      I never think before I speak.

      C’mon, let’s start this day anew

      I never meant to do this

      I never meant to hurt you –

      You and I should not be fighting.

      Life’s too short for citing misdemeanours

      Couldn’t we just laugh about it

      Do we have to let it come between us

      I never meant to go this far

      I don’t believe what I just said

      I had one drink too many

      I think it’s time I went to bed

      Tell me that we are on T.V.

      Tell me that none of this is true

      Why have you packed my cases

      Who said that I was leaving you

      It’s time that we both faced the facts

      I’m not begging to come back

      I don’t believe you’d want me to.

      I know that I’m not good enough

      I never will deserve your love

      But you have to hear me through

      I can’t do...without you

  • Sleep Like Breathing (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      Every word’s so...

      Every word’s so fragile

      Inside passion that feels like chasing rain

      When the slowness of the day is gone

      Leaving shadow-like feelings to depend upon

      Every word’s so

      Every word’s so fragile

      Inside passion that feels like chasing rain

      You sleep like breathing

      You sleep like breath...gently

      And the tease cries,

      Weeping listless laughter

      Always thirsty like an attractive flower

      When the danger in the touch is gone,

      Changing delicate evenings to reflecting ones...

      ...And the tease cries,

      Weeping “listless laughter!”

      Always thirsty like an attracting flower...

      You sleep like breathing,

      You sleep like breath...gently

  • Is This Love? (2009 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      In a fleeting moment of a restless day

      Driven to distraction, I was captured by the game

      I have often wondered why I ever wanted to

      Leave these scattered hours behind me

      And speed myself to you

      I choose never to forget

      I want our lips to kiss and our limbs to entwine

      Let our bodies be twisted but never our minds

      Is this love?

      Set to work idle hands, shake these thoughts – Had I

      Planned them they never would be teasing me as

      Viciously as these

      I would not have believed you, had I never seen

      Now you and I are intimately pictured in my dreams

      I could not forsake you or fall tumbling away

      And if I live in wonderland I’m better off this way

  • Blow Wind Blow (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      Don’t cry

      Please, don’t cry

      I will take you somewhere

      Where they can’t hurt you

      I won’t let them hurt you now

      Let them know that our love knows no shame

      And we’ll do it time, and time, and time again

      ‘Til everything comes down

      I’m not afraid

      I’m not afraid

      Blow wind blow

      Blow dust into their eyes and show them that they have


      been blind

      Touch me

      I want to wrap you in my arms and you’ll have no reason

      for crying

      Blow wind blow

      Blow wind blow

      Blow dust into their eyes and help them realise that they

      have always been blind

      And I could show you something that you would

      never believe

      You could never conceive the joy that I could give you

      Take me

      Take me

      Blow wind blow

      Blow wind blow

      Blow wind blow dust into their eyes and let them know

      that nothing that we do will ever

      Never be forgotten

      Blow wind blow



      Blow wind blow

  • Glorious Love (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      Somewhere in the shadows of your eyes

      An element that takes me by surprise

      Something wants to pull me to my feet

      Willing me to go into retreat

      But how can I get up and walk away

      When ninety-nine percent decides to stay

      And watch the other fade to grey

      This glorious love will tear us down

      When nothing is left to turn around

      And giving it all is not enough

      For this glorious love

      This pleasure never ought to be denied

      For this is joy personified

      You can talk to me of give and take

      When I could take of you for taking’s sake

      But how can I deny what’s on my mind

      Knowing it to be of my design

      Relegated – I resign

  • When I Say (No Giveaway) [2016 Remastered]

    • Lyrics

      Should I be seen with you one more time

      My life is really on the line

      His sister said she caught me out

      If this gets back I’m dead without a doubt

      Try to ignore me each time we meet

      Don’t ever stop me in the street

      He thinks I’m at the laundermat

      I can’t stay here he wants his washing back

      So when I say – that I don’t know your face

      Don’t feign surprise, don’t betray me with your eyes

      And when I say – that you are out of place

      Don’t let them see, what you really are to me

      Before this trouble blows sky-high

      I need to find myself an alibi

      Why do you have to get so uptight?

      There’s no need to be so impolite

      Just give me back my negatives

      And I won’t tell your wife about last night

  • Stay (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      I wait in hope of every day

      That changes come as changes may

      With every fear that I allay

      I have a horror of this place

      Yet I’m accustomed to its face

      And I am safe within its maze

      But you leave me nothing in my home town

      And now you want to pull us down,

      But I can hope, and I can pray, and I will stay

      I traced my way from bluebell hill

      To the park, and further still,

      Onto the rise beyond the mounds

      And from this point I can see

      My life in its entirety

      Mapped before me on the ground

  • Is This Love? (L.A. Mix) [2016 Remastered]

  • Blow Wind Blow (Long Version) [2016 Remastered]

  • Weak in the Presence of Beauty (Extended Mix) [2016 Remastered]

  • To Work On You (2016 Remastered)

  • Take My Imagination to Bed (2016 Remastered)

  • Ordinary Girl (Remix) [2016 Remastered]

  • Palm of Your Hand (Cloak & Dagger) [2016 Remastered]

  • Ordinary Girl (Dance Mix) [2016 Remastered]

  • Love Letters (2009 Remastered)

  • This House (2016 Remastered)

  • Love Letters (Extended Version) [2016 Remastered]

  • The Coventry Carol

  • Love Resurrection (Live At Wembley Arena, 13th May 1987) [2016 Remastered]

  • Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live At Wembley Arena, 13th May 1987) [2016 Remastered]

  • You and Me (Demo)

  • Let's Get Personal - James Brown