Abu Zimbel – Beyond the Sun [1986]


Style AOR

Rating 86/100

Band Members Magnus Bang – Guitars, Jonas Franke-Blom – Vocals,keyboards, Mats Annemalm – Bass, Niclas Bronner – Keyboards, Magnus Fritz – Drums,percussion

Tracks 01. Beyond the Sun (3:41), 02. Survive (4:14)

Profile Abu Zimbel was formed in 1984 by five young music students in Norrköping, Sweden. At the time they were 15 years of age. Very soon they went into the studio and recorded some demos and in 1986 they released a self produced, self financed vinyl single. It featured the songs “Beyond the Sun” and “Survive”. The band did not have a distrubution company, so they simply went out to the local record stores and asked the owners if they please would like to have the Abu Zimbel records for sale in their store. They agreed and as it turned out enough records were sold to pay for the enterprise. A bit rare to be found nowdays but worth the search.


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Danny Daniels – Hearts on Fire [1989]

danny daniels coverCountry USA

Style CCM Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 81/100

Band Members Danny Daniels – Lead/backing vocals,guitars, Rose Banks,Eddie Espinosa,Howard McGray,Mark Oblinger,Alfie Silas – Backing vocals, Hadley Hockensmith,Glen Holmen – Bass, Dennis Holt – Drums, Jeffrey Lams – Keyboards, Alex McDougall – Percussion,Smitty Price – Organ, Randy Rigby – Guitars,keyboards,vocals, Marty Walsh – Guitars

Tracks 01. All My Days, 02. Carry On, 03. Lord We Praise You, 04. Dreams of Love, 05. Hearts on Fire, 06. Mighty Savior, 07. Faithfulness, 08. To Be with You, 09. All Seasons, 10.Stay with Me

Profile Out of print album by Vineyard worship leader Danny Daniels, formerly with the Calvary Chapel country/rock band, Bethlehem. “Hearts on Fire” is his second solo album came out in 1989 through Blue Stone Records, seven years after his debut album. An excellent album with strong songwriting, amazing vocals and heartfelt songs in the vein of Richard Marx and Bryan Adam. The re-release of the album in 1991 is also out of print.

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Lisa Hartt Band – Starwatcher [1976]

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Style Melodic Rock/Progressive Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Lisa Hartt – Lead Vocals,Acoustic Guitar, Denny Gerrard – Bass,Vocals, Martin Cordrey – Drums,Vocals, Ray Blake – Guitar,Vocals, Richard Yuen – Keyboards, Vocals

Tracks 01. Old Time Movie, 02. Dream Me Away, 03. Starwatcher, 04. Dance Of Death, 05. Sweet Serenade, 06. Easy Come, Easy Go, 07. Time And Time Again, 08. Didn’t You Know, 09. All Over The World

Profile Initially a backing vocalist with Gino Vannelli’s touring band,  Montreal’s Lisa Hartt founded her own band The Lisa Hartt Band in 1973, which initially featured Will Cardinal on bass (Satan & The D-Men, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, The Bells), guitarist Rayburn Blake (Riverson, Mashmakhan), keyboardist Richard Yuen (Tranquillity Base) and drummer Marty Cordrey (Bearfoot, Small Wonder).   They released several singles between 1973-1975 before Cardinal was replaced by new bassist Denny Gerrard (Paupers, Lighthouse, McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Jericho).

In 1976 they recorded their one and only album which produced by Phil Ramone and Ralph Murphy, but unfortunately with poor distribution from their tiny local label the band split-up later of the same year and Lisa Hartt moving on as session vocalist for Ken Tobias and Cliff Jones.

Musically the album can be described as a accomplished of original pop rock and prog-friendly compositions, beautiful vocals and top-notch musicianship from a band with a strong pedigree.   The all-instrumental standout “Time and Time Again” is a solid progressive gem that hints at the band’s Riverson-Paupers heritage.

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Voyager – Voyager [1990]

voyager coverCountry USA

Style AOR/Melodic Rock

Rating 83/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Take it Free, 02. A Man in Love, 03. Memories, 04. Good Lovin, 05. I’m the One, 06. Friday Night, 07. I Want you

Profile Rare 80s style aor/melodic rock indie release came out in 1990 through Statue Records, with a bit of pomp moments here specially in the first song. Generally the album reminds bands like Touris, The Creek and Open Skyz. Top notch singing, guitars and keys make this rarity one very good listening experience.

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Listen – Stand Alone [1987]

LISTEN - coverCountry USA

Style AOR/Synth Pop

Rating 79/100

Band Members Donna Lux – Vocals, Tony Krainik – Guitars, Russ Noble – Keyboards, John Howery – Drums, Randy Shinn – Drums,percussion, Marie Howery,Sue Robertson – Backing vocals

Tracks 01. I’ll Stand (4:19), 02. You Showed Me (3:20), 03. Slouchin’ To Bethlehem (5:10), 04. I Could Have Been The One (3:25), 05. Shanghai’d (4:06), 06. (Le Me Be A) Dream For You (3:49), 07. Where Do My Words Go (3:58)

Profile Indie female fronted AOR/Synth-Pop band from Arizona with their mega-rare album “Stand Alone” came out in 1987. Actually this is a demo recording where musically cross between melodic rock tunes to synth heavy pop tunes, with some good chorus and cheesy-cute synths overall. Unfortunatelly the luck of promotion won’t help them for the big step.

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