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Curry, Tim - 1979 Fearless



ARTIST: Curry, Tim
ALBUM: Fearless
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: SP-4773
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: Reissue List

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tim Curry - vocals * Dick Wagner - guitar * Bob Babbitt - bass * Charles Collins - drums * percussion * Michael Kamen - keyboards, oboe * Bette Sussman - keyboards * Michael Tschudin - synthesizer * Jimmy Maelen, Allan Schwartzberg - percussion * David Sanborn - alto saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Right On The Money * 02 Hide This Face * 03 I Do The Rock * 04 S.O.S. * 05 Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire * 06 Paradise Garage * 07 No Love On The Street * 08 Something Short Of Paradise * 09 Charge It

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Background
After bursting on the scene with the film adaption of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' in 1975, Tim Curry took the logical step into a musical career, alongside his acting gigs. His first album was 1978's covers effort 'Read My Lips' - a relatively tepid affair with some offbeat selections I found unappealing. Sensibly, Curry ditched this direction for 'Fearless' and delivered an album of mostly all original tracks, written largely by himself, Dick Wagner and Michael Kamen. Is this an undiscovered AOR classic? Not by any stretch of the imagination. But it isn't a total loss either.


The Songs
The album falls into the realm of earthy, traditional rock and roll, with heavy use of sax, giving it a slight Michael Stanley Band feel. Opener 'Right On The Money' is the lone standout track, displaying some desperate AOR melodies and an unforgettable hook. Curry's voice was made for material such as this and turns in a great performance. Sadly none of the album lives up to the promise shown here, with just 'Charge It' coming close. 'Hide This Face' could be seen as a poor man's Bruce Springsteen, but probably more entertaining. 'I Do The Rock' was a minor hit, but at this point I'm already wearing out of the sax overkill. 'S.O.S.' is a meandering ballad and 'Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire' is a Joni Mitchell track that has a decent hard rock edge to it. Curry turns in some overblown, theatrical vocals on the likeable 'Paradise Garage' but again the sax is at the forefront. Sadly there isn't much else to get excited about, just run of the mill rock with marginal melodies.


In Summary
The album reached number 53 and was Curry's biggest success. He returned in 1981 with 'Simplicity' which was a mixture of half-originals and covers. It did contain his most obvious AOR moment though, the brilliant 'On A Roll'. After that album tanked, it was all but the end of Curry's musical foray, but at least he left us with a few highlights.



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#1 | super80boy on December 30 2017 16:29:20
The opening ‘Right On The Money’ is a solid song with heft in its melodies. The over the top single hit ‘I Do The Rock’ isn’t that great – it has loads of sax and an embellished chorus. The video for it just has him performing on stage, it’s lame. The other single ‘Paradise Garage’ was better on both the song and video fronts. ‘Charge It’ rocks out, which brings things back to almost normal.
 
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