Guts for Love

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After making the strongest and most consistent album of his career with 1981's Escape Artist, Garland Jeffreys seemed poised to finally make a genuine commercial breakthrough, and with Bob Clearmountain back in the producer's chair, he recorded Guts for Love in 1983, a polished and accessible set of songs about the joys and challenges of grown-up romance. However, while "polished and accessible" is doubtless what Jeffreys and Clearmountain were aiming for, there's little arguing that they got more of it than they really wanted. Dominated by slick dance grooves and keyboards, Guts for Love tries so hard to be radio friendly that it unwittingly became the most faceless album ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After making the strongest and most consistent album of his career with 1981's Escape Artist, Garland Jeffreys seemed poised to finally make a genuine commercial breakthrough, and with Bob Clearmountain back in the producer's chair, he recorded Guts for Love in 1983, a polished and accessible set of songs about the joys and challenges of grown-up romance. However, while "polished and accessible" is doubtless what Jeffreys and Clearmountain were aiming for, there's little arguing that they got more of it than they really wanted. Dominated by slick dance grooves and keyboards, Guts for Love tries so hard to be radio friendly that it unwittingly became the most faceless album of Jeffreys' career, and as hard as he tries to push some passion into the songs with his vocals, the surfaces of the production are so clean and shiny that nothing sticks to them. It doesn't help that Guts for Love isn't one of Jeffreys' more memorable collections of songs; he can write with intelligence and force about how difficult and rewarding love can be, and he delivers a few top-shelf numbers on the subject with "Fidelity," "Surrender," and the title tune, but there are a few facile throwaways such as "Dance Up," "Shout," and "Rebel Love" an especially weak reggae offering which you wouldn't expect from a guy who collaborated with Linton Kwesi Johnson on his previous studio set. And the cover of "What Does It Take To Win Your Love" proves David Sanborn is no substitute for Junior Walker. The final two songs, "El Salvador" and "American Backslide," recall the edgier themes of Jeffreys' best work, but their place in the running order suggests the artist knew he was propping up a house of cards. There's too much that's good on Guts for Love to utterly dismiss it -- Jeffreys remains a superb and wildly underrated singer, and he's in fine voice here -- but that doesn't change the fact it's a weak and disappointing effort from someone capable of far more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2007
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929133525
  • Catalog Number: 335
  • Sales rank: 96,640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Surrender (3:55)
  2. 2 Fidelity (4:22)
  3. 3 Rebel Love (3:04)
  4. 4 Dance Up (3:11)
  5. 5 Guts for Love (3:37)
  6. 6 Shout (5:06)
  7. 7 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) (2:46)
  8. 8 Loneliness (3:47)
  9. 9 El Salvador (4:33)
  10. 10 American Backslide (3:55)
  11. 11 Wild in the Streets (3:17)
  12. 12 35 Millimeter (4:07)
  13. 13 Bound to Get Ahead Someday (3:58)
  14. 14 Matador (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Garland Jeffreys Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone Horn Section
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Robin Clark Background Vocals
Gordon Grody Background Vocals
Dennis Davis Percussion, Drums
Tyrone Downie Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Roland Synthesizer
Larry Fast Synthesizer, Piano
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Paul Griffin Piano, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Lou Marini Horn Section
Hugh McCracken Classical Guitar
Alan Rubin Horn Section
G.E. Smith Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
David Van Tieghem Percussion, Marimbas
Alan Freedman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Garland Jeffreys Arranger, Producer, Author, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements
Gordon Grody Vocal Arrangements
Bob Clearmountain Producer, Engineer
Howard Shore Horn Arrangements
Dominick Maita Engineer
John Berg Art Direction
Alan Freedman Arranger
Dick Wingate Executive Producer
Karen Lewis Artwork
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