Title - 'Black & White: Expanded Edition'
Artist - Terraplane
OK, for the record, I have LOVED everything that Danny Bowes has ever musically done! Whether it be his early days here with Terraplane or the more commercially successful venture Thunder, Bowes and his gang of merry men were my very own personal musical soundtrack growing up.
As for the bands name, well the Terraplane was actually a car brand and model built by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, between 1932 and 1938. There, I bet ya didn't know that!
As for the band itself, Terraplane were a 80's pop rock band from London, England. Based around four musicians - singer Danny Bowes, guitarist Luke Morley, drummer Harry James, and bassist Nick Linden - they released two albums before disbanding in 1988. [Guitarist Rudi Rivičre was brought in just as the album was being finished though and so only appears on 'Talking To Myself' - and in only a few band photos also!] Anyway, as mentioned above, the band featured three musicians - Morley, Bowes and James - who would then go on to form the hard rock act, Thunder.
After a long delay in getting their album recorded, in early 1986 their debut Black and White (originally entitled, Talking To God On The Great White Telephone) was finally by Epic Records - and was critically well received by most all the British media.
This incredible, genuinely raw, and expanded reissue kicks-off with the guitar-led, balls out 'Don't Walk Away,' before the ever-truthful 'When You’re Hot,' the powerhaus speeding train vibe of 'I Can't Live Without Your Love,' and then both guitar ballad 'Talking To Myself' and 'You Can't Hurt Me Anymore.'
The best song on the album, not just in my mind but that of true Terraplane fans everywhere is up next. The guitar-madness of their debut single 'I Survive' is a real foot-tapper of the highest order and is backed by the bass intro'd funk of 'Right Between The Eyes,' and then the title track, 'Black And White.'
The original album then comes to a close with the feisty 'I'm The One' (which features Jools Holland on organ), the mid-tempo synth work of 'Get Your Face Out Of My Dream,' and then finally the multi-layered 'Couldn't Handle The Tears.' With guest vocals from Ruby Turner it is truly a triumphant way to bring a close to this fantastic record.
As mentioned before, this is an expanded reissue and so up next is the crashing 'Beginning Of The End,' which is followed by the youth chanting of 'Let The Wheels Go Round.' 'Get Your Face Out Of My Dream
(Demo Version - Previously Unreleased)' doesn't sound much different to the final version, in truth, but a live cut of 'All Night And Day' is very cool to now hear.
The pounding 'Tough Kind Of Life' is next, and then the expanded reissue comes to a real final close with both 'I Survive (City Records version)' and then 'Gimme The Money (City Records version).' With a full color booklet that includes a highly in-depth recanting of the Terraplane story by Malcolm Dome (April, 2014) this is the ultimate gift for every known Terraplane fan there is on the planet!
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