Thanks for the understanding most of you have had for the loss of my partner. The situation was unexpected and has not been easy, but I am better. I have been very busy since, with the aftermath and work, so I really haven't had the time or desire to post here. But I do check occasionally and will try to update requested links when I get a chance. No idea when or if I'll get to new posts, but you never know. He did support this blog, so maybe I'll get back to it. Thanks for your patience.

If you wish to download an album off of this blog and the link is dead, please request it either in the comments or the Chat Box and I will reupload it as soon as possible. :)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lisa Lougheed - World Love (1991) & Peace + Harmony (1993) DOUBLE POST!!

By popular demand, I present Lisa Lougheed, a Canadian pop singer who had brief success in her native land and then seemed to turn her back on it. As a young teenager, Lisa was chosen to be the voice of Lisa Raccoon, one of the main characters on the soon-to-be popular cartoon series The Raccoons from the mid 1980's. The theme song of that show, "Run With Us", was a huge hit with its young Canadian audience. (I must confess, I had never heard the song until recently, as I was too old to get into the cartoon. But after reading about the track, I downloaded it out of curiousity. Little did I know that several of my friends, who are quite a bit younger than me, would go absolutely insane with pleasure when this track randomly came on on my computer!) That track, as well as several others from the show (which were originally recorded by another Canadian pop singer, Luba), were pulled together and released on an indie label in 1988 as Evergreen Nights under Lisa's name (and for which she was nominated for her first Juno award, as Most Promising Female Vocalist). (Should you wish to get your hands on these tracks, they are downloadable on a Raccoon's tribute site HERE.) Lisa wouldn't get a major label deal until a few years later, and her first proper solo album, World Love, was released in 1991. Her sound had changed from new-wavey pop-rock to more soulful dance-pop, a la her contemporary, the pre-Jagged Little Pill Alanis! The title single was a success on the Canadian pop and dance charts, as was it's follow-up, "Love Vibe". Both songs were nominated the same year for the Juno for Best Dance Recording (though neither won). On the album she had worked with local unknown producers Darrin + Tone Z, and it's success had remained limited to the Canadian market. But on Peace + Harmony, in what most definitely was an attempt to break her into the international market, she was produced by world-renowned house and R&B producers such as Mike "Hitman" Wilson, David Morales (who here produced her remake of Cheryl Lynn's disco classic "Got To Be Real"), Andy Marvel and Christopher Max. The Hitman-produced track "I Won't Give Up My Music" was the first single, and it was also nominated for, but did not win, a Juno. (Go HERE for the maxi-single.) But the track didn't make much of an impact outside of Canada, and the more downtempo follow-up "Little Things" did not maintain the momentum. Lisa disappeared from the spotlight after that, and has only popped up as a session singer since. There is a Myspace fan page for her, and there it claims that she now lives in Chicago with her husband Johnny Rutledge and son. I wonder if perhaps my dear Chicagoan friend Bunny might want to do some investigating on her for us there, hmmm? ;)

**UPDATE: Lisa is alive and well and indeed living in Chicago. She is also now my Facebook friend! :) Haven't heard back from her as to what she's up to currently, though from her profile it appears that she is still involved in music, fortunately.

Bonus video for Run With Us

Video for Love Vibe

Video for World Love

Live performance of Love Vibe

Download World Love

1
Better 4 Me
2
World Love
3
Change Takes Time
4
Love Vibe
5
Real Time
6
Intimidate
7
Lead Me On
8
Love Me One More Time
9
Love You By Heart
10
A Long Time

Video for Won't Give Up My Music

Download Peace + Harmony

1
I Won't Give Up My Music
2
What'Cha Gonna Do?
3
You Remain (On My Mind)
4
Peace + Harmony
5
Got To Be Real
6
Little Things
7
Kiss N' Tell
8
Just Be My Friend
9
Closer To You
10
Days Of Sunshine

20 comments:

  1. Lisa Lougheed used to be on shows with my mother, Debbie Johnson - I probably haven't seen her since at least '92

    Glad to see that all is well

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  2. I CAN'T THANK U ENOUGH 4 UPLOADING HER ALBUMS CAUSE BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THIS ............. U CAN'T GET THESE ANYWHERE ANYMORE !!! LOL

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  3. Another huge thank you for uploading her albums. Haven't been able to find them anywhere :D

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  4. Hi there,
    How do I go about downloading the albums?
    Do I have to download iLivid also?

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    1. Hi. I have fixed the links. Just click on them and you should be directed to Rapidshare. ;)

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  5. Is there any way you can reup these links, please?

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  6. link not working and directs to upload on zippyshare. I really have been looking for the first album as I only have it on a worn cassette. I do have the second on CD-that was a rare secondhand find.

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    1. I just checked and both links are working. Just hit 'Download Now' on the Zippyshare page. ;)

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  7. Lisa Lougheed Peace + Harmony is dead, unfortunately

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    1. Both albums have been reupped.

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    2. cool, thanks a lot!

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  8. I have always loved Lisa's underrated ballad 'Love You By Heart'. It took me years to find the album, but I finally tracked it down. I wish iTunes (Canada) would support Lisa, and release her albums. LYBH, in particular, is gorgeous. Very happy to finally own it.

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  9. The links still don't work.

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    1. That because they were last reupped in 2012. ;) They have been reupped again.

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  10. Hi there, just downloaded World Love, thanks for posting that! :)

    The link for Peace & Harmony has expired, please can you re-upload? Would really appreciate it.

    All the best - Alex

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