Bullseye – On Target [1979]

fwfewgeCountry USA          

Style AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members Manny De Magistris – Vocals,guitar, Tom Ferrara – Guitars, Tom Graves – Keyboards, Kevin Clougherty – Bass, Alan Childs – Drums,percussion

Tracks 01. Treat Me Right, 02. Seventh Heaven, 03. I’ve Changed (Never Want To See You Again), 04. Moonwalk, 05. In The Heat Of Summer, 06. My Old Car, 07. Don’t Let Him Know, 08. What Can I Say, 09. Don’t Lose A Day, 10. March On, Time

Profile Despite the fact that New York based Bullseye only album “On Target” was launched through a big label (Columbia / CBS), this only-vinyl record is an obscure rarity, as the band split soon after its release. Combining a late seventies AOR feeling with radio friendly rock & pop typical of the era, this quintet’s music is quite varied and entertaining.

To give you an idea about Bullseye’s versatility, opener “Treat Me Right” (later covered by Pat Benatar) attacks from the start with stabbing pianos and clean melodic guitar riffs reminding the very early Toto, followed by “Seventh Heaven” which wouldn’t be out of place in Loverboy’s debut. The melodic nuances of “I’ve Changed (Never Want To See You Again)” has some Survivor touches, then “Moonwalk” adds a southern flavor in the vein of Moxy, and “My Old Car” goes poppy ala The Kinks.

The keyboards / guitar lines on “Don’t Lose A Day” brings to mind some Giuffria’s Angel, while “In The Heat Of Summer” and the highly harmonic “March On, Time” offer lots of lovable AOR melodies. With a track featured on the legendary Munich City Nights compilation series, Bullseye received some airplay on European radio years later, but “On Target” remains as a true rarity as a whole. Very well recorded, played and produced, this is a quite enjoyable record – as mentioned above, only released on vinyl.

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