Moving Pictures









Moving Pictures

was formed in Sidney Australia in the 1980's. The members of the group was Alex Smith (singer), Garry Frost (guitar), Andrew Thompson (sax), Charlie Cole (keyboard), Ian Lees (bass), and Paul Freeland (drums). They had several hit albums and singles in Australia. Their single, What About Me, was number one for two months in 1982. It also became a hit in the United States and reached number 29 on the Billboard Singles chart. It stayed as number 88, on the Hot 100 for a long time and it made the Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 1983. The group had a single, Never, on the Footloose movie soundtrack. The group never again made any hits so the group dissolved after they had returned to Australia. They achieved a few minor hits but their career faded. Their single, What About Me went back to the top in Australia in 2004 by Shannon Noll, an Australian Idol. Their only album was, The Ultimate Collection, and was released in 2000.

The album called Moving Pictures was nominated as the Album Of the Year in Canada in 1982. This album was from the young sax player named Ravi Coltrane, who did not want to gain fame from his father’s success. His father was also very popular and well known for his music. Coltrane is very much his own man and spent years honing his skills. He worked with Steve Coleman, who produced his debut. His music is quiet, reflective, and filled with spirit. He has played such tunes as Horace Silver’s, Peace, and his own piece, Narcine. He is backed by band members Michael Cain (on the piano), Lonnie Plaxico (bass), and Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums). Coltrane has also played numbers such as Joe Henderson’s, Inner urge, and his own, Mixed Media. He is still developing his voice as a musician. Coltrane has the same self worth and determination that his dad had but he is his own man and has his own style of music. His emotions are shown in his playing and in his music. The band is great and full of the kind of spirit and type of music that will long be remembered by many in the music industry.

There are many like Moving Pictures who do not have a lot of successful albums or singles, but they will still be remembered by many fans who were fortunate enough to hear and buy their music. Their music was appreciated by many and will be in the memories of them for long time to come. Musicians come and go and not all of them are fortunate enough to be recognized like they wanted to be but it is what makes the music world keep going. It takes a lot of variety, will, determination, patience, and self esteem. A person has to believe in themselves and keep going so they can get over all of the hurdles that they may face.