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Artist: Mama's Boys

Title: Growing Up the Hard Way

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Mama's Boys Growing Up the Hard Way Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1987

Label: Jive/Zomba

Catalog Number: 1059-2-J


John McManus bass
Pat McManus guitars
Keith Murrell vocals
Tommy McManus drums


1.  Waiting for a Miracle  5:01
2.  Bedroom Eyes  5:01
3.  In Over My Head  4:27
4.  Higher Ground  3:38
5.  Hot Blood  4:15
6.  Running Away  4:28
7.  I've Had Enough  3:47
8.  Blacklisted  4:11
9.  Last Thing at Night  2:49
Total Running Time:  37:37

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Edwin Date: April 16, 2002 at 19:57
MAMA's BOYS managed to surprise in the 80's. The three brothers played their rock much in the likes of Rose Tattoo and Krokus, but they where never able to breakthrough. It simply missed out on real class. Great music, but I've heard it all before....

From: Knuckles Date: June 10, 2002 at 7:30
Of all the Mamas boys,this is the one I like the best.Song to song,this is good listening.In over my head is brilliant.

From: koogles Date: July 20, 2002 at 14:08
Well-groomed AOR in the style of Stage Dolls or Roxus. "In Over My Head" reminds me of Strangeways. Definitely worth getting, this remains high on the Koogles all-time best list.

From: 66crush Date: September 2, 2002 at 12:06
Can someone help me find the self-titled on cd?

From: David Date: September 2, 2002 at 16:50
66Crush, It depends on how fat your wallet is.

From: Date: September 6, 2002 at 21:32
Hey David, if I post my email, do you have info where to get one?

From: 66crush Date: September 6, 2002 at 21:34
Would even consider a cd-r. I made a disc of my cassette, but the quality is lacking. I hate to play the tape anymore because the sound is starting to degrade.

From: DOMENICO DEL S. Date: September 7, 2002 at 1:08

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From: Dan Date: September 7, 2002 at 11:42
Guys, can we please keep the personal trade talk out of these comment/review threads? There's a buy/sell/trade forum in the site-wide message board for just this very thing. I'll give it a few days then I'll be deleting most of these messages. Thanks.

From: 66crush Date: September 10, 2002 at 22:21
Sorry,Dan. I registered in the forums.

From: Richard H. Date: October 11, 2002 at 20:51
This is melodic rock bliss.A pure AOR recording in no uncertain terms.With the additon of Keith Murrell(ex Airrace) on vocals ,Mama's Boys excel on this one.This album is really hard to find so if you get your hands on it.......treasure it like gold.

From: steve Date: April 14, 2003 at 17:16
wierd name, good band

From: jessica96fish Date: August 5, 2004 at 6:49
this is there best by far.smooth american style aor.very good album.if you like bands like ya ya fm.then this for you.

From: Kip Date: September 1, 2004 at 2:19
I could never get into this CD. The only way I can describe it is boring. The songs just lack passion I guess. Waiting For A Miracle, Bedroom Eyes and Hot Blood are okay, slightly above average, but the rest of the music is a snoozefest. 3.5/10

From: AdryA - Hungary Date: November 18, 2004 at 16:35
I think it's a great stuff. "Running Away" should have been a hit... I always like bands where sisters or brothers work together.

From: THE IRISH Date: March 19, 2005 at 20:14

From: carlos ciges Date: April 3, 2005 at 5:59

From: ArnoldLancelot Date: March 14, 2006 at 16:23
Great adding considerig the WELL balanced sound between guitars and keyboards. Anyhow, even if I as well consider this an essential lost gem, it has to be said that from song to song can be uneven in songwriting and hooks. On ebay sells by far up the tag price.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 19, 2007 at 23:05
I think this is their softer album... and of course a hell of a good one!!!.10/10

From: Reverend Mayhem Date: March 26, 2014 at 16:11
I quite like this album -- but it's not really a Mama's Boys album. That is, it's such a radical departure from the '80s hard rock the McManus lads established on their previous releases that they should've just gone with a new band name to go along with the new style. Sonically, it's out with the manic guitar from Professor Pat, in with the keyboard pads and synth drums; out with John's rough-and-tumble vocals, in with Keith Murrell's smooth leads. Nothing that'll rock your nuggets off, but still an enjoyable slice of well-crafted AOR. Too bad the change didn't bring them the recognition they thought it would. Murrell's performance here is one of the best of the genre and well worth the bottom-dollar bargain bin price I paid. If you can find this disc, grab it -- but if you're expecting another set of "Crazy Daisy's" and find yourself choking on "In Over My Head," don't say I didn't warn you. 75/100

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2018 at 21:56
Adorable album with all that AOR flavour of late 80's... "Bedroom Eyes" and "Hot Blood" are my fave ones...some other fine cuts are # 1,3(nice) & 7...a good pick if you like the real essence of the genre.84/100

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