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Charlie - 1981 Good Morning America

ARTIST: Charlie
ALBUM: Good Morning America
SERIAL: AFL 1-4137
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2007, Renaissance, REMD 0155 * 2013, Rock Candy Records, CANDY211


LINEUP: Terry Thomas - vocals, guitars * John Verity - vocals, guitars * John Anderson - bass, vocals * Steve Gadd, Bob Henrit - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Good Morning America * 02 I Can't Get Over You * 03 Roll The Dice * 04 Heading For Home * 05 Saturday Night * 06 All My Life * 07 Fool For Your Love * 08 My Perfect Lover * 09 I'm Angry With You * 10 Just One More Chance * 11 The Girl Won't Dance With Me


A English band steeped in the tradition of classic rock. Unusual though, that Charlie were trying to adopt an American sound at the time, fusing bits of Supertramp and the Doobie Brothers together. The latter was noticeable due to the dual drum approach which the Doobies Brothers employed during the seventies, being replicated here by Gadd and Henrit. Charlie enjoyed considerable success in the US up until then, with all of their albums being available. By the time the eighties had come around, the band had effectively ground to a halt. Julian Colbeck, Eugene Organ and Shep Lonsdale had departed, and material for their next album during 1980 was put on hold. A rethink was in order, plus some additional help from singer/guitarist John Verity. Hence, a completely new set of tunes was written for the 1981 release 'Good Morning America'. Musically the band became more AOR oriented on this album, leaving behind the 'middle of the road' benchmark they had set for themselves previously. I am sure that John Verity had a helping hand with this shift. One thing that remained were the humorous lyrics and the absolutely huge multi-part vocal harmonies. Something I admire immensely about these guys.

The Songs
Gorgeous swirling keyboards abound on the title track, and yes, as the chorus reminds me, I will 'have a nice day' listening to this thank you very much! Elsewhere there is such an abundance of good music, as represented by tracks like 'I Can't Get Over You', or the AOR by numbers 'Just One More Chance'. 'Saturday Night' pulses along on the back of some strong rhythm guitars and a rabble-rousing chorus, while 'All My Life' though AOR by nature, has some near choir-like vocal harmonies through the choruses. And this is only a handful of songs that I've selected out of the eleven on the album.

In Summary
In any case, 'Good Morning America' ended up on Kerrangs/Magwire list of 'top AOR albums of the eighties', alongside Aviator and Michael Stanley's 'You Can't Fight Fashion'. It's in very good company indeed. Ironically enough, the material supposedly penned for Charlie's 1980 release ended up being 1982's 'Here Comes Trouble' album. Very strange indeed are the murky affairs of Record Labels, and how they get material released back to front. All of their eighties albums are essential!

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#1 | rostoned on June 01 2008 12:33:06
Keyboards on this superb AOR platter - not credited but featured heavily! - were played by Andy Clark and Julian Colbeck on the title track. This ended into Derek Oliver's (and not Magnus Soderkvist aka Magwire George...) 'The Aor Top 10' article about 10 all-time overlooked AOR albums, published on a Kerrang special called 'Mega Metal' around 1988. This didn't produce any Billboard HOT 100 chart entry (it was a flop commercially) and was reissued by Renaissance in the US as a 2-CD set with 'Fight Dirty' in the mid 90's, now it's still available from the same label as a stand alone title. See
#2 | gdazegod on June 01 2008 12:42:53
Err yes, now that you mention it, it was Derek Oliver's list and not Magwire. I think the Mag vs Mega thing tripped up my brain cells. Thanks for the correction Filippo. Glad to have you as my backstop! Thumbs Up
#3 | super80boy on January 06 2015 20:36:21
The album really gets out of the blocks strong with three killer tracks right in a row. 'Rolling The Dice' has that huge embellished chorus…and no kidding; there are a bunch of tracks with those grandiose choruses. 'My Perfect Lover' works the keyboard to perfection, a great track. No wonder it got lumped into the top 80s AOR albums Kerrangs list, it's a substantial performance. The one and only criticism would be to slice off the closer 'The Girl Won't Dance With Me', it kind of mucks things up, but fortunately it's at the end.

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