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Artist: Dakota

Title: Dakota

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Dakota Dakota Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1980

Label: Columbia

Catalog Number: ?


Bill Kelly vocals, guitars
Jerry Hludzik vocals, guitars
Louie Cossa keyboards
Jeff Mitchell keyboards
Bill McHale bass
John Robinson drums


1.  If It Takes All Night  
2.  Crazy For Your Love  
3.  Possession  
4.  Can't Live Without It  
5.  One Step  
6.  Lady  
7.  Restless  
8.  Crazy Love  
9.  It Gets Easier  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: ROB GARCIA Date: March 16, 2004 at 18:58
simply one of the best testimonies in early eighties aor.a tru classic of it's time.

From: AOR freaky Date: March 17, 2004 at 4:54
Right Rob, but I think 'Runaway' blows this one away ! And a lot of other releases from them too ! Have you already heard their new one 'Deep 6' ? Another class release from one of the best band on this planet !

From: ROB GARCIA Date: March 17, 2004 at 11:11
hi aor freaky!! nope! i haven't heard the deep 6 album jet but i'm looking forward to it...i hope it's better than the little victories release;i did like that album it's just that i was expecting something a bit more special from this guys and somehow i was a bit dissapointed.about the runaway album,i totally agree with you that it's their best album so far and i think it's gonna take some beating to knock it off the first place...but hey anything can happen!!.

From: Manwiller Date: May 4, 2004 at 7:26
Superb AOR westcoast record. Deep 6 is very good. Their best since Runaway.

From: perry.k Date: January 27, 2005 at 7:58
I think that the only difference between these two PEARLS is that the 'RUNAWAY' has this 80s feeling/atmosphere while the S/T sounds more 70ish.But both are of equal quality and are BOTH a MUST!Best trax on this one:"Crazy 4 your love","Lady","Possesion","Can't live without it and "If it takes all night".

From: jghash Date: September 23, 2006 at 5:53
I agree this album for the time period could have made alot of noise in the states if Columbia CBS would have pushed the star button and promoted the record.We were support on the biggest tour of 1980 Queen's the Game tour For 3 months we were getting great response IF IT TAKES ALL NIGHT was in the top 10 in alot of secondary markets waiting to explode //waiting for them to push the button the guys in Queen treated us like part of the tour not just an opening act life was good... but CBS dropped

From: jghash Date: September 23, 2006 at 5:58
CONTINUED FROM ABOVE... we always called it the Dakota curse recently 4 of the original 6 members along with 2 young guns played together last 11-23-05 1st time since that tour it was pure magic www.dakotajerrykelly.com check it out jgh

From: Peaceman Date: August 1, 2007 at 13:13
I'm 43 years old, play in bands & listen to ALOT of music! Deep 6 is the best all-around, melodic music I've heard in a LONG time! This stuff is great! I have just discovered Dakota - don't know how they stayed under my radar all these years! I find myself singing their songs during the day! The up-beat songs are killer, the mid-tempo songs are very memorable as well as the ballad! Just killer stuff! If you like AOR, pick up Deep 6! You won't be disappointed!!

From: juan carlos Date: January 6, 2008 at 1:04
Coincido en parte con perry.k en que el disco "Runaway" tiene esa atmósfera propia de los 80s y éste suena mas 70s AOR un tanto pomposo pero elegante tb. Me quedo con el Runaway pero el Debut está interesante. Los coros que enganchan, melodías y estribillos pegajosos y solos por demas buenos. "If It Takes All Night" o la balada "Can't Live Without It" por nombrar 2. Los bonus "The Higher You Rise" y "Give Another Love"(mi favorita) buenas tb. A Fans del AOR 70ero les caerá de perillas. 8.8/10

From: tentacle Date: November 11, 2013 at 13:35
This debut blows the Runaway to smithereens.

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