Whose Side Are You On?

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Whose Side Are You On?
Studio album by Matt Bianco
Released 10 August 1984 (UK)
Recorded 1984
Genre Jazz, pop, soul
Length 40:58 (LP)
41:02 (CD)
55:04 (MC)
Label WEA
Producer Danny White
Mark Reilly
Peter Collins
Matt Bianco chronology
/ Whose Side Are You On?
(1984)
Matt Bianco
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Whose Side Are You On? was the first album by Matt Bianco. Released in 1984, the title has long been out of print in most territories. For this album, Matt Bianco was a trio of Basia Trzetrzelewska (vocals), Mark Reilly (vocals), and Danny White (keyboards).

This album contains the band's first five chart UK hits, including "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed", "Sneaking Out the Back Door", "Matt's Mood", "Half a Minute" and "More Than I Can Bear". All are sung by Trzetrzelewska and Reilly, except "Matt's Mood" which is an instrumental.

Track listings[edit]

The original vinyl record featured 10 tracks. The tape edition had 12 tracks, adding two bonus tracks: the 12" version of "Big Rosie" (B-side of the band's debut 12" "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed"), and "The Other Side", the instrumental B-side of the 7" single "Whose Side Are You On?". Additionally, the versions of "More Than I Can Bear", "Half a Minute", "Matt’s Mood", "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Sneaking Out the Back Door" on the tape are different from the versions heard on the vinyl/CD edition.

The CD edition was released slightly later, and was one of the earliest pop music compact discs to be released in the music industry.

LP/CD[edit]

All songs by Reilly/White except "Whose Side Are You On?" by Reilly/White/Ross, and "Half a Minute" by Reilly/White/Poncioni.

  1. "Whose Side Are You On?" (Extended Version) – 4:32
  2. "More Than I Can Bear" – 4:15
  3. "No No Never" – 3:43
  4. "Half a Minute" – 3:49
  5. "Matt's Mood" – 5:19
  6. "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" – (Single Version) 3:28
  7. "It's Getting Late" – 3:20
  8. "Sneaking Out the Back Door" – 3:46
  9. "Riding with the Wind" – 3:22
  10. "Matt's Mood II" – 5:15

MC[edit]

All songs by Reilly/White except "Whose Side Are You On?" by Reilly/White/Ross; "Half a Minute" and "Big Rosie" by Reilly/White/Poncioni.

  1. "Whose Side Are You On?" (Extended Version) – 4:32
  2. "More Than I Can Bear" (Remix) – 4:44
  3. "No No Never" – 3:43
  4. "Half a Minute" (Extended Version) – 4:49
  5. "Matt's Mood" (Remix) – 5:29
  6. "Big Rosie" (Extended Version) – 6:07
  7. "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" (Extended Version) – 4:30
  8. "It's Getting Late" – 3:20
  9. "Sneaking Out the Back Door" (Extended Version) – 4:46
  10. "Riding with the Wind" – 3:22
  11. "Matt's Mood II" – 5:15
  12. "The Other Side" – 4:14

Singles from the album[edit]

  • 11 February 1984 – "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" (UK Singles Chart No. 15 – 8 weeks)
  • 14 April 1984/5 May 1984 – "Sneaking Out the Back Door"/"Matt's Mood" (UK # 44 – 7 weeks) ("Matt's Mood" only credited from 5 May)
  • 13 July 1984 - "Whose Side Are You On?" (UK No. 83)
  • 10 November 1984 – "Half a Minute" (UK No. 23 – 10 weeks)
  • 2 March 1985 – "More Than I Can Bear" (UK No. 50 – 7 weeks)

Credits[edit]

Band[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Peter Collins for Loose End Productions: production on "Big Rosie"
  • Phil Harding: sound engineer on all except "Matt's Mood", "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Sneaking Out the Back Door", and mixing on all except "Matt's Mood"
  • John Buckley: sound engineer on "Matt's Mood", "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Sneaking Out the Back Door", mixing on "Matt's Mood"

Musicians[edit]

Staff[edit]

  • Jallé Bakke: hair and make up
  • Monica Curtin: photography
  • Simon Pickford: graphics
  • Trina Baer: clothes
  • Peter White, Brian Carr, Richard Evans, Oliver "The Lizard" Smallman, and WEA: special thanks and collaboration
  • Matt Music Ltd: publishers
  • Matt Music Ltd/Rondor Music (London Ltd): publishers for "Whose Side Are You On?" (title track)

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Europe 1984 WEA MC 240472-4
CD 240472-2

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