JUDE COLE – Start The Car [2018 Reissue]
Out of print in Europe, specialized label Music On CD are reissuing JUDE COLE third CD “Start That Car“. There’s a stellar session crew on this album, including TOTO’s Steve Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro (one of his latest recordings), Mr. Mister’s Pat Mastelotto, half Damn Yankees Jack Blades & Tommy Shaw, and many more.
Illinois born singer/songwriter Jude Cole joined the British power pop band The Records in 1980, after their first album was released, and remained with the group for one album.
After a few years, Cole then re-emerged with his own solo record, 1987’s self-titled Jude Cole, which was a much slicker, mainstream-oriented affair than any of The Records’ records. The album did have its charm, and while it was celebrated by AOR aficionados, resulted ignored by major audiences.
That was not the case with his second album, 1990’s A View from 3rd Street, which had a bonafide hit single with the sweet, yearning “Baby, It’s Tonight.”
Another single from the album hit the Top 40, as Cole enjoyed a surprise success.
Although Cole wasn’t able to repeat his chart success with this follow-up “Start That Car”, it was another solid album of mainstream Rock&pop / lite AOR, full of shiny hooks and sleek, memorable melodies.
The who’s who in the music business play on this album, add to the aforementioned above master guitar – Tim Pierce and Michael Thompson, excel drummer John Robinson and Jim Keltner (Alice Cooper, TOTO), the great James Newton Howard contributing keyboards and co-writing, legendary Sass Jordan in a vocal duet, and more.
Did you read Jack Blades & Tommy Shaw contributing harmony / backing vocals? Well, seems this Jude Cole album has influenced both musicians as their forthcoming 1995 effort ‘Shaw/Blades’ is quite similar in style / sound.
“Start That Car” however has more electric guitar all over, mostly performed by Cole, dynamic instrumentation and an organic production handled by Cole with the help of the experienced James Newton Howard.
“Start That Car” is an exquisite, sweet AOR album blending into one CD the last decade of American rock when originally released (1992), that meaning from 1982-like slick rock&pop to 1991 earthy melodic rock.
I’ve listened to this album dozen of times over the years, and I always get back to it. It fits so many moods: highway driving, background music at work, relax at home with a glass of wine, etc… always pleasing.
Stupendous and really welcomed reissue.
You’ve seen it first here, at 0dayrox
01 – Start The Car
02 – Worlds Apart
03 – Open Road
04 – Just Another Night
05 – Tell The Truth
06 – Intro
07 – Right There Now
08 – First Your Money (Then Your Clothes)
09 – It Comes Around
10 – Blame It On Fate
11 – A Place In The Line
Guitar – Tim Pierce
Guitar – Michael Thompson
Drums – John Robinson
Drums – Pat Mastelotto
Drums – Jeff Porcaro
Drums – Jim Keltner
Percussion – Lenny Castro
Bass – Neil Stubenhaus
Bass – Lee Sklar
Horns – Daniel Higgins, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Larry Williams
Organ [Hammond] – Marc Greene
Organ – Mike Finnegan
Keyboards – Steve Porcaro
Keyboards – James Newton Howard
Programming – Robbie Buchanan
Piano – Bill Payne
Piano – David Paich
Vocals – Sass Jordan
Harmony Vocals – Jack Blades
Harmony Vocals – Tommy Shaw
Backing Vocals – John Elefante
Lead vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin, background vocals – Jude Cole
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