Exchange – Exchange [1992]

Exchange1992Country Canada          Style WestCoast AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members
Steve Sexton – Keyboards,Piano,B-3 Organ,Background vocals, Gerald O’Brien – Keyboards,Piano,B-3 Organ,Background vocals

Additional musicians
Marc Jordan,Amy Sky – Lead/Background vocals, Doug Macaskill – Guitars, Iki Levy – Drums, Ken Greer – Steel Guitars, John Leftwich – Bass Guitars,Cello,Double Bass, Brian Gatto – Accordion, Gary Craig – Drum Overdubs, Susan Morgan Williams – Spoken Words on “In This Place”

Tracks
01. A State Of Grace, 02. In A Changing World, 03. Her Body Makes Vows, 04. Beyond Reach, 05. In This Place, 06. When The Tables Turn, 07. I Can’t Hold Back, 08. The Last Romance, 09. Islands, 10. Meridian, 11. Norway, 12. ‘Til The Last Teardrop Falls

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Profile EXCHANGE consists of Canadian keyboardists, Gerald O’Brien and Steve Sexton, who create atmospheric instrumental music.They initially got a bite from Passport Records in New York years ago from the A&R person there, none other than Larry Fast (Synergy), who Gerald and Steve were big fans of. “Exchange” is the band’s fourth album came out in 1992 by Mesa Records and produced by the band. Lead and background vocals by Marc Jordan and Amy Sky with guitars by Red Rider’s Ken Greer as well. Doug Macaskill of The Arrows also plays guitar. Set your spirit free with this soaring, synth-laden Westcoast gem.

This album is worth getting if you enjoy their previous two album’s “Into the Night” and “Between Places” (eclectic instrumental music). Unfortunately, they’re becoming more like normal “pop” music with 3 vocal tracks (out of 12). Specifically: “Her Body Makes Vows,” “I Can’t Hold Back,” and “Til The Last Teardrop Falls.” To keep things in perspective, I enjoy instrumental music from artists like Checkfield, Mannheim Steamroller, Michael Gettel, David Lanz and Vangelis. This album is outstanding for another reason not mentioned in the other reviews to-date: All three vocals are done by the incomparable Marc Jordan. (I should also mention that Marc Jordan does not appear on all albums by Exchange, and much of his own discography, regretably, is out-of-print.)

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