Only The Children Cry was released 1993
|01. Only The Children Cry||Troy/Troy/Stratton||4′ 30″|
|02. Who’s Life Is It Anyway||Troy/Troy/Stratton/Bisland/Thompson-Smith||4′ 35″|
|03. A Moment In Life||Troy/Troy/Peel||5′ 57″|
|04. Turn The Tables||Troy/Troy||5′ 20″|
|•Boundary Row Studios, London||•Norman Goodman and Tino Troy|
|•Kalle Trapp||•Andie Airfix|
From Back of single
From Promotion Postcard
Moment in Life contains a new vocal on top of the A cry for a New World instrument mix. The intro of this track was reduced by about 10 seconds. The girl on the front cover is Dennis’s Daughter’s
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The single, Only The Children Cry is a bit of an oddity. Only
four tracks, two of them reworks, one itself reworked on TTPOT,
so the only exclusive song is Who’s Life Is It Anyway (sic). The
value of this item, which will set you back 10ukp from Lost Horizons,
is the vocalist. Mark Thompson-Smith is the guy PM should have
held on to…
The title track was reworked on TTPOT, but this is far more interesting
version. Thompson-Smith puts real feeling into the song, and shows
a vocal range which is sadly lacking in Gary Barden’s version.
Make no mistake, this is the best version of the song available.
The second track, the grammatically-incorrect Who’s Life Is It
Anyway, is not available elsewhere and is probably one of the
more metal songs Mantis have done. Excellent guitar work, great
harmonies and a superb voice. Good stuff.
A Moment In Life is a remake of the Cry For The New World track,
with Thompson-Smith once again riding roughshod over the previous
version. It is hard not to be impressed by the emotion expressed
Final cut, Turn The Tables, is an impressive romp through this
old standard. I prefer Bernie Shaw’s vocals on this one, but I’m
sure that is more due to familiarity than anything else. The singing
is excellent, and the song is still the greatest Mantis have ever
written. Pity about the unnecessary keyboards though.
Overall, the single provides an interesting listen. It’s a pity
there aren’t a few more new tracks, but I’m not sorry to have
paid 10ukp (I know one person who paid 17ukp!!). I think this
points us to the singer Mantis *should* have used on TTPOT and
Only the children cry
This japanese version I have is a short EP. 4 songs. Not bad ones: Only the children cry, A moment in life, Who’s life is it anyway and Turn the tables.
To be honest there is time since I do not hear this one… but overall is not bad.
This was done during the time ‘another record, another singer’ and Mark Thompson-Smith is not a bad singer but not a great one. Just average, and in my opinion I prefer vocals from Troy’s brothers 🙂
8/10 nice to have, great collectable.