Bridge of Spies (album)

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Bridge of Spies
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Studio album by T'Pau
Released 14 September 1987
Recorded Spring/Summer, 1987
Genre Pop, pop rock, new wave
Length 44:19
Label Siren
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
T'Pau chronology
Bridge of Spies
(1987)
Rage
(1988)
Singles from Bridge of Spies
  1. "Heart and Soul"
    Released: May 1987 (US) / August 1987 (UK)
  2. "Intimate Strangers"
    Released: 1987
  3. "China in Your Hand"
    Released: October 1987
  4. "Bridge of Spies"
    Released: 1987
  5. "Valentine"
    Released: 1988
  6. "Sex Talk (Live)"
    Released: 1988
  7. "I Will Be with You"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Bridge of Spies is the debut album by British pop group T'Pau, released in September 1987. For its US release, Virgin Records 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 band's follow-up albums Rage & The Promise.

The album spent one week at number one on the UK Albums 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 and 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
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 95 1
Austrian Albums Chart[5] 12 16
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 17 30
Dutch Albums Chart[7] 6 22
German Albums Chart[8] 7 ?
New Zealand Albums Chart[9] 6 12
Norwegian Albums Chart[10] 1 15
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 11 9
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 3 22
UK Albums Chart[13] 1 59
US Billboard 200[14] 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. ^ "certified-awards". 
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 312. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  5. ^ Steffen Hung (23 December 2011). "Austria Top 40 – Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bienvenue au site Web Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Welcome to the Library and Archives Canada website". 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung (31 December 2011). "Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Charts-Surfer: Liedsuche". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung (26 December 2011). "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung (15 June 2006). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung (30 December 2011). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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