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AM I REAL OR WHAT

 

SIDE 1

1. WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED (4:35)

2. MAYBE I'M LONELY (4:13)

3. PRIVATE PARTS (4:54)

4. CUT THE CORD (4:00)

5. AM I REAL TO YOU (4:10)

 

SIDE 2

6. CRACK SEEKS THE EDGE (4:26)

7. ABUSE (5:18)

8. EVERY BREATH OF THE WAY (4:01)

9. SOME BODY LOVE (3:42)

 

All titles written by Melanie Safka Schekeryk

 

Tom McDermott: Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Dave Bellanca: Guitar, Tony Genovese: Guitar

Stanley Sheldon: Bass, Dan Lemal: Saxophone, Gilbert Nazer: Tabla, Ted Reinhardt: Cymbals

Erskine William: Keyboards, Synthesizer

Melanie, Leilah Schekeryk, Jeordie Schekeryk, Beau Jarred Schekeryk, Erskine Williams, Dolly Durante, Tibora Johnson: Background Vocals

 

Produced by Peter Schekeryk of  Neighborhood Records, Inc.
Executive Producer: Gitte A. Hofer

Arranged by Erskine Williams and Melanie

 

Engineer: Michael Sak

Assistant Engineers: Jim Albert and Da ve Bellanca

 

Mastered by Dennis King at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York.

 

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US air brushed album cover

US Album released in 1985 by

Amherst Records AMH 3302

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German album cover

German LP released in 1985 by

Bellaphon Records 260-07-081

 

A CD release came in 1991 also from

Bellaphon Records 284-07-012

 

COMMENTS

 

Originally released in 1985 in the US (Amherst AMH 3302) and West Germany (Bellaphon 260-07-081). The US cover features an airbrushed picture of Melanie giving her a “Cindy Doll” look, which I guess is appropriate to the title. Some people have described this as Melanie's disco album, maybe due to the drum machine sound that accompanies a number of the tracks. In fact, for me, this album contains some of Melanie's cleverest (Maybe I'm Lonely, Private Parts), and in some cases (Abuse), most thought provoking song writing.

 

Every Breath Of The Way and Some Body Love (originally titled Didn't You Ever Love Somebody) are both re-recordings of songs from the 1983 European album Seventh Wave.

An extended version of Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed was issued as a 12" single in the US.

 

The CD can be quite hard to find but copies do turn up on GEMM and Netsounds from time to time, though are usually quite expensive. Bellaphon Records have now gone out of business.

 

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