Any Trouble: Clive Gregson (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Phil Barnes (vocals, bass); Chris Parks (guitar); Mel Harley (drums).
Additional personnel: Bob Sargeant (organ); Alison Tulloch, Diane Robinson (background vocals).
Producers: Any Trouble, John Wood, Bob Sargeant.
Recorded at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham, England and The Roundhouse, London, England. Includes liner notes by Clive Gregson, Dennis Locorriere, Erin Riley, Nigel Dick, Will Birch and Paul Conroy.
Digitally remastered by John Wood (Sound Recording Technology).
Recording information: Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham, Lancashire, England; Roundhouse, London, England.
Originally released in 1980 by Stiff Records as the first of four studio albums to be unleashed by this sadly overlooked Manchester, England-based folk/pop quartet, WHERE ARE ALL THE NICE GIRLS? introduced singer/songwriter/guitarist Clive Gregson to the pop world. Pouring elements of Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson and early Joe Jackson through his remarkable, honeyed-baritone vocal chops, Gregson essentially lays out a blueprint that would sustain him into the 21st century.
A few awkward shards of itchy, hyper-New Wave intensity poke through in spots (they would disappear entirely from subsequent AT/Gregson works), but the bulk of this is classic, endlessly melodic pop music with intelligent, reflective lyrical craftsmanship. Brilliantly re-mastered for CD by the LP's original producer John Wood (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Thompson, etc.), this stands up as much more than an artifact of bygone days. The extraordinary "Girls Are Always Right" is alone worth the disc's price.