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T’Pau – Rage [1988]

tpau---rageCountry United Kingdom          

Style Melodic Rock/AOR/Pop

Rating 83/100

Band Members Carol Decker – Lead/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”

Tracks 01. Arms Of Love (3:35), 02. Only The Lonely (4:23), 03. Running Away (3:22), 04. Between The Lines (3:27), 05. Road To Our Dream (4:41), 06. Island (5:16), 07. Heaven (3:30), 08. Taking Time Out (3:43), 09. Secret Garden (4:05), 10. Time Will Tell (3:39), 11. This Girl (4:02)

Profile Rage is the second album by late 1980s British pop group T’Pau. 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). 

The Canadian release came out 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 songs on the UK CD have a more live sound to them. The most different sounding track is “Island” which almost sounds like a different song, 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 CD, but change was less well received. This album was not released in the US. The artwork for the release included 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 & their third album The Promise

The song “Only the Lonely” on the UK CD 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 CD. 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. The song “This Girl” was on the UK CD only, but was also released as “Secret Garden” single B-side, and on the albums “Heart And Soul – The Very Best Of T’Pau” and The Greatest Hits.


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