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Glass Tiger - 1988 Diamond Sun



ARTIST: Glass Tiger
ALBUM: Diamond Sun
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: CDP 748684-2
YEAR: 1988

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Alan Frew - vocals * Al Connelly - guitars * Sam Reid - keyboards * Wayne Parker - bass * Michael Hanson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Diamond Sun * 02 Far Away From Here * 03 I'm Still Searching * 04 A Lifetime Of Moments * 05 It's Love U Feel * 06 My Song * 07 (Watching) Worlds Crumble * 08 Send Your Love * 09 Suffer In Silence * 10 This Island Earth

WEBLINKS: www.glasstiger.ca


Background
1986 and 1987 were very good years for Canadian band Glass Tiger. Regrouping in 1988, the band reconnected with producer Jim Vallance for their second album 'Diamond Sun'. The album features a host of guest musicians, including Irish/Celtic band The Chieftains, with the recordings taking place at Le Studio, Morin Heights. Musically, there's less of the AOR meets New Romantic style that permeated through 'The Thin Red Line'. 'Diamond Sun' appears to have lost the spontaneity that was previously evident, instead the album is a studio ravaged affair that is the benefactor of overdubs, effects and a lush production.


The Songs
The lead off title track 'Diamond Sun' was a politically motivated track according to the write-up provided on Jim Vallance's website, considering he wrote the song. Supposedly it was to highlight the incarceration of then political prisoner Nelson Mandela, and the suffering of the South African people under Apartheid. In hindsight, the intent was correct, but from today's perspective, it's a little dated. A fine song nonetheless. Both 'Far Away From Home' and 'It's Love U Feel' are pretty cool AOR tracks, they pulse away nicely with an upbeat tempo. 'I'm Still Searching' is pretty good too, and was released as one of five singles from the album. 'My Song' includes Irish influences with a bouncy arrangement and the trademark whistle, my guess this is the track which includes input from The Chieftains. Elsewhere, the other tracks are quite 'faceless', there is not of memorability about them, which is unfortunate, but it's easy to see how this could happen considering the studio gimmickry, and dare I say it, perhaps the songwriting overall isn't up to scratch? Just a guess.


In Summary
As mentioned, the album featured five singles, three released in 1988, two in 1989. Sales for the album were nothing like what they were for 'The Thin Red Line'. Drummer Michael Hanson would also leave the band at this point, the four remaining members re-convening in 1990 for the much improved 'Simple Mission'.


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#1 | jefflynnefan on November 11 2009 19:25:43
This is a good lite album and there best one in my opinion. "My Song" is pleasant enough. I believe they had a few songs featured on the show "Booker" which was spinoff off of "21 Jump Street". Both show were filmed in Vancouver. They both featured a lot of Canadian acts in there shows. However due to the high costs of copyrights both the dvd series has elimanated a lot of the music and replaced it with in-house music. This cd is a good place to start with this band.
#2 | super80boy on January 24 2015 18:52:41
Not as good as their debut, Diamond Sun still went double platinum in Canada. It didn't do nearly as well in the US market. 'Send Your Love' had some potential as well with big melodies and arousing choruses.
 
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