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Cole, Jude - 1990 A View From Third Street

ARTIST: Cole, Jude
ALBUM: A View From 3rd Street
LABEL: Reprise
SERIAL: 9 26164-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Jude Cole - vocals, guitars, bass, piano * David Tyson - keyboards * Pat Mastelotto, Jeff Porcaro - drums * Lee Sklar - bass * Tim Pierce - guitars * Larry Williams - saxophone * E.G Daily - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hallowed Ground * 02 Baby It's Tonight * 03 House Full Of Reasons * 04 Get Me Through The Night * 05 Time For Letting Go * 06 Stranger To Myself * 07 This Time It's Us * 08 Heart Of Blues * 09 Compared To Nothing * 10 Prove Me Wrong


A rock artist with a very interesting and colourful musical career. Cole, as a young 18 year old, headed west to Los Angeles from his hometown of East Moline up near the Illinois/Iowa stateline. After graduating through a run of local bands, his move in 1978 opened up a few doors for him. Not long after arriving, he was picked up by pop/rock artist Moon Martin, and spent two years working alongside him. Though the style of music wasn't where he wanted to be (his faves at the time were Boston and Kansas), the apprenticeship spent with the likes of Martin, then Dwight Twilley and then aged 60's artist Del Shannon (the man who gave us 'Runaway') gave Cole some hard earned stripes. Jude then joined up with British band The Records in 1980. He moved to the UK and spent most of that year with them, before returning to the U.S. He then turned his hand to his own songwriting and performing efforts. A couple of songs on soundtracks (including 'Navy Seals') plus a deal with Warner Bros, saw Jude on the rise. His debut from 1987 is a polished pop/rock record, with a foot in the camp of Bryan Adams and Tom Kimmel. Though a bit of a collectors item now, it didn't exactly set the world on fire. The same cannot be said for his second album 'A View From Third Street', which appeared three years later. Produced by David Tyson, it was a mature sound, and the beginnings of his heartland upbringing was starting to show through.

The Songs
Of course, the album is best known for the two top 40 hits: 'Baby It's Tonight' and the sublime 'Time For Letting Go'. Elsewhere though, you cannot find fault with tunes such as 'Hallowed Ground', the cranky 'Stranger To Myself', which for Cole is probably auto-biographical in some sense, considering his (at times) turbulent experience living in L.A. 'Compared To Nothing' is another ballad, more piano in it this time, while the gritty pairing of 'This Time It's Us' and 'Prove Me Wrong' wring out what last drops of mid-west sweat and energy there was on offer. 'Heart Of Blues' is drenched in the traditional style of that genre, not before turning it upside down into a hot smokin' tune straight out of a Blues Club!

In Summary
Cole released one more album for Warners/Reprise.. 'Start The Car' in 1992. Not keen on being marketed, pushed and prodded into being another Bryan Adams soundalike, Jude moved to Island Records, and subsequently released the 'very heartland' oriented 'I Don't Know Why I Act This Way' album in 1995. Perhaps a statement made as a rebuttal to his former label management? Nowadays Jude is involved with the Ironworks Studio complex in Los Angeles, owned and operated alongside his good friend, actor Keifer Sutherland, who by all accounts is a bit of a melodic rock fiend and dedicated guitar collector himself! Great stuff. Check out Jude's website to see what he's up to now.

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#1 | code4 on October 23 2015 15:21:48
Did not enjoy this nearly as much as his 87 s/t debut which left me surprised as most AOR fans seemed to say it was considerably better.
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