Bystander – Not So Innocent [1987]

BYSTANDER_NSICountry USA          Style AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members
Andy Kiely – Lead vocals,bass, Bucky Naughton – Lead vocals,drums,percussion, Mike Weaver – Keyboards,vocals, Stanley Steele – Guitar,vocals

Tracks
01. Welcome To The Real World (3:59), 02. Running In Circles (4:05), 03. Prelude (1:04), 04. Desiree (4:52), 05. Love Games (3:50), 06. Let Me In (4:00), 07. I Can’t Stop (3:52), 08. Out Of The Night (4:40), 09. Someway Somehow (4:29), 10. You’re History (4:08), 11. Momma Lao (5:02)

Profile Although coming from New Jersey, for the most part BYSTANDER had not the AOR style and sound typical from the States. They were more stylized, akin Canadian bands like Haywire or Honeymoon Suite, with two lead vocalists adding variation to the music. Anyway, in their debut album “Not So Innocent” the keyboard infusion on some tracks recall American acts such as Dakota, while on more calmer numbers Mr.Mister and Stan Meissner come to mind.

Originally released in 1987 by an US indie label, “Not So Innocent” was rescued years after by the great German label Long Island Records with the addition of 3 bonuses. “Not So Innocent” is impossible to find on CD, but it was widely posted through the blogosphere. However, I have never seen a copy at maximum quality of this little jewel, so here it is – in all its glory. A necessary item in any reputable AOR collection.

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