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Waite, John - 1984 No Brakes



ARTIST: Waite, John
ALBUM: No Brakes
LABEL: EMI America
SERIAL: ST-17124 (LP), CDP 7 46078 2 (CD)
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: Discogs Reissue List

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LINEUP: John Waite - vocals * Gary Myrick - guitars * Bruce Brody - keyboards * Donnie Nossov - bass * Curly Smith - drums * Steve Scales - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Saturday Night * 02 Missing You * 03 Dark Side Of The Sun * 04 Restless Heart * 05 Tears * 06 Euroshima * 07 Shake It Up Dreamtime * 08 For Your Love * 09 Love Collision

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Background

Former Babys singer John Waite hit the big time with his second solo LP 'No Brakes'. John took a two year hiatus from his 'Ignition' debut, and hooked on with a new label EMI America in the process. The time was taken preparing this record.

Joining him were noted guitarist Gary Myrick (from The Figures) and Pat Benetar's bassist Donnie Nozzov. I tend to find much of Waite's material to be listenable, but not altogether consistent, which is probably why we don't have a lot of his albums reviewed on GDM.

The Songs

'Saturday Night' gets things going. An unusual opening track, a cranky rocker with an uptempo back-beat. It certainly wasn't the entree required for Waite's timeless 80's hit 'Missing You' which was all over the charts and airwaves during 1984. The two songs couldn't be more different.

'Dark Side Of The Sun' (a Jean Beauvoir co-write) lives in AOR territory and contains some nice touches throughput, including some great keyboard work. 'Restless Heart' is more of a straight-ahead track in the mould of Bob Seger.

Of interest to Kiss followers is the track 'Tears' which was written by Adam Mitchell who we wrote about on our forum last year, along with Vinnie Cusano/Vincent though the track isn't all that unfortunately.

Much better is 'Euroshima', with chugging guitar parts and a tougher delivery. And from this point through to the end the album picks up markedly. 'Shake It Up Dreamtime' and 'For Your Love' are especially raucous, 'Love Collision' also has its moments, the plinky-plonk keyboards are an unusual feature.

In Summary

The album would do well after its initial June 1984 release. It eventually made it into the Billboard top 10 album charts in September of that year, achieving Gold status at the same time. 'Missing You' went to #1 on the singles charts, with 'Tears' being the second single. Waite's third album 'Mask Of Smiles' would be released a year later, looking to cash in on the success of this album.

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John Waite - 1984 Missing You


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  • Nick C
    Nick C
    I would be tempted to say that this is my favourite album by JW, every track hits home with me. The track Euroshima (which I believe was going to be the original album title) has some real poignant lyrics, but that has always been John Waites forte. The extended version of that song is cool too, I can remember clutching a hastily recorded cassette so I could play it my mates while crushed in his dads Lada as we drove up to a rock night in Bury. I read in the classic rock AOR mag some guy saying he couldn't understand why JW was regarded as a top AOR singer as he never hits the high notes....really??? Following that logic guitarists who play the fastest are the best too harder,louder,faster,higher = better obviously, I must have missed the point of feeling and passion in music...I wasted my whole life when I could have been listening to Jim Gillette. The guy who wrote it should try singing Missing You, it's darn tricky. Anyway fandabbydozeeeeee album.
    Reply · · - January 05 2019 12:14:45

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