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Doucette - 1981 Coming Up Roses

ARTIST: Doucette, Jerry
ALBUM: Coming Up Roses
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Jerry Doucette - vocas, guitars, bass, production * Brent Shindell - guitars, keyboards * Robbie King - keyboards * Don Cummings - bass * Bill Wade - drums * Kevin Beamish, Richard Ross - production

TRACK LISTING: 01 It Doesn't Matter * 02 That's Alright * 03 She's My Girlfriend * 04 Gimme Your Love * 05 Rock N Roll Got A Hold Of My Soul * 06 Here I Come * 07 You Better Turn Around * 08 Give It To Me * 09 It Only Hurts The First Time * 10 Coming Up Roses


Here we have the third Jerry Doucette LP from his three album run between 1977 and 1981. We've covered his two prior albums here at GDM, the rarest of the trio is this one 'Coming Up Roses'. Signed to the small Ontario based Rio Records label, which also featured hard rock outfits such as Snow Axe, Nova Scotian rockers The Battery and British prog rocker Peter Hammill for some of his Canadian distributed releases, this was Jerry's last release during his formative period. So what of 'Coming Up Roses'? Well it's another impressive collection of classic/radio rock to my ears, which mixes up various flavours and styles, including high-end power pop. Not unlike some of the material from the previous LP 'The Douce Is Loose'.

The Songs
It's a typical Canadian opener with 'It's Alright', a catchy lead-off and we're set for the remainder. 'That's Alright' is a very radio friendly ditty while 'She's My Girlfriend' features verses that sound uncannily like Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B Goode', but played in a power pop style. 'Gimme Your Love' is my favourite track here, a punchy rocker that typifies Doucette's 1981 direction. Love the lyric: 'I always thought you believed in me, you're leaving me'. 'Rock N Roll Gotta Hold Of My Soul' is a cranky number, with a nifty guitar solo nicking some ideas from Deep Purple's 'Highway Star'. 'Here I Come' is played in the style of fellow Canuck's Harlequin, and there's the pairing of 'You Better Turn Around' and 'Give It To Me', both at the hard rock end of the spectrum, the latter featuring some chugging guitar work. The chorus on 'It Only Hurts The First Time' reminds me of Foreigner's early material, while the closing title track 'Coming Up Roses' fluctuates between ballad and mid-tempo rock, with a nice guitar solo to finish.

In Summary
For me, I'm a fan of all of Doucette's material, and all three of his 70's/80's LP's should be in your collection somewhere. Jerry would disappear off the map for the rest of the 80's, returning to the public eye in the mid 90's with a new CD called 'Price Of An Education' and a 1999 live set 'Minnedosa Festival '99'. Doucette now lives in British Columbia, and though his first two LP's for Mushroom Canada are now in official CD format, 'Coming Up Roses' is not.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 07 2016 21:55:04
Thanks to Leif (DemonAOR) for the original fileshare! Thumbs Up
#2 | DEMONAOR on August 08 2016 20:23:14
No problem George

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