TVT 2121CD Prodigal Son
No production credits (track 2 by Vanda and Young)
Released on 1988
no chart information
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I wrote a review of this record for All Music Guide a year or two back. Then (as I’m wont to do) I listened to it a bunch of times more and took another critical crack at it. Turns out I haven’t changed so much. The John Mellencamp/Graham Parker comparisons still hold and I still miss Hugh Jones’ production. Trouser Press called the record “overproduced,” which is interesting considering that no producer is credited on the disc (only George Vanda and Harry Young get credit for producing a cover of their “Music Goes Round My Head”). The appeal of All Fools Day was how Chris Bailey’s voice could burn at such a cool flame during upbeat arrangements for “How To Avoid Disaster” and “Love or Imagination.” Well, part of its appeal anyway. Bailey sounds happier on Prodigal Son, the arrangements sound pretty much the same, and the record seems matter of fact where his last felt like a matter of life or death. You see, when I first heard All Fools Day (the first Saints record I owned), I thought: Who is this Chris Bailey character? A punk bard given kingly treatment in Hugh Jones’ opulent imagination, I reckoned, and bowed lest I not give a great man due deference. (Metaphorically speaking, of course. I speak in metaphors.) Prodigal Son, by contrast, doesn’t get the royal treatment. The songs are uniformly good, sometimes excellent (“Ghost Ships,” “Shipwreck”), but they arrive without the pretty packaging that made Fools’ bounty so appealing. In the beginning, I didn’t know The Saints could make an album like All Fools Day. After hearing that record, I knew they could make an album like this. To call it a disappointment sells Chris Bailey’s songwriting short, but Prodigal Son is (“ironically,” I write, lest the irony be lost) not the lavish feast of Fools.

TRACK LISTING

  1. GRAIN OF SAND
  2. MUSIC GOES ROUND MY HEAD    (Harry Vanda/George Young)
  3. FIRE AND BRIMSTONE
  4. FRIEND OF THE PEOPLE
  5. BEFORE HOLLYWOOD
  6. SOLD OUT
  7. GHOST SHIPS
  8. MASSACRE
  9. TOMORROW
  10. STAY
  11. SHIPWRECK

    All songs written by Chris Bailey unless noted

CREDITS

CHRIS BAILEY -- remixing
JOE CHIOFALO --
BARRINGTON FRANCIS --
ARTURO LaRIZZA -- horn & string charts
IAIN SHEDDEN --
Brian McGee -- engineer, mixing
Mark Opitz -- remixing
Ian White/Beth Cumber -- cover art
The Anderson Collection, Museum of Victoria -- cover photograph

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
AUS'L/NZ 1988 Mushroom LP L38890 inner sleeve
US 1988 TVT LP/CD TVT2121/CD lyric sleeve
CAN 1988 Attic LP LAT 1260  

 

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