Battlecry – Red, White, & Blue [1985]

BATTLECRY_RWABCountry USA          Style CCM AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members
Brett Kik Keys – Drums, Dave Chumchal – Lead Vocals,Keyboards,Guitar, Doug Morris – Lead Vocals,Harmonica,Guitar, Mariko Martinez – Keyboards,Backing Vocals, Robert Kirk Giverink – Lead Guitar,Backing Vocals, Ronald P. Simmons – Bass,Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. Red White And Blue, 02. When The Lord Comes Back, 03. Not Tough Enough, 04. Life With The Lord, 05. Power And Might, 06. You’ve Got To Know

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Profile Apart from being a Christian act playing mid-eighties AOR, the particularity of BATTLECRY is their origin: the most recent of the 50 U.S. States, Hawaii. Anyway, the band commanded by singer Doug Morris moved to California and not only made a strong following among religious circles but also from secular audiences. Recorded and released independently, their now hard to find sole release “Red White And Blue” from 1985 incudes some lovable AOR tunes with a strong keyboard presence, nice melodies and good choruses.

You have marching tracks such as the Aviator-like title track “Red White And Blue” or the Journey-esque “Life With The Lord” plenty of synth fills and Neal Schon influenced guitar playing. More Melodic Rock / radio oriented is the sweet hookline in “Power And Might”, while the classic mid-tempo AOR styling of “You’ve Got To Know” somehow reminds me Steve Overland’s Wildlife or early FM. “When The Lord Comes Back” is the weakest track with some poppy Allies smell, but “Not Tough Enough” recaptures the melodic energy via cool guitar licks, swirling keys and easy choruses.

As you can read in the song titles lyrics are clearly religiously focused, but that does not bother at all. Songwriting is little naive at places, however these guy’s musicianship – and the gurl playing keyboards – is very good, as well production. “Red White And Blue” only was released on MiniLP & cassette…..A very nice slice of mid-’80s AOR.

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  1. Ritch says:

    Actually, according to Mariko the band originated in CA.
    I picked this album up in a mall record shop back in the mid-80s and wasn’t disappointed except that they never put anything else out.
    This album remains one of my top favorites to this day.
    A real gem if you can find it.

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