New YouTube Channel

Sorry, I am aware that I have abandoned you guys a bit of late. But, if you haven’t discovered it already, I’ve started a YouTube channel. There are two videos up already and more in the pipeline.

I would love to hear your comments on any of the videos that I post.

 

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2am: When Every Second Counts (1987)

Wow! 2 posts in 2 days must be something of a record in 2016.

Anyway, thought I would post this one. It’s a gentle album, mixing Westcoast and Hi-Tech AOR very successfully. It also has elements of Sophisti-Pop and Blue Eyed Soul, which makes it a well rounded album, with something for everybody.

I can’t find much information about either of the guys in the band, other than the fact that lead singer Dave Lloyd was in the U.K. Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band ‘Rage’ back in the early 80’s. That band had evolved from the band ‘Nutz’. Good name change.

I really like the tracks ‘Somebody Someday’ and ‘Now You’re Leaving’. You can find the whole album posted on YouTube as well.

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Producers: Geoff Higgins & Jeremy Lewis

Musicians:
Dave Lloyd: vocals
Mark Thomas: guitars
Peter Oxendale: keyboards
Richie Close: keyboards
Bob Galvin: keyboards
Niguel Ross-Scot: bass
Travor Morais: drums
Snake Davis: saxophone

Tracklist:
1. Never Gonna Let You Escape
2. You’re the One
3. Somebody Someday
4. Who Will You Run To
5. Too Late
6. Lost Souls
7. Running With the Same Old Crowd
8. Never Feel This Way Again
9. Dreams and Promises
10. Now You’re Leaving

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Body Electric (1984)

Debut album from a Canadian outfit, born from the Ashes of Straight Lines. I remember that Derk Oliver (Rock Candy records/Journalist) listed this as a great record in Kerrang, back in the Eighties. At the time I managed to pick up a vinyl copy and instantly fell in love with it.

This is Hi-Tech AOR of the highest order, played as tight as you like and produced as to a high shine. Great stuff….

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Producer: Body Electric & Ron Obvious

Musicians:
Frank Ludwig: Lead vocals, keyboards
David Sinclair: Lead vocals, guitar
Bob Buckley: Keyboards, saxophone
Ross Friesen: Drums, vocals

Tracklist:
1. The More Things Change
2. Stop The Music
3. Judys In Her Room
4. Living Two Lives
5. Midnight Madness
6. Somewhere In Time
7. Don’t Take Me For A Fool
8. It’s Gonna Hurt
9. One Step Back
10. You Can’t Take It With You

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Hi-Tech AOR: An Ultramodern Retro Mix

What is Hi-Tech AOR?

Essentially, it’s AOR (Album Oriented Rock) heavily mixed with pop, using the modern (for the Eighties) technology of the day. Alex Craig describes it as “metallic sounding MIDI bass programming, twinkly Yamaha DX-7 synths, huge gated reverbs on drums and other over the top, flashy touches.” He also, mistakenly, describes it as a phenomenon exclusive to YouTube, which a cursory Google will show you is incorrect.

Many Westcoast AOR artists moved into the area for an album or two in the mid Eighties, artists such as Stephen Bishop, Marc Jordan  and Peter Cetera, probably in an effort to sound modern and ‘down with the kids’. It was also heavily used on soundtrack albums and, of course, ‘Miami Vice’. However, possibly the most famous album of this genre was Mr. Mister’s ‘Welcome To The Real World’.

Anyway, here’s a mix I have done of some of the more obscure songs and bands, just for your enjoyment. There may also be another one in the pipeline……

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1. Miami Vice Theme: Jan Hammer
2. Too Late: Modesty
3. Nowhere Land: Time Gallery
4. Underground: Stablizers
5. What’s It Gonna Take: Glenn Medeiros
6. Stranger to Love: St. Paul
7. The Good Life: Dear Enemy
8. Back To The Sunshine: Freiheit
9. Touch & Go: La Manca
10. Heartbeat: Red 7
11. One of These Days: Toys Of Joy
12. Words Without Meaning: Channel 5
13. Life By Night: Life By Night
14. Jean Such A Scene: Jakarta
15. See You at Spargo: Valet Parking
16. Commissioner St.: 8 Seconds
17. Sleeping With Girls: Stephen Bishop
18. Someone Special: Kevin Raleigh
19. How Can We Believe: Keven Jordan
20. Up: Alan Gorrie
21. There Was A Time: One To One

Glenn Medeiros (1987)

Everybody knows the hit, and most think of him as a pop artist. However, dig deeper and what you get is a fine slice of Hi-Tech AOR. If you don’t know what that is, I’ll explain it to you one day. For me they are all strong tracks but ‘What’s It Gonna Take’ is excellent. By the way, Jay Gruska and the Keane Brothers feature on the album.


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Producer: Jay Stone

Musicians:
Synthesizers, Saxophone: “Reverend” Dave Boruff
Bass: Michael Brady, John Pierce & Michael London
Guitars: Jeff Gilhart
Keyboards, Synthesizers: Jay Gruska, Ken Rarick & Bob Parr
Drums, Percussion: John Keane
Keyboards: Tom Keane
Leeza Miller: Vocals

Tracklist:
1 Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You
2 Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone
3 The Wings Of My Heart
4 A Stranger Tonight
5 Watching Over You
6 What’s It Gonna Take
7 A Fool’s Affair
8 You Left The Loneliest Heart
9 Knocking At Your Door

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Keven Jordan: No Sign Of Rain (1991)

Not so much Westcoast AOR, but more soft rock or lite AOR, with touches of Westcoast and  bit of Hi-Tech. It sounds like a mess, but this album is far from that, its a fantastic album with superb musicianship and brilliant songs. The pick of the punch are the title track and ‘Just Another Day’, although there really isn’t a duffer on here.

He did go in to release another album in 1994, which wasn’t so well received at the time and was , frankly, not as good as this debut. Maybe I’ll post it one day so that you can make your own judgement.

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Producer: Tim McCauley

Musicians:
Keven Jordan: vocals, guitars
Marty Walsh: guitars
Tim Mcauley: keyboards, drum programming
Peter Cardinali: bass
Matthew Mcauley: keyboards, vocals
Scott Humphrey: drum programming

Tracklist:
1. There Is A Reason
2. No Sign Of Rain
3. I Look To You
4. Just Another Day
5. True Believers
6. Your Disguise
7. She Lives
8. Traces Of You
9. How Can We Believe?
10. The Path That Leads To You

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Modesty: Pieces of Modesty (1989)

Modesty were a Swedish band who seemingly only released this one album. It is a closest I’ve heard to a true amalgamation of Hi-Tech AOR and Westcoast AOR and done so seamlessly. I’ve seen it described variously as Electro-Pop, New Romantic, Synth Pop and Euro Pop. It is none of those things although it does come close on a couple of occasions.

The New Romantic label could be attributable to some of the song titles, which bear more than a passing resemblance to song titles from more succesful bands earlier in the decade. However you want to clasify it though, it’s a great album packed with great tunes, just as all albums should be…..

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Producer: Modesty

Musicians:
Guitar, Backing Vocals: Pelle Nylén
Keyboards, Backing Vocals: Peter Ericson
Percussion, Drums: Kim Sundström
Bass: Rocco Ivarsson (track 7)
Backing Vocals: Frank Ådahl (tracks 4, 8, 15)
Backing Vocals: Madde Berg (tracks 2, 5, 13)
Backing Vocals: Åsa Meczynski (track 5)

Tracks:
1. Pieces Of Modesty
2. I Call For You
3. Don’t Forget Me
4. Standing Alone
5. Big Beat
6. Call Me Up
7. Say A Prayer
8. Too Late
9. Time For You And I
10. One More Broken Heart
11. Don’t Leave Until
12. Miranda

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