Falling (Blue Peter album)

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Falling
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Studio album by Blue Peter
Released 1983
Genre New wave
Length 23:07
Label Ready Records LR034[1]
Producer Steve Nye
Blue Peter chronology
Up To You (7")
(1982)
Falling
(1983)

Falling was the second full-length album by the Toronto-based new wave band Blue Peter. Coming on the heels of Up To You, their successful 1982 EP, Steve Nye was selected to produce their next album, which included[2] the hit song, "Don't Walk Past".[3] Nye's production emphasized keyboards over guitars, and drew comparisons with his work with Roxy Music and Japan.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

Released in the spring of 1983 on Ready Records, Falling peaked nationally at 64 (where it stayed for three weeks) on the Canadian Albums Chart,[5] and was ranked 25th on Toronto radio station CFNY's Top 83 of 1983 chart.[6] The biggest single from Falling was "Don't Walk Past", known for its jangly guitar riff,[2] and CFNY ranked the song at 92 in its Best 102 of the Decade in January 1990.[7] The video for "Don't Walk Past", directed by Rob Quartly, was inspired by the then-recent film Blade Runner[8] and became the first from a Canadian indie label to get played on MTV in the United States.[9] The video also won awards including "Best Video of 1983" from the Canadian Film and Television Association,[3] and was ranked at 85 on MuchMusic's Top Videos of The Century list.[10]

Personnel[edit]

Blue Peter:

Additional personnel:

  • Leslie Howitt - backing vocals on "Don't Walk Past"
  • Matt Zimball - congas on "Unchained Heart"[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Wardman, except where noted:

Side 1:
1. "Falling" (4:30)
2. "Don't Walk Past" (4:27)
3. "Red Filters" (4:05)
4. "All Your Time" (4:32)
5. "Unchained Heart" (4:00) (Sniderman)

Side 2:
6. "Head Over Heels" (3:57)
7. "Pendulum" (4:02)
8. "Burning Bridges" (3:55)
9. "Right Stuff" (3:55) (Wardman, Joudrey and Kevin Doyle)
10. "Newsreel" (4:42)[2]

Re-issue[edit]

In 2007, Falling was re-issued by Universal Music Canada, combined with Vertigo, a collection of previously unreleased material.[11] The additional eight songs were recorded as demos in 1984, and, in some cases, completed with additional parts added in 1996 by Humphrey and Joudrey.[3] The Vertigo tracks were produced by Blue Peter and Kevin Doyle. Songs were written by Chris Wardman, except where noted:

Additional tracks
11. "Water off the Moon" (4:54)
12. "Night Duty" (4:33) (Wardman, Sniderman)
13. "Throw It Down" (4:33)
14. "Lap of Luxury" (4:45)
15. "Equalizer" (4:26) (Wardman, Sniderman)
16. "Vertigo" (4:35)
17. "Steal Away" (3:33) (Wardman, Sniderman)
18. "Into the Parade" (4:45) (Wardman, Sniderman)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The READY RECORDS Catalogue". Ready Records. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Carruthers, Sean. "Falling - Review". Blue Peter. All Music. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Blue Peter". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. canoe.ca. 18 December 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ "Volume 38, No. 25, August 20, 1983". Top Albums/CDs. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Top 83 of 1983". Year End Charts. 102.1 The Edge. 31 December 1983. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Best 102 Of The Decade". The Toronto Sun. 2 January 1990. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Band Info". Bio. Blue Peter Band. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Falling". album liner notes. Discogs. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Top Videos of the Century". The Muchmusic Archive Countdown Site. DerekWeb.com. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "2007 reissue". Falling. Discogs. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 

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