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Blue Tears - 1990 Blue Tears



ARTIST: Blue Tears
ALBUM: Blue Tears
LABEL: MCA
SERIAL: MCAD-6413
YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gregg Fulkerson - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Bryan Hall - rhythm guitar * Michael Spears - bass * Charlie Laudedale - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rockin' On The Radio * 02 Crush * 03 Blue Tears * 04 Take This Heart * 05 Halfway To Heaven * 06 Innocent Kiss * 07 Racing With The Moon * 08 Kiss Me Goodbye * 09 True Romance * 10 Thunder In The Night

WEBLINKS: www.bluetearsmusic.com


Background
A band playing in the late eighties style of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Danger Danger. Some essential listening here. Originating from deep in the heart of Mississipi, it is strange that a band like this can end up sounding so 'un-southern', if you know what I mean. A huge sound, layered in every possible way, with Mr Fulkerson zeroing in (probably not deliberately) on Jon Bon Jovi in the vocal department. A rare talent indeed, he was signed up for a significant publishing deal early on in the piece culminating in this release. Hence this Blue Tears record received some massive hype in the USA at the time, and one can see why. An impressive achievement for a debut. Well, I like it.. despite having a few shortcomings as well. Read on..


The Songs
It's hard not to get caught up in the aural excitement of the opener 'Rockin' With The Radio'. A surging summertime anthem, and one which I thoroughly endorse. The totally rockin' 'Take This Heart' has some chugging guitar riffs, check out the sonic guitar feedback on the verses from Fulkerson on this one! One of my all time fave 'candle waving' ballads is here, in the shape of the beautiful 'Halfway To Heaven'. 'Innocent Kiss' is a rocker from the Jeff Paris school of songwriting, while the Bon Jovi comparison is hard not to miss on the spectacular 'Racing With The Moon'. Big and booming is how you would best describe the pairing of 'Crush' and 'Blue Tears', and then there's 'Thunder In Night' which rounds off the album in rabble rousing form, like a cross between Bon Jovi and Autograph.


In Summary
If there's one complaint I have this album it's David Coles' production. The drum sound for instance is a bit muddy. Not crisp at all. What on earth was he thinking here? The stacked vocal choruses too sound like they've been recorded in a dungeon. Anyway, that aside, it's still an awesome effort as a debut, but unfortunately, they disappeared from sight during the 90's. Gregg Fulkerson then resurfaced with Atenzia act Attraction 65 during 2003, though the style is more modern rock than anything, though pretty good actually. Gregg and Blue Tears were resurrected in 2005 with releases on the Sun City Records label, followed by their 2006 comeback 'The Innocent Ones' on the AOR Heaven label. Not a patch on this debut, unfortunately..


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Comments
#1 | george_the_jack on June 12 2008 15:48:19
The st track is a majesty! One of the best melodic rock bands of its era.Essential -although admittedly lacking productionwise- for every fan of melodic rock!
#2 | jeffduran on June 13 2008 02:14:48
They came from the bongiovi school of songwriting which produced a couple killer cuts. The 15 year follow up is rubbish imo!
#3 | reyno-roxx on July 02 2008 09:22:01
'Take This Heart' is an amazing song.
#4 | Eric on July 19 2008 04:29:45
Like Shadowking, really don't hear what the fuss was about?
#5 | richardb on July 19 2008 18:15:40
O.K. but too many sub Bon Jovisms for my liking...

Richard B
#6 | dangerzone on July 20 2008 13:02:24
This is crap in my opinion. Tried listening to it a few times, just can't get into it...
#7 | jeffrey343 on September 16 2011 22:33:59
To a large extent, this sounds like it could be a missing Bon Jovi album. I would have liked a production job similar to the Bon Jovi stuff, as that would help this stand out more in a crowded field. Overall, it's pretty good to me, but I can't say it's at the top of my list. Better production would have helped.
#8 | super80boy on May 06 2017 23:16:05
I know lots of reviews of this album talk about the Def Leppard and Bon Jovi similarities, and wow, no joke, it's replicated down to a tee. You hear the thunderous title song and it verified. I remember seeing this CD in the mid 90's at used CD stores for like 2 bucks. I actually found a vinyl copy today and popped on it. Their set is awash in the big, the booming, the over the top arrangements with that familiar layered vocal chorus work ('Halfway To Heaven') and almost over saturated processed drumming ('Innocent Kiss'). With all that said, band leader Gregg Fulkerson did have a knack for writing catchy songs, he just did it a few years too late. Enjoyable, yet heavily processed melodic hard rock.
 
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