835 348-4 Goodbye Blue Sky
Produced by Godley & Creme
Released on 1988
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D oo-wop: the universal language for Armageddon. Godley & Creme have always held a soft spot for the harmonies of early rock, from “Donna” with 10cc to “Sale of the Century,” but Goodbye Blue Sky marks the first time that the pair make it their primary medium. Supported by a trio of male backing vocalists and a pair of harmonica players, the concept album plays out like a Greek tragedy written in the late ‘50s and recorded in the modern studios of the ‘80s. The concept is the end of the world, by nuclear weapons as “The Big Bang” reveals, with a pair of love songs on the first side that don’t really fit in with the story but provide two of the album’s highlights: “Don’t Set Fire (To The One I Love)” and “Golden Rings.” If the story doesn’t flow as well as a Joe’s Garage Act I, the pair deserve credit for making Armageddon so tuneful (I’m surprised someone hasn’t tried to make this into a musical). In all honesty, it took some time before I warmed up to this album; it sounds remarkably tame by typical G&C standards. That the band would return to the sound of “Wedding Bells” (here on “Sweet Memory”) isn’t a surprise, but the fits of willful strangeness that appeared on all their previous albums are nowhere in evidence. This is hardly the case of a commercial sell-out; more than likely a labor of love that had been gestating for some time. It’s not as funny as Joe’s Garage, more polished but less technically dazzling, yet otherwise the two albums have a lot in common.

POLH 40 cover
POLH 40 cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. H.E.A.V.E.N.
  2. A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN
  3. DON'T SET FIRE (TO THE ONE I LOVE)
  4. GOLDEN RINGS
  5. CRIME & PUNISHMENT
  6. THE BIG BANG
  7. 10,000 ANGELS
  8. SWEET MEMORY
  9. AIRFORCE ONE
  10. LAST PAGE OF HISTORY
  11. DESPERATE TIMES

    All songs written by Godley & Creme

CREDITS

LOL CREME -- guitar, bass, keyboard & vocals
KEVIN GODLEY -- drums, percussion, vocals
Jimmy Chambers -- back up vocals
George Chandler -- back up vocals
Mark Feltham -- harmonica
Mitt Gamon -- harmonica
Jimmy Helms -- back up vocals
Martyn Heyes -- engineer, mixing

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1988 Polydor LP/CS POLH 40 lyric sleeve
US 1988 Polydor LP/CS 835 348 lyric sleeve

 

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