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Artist: Rio

Title: Borderland

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Category: AOR/Melodic Rock

Year: 1985

Label: Music For Nations

Catalog Number: MFN 53

Personnel

Jon Neill Vocals, Guitars
Steve Rodford Drums, Bass, Keyboards

Tracks

1.  I Don't Wanna Be The Fool  
2.  Straight To The Heart  
3.  Tommy Can't Help It  
4.  Better This Time  
5.  State Of Emergency  
6.  Shy Girl  
7.  She's A Virgin  
8.  Close To You  
9.  Borderland  

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From: mitch Date: August 2, 2004 at 7:20
this is another great uk aor band...both cds need to be issued on cd.

From: AOR freaky Date: August 2, 2004 at 8:21
Indeed, nice, not earthshaking, UK AOR ! Well done, refreshing stuff. Both CD's may be checked out !

From: aorjocke Date: October 23, 2004 at 16:37
Great AOR is what we get here, lots of keyboards and nice vocals.Best tracks in my opinion is 'I Don't Wanna Be The Fool',' Straight To The Heart', 'Tommy Can't Help It' and 'Close To You' if you like UK AOR in general this is for you, not a weak track in sight!

From: peter poland Date: November 1, 2004 at 14:24
This album seems to be a nice pice of aor music. First 3 tracks are really good, with a strong bass line and nice keyboards. After those things are still good, and decent.It sounds a little bit like Beau Geste or Bryan Hughes Group, Not a weak track, decent receord 7,5/10

From: Nick C Date: August 13, 2005 at 19:41
Right..I'm gonna put my b*lls on the line here and say that this band were probably the best AOR outfit from the U.K. Forget F.M., Outside Edge, Virginia Wolf, Shy(te), Airrace, Heartland (except maybe Move On which is pretty cool but out of the time frame) who were all around at the same time, this album is almost perfect and for it's time was a masterpiece. This is what makes A.O.R. great cool tunes, fantastic melodies...it's aged a little but not so much that you wouldn't love it! Please buy!

From: Rockstars2 Date: December 4, 2005 at 12:46
Whats going on with the Journey and New England Rip offs on the album Nothing compared to Walk The Wire mate!!!! Check them out. 'Hold On To Your Dreams' will knock you over!!!!!!!

From: sanxdowntherainbow Date: December 6, 2006 at 1:31
Finally got it on cd! (look for the Restrospect Records reissue), and i Have to say that is one of the greatest AOR albums ever released, sounds like a mix of MR. MISTER, Cuttting Crew and Boulevard, best tracks: dont wanna be the fool, tommy cant help it, straight to the heart. If find it...BUY IT! I give it 95/100

From: swriter Date: July 16, 2007 at 19:02
really love this one, one I had on vinyl and revisiting, forgot how great and catchy it is, Fool stands out for me in a no skip album, fantastic stuff!!!!

From: aorwilko Date: July 19, 2008 at 14:36
This is a largely undiscoved classic British aor album with strong songs & production. This was definitely the stronger of their two albums, with more consistent songwriting. Melodic hooklines & strong choruses abound but if one had to name the stand out cuts they would have to be 'Straight to the Heart' & 'She's a Virgin! !! I would dearly love to be able to readily purchase their two albums on cd but can;t seem to locate them in this format anywhere......

From: lalo r.o.c.k. Date: June 28, 2009 at 17:19
A real jewel,magic is what we have here,great melodies and catchy hooks,awesome solos, and all become in a killer AOR album,tracks?...,all the album is great,I dont wanna be the fool,Tommy canīt help it,Better this time,State of emergency,Shy girl,more please...9.5/10.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 13, 2010 at 18:48
Really amazing stuff,this is more "poppy" than their follow up Sex Crimes but,man,this is a blast of an album.."I Don't Wanna Be The Fool" is by far the best track and also,as far as i remmenber,a hit.."Shy Girl" and "Borderland" are top notch tracks too..then we have goodies such as "Straight To The Heart","Tommy Can't Help It"(smooth,yeah) and "She's A Virgin"..is a shame that this band didn't release anymore albums because this duo(Neill and Rodford) are fantastic musicians(multi-instumentists).94/100

From: aor-boy Date: September 4, 2010 at 8:58
Really love 2 uptempo songs here. I Don't Wanna Be The Fool & She's a virgin. Great voice & great band. 6.5/10

From: aornufc Date: September 22, 2010 at 8:18
Indeed this is fantastic British AOR/Melodic Rock. Deserves much more recognition

From: yamaha94 Date: October 26, 2012 at 21:32
Excellent Album from start to finish. Strong harmonies and choruses. Tommy Can't Help it, is quite catchy and memorable track. 90/100.

From: hair metal again Date: September 13, 2014 at 6:30
fantastic debut by the very fine RIO back in mid 80s and surely one of the best UK bands that deliverd that kind of sound at the time!cant really find somethin missin and i think that its quite alive and really does it for the young and not only middleage aorsters!"i dont wanna be the fool","straight to the heart","tommy cant help it" aresensational songs and Borderland is a masterpiece that shouldnt be missing by any collection!

From: Macca Date: December 21, 2022 at 17:53
Just got a cd reissue of this today... 21 Dec 2023..was warned..the track listing was messed up by the company produced it.... they included a bonus track "Casualty" which was a single B side...but left off the title track "Borderland"..even worse the original album track listing comes up against the wrong tracks now on the CD!! Anyways..had this on vinyl back in 85...what an album..... using Def Leppard as a template for several songs...esp the title track, which is Rock Of Ages part 2..even does the sly laugh at thne start... expected to hear "Gunter gleeben " etc What a shame their follow up album reverted to speeded up generic hard rock...after this treat..where the keys are prominent... Still this remains an absolutely essential purchase...would love to have seen this "studio" project get a band together..even now...to play some Rock AOR Fests..the two guys must know that the albujm axchieved cult AOR status years ago??


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