Laughing on Judgement Day

Laughing on Judgement Day

by Thunder



For a while there, it seemed as though England's Thunder might follow in the footsteps of Def Leppard or Whitesnake and actually conquer America with their powerful melodic hard rock. But, when faced with the ever more hostile musical environment of the early '90s (read: Seattle), all they managed was a smattering of critical support and a number of hit singles in their homeland. Still, despite producing but one big hit in the infectious, horn-punctuated "Everybody Wants Her," Thunder's sophomore album, 1992's Laughing on Judgement Day, was anything but a slump, and may in fact have been the strongest all-around effort of the group's career. Among the highlights, "The Moment of Truth" and "Today the World Stopped Turning" packed massive, irresistible choruses, while "Low Life in High Places" and "Empty City" provided stunning showcases for the formidably soulful voice of singer Danny Bowes (a latter day David Coverdale, in the best sense). Even borderline sonic relics like the partly funky "The Moment of Truth" and "Fire to Ice" (which bordered on AOR) were meticulously constructed from the ground up -- not that this meant much in the face of grunge. So even though there was not a single obvious clunker among Laughing on Judgement Day's 14 tracks, Thunder's sound was sadly already yesterday's news, and the band would never again replicate the achievements of its early career.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Caroline
UPC: 0077779990924
catalogNumber: 99909

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thunder   Primary Artist,Group
Gary "Harry" James   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals,cowbell
Big Bad Horns   Horn,Group
Daniel Don Bowes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Snake Davis   Brass
International Singing Criminals   Background Vocals
Jody Linscott   Percussion
Mark "Snake" Luckhurst   Bass
Ben Matthews   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar,Hammond Organ,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Wurlitzer,Soloist,Group Member
Blind Lemon Morley   Harmonica
Luke Morley   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,wah wah guitar,Soloist,Group Member
Harry Babasin Quintet   Drums
Garth Snakey   Horn,Acoustic Bass
Friar Don Jose   Background Vocals
Grant Kirkhope   Horn,Brass
Brother Lucius   Background Vocals
Frank Mizen   Horn,Brass

Technical Credits

International Singing Criminals   Contributor
John Kalodner   Contributor
Ken Lomas   Engineer
Ben Matthews   Engineer
Luke Morley   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Keith Breeden   Artwork
Storm Thorgerson   Artwork
Mo Hepple   Vocal Arrangements
Tom Wood   Artwork
Andy Taylor   Producer,Engineer,Jacket Design

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