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Artist: The Arrows

Title: The Lines Are Open

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Category: AOR

Year: 1985

Label: A & M Records

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Dean McTaggart vocals
Doug Macaskill guitar
Rob Gusevs keyboards
Earl Seymour saxophone
Glenn Olive bass
Bobby Economou drums


1.  Heart of the City  
2.  Talk Talk  
3.  Bad Reputation  
4.  Tell It To My Heart  
5.  Wild One  
6.  I Told You So  
7.  Chains  
8.  I Can't Let Go  
9.  Hampton Avenue  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Rycheage Date: June 27, 2004 at 17:43
Fans of Canadian melodic rock will get a kick out of this band. Combining the crunchiness of early era Honeymoon Suite alongside the hi-tech wizardry of Eight Seconds. The Arrows are able to comfortably straddle that fence between melodic rock and new wave flavored hi-tech pop.

From: AOR freaky Date: June 28, 2004 at 4:47
Superb pop/AOR with some high tech influences (but not too many !). If you don't know this, check it out pronto ! The songs are great and spin around in your head for days !

From: peter poland Date: June 28, 2004 at 5:07
Great, great, great Canadian Poppy/Hitech AOR. Every track is catchy.A lot of keys and great melodies.

From: ROB GARCIA Date: June 28, 2004 at 13:16
specialists in lightweight aor! that's how you could describe the arrows.fine release this one and a good addiction to your collection.

From: koogles Date: July 3, 2004 at 11:34
These guys had two big hits here in Canada: "Meet Me in the Middle" and "Heart of the City" from this release. "Heart" features a flashy horn section and a very catchy chorus. For fans of FM (Tonight-era), late 80s Trooper, Paul Janz and Zappacosta, this CD will hit the bullseye. (ow)

From: Chris Date: August 19, 2004 at 14:01
'Bad Reputation'!!!! What a song. This is a great album. If you have'nt got it, get it.

From: James Date: August 20, 2004 at 0:46
Is this the band that did I Love Rock N Roll that later became The Joan Jett hit???? I heard the original a couple of times and it totaly different

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: August 10, 2005 at 23:13
Good AOR release from Canada with Hi-Tech and Pop bits, Ahhh Canada en los 80 un pais incomparable en cuanto a AOR muchos de los albums mas MAGICOS son de alla, sobre The Arrows y este disco decir que es un buen album con sus buenos cortes como Bad Reputation, Chains, Talk Talk, I Told You So sin duda lo mejor del album, claro que tambien tiene un toque New Wave en ciertas partes de algunos cortes, buena adicion a tu coleccion aunque no es Imprescindible IMO.

From: Rude Date: August 11, 2005 at 7:38
Sin duda alguna este album significó una clara evolución con respecto a su anterior "Stand Back" de 1984. Buen disco de AOR con algunos toques Pop y otros New Wave, pero bueno al final. Destacan los temas "Bad Reputation" (un medio-tiempo con un saxo en su punto) y "Chains"; como dato de interés, la mezcla final de este disco fue hecha por Bob Rock. Saludos a todos, en especial a mis compatriotas peruanos.

From: Wachen Date: May 21, 2010 at 4:07
Amazing band!

From: MetalllianStallion Date: September 6, 2011 at 4:37
Rycheage, Honeymoon Suite 'Wounded' is Speed Metal compared to what we have on tap here. Check out the band picture with Peter Cetera's light in the loafers cousin & company outfitted in Miami Vice hand-me-downs. It's hard to believe this kind of pop is submitted and approved along with Mr. Mister,Cutting Crew,ect. and much more popular bands at the time like 'Duran Duran', or it's poor man's equivalent 'Platinum Blonde' haven't been submitted/approved? What's the difference in style? Dare I say DD 'Hungry like the wolf' or PB 'Crying over You' even have a little punch for this genre. I personally would rather be padlocked in a room for 24 hours listening to 'The Fixx'(also not listed on HH). than this style of lightweight-tech jamboree.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 10, 2011 at 20:53
Great!!!...simply great...this is the kind of Hi-Tech AOR releases that i love 2 death with these solid and catchy beats typical of the genre but when it's done the right way ...my faves are "Heart Of The City"(great chorus line),"Talk Talk"(a hit of the band back then),"Bad Reputation","I Told You So","Chains" & "Hampton Avenue"...recommended album...87/100 ...for fans of Zappacosta,maybe...

From: tomdwa Date: June 29, 2020 at 19:36
This has a far better production quality than their first cd, and it pays off. Heart of the city is a solid opener in the vein of Honeymoon Suite, making way for one of the best melodic rock tracks ever: Bad reputation! A lost jewel... Tell it to my heart and Wild one are 2 further very good songs.

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