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Northern Lights – Tears Are Not Enough (Canada 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 22nd, 2011


As we get closer to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays let us give thanks for what we have and help those who are less fortunate.

Happy Holidays – DjPaulT

“Tears Are Not Enough” is a 1985 charity single recorded by a supergroup of Canadian artists, under the name Northern Lights, to raise funds for relief of the 1984–1985 famine in Ethiopia. It was one of a number of such supergroup singles recorded between December 1984 and April 1985, along with Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in the United Kingdom, and USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” in the United States.

The project was organized by Bruce Allen, who brought together a large group of artists to record a song written by David Foster, Jim Vallance, Bryan Adams, Rachel Paiment, Paul Hyde and Bob Rock. Foster and Vallance wrote the music and initial lyrics, Adams completed the english lyrics, Paiement wrote the one french verse, Hyde and Rock contributed the song title. The song was recorded on February 10, 1985 at Manta Sound studios in Toronto.

The song was issued as a single by CBS Records in March of that year, and quickly reached number one on the Canadian Top 40 chart. It also finished #1 on the year-end Canadian charts for 1985. The song’s video also received extensive airplay on MuchMusic.

On December 22, 1985, CBC Television aired a 90-minute documentary on the song’s creation, which was subsequently released on videocassette. A CBC reporter, Brian Stewart, had been the first Western journalist to bring the famine in Ethiopia to worldwide attention.

By 1990, the project had raised $3.2 million for famine relief projects in Africa. Ten per cent of the funds raised were kept in Canada to assist Canadian food banks.

Gordon Lightfoot
Burton Cummings
Anne Murray
Joni Mitchell
Dan Hill
Neil Young
Bryan Adams
Corey Hart
Bruce Cockburn
Liberty Silver
Geddy Lee (Rush)
Mike Reno (Loverboy)

Tears Are Not Enough 5:17

Tears Are Not Enough (Edit) 3:56
Tears Are Not Enough (Instrumental) 4:53

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Columbia – 12BEN 7074
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Single
Country: Canada
Released: 1985
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock
Credits: Co-producer – Jim Vallance
Lead Vocals – Anne MurrayBruce CockburnBurton CummingsCorey HartDan HillGeddy LeeGordon LightfootJoni MitchellMike RenoNeil Young
Producer – David Foster

1985 Northern Lights for Africa (Society)

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Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using Adobe audition
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MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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13 Responses to “Northern Lights – Tears Are Not Enough (Canada 12″)”

  1. feanor Says:



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Feanor =)


  2. RonNasty64 Says:

    Wow, I never knew Wayne Gretzky sang on the album. Why else would his picture be on the back?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    And John Candy 🙂


  3. ric Says:

    I love it that you not only do rare posts, but posts with meaning and relevance as well!
    I Thank You!

    I bought all the 3 charity singles you mentioned here.

    The Band Aid one is always special because it was the one that kick started it all.
    A shame though that both Tears For Fears and Frankie Goes To Hollywood missed out.

    The USA For Africa one, even though very star-studded (Prince and Madonna were absent though), I’ve always felt was over-commercialized, almost OTT and less in-touch.

    I remember Bob Geldof was appalled at the massive and luxurious spread available during the US recording. During the UK recording, one artist asked for some refreshments, and Bob yelled at him to buy a bloody cup himself from the cafe across the street! LOL!

    As for this Canadian effort, it is probably the least well-known. Yet I love it for its more subtle melody and less in-your-face lyrics that ended up coming across as more heartfelt compared to its US counterpart. The bilingual touch was nice too. Plus, it didn’t hurt that Corey Hart is singing somewhere in there…hahaha…


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Howdy Ric Always love your comments 🙂 Baind Aid is my favorite of all but I really like this one to all the way down to the artwork. And with Coret Hart thrown into the mix it’s all good.


    ric Reply:

    Well Paul, that’s what your posts evoke in me time and time again…truly fond memories from the 80s!
    I’m no expert about this 24 bit affair, but to my bare ears, I can hear a difference, despite my PC speakers being just the plebian type. Fuller and richer…but oh my, the file size is quite a vast difference from the “normal” Flac!
    Hee haw!


  4. Doug Says:

    I’m thankful to you for being one of my favorite blogs! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Aww Doug thank you I really appreciate that 🙂


  5. John Says:

    As usual, I am blown away by not only the high quality of your rips/posts, but the high quality of your taste. “Tears Are Not Enough” was overshadowed by “We Are the World,” which is unfortunate, because TANE is a much better song, both musically and lyrically. Thank you!


  6. DLG Says:

    Thanks from a longtime David Foster fan – never knew this record even existed! I followed Foster’s career throughout the 80s and into the early 90s. He’s one of those songwriters whose ballad “sound” was immediately recognizable – After the Love Has Gone (Earth,Wind & Fire), Hard to Say I’m Sorry (Chicago), Through the Fire(Chaka Khan), (Who’s Holding Donna Now) (DeBarge), Forever (Kenny Loggins), etc. Even more uptempo songs like St. Elmo’s Fire by John Parr.

    Tears Are Not Enough is in that same tradition, in terms of arrangement and production. Anyway the version on the We Are The World LP and CD sounds tinny, as do several of the other tracks. So all these years on, it’s great to hear a mix of the song that has actual bass to it!

    As a bit of trivia, it seems Foster came into the project with the music already written (for another artist, most likely). About a week ago I stumbled upon Jim Vallance’s web site, and he has a neat recap of how the song came to be:


    Anyway – thanks again!


  7. Bellenger1981 Says:

    Great post! Thank you!!! 96/24!


  8. DjPaulT Says:

    Links have been restored.


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