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Cappella   (Italy)

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Added : 24/01/2000
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Helyom Halib
U Got 2 Know
The Remixes
Remixes
Move On Baby
Best Of Cappella
Remixes
Everybody's Free
L'album Remix
The Big Beat
Interactive Multimedia  (CD-I)
War In Heaven (Netherlands)
War In Heaven
War In Heaven Special edition
War In Heaven
War In Heaven
U R My Baby
U're My Baby/Cappella
War In Heaven
Best Of (+ clips DVD)
U Got 2 Let the Music - the Hits
Greatest Hits & Remixes
Bauhaus
Push The Beat
Helyom Halib
House Of Alkali
Get Out of My Case
House Energy Revenge
Everybody Listen To It
Be Master In One's Own House
The Rotation Of The House
Everybody
Take Me Away
U Got 2 Know
Double Mix
U Got 2 Let The Music
Deconstructed Megamix (UK)
Special Edition
What I Gotta Do
Move On Baby
U & Me
Move It Up
Don't Be Proud
Tell Me The Way
Back In Your Life
I Need Your Love
Turn It Up and Down
The Big Beat/Be Master In Ones Own House
U Turn Me On
Do You Run Away Now
Be My Baby
U Tore My World Apart
Throwin' Away
People Of Love
U Tore My World Apart 98
U R The Power of Love
U Got 2 Let The Music 98
U & Me 2001
U Got 2 Know 2002
Angel
U Got 2 Let The Music remix
U Got 2 Let The Music 2010
U Got 2 Know 2010
Power
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Latest Cappella news

08/11/2017 : Cappella's hit Everybody was covered by DJ Molteni. Release includes a remix by Experience of Music. It will be out under R&T Music, a label run by PierAdis Rossini.

29/07/2017 : If you love Cappella and would like to see them releasing a new single, sign this online petition and spread the word !

21/06/2017 : Enjoy a snippet of Experience Of Music vs. PierAdis Rossini's remix of Cappella's hit Everybody.

14/03/2017 : ZYX released a new Cappella best of package entitled Collection Box Deluxe, including not less that 3 CDs, one DVD and maxi-singles.

22/10/2016 : Cappella just released a double-CD best of compilation entitled Greatest Hits & Remixes (Thanks to Krasi)

20/03/2015 : Good news for Cappella fans ! Marcus and Lis, the new team, posted that they were currently in studio to record vocals and raps for a new single... More infos. (Thanks to Krasi)

26/02/2015 : DJ Crayfish pays tribute to Cappella with this 12'' exclusive video megamix collecting all their hits.

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Cappella albums

Helyom Halib Helyom Halib 1990
U Got 2 Know U Got 2 Know 1994
The Remixes The Remixes 1994
Remixes Remixes (Japan only) 1994
Move On Baby Move On Baby 25th May 1994
Best Of Cappella Best Of Cappella 5th Jun 1994
Remixes Remixes (Thailand MC) 19th Jul 1994
Everybody's Free Everybody's Free (fake album) 1995
L'album Remix L'album Remix (France only) 1995
The Big Beat The Big Beat (Japan only) 1995
Interactive Multimedia  (CD-I) Interactive Multimedia (CD-I) 1995
War In Heaven (Netherlands) War In Heaven (Netherlands) 1996
War In Heaven War In Heaven 1996
War In Heaven Special edition War In Heaven Special edition 1996
War In Heaven War In Heaven (bonus CD with Japanese edition) 24th Jan 1996
War In Heaven War In Heaven (Australia) 1997
U R My Baby U R My Baby 14th Oct 1997
U're My Baby/Cappella U're My Baby/Cappella 25th Feb 1998
War In Heaven War In Heaven (re-release) 2005
Best Of (+ clips DVD) Best Of (+ clips DVD) 29th Aug 2005
U Got 2 Let the Music - the Hits U Got 2 Let the Music - the Hits 2 CDs 31st May 2013
Greatest Hits & Remixes Greatest Hits & Remixes 21st Oct 2016

Cappella DVDs and VHS

Best Of Best Of Aug 2005 DVD

 

Cappella singles

Bauhaus Bauhaus 1987  
Push The Beat Push The Beat 1988  
Helyom Halib Helyom Halib 1988  
House Of Alkali House Of Alkali 1989  
Get Out of My Case Get Out of My Case 1989  
House Energy Revenge House Energy Revenge 1989  
Everybody Listen To It Everybody Listen To It 1990  
Be Master In One's Own House Be Master In One's Own House 1990  
The Rotation Of The House The Rotation Of The House 1990  
Everybody Everybody 1991  
Take Me Away Take Me Away 7th Nov 1991  
U Got 2 Know U Got 2 Know 19th Dec 1992  
Double Mix Double Mix 1993  
U Got 2 Let The Music U Got 2 Let The Music 29th Sep 1993  
Deconstructed Megamix (UK) Deconstructed Megamix (UK) 1994  
Special Edition Special Edition 1994  
What I Gotta Do What I Gotta Do (never released officially) 1994  
Move On Baby Move On Baby 29th Jan 1994  
U & Me U & Me 13th Jun 1994  
Move It Up Move It Up 1st Sep 1994  
Don't Be Proud Don't Be Proud 14th Mar 1995  
Tell Me The Way Tell Me The Way 28th Jun 1995  
Back In Your Life Back In Your Life Jan 1996  
I Need Your Love I Need Your Love 19th Jan 1996  
Turn It Up and Down Turn It Up and Down 5th Aug 1996  
The Big Beat/Be Master In Ones Own House The Big Beat/Be Master In Ones Own House 1997  
U Turn Me On U Turn Me On (Internet Release - Japan) 20th Jan 1997  
Do You Run Away Now Do You Run Away Now 11th Mar 1997  
Be My Baby Be My Baby 3rd Apr 1997  
U Tore My World Apart U Tore My World Apart 26th Nov 1997  
Throwin' Away Throwin' Away (Japan) 1998  
People Of Love People Of Love (Limited Edition) 1st Jun 1998  
U Tore My World Apart 98 U Tore My World Apart 98 (Scandinavian Release) 1st Sep 1998  
U R The Power of Love U R The Power of Love 22nd Sep 1998  
U Got 2 Let The Music 98 U Got 2 Let The Music 98 Nov 1998  
U & Me 2001 U & Me 2001 2001  
U Got 2 Know 2002 U Got 2 Know 2002 2002  
Angel Angel 2004  
U Got 2 Let The Music remix U Got 2 Let The Music remix 13th Dec 2004  
U Got 2 Let The Music 2010 U Got 2 Let The Music 2010 25th Jun 2010  
U Got 2 Know 2010 U Got 2 Know 2010 25th Jun 2010  
Power Power (feat. Bootmasters) 2nd Dec 2011  

 

Cappella remixes

Helyom Halib Helyom Halib 1988  
House Energy Revenge House Energy Revenge 1989  
Everybody Everybody 1991  
U Got 2 Know U Got 2 Know 1992  
U Got 2 Know (revisited) U Got 2 Know (revisited) 1993  
Take Me Away Take Me Away 1994  
Take Me Away (Cappella remixes) Take Me Away (Cappella remixes) 1994  
Move On Baby Move On Baby 1994  
U & Me U & Me 1994  
U & Me (Club mixes) U & Me (Club mixes) 1994  
U & Me (German version) U & Me (German version) 1994  
U & Me (7 Remixes) U & Me (7 Remixes) 1994  
Move On Baby (Italian Yellow Edition) Move On Baby (Italian Yellow Edition) 1994  
Move On Baby (Italian Red Edition) Move On Baby (Italian Red Edition) 1994  
Move On Baby (Italian Blue Edition) Move On Baby (Italian Blue Edition) 1994  
Move On Baby (Italian Green Edition) Move On Baby (Italian Green Edition) 1994  
U & Me remix U & Me remix 1994  
I Need Your Love I Need Your Love 1996  
Turn It Up and Down Turn It Up and Down 1996  
Cappella Double Remix Cappella Double Remix Feb 1998  

 

Remixes by Cappella

Rocking My Body 49ers - Rocking My Body 1st Sep 1994  

 



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Cappella biography

Producer : G. Bortolotti. Musical team : Max Persona, Lorenzo Carpella, S. Zucchini, B. Guerrini, S. Paganin, D. Leoni, M. Picotto...

Cappella is not a band formed just a few years ago : its inception dates back to 1975. Only at that time, the name was different : The Cappella-Project. It started as a group of song-writers that created songs for other artists. Like the well-known Let's All Chant (Move Your Body) performed by the group Go... The hitsong Mallorca was shaking British dance floors for quite some time. This song was performed by Lewis Lovebump. And if you listen to the song Bauhaus (a.k.a. Push The Beat) you can hear the trumpet: that comes from another Cappella-Project tune, Papa's Got A Brand New Big Pag. And of course there were more hits like Transformation with the brilliant DJ Pierre Trance Mix, Six Days, Moonday and Dirty Games (1st U Got 2 Know). The name Cappella referred to Italian Renaissance Frescos and Chapels, and was chosen to evoke the idea of rebirth.

But... Suddenly The Cappella-Project stopped, and the only person left was Gianfranco Bortolotti. He was leading the Media team, when in 1987, with the vocalist Ettore Foresti's collaboration, he created the track Bauhaus/Push The Beat, which had great success in clubs all over the world, entering many of the European charts, including the UK Top 50 ! Bauhaus is a song reminiscent of the late 70's disco. About a year later the track Helyom Halib (sampling Yello's Goldrush and LNR's Work It to the Bone) was released, which turned out to be a major stormer, reaching very high positions in various international charts, including the UK Top 10. This chronicle of huge success was to continue with such massive tunes as House Of Al Kali, Be Master In One's Own House, House Energy Revenge, Get Out of My Case (where, according to some, we can hear for the first time Kelly's voice) and The Rotation Of The House. After that, Forresti was fired. The next tracks Everybody (sampling sounds from a single of Quadrophonia) and Take Me Away had huge success due to the use of a sample of Loleatta Holloway's Love Sensation by the Media team. Loleatta's voice was also sampled on a number of Black Box's tunes such as the massive Ride On Time and I Don't Know Anybody Else.

An unknown singer took her place, and in 1993, after a long break, the first commercial hit appeared, U Got 2 Know. Borrowing a sample to Ralphi Rosario - You Used To Hold Me, it became a huge hit in Europe, UK, and even the States (it went Top 10 in the UK and Germany, enetered the Top 30 all over Europe, went # 3 in Israel, # 1 in Italy). During live appearances, the vocalist Anna Ross was on stage to front the project. It was used by the basket ball team the Houston Rockets for their starting lineups. They were sued for using the distinctive riff from Siouxie & The Banshees Happy House without paying publishing, and they lost.

In the meantime, the search for 'the voice of Cappella' continued. Another singer, Salee, joined the Cappella team, and the same year (1993) we saw another hugely successful single U Got 2 Let The Music. But in the clip of U Got 2 Let The Music, one could already see the future singer Kelly Overett who appears in the video. U Got 2 Let The Music reached the top 10 almost everywhere (reaching # 3 in Israel, # 2 in UK being their biggest hit to date there, # 1 in Italy and Spain, # 1 in the Billboard dance chart, # 3 in the MTV Europe chart). But according to the rumors, Salee didn't like doing video clips, so she had to leave Cappella. Then Kelly became the new vocalist, and Rodney Bishop the rapper. U Got 2 Let The Music contained samples taken from JM Silk Let The Music Take Control, originally released in 1987. The melody reminded of Alphaville's Sounds Like A Melody.

The Ace of Cappella tracks was undoubtedly Move On Baby. Released in 1994, its powerful, racy and melodic theme took it to number one in the UK, the Euro Sales Chart and a number of other countries! Following that, Media released the dance floor's most eagerly awaited album of the year, U Got 2 Know. From the album, U & Me and Move It Up were released in 1994, and both repeated the massive success that Cappella were becoming accustomed to. According to rumors, vocals belonged to Eileina Williams.

The radiomixes of the Cappella singles differed from country to country (the videomixes are all the same !). They were adjusted to the style which was 'hot'at the moment of release in a country. Move On Baby's version that was released in Germany, the UK and most countries was more Techno-like. But the Dutch/Belgian and French radiomix (actually the Mars Plastic Edit) has a more 'commercial' (but nicer) Eurodance sound.

Raps on Move On Baby and U & Me weren't actually done by Rodney, but by Dutch rapper DJ MC Fixx it (he later confirmed it officially), who previously had a big success with a remix Twenty 4 Seven 's I Can't Stand and who was also the rapper of Anticappella's Move Your Body. American singer Vicky Shepard complained about the fact that the voice singing U & Me's chorus was his own voice which had been sampled from one of her own singles Love Has Changed My Mind which was released in 1992. She tried to take a legal action but in vain, because U & Me was released worldwide, US excepted, so the American laws could not do anything for her. She has never received any vocal credit or financial restitution of any kind. It is also said that the 49ers vocalist Ann-Marie Smith can be heard on many of the Cappella singles. Cappella singles also borrowed many vocals to Angie Brown.

Kelly and Rodney did a lot of tours and gigs all around the world, appearing on the stage of not less than 3 editions of the Dance Machine concerts in Paris, France. Success of the project was so huge that several fake cassette albums were released in Poland. These albums (entitled Everybody's Free or U Got 2 Let The Music) only contained a few real Cappella tracks, along with other Italian artists tracks wrongly attributed to Cappella.

Then 2 singles at the same time were released : What I Gotta Do and Move It Up. What I Gotta Do (strongly inspired from the melody of David McWilliams's The Days of Pearly Spencer) was probably only released in Japan. Move It Up featured vocals by Jackie Rawe. Then in 1995 the last single featuring Kelly Overett was released. It was called Don't Be Proud, but she had already left the band at the end of 1994 (as she announced it in an interview on the French radio M40). The rumor is that Kelly Overett was fired because Media wanted a 'real' singer in the group. It is a fact that when you listen carefully to her solo release Follow Your Heart her voice is totally different from all the Cappella singles on which she is supposed to sing. According to rumors, vocals on Don't Be Proud belonged to Eileina Williams.

Rodney Bishop was also fired in the first place, and Patrick Osborne took his place (with a singer called Suzie ?). Patrick Osborne was from the boy band called Worlds Apart (and rapper for the group Patric). Allison Jordan was chosen from thousand other vocalists. When she joined Cappella, Patrick Osborne was still there. They both recorded a song which title is unknown, this was released as a single in Italy before Tell Me The Way was released. It is said that this single was so weak that it was even not played at the local radio stations. Afterwards Patrick Osborne left Cappella and Rodney Bishop came back.

The absolutely massive Tell Me The Way (with its melody reminding of Terrorize - It's Just A Feeling and sampling Pamela Fernandez - Kickin' In The Beat) was released which had great, and well deserved, success in the Italian official charts, and a large number of other countries. In January 1996 Cappella released I Need Your Love, it immediately climbed up the club and sales charts. They also released Back In Your Life (Some people say this single is released in Japan and others are saying it's from Australia) and in the summer of 1996 they released their second album called War in Heaven, and then in the fall they released their single Turn It Up and Down, a superb track in a typical Cappella style. They also released Don't Be Proud and Another You. According to rumors, War in Heaven was almost completely recorded before Kelly was fired, so it probably only contained a few songs really sug with Alison's voice. Zeitia Massiah did background vocals on Do You Run Away Now?

In May 1997 they released a single called Be My Baby in most of Europe. The single U Tore My World Apart was only released in Germany. In Scandinavia the single Do You Run Away Now was released, and in Holland the single The Big Beat was released. This single have a double side with another song from the older album Helyom Halib, called Be Master In One's Own House and previously released in 1990. Both singles weren't good enough for the hitlists and become big flops.

On 25 February 1998 the long-awaited new album was released in Japan with the title Cappella, including 14 songs. Also there were rumors about Rodney Bishop leaving the band, although one could see him at the live concert they gave in Japan. Afterwards, the rapper and producer Tiziano Pagani took his place. Tiziano also produced the single U Tore My World Apart and Bortolotti was only the producer of the Pagani Mixes. You can hear Tiziano Pagani also on the Pagani Remixes on the single Be My Baby, and in the remixes and mixes from Take Me Away, because they were only produced by Tiziano Pagani.

Confusion about the different Cappella releases continues... On 1st of June 1998 a limited edition 12' Vinyl was released in Italy at BXR records (which is only a DJ label Promoting). The single is entitled People Of Love. Then, 3 singles were released at the same time in different countries, U R The Power Of Love in Germany, U Tore My World Apart '98 in Scandinavia and Throwin' Away in Japan.

Maybe the promotions for the new Cappella singles and CD's aren't good enough, because U R The Power Of Love didn't make the hitlists. Afterwards, U Got 2 Let The Music '98 / Leave It was released. Very weird single, the track Leave It is without any rap or singing from Allison, Tiziano or Rodney, but with only a voice saying 'Leave it'.

March 1999, Gianfranco Bortolotti announced that he didn''t work on the Cappella project anymore, and that there would be no new releases by Cappella probably this year. He added that only when he would have some time, he would do some work for Cappella again. Some time later, there were rumors according to which there would be a new Cappella project with 4 well-known eurodance stars.

In October 2000 there was a message on the Official Media Records website announcing 'The Return Of The Media Star : from Media Recording Studios is ready a new bumper sound, emblematic for the history of dance music: the new Cappella single. The title is unknown but the style is very happy energy massive. Stay in tune for other Cappella news'. But somehow this message was deleted several days after it was publicized...

October/November 2000 sees the spreading success of a song released by the techno project Freeze. They have released an trancesong called 2 Know and it uses the sample '... U got 2 know how you make me feel...' This song was one of the themesongs of Love Parade 2000 and has already hit top 20 in Belgium. Other countries like the Netherlands are expected to follow soon. The hit U Got 2 Let The Music was also covered by a project named Max Deejay.

October 2001 : another comeback rumor... Cappella would be back with a new single, title still unknown. According to Media Records the single would be released in almost every European country. In November the info was confirmed : the new single will be a remix of U Got 2 Know. It was planned for January 2002, would contain a remix by Gigi d'Agostino and other Media Records DJs. Actually... But its release was delayed.

2002 : in July a whitelabel (12" vinyl record with several mixes, but without the official artist name) was released by Media Records, called U Got 2 Know 2002. In August the vinyl was released officially by Warner Music in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the middle of September this release would be available on CD-single released by WEA.

October 2002 : according to some rumors, Cappella were in studios again. Nobody knew who would be the performers. But Media records had promised a next single, a really totally new one and not once again a remixed version of the old hits. An entire album was even planned, depending on the success of this next single. But once again, nothing came.

December 2003 : after another year of silence, once Media records promised the return of Cappella. The new single, entitled (U R An) Angel ws said to be planned for January 2004. The new members of the group (according to rumors) would be called Jessy M and the new male singer would be called Dave Bee. There won't be any rapper.

2004 : the release of Cappella's new single was postponed to April 2004. Fans were losing hope again when... the first demos came out ! Contrarily to the first rumors, the brand new single featured female vocals and a rap as well.

2005 : a Cappella's best of CD+DVD is planned to be released under ZYX Germany this summer. It will be entitled Best Of / Greatest Hits / Definitive Collection and should be available around August. But Media Records Italy still hasn't confirmed this DVD release. The album War In Heaven was re-released in Germany on the 6th of June.

2006 : a new version of Cappella's U Got 2 Let The Music called Technical remix was planned to be released on a compilation.

2007 : U Got 2 Let The Music was covered by Tyro and released in France under Cyber Prod

2009 : U Got 2 Know was covered by the project Dubguru.

2010 : ZYX planned to release some new Cappella remixes on June 25th : U Got 2 Know 2010 and U Got 2 Let The Music 2010, both as maxi-vinyl. Move On Baby was covered by Dj Antoine.

2011 : Cappella's CD album The Remixes was re-released on Juno last August 8th. In December, Cappella released a new single : Power featuring Bootmasters. LMFAO's hit Party Rock main melody had some similarities with Cappella's Tell Me The Way.

2012 : U Got 2 Let The Music was covered by Mastermind DJ feat. Lareine. A Dutch booking agency called International Artist feature a duet of performers under the name Cappella, available for half-playback gigs.

2013 : Cappella project is back with 2 new faces, an English married couple : singer Lis Birks, aged 20, from Werrington, and Marcus Birks, aged 28, from Leek. They used to be the members of projects The Cameleonz that they founded in July 2006, and it's under this stage name that they had appeared on stage of real-TV show Britain's Got Talent in May. The new Cappella formation was presented on November 2nd during Go 90's concert in Enschede (Netherlands)

Many people of the Cappella team stand behind the gorgeous single of the singer Loree Williams I Keep Loving You (1995). Cappella's team has also made remixes for many groups :

49ers - Rockin' My Body
Black Diamond - Let Me Be
Captain Hollywood - Over & Over
Carl Cox - Deconstructed
Clubhouse - Light My Fire
DJ Wondermike - Take Me Away
Erasure - Always
Fits Of Gloom - Heaven
John Robinson - Gotta Be There
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Linda Fields - Shame Shame Shame
Mash! - U Don't Have To Say U Love Me
Masterboy - Land Of Dreaming
Patric - Love Me
Whigfield - Big Time
Simone Angel - Let This Feeling

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Thanks to Kurt Kirton, Rick, Klems, Zeeteah Massiah herself , Denis "DJ Hooligan" Zhabkine, Janne, Volodymyr, Frank Winkelmann and Anton "MC Kasper" Skaletsky

Cappella biography was last updated Sat, January 31st 2015

Charts (singles)

Belgium Finland France Germany Ireland Netherlands Norway Sweden Switzerland UK
Bauhaus #60
Helyom Halib #29 #11
House Energy Revenge #73
Everybody #66
Take Me Away #12 #25
U Got 2 Know #21 #7 #26 #6
U Got 2 Let The Music #12 #3 #6 #9 #4 #14 #1 #2
Move On Baby #30 #4 #9 #1 #8 #9 #1 #7
U & Me #34 #14 #25 #4 #15 #13 #10
Move It Up #33 #26 #8 #19 #16
Don't Be Proud #27 #26
Tell Me The Way #27 #15 #35 #29 #24 #35 #17
I Need Your Love #6 #33 #30
Be My Baby #11 #53


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