Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Way better than the first...
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1986 Articles » Thompson, Chris - 1986 The High Cost Of Living
Thompson, Chris - 1986 The High Cost Of Living

ARTIST: Thompson, Chris
ALBUM: The High Cost Of Living
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7 81665-1 (LP)
YEAR: 1986


LINEUP: Chris Thompson - lead and backing vocals * Nick Garvey - co-lead vocals * Phil Galdston - production, backing vocals * John Van Tongeren - keyboards, production, backing vocals * Michael Thompson, Ira Siegel, Robbie McIntosh - guitars * John Siegler - bass * Anton Fig - drums * Michael Fisher - percussion * Gary Barnacle, Martin Dobson - sax * Tim Cappello - sax (tenor) * Peter Thoms - trombone * Luke Tunney, Steve Sidwell - trumpet * Jeff Pescetto, Maggie Ryder, Eric Sheesley, Miriam Stockley, Tommy Faragher, Stevie Lange, Gail Lopata, Henry Gaffney, Robbie Nevil - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love And Loneliness * 02 What A Woman Wants * 03 It Don't Bother Me * 04 The High Cost Of Living * 05 Empty House * 06 It's Not Over * 07 Living For The Thrill * 08 Missing * 09 She's Dangerous * 10 This Is Not A World Of Our Making

WEBLINKS: www.christhompson-central.com/

Reading the biography of Chris Thompson is like watching the Wandering Minstrel go about his work. He's very well travelled, and an active musician since the late 60's. Of course, the Manfred Mann Earth Band is his best known jaunt, and his two claims to fame are the voice behind the top 70's hit 'Blinded By The Light', and one of four co-writers of John Farnham's ginormous 1986 hit 'You're The Voice'. He also led the international band Night to a couple of albums, with a hit single 'Hot Summer Night' resulting from that union. We'll focus on Thompson's 80's discography at this point, which featured three releases, of which: 'The High Cost Of Living' being his third, and incidentally his only release for Atlantic Records. The album did get an LP release at the time, but has yet to be reissued on CD (come on Wounded Bird, get a move-along!). John Van Tongeren and Phil Galdston double up on production duties, with a high quality session crew in tow. The album is very hi-tech, not surprising given the era this was produced and released in, and probably isn't very representative of Thompson's musical style, but we here at GDM will take it.. regardless.

The Songs
Things get off to racy start with 'Love And Loneliness'. Certainly this is no ballad (judging by the song-title), with pulsing bass, strong guitars and backing vocal fillers. British singer Nick Garvey shares lead vocals on this one. What A Woman Wants' follows, with Thompson invoking a John Farnham like vocal on this second up effort. Gotta love the funky bass popping on 'It Don't Bother Me'. Chris taking his lead from a hi-tech bloke like Robbie Nevil, and that's not surprising as Robbie co-wrote the song. The title-track 'The High Cost Of Living' is one of those atypical bombastic over-produced 80's affairs we are all familiar with. Can't say that I love it or loathe it. 'Empty House' is a moody piece very much in the style of Mr Mister or Bourgeois Tagg, while 'It's Not Over' returns to that OTT bombast we heard a couple of songs earlier. Many of you will remember this being a moderate hit for Starship in 1987. 'Living For The Thrill' engages that hi-tech AOR sound with a hint of upbeat West Coast. Thompson definitely has the voice for a stint in the West Coast genre should he choose to do so. 'Missing' is one of the picks on the album for mine, full-blown AOR, and judging on this one song alone, you have to wonder why this album was never released on CD. Strange but true. 'She's Dangerous' continues the bouncy keyboard and strident guitar work, and apart from the ballad intro for 'This Is Not A World Of Our Making', that song also maintains a high-press engagement of melody. The gang vocals reminds me of Mark Williamson's material

In Summary
There's not much to dislike here, aside from the wacky cartoon art on the front cover, and a couple of those overtly 80's efforts which sounded totally over-produced. But hey, it was 1986 after all. As mentioned, this has never been released on CD, which surprises me no end. Maybe some reissue label (one in particular) could do us the honours. In the meantime, I am off to get familiar with Chris Thompson's remaining solo material. See you in a couple of days! [word count 569]

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
#1 | gdazegod on March 25 2016 21:06:42
Chris Thompson - 1986 Missing
YouTube Video:
#2 | Alfie2 on March 26 2016 12:22:28
Haven't played this album for ages. Remember it being enjoyable, but had forgotten about it including Love and Loneliness. For me, the better version of the song is the original by the Motors (with Nick Garvey) with its great keyboards.

YouTube Video:

Will have to give the album another spin shortly.
#3 | Eric on March 29 2016 22:39:09
Dreadful sleeve.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 100% [1 Vote]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Urban Tale - 2003 Signs Of Times, Butler - 1981 Butler, AOR - 2012 The Colors Of L.A, Sugarcreek - 2002 3CD Set, Strand, The - 1980 The Strand, Stanley, Michael (Band) - 1983 You Can't Fight Fashion, Hartman, Lisa - 1982 Letterock, Terra Nova - 2010 Come Alive, Oscar - 1977 Cobblestone Heroes, Bullet (Sweden) - 2008 Bite The Bullet, Max Webster - 1978 Mutiny Up My Sleeve, Mattson, Lars Eric - 2000 Another Dimension, Time Gallery - 1989 Time Gallery, Geordie - 1983 No Sweat, Lofgren, Nils - 1976 Cry Tough
Confess Duke Jupiter Saxon Molly Hatchet Company Of Wolves Outloud Toys Of Joy Jay Miles The Scooters Yesterrock Craaft Highway Robbery Bonrud Scandal #2 Helstar Foreigner DVD Sherbet EP Miles Long Charlie Joshua UFO David and David Phenomena Best Of 2011 Constellation Amun Re Jay Ferguson Gary Private EP Defcon Mark Morris Blue Peter
All Tags
Search DDG