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Charlie - 1983 Charlie

ARTIST: Charlie
ALBUM: Charlie
LABEL: Mirage
SERIAL: 90098
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1988, Polydor (West Germany), 813662-2 * 2005, Renaissance, RMED00169


LINEUP: Terry Wilson Slesser - vocals * Terry Thomas - guitars, vocals * John Anderson - bass, vocals * Steve Gadd, Bob Henrit - drums

Guests: Richard Cottle - saxophone, keyboards * Andy Clark, Adrian Lee, Chris Parren - keyboards * Nick Payne - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 It's Inevitable * 02 Tempted * 03 Spend My Life With You * 04 Never Too Late * 05 Playing To Win * 06 The Heartaches Begin * 07 You're Everything I Need * 08 This Time * 09 Can't Wait Til Tomorrow

WEBLINKS: www.charlie-music.de

By 1983 Charlie had embraced the American AOR dream with a passion and were producing albums of frequent quality, perfect FM rock radio. This was a positive move and the band found increasing airplay with the commercial sound. The music on 'Charlie' was even smoother than that on 'Good Morning America' and 'Here Comes Trouble'. The band even found themselves on MTV courtesy of the moderately hit single 'It's Inevitable'. Terry Slesser had replaced John Verity on vocals, and gave that American feel to the singing. Terry Thomas had wanted to assume lead vocals but had been told by their American management he wasn't good enough!

The Songs
'It's Inevitable kicks it off, a song that deserved it's minor hit status. The song is an up tempo rocker with the great layered harmonies expected of the lads. The same can be said of 'Tempted' which follows the same path with a superb chorus. 'Spend My Life With You' is more mid tempo, but with a beautiful verse and if anything these guys were on a roll. 'Never Too Late' features a highly dramatic bridge, with synth work that stabs over and over. Side one ends with another ultra melodic classic 'Playing To Win'. The buildup to the chorus is almost palpable in its tension, it fits perfectly. The background vocals are so rich in melody you might overdose of an AOR attack! And this is only side one! Not to worry because side two is every bit as memorable, notably 'This Time' and 'Can't Wait 'Til Tomorrow', undeniable AOR feasts which can be described as any of the previous songs.

In Summary
Although Charlie would release one more album, 1986's 'In Pursuit Of Romance', that was essentially a Terry Thomas solo project. 'Charlie' was the bands defining moment as an AOR outfit, and it shames so many bands like Styx, Toto and Kansas, who were the commercial forebearers of the genre, but among the more tepid. Fortunately this album has made an appearance on CD, Renaissance's version is readily available, but I think the Polydor versions from the 80's are of better quality. For those that haven't heard this, I hope for your sake you find it.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 09 2007 06:52:39
This album saw limited quantities on CD during the eighties, from the old West Germany. I have one of these rarities.
#2 | Eric on November 24 2007 21:30:55
I'm old school Charlie- I felt the groups 80's stuff was just so derivative of everything happening at the time that they lost some of thier character. I know, I know -big kudo's from everyone loving the early 80's, but albums like 'Fantasy Girls' and 'Lines' are where its at for me. 'She loves to be in love, she don't care if your not there, she can make it alone...' Yeah Baby!Thumbs Up
#3 | george_the_jack on June 12 2008 15:53:12
No possibility of finding this monument?
#4 | gdazegod on June 12 2008 22:06:01
I'd love to help you GTJ but my CD's and videos are stashed away in boxes now, ready to ship out on a container overseas.
#5 | Jez on June 13 2008 08:46:55
Bloody awesome in two words & proof that ocassionally the Brits could out the Americans at their own game. There are Major highlights littered throughout this disc with 'You're Everything I Need' being the absolute killer on show, A huge 2 part, 7 minute monster of a track with it's awesome keys & superb chorus, aswell as a great vocal from Terry Slesser .'Spend My Life With You' is the perfect AOR ballad and 'It's Inevitable supplies the Hit potential. Very nearly THE perfect AOR release.
#6 | richardb on June 13 2008 09:00:25
Yes this is definitely my favourite release by Charlie and one I still play from time to time..

Richard B
#7 | DEMONAOR on July 08 2008 07:05:36
Greattttttttttttttt Albumgunsgunsgunsguns
#8 | Danielovich on December 19 2009 09:37:42
I have a CD from ATM records dated in 1994
#9 | jeffrey343 on September 15 2010 19:35:18
One of my buddies made me a cassette copy from his LP back in the mid 80s, and it got played a fair amount in my car. I finally found it on CD three years ago. 'It's Inevitable' is epic, and the rest of it is consistently very good too. The video for 'It's Inevitable' is great. This is definitely one of my favorite albums from the 80s - not a bad moment on here.

The recording quality on my CD isn't great; I'd love to hear a remastered version of this.
#10 | gdazegod on March 30 2011 12:40:13
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