Charlie Peacock – Charlie Peacock – 1986

This was supposed to be Charlie’s breakthrough album that was supposed to solidify his secular presence. Unfortunately that didn’t work out. A&M bailed on the album and it eventually ended up on Island records. Island was unable to properly promote the album so it didn’t have any secular success. One of the stranger production ideas was to include the single from his previous album, “Lie Down In The Grass” on this album. All in all the record companies all screwed up what should have been a top 40 album. The beats and synth were perfect for the time and the album was easily as good as anything on the radio at the time. Oh well it’s left for us to enjoy, what a great album.

Tracklist
1 – Message Boy – 4:11
2 – Counting The Cost – 4:12
3 – Down In The Lowlands – 5:02
4 – Lie Down In The Grass – 3:22
5 – It’s No Surprise – 4:16
6 – Dizzy Dean Movie – 3:37
7 – Forever Strangers – 3:25
8 – I Will Need Your Help – 3:21
9 – My People – 3:25
10 – Conversing With Mercy – 5:09

Credits
Artwork, Design, Layout – Marty Gessler
Co-producer – Brent Bourgeois (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B1 to B4), Charlie Peacock (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B1 to B4)
Coordinator [Executive Coordinator] – Jan Volz
Engineer – Daryl Zachman, Nigel Gray
Engineer [Assisted By In Leatherhead] – Jim Ebdon, Martin Heyes
Executive-Producer – Mary Neely
Mastered By [Digitally] – Brian Gardner
Mixed By – Nigel Gray
Orchestrated By, Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Brent Bourgeois, Charlie Peacock
Photography By – Michael Jang
Photography By [Assistance] – Steve Holsapple
Photography By [Collage] – Ken Friedman, Michael Jang, Rich Pedroncelli
Producer – Charlie Peacock (tracks: A1, A4, B5), Nigel Gray (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B1 to B4)
Songwriter [All Songs Written By], Performer [Performed By] – Charlie Peacock

Companies, etc.
Distributed By – ATCO Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Exit Records (6)
Copyright (c) – Exit Records (6)
Recorded At – Exit Studios (2)
Recorded At – Surrey Sound Studios
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Edited At – Digital Magnetics
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Published By – Blackwood Music Inc.
Published By – Western Sierra Music
Published By – Andi Beat Goes On Music
Published By – Dayspring Music

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Vector – Mannequin Virtue – 1983

This was the introductory album from Vector.

The band was packed with talent including Charlie Peacock, who would go on to a solo career as well as producing many albums. He was only on this release from Vector and wrote some of the songs on this album.

The rest of the band were famous in their own rights, including members of The 77’s. The album is very heavily new wave with influences from Genesis to Bowie.

It was just what secular radio was looking for at the time, but alas, it would be relegated to Christian radio only which happened to far too many quality bands of the time.

Track Listing:
1 – Mannequin Virtue – 2:44
2 – Substitute – 2:32
3 – Running From The Light – 3:25
4 – Lost Without Love – 3:16
5 – The Shore – 3:50
6 – The Hunger And The Thirst – 3:48
7 – Desperately – 3:45
8 – All Around The World – 3:25
9 – Only To Fail Again – 3:21
10 – I Love Them All – 3:50

Credits:
Coordinator [Executive Coordinator] – Jan Eric Volz
Design – Jim Abegg, Mark Swanson
Design Concept [Cover Concept] – Jim Abegg, Michelle Abegg, Steve Griffith
Drums [Drum Kit] – Aaron Smith
Engineer [Assistant] – Steve Griffith
Engineer [Engineered By] – Daryl Zachman
Executive-Producer – Mary Neely
Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer, Backing Vocals – Jim Abegg
Illustration – Mark Swanson
Lead Vocals, Bass, Backing Vocals – Steve Griffith
Mastered By – John Golden
Mixed By – Larry Hirsch
Photography By – Jim Abegg, Sandi Robinson
Producer [Produced By] – Steven Soles
Synthesizer [Memorymoog], Backing Vocals – Charlie Peacock

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Charlie Peacock – Lie Down In The Grass – 1984

This is Charlie Peacock’s introductory album. Up until this he was best known as being a producer, having produced the Seventy Sevens amongst others.

This album is strongly new wave with very strong synth influence. It is highly produced which I guess is to be expected when a producer produces their own album.

As an aside, in my opinion this album has one of the worst album covers in the 80’s.

Tracklist
1 – Lie Down In The Grass – 3:29
2 – Watching Eternity – 2:58
3 – It’s Gone, It’s Over – 3:47
4 – Human Condition – 3:00
5 – Lost In Translation – 3:47
6 – One, Two, Three (That’s Okay) – 3:45
7 – Whole Lot Different (Whole Lot The Same) – 3:32
8 – Till You Caught My Eye – 3:30
9 – Turned On An Attitude – 2:57
10 – Who Is Not Afraid? – 3:00

Credits
Artwork By – Jim Abegg
Bass – Eric Heilman, Erik Kleven
Bass, Tom Tom, Vocals – Steve Griffith
Design – Jim Abegg
Engineer – Daryl Zachman
Executive Producer – Mary Neely
Guitar – Jim Abegg
Guitar, Vocals – Mike Roe
Mastered By – John Golden
Mixed By – Larry Hirsch
Other [Executive Coodinator] – Jan Eric Volz
Percussion [Additional] – Jim Caselli
Percussion [Ethnic & Orchestral] – Bongo Bob Smith
Photography – Kent Lacin
Producer – Charlie Peacock
Saxophone – Michael Butera
Trumpet – Larry Lunetta
Vocals, Keyboards, Drums – Charlie Peacock
Written By – Charlie Peacock

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