Just to let everyone know, I lost my partner at the beginning of August, and I'm not sure when I'll be able to get back into this blog, whether it be new posts or reupping dead links. I will let you know when and if I am ready to come back to this blog, but for the moment it is unfortunately not a priority. Sorry.


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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Joy Winter - Frantic Romantic (1990)

Another day, another deserted pop star. Here we have Joy Winter, formerly Joy Dorris, frontwoman for legendary Canadian HiNRG/disco band Lime. Well, for their live performances anyway. Lime originator Denyse LePage continued to record the female vocals for the group, but she, along with husband and co-founder Denis, decided in the 1980's to hire the younger and prettier Joy and male singer Chris Marsh for tour duty. After many years, the two finally did record vocals for Lime's Brand New Day album, but that was the end of the road. Deciding to go solo the following year, Joy enlisted husband John Luongo, whose production and remix credits are vast, to produce the majority of the album. The production of the songs is fantastic and very of the time, with freestyle legends Lewis Martinee and Stevie B taking the reins on the best tracks. A mix of freestyle, HiNRG and pure pop, the album is a fantastic dance album. To be quite honest, Joy wasn't the world's greatest singer (sorry, Joy, if you're out there), but she makes up for it in enthusiasm. On the best track, "In Time You'll See" (one of my fave freestyle tracks of all time, BTW), Stevie B co-sings the song with her and improves it. She also gets an assist from the lovely ladies of Sequal with back-up on the Lewis Martinee tracks, including a remake of their own track, "Why Can't We Be Lovers". She even finally recorded her vocals on an old Lime song with her remake of "You're My Magician". Joy has no doubt honed her instrument over the years, and the album retains it's trashy pop pleasures thanks in large part to the great production. See for yourself...

UPDATE: The fantastic Glenn Gutierrez, who co-produced and co-wrote with Stevie B. the awesome "In Time You'll See" and also Isle postee Jaya's amazing "If You Leave Me Now", left a little message in the comments here! Glenn is a freestyle god in my opinion, having also worked closely with the 'lovely' dance goddess Jocelyn Enriquez! Thanks for visiting, Glenn! Here's what he had to say:

"Hey! I was re-ripping my CD and searching to see if anyone had already scanned the artwork when I found this blog. Happy to report that I recently found Joy Dorris on Facebook (almost didn't recognize her original last name).

http://www.facebook.com/joyfromlime

Thanks for the kind comments on the album. I co-produced and wrote the music for "In Time You'll See", while Stevie wrote the lyrics. I'm still producing dance/pop out here in California.

http://www.facebook.com/glenngmusic"

Download Frantic Romantic

1
In Time You'll See
2
How Can I Be Sure
3
Day And Night
4
Why Can't We Be Lovers
5
Declaration Of My Independence
6
You're My Magician
7
Trapped In The Shadows
8
Cry Just A Little Bit
9
He Said / She Said

11 comments:

  1. I've owned this album for years for the sole fact that Martika cowrote Trapped In The Shadows! I should revisit it...

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  4. Thanks for uploading this - It's not too bad, though she does sound out of tune sometimes.

    I found out she has a track on an album by Kon Kan called "Syntonic". Might be worth checking out if you have a chance.

    I also found this extract from John Luongo's website:
    John is actually married to Joy Winter of EPIC Records fame. She had her debut solo album, Frantic Romantic, on Epic Records that was produced by Lewis Martinee (of Expose fame), Stevie B and of course John. She was previously known as Joy Dorris and toured the world as the live performance part of LIME. Joy was a phenominal performer and was a real crowd pleaser wherever she performed. Joy had many hits from her LP called "Frantic Romantic". The hits were Day or Night, In time You'll See and He Said She Said in addition to a cover of the song she performed of Lime's called "You're My Magician". Joy has traveled all over the world and had three partners in Lime during her travels.

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  5. Found a little extra snippet of dialogue from her on a site documenting the rise and fall of Lime

    http://www.discomuseum.com/Lime.html

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  6. Just found out - Joy Winter lives in Connecticut with John Luongo.

    Does this classify as found or still kinda missing? I can try and find out what she's been doing if you like.

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  7. Well, we DID know she was married to him. I would indeed more like to know what else she's done since. But good work nonetheless!

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  8. Well here's some nice news about Joy :D

    She's reuinted with Chris Marsh (the other guy she performed with as the live act of Lime) and did their first gig together in nearly 20 years :D

    http://en.allexperts.com/q/80s-Music-2701/f_4535357.htm

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  9. Hey! I was re-ripping my CD and searching to see if anyone had already scanned the artwork when I found this blog. Happy to report that I recently found Joy Dorris on Facebook (almost didn't recognize her original last name).

    http://www.facebook.com/joyfromlime

    Thanks for the kind comments on the album. I co-produced and wrote the music for "In Time You'll See", while Stevie wrote the lyrics. I'm still producing dance/pop out here in California.

    http://www.facebook.com/glenngmusic

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  10. Thanks a ton for writing, Glenn! I hope you also noticed that I posted Jaya's album on here as well. Love your work, especially considering that the five fave freestyle songs of all time, and I also adore your work with Jocelyn Enriquez. Long live freestyle and your talent! BTW I've joined your Facebook group. :)

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