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Charlie - 1982 Here Comes Trouble

ARTIST: Charlie
ALBUM: Here Comes Trouble
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 2383 625
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1998, Renaissance, RMED-219 (with 5 bonus tracks) * 2008, Renaissance, RMED-219 (5 bonus + 3 extra tracks)


LINEUP: Terry Thomas - vocals, guitars * Julian Colbeck - keyboards * Eugene Organ - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals * John Anderson - bass, backing vocals * Steve Gadd - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Jealous * 02 There You Go Again * 03 Five Years * 04 Writing On The Wall * 05 Literary Love * 06 Take The Money * 07 Don't Stand In My Way * 08 Only Dreaming * 09 Mind Your Own Business * 10 Zero * 11 You Are My Life (bonus) * 12 I'm A Consumer (bonus) * 13 I'm Sorry (bonus) * 14 Don't Let Go (bonus) * 15 Stupid World (bonus) * 16 All My Life (2008 extra) * 17 Fool For Your Love (2008 extra) * 18 Just One More Chance (2008 extra)


This is the Charlie album which set the 'cat among the pigeons' so to speak. Though released in 1982, it was a token gesture by UK label Polydor, who really should be hauled through the coals upon this release of this 3 'years too late' LP. Recorded in 1980, it was supposed to be the proper debut album for (then) new label Arista. Charlie had ceased terms with USA label Janus, who had gone bankrupt, and original UK label Polydor was 'hanging in the wings' waiting for something to happen. The members of Charlie knew of Janus' impending doom before it eventuated, and went to 'talk turkey' with Atlantic and RSO, but the Janus back catalogue and contracts were eventually picked up by Arista instead, resulting in 1979's 'Fight Dirty' to eventually be released. The start of 1980 saw Charlie record 'Here Comes Trouble', and rather prophetically, trouble did indeed arrive. Arista wouldn't release the LP without an extra bunch of songs being recorded (it is said that Clive Davis wanted 3 'hit' single tracks added to the album. It was also said that he hated the material on the album in any case). UK partner Polydor refused to stump up cash for extra songs and studio time unless there was a US release first. A dog-eat-dog situation, which meant that the band ground to a halt, with some of the members leaving, while the Management company deserted them and took their equipment too. Instead, Terry Thomas took a depleted version of Charlie to RCA, and eventually Mirage Records until 1986, where it all ended (up until Terry's 2009 comeback that is..). So, 'Here Comes Trouble' eventually gets a release in 1982, but it's too little too late, as the band really had nothing to do with this release at all.

The Songs
Thomas and co set sail with a boisterous opening. 'Jealous' is fiery stuff, and probably not what Clive Davis had in mind when he listened to this. Ah well, too bad Mr Golden Ears! At this stage of their career, Charlie were blessed with two keyboardists, and on 'There You Go Again' it shows, with swirly ivory parts to the fore. 'Five Years' is a nice semi-ballad with big vocal choruses, but the cracks and pops which can be heard in the background noise is very offputting. 'Writing On The Wall' is a tinkly rhodes sounding offering, part pop, part AOR with some very cool vocal parts too. 'Literary Love' is one for all the love lorn Librarians in the world, the song itself shuffling along in true Charlie fashion, even a Thin Lizzy like pre-chorus as well! 'Take The Money' reverts to the uptempo style found on the opener 'Jealous', and though recorded before 1981's 'Good Morning America', this one could've been a good fit for that album. There's more spirited synth runs on the superb 'Don't Stand In My Way', it's a keyboard masterclass from messrs Colbeck and Organ. 'Only Dreaming' has a touch of Foreigner a la 'Head Games', so the 1979/1980 era was a good comparison, and then one is pretty damn good all round. 'Mind Your Own Business' is a slinky track with a hint of lyrical humour, while the punchy 'Zero' is the last of the tracks on the original 1982 release. The five bonus tracks from the 1998 reissue sound nothing like the 1979/1980 era of the first ten tracks. The highlight for me is the very funny 'Im Sorry'.. A classic track, if not for the hilarious lyrics provided by Thomas.. A man with a penchant for a laugh it would seem. You mileage will vary on these bonus tracks, but the first ten are the go-to tracks for me.

In Summary
There were three covers with this release. The one with the girl on the boat, the other, with some blonde bimbo holding a guitar, plus a newish one with some brunette on a bed. The 1998 Renaissance CD is the one I have, which contains five bonus tracks, though the audio quality is a bit rough, but that's to be expected from the Renaissance back catalog. There is a 2008 reissue which contains another three bonus tracks. By 1983 however, the band were back on track with a solid album ('Charlie') and a track that did well on MTV and the charts called 'It's Inevitable'. You can read the other Charlie reviews listed below in the Tag section.

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#1 | swazi on March 15 2012 09:52:47
The new pink one is also on the Renaissance label. Released in 2008 and apparently digitally remastered. It contains the same 5 bonus tracks, plus another 3 as hidden tracks ('All My Life', 'Fool For Your Love' and 'Just One More Chance' )
#2 | Nick C on November 27 2015 15:01:29
Just got the one with the 'blonde bimbo holding a guitar cover' and that has the 3 extra tracks as well making a total of 18. The extra 3 are from Good Morning America I believe.
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