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Truth, The - 1989 Jump

ARTIST: The Truth
LABEL: I.R.S Records
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Dennis Greaves - lead vocals, guitar * Mick Lister - vocals, guitar * Andy Duncan - drums, percussion * Dennis Smith, Anthony Harty, Jaz Lochrie - bass * Reg Webb - keyboards * Mark Feltham - harmonica * Mickey Roberts - rhodes

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wings Of A Prayer * 02 Throwing It All Away * 03 Shadow On The Sun * 04 Let Freedom Reign * 05 God Gave Rock & Roll To You * 06 Tug Of War * 07 Prisoner Of Love * 08 Jealous Man * 09 Listening To The Rain Again * 10 Straight To My Heart

The name Dennis Greaves will be familiar to those of you who followed the British jazz/soul/blues scene back in the late 70's and early 80's. Greaves put together an ensemble called Nine Below Zero who operated between 1977 and 1982, and at one stage also featured Rory Gallagher bassist Gerry McAvoy. Greaves folded the band in 1982 and created another: The Truth, who initially moved in the same space as his previous band. The Truth released three albums between 1982 and 1989, gradually leaving the soul/R&B sound behind, in favour of melodic rock and AOR. This album 'Jump', was the third and final outing.

The Songs
The Truth had recorded a couple of successful singles for WEA in 1982, but in 1984 signed to Stewart Copeland's I.R.S Records for the release of their debut LP 'Playground'. By 1987 the transformation to a melodic rock band was nearly complete, with the 'Weapons Of Love' album. The band by this stage were making waves in the USA, and also had a track 'Respect' featured on the soundtrack to the movie 'The Hidden'. However, I think you'll agree that Greaves hit the AOR jackpot with this album. This is so American like, it makes a band like Dare look like imposters, and I mean that in a complimentary way. There are highlights scattered across the CD, hard to pick a winner. 'Wings Of A Prayer', 'Shadow On The Sun', 'Tug Of War' and 'Prisoner Of Love' all hit the mark. The band even cover the Argent chestnut 'God Gave Rock & Roll To You', though unbeknown to them, KISS had also ear-marked this song for release shortly after theirs. Oh dear!

In Summary
As hard as they tried to crack the American market, based on the efforts of their previous album 'Weapons Of Love', circumstances conspired against Greaves and co, with poor management and poor promotion to blame. The fact that they tried to release 'God Gave Rock N Roll To You' at the same time as KISS was a monumental stuff up. Which in turn might raise a good trivial pursuit question: which acts had the same song on the charts at the same time? In any case, I think 'Jump' is another album to add to the 1989 list of great releases, though at the lower end of the scale, remembering how a good a year this was.

The Truth - 1989 Prisoner Of Love

The Truth - 1989 Tug Of War

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#1 | Nick C on April 09 2018 18:26:18
I came across an ad for this in an old mag...probably an old, old, Kerrang about a year back. I did a quick search but all I found was the RnB styled stuff so dismissed it as some record company advertising mess up. Might have to check it out properly now.
#2 | swazi on April 09 2018 19:39:50
A really good release and cheap to get. I paid a mere 3€ for it.
#3 | jefflynnefan on April 10 2018 01:59:41
Thumbs Up I got my copy off the "please take these off our hands rack " too. Sometimes the best cd's are the cheapest.

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