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  • Rob

NOW PLAYING: 'THE BIG AREA' BY THEN JERICO...

I was introduced to The Jerico by a good mate who was taken from us way too soon, so listening to this record is always tinged with a bit of sadness.   Even so, I love this record.


The title track is probably the best-known song, but others are arguably better.  ‘What Does It Take’ (with Belinda Carlisle on backing vocals, fact fans), ‘You Ought To Know’ and ‘Where You Lie’ are all in with a shout.


The other big hit from the album was ‘Sugar Box,’ a ballad that made it to number 22 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1989.  I always thought it should have got more attention than it did.


For me, there isn’t a bad track on it, from the rock outs of ‘Helpless’ with its banshee scream from singer Mark Shaw at the beginning and ‘Reeling’ with its unnecessary strings at the end to ‘Darkest Hour’ which had the girls in my better half’s class at school crying when they saw the band live (they were 16 at the time to be fair).


If you fancy a copy, plenty are on Discogs and eBay at prices that reflect their condition.  This NM copy was less than a tenner.


Tracks To Try: Any of them.

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