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This page is devoted to one of my favorite singers, the great Polish diva Basia Trzetrzelewska (pronounced "Basha Tshetshelevska," says Basia).

Basia was born September 30, 1954 in Jaworzno Poland. Early on she took an interest in music, taking lessons in piano and singing but was prodded by her family toward a career in medicine.

Originally she trained to be an opera singer, but at 15 she won a local talent contest that eventually led to her moving toward pop: three years later she was cast in an all-girl singing group called Alibabki that was already well-known in Poland and other eastern European countries including the Soviet Union.

In 1979 she came to Chicago, singing in a Polish community club, and later got a job fronting a Top 40 covers act. (Apparently she does a scorching impersonation of Pat Benatar!)

Later she moved to London, where she met songwriter Danny White, and both joined the band Matt Bianco which had several hits in England ("Half A Minute", "Whose Side Are You On?", "Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed").

Basia, along with Danny, left after the first album to pursue her solo career. "New Day For You" and "Promises" off the Time And Tide album were big hits throughout Europe and the album went platinum.

Basia's second solo album, London Warsaw New York, contained the big hit "Cruising For Bruising" and also went platinum.

The Sweetest Illusion, Basia's third studio album, failed to generate the sales of the earlier albums despite being her most creative, deeply textured work to date and my personal favorite.

Basia On Broadway is a live album recorded during a single performance at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. From Newport to London Greatest Hits Live & More, recorded in her native Poland in 2011, is her latest live album.

A greatest hits album, Clear Horizon, contains many great Basia songs including some not previously available and the album makes a great introduction to Basia for anyone who has not yet discovered her unique talent.

After a long period without any new recordings, Basia, along with Danny White, is back with the reformed Matt Bianco and they have recorded a new album, Matt's Mood, which was released in the UK in 2004 and was originally available only as an import in the USA. The USA release came in early 2005. This lead to a triumphant long-awaited USA tour.

Basia's musical styles range from samba/Bossa Nova-based rythyms to 80's techno-pop to beautiful, heart-felt ballads. She and her musical partner Danny White write most of her songs. Basia's lyric's many times are deeply personal and expressive. The musicianship on all the albums is first-rate.

CD Discography
This discography is by no means complete but does cover all her major CD releases in the USA & UK.
Most of these were also released on audio cassette and vinyl.
Cover ArtTitleSongs
Whose Side Are You On?
Matt Bianco
1984
Lyrics

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Whose Side Are You On?
More Than I Can Bear
No No Never
Half a Minute
Matt's Mood
Get Out of Your Lazy Bed
It's Getting Late
Sneaking Out the Back Door
Riding With the Wind
Matts Mood II
Time And Tide
Basia
1987
Lyrics

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Promises
Run For Cover
Time And Tide
Freeze Thaw
From Now On
New Day For You
Prime Time TV
Astrud
How Dare You
Miles Away
Basia
Basia
1988

Promotional CD

Time And Tide (recorded live in Chicago)
Half A Minute (recorded live in Chicago)
Astrud (recorded live in Chicago)
How Dare You (recorded live in Chicago)
From Now On (recorded live in Chicago)
Prime Time TV (extended remix)
Run For Cover (extended remix)
New Day For You (extended version)
Freeze Thaw (Instrumental) 3:57
London Warsaw New York
Basia
1990
Lyrics

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Cruising For Bruising
Best Friends
Brave New Hope
Baby You're Mine
Ordinary People
Reward
Until You Come Back To Me
Copernicus
Not An Angel
Take Him Back Rachel
Brave New Hope (EP)
Basia
1990
Lyrics

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Brave New Hope
Until You Come Back to Me[12" Remix]
Brave New Hope [Brave New Mix]
Give Me That
Cruising for Bruising [12" Remix]
Forgive and Forget
From Now On [Band Version]
Masquerade
Come to Heaven
The Sweetest Illusion
Basia
1994
Lyrics

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Drunk On Love
Third Time Lucky
Yearning
She Deserves It / Rachel's Wedding
An Olive Tree
The Sweetest Illusion
Perfect Mother
More Fire Than Flame
Simple Pleasures
My Cruel Ways
The Prayer Of A Happy Housewife
Basia On Broadway
Basia
1994

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Copernicus
Cruising For Bruising
Third Time Lucky
Drunk On Love
From Now On
Baby You're Mine
Yearning
Take Him Back Rachel
New Day For You
Promises
Time And Tide
Half A Minute
Reward
Until You Come Back To Me
Dzien Sie Budzi
Brave New Hope
Clear Horizon - The Best Of Basia
Basia
1998

FOR SALE

Clear Horizon
Cruising For Bruising
Drunk On Love
Time And Tide
Waters Of March
Third Time Lucky
Promises
Baby You're Mine
Yearning
Astrud
An Olive Tree
Go For You
New Day For You
Perfect Mother
From Now On (Live)
Half A Minute (Live)
Angels Blush
Matt's Mood
Matt Bianco
2004
Lyrics

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Ordinary Day
I Never Meant To
Wrong Side Of The Street
La Luna
Say The Words
Golden Days
Ronnie's Samba
Kaleidoscope
Slip & Sliding
Matt's Mood III
It's That Girl Again
Basia
2009

FOR SALE

If Not Now Then When
Someone for Everyone
I Must
Gift
Everybody's on the Move
There's a Tear
Blame It on the Summer
Two Islands
Love Lies Bleeding
Winners
They Know Nothing About Us
Amelki Smiech
It's That Girl Again
From Newport to London Greatest Hits Live & More
Basia
2011

FOR SALE

Third Time Lucky
Drunk On Love
Cruising For Bruising
How Dare You
If Not Now Then When
Love Lies Bleeding
I Must
Astrud
New Day For You
A Gift
An Olive Tree
From Now On
Promises
Time And Tide
Copernicus
There's A Tear (Acoustic)
Wandering
From Newport To London
Playlist: The Very Best of Basia
Basia
2013

FOR SALE

Half A Minute
Prime Time TV (7" Version)
Run for Cover
Time and Tide (7" Version)
New Day for You
Promises (French Mix)
Baby You're Mine
Cruising for Bruising (Single Version)
Until You Come Back to Me (Radio Edit)
Brave New Hope (Brave New Mix)
Drunk On Love
Third Time Lucky (Radio Edit)
Yearning (Edit)
Angels Blush (Extended Version)

Basia CD Singles & Other Items


Brave New Hope
Drunk On Love
Simple Pleasures
Sweetest Illusion

Time & Tide/London Warsaw New York/Sweetest Illusion [BOX SET]


Links To Other Basia Sites

BasiaWeb
Basia Home Page
Basia International Discography
Basia Page
Basia2 - Online Discussion Group

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