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Mr Mister - 1985 Welcome To The Real World



ARTIST: Mr Mister
ALBUM: Welcome To The Real World
LABEL: RCA
SERIAL: NFL1-8045 (LP), PCD1-8045 (CD)
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2015, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY270
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Richard Page - vocals, bass * Steve George - keyboards, vocals * Steve Farris - guitars * Pat Mastelotto - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Black/White * 02 Uniform Of Youth * 03 Don't Slow Down * 04 Run To Her * 05 Into My Own Hands * 06 Is It Love * 07 Kyrie * 08 Broken Wings * 09 Tangent Tears * 10 Welcome To The Real World


Background
It's hard to believe this band struck huge success during the mid-eighties with this album 'Welcome To The Real World'. A bunch of 'real world' musicians indeed, collaborating together under the banner of Mr Mister. Both principal songwriters Richard Page and Steve George had struck minor success with their previous band Pages, plus they had appeared on many other albums during the formative 80's period performing backing vocals, particularly on West Coast flavoured albums. The band had actually struck out on their debut 'I Wear The Face' the year before in 1984, but come sophomore time a year later, they struck gold with this effort. It combined the Grammy Awards success of Toto, with West Coast luminaries such as Airplay and Bourgeois Tagg. The resultant effort causing an underbelly of rippling success in the charts during 1985, and deservedly so! Call it what you will.. west coast, AOR, hi-tech, radio rock.. whatever. The songs here are a testament to the classy lineup, who between them, have racked up many hours of studio time appearing on many projects. The results on 'Welcome To The Real World' proving without doubt what years of accumulative experience can produce.


The Songs
The huge hit singles 'Kyrie (Eleison)' and 'Broken Wings' are the obvious well-remembered selections from the album. However, other memorable and catchy tunes include the initial bombast of 'Black/White', similarly the equally pervasive 'Tangent Tears' plus of course the title track at the end. When they slow the pace somewhat, a tune like 'Run To Her' brings out another side of the band.. just as good stroking the ballad touch as they are punching out the hi-tech numbers!


In Summary
Earning their stripes with this album, the band went on to release 'Go On' a couple of years later. Not as immediate as this one, but still worth a listen, particularly for fans of the West Coast/Hi-tech scene. These days, all the members are still visible within the music industry, all doing different things. Hopefully a reunion album akin to a project (isn't everyone doing it these days?), could be on the cards. Wouldn't that be great!


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#1 | Eric on June 13 2008 00:31:17
I never got into Mr. Mister and to this day I can't figure out what turns me off about them? I remember buying the debut after reading comparisons to Pablo Cruise. Boy, was that reviewer off the mark....
#2 | gdazegod on June 13 2008 00:57:06
To be fair, I much prefer this than the other two albums they did. Their version of hi-tech was a bit overdone at times.
#3 | Eric on June 13 2008 01:02:32
That could very well be the issue for me. I have had a recent epiphany towards 80's Hitech and haven't listened to these albums in a while. Time to pull them out of the boxes again I think...
#4 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:45:19
Brilliant, Hi-Tech AOR. Love every track on this cd equally, which is quite a rare thing for me. Love Richard Page's Vocal work on this aswell - one of the underated vocalists in the AOR/Westcoast field without doubt. An album definately worth more than the hits it produced in 'Broken Wings' & 'Kyrie'
#5 | dangerzone on October 22 2009 20:42:10
'Dont Slow Down' is a monumental classic. Best song on the album!
#6 | Danielovich on December 20 2009 18:15:05
All their albums are brilliant, especially "Pull".Do someone know who leaked the record onto the internet? He/She is one of my all-time heroes! I love that album! Why RCA was so blind?
Richard Page is one of the best male vocalists of all time, in my book.Maybe one of the three best!
#7 | gerard on June 05 2012 11:45:47
Anybody heard the official 'Pull' release? And what about Richard Page's 'Peculiar life'? Still don't have these two albums. Really liked 'Shelter me' though and the 3rd Matinee album is still a huge favorite!
#8 | super80boy on April 26 2014 19:49:24
A huge step forward from their more independent flavored debut. I wish they could have kept the momentum going...
#9 | gdazegod on October 14 2015 01:17:49
'Pull' has been officially released on Richard page's own label (2010). He bought the rights back off BMG.
 
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