Thursday, 5 March 2015

Record Sleeve Athletics (11): Carl Lewis

In our ongoing series of record sleeves featuring athletics, these really stand out - a series of records that not only feature one of the greatest ever runners on their covers, but were actually recorded by him.

Carl Lewis won 9 Olympic gold medals for USA in sprinting and long jump between 1984 and 1996. In the mid-1980s he also released two albums, 'Idaten' as Carl Lewis & Electric Storm (1985) and 'Modern Man' (1987), as well as a series of singles including 'Goin' for the Gold' (1984) and 'Break it up' (1987) - see full discography.

Musically, it seems to be mainly an electro-funk/hi-NRG/euro-disco sound - producers included the Belgian Fred Bekky.

Goin' for the Gold is the only track that explicitly references athletics, presumably released in the lead up to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when he did indeed get golds in the 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m relay and long jump.

Previously in this series:

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