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TNT - 1987 Tell No Tales

ALBUM: Tell No Tales
LABEL: Vertigo
SERIAL: 830 979-1
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 1987, Polygram, 830 979-2 Q-1 (CD)


LINEUP: Tony Harnell - vocals * Ronni LeTekro - guitars, vocals * Morty Black - bass, vocals * Diesel Dahl - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Everyone's A Star * 02 10000 Lovers (In One) * 03 As Far As The Eye Can See * 04 Sapphire * 05 Childs Play * 06 Smooth Syncopation * 07 Listen To Your Heart * 08 Desperate Night * 09 Northern Lights * 10 Incipits * 11 Tell No Tales


'Tell No Tales' was an album that graced my turntable, car stereo tape deck and walkman during those hazy days of 1987. Severely moved by their 1984 classic 'Knights Of The New Thunder', the Norwegian rockers from Trondheim did everything possible during the 1984-1986 period to move themselves out of their local region and onto the world stage. Bringing on American vocalist Tony Harnell for KOTNT was a masterstroke, his stellar vocals making an immediate impact. Plus, the impact of the track 'Seven Seas' on MTV also did a lot to move TNT into the forefront of young hard rock fans consciousness throughout the mid 80's. Signed to Mercury/Polygram, the same label as Bon Jovi, TNT's second album for the label 'Tell No Tales' was a different affair than its predecessor. Where KOTNT was a epic styled HM sounding album, in the tradition of vikings, war and lore, 'Tell No Tales' is a glossy melodic rock come AOR affair, interspersing LeTekro's guitar wizardry and Harnell's soaring voice.

The Songs
This album proved to be TNT's most successful, marked by the band's biggest hit single '10,000 Lovers'. But the high flying brand of rock wasn't just confined to one track. Oh no! Most of the tracks here (apart from the instrumentals) are fast moving arena rockers, with the exception of two tracks: the deep burn of 'Childs Play' and the stunning 'Northern Lights', which simply put, is an exquisite piece of atmospheric balladry. The guitar solo on that track is astounding! All of the others are highlights in their own right.. 'Everyone's A Star', 'As Far As The Eye Can See', 'Listen To Your Heart', and of course.. the title track 'Tell No Tales', which is the fastest track here.

In Summary
The band saw two videos on MTV all through 1987 ('Everyone's A Star' and '10,000 Lovers'). Tours with Stryper (?), Great White and Twisted Sister saw their stocks increase. By years end, 'Tell No Tales' was on most year end lists, and was a best selling release in Scandinavia, ahead of Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' no less! Drummer Diesel Dahl departed the band at the end of the year, he was replaced by Kenneth Odin for 1989's 'Intuition' LP. Considering where TNT are now in terms of their music, I have to admit to preferring their 80's output than their more recent (2007 and 2008) material. TNT are best remembered because of their 80's Polygram albums, this for me, being the pick of the bunch. For a 30 minute blast of melodic rock, 'Tell No Tales' delivers time and again.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 03 2009 00:07:57
Love this album. Really should've been reviewed here years ago! Shock
#2 | gdazegod on November 13 2012 13:06:10
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#3 | spawn71 on October 02 2015 14:42:40
Really a great album! And Ronnie LeTekro is a guitar God!
#4 | melodiapositiva on May 30 2017 19:18:40
I loved this album when i was a teenager, and i thought that nobody could sing as fine as Tony harnell .Nowadays i almost can't bear his singing,
He's always using that high tone Shock and that tires me .And why this band was always short on songs ? 8 real tracks because the instrumentals are very short, and this happen also on intuitionhelpless
For me the realized fantasies album was their best, and Tony harnell started using his voice correctly .From then, i think my religion was the right direction for the band,i hope their new album follows that album .
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