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Newton, Juice - 1982 Quiet Lies

ARTIST: Newton, Juice
ALBUM: Quiet Lies
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST 12210
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2005, Raven Records (Aust), RVCD-208 (2 on 1) * 2011, BGO Records, BGOCD999 (3 on 1)


LINEUP: Juice Newton - vocals, guitar * Otha Young - synthesizer, guitar, percussion * Philip Aaberg - synthesizer, keyboards * Michael Boddicker - synthesizer * Doug Livingston, Richard Tee - keyboards * Charlie Calello - arrangements * Dennis Belfield, Neil Stubenhaus, George Hawkins - bass * George Doering, Chuck Martin, Fred Tackett, Andrew Gold - guitars * Steve Forman - jew's harp * Jim Horn, Kim Hutchcroft, Dave Boruff, Tom Scott - saxophone * Vinnie Colaiuta, Rick Shlosser - drums * David Landis - percussion * Emil Richards - vibraphone, chimes * Otha Young, Andrew Gold, Jon Joyce, Harry Stinson, George Hawkins, Joe Chemay, Chris Montan, Richard Page, Jim Haas, Steve George - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heart Of The Night * 02 Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me * 03 Break It To Me Gently * 04 Love Sail Away * 05 I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can * 06 I'm Gonna Be Strong * 07 Trail Of Tears * 08 Adios Mi Corazon * 09 Falling In Love * 10 Ever True


For me, this is an oldie but a goodie, and one LP I played constantly back in 1982. An early exponent of the country/crossover genre that earmarked Nashville in later years, Juice Newton was one of the first to capitalise on the AC format, where her distinct voice, image and infectious songs were quick to find a ready home across American radio. Certainly in 1982, the Billboard charts reflected the success of the album, with three high-scoring songs making a dent. However, before this record came along, Juice (or as per her real name: Judy Kay Newton), had released a handful of other solo albums, plus three records as Juice Newton and Silver Spur. Her previous album to this one (1981's 'Juice') was the stepping stone to her success, with hit singles 'Angel Of The Morning', 'Queen Of Hearts' and 'Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)' all making it into the top 10 singles charts. The album went multi-platinum as a result.

The Songs
I can't quite remember what inspired me to buy this LP back in the day, but it sure stuck with me over the years. The superb lead-off track 'Heart Of The Night' is the perfect blend of melodic country and AOR. Co-written by John Bettis (The Carpenters, 38 Special, Lara Fabian, Journey), this one sets the scene more or less immediately. Next up is the bouncy 'Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me', the album's first single, written by former Pure Prairie League member Gary Burr, the song went to #7 on Billboard. The second single 'Break It To Me Gently' is a cover of an old 1961 song written by songwriter and actor Joe Seneca, which was first made popular by Brenda Lee in 1962. Juice's version is quite beautiful and still sounds great today. 'Love Sail Away' is one of three songs written by Juice's musical partner Otha Young. It's an interesting melodic mix of country and rockabilly. The first ballad appears at the end of side one. 'I'm Dancin' As Fast As I Can' is a poignant acoustic affair, that rolls in like a morning mist.

Onto side two. 'Im Gonna Be Strong' is also another golden oldie, first made popular by Gene Pitney in 1964. The song was written by Barry Mann, another prolific songwriter with a list of impressive songs on his resume. It has a sense of the dramatic similar to the way that 'Angel Of The Morning' did. 'Trail Of Tears' is a basic pop ditty with rock n roll the prevailing vibe. 'Adios Mi Corazon' for me is the pick of the bunch. A simply gorgeous acoustic ballad with a Spanish/Mexican flavour. 'Falling In Love' is a traditional country ballad, the only thing missing is the obligatory banjo! The album finishes up with another slow-mo number, 'Ever True', an acoustic number also written by Otha Young, who had been Newton's compadre for over 30 years.

In Summary
Perhaps in retrospect, 'Quiet Lies' can be considered an album of two halves. The first side contains a triumvirate of excellent songs, while side two slows up with the last three songs all sitting in ballad territory. Still, the album sold a bucket-load, and Juice won all sorts of awards at the time. For her next two albums, the country was left off the menu, Juice instead trying to rock it up a bit more for 1983's 'Dirty Looks' and 1984's 'Can't Wait All Night'. 'Quiet Lies' was reissued in 2005 by Australian reissue label Raven Records (bundled with 1981's 'Juice') while BGO also bundled the two albums together with 'Dirty Looks' on their 2011 3CD special. A good walk down memory lane..

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#1 | gdazegod on August 21 2014 05:39:28
Juice Newton - 1982 Love's Been A Little Bit On Hard On Me
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#2 | gdazegod on August 21 2014 05:41:32
Juice Newton - 1982 Break It To Me Gently (excuse the crappy video)
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#3 | gerard on August 22 2014 21:50:19
Nice one! Thanks!
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