Bridge of Spies (album)

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Bridge of Spies
Studio album by T'Pau
Released 14 September 1987
Recorded Spring/Summer, 1987
Genre Pop
Length 44:19
Label Siren
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
T'Pau chronology
Bridge of Spies
(1987)
Rage
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Bridge of Spies is the debut album of British pop group T'Pau, released in September 1987. For its US release, Virgin renamed Bridge of Spies to simply T'Pau.[2]

Overview[edit]

The album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker. It spawned five hit singles – "Heart and Soul" (also a Top 5 in the US), the best-selling number one hit "China in Your Hand" (re-recorded especially for single release), "Valentine," a live version of "Sex Talk" (previously released in its original form as "Intimate Strangers") and "I Will Be with You". A further release, the title track "Bridge of Spies", was also released in the US, Australia and Germany.

The artwork for the release included the name "T'Pau" rearranged to form a face (similar to the Moai stone heads found on Easter Island). This practice was replicated with the titles of the bands follow-up albums Rage & The Promise.

The album spent one week at number one on the UK album chart and was certified Gold on 14 October 1987 and Platinum on 18 November 1987. It was eventually certified 4x Platinum in September 1988.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Carol Decker & Ron Rogers. (Copyright Virgin Music)

Side One

  1. "Heart and Soul" – 4:15
  2. "I Will Be with You" – 4:06
  3. "China in Your Hand" – 5:06
  4. "Friends Like These" – 3:45
  5. "Sex Talk" – 4:07

Side Two

  1. "Bridge of Spies" – 5:23
  2. "Monkey House" – 4:24
  3. "Valentine" – 3:53
  4. "Thank You for Goodbye" – 3:54
  5. "You Give Up" – 4.39
  6. "China in Your Hand" (reprise) – 0:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987/1988) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Austrian Albums Chart[4] 12 16
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 17 30
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 6 22
German Albums Chart[7] 7 ?
New Zealand Albums Chart[8] 6 12
Norwegian Albums Chart[9] 1 15
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 11 9
Swiss Albums Chart[11] 3 22
UK Albums Chart[12] 1 59
US Billboard Hot 200[13] 31 24

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
  • Engineered and mixed by Jerry Napier

Credits[edit]

  • Carol Decker: All Vocals
  • Ronnie Rogers: Guitars
  • Taj Wyzgowski: Guitars
  • Michael Chetwood: Keyboards
  • Paul Jackson: Bass
  • Tim Burgess: Drums, Percussion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p5588/biography
  3. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx
  4. ^ Steffen Hung (23 December 2011). "Austria Top 40 – Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  5. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca
  6. ^ Steffen Hung (31 December 2011). "Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  7. ^ "Charts-Surfer: Liedsuche". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung (26 December 2011). "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung (15 June 2006). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung (30 December 2011). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  12. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  13. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Faith by George Michael
UK number one album
21 November 1987 – 27 November 1987
Succeeded by
Whenever You Need Somebody
by Rick Astley