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Sorrows - 1981 Love Too Late



ARTIST: Sorrows
ALBUM: Love Too Late
LABEL: Pavilion
SERIAL: JZ 37015
YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Arthur Alexander - guitar, vocals * Joey Cola - guitar, vocals * Jett Harris - drums, vocals * Ricky Street - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Christabelle * 02 Love Too Late * 03 Cryin' Time * 04 Rita * 05 Breaking My Heart (Over You) * 06 Tired Of Waiting * 07 So Much Love * 08 What I Used To Know * 09 Play This Song (On The Radio) * 10 It's Not Love Anymore


Background
While Blondie, The Ramones and Television were wowing critics and the beautiful people down at CBGB's (a scene I never understood), this New York band primarily influenced by classic British pop were doing their own thing, eventually signing to the CBS imprint - Pavilion Records. Sorrows first album 'Teenage Heartbreak' was classic skinny tie power pop and definitely worth owning, but I have a soft spot for 'Love Too Late', the group's second and final album. Produced by the legendary Shel Talmy who was responsible for much of The Who and The Kinks 1960's output, 'Love Too Late' is a delightful record and too good to be forgotten.


The Songs
Opening with 'Christabelle', the albums single, I am reminded of New England (without the prog overtones) and Off Broadway in the vocals and chorus. It's a solid tune and certainly fit in with everything that was happening at the time, but it failed to chart. Surprisingly, the single was released in France as well, but I am not sure if it did anything there either? 'Cryin' Time' has a 'Merseybeat' feel and sounds as if it was recorded in the mid-60's with superb background vocals and a catchy chorus. 'Breaking My Heart (Over You)' features grand piano which gradually builds from a ballad to a very good rock tune and one of the best on the album. Appropriately, Sorrows throw in a cover of The Kinks classic 'Tired of Waiting' and while I don't think the band added much to the original, within the context of the record the song fits quite well and is a welcome addition to an already excellent album.


In Summary
I'm not sure what happened to Sorrows after 'Love Too Late' and sadly neither album has been reissued on CD. They need to be and if any prospective labels out there do take up the task of reissuing these gems, please include all of the 'Love Too Late' artwork including the inside sleeve which features a creative take on 1950's pulp romance novels. Great cover, even better album. How much more of a recommendation do you need?


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#1 | gdazegod on December 28 2012 00:42:46
These guys issued a 2010 CD called 'Good Times Bad Times'. It consists of previously unreleased versions of some of their songs, it is not a repackaging of their CBS/Pavilion albums.
 
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