by The PassionsThe Passions


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Having hovered around the U.K. Top 100 with 1981's 30000 Feet Over China LP, the Passions attempted one last stab at the independent market which had, so far, eluded them with their swan song release, Sanctuary. Keeping the focus on the smooth guitar and mood melodies they'd adopted in place of the annoying jangle-quirk that drove their earliest material, the band rebounded with an album that may have been commercially and critically overlooked, but actually allowed the band to shine. "The Letter" utilizes effective indie guitar licks, repeated again on the closer, "Cars Driven Fast." Elsewhere, synthesizers propel the action on both the wonderfully atmospheric "Into the Night" and the overdone "White Lies." Barbara Gogan had also found her vocal style, scaling down her delivery an octave or two and only occasionally ripping out with the indie-girl-scale bounding so beloved by the likes of Lene Lovich, Danielle Dax, and Terri Nunn. Both the title track and "Jump for Joy" were pulled off the LP for single releases; unfortunately, neither did anything and by the fall of 1982 the band had split.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2019
Label: Rubellan Remasters
UPC: 0746160509105
catalogNumber: 8
Rank: 25001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Passions   Primary Artist
Kevin Armstrong   Guitar,Vocals
Barbara Gogan   Vocals
David Agar   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Smith   Synthesizer
Richard Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Kevin Armstrong   Composer
Mick Glossop   Producer,Engineer
Barbara Gogan   Composer
Clive Timperley   Composer
Richard Williams   Composer
Passions   Composer
Scott Davies   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
David Agar Wardill   Composer
Mick Shepherd   Live Sound
Gary Keene   Direction

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