1994 – 1994 [1978]

1994_1994Country USA          Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members
Karen Lawrence – Vocals, Steve Schiff – Lead Guitar, Bill Rhodes – Bass,Guitar,Backing Vocals, John Desautels – Drums, Brad Whitford – Guitar (Heleana), Eric Troyer – Backing Vocals (Sing To Me)

Tracks
01. Once Again (5:48), 02. Shoot To Kill (3:54), 03. Sing To Me (4:47), 04. Heleana (4:49), 05. Bring It Home (4:46), 06. Radio Zone (3:32), 07. Hit The Hard Way (4:16), 08. Read Up (3:17), 09. Anastasia (3:27)

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Profile Born and raised in Anaheim, California, Karen Lawrence grew up in a musical family. Aged 19, she fronted L.A. Jets, recording a self-titled album in 1976. But soon their label dropped the band. Then Karen and drummer John Desautels decided to go on under the name of 1994, adding guitarist Steve Schiff and bass player Bill Rhodes to the line-up.

Legendary producer Bob Ezrin was interested in the band, but at the time he was very busy, then recommends to his friend engineer Jack Douglas (Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith) get in touch with 1994. Impressed by Lawrence vocals, Douglas started to write songs with her, and soon landed a recording contract with a major label.

Recorded y produced by Douglas at The Record Plant Studios in New York, 1994’s debut still sounds fresh today. The album is a first rate collection of songs in the american melodic hard rock tradition, similar to Heart but more rockier and smokin’. All songs are good, being my favorites the haunting “Heleana” and the hot-rockin´ “Radio Zone”. On many tracks the band sounds blusier ala Aerosmith-with-female-vocals, as on the great “Anastasia” (Brad Whitford of Aerosmith guest on guitars), another favorite.

Recently remastered (with the addition of 4 poor sounding live tracks), 1994’s self titled debut is one of the best late ’70s female fronted albums ever, which has stood the test of time thanks to the excellent production.

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