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The Games Up [CD]

Sniff 'n' the Tears Audio CD
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Sniff'n'The Tears came together in 1977 in London. Singer songwriter Paul Roberts had made some demos for a French Record Company in the mid Seventies. The musicians for the demos were put together by drummer Luigi Salvoni who Paul had met through a mutual friend. Two years later Luigi contacted Paul to say he had been listening to the demos and wondered if he could play them to a ... Read more in Amazon's Sniff 'n' the Tears Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Aug 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000001BFI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Game's Up 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Moment Of Weakness 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. What Can Daddy Do 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Night Life 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. If I Knew Then 4:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. One Love 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 5 & Zero 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Poison Pen Mail 4:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rodeo Drive 6:110.99  Buy MP3 

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool music to soothe your rythmn buds. . . 4 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you have never heard of "Sniff..." but you love cool music then this album will blow you away. I first heard them in the early 80's and their sound is as fresh now as ever. Good songs outlast music fashion. You may of heard the song "Drivers seat" played occasionally on Radio 2. That song is on Fickle heart. BUT, this album is their best by far. Theirs is cool music but I find them indefinable. They are not heavy, but you can't dance to it! Listen to "Rodeo Drive" with your headfones on and the lights off - rivals Thunder Road by Springsteen. "Poison Pen Mail" is almost Jazzy. My fave is "5 & Zero". If you are looking for a new genre, away from meaningless funkpunkmetalpop but hate so-called "R nd B" then this will soothe you and give you a sackful of great songs. The cd covers have great paintings on too........ :0)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 16 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first bought this album on vinyl from a sale rack, over 20 years ago.

Recently I heard Drivers Seat on the radio (that track is not on this album) and remembered how much I enjoyed this particular album. I purchased it again on CD this time. I was not disappointed in any way at all, the album stands the test of time.

The vocals are simply superb, with great music backing them up. Tracks like Rodea Drive and The Game's Up are classics. This CD has pride of place in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 23 Sep 2008
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Got to agree with the first review. I DID hear this in the 80's when it came out, had it, lost it and bought it again, lost it and am just buying it a third time. Very soulful, a bit sad, atmospheric, desolate at times, making the most use of a few instruments - with good writing and playing. Give it a try - you may not play it very often but you'll remember every word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story-telling album, sadly overlooked 4 Feb 2008
By Garance A. Drosehn - Published on
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I have no reservations at all in giving this a 5-star rating. I personally think this is one of the best albums in my record collection. Paul Roberts (the singer and main writer for Sniff'n' the Tears) writes some songs with nice solid stories to them, and then him and the band put some very good instrumental work around those lyrics. The music is kinda laid back, which (in my opinion) fits the material. Paul's voice comes through clearly, but music is not some simple guitar strumming in the background.

The first song on the album is (IMO) the weakest. It's also probably the only song that has any connection at all to the cover art (the cover art is actually a painting that Paul had done, and the record company in Germany thought it was a really cool painting so they wanted it for the cover). The original US release of this on vinyl had a much more reasonable picture on the cover, with a guy trying to cozy up to his date at a fancy restaurant. Not as eye-catching as this cover, but it was a much better match for the songs on the record!

The album has several excellent songs, with "What Can Daddy Do" (about a rich father and the life of a daughter that he spoils a bit too much), "If I Knew Then", "5 & Zero" (a gambler in action, gambling at love while gambling for money), "Poison Pen Mail" (a relationship which has gone painfully sour), and "Rodeo Drive" (lifestyles of the rich and conspicuous, as well as those who fall by the wayside).

There are some great lyrics in these songs. Paul can write lyrics which can sound so real-to-life that it's like listening into a conversation. You can check out the lyrics at the web site for the group, but you won't quite get the feel of them until you hear him singing the words.

The music has something of a country-rock feel to it (like Eagles or maybe Dire Straits), with a bit more emphasis on having a rock-edge to the music than country story-telling. The music includes some well-done keyboard work as well as the standard guitar and drums. But the songs are not dominated by keyboards the way that some groups did back then, and which sounds so out-of-date now. The keyboards and the guitars are playing off each other, and they do a very good job at it.

I'd give this 5-stars for the song lyrics, and 5-stars for the instrumental work as well. If you like story-telling songs, then this is about as good of an album as you're going to get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Album 27 Feb 2001
By Terry A. Strother - Published on
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The electrifing voice of Paul Roberts is clear in this, the second release. A fine piece of music mastery is "Rodeo Drive"(worth the price of admission alone). If this is the type of music for you this is a must purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Game is up 19 Mar 2007
By Jayne Ireland - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I am biased, because I bought this album many years ago on vinyl, but please buy it its well put together, it has not dated even by to-days standards , its a shame the band are not playing still.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Games up_review 8 May 2003
By Nikos - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Its the best alboum from the band.
Its pop-rock group and i believe that kind of bands need smart & not borring playing or arrangements. Also in this alboum they are
not so mellodrammatic. "the momment of weakness" is the best song i ever (hear) from them.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice package, but... 27 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The second album from Sniff n' the Tears showed more clearly the direction we would hear from the band throughout the remainder of their recording lifespan. It also became clear that Sniff n' the Tears could just as easily be called the "Paul Roberts Band."
The album has a decidedly lazy (as in "laid back"...sort of California) feel to it. Highlights of "The Game's Up" include "Five & Zero", "Poison Pen Mail" and "Rodeo Drive". Lowlights include pretty much everything else.
Album cover art (beautifully painted as always by Paul himself) differed between the U.S. and abroad, so if you owned the record, don't be surprised by what you see on the import CD
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