Alf (album)

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Alf
Studio album by Alison Moyet
Released 9 November 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop, synthpop
Length 37:47
Label CBS/Columbia
(re-released on CD in 1990 by Sony Music Entertainment and 2000 by Sony-BMG)
Producer Steve Jolley & Tony Swain
Alison Moyet chronology
Alf
(1984)
Raindancing
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Alf is the debut solo studio album of British singer/songwriter Alison Moyet, her first since leaving early 1980s synthpop duo Yazoo (also known as Yaz). Released on 9 November 1984,[3] the album, which took its title from the singer's nickname, went to No. 1 on both the UK and New Zealand album charts and includes three hit singles; "Love Resurrection", "Invisible" and "All Cried Out".

The summer of 1985 saw the release of the non-album single "That Ole Devil Called Love", originally performed by Billie Holiday in the 1940s, in some European territories followed by a remixed version of "For You Only".

In 2006, "Love Resurrection" appeared in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The song can be heard on a fictional pop/rock/New Wave radio station called Flash FM.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Steve Jolley, Alison Moyet and Tony Swain (Copyright Control/Rondor Music Ltd.-London/J&S Music) unless otherwise noted.

Side A:

  1. "Love Resurrection"  – 3:52
  2. "Honey for the Bees"  – 4:12
  3. "For You Only"  – 4:06
  4. "Invisible" (Lamont Dozier; Copyright Warner Bros Music Ltd./All Boys Music Ltd.) – 4:00
  5. "Steal Me Blind" – 3:18

Side B:

  1. "All Cried Out"  – 6:50
  2. "Money Mile"  – 3:44
  3. "Twisting the Knife" – 3:28
  4. "Where Hides Sleep" – 4:17

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 12
German Albums Chart[5] 5
New Zealand Albums Chart[6] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[7] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[8] 11
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 2
UK Albums Chart[10] 1
US Billboard 200[11] 45

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Steve Jolley & Tony Swain
  • Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Richard Lengyel (at Odyssey Studios, London England; assisted by Roger Dobson)
  • Mastered By Vlado Meller (at CBS Recording Studios, New York City)
  • Simon Fowler – photography
  • Rob O'Connor (Stylo Rouge) – artwork (design/art direction)

Non-album tracks, the Alf era[edit]

  • "Love Resurrection" (Love Injected Mix a.k.a. Long Version) – 8:50
  • "Love Resurrection" (US Long Version) – 5:31
  • "All Cried Out" (The Re-Mix) – 8:04
  • "Baby I Do" (Moyet) – 3:10
  • "Invisible" (Extended) – 5:57
  • "Invisible" (Transparent Mix) – 6:30
  • "Hitch Hike" (with Darts) (C. Paul, Marvin Gaye, W. Stevenson) – 2:38
  • "That Ole Devil Called Love" – 3:10
  • "That Ole Devil Called Love" (Jazz Mix) – 3:10
  • "Don't Burn Down The Bridges" – 3:59
  • "Don't Burn Down The Bridges" (Extended) – 6:37
  • "Twisting The Knife" (Live at the Dominion Theatre, London 1984) – 3:31
  • "That Ole Devil Called Love" (Live at the Dominion Theatre, London 1984) – 3:43
  • "For You Only" (Special Version) – 3:52
  • "For You Only" (Extended New Version) – 6:11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stewart Mason. "Alf - Alison Moyet | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Record News". NME (London, England: IPC Media): 42. 10 November 1984. 
  4. ^ "Bienvenue au site Web Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Welcome to the Library and Archives Canada website". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  5. ^ "Charts.de". Charts.de. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung (15 June 2006). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Chart Stats – UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite
  11. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 21 June 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Hits 1 by Various Artists
UK number one album
19 January 1985 – 26 January 1985
Succeeded by
Agent Provocateur by Foreigner