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Sassy Jones - 1984 Caught In The Act



ARTIST: Sassy Jones
ALBUM: Caught In The Act
LABEL: Sassy Jones Records
SERIAL: SJ1001
YEAR: 1984

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: ichael Tinker - lead vocals, drums on 'Treasure Of Love' * Jim Mazzio - guitars, vocals * Scott Sykes - bass, synthesizer bass, vocals * John Standish - keyboards, vocals, lead vocal on 'The Restless Spirit' * T.J Smith - drums, lead vocals on 'Treasure Of Love'

TRACK LISTING: 01 To Be With You Tonight * 02 The Dangerous Kind * 03 No Lies * 04 Interview * 05 Treasure Of Love * 06 Bus Stop * 07 Love Is Gonna Break Through * 08 Love On The Telephone * 09 The Restless Spirit * 10 DBC


Background
Here's one for the books. I think this lot (Sassy Jones) are the first band to be featured here at GLORY-DAZE who orignate from New Mexico! Not sure what they use for musical fuel out there among the cactus (or is it cactii?), but I wouldn't have thought that pure 80's AOR was on the menu! The closest I can compare this quintet to would be Beau Coup, Link and possibly Eddie And The Tide. It's a hi-tech form of AOR as you can imagine from those bands I've just mentioned, plus a dash of 80's pop rock. All kudos must go to the talented John Standish, who not only tickles the ivories, but engineers and mixes the whole album too.


The Songs
Things get off to an outrageously great start with the exceptional 'To Be With You Tonight' - keys are everywhere while guitars zoom in and out of the mix! 'The Dangerous Kind' is a stop-start affair that finds it difficult to settle, it's followed by the ballad 'No Lies' which isn't that interesting to be honest. Moving up to a faster tempo is the quirky 'Interview', but as soon as they build up momentum they spoil it by dragging us back down with another ballad 'Treasure Of Love'. Who the heck organised the track listing?? We're back into the fast tempo, upbeat quirky sound with 'Bus Stop', and by now, I am getting absolutely annoyed! lol! Like the opening track, 'Love Is Gonna Break Through' is excellent AOR, the next track 'Love On The Telephone' drops into pop rock territory - with guitars prominent, keys less so. 'The Restless Spirit' is a mid-paced ballad of sorts, whereas 'DBC' reverts back to the pop rock territory we heard just before.


In Summary
Musically these cats have got a heap of talent. That much is obvious. My only qualm? The bloody track order! At least group the songs together logically please.. Following on from this, SJ released a 4-track EP in 1986 called 'Lonely Nights', and stayed together in one shape or another until 1992. As you can imagine, both Sassy Jones albums are pretty hard to track down. In the where are they now stakes, the band did have a website up at one stage (sassyjones.net), but this seems to be inactive now. Web searches indicate that John Standish is now working as a producer in Colorado Springs, and is still involved in music. Good chap. Hopefully we can dig up some info on this interesting band.


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#1 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:25:35
A bit of a mish mash but there's no denying the class of this band, Beau Coup is a good reference point George. 'To be with you tonight' is certainly a terrific opener and would win over many die hard AOR fans.

Richard B
#2 | kim_hp on July 17 2009 19:26:44
An enjoyable slice of mid 80's pop-rock/AOR. Would be nice to see this on CD along with their EP, but I suppose that won't happen.

If you like this album, also check out Boyfriend - Livin' For Saturday Night (1985) which has a similar sound/vibe.
#3 | swazi on November 18 2012 11:45:10
Good stuff! Definitely one I would buy if it was reissued on CD. But I agree with Kim as this will probably never happen. Sad
#4 | super80boy on April 05 2014 23:56:25
The album starts off very well with two AOR pearls, but the two ballads on Side One are lame. To the reviewer's song order point - They should have taken the not as bad ballad 'No Lies' and slotted it at the end of Side One as a replacement for the awful 'Treasure Of Love'. There's definitely more good than bad here for sure…'The Restless Spirit' is quite the cool track with its harmony chorus vocals, subtle keyboards and wicked guitar riffing. Interesting, my copy has an error with the label placements…they are reversed (Side One is really Side Two and vice versa)…Oh well, what can you expect from a rare private press…I have their 'Lonely Nights' EP as well, and it's more of the same with the title song being outstanding.
 
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