The less-than-pop, 1981 debut from a band that belied a monster new wave anthem that would follow in the near future.
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Yep, this is a reissue, though with no biographical liner notes to refer to there's only so much in the way of background details I have to offer. The Tickets were a power pop quartet (presumably from southern California based on tracking session locations) that left the world a single in 1986, and a full length cassette album, The Tickets Make a Record, four years later. The Tic's Beatles-esque tendencies were more subtle than blatant, but still identifiable. The overarching tenor of these songs weren't far removed from those inhabiting a bevy of hopefuls in the '90s power pop revival that would soon materialize on Yellow Pills compilations and the whole Not Lame and IPO circuits. Song-wise you won't find any throwaways here, but exceptional moments like "Way Down Here" and "Yesterday's Girl," the fantastic b-side from that '86 7" I mentioned are a tad scarcer. Although he didn't produce any of the material populating The Tickets, L.A. pop maven Walter Clevenger did a fine job in managing this retrospective.
01. Our Two Hearts
02. Dream About Me
03. Way Down Here
05. How the Good Things Come
06. I Don't Belong
08. The One That I Loved You
09. Nothing Else I Can Do
10. Last Dance for You
11. She Got Away
12. Yesterday's Girl
13. Way Down Here (alternate vocal)
14. I Don't Belong (alternate vocal)