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Friday, August 29, 2014

LOVE CHILD (Austria) - Down On Your Knees (1998)

LOVE CHILD (Austria) - Down On Your Knees (1998)
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Amongst the many rock bands with this same name, we have this LOVE CHILD from Austria. Founded in Salzburg around 1988 by guitarist / vocalist Andy Pirchner and ivory-man Freddy Kern, these two musicians have kept band alive over the years and they still are active, having recently played in a festival with Bonfire and Kissin' Dynamite.

Love Child have released few albums locally - all self-managed, but the most known internationally is "Down On Your Knees" from 1998, especially for Melodic Hard Rock / AOR fans.

LOVE CHILD (Austria) - Down On Your Knees (1998) booklet

Occurs that we find some really nice tunes in this genre throughout the CD, like opener "Never Stop Dreaming", "Cold Blooded Guy", the solid mid-tempo "Only A Dream", and specially the pumping "Together We Are Strong".
Love Child also has a harder side on title track "Down On Your Knees", the killer "Never Go Away", "Problem Child" (akin early Gotthard) and the groovy 'n bluesy "Turnin'".

LOVE CHILD (Austria) - Down On Your Knees (1998) back cover

Despite its pure indie pedigree - entirely engineered, mixed and mastered by Pirchner - "Down On Your Knees" sounds bright and well balanced in frequencies.
The album has become one of these 'rare pieces' avidly hunted by hungry collectors. Right now it's being sold at eBay for $250.
Really nice one.

01 - Never Stop Dreaming
02 - Down On Your Knees
03 - Take Me
04 - Problem Child
05 - Cold Blooded Guy
06 - Only A Dream
07 - Turnin'
08 - Set Me Free
09 - Never Go Away
10 - Together We Are Strong
11 - Paradise For All

Andy Pirchner - vocals, guitars
Freddy Kern - keyboards, synths, backing vocals
Andy Prause - bass, backing vocals
Wolfgang Krug - drums, backing vocals
all drums on the record played by Andy Rethmeier

LOVE CHILD Down On Your Knees music CD

Thursday, August 21, 2014

JAY GRAYDON - Works [Japan only] (2010)

JAY GRAYDON - Works Japan only CD
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Talking about JAY GRAYDON is talking about finesse and class.
Called the "producers' producer", the "guitarists' guitarist", Graydon's discography reads like a Who's Who of an entire sector of the US music scene from the last 40+ years.
A double Grammy winner, Jay has been involved on almost all major AOR albums from the '80s. But the sheer volume and diversity of this man's work defies belief.

A few years ago, a compilation including some of the most successful works either produced, composed, arranged or featuring Jay Graydon was released only in Japan under the title... "Works".
We have pure AOR cuts from Bill Champlin, Airplay, Marc Jordan or Pages, but also pop, R&B, jazzy from such diverse artists like Boz Scaggs, Valerie Carter or George Benson. All are refined pieces of music, it doesn't matters the genre.

"Jay Graydon Works" is a pleasure from start to finish to enjoy this consummate studio craftsman.
Japanese exclusive release, not so easy to find. If you see a copy at a reasonable price, buy it with your eyes closed.

01 - Bill Champlin - What Good Is Love
02 - Airplay - Stranded
03 - Manhattan Transfer - Twilight Zone Twilight Tone
04 - Earth, Wind & Fire - After The Love Has Gone
05 - Marc Jordan - I'm A Camera
06 - Boz Scaggs - Then She Walked Away
07 - Al Jarreau - Mornin'
08 - Dionne Warwick - For You
09 - Pages - Fearless
10 - George Benson - Turn Your Love Around
11 - Herbie Hancock - Paradise
12 - Kenny Rogers - This Love We Share
13 - Air Supply - I Can Wait Forever
14 - El Debarge - Someone
15 - Airplay - Should We Carry On
16 - Valerie Carter - What's Become Of Us
17 - Peter Allen - Pass This Time
18 - Steve Kipner - The Ending

JAY GRAYDON Works [Japan only]

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ELLIS ISLAND - Ellis Island EP (1983)

ELLIS ISLAND - Ellis Island EP (1983)
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Here's another exponent of a band trying to make a name for themselves during the '80s: ELLIS ISLAND.
Fronted by vocalist Robert Ellis who also composed and produced this - the band's only known private pressed self-titled vinyl EP - the group delivers a dynamic variation of styles through these four tracks.

Opener "Baby Blue" is a classic, pompy AOR cut rich in refined arrangements and a catchy melody. Track two "Battle Zone" turn things much more edgy with a hard rock attack yet with a strong keyboard presence.
Side B starts with the somehow epic "Balance" combining pomp AOR elements with some post-NWOBHM, commercial riffs in the vein of Tobruk. While the led vocals needed a little more polish in my opinion, the harmonies at the chorus and the overall instrumentation is tight, solid.
Final track "I Gotta Get Away" returns to hard rock, specifically classic rock with a strong late seventies influence, with lots of Hammond B3 riffs all over.

WHAT IF 1987 Tommy Funderburk

As you see, Ellis Island seems to be covering a wide range of styles here, obviously to showcase the band's versatility and get the attention of a major label.
That never happened, but this vinyl EP is a much sought after piece by collectors today.
Nice stuff.

1 - Baby Blue
2 - Battle Zone
3 - Hold On
4 - I Gotta Get Away

Robert Ellis - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Ricky Risti - guitars, vocals
Michael Ray Rota - drums, percussion
Louie Spats - bass, vocals


Saturday, August 16, 2014



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Friday, August 15, 2014

DAY ONE - One Look (1985) restored audio

DAY ONE - One Look (1985) restored audio
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This is something that I was owing to myself, an audio restoring of "One Look", the one and only LP from American Pompsters DAY ONE. So when it was requested it was easy; I set to work on it.
DAY ONE's sound is quite vintage considering the year of its recording, 1985. It's very early Eighties, with a style inspired by STYX and Giuffria's ANGEL, albeit truly personal.

Day One was commanded by ex- FUSICIAN keyboardist Craig Otte, so expect wonderful synths, mini Moogs, Prophet, etc, all over here, but also rocking guitars and a punchy rhythm section. The lead vocals could be more polished but, heck, seems the album was recorded live in the studio, and considering this are pretty good.
After the 'spacial' orchestrated synthetizers of intro "Time And Space", "Take It Slow" does not take things slow at all: this is a kicking Pomp rocker with lots of harmony vocals and two solos: guitar and of course, keyboards.
Next tittle track "One Look" adds a melodic rock touch especially during the chorus, quite infectious for sure, followed by the slightly progressive ballad "Waves Of Time" with some Styx on it.
A candy-floss keyboard opens the NEW ENGLAND sounding "Early Warning", a catchy tune sporting a raw guitar solo.

"What Else Can I Say" returns to Pomp territory with great guitar/keys interplay, followed by the even more pompy "Listen", filled with lovable Prophet V swirls and a marching rhythm.
Some pump bass lines drives "We Will Survive", an AORish cut with a pure early '80s feel, and next arrives perhaps the most Pompy track on the LP and a personal favorite: "Promises Don't Last Long".
The disc ends with the acoustic piece "Expressions", just nylon six-strings, some synths in the background and vocals, showing that Day One were not a one trick pony.

DAY ONE - One Look (1985) restored audio back cover

DAY ONE's "One Look" is regarded a one of the best private pressing LP's from the '80s, really hard to find and fetching ridiculous prices at eBay. It was reissued digitally not so long ago by a disreputable 'label', but I am sorry, their vinyl transfer sucks.
This one is not the best rip of the world (not mine, I don't have this rarity original) but at least it sounds clean and de-crackled.
Pomp Rules, as a friend likes to state.

01 - Time And Space
02 - Take It Slow
03 - One Look
04 - Waves Of Time
05 - Early Warning
06 - What Else Can I Say
07 - Listen
08 - We Will Survive
09 - Promises Don't Last Long
10 - Expressions

Greg Hughson - vocals, guitars
Craig Otte - keyboards, vocals
Larry Cohn - bass, taurus pedal, vocals
Billy Hall - drums, percussion

DAY ONE - One Look

Friday, August 08, 2014

AIR RAID - Air Raid (CD Reissue 2006)

AIR RAID - Air Raid (CD Reissue 2006)
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Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, AIR RAID was active in the East area the for almost the entire Seventies, founded by songwriter, singer and keyboard player Arthur Offen. All members worked at a local recording studio while playing the club circuit.
At the end of the decade, Air Raid was signed by the new 20th Century Fox record division, and they secure the famous Eddie Kramer to produce the debut.

Released in 1981, "Air Raid" is definitely Pomp AOR, absolutely influenced by the sound & style of Styx, accented by Arthur Offen's pipes very similar in to Dennis DeYoung. Just check the melodic "Nowhere Without Your Love".
However, Air Raid is more visceral and rocking in many ways, especially due to Rick Hinkle's raw guitar setup sound and of course, Eddie Kramer.
At places they turn remind me Trillion, on others Giuffria's Angel, and even Freddie Mercury's Queen on the pompous "You're Mine" and the wonderful "Ballad Of Anymore".
As occurs with the genre, there's lots of rare keyboards / proto synths here, name it Mini-Moogs, Prophet V, Polymoog. Last track called "Air Raid / Drill" is a festival of those, and in my humble opinion, ranks amongst the 3 best Pomp Rock songs of all time.

AIR RAID - Air Raid (CD Reissue 2006) back cover

The venture of 20th Century Fox into the record business was really brief, and Air Raid found themselves without promotion and management, and soon broke-up.
They delivered this one and only album, but this is as good as it gets when we talk about Pomp Rock / AOR.

01 - Nowhere Without Your Love
02 - You're Mine
03 - Anything-Anytime
04 - Love The Way You Look To-Nite
05 - Longships
06 - Lovewave
07 - Mystery Man
08 - Soldiers Of Fortune
09 - Ballad Of Anymore
10 - Air Raid / Drill

Rick Hinkle (guitars)
Tom "Tommy" Walker (bass)
Rick Brown (drums)
Arthur Offen (vocals, grand piano, multi-keyboards,12 string guitar)

AIR RAID - CD Reissue 2006 HQ