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Tears - 1979 Tears



ARTIST: Tears
ALBUM: Tears
LABEL: Backstreet/MCA
SERIAL: MCA 3172
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Charles Woods Pearson - vocals * Alan Adkins - vocals, guitars * Erik Cartwright - guitars, vocals * Wornell Jones - bass * Ian Wallace - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 More Than A Miracle * 02 My My She Lies * 03 Laziest Boy * 04 Urban Girl * 05 My Temptation * 06 I Cover The Waterfront * 07 Sittin' Pretty * 08 Cool Your Jets * 09 Horizontal Boogie


Background
We don't know a great deal about this lot, but Tears put out one album of pure melodic pop during 1979. Yes, you could say the music has early inflections of The Rolling Stones, but really it's a late seventies pop effort, with slight rock overtones veering into REO Speedwagon territory, while the band themselves lacked the heavy guitar bite that Gary Richrath bought to REO. Not surprising then that Pearson has that Mick Jagger swagger in his dress sense, and vocal style, while in some places he's a deadringer for Kevin Cronin. Guitarist Erik Cartwright was previously with the band Bux, and adds the melodic sheen that manages to get this band and this album a review on G-DAZE in the first place.


The Songs
The REO influence is oh so recognisable on 'More Than A Miracle', to the point of rip-off, but hey, they do it so well! 'Laziest Boy' could very well be an eighties flavoured Rolling Stones tune. The bright and breezy 'Urban Girl' is pure laid back guitar pop before changing to the seventies disco funk of 'My Temptation', again similar to the Rolling Stones who themselves explored that same funky style during the seventies (remember their hit 'Miss You'). Guitar slingers come out to play on the poppy 'I Cover The Waterfront' which sounds like fun was had all round recording this effort. 'Cool Your Jets' is also a happy guitar based pop romp, while 'Horizontal Boogie' could very see the 'lipped one' doing justice to this one with great aplomb.


In Summary
Tears probably disappeared as fast as they came, and I have yet to see or hear anything on the Net about them. Only Erik Cartwright has since been sighted, having joined the 1980's incarnation of that great melodic rock/blues band Foghat.


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#1 | super80boy on November 29 2014 20:04:11
If you see the members on the back jacket in their skinny ties and late 70's hipster looks, you would think just another Power Pop release, but that's not the case. This trio exhibited a knack for crafting melodic catchy hooks on this varied one off album. The album goes in many directions - straight up radio friendly AOR ('More Than A Miracle' and 'My My She Lies'), blues influenced rock ('Laziest Boy' and 'I Cover The Waterfront'), a flourish of new wave vibes on 'Urban Girl' and a touch of that late 70's disco ('My Temptation' and 'Horizontal Boogie').
 
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