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Jordan, Sass - 1988 Tell Somebody

ARTIST: Jordan, Sass
ALBUM: Tell Somebody
LABEL: Aquarius
SERIAL: Q1 552 (LP), Q2 552 (CD)
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Sass Jordan - vocals * Bill Beaudoin - guitar, drum programming, keyboards, background vocals

Additional Musicians: Daniel Jordan, Dorian Sherwood, Angela Songui, Michelle Sweeney - background vocals * Jim Zeller - harmonica

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tell Somebody * 02 So Hard * 03 Stranger Than Paradise * 04 Double Trouble * 05 Breakaway * 06 Game Of Another Kind * 07 Steel On Steel * 08 No More * 09 If It's Up To Me * 10 Hi Time Tonight


To my mind, Sass Jordan is a Canadian talent in the same vein as Lisa Dalbello though slightly different in style. The rather photogenic Ms Jordan, who was originally from the UK, also possesses one of the rawest and grittiest voices across the female vocalist spectrum. Easily compared to the legendary Janis Joplin and the more recent American singer Joanna Dean, Sass has also run the gamut of different genre of rock music across the course of her discography. Prior to 'Tell Somebody', Sass worked with several unsuccessful bands in her hometown Montreal. these included: Sweet Thunder, The News and The Pin-Ups. She also did backing vocals for one of Montreal's more successful bands during the 80's: The Box, but it was one of her shows that an exec from Aquarius Records took a liking to her voice/music and signed her up. Paired with multi-instrumentalist Bill Beaudoin and producer Pierre Bazinet (Boulevard) and along with a cheap budget, 'Tell Somebody' is the result, the album eventually going platinum in Canada, and putting Jordan on the path to a Juno Award the following year.

The Songs
The material on 'Tell Somebody' is an intriguing mix of hi-stepping pop/rock fused to Sass's strong/powerful bluesy voice. It obviously struck a chord with Canadian audiences as the resulting feedback would show. The title track is first up, it's an OK track but I much preferred the second track 'So Hard', which combines typical rootsy Canadian pop/rock with more commercial strains being played on radio at the time. I enjoyed the smooth mid-tempo 'Stranger Than Paradise' where Sass's vocals interchange between power and delicate. Wow! 'Double Trouble' was one of the singles lifted from the album, a ballsy rocker with a touch of brass parps to add to the fun sounding occasion. Loads of keyboard feature on 'Breakaway', a hi-tech offering adding to the variety already heard on the album thus far. AORsters should buy into the excellence of 'Game Of Another Kind', a song that is melody rich and well worthy of a listen, though I reckon this one wouldn't have been much of a challenge for Sass's big voice! More hi-stepping and big drums (and even bigger bass) is found on 'Steel On Steel'. Jim Zeller's harmonica makes an appearance here. Layered choir like synths permeate throughout 'No More', giving it a dense sound which fits the bill perfectly. There's a nice guitar solo from Beaudoin too! Sass belts out another pop rocker with 'If It's Up To Me', that compares favourably to fellow Canadian Sheree. Beaudoin goes overboard on the bass and synth sequences for 'Hi Time Tonight', a suitably titled track once you hear it. Very hi-tech indeed!

In Summary
As mentioned, this debut went platinum in Canada, which effectively kickstarted Jordan's career. The albums which followed were nothing compared to 'Tell Somebody'. I never quite got into 'Racine' and 'Rats' as much as I did 'Tell Somebody', even though those albums were better produced. She's had an interesting career so far, even spending some time working with Van Halen in the mid-late 90's prior to Gary Cherone's hiring (and subsequent firing). Still a going concern, I'll need to catch up with her later albums to see what she's been up to in recent years. As far as 'Tell Somebody's availability, you can pick it up easily enough through the usual retailer haunts or on Ebay. Better yet, you can listen to it on Spotify, there are a couple of versions on their service. Go for it!

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#1 | Eric on July 03 2013 12:12:13
Saw her open for Steve Perry in 1994. Helluva voice and very impressive.
#2 | reyno-roxx on July 03 2013 21:18:11
Caught her video to the title track on Canadian TV (along with Alannah Myles' 'Black Velvet') whilst on a trip to Hamilton, Ontario in 1989. Went straight across to the record store across the street from the hotel and picked up this album (and Alannah's debut too). A great singer. Nice lady too. Saw her live when Stevie Salas was playing guitar and Taylor Hawkins on drums in 94. By the following year Hawkins and bassist Nick Lashley (ex Shiva!) were with Alanis.
#3 | gdazegod on July 03 2013 21:57:32
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#4 | gdazegod on July 03 2013 21:58:37
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#5 | dangerzone on July 03 2013 23:18:15
'So Hard' 'Steel on Steel' and 'Double Trouble' lead me to wonder if there was anything else behind these titles!
#6 | gdazegod on July 04 2013 00:57:19
Add to that; Lisa Dalbello's 'Black On Black'. Where is this dialog leading us Alun? lol!
#7 | dangerzone on July 04 2013 02:02:03
I recall the band Femme Fatale fronted by Lorraine Lewis and their classic 'Waiting For the Big One'!
#8 | gdazegod on February 23 2017 22:54:49
Sass Jordan - 1988 Game Of Another Kind
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Have always enjoyed this track from this album.
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