Lisa Price – Priceless [1983]

PhotobucketCountry Canada          Style AOR

Rating 86/100

Band Members
Lisa Price – Vocals, Bernie LaBarge – Guitars, Derry Grehan – Guitars, John Albani (Wrabit – Guitars, Ron Garant – Bass, Gerald O’Brien – Keyboards, Grant Slater – Keyboards, Gary McCracken – Drums

Tracks
1. Can’t Hold On Forever, 2. Heartache, 3. Everywhere I Go, 4. No One’s Business, 5. Empty Heart, 6. Runaway

Profile Lisa Price is (despite the rumors of her death on many sites) a Toronto, Canada, singer / songwriter. “Priceless”, her one and only(?) recording, is a wonderful miniLP from 1983. The back-up band is a Canadian true dream team: members of Wrabit, Zappacosta’s band, Dalbello, Surrender and more (check personnel).

First track “Can’t Hold On Forever” is a pure AOR gem. Penned by Bernie LaBarge (who also play fantastic guitars), this tune has all you may expect from a classy, first half of the eighties song: melody, killer vocal harmonies, superb guitars and ethereal keyboards. Perfect. “Heartache” has an irresistible (mid) tempo flavor ala earlier Honeymoon Suite, maybe because it’s written by future Suite’s guitarist Derry Grehan. His guitar work shines as well, and Lisa’s performance is deep and emotional. The highly radiable “Everywhere I Go” reminds me Patty Smyth & Scandal. A commercial and catchy track with guitars and songwriting, again, by LaBarge.

“No One’s Business” is a fast paced melodic rocker featuring thrilling hot guitars and a contagious chorus. Great hammond-like keyboards too. Nils Lofgren’s cover “Empty Heart” has a terrific typically ’80s arrangements, just listen that monster pulsating bass and compressed drums. Lisa’s vocal style here is ‘on-the-go’. “Runaway” features a great riff and an intense vocalization in the vein of Lee Aaron / Pat Benatar. This track has ‘that’ magic ’80s atmosphere impossible to reproduce nowadays. “Priceless” is an apt title to this miniLP; its value cannot be determined. Defines the eighties female fronted AOR / Melodic Rock like no other.

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