Friday, November 25, 2011

The Andrea True Re-Connection

A few years back I wrote about the Andrea True Connection and my search for the Connection leader's final (solo) LP, War Machine. The gist of the article though was how I managed to obtain the Connection's second LP, White Witch digitally.


  1. Buy the Andrea True Connection import compilation CD called More, More, More. There are many with this title but it must be this specific one.
  2. Import tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 13 into iTunes.
  3. Resequence a play list so 13 comes before 3.
  4. (Optional) Buy the Right Stuff compilation CD More More More. (I told you.)
  5. (Optional) Import tracks 8 and 10.
  6. (Optional) Add the single versions of What's Your Name, What's Your Number and N.Y. You Got Me Dancing to the play list as bonus tracks 8 and 9.
  7. Burn the play list and you have White Witch (plus bonus tracks) on CD.

Here's Missing Hits' rip of the first LP,
More More More


This, of course, was written before you could go to this gentle person's blog and download a rip of the White Witch LP. To date I have yet to find War Machine, True's foray into rock and new wave that was only released in Italy, in any of the usual or non-usual avenues.*



Tracklisting link
Anonymous review link

Following this third release, True had surgery on her vocal cords and was never to sing again. War Machine is the holy grail of record finders (notwithstanding my assertion a few years back that Buckingham Nicks is the holy grail or that Heart's Magazine is the holy grail.)


This week comes the news that Andrea True has passed. 68 years young and she lived in Kingston, NY! I lived in Tillson for a spell but I never met Andrea True (as I had Viola Wills). I always respected True's career though; with a thin voice that didn't exhibit power, Andrea True wrote the rule book on how to capitalize on a sex tape.


Get the cameras rollin'
Get the action goin'

True was a working actress in many pornographic films before a non-pornographic job in Jamaica stranded her with no way to export her compensation. (The island country was going through a period of political upheaval at the time and cash was not allowed to be taken out.) She called her friend Gregg Diamond (of Bionic Boogie disco group) and asked him to come down and help her to record a song. She would pay for it with the cash and could leave the country with the demo. Aren't we all friends with big time disco producers?


More More More on TOTP


More More More was the fruit of their labors (and True's cash). The track was credited to the Andrea True Connection, licensed to Buddah Records, remixed by Tom Moulton, and the rest, as they say, is disco history. Or at least can be read about at Andrea True's entry on Wikipedia. Here is a list of things that aren't on Wikipedia.

  • This video for the single War Machine from the elusive War Machine LP has surfaced on YouTube.



    Sounding Grace Slick-esque in a 70s rock setting


  • Here is a SFW edit of one of Ms. True's 70s flicks called The Seduction Of Lyn Carter.


    This is part 1. Part 2 is here.


    The VHS cover is misspelled.


  • Here is a NSFW JPG of Andrea True performing in Dance Of Love, her 1974 opus.

  • A musical entity named Magna sampled True's Party Line (from the More More More LP) in a song called Power Supply.


    Sampled? It's a remix.


  • Contrary to urban legend, the Andrea True Connection is not a one hit wonder. NY, You Got Me Dancing was released before, but included on, White Witch, the second LP; it hit the top thirty.



    Andrea name-checked the most famous gay discos in New York
    (Barefoot Boy, 12 West and the suspect, Regine's)
    in this dance club smash


  • Andy P samples What's Your Name, What's Your Number on Name & Number. True's original track was also released before, but included on, White Witch, the second LP; it hit the top sixty.


    Sampled? Just another remix


  • True appeared in the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat about the infamous porn flick. She had appeared in its 1974 sequel, Deep Throat Part II.


    2005


  • Of course, there's the rightly ubiquitous More More More-sampled Steal My Sunshine.


    Loved hearing this rediscovered in 1999


RIP White Witch. You are remembered as someone who gave pleasure - with your music.


Dabblin' in reggae




Looking fetching!


*But now, thanks to commenter Aaron Joy, you too can have a digital version of War Machine. Download the music here.


14 comments:

Aaron Joy said...
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a man and a mouse said...

I would LOVE a copy of War Machine - although I was not to enamored with the single. I'm emailing you right now!

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Anonymous said...

I think the song War Machine is awesome. It is a very good video with a good message and the spacey rock-new wave sound suits me perfect.

It was probably not released because she did porn and was about 34 years old when it was made. I never met her but wish I did. She was not born into money like Carly Simon so she probably would have made more great music if she didn't need to worry about money. White Witch was terrible. It makes me think she was devoid of ideas to make a reggae album especially back in 1978 when euro disco and synthesizer disco ruled.

I have to wonder if Andrea was a lesbian like a lot of women who did porn were at one time? I also find it odd that she had no surviving relatives. She probably did not want to talk about her life because the porn would always come up but it would have been really interesting to know more about her.

In the age of the internet it is easy to get info out so obviously she did not want to talk to her fans but now that she is gone it will be very hard to know any more about her. Also who were the band mates on the War Machine album and did they ever make music before or after War Machine?

I actually feel melancholy about the fact that War Machine was not given an opportunity to be heard and sad that Andrea died. I remember 1980 and 1981 pretty well and no one is going to tell me War Machine was not good enough to be released. The download link here does not work for me.

A Man and A Mouse said...

Thanks for commenting. I agree about the family. Very surprising.

Try the link now. I re-routed it to 4shared. You might have to register for a free account to complete the download.

Julio said...

Hi, I would love to have a copy from War Machine CD, i looked through 4shared and there's no album or songs from Andrea True except more more, can you guys share the stuff with me? juliodel1985@gmail.com I'll appreciate it!

A Man and A Mouse said...

Julio, just sent you the link via email.

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A Man and A Mouse said...

FYI, the 4shared link works. Let me know if you have issues.

MyLifeAsAGhost said...

can someone put up a new link. I missed out the last time it was on 4shared. Maybe Rapidgator, or Media fire?

A Man and A Mouse said...

Ghost, the link should work fine. Let me know what issues you are having.

Unknown said...

Hello ! I have this record and ripped it to mp3, with the cover and the album info. Hope you enjoy it !

http://www.4shared.com/rar/V0i-JoqY/Andrea_True_-__1980__War_Machi.html

A Man and A Mouse said...

Thank you for this link, Unknown. It's the real deal, folks. Nice JPG of the album cover without the watermark, too!

Anonymous said...

Her final album War machine is finally available on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfvPMIYsOcs