LaMarca – LaMarca [1985]

PhotobucketCountry USA          

Style AOR

Rating 87/100

Band Members Abe LaMarca – Vocals, guitars, Jeff Silverman,Eric Williams,George Doering – Guitars, Phil Chen – bass, Jamie Sheriff,Mitchell Froom,Richard Gibbs – Keyboards, Carlos Vega,Dany Wynn – Drums, Joel Peskin – Saxophone, Tom Kelly,Cassell Webb,Lynda Lawley – Backing vocals

Tracks 01. Change My Rules (4:32), 02. Dear Diane (3:54), 03. Second Chance (3:36), 04. You (3:40), 05. The Bystander (4:21), 06. Burn The Bridge (4:25), 07. The Boys (4:04), 08. When You Question Love (5:26), 09. Touch And Go (4:15), 10. It’s In The Eyes (3:43)

Profile LaMarca was a project / band from American singer and composer Abe LaMarca, brained together with veteran producer, engineer, songwriter and guitar player Jeff Silverman (who also has worked and played with Rick Springfield). With the back-up of accomplished session musicians such as multi-facetic drummer Carlos Vega, Jamie Sheriff (Eyes) or master Tom Kelly (I-Ten, Van Stephenson), they recorded this very good LP in 1984/5.

The style of LaMarca is catchy poppy AOR with some Hi-Tech elements, mostly uptempo, glossy and tasteful. Put in your kitchen-aid blender equal parts of The Arrows, Body Electric, the commercial Michael Sembello and a dash of Starship and David Hallyday, and you get the appetizing LaMarca cocktail. All tracks are good, being my favorites “The Boys” (the most purely ’80s AOR here), the elegantly keyboard filled “Touch And Go” and the melodic mid-tempo ballad “When You Question Love”, full of eighties magic sounds. 

If you like lighter shade of AOR with some hi-tech elements ala David Hallyday, The Arrows, A440 or Bite the Bullet it has to be your thing!!!

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