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Back to the '80s (EP)
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Catalog #: PP5058
Released: December 15, 2023
Produced and performed by: Tom Brusky
Featured vocalists: Sydney Burris, Josie Day, Abby Kramer, Aaron J. Robinson
     and Dan Tutsch

Length: 19:30

Everyone remembers the music from their teenage years. For Tom Brusky, those years were 1983-1989, and what an era of music it was! Tom spent well over a hundred hours in his studio meticulously and painstakingly recreating four memorable pop songs from this time period. "Back to the '80s" is a vocal-centered production featuring an exceptional lineup of singers from all around the country. Each song was carefully paired with the right vocalist who could capture the magic of the original release over 35 years ago.
You Got It All written by Rupert Holmes and recorded by the Jets in 1985
What makes this song so memorable is the straightforward, innocent-sounding vocal of Elizabeth Wolfgramm, who was only 13 years old when she recorded it. To recapture that sound, Tom turned to professional singer and certified voice teacher Sydney Burris of Austin, TX, who is one-half of the 1980s-styled recording project, Goons.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, and recorded by Whitney Houston in 1987
There aren't many vocalists who can deliver the raw energy and emotion of Whitney Houston, but after weeks of searching, Tom finally found that talent in Josie Day of San Diego, CA, who hit all the high notes with power and range to spare. Josie currently fronts the popular, new Whitney Houston tribute show, Celebrating Whitney.
Look Away written by Diane Warren and recorded by the band Chicago in 1988
Chicago, the quintessential pop ballad band of the 1980s, recorded this song as a power ballad. Tom felt the song could be more effective with the power removed from the instrumentation, so he created an all-acoustic arrangement played at a slower tempo. Indianapolis-based Christian artist Aaron J Robinson delivers a stunningly beautiful vocal performance.
(I've Had) the Time of My Life written by Franke Previte, John DeNicola, and Donald Markowitz, and recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes in 1987 for the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing
The soundtrack to Dirty Dancing provided some of the most memorable "feel good" music of the 1980s. To find the ideal vocalists to cover this classic song from that soundtrack, Tom didn't have to look far. In fact, he didn't even have to go outside his native polka circuit! Abby (Broeniman) Kramer of Appleton, WI and Dan Tutsch of Milwaukee, WI are the featured singers.
The purpose of this EP is quite simple — to give you a much-needed break from this digitally-obsessed, modern world. Close your social media apps, mute your incoming texts, kick back in your chair, and reacquaint yourself with four unforgettable songs from a bygone era that were passionately recreated by a musician who was there.

Back to the '80s    Tom Brusky  2023

 1. You Got It All

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2. I Wanna Dance with Somebody

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3. Look Away

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4. (I've Had) the Time of My Life

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 "Back to the '80s" (all 4 songs)

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