|Blue Tears Mad, Bad & Dangerous||Suncity Records|
Suncity Records is the new kid on the block as far as record labels go, but what a way to make an impact with your first release!|
Blue Tears won over a lot of fans with their cult classic debut, but in what can only be deemed bad luck, never broke through for mainstream success. The band worked on material for a second album, but sadly it was never finished or released.
Frontman and band principle Gregg Fulkerson has kept busy over the years, most recently presenting the more contemporary sounding Attraction 65 project – which to my ears retained the classic moody Blue Tears sound, just updating it for a modern rock market.
The legend that was Blue Tears however would not die and the trading circuit was alive with bad quality and mislabeled demos from the band, most recently appearing on E-Bay.
It was this development that prompted Gregg Fulkerson into action and a well timed call from Suncity put the two into partnership.
Mad Bad And Dangerous is the first of two volumes of classic unreleased Blue Tears material. When I say classic, I mean classic – these tracks all hail from a time frame that surrounds the release of the debut album. Some tracks were recorded for that release, but later left off, others were part of session that would have evolved into the band's second release and some even pre-date the debut.
To best appreciate these tunes one must put oneself into a late 80s/early 90s mindset - a time where songs were big, fun and not to be taken too seriously – unless the song was a hard hitting, emotion filled power ballad.
This album contains some fine examples of each. Granted they are a little dated in places, but considering their age and the various sources, as a compilation of unreleased tracks, you will not hear better.
Blue Tears fans especially will be thoroughly impressed, I have no doubt.
Highlights of the release for me would be the opening track Long Way Home, an energetic hands-in-the-air rock anthem which surely would have been a hit had it been released when recorded in 1992. Stylistically it matches the best tracks from the debut album.
The moody anthem Kisses In The Dark is another real gem and is everything Blue Tears fans will love, with a great sound to match.
The title track is something that Def Leppard could have released in the early 90s and is again reminiscent of the sound of the debut.
Follow Your Heart matches the big uptempo rock of the opening track, with a nice Bon Jovi feel to it.
Ballads are well represented on Mad Bad & Dangerous - With You Tonight is a killer track Bon Jovi never recorded; Evidence Of Love is a dark and moody Def Leppard styled track and Russia Tonight is a heartfelt acoustic driven track with poignant lyrics still relevant today.
Best of them all is the haunting and emotion filled Misty Blue – another track from the never recorded second album. What an opus that would have been!
Not quiet working for me is Girl Crazy and Love Machine – both tracks not quite competing sonically and certainly not lyrically – no offence intended.
A live track Live It Up closes the album perfectly – with hands in the air and feet tapping along.
This is big, multi-layered, keyboard friendly 80's melodic rock and I think the target audience will eat this up and anticipate Volume 2. A perfect snapshot of the glory days of pomp melodic rock.
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