martes, 29 de diciembre de 2009

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN-FAR CORPORATION


This has to be one of the strangest 12-inch singles of the 80's...and one of the most forgotten. I bought this just out of curiosity in 1985...in Gibraltar...at first listen I was thinking ..."you GOT to be kidding". it kinda sucks for the first 4 minutes...but then the " Phil Collins "-like drums kick in...and it then becomes laughably dated...LOVE IT!!!
Taken from album "Division One", 1985, Far Corporation version "Stairway To Heaven" with gospel chorus The Jackson Singers was a TOP10 hit number 8 in UK single chart in 1985.
Members of group Led Zeppelin have highly appreciated this version.

so who were the Far Corporation?

Far Corporation is a band created by music producer Frank Farian. The name was shortened from "Frank Farian Corporation", which was originally put together to record a cover of the Paul Simon piece "Mother and Child Reunion" as a charity record and reached the top 10 in several European countries. That group's lineup included members of Barclay James Harvest, Trio, Boney M and Force Majeure Band.
Far Corporation's primary claim to fame is their cover of "Stairway to Heaven". Contrary to public perception, Far Corporation was actually the first group to make the singles charts with this song as Led Zeppelin had never released it as a single. Some of the musicians Farian assembled include vocalist Robin McAuley, drummer Simon Phillips, ex-Saga drummer Curt Cress, and three members of Toto: vocalist Bobby Kimball, keyboardist David Paich, and guitarist Steve Lukather. Far Corporation released its first album Division One in 1985 on IMP/ATCO Records and their cover of "Stairway to Heaven" reached number 8 on the UK singles chart. Also included on the album was a cover of Free's "Fire and Water" (the 2nd single).
A second album Advantage was completed for a 1987 release, heralded by the new single "One by One". Both his as well as the second single - a cover of Cockney Rebel's "Sebastian" - failed to reach the charts, and the album was eventually scrapped. Two of the lost recordings, "Make Believe" and "Big Brother", surfaced as Bobby Kimball duets on Farian artist Jayne's Ambush in the Night album (1989) and Milli Vanilli's second album The Moment of Truth (1991). The rest was recycled along a few new recordings on the group's second release, 1994's Solitude on MCI-BMG. This time they were joined by former Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham. Mostly assembled in honour of Farian's 25 years anniversary as a producer, the album failed to repeat the success of "Stairway to Heaven".
Arranged By Guitar, Programmed By - Mats Björklund
Backing Vocals - Bertl Gebhard , Bimey Oberreit , David Barreto , Frank Farian , Peter Bischof
Choir - The Jackson Singers
Drums - Curt Cress
Guitars - Bernd Berwanger , Johan Daansen , Steve Lukather
Keyboards - David Paich , Pit Löw
Lead Vocals - Bobby Kimball , Robin McAuley
Written-By - J. Page , R. Plant
Engineer - Bernd Berwanger , Bruce Robb , Carmine Di , Scott Church , Tammy Grohé
Producer - Frank Farian

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