The Choir – Diamonds and Rain – 1986

Diamonds and Rain is the second studio album from The Choir, and the first after a name change from Youth Choir. Myrrh Records promoted this album heavily with ads that stated, “The Youth Choir has grown up!” I for one found this comical and probably the dumbest promo for a band ever though I did agree with the name change. With producer Charlie Peacock coming on for the album it had a much more commercial appeal. It has a solid new wave feel and at times I could swear I’m listening to a Simple Minds album. While I may be better known for my love of a Rock & Roll sound this is my second favourite style of music and this album is great in my opinion. As the story goes the band hated the colour album front, they wanted it to be black and white like the rear. Trivia point, the album was supposed to be titled Love and Fear but a name change came about after Myrrh wanted a more positive title.

1 – Fear Only You – 3:52
2 – Render Love – 4:42
3 – All That Is You – 3:21
4 – Black Cloud – 3:40
5 – I Painted Mercy – 4:05
6 – Kingston Road – 3:39
7 – Listen To Her Eyes – 3:20
8 – (You Do That) Triangle – 3:17
9 – Love Falls Down – 3:12
10 – When The Morning Comes – 4:30

Art Direction – Roland Young
Backing Vocals – Bill Batstone
Backing Vocals [Additional] – Jerry Chamberlain
Bass Guitar – Tim Chandler
Drums, Percussion – Steve Hindalong
Engineer – Mike Mierau
Engineer [Assisted By] – Paul Abajian
Guitar, Vocals – Derald Daugherty
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Charlie Peacock
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Martin Heyes
Other [Choir Direction] – Brian Martin
Photography By – Nancy French
Producer – Charlie Peacock
Woodwind – Dan Michaels

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – Pakaderm Studios
Mixed At – Surrey Sound Studios
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Manufactured By – JVC

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Author: Ray Mansfield

One of the founding cowboys of Real 80s CCM. Been listening to this stuff since 1978.

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