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Bad English - 1989 Bad English



ARTIST: Bad English
ALBUM: Bad English
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: EK 45083
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2009, SPV/Steamhammer, SPV 306122 CD * 2017, Rock Candy Records, CANDY320

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: John Waite - vocals * Neal Schon - guitars * Ricky Phillips - bass * Jonathan Cain - keyboards * Deen Castronovo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Best Of What I Got * 02 Heaven Is A 4 Letter Word * 03 Posession * 04 Forget Me Not * 05 When I See You Smile * 06 Tough Times Don't Last * 07 Ghost In Your Heart * 08 Price Of Love * 09 Ready When You Are * 10 Lay Down * 11 The Restless Ones * 12 Rockin' Horse * 13 Don't Walk Away


Background
This album holds a very special place in my CD collection. It was, in fact, the very first CD I ever bought, back in the year 1989 when I made the transition from vinyl to CD. I suppose too, for the line-up that graces this album, it is indeed a pretty special album.. period!. As we all know, Bad English reflect two parts Journey, two parts The Babys, plus new boy Deen Castronovo, a drumming fiend with a history playing with local Oregon band Wild Dogs, plus appearing with guitar god Tony MacAlpine on some of his solo CD's. The result, a perfect blend of radio-oriented rock (ROR he says?), hard edged and 'cutting up rough' on one side of the blade, while gilt-edged and silky smooth on the other. Even a Schick razor couldn't do this well! The impassioned vocals of Waite proved the perfect counterfoil for the Journey pairing of Schon and Cain. Chuck into the mix Richie Zito's full production (particularly those bucket sounding drums) plus some minor songwriting contributions from Diane Warren, Mark Spiro, David Roberts, and Martin Page, and you've got an album which most of us AOR fans will already have in the collection in any case. So why the hell am I writing anything about it then? Simply, because some of those songs have killer hooks and memorable parts to them that just stick like adhesive!


The Songs
Lets focus on some truly great songs: 'Posession' (apart from the very obsessed lyrics.. in another era they could've been singing about vampires or demons!), is a wonderfully emotive tune, the chorus, solo, and acoustic pieces all hit the right spot for me. Then there's 'Ghost In Your Heart'.. what a song. Dramatic, emotive yet again, and this time, the lyrics reflect the mood of the song perfectly. The two commercial tracks: 'When I See You Smile' and 'Price Of Love' did wonderfully well on the US charts (#1 and #5 respectively). Elsewhere opener 'Best Of What I Got' rampages into and out of your speakers setting the scene for the rest of the album, followed by other rockin' efforts such as 'Forget Me Not' (another lyrical piece of cleverness, the 'mark' of Spiro strikes again!) and the melodrama that is 'The Restless Ones'. And I haven't gotten around to the other tracks!


In Summary
I gotta say, the inside cover shot of the band looks like an absolute lark. All dressed in black leather, the guys look decidedly uncomfortable trussed up like chooks. Thankfully the music is no lark. Classic stuff indeed. No AOR CD collection is complete without this album. Because there are 13 tracks on the album, it would be hard to give this CD the full 'thumbs up' as the quality just shades toward the end which is not unexpected given its duration. Instead, we'll give it a 9. Hope that keeps everyone happy.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I got this as soon as I heard 'Forget Me Not' on the radio; it helped that the station mentioned that Waite & Schon & Cain were in the band. It accompanied me on a few 6-hour car trips from northern Virginia to east Tennessee to visit my fiancee back in '89.

I'll third the opinion that this one is just a tad too long. This has always been one that lost a little momentum after the first four songs, probably because 'Possesion' and 'Forget Me Not' are so great and 'When I See You Smile', while also a great song, was almost played to death on radio back in 89/90. But there are some more great songs after the first five. I'll agree that 'Lay Down' and 'Rockin' Horse' would be my candidates for the cutting floor - not bad songs but not up to the standards of the rest.
#2 | ROBERT on February 16 2006 18:21:09
Este es mi disco Favorito d A.O.R. puro d todos los tiempos quizas junto con:

JOURNEY - RAISED ON RADIO
ALIAS - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
FM - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º / 2ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
THE STORM - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º / 2ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
SURVIVOR - VITAL SIGNS / WHEN SECONDS
HAREM SCAREM - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º / 2ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
SIGNAL - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
DARE - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
AVIATOR - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
PREVIEW - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
CHINA SKY - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
HEART - BRIGADE
ROBIN BECK - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
DRIVE, SHE SAID - 1ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º / 2ÃÆ'Æ'‚ÃÆ'‚º
FOREIGNER - INSIDE / MR. MOONLIGHT
STRANGEWAYS - NATIVE/WALK IN
TOTO - THE SEVENTH ONE / IV

Totalmente recomendado para amantes del romanticismo:

A.O.R. 100% puro, Clasico, Romantico, Comercial, con Magia, Garra, Poder y muxo Feeling!

10 d 10!Grin
#3 | jeffduran on January 04 2008 01:56:49
Essential AOR indeed. Like the list by Robert too.
#4 | Eric on February 20 2008 23:54:56
The very first CD you bought and one of the few AOR discs I bought in 1989. A classic line-up here eh? A good album, certainly not up to the best of Journey or The Babys, or Waite's first solo but a fine effort. Nicely done.
#5 | Jez on June 13 2008 22:49:25
I have always found this disc to be about 2 songs too long, as there are a couple of fillers, but otherwise it's fabulous. My faves on this have always been 'Forget Me Not' & 'Ghost In Your Heart'.
#6 | Nick C on August 31 2008 16:15:40
John Waite could sing a Chinese takeaway menu...in Chinese ... and I'd still sit up and listen! This has some of my favourite Bad English songs such as Possession, Forget Me Not and Don't Walk Away...but as Jez Sez maybe a couple of songs too long - drop Rockin Horse and Lay Down I reckon. I think I prefer the production on this one over Backlash...it's tough I like them both.
#7 | gdazegod on October 23 2008 13:19:04
Must put the videos up for this album.. hmm!
#8 | george_the_jack on December 14 2011 15:18:14
YouTube Video:
#9 | george_the_jack on December 14 2011 15:19:29
YouTube Video:
#10 | george_the_jack on December 14 2011 15:20:38
YouTube Video:
#11 | george_the_jack on December 14 2011 15:21:45
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#12 | gdazegod on December 14 2011 21:12:53
Good man GTJ.. save me a job scouring for vids..
#13 | george_the_jack on December 14 2011 22:03:57
hahahaha when I saw your post above, I knew what to do!
#14 | Emda on August 14 2013 22:41:34
"Ghost In Your Heart" is by far the best track on this classic album followed by "Don't Walk Away", "Forget Me Not" and "When I See You Smile". I agree that this disc is 2-3 songs to long.
 
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