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Heavy Harmonies Review|
||Date: March 18, 2003 at 0:46|
|There are classics, and then there are CLASSICS. The original CD release of this album has been one of the most sought-after, rarest CD releases of the genre. Now that it's been reissued and I've been able to give it a listen, I can finally hear why. The ballyhoo is richly deserved! The personnel lineup reads like a who's who of westcoast AOR. The arrangements are rich, and all the songs are winners, with ultramelodic hooks galore! When you listen, you can hear Toto, Chicago, and a myriad of other westcoast AOR bands. When Heart released Alone as a hit single back in the 1980s (off Bad Animals), I never knew it was a cover of an I-Ten song. Now that I've heard the original, I'm wondering why it wasn't a monster for them...|
If you are a fan of vintage westcoast AOR, you MUST pick up this disc! There are too many highlights to list, and in reality there isn't a weak track on the album. The production is very polished, the arrangements rich, and vocals harmonies abound. Pop this baby in the player and take a trip back in time to 1983, when the airwaves played real music!
Existing comments about this CD
|From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1
||Date: July 2, 2002 at 10:48|
|Uno de los mejores discos AOR de la historia.Temas muy facilones pero con un gancho tremendo.DISCAZO.
||Date: July 8, 2002 at 12:24|
|Just a question. This cd is a cool piece,a bit mello but good listening. Track # 3 is the same song as what was made popular by Heart.Did these guys orignally do this track??. Second,Track #6 appears on REO THE HITS as a new studio track.Again,were these guys the orginal?.By the way,the verision of those 2 songs on here are very good.
||Date: July 19, 2002 at 8:18|
|From: freddy de keyze
||Date: September 19, 2002 at 2:30|
|This is simply a BRILLIANT CD, a litte GEM that should be on top of your want list. A song as ' Lonely In Each Other's Arms is simply STUNNING !!! So sensitive ! And the other songs ar true pearls too. A REAL CLASSIC, A MUST BUY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|From: freddy de keyze
||Date: November 7, 2002 at 7:58|
|To knuckles, the songs are from these guys !!! They are the genius !!!
||Date: December 9, 2002 at 19:15|
|From: ROB GARCIA
||Date: January 18, 2003 at 17:13|
|if half of the aor bands out there were like this,this would be a better place to live in.MASTERPIECE!!!.
|From: big gim
||Date: March 22, 2003 at 15:34|
|Ragazzi posso solo dirvi che questo cd è meraviglioso. compratelo!!!
||Date: March 23, 2003 at 22:46|
|Parece mentira q esto tenga 20 años!! Me parece un buen disco, pero para mi no es una obra d arte. 7 d 10
||Date: April 13, 2003 at 16:15|
|CLASSIC MASTERPIECE!!!. If you´re into aor music you can´t miss this gem. Possibly one of the best aor albums ever. Delicious stuff
||Date: September 6, 2003 at 9:58|
|Super discazo de AOR clasico ,compralo
||Date: September 6, 2003 at 16:22|
|Awesome classic. Like they said, every home should have one ! 10/10
||Date: November 11, 2003 at 17:19|
|Classic, classic, classic >>>BUY, BUY, BUY!!! If you´re a fan of quality AOR music (TOTO, JOURNEY, FOREIGNER, FRANKE & THE KO,etc. you MUST have this album. Maybe one of the ultimate top 3 AOR albums of all time!
|From: AOR freaky
||Date: November 24, 2003 at 5:43|
|Oud dear Dan and all the others have it right ! THIS IS ALSO AN ALL TIME CLASSIC ! The best (laid-back) AOR CD of all times, with brilliant songs. All I can say is : BUY THIS !!!! It's worth every penny and more. BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!
|From: AOR freaky
||Date: January 29, 2004 at 8:23|
|I repeat so everyone can remind it : THIS IS A TIMELESS CLASSIC !!!!!! A MILESTONE in AOR/westcoast !
||Date: February 1, 2004 at 14:40|
|just buy it and you will be please.thanks
||Date: February 7, 2004 at 19:15|
|Yep, you must own this album, no self respecting AOR fan should be without it. From the era we all love (the prime period of AOR, 1980-1989), this legendary release has all the hallmarks of a classic, with fabulous songs, breathtaking melody, and brilliant production by what was at the time the industry's best.. Keith Olsen. A classic!!
||Date: April 7, 2004 at 3:38|
|Hmm, I haven't got this one yet but it seems that everyone here is saying a great thing about this. Can anybody give me a link where I can listen to some sound samples for this CD, please? Or should I just order it without listening to the samples?
||Date: April 7, 2004 at 7:51|
|Just order if you are looking for an AOR masterpiece
||Date: April 8, 2004 at 1:04|
|OK then, I'll order it if it's still available. Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly... they are great songwriters... how can I go wrong with this?
||Date: June 11, 2004 at 14:12|
|Only "Alone" is worth the price. Buy or die. Perhaps the best ballad of all times.
||Date: June 14, 2004 at 2:02|
|ORIGINAL WRITERS ON MANY SONGS COVERED BY OTHER ARTISTS, Cold Look was done later by Honeymoon Suite, Alone by Heart and Crying I think or I don't want to lose you by Heart again. Many , many people have used these guys to create some magic.
||Date: September 1, 2004 at 23:37|
|I like this CD but it is far from a classic. Time to Say Goodbye is a very good song.
|From: Rafo Phoenix
||Date: October 27, 2004 at 1:13|
|A VER A VER, OTRA MUY BUEN ALBUM DE AOR, UN ALBUM SUAVE Y CALMADO PERO DE HECHO MUY BUENO. MI TEMA FAVORITO DEL ALBUM ES I Don't Want to Lose You VERSIONADOS DESPUES POR LOS REO SPEEDWAGON. SI TE GUSTA EL AOR MAS SUAVE Y CALMADO ESTE ES TU ALBUM. BUENO A MI ME DESDE LOS CALMADOS COMO ESTE A LOS DEMOLEDORES COMO LOS DE STREETS O LOS ESCANDINAVOS. NOT A CLASSIC BUT IS A GOOD ALBUM.
|From: Rafo Phoenix
||Date: October 27, 2004 at 1:17|
|THE SAME YEAR PREVIEW AND STREETS HAVE MORE GREAT ALBUMS THAN THIS. PREVIEW Y STREETS TIENE ESTE MISMO AÑO ALBUMS SUPERIORES Y CON MAS FUERZA QUE ESTE ESOS SI SON CLASICOS ABSOLUTOS DEL AOR. SALUDOS DESDE ICA-PERU
||Date: September 16, 2005 at 8:38|
|Man is this soft! This is really not my kind of music, but I guess I have to admit this is pretty nice. Faves are 'Alone', 'I don't wanna lose you' and 'Pressing my luck'. But I guess all the songs range from okay to nice, except 'Lonely in each other's arms' which is the only one I don't like at all. As I say, this is a good CD for what it is, but I cannot picture many occasions I'd ever want to listen to music like this. For aquired tastes. I'd personally prefer Outside Edge or Sahara for AOR.
||Date: September 17, 2005 at 17:26|
|Yeah, if you are a fan of the softer and romantic side of AOR then this is an album for you. I received my copy today and I like it very much. It is not easy to find, but it is worth the search. Nice melodies, great hooks, a phantastic voice, and - of course - an old classic like "Alone". My favourites are "Taking A Cold Look" and "I Don't Wanna Lose You".
|Heavy Harmonies Volunteer|
||Date: September 18, 2005 at 12:08|
|The names of Kelly/Steinberg have been synonymous with many a great AOR song over the years, so a whole album full of stuff is pretty much heaven for most of us. 'Alone' as mentioned is better known as a Heart track, 'Taking A Cold Look' as a Honeymoon Suite song, and I must admit I prefer their versions to these, but that is probably due to familiarity rather than anything else. The line up of musos is incredible aswell-Most of the Toto guys, Pasqua (Giant, Van Stephenson), Belfield & Baird-
|Heavy Harmonies Volunteer|
||Date: September 18, 2005 at 12:18|
|Richard Page (Mr.Mister) - brilliant stuff. My favourite track on this is definately 'Pressing My Luck', but all the others definately hit the mark. There is an air of familiarity about other tracks on here, aswell as the ones mentioned, but can't remember who covered which songs!!! Yes it is soft in places and won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for all the AOR/Westcoast fans out there this is pretty much essential stuff if you can track a copy down!!
||Date: December 7, 2005 at 13:49|
|A collection of songs 2DIE4!Brilliant melodies throughout & an album 4 repeated audiotions.Whenever i see the names of Tom&Kelly given credit as composers of songs in various albums artists,i buy'em without 2nd thought.This duo is so exceptional songwriters &has composed even pop ANTHEMS such as:Like a virgin","so emotional"etcWOW! Lately came across ROGER DALTREY's(cant wait...)'87&in there included a BILLY-penned AOR-ANTHEM entitled"Lovers storm"among other great trax Go4it!I-10=ESSENTIAL
|From: Carlos A.
||Date: March 30, 2006 at 13:07|
|Este es un disco bastante bueno muy melodioso es definitivamente AOR calmado de principios de los 80s no hay melodia q no desentone y..claro q es una joya casi olvidada check hay 02 temas excelentes Alone y I don t want to lose you. que posteriormente haran mas comerciales los grupos HEART y REO SPEEDWAGON respectivamente TAKING A COOL LOOK excelente tema con el q inician este discazo...recomendado 9/10.... saludos desde Trujillo-Peru
||Date: May 17, 2006 at 16:30|
|I've really heard tons of music and it's kinds but this... this i would without a doubt put on the 1. place of best albums EVER made! It's a pitty that this music is dead!
||Date: June 2, 2006 at 6:54|
|UNA LECCIÓN DE AOR. SUPERDISCAZO. PERO CLARO, TENÍA A LOS MÚSICOS DE TOTO HACIENDO DE LAS SUYAS. CANCIONES MELÓDICAS, CON RITMO, CON SENTIMIENTO. ME PONE LOS VELLOS DE PUNTA ESCUCHAR ESTA JOYA DE HACE 23 AÑOS. 10/10.
|From: Vikki Roxx
||Date: June 3, 2006 at 18:38|
|Beautiful composition, beautiful vocals, amazing harmonies and melodies. Grat stuff.
|From: juan carlos
||Date: September 21, 2006 at 20:59|
|Lo tengo reeditado..Gran disco sin duda! cuando no el maestro Richard Page, tenía que estar aquí! El mejor Backing Vocals del mundo! un clásico sí, mas no una obra de arte IMHO. la 4 y 5 me parecen buenas pero no mas. "Quicksand" tiene un solo ENORME! La cara B del disco me gusta mas. sin duda "I Don't Want to Lose You" es un tema descollante y así todas las siguientes. Clásico. 9/10
||Date: November 14, 2006 at 7:18|
|TENGO UN AMIGUETE QUE SE LO HA PILLADO EN VINILO A TRAVÉS DE E-BAY Y QUÉ SUERTE EL CABRONCETE... SI TENERLO EN CD ES UN LOGRO, CUANTO MÁS EN VINILO. BUENO, REITERO: SUPERLATIVO, IMPRESIONANTE, UN GUSTAZO DE DISCO. DE LO MEJOR DEL AOR DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS.
||Date: January 14, 2007 at 14:05|
|Hey, this is not another good AOR/Westcoast-Album...no, this is THE ALLTIME-CLASSIC!!!! A MUST HAVE for everybody with a passion for perfect melodies and for those who like to listen to musicians at the highest level!!!
||Date: June 18, 2007 at 15:58|
|The title track is a brilliant up-tempo opener of this excellent aor piece."Alone"is an awesome and emotional ballad,"Workin'for a lovin'"is the classic"funny"song(can't explain in english sorry ahaha)."Lonely in each other's arms"is for me the filler here,the followin'2 songs are among the best and"The easy way out"is also a good one.Also the last 2 songs are excellent,my rate here is 9/10.
||Date: August 8, 2007 at 9:46|
|This is ok, but listen what a good band like Honeymoon Suite made out of the song "cold look". Their version is two times better! This songs are a bit to poppy.
||Date: January 19, 2008 at 12:21|
| Los q Amamos este Palo, sin duda les debemos muxo a estos 2 Genios!! aki en 1983, contaron con la ayuda d Algunos d los mejores musicos d Sesion del Momento (vamos y d la istoria para mua) y como no, asi Crearon Genialidades como: -I Don´t Want To Lose You!!!!!! (q dp versionearon los mismisimos REO!!) *Mi Super Prefe!! -ALONE (q saldria tb dp en el disco d Heart: Bad Animals) *Brutalisima!! -TAKING A COLD LOOK ( q dp tb apareceria en el Racing After Midnight d los Canadienses HONEYMOON SUITE)
||Date: January 19, 2008 at 12:22|
|AOR, pero al mas puro estilo WEST COAST!! Kizas el mejor Disco d 1983 (exceptuando el 1984 d mis Van Halen, q es d Diciembre del 83') junto con el d PREVIEW (q fue Grabado en los mismos estudios, producido por Keith, y q conto con la Inestimable ayuda de este Duo Magico d Magos Genios: TONY KELLY (ex-Fools Gold) & BILLY STEINBERG!!! y dp nada mas se supo (dentro del A.O.R. - WEST/COAST, se entiend) eso si, se dedicaron a escribir temas para: Madonna ( Like A Virgin), Cindy Lauper (True Colors),
|From: PODEROSO YIRO
||Date: February 2, 2008 at 20:44|
|AWESOME AOR ALBUM!! This is one of those albums which defines the Lite AOR Term. I think the sounding of this album goes in the direction of the early AOR bands like ARCHANGEL(Cannata), BOSTON, PREVIEW, HONEYMOON SUITE, but with a very Westcoast Style, and the final result is an extraordinarie Lite AOR Album with gems like "Taking A Cold Look", "Lonely in Each Other's Arms" and the explosive "Quicksand"... One of the best early AOR albums, and maybe one of the best all time AOR records, nuff sai
||Date: August 24, 2008 at 19:11|
|Number 4 (in no particular order) on my list of essential AOR listening. Every single track is a gem. From start to finsh. Honeymoon Suite covered 'Taking a Cold Look' and did an ok job although it's not too far from the original. Why 'Quicksand' hasn't been covered and turned into a massive hit I'll never understand. Buy it...... 100/100
||Date: November 8, 2008 at 10:10|
|Overrated till boredom. Half of the songs are lame nonsense poppy fillers. The other half is good. Alone is a great song, but thank God Heart covered it, cause their version is so much better...1,3,6,10 are the goodies. I like it when they rock a little bit, they have that special 70's feeling I like. But their pop side is just a waste of time. I'd rate it with 7/10
||Date: November 8, 2008 at 11:54|
|rbrigade hits the nail on top!
||Date: February 13, 2009 at 9:32|
|Shoemaker I have to admit I agree with 90% percent of your ratings but sometimes you make me freak out, lol. Stil glad we share the same oppinion on this one
||Date: June 19, 2009 at 16:30|
|very rare cd s.a real aor classic cd s.these 2 guys are some genius.you can do listen this album to anybody they will say that this cd s is fantastic.top class aor.
|From: rick kerch vzla
||Date: January 21, 2010 at 19:07|
|Ok how do i start this...we have a couple of talented songwriters (Kelly % Steinberg)they have written songs for luminaires such as Whitney Houston and Madonna 2 mention some...this album is great in composition and song writing but is it really a masterpiece???..i mean the album is perfect no doubt about it,good songs such as the opener "Taking A Cold Look","Quicksand" and "Alone" (probably the best track and nobody's secret that Heart cover it with a huge success even more than the original was suppossed 2 be)..anyway,as i said,good album,essential somehow 4 AOR lovers (the ones at heart)but that's it...just my personal opinion and of course respecting everybody else's comments).85/100
||Date: January 3, 2012 at 4:07|
|I can only agree with most comments above, this is an alltime classic, you won´t find a better pure AOR album, without a doubt a clear 100/100. The Rock Candy Reissue has an excellent remastering and a wonderful 4000 word essay by Dave Reynolds. A must have !!!
||Date: July 23, 2013 at 13:22|
|a masterpiece for fans of mickael thompson band or van stephenson.top class a o r with a superb sound.
||Date: July 18, 2014 at 19:35|
|In many years of my life trying to find the best AOR record, now I'v found it... All have been said, this is a TRUE CLASSIC.. All songs define what AOR is about... I'm lucky to have gotten the Rock Candy reissue.. If you are a fan of AOR then you MUST have this
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