Secret Passion

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Secret Passion
Amanda Lear - Secret Passion (1987).jpg
Studio album by Amanda Lear
Released 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre Hi-NRG, synthpop
Length 33:22
Label Carrere Records
Producer Christian De Walden, Steve Singer
Amanda Lear chronology
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Secret Passion is the seventh studio album by French singer Amanda Lear, released by Carrere Records in 1986.

Background[edit]

Secret Passion was Amanda's first full-length studio album after her departure from Ariola Records. It was recorded in Stefana Studios in Los Angeles and Hollywood Studios in Rome with mostly American composers, musicians and arrangers. Contrary to previous albums, Amanda had little input into songwriting and composing, with minor contributions in only three songs. The material showcased a danceable synthpop sound produced by Christian De Walden with Steve Singer. Secret Passion was released by Carrere Records, a major label in Francophone countries like France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada in the 1970s and 1980s.

"Les Femmes", a French-language version of "She Wolf", was released as the lead single in 1986. A cover of The Troggs' "Wild Thing" and "Time's Up" were released in early 1987, the latter only in the United Kingdom. "Aphrodisiac" was re-recorded in French and re-titled "Aphrodisiaque" for its release as a single exclusively in France. During the album's recording sessions, an updated dance version of Lear's signature tune "Follow Me" was recorded, and subsequently released as a single to promote Secret Passion, although it was not included on the album. Despite frequent television performances, none of the singles managed to chart.

The album was not only intended to be a European comeback for Amanda Lear, after a few years of working primarily as a successful TV presenter, but also a serious attempt to launch her career in English-speaking countries like the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom as well. However, as she was getting ready to start promoting Secret Passion, Lear was seriously injured in a near fatal car crash. She had to spend months in convalescence and was unable to promote the album.[1] As a result, it did not fare as well commercially as had been hoped and planned for.

While the album has not had a CD release as such, tracks have surfaced on a number of compilations licensed by Siebenpunkts Verlag Gmbh/ZYX Music/Mint Records over the years and all eight songs have appeared on compilations I'm a Mistery – The Whole Story (2001) and Living Legend (2003).

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Desire" (Cale Roberts, Frank Anselmo) – 4:18
  2. "Wild Thing" (Chip Taylor) – 3:36
  3. "I Want My Name on a Billboard" (Steve Singer, Margaret Harris, Peter Van Asten, Richard DeBois) – 4:25
  4. "She Wolf" (Madelynn Von Ritz, Gary M. Johnson) – 4:17
Side B
  1. "Mannequin" (Michael Price, Amanda Lear) – 3:32
  2. "I'm a Mistery" (Seraphim, Amanda Lear, Roland Vincent) – 4:35
  3. "Aphrodisiac" (Mike Stepstone, Steve Singer, Amanda Lear, Lenny Macaluso) – 3:44
  4. "Time's Up" (Mara Cubeddu, Michael Bernard, Bob Esty) – 4:55

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Year Region Format(s) Label
1986 France LP, cassette Carrere Records
Portugal LP
1987 Greece
United Kingdom LP, cassette
Canada LP Power Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amanda Lear Biography". www.eurodancehits.com. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 

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