December 5, 2004

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Artist: Luba




Born: 1958 as Luba Kowalchyk

The Montreal-born dynamo started her musical pursuits with vocal lessons followed by lessons on guitar, flute and piano by her teenage years. As a singer she travelled across Canada to perform traditional Ukrainian folk songs at weddings and other social gatherings in the Ukrainian community.

In 1979 Luba Kowalchyk, drummer Peter Marunzak, guitarist Mark Lyman, bassist Mike Zwonok, guitarist John Nestorowich, and keyboardist Doug Short formed the band LUBA and released the Tony Green produced 'Chain Reaction' on the TGO label. Distribution through Parlophone/Capitol-EMI helped bring the band some attention outside of Quebec. In 1982 Capitol-EMI signed the act direct for a 4-song EP that included future producer Pierre Marchand on keyboards and containing a Montreal area hit with the song "Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry".

With touring and radio play Capitol were encouraged enough to have the band follow-up with a full-length album called 'Secrets And Sins' produced by Daniel Lanois in October 1983. Capitol Record's US office was nervous about a world release with a mere Canadian at the controls so they ordered the album be remixed by Jim Boyer in New York. It was finally released in Spring of 1984 spawning a re-release of "Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry" and legitimate single/video hits with "Let It Go" and "Storm Before The Calm". The album would help her win a Juno in 1985 for 'Best Female Vocalist'.

Luba's next album began recording in November 1985 at Morin Heights, Quebec with producer Pierre 'Baz' Bazinet and her band Pete Marunzak (drums), Mark Lyman (guitar), Michael Bell (bass) and Alan Couture (guitar, vocals). The result was 'Between The Earth And Sky' in 1986 featuring the Narada Michael Walden produced "How Many (Rivers To Cross)" and a handful of follow-up singles. Later in 1986 Luba's "Best Is Yet To Come" became the love-theme for the erotic Hollywood drama '9 1/2 Weeks'.

During the tour of the album, the band's tour bus was using was involved in a serious collision, nearly killing several members of her band (Luba wasn't on board at the time).

Luba took three years off to reflect on this close call and changed management companies (moving to a US based agency to get her exposure south of the border) and alter her long standing, and understandably shaken, band. Capitol, in the interim, released a 'best of' package called 'Over 60 Minutes With...Luba' that spawned a hit with the previously unreleased remake of Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman". In 1988 CBC-TV aired a one-hour TV special about the singer and her band.

Her return to splendour was 1989's 'All Or Nothing' which saw the added musical weight of Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker's Mike Campbell on guitar, David Letterman's Paul Shaffer on piano, and Al Stewart guitarist Peter White on classical guitar along with her new band (Jeff Smallwood, Michael Corrivo and Pete Marunzak).

Five tracks were recorded in winter 1989 as acoustic versions on a live-in-the-studio CD called 'Live On Tour' was released by Capitol Records in 1990. Luba band was Pete Marunzak (drums), Jeff Smallwood (guitar, backing vocals), Michel Corrivo (keyboards), Dorian Sherwood (percussion, backing vocals), Michael Breen (guitar, backing vocals), and Rick Byer (bass).

In 1990 Capitol Records let Luba out of her contract in a business house-cleaning, management continued to slide and she split with husband and drummer Peter Marunzak, finally disappearing from the public eye.

After ironing out all her legal entanglements, Luba, the solo performer, emerged in May 2000 with the surprisingly restrained 'From The Bitter To The Sweet', released on her own Azure Music label.

with notes from K.G. Smith, Michael Zwonok, Michael Devall and Axel Hirschmann.




Singles
1982 Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry/Raven's Eyes (Capitol-EMI) 72899
1982 Scarlet Letter/Paramour (Capitol-EMI) 72912
1984 Let It Go/Young Guns (Capitol-EMI) B-72947
1984 Let It Go (Extended Club Mix)//Let It Go (Dub Version)/Let It Go (European Single Version) [12"](Capitol-EMI) V-75077
1984 Every Time I See Your Picture (Capitol-EMI)
1984 Storm Before The Calm (Video Mix)/Private Wars (Capitol-EMI) 72959
1985 Storm Before The Calm (Extended Dance Mix)//Storm Before The Calm (Dub Mix)/Storm Before The Calm (Video Mix) [12"] (Capitol-EMI) SPRO-260
1985 Secrets And Sins (Capitol-EMI)
1986 How Many (Rivers To Cross) (Capitol-EMI) 72997
1986 How Many (Rivers To Cross - Rain Mix)//How Many (Rivers To Cross - Dub Mix)/How Many (Rivers To Cross - 7" Single Mix) [12"] (Capitol-EMI) S-75157
1986 Innocent (With An Explanation)/Take It Like A Woman [7" & 12"] (Capitol-EMI) 73003
1986 Strength In Numbers (Capitol-EMI)
1986 The Best Is Yet To Come/ (Capitol-EMI) B-5574
1986 The Best Is Yet To Come/Best Is Yet To Come (Dub Version)/Let It Go [12"](Capitol - US) 12655
1986 Act Of Mercy/Back To Emotion (Capitol-EMI) B-73018
1987 When A Man Loves A Woman/Secrets And Sins (Capitol-EMI) B-73043
1989 Giving Away A Miracle(Capitol-EMI) B-73099
1990 No More Words (Capitol-EMI)
1990 Little Salvation (Capitol-EMI)
2000 Is She Alot Like Me (Azure/Maple Music)

Albums
1980 Chain Reaction (TGO/Parlophone/EMI) TGO-7003
1982 Luba [4 song EP] (Capitol-EMI) DLP-3003
1984 Secrets And Sins (Capitol-EMI) ST-12351
1986 Between The Earth And Sky (Capitol-EMI) ST-12472
1987 Over 60 Minutes With...Luba (Capitol-EMI)
1989 All Or Nothing (Capitol-EMI) C1-93176
1990 Luba...Live On Tour (Capitol-EMI) CDPRO-462
1996 Chain Reaction [CD re-issue] (Unidisc)
2000 From The Bitter To The Sweet (Azure/Maple Music)

Video
1984 Let It Go
1984 Everytime I See Your Picture I Cry
1984 Storm Before The Calm
1986 How Many (Rivers To Cross)
1986 Innocent
1989 Giving Away A Miracle
1990 Little Salvation
1991 Luba: The Video Collection [full-length] (Capitol)
2000 Is She Alot Like Me

Compilation Tracks






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