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Huey Lewis And The News - 1982 Picture This

ARTIST: Huey Lewis (And The News)
ALBUM: Picture This
LABEL: Chrysalis
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1985, Chrysalis, VK 41340 * 1995, Chrysalis, 7243 8 35153 2 5


LINEUP: Huey Lewis - vocals, harmonica * Chris Hayes - lead guitar * Sean Hopper - keyboards * Mario Cipollina - bass * Bill Gibson - drums * Johnny Colla - saxophone, guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Change Of Heart * 02 Tell Me A Little Lie * 03 Tattoo (Giving It All Up For Love) * 04 Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do * 05 Workin' For A Livin' * 06 Do You Believe In Love * 07 Is It Me * 08 Whatever Happened to True Love * 09 Only One * 10 Buzz Buzz Buzz


Before the ultra success of 1983's 'Sports' album, Huey Lewis And The News warmed up in fine fashion with an album possibly as deserving of such sales, 'Picture This'. It would be wrong to classify The News as strictly AOR, but they make a strong case here. Their 1980 debut had melodic rock shadings, and their sound became more refined during this two year gap. 'Do You Believe In Love' was a major hit in 1982, reaching no 7 on Billboard, the breakthrough for the band and setting them up for stardom (well Huey anyway).

The Songs
'Change Of Heart' is the perfect sound of summer 1982. Very breezy chorus, certainly AOR. The guitar work suggests it could be anything but. 'Tell Me A Little Lie' has a reggae backbeat and riff, but don't be fooled, it has melody stamped all over it. Huey even lets out a demented scream, which he would never attempt again! The Phil Lynott penned 'Giving It All Up For Love' is quite quirky, with some offbeat lyrics about 'silver armadillos underneath her pillow'. Lynott was a friend of Lewis' from way back and he did them a favour by giving them this belter. 'Workin For A Livin' is the blue collar rock 'n' roll people loved the boys for, with Huey's harmonica to the 'Fore!'....enough. Johnny Colla's sax makes a prominent appearance on 'Whatever Happened To True Love' and the guitar solo from Chris Hayes makes me imagine it really is 1982! It takes you back to a better time. But the song I have stuck with is 'The Only One'. The song concerns a rebel Huey knew growing up, who's life went wrong and was run over on the freeway. Pretty amazing song, with a killer hook and hot backing vocals.

In Summary
Of course 'Sports' would go on to sell over ten million copies and spawn numerous hit singles and it was fully deserved. The band is still at it twenty years later with 2001's 'Plan B' their first real studio album since 1991's 'Hard At Play'. But to hear them at their most melodic, this is the album to own. While they would remain in the confines of AOR for many years, this is a pure offering.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2008 10:16:12
Always loved this record - 'Only One' has a kinda Donnie Iris vibe about it - and have become a big fan of Huey's first four albums overall in the last year or so after picking them up cheap on CD.
#2 | jeffrey343 on November 26 2011 04:14:37
Got this one back in '82 (10th grade year) and played the heck out of it. "Do You Believe In Love" is one of my all-time faves. Being a sax player myself, I enjoyed Johnny Colla's work on all their albums. Not an album I rock out to, but perfect when I'm in a mood for catchy pop-rock. The synth solo in "Giving It All Up For Love" is pretty darn cool.
#3 | gdazegod on November 26 2011 05:18:31
Yep, 'Do You Believe' is a bonafide classic. Love that track..

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