Rage (T'Pau album)

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Rage
Ragealbum.jpg
Studio album by T'Pau
Released October 1988 in UK / September 1989 in Canada
Recorded 1988 & 1989
Genre Pop
Label Virgin
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
(one track produced by:
Tim Burgess
Carol Decker
Ron Rogers)
T'Pau chronology
Bridge of Spies
(1987)
Rage
(1988)
The Promise
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Rage is the second album by British pop group T'Pau, released in 1988. It reached number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and gave the group three hit singles - "Secret Garden" (a UK Top 20), "Road to Our Dream" and "Only the Lonely" (not a cover of the Roy Orbison song).

Overview[edit]

The album was recorded during the summer of 1988, two years after T'Pau released their debut album Bridge of Spies and following extensive touring and live performances, including supporting Nik Kershaw on his Radio Musicola UK tour in early 1987, USA in summer 1987; support to Bryan Adams on his Into the Fire European tour in Autumn 1987; T'pau's own UK "China Tour", named after their single "China in Your Hand"; and "The 1/5 Tour", the band's first headline tour across Europe, but their fifth in total - hence the play on words in the tour's title.

The bulk of recording was completed at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands, again with Roy Thomas Baker in the producer's chair. Additional recording was completed at a number of other studios including Wessex, Farmyard and Olympic Studios. The original version of the album was mixed at Olympic, with the exception of the track "Between the Lines". This was not originally planned to be on the album and was written after much of the album had been recorded. However, the band liked it so much that it moved from being a future B-side (as was originally planned) to the final album line-up.

The song "This Girl" was on the UK CD only, but was also released as the B-side of the "Secret Garden" single, and on the albums Heart and Soul – The Very Best of T'Pau and The Greatest Hits.

Artwork[edit]

The artwork for the release includes the word "rage" rearranged to form a face (similar to the Moai stone heads found on Easter Island). This was similar to the rearranging of the word "T'pau" on the band's debut album Bridge of Spies and their third album The Promise. The cover also features a photograph of the whole band in front of an upturned steam engine art installation in Berlin. Other photographs of the band taken in Berlin feature on the covers of the singles from this album: "Secret Garden" shows part of the Berlin Wall and "Road to Our Dream" features the Berlin Olympic Stadium.

Canadian Version[edit]

Although the final album was accepted by T'Pau's record company and released in October 1988, it was felt that a "harder" sounding or more guitar-based album would be better for the North American market. As a result, in early 1989 (and following the "Rage Across Europe" tour) the band went back into the studio to produce a new version of Rage. However, despite the extra work the album was, ultimately, not released in the US and therefore has become known as the "Canadian" version.

The Canadian release came out almost a year later than the UK version with four songs noticeably remixed: "Arms of Love", "Only the Lonely", "Running Away", and "Island". "This Girl" was omitted. The most different sounding track is "Island" which almost sounds like a different song - mainly due to the fact that it was entirely re-recorded with a different producer (Gary Langan & T'Pau) at The Manor Studio. Reviewers have commented that the UK version is the weaker of the two, as is the case with the other UK song versions as well. The artwork is also totally different on the Canadian album with a solo photograph of lead singer Carol Decker and block lettering on the front.

The song "Only the Lonely" on the UK album has the lyrics "and here we go spending our money, Filling the house with things we hope will bring us happiness again" at the end of the first verse, but they have been omitted from the remixed version on the Canadian album. This remixed and slightly shorter version of the song was also used for its UK and Canadian single releases (listed as "The Guitar Remix" on the single's cover and accompanied by a rockier, extended "Nightmare Mix" on the 12" and CD singles, and was presumably prepared as a radio edit to take listeners more quickly to the chorus.

Track listing[edit]

  • All Songs Written By Carol Decker & Ron Rogers (Copyright MIS Publishing/Virgin Music Publishers, Ltd.), except where noted.

Side One

  1. "Arms of Love" - 3:34
  2. "Only the Lonely" - 4:24
  3. "Running Away" - 3:22 (Copyright Amp Publishing Ltd./Virgin Music Publishers Ltd.)
  4. "Between the Lines" - 3:30 (C. Decker, R. Rogers, M. Chetwood, P. Jackson, T. Burgess, D. Howard)
  5. "Road to Our Dream" - 4:40

Side Two

  1. "Island" - 5:16
  2. "Heaven" - 3:30
  3. "Taking Time Out" - 3:30 (Copyright Amp Publishing Ltd./Virgin Music Publishers Ltd.)
  4. "Secret Garden" - 4:06
  5. "Time Will Tell" - 3:38 (Copyright Amp Publishing Ltd./Virgin Music Publishers Ltd.)
  6. "This Girl" - 4:02
  • NOTE - "This Girl" was not included on the vinyl or cassette editions.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988/1989) Peak
position
Total
weeks
German Albums Chart[2] 44 ?
Norwegian Albums Chart[3] 16 2
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 14 3
Swiss Albums Chart[5] 21 2
UK Albums Chart[6] 4 17

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Roy Thomas Baker, Carol Decker, Ronnie Rogers and Tim Burgess
  • Engineered by Norman Goodman, Stephen W. Tayler, John Brough and Ben Kape with Lorraine Francis, Stewart Stawman, Derek Murphy and Ronald Prent
  • Mixed by Stephen W. Tayler and Roy Thomas Baker
  • Mastered by Arun Chakraverty

Personnel[edit]

  • Carol Decker: lead and backing vocals
  • Dean Howard: guitars
  • Ronnie Rogers: guitars
  • Michael Chetwood: keyboards
  • Paul Jackson: bass
  • Tim Burgess: drums, percussion
  • Gary Barnacle: saxophone on "Road to Our Dream"
  • Gary Barnacle: saxophone/ Pete Thoms: trombone/ Simon Gardner & John Thirkell: trumpets on "This Girl" (uncredited)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Charts-Surfer: Liedsuche". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung (2006-06-15). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  6. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 

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