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Monday, January 26, 2009

Waterlillies - Envoluptuousity (1992) and Tempted (1994) DOUBLE POST!!

I first heard about Waterlillies in Entertainment Weekly. They rated their second album 'Tempted' as one of the best albums of 1994. I was intrigued by the description of the music, which was basically ethereal dance music. It wasn't released in Canada, however, so it wasn't easy to find. I did manage to find their first album a few years later in a used CD store. I instantly fell in love with it. Singer Sandra Jill Alikas had a heavenly voice, at times like Enya or Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, and other times pure pop tart, and the production and instrumentation by Ray Carroll was awesome. The sound was basically synth-pop with many house and electronic elements, but the song structures were pure pop. They released the single "Tired Of You", but it didn't garner much attention, and the album remained unnoticed as well. But their second album, which was even more dance oriented, got rave reviews, and the title single reached Billboard's Dance Chart's top ten. Their next release, "Never Get Enough", did even better, reaching the dance chart's number one position, thanks to a remix by Junior Vasquez. But despite their great reviews and dance club success, the album was no more successful than their first. They did a remake of Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman", which appeared on the Just Say Roe compilation, and soon after broke up. Both members have kept a low profile since. An internet search reveals that they both may be involved in illustration and/or photography, but there is little detail. Carroll did some remixes as Headcleanr for Madonna and Depeche Mode, and still dabbles in music. I can't find anything on Alikas' whereabouts, which is a shame, as someone with such a beautiful voice should still be recording. We can only hope she is working on new material and will reemerge when we least expect it.

Video for Tired Of You

Download Envoluptuousity

1
Sunshine Like You
2
Hip To My Way
3
Lie With You
4
Tired Of You
5
The Only One (I Could Stand)
6
Girl's Affair
7
Nether Nether
8
Day And Age
9
Mermaid Song

(For the CD maxi-single of "Never Get Enough", go to my sister blog HERE.)

Video for Tempted

Download Tempted

1
Tempted
2
I Wanna Be There
3
Never Get Enough
4
Free
5
I Don't Want Your Love
6
Nolion Doll
7
Take My Breath Away
8
Supersonic
9
She Must Be In Love
10
How Does It Feel?
11
Work It Out
12
Close To You

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these tracks from the Waterlillies. I only heard the non-P track "I Am Woman" before, and I very much enjoyed hearing more from them.

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  2. You're an angel! I've been trying to find Envoluptousity for ages. Used to have it on cassette and wore it out. Thanks a mil. Cheers.

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  3. Thank you so much for posting this! I've had the empty CD jewel cases for ages after the CDs were stolen from my car ='(
    time to jam out again!!!

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  4. Hi... it's good to fine some about waterlillies, I'm looking for Tired of you and Tempted CD singles, unfortunally in my country I can't have them... here my email kcir7702 at hotmail

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  5. Thank you so very much for providing these two reaally hard to find albums.

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  6. Any chance you could re-upload "Tempted"? The link no longer works.

    BTW I love your blog and could read it for hours. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!

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    1. It's been reupped. And thanks, and you're welcome. ;)

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  7. Thank you so much...this is like finding heaven! Would you be so kind to post "Waterlillies - Never Get Enough (1995)", unfortunately none of the links are working on the sister blog.

    Thanks again!

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    1. I haven't been able to find the Never Get Enough single, but I will reup it when I do. ;)

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  8. Thanks for these. I was going to rip my Tempted CD but found your blog instead. Great album and lots of memories listening to it when it came out.

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  9. Aww, both links are dead. Any chance of a re-upload? Cheers.

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