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Great Rock Albums of 1988: Bonnie Tyler- Hide Your Heart

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2022 by 80smetalman

That distracting thing called life has a terrible way of disrupting things, which is why I only posted once last week. What was worse is that I am still not finished my chapter for Mike Ladano’s “Adventures of Tee-Bone Man and Superdekes.” However, my load will be getting lighter over the next few weeks with the service user at work who requires 95% of one’s attention going on a home visit and the UK school year coming to an end next week. So, I hope to be back in full by then. In the meantime, I did get to listen to Bonnie Tyler’s “Hide Your Heart” album a few times and can write about it.

I have been wondering why the album escaped my attention back then. I have to thank Damien for another great save, but I would think that living in England, it would have come to my notice somehow. Thankfully, I have discovered the reason. It seems “Hide Your Heart” fared much better in Europe than it did in the UK or US. Charting at number 2 in Norway, 13 in Switzerland, 24 in Sweden but only making it to 78 in the UK and 91 in Canada. Another reason could be that Bonnie and my ex wife came from the same town, Swansea, and my ex wasn’t too keen on Bonnie.

Anyway, on to the album. Actually, the best way to describe most of it is commercial rock. Good commercial rock but the commercial sticks out. With most of the songs, there is that 1980s pop rock feel to them. You know, a little bit of guitar with a heavy saturation of keyboards. “Don’t Turn Around” is a great example. But the songs aren’t bad, after all, Bonnie had some great people writing songs for her. Desmond Child, Holly Knight, Michael Bolton, and one Paul Stanley, which I will get to in a minute.

Usually, I learn something new whenever I write about an album and this one is no exception. When l discovered that Bonnie sang the Tina Turner classic, “The Best” on the album, I assumed Bonnie was covering Tina when it was actually the other way around. However, in the long run it doesn’t make much difference because I still much prefer the Tina version. I get the impression that everyone else probably believes the same so an “Original vs. Cover” post would not be worth it here. However, there is a cover which could be worthy of such a post. It comes in the form of the album closer where Bonnie sings a cover of the Janis Joplin song, “Turtle Blues.” I haven’t heard Janis’s version in ages but Bonnie does put a lot of pizazz into this song, so such a post could be in the cards somewhere down the line.

Oh yes, Paul Stanley. He, along with Desmond and Holly, wrote the title track of the album. This is the rockingest track on the album, hands down. If Bonnie had more metal leaning songs like this one, I would have taken notice of the album. Which brings me to my next point. Bonnie’s voice is as good as it always is but the title track reinforces the true hero on the album, guitarist John McCurry. He nails some great solos. The title track is a given but he nails another great solo the “To Love Somebody” and has some great hooks along with a cool solo on “Take Another Look at Your Heart.” It’s his guitar work which really holds my interest on the album. Credit where due though, on “To Love Somebody” there is also a really cool sax solo.

Track Listing:

  1. Notes From America
  2. Hide Your Heart
  3. Don’t Turn Around
  4. Save Up All Your Tears
  5. To Love Somebody
  6. Take Another Look at Your Heart
  7. The Best
  8. Shy With You
  9. Streets of Little Italy
  10. Turtle Blues
Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler- vocals

Louis Cortelezzi, Lawrence Feldman- saxophone

Ronnie Cuber- baritone saxophone

Keith O’Quinn- trombone

Ralph Shuckett- conductor, horns arrangement

Chuck Kentis- organ, synthesizer

Holly Knight- keyboards

Greg Mangiafico, Bette Sussman- piano

Tony Levin, John Regan, John McCurry, Seth Glassman- bass

John McCurry- guitar

Seth Glassman- rhythm guitar

Jerry Marotta- drums, percussion

Elaine Caswell, Desmond Child, Diana Grasselli, Jerry Marotta, Lewis Merlino, Steve Savitt, Joe Lynn Turner, Myriam Naomi Vale- choir, chorus

Patricia Darcy, Patty D’Arcy, Jayne Payson, Al Scotti, Bernie Shanahan, Bernie Williams, Melanie Williams- other vocals

Joe Shepley, Joseph J. Shepley- trumpet

I always thought that Bonnie had the pipes to be a good rock singer and with the great song writers she had on this album, “Hide Your Heart” is a fine album.

Next post: The Proclaimers- Sunshine on Leith

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Great Rock Albums of 1988: Tina Turner- Tina Live in Europe

Posted in 1980s, Concerts, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2022 by 80smetalman

I apologize in advance for my poor planning. It is clear to me that I shouldn’t have posted a 28 song, two hour long double live album at a time when I had so many other things going on. Full time work and supply teaching has eaten up a lot of time, plus some of the other side projects I’ve been working on. I’ve been writing my chapter for Mikeladano’s continuing adventures of Tee-Bone Man and Superdekes. In fact, I may miss a post so I can complete it. Besides that, if any of you follow me on Facebook or read my Peaceful Rampage blog, then you will know that I have been writing scripts for women’s wrestling matches. The one I wrote fully and one I part wrote should be available on their website soon. When it is, I will post a link if any of you want to purchase and view.

As a result of all of this, Tina Turner’s “Tina Live in Europe” album didn’t get the full attention it truly deserves but rest assured, I have listened to it. After listening to it the one time, Tina Turner is yet another artists I regret not seeing live. Even listening to it sitting at the computer, the energy just bounces off and I can surely feel it. One must consider that Tina was 47 at the time she performed the album and she produces an energy that persons half that age couldn’t replicate.

Being 1988, many of the songs come from her two albums “Private Dancer” and “Break Every Rule.” On her performance of “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” she gets the ladies and gentlemen in the audience to sing different parts. She also includes her big hit from the “Mad Max 3” soundtrack, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and it sounds cool too as the other songs from those albums she performs live on this record.

What makes this album for me is the covers and guest collaborations. I have always loved Tina’s version of the CCR classic “Proud Mary” and she just knocks this one out of the park. However, the most intriguing cover is that of the Beatles classic, “Help.” It starts out as a ballad and then it rocks a little in the middle before coming to an gospel choir like end. Yes, it all sounds very contradictory but it really works! There is also her big song with Ike, “Nutbush City Limits” and the energy she puts into that song is similar to when she first sang it in 1973.

Guest collaborations are with such as Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Bryan Adams. Yes, the Bryan one is the duet they had a big hit form, “It’s Only Love” but they still rock. Eric cranks a cool solo, especially as the song begins like it’s going to be “Cocaine.” With David, she sings “Tonight” and “Let’s Dance” and again, I wish I was there.

Track Listing:

Disc One:

  1. What You Get is What You See
  2. Break Every Rule
  3. I Can’t Stand the Rain
  4. Two People
  5. Girls
  6. Typical Male
  7. Back Where You Started
  8. Better Be Good to Me
  9. Addicted to Love
  10. Private Dancer
  11. We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
  12. What’s Love Got to Do With It?
  13. Let’s Stay Together
  14. Show Some Respect

Disc Two:

  1. Land of 1000 Dances
  2. In the Midnight Hour
  3. 634-5789- with Robert Cray
  4. A Change is Gonna Come
  5. River Deep
  6. Tearing Us Apart- with Eric Clapton
  7. Proud Mary
  8. Help
  9. Tonight- with David Bowie
  10. Let’s Dance- with David Bowie
  11. Overnight Sensation
  12. It’s Only Love- with Bryan Adams
  13. Nutbush City Limits
  14. Paradise Is Here
Tina Turner

Tina Turner- vocals

Jamie Ralston- guitar, vocals

Laurie Wisefield- guitar

Bob Feit- bass, vocals

Jack Bruno- drums

Stevie Scales- percussion

John Miles- keyboards, vocals

Ollie Marland- keyboards, vocals

Deric Dyer- saxophone, keyboards

Additional Musicians:

Jamie West-Oram- guitar, backing vocals

Don Snow- keyboards, vocals

Tim Cappello- keyboards, saxophone

Alan Clarke- keyboards

Kenny Moore- keyboards

Gary Barnacle- saxophone

I’m a little surprised Steve Lukather didn’t play on the album.

The disadvantage of being so heavy metal focused back in the 1980s was that great live albums like “Tina Live in Europe” didn’t get the full appreciation from me it should have. I’m making up for it now. She could have been a great metal singer the way she rocks on this album.

Next post: Bonnie Tyler- Hide Your Heart

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Great Rock Albums of 1985: Bryan Adams- Reckless

Posted in 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2018 by 80smetalman

Now that Download is now a fantastic memory, I can go back to posting about albums. Of course, Bloodstock will be here before we know it but let’s carry on. Reflecting back to early 1985 when I first heard songs from the “Reckless” album from Bryan Adams, I have to ask myself, “Was I a metal snob back then?” I remember not hating any of the songs from this album but I kind of pushed it to one side because it wasn’t heavy metal. The other possibility could be the fact that I may be mellowing a bit with age and the album is more suitable to my pallet because listening to the album again, I really like it and have to say that it rocks in many places.

“Run to You” was the first single from “Reckless” and my favourite track on the album. It would have been my favourite all time except for the cheesy video of him rolling around in the leaves in the song. Fortunately, I have been able to block that memory out when I listen to it and simply appreciate the guitar riffs. “Heaven is a good power ballad even if it didn’t make my top thirty list. If I had expanded the list to a top 50, it would have been there. I do like the power chords in it and only now starting to appreciate the guitar work of Keith Scott. He also shines on the opener, “One Night Love Affair,”¬† a very underrated guitarist indeed.

With so many well known singles on “Reckless,” it’s impossible to find a hidden gem. “Somebody” got lots of airplay and it’s a good power rocker. The problem with “Summer of 69” is that it gets played to death even to this day. On its own, it’s a decent song but having been saturated with it over the past thirty-three years, I kind of get put off it.

The closest the album comes to having a hidden gem has to be “Kids Wanna Rock.” I do love how it opens with some cool soloing from Scott and he keeps it up between the verses. There are some good power chords a plenty on here as well. Then there’s his single with Tina Turner, “It’s Only Love.” It too rocks, especially live versions and I have to admit, Bryan and Tina did have a good onstage chemistry. “Ain’t Gonna Cry” closes the album out very well.

Track Listing:

  1. One Night Love Affair
  2. She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancin’
  3. Run to You
  4. Heaven
  5. Somebody
  6. Summer of 69
  7. Kids Wanna Rock
  8. It’s Only Love
  9. Long Gone
  10. Ain’t Gonna Cry

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams- lead vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, hand claps and foot stomping

Keith Scott- lead guitar, backing vocals

Jim Vallance- percussion

Dave Taylor- bass

Pat Steward- drums, backing vocals

Tommy Mandel- keyboards

Jody Perpick- backing vocals

Tina Turner- accompanying vocal on “It’s Only Love”

Mickey Curry- drums

Steve Smith- drums on “Heaven”

So was I narrow minded or am I mellowing with age? Then again, does it really matter because I really enjoy Bryan Adams’ “Reckless” album.

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