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January 8, 2017

China Crisis – Working With Fire And Steel (1983) – Lp

by Record Facts

China Crisis are an English pop/rock band. They were formed in 1979 in Kirkby, near Liverpool, Merseyside with a core of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. China Crisis were part of a wave of new Liverpool acts in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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Artist:  China Crisis
Title:  Working With Fire And Steel
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  205798

China Crisis main men Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon were great songwriters searching for that one song that would make a difference. “Working with Fire and Steel” was that song. Although they had hits before, and they would have hits after, no other song defined China Crisis‘ essence more. With its percolating beat, Daly‘s hiccupping vocals, and a smashing chorus, it was the perfect modern pop song. With that said, there was also so much more to China Crisis than that one song. This, their sophomore album, features songs cut from the same cloth as “…Fire and Steel,” including “Animals in Jungles” and “Hanna Hanna,” but also reveals a band with deeper meaning and ambitious ideas. Lundon‘s sweet backing vocals (and lead vocals on the pretty “Wishful Thinking” and “When the Piper Calls”) balance out the quirkiness of Daly‘s voice, creating a perfect combination. Although they were pigeonholed as a ‘synth pop’ band, China Crisis was much more. All that mattered to them was the song, and this album is chock full of intelligent, well-written pop songs. Producer Mike Howlett added much to the sonic blend, allowing the melodies to shine while toughening up the band’s sound (the addition of a full-time drummer and bassist helped to thicken the sound as well). Even the softer moments, like “Here Comes a Raincloud,” and “The Soul Awakening” are full of life and excitement. Apart from their own matured sound on this release, there are traces of rock, pop, and jazz floating between the lines.

 

Side one
1.  Working with Fire and Steel  (3:41)
2.  When the Piper Calls  (4:04)
3.  Hanna Hanna  (3:29)
4.  Animals in Jungles  (3:40)
5.  Here Come a Raincloud  (4:16)

Side two
1.  Wishful Thinking  (4:42)
2.  Tragedy and Mystery  (4:03)
3.  Papua  (3:36)
4.  The Gates of Door to Door  (4:16)
5.  The Soul Awakening  (4:36)

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