Fanx Ta-Ra + Misplaced Ideals
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• Edsel is proud to announce the reissue of all four of Sad Café’s RCA albums, in two packages. The band leaped to prominence in 1979with the perennially popular “Every Day Hurts”.
• This first package contains their first two albums, from 1977 and 1978, which demonstrate their mastery of carefully produced melodic rock and ballads. Both albums were produced by John Punter, whose CV includes production credits on albums by Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, Nazareth, Japan, The Boomtown Rats, The Tourists and Slade.
• Both albums have been unavailable for many years, and “Fanx Ta-Ra” now has a bonus track, a single b-side. The booklet is fully annotated.
|| ||Hungry Eyes|
|| ||Shadow On The Wall|
|| ||Black Rose|
|| ||The Further Adventures Of Mad Alan|
|| ||Fanx Ta-Ra|
|| ||Flingus’ Holiday|
|| ||Sail On|
|| ||I Believe (Love Will Survive)|
|| ||Bell Ends|
|| ||Here Come The Clowns|
|| ||Run Home Girl|
|| ||Let Love Speak|
|| ||No Place To Go|
|| ||Feel Like Dying|
|| ||On With The Show|
Record Collector, September 09
Some areas of popular music seem to be revival-proof – and post-glam, pre-punk, competent, tuneful soft rock in one of them. Sad Café, mainly known for their hit ballad Every Day Hurts, were one such band – excellent musicianship, good songs, but never quite in fashion. Their first four albums have, nonetheless, been given a very nice repackaging by Edsel.
If not revelatory, they’re at least worth checking out. Probably best of the bunch is the 1977 debut, Fanx Ta-Ra, which has an energy (and funkiness) lacking from their later work. Vocalist Paul Young (the Mike & The Mechanics one, not his better-known namesake) does, however, get better as time goes on, his vocals standing out by far as the best thing on their fourth, self-titled album, a generally lacklustre affair. That said, even this album is listenable, thanks to the band’s skilful performances and excellent production by Eric Stewart. Still, if Sad Café were underrated in their early years, it’s easy to see why their slightly bland rock failed to capture the popular imagination in the punk/post-punk era.