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Jade - 1983 Teasing Eyes



ARTIST: Jade
ALBUM: Teasing Eyes
LABEL: Zaphia
SERIAL: 1001
YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Roxy Lyons - lead vocals * Pat Belrose - guitars * Lenny Richardson - bass * Jim Fuller - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heroes And Villains * 02 Out Of Luck * 03 Beyond The Kiss * 04 Reflections * 05 Strike Back * 06 Musical Woman * 07 Let Me Down Easy * 08 Head Over Heels * 09 Chance Romance * 10 Nightmares


Background
I remember reviewing this Canadian LP for Kiwi hard rock fanzine Kreshendo back in 1983, upon its purchase from Shades Records in the UK. At the time, I thought the album was a complete disappointment, but many years later, giving this a second chance, I became aware of just how wrong I was. This Toronto based outfit was formed back in 1982 by Lyons and Belrose, the band originating out of their hometown of Ottawa. The initial comparison can be made to 1980 era Reckless (also from Ottawa), no doubt due to Roxy's female vocal alongside Jan Melanson and Belrose's guitar sound which is styled on Steve Madden to a tee.


The Songs
Despite the metalized imagery on the back cover (black leathers, metal studded belts etc), this set has more in common with the aforementioned Reckless plus 1982-1984 period of Lee Aaron. Songs like 'Musical Woman', 'Head Over Heels' and 'Chance Romance' gives that impression from the outset. Probably the two best remembered songs on the album include the opener 'Heroes And Villains' and the rather good 'Strike Back', whereas 'Let Me Down Easy' veers to the pop metal side of the road so too the galloping 'Beyond The Kiss', though the latter is also rather tasty. The power ballad 'Reflections' shows Jade (in particular Lyons) showing their delicate and fragile side. The closer 'Nightmares' is the 'epic' moment on the LP, over six minutes, and wringing out every ounce of metallic melodrama possible.


In Summary
This version of Jade only lasted the one album, with everyone except Belrose departing for greener pastures. Belrose did reassemble the band for 1985's 'If You're Man Enough' and also picked up a deal with Roadrunner Records. However, the turnstile like membership of the band eventually got the better of Roadrunner who jettisoned the band after its release. Jade did make it all the way through to 1990, with another lineup in tow, and that's where the story goes cold.'


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